The Really Heavy Greatcoat had its origins in a conversation in the (now closed) Moorlands Public House, Lancaster, after someone picked up my old and really heavy greatcoat -- an Air Raid Patrol greatcoat -- and commented on the weight.
We were running a variety of strips in On the Beat, a local listings title I was self-publishing and this was the second strip by Nick Miller. He hates the look of the strip now -- and can't understand my attempts to document the history of the Greatcoat by re-publishing these old strips, which are a far cry from the skilled worked he creates today.
At first I don't think Nick expected to be drawing the Greatcoat again, and the next strip didn't appear until April 1987. I'm sure he didn't expect to still be drawing The Really Heavy Greatcoat for over 20 years...
"Worn by a hippy for many years, long-term exposure to illegal substances and general freaky weirdness gave the Greatcoat a mind of its own. Then John found it in a charity shop..."
The Really Heavy Greatcoat is a cartoon strip created by John Freeman and Nick Miller revolving around a sentient Greatcoat and its owner(s). The strip began in 1987 and first ran in the Lancaster UK listings magazines On the Beat and Off the Beat. This will be an archive of the strip from the very first episode. Stop by on Thursdays for a new episode! New Really Heavy Greatcoats also feature on Tapastic: http://tapastic.com/series/the-rhg