I WAS DOODLING ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON WHILE WATCHING 'SUNSET BOULEVARD' ON THE TV AND THIS IS WHAT EMERGED. Art by Andy Sparrow

After I stopped doing Bloodrunners for Bike Magazine,
I was quite bitter about being sacked
(even though I deserved it)
so I didn't want to work for another magazine & be told what I could or couldn't do.
I decided to do a free comic page for my fans that I would post to them.
The idea was that if they liked it, they'd photocopy it and pass it on
to their friends, and then they would do the same.
Below is the first sheet of artwork explaining the idea,
that I sent out to my friends and most loyal fans:
 

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This was the first sheet I posted to my most avid fans around the country. Once they replied to me I was encouraged to continue

 
This is the reverse side, that goes into a little more detail. Many Bikers around the world replied to this and filled in the form.

In a nutshell: My Art will be better if not constrained by editors,
& the readers view won't be biased by having to pay for it up front.
This was the starting point of
NITRO RALLY
I
printed 10,000 copies and gave them out at the UK's Bike Show
.

It also had a premium rate telephone number on it that readers could call
to show their appreciation (the first ((& maybe only)) use of
such a number)
T
he idea worked quite well, but not well enough to make a living out of,
and then of course, the internet took off which changed everything.