An interview with… Mike Jupp!

“The UK has produced most of the world’s greatest cartoon illustrators and I wanted to try and be as good as them.”
Mike Jupp

We’ve been loving the hilarious Mike Jupp Party Animals Jigsaw Puzzle collection. The characters, colours and stories make each puzzle so much fun to complete. To find out more about where the party animals came from, we decided to ask the marvellous cartoonist behind the comical creations, Mike Jupp, a few questions!

Mike Jupp
Mike Jupp with his Doberman Pinscher
Tell us a bit about yourself, Mike. What do you like to get up to?

“These days I spend my time working or sitting in my favourite bar drinking a pint of cyder, enjoying a cigar and chatting to folk! In my youth I was trained in Judo (BJA & BJC), Karate (Shotokan & Wado ryu), Diving (British Sub-Aqua Club), Competition pistol and rifle shooting (NSRA & NRA) and trained as a professional wrestler ( by Butch Mason & Bruno Elrington). I still drive the ‘Nimrod’ car that I designed back in 1969. My interests are most things that end with the word ‘ology’. I used to have a wife… but I still have 2 beautiful daughters. I also have a Doberman Pinscher… and an S-Type Jaguar.”

Nimrod Mike Jupp

What inspired you to become a cartoonist?

“Because I don’t take most things seriously, and I couldn’t do much except draw, I decided to become a cartoonist! The UK has produced most of the world’s greatest cartoon illustrators and I wanted to try and be as good as them.  Superb draughtsman such as; George Studdy, Roland Emett, the Heath Robinsons, Mabel LucieAttwell, Lawson Wood, Karl Giles etc.”

How long have you been an artist?

“Professionally?.. Since I left college (The West Sussex College of Art & Design, Worthing). I started in advertising design for a local Chichester newspaper then after a couple of years was accepted by an American Incentive company in Park Lane, London. After that I went Freelance. My Freelance work was in advertising and publishing and my agent was Andy Archer (‘Archer Art’), one of the top two Illustrators Agents in Great Britain (The other being Chris Meikleljohn).

Mike Jupp’s ‘I Love Summer’

Archer Art had some of the best contemporary artists on their books, Terry Pastor, George Underwood, Philip Castle, Nick Price etc. Through publishing I was sent to Holland and then to America to Art Direct TV cartoon shows. I was lucky enough to be sent to The Mill Valley Animation Studio in Novato, Marin County, California… The studio was owned by Gerry Smith who introduced me to his buddy George Lucas! Because of that, I managed to get my own TV series (The Dreamstone) commissioned by Central Television. Since the late 1990’s I’ve concentrated on cartoon illustrations for Jigsaw Puzzles. For some strange reason, folk seem to like them!”

We’re loving the “party animals” jigsaw puzzles, what inspired you to draw them?

 “For the last 30 years I’ve compiled and hosted pub quizzes for a hobby. A while back, I learnt where the expression ‘P*ssed as a newt’ originated. It has NOTHING to do with cute little amphibians, but a lot to do with German and British sailors drinking together and getting drunk in neutral Swedish bars during WW2… Hence, Drunk (pissed) as a neutral! Anyway, I envisaged a drunk newt (as you do!)… Then luckily realised there were three other popular sayings about drunken animals and that they covered the four seasons!”

Which of the party animals is your favourite and why?

“That’s difficult!… They’re all so different. I suppose if I had to keep just one it would be ‘High as a Kite’ because of the amount of work that was involved. But I do like the bat! I try and create scenarios that have just happened, or are about to happen! In the case of the bat… he’s blindly crashed-landed through half a forest, skidded to a halt… but managed to not spill a drop of his precious drink!”

Mike Jupp Cartoon High As A Kite

Will you be creating more party animals in the future?

“I hope so!.. It’s the word ‘future’ that worries me as I’m not sure of how much of that I’ve got left?… My biggest (professional) problem is that I have a super-ego when it comes to my work. I cannot bear to think of producing something folk wouldn’t like…so the perfectionist in me has created a rod for my own back… and my illustrations take forever!

That sounded very pretentious…but I know what I mean!”

Find the Mike Jupp Party Animal Collection here

Wasgij 20th Anniversary jigsaw puzzles

Wasgij have released a range of very special Wasgij 20th Anniversary jigsaw puzzles to celebrate their 20th birthday.

Wasgij 20th Anniversary Jigsaw Puzzles

Click on the images below to view these brilliant puzzles in all their glory on the All Jigsaw Puzzles store or click on the button below to view the whole range.

 

 

 Wasgij 27 Original: The 20th Birthday Parade

The mark the 20th anniversary of Wasgij, everyone has rushed out to buy the special edition puzzle, but something has caught their attention outside.

Wasgij 26 Original: Celebrity Chief Chef! 

A new series of Celebrity Chief Chef has started and the contestants are busy creating their masterpieces but what have they created to impress the judges.

Wasgij 3 Back to…? Barbers and Beehives

With Hair-stylists some things never change. But fashions change, and so do salons. Imagine 50 years ago – back to the ‘swinging sixties’ Would any of our present day customers recognise the place?

Wasgij 13 Christmas: Turkey’s Delight

It’s Christmas Day and Santa’s friends and family have gathered for lunch. Who is cooking? Why are the guests looking puzzled and the snowman concerned?

If you want to find out more about Wasgij and their 20th Anniversary come and take a look at our special Wasgij 20th Anniversary post by clicking here.

We hope you enjoy these whacky new Wasgij puzzles, they are particularly funn, packed with detail and really funny! We would love to know how you get on with them. Let us know in the comments below or on our facebook page.

Brand New and Exclusive Mike Jupp Jigsaw Puzzles – The Party Animals Collection

Mike jupp party animal jigsaw puzzlesWe have been working with the marvellous Mike Jupp who has given us these humourous and colourful designs to make up the Mike Jupp Party Animals Collection. These Mike Jupp jigsaw puzzles are not only bright and full of detail, they are incredibly funny and show off his dry sense of humour. If you’re a fan of Mike Jupp jigsaw puzzles you will not be disappointed.

Mike Jupp Jigsaw Puzzles – The Party Animals Collection

Click on the images below to view these brilliant puzzles in all their glory on the All Jigsaw Puzzles store or click on the button below to view the whole range.

 

 Blind as a Bat – Mike Jupp Jigsaw Puzzle – Party Animals Collection

available in 500 and 1000 piece

Mrs Bat has crash landed in the forest while supping on a cocktail. Oh dear.

 

 Drunk as a Skunk – Mike Jupp Jigsaw Puzzle – Party Animals Collection

available in 500 and 1000 piece

Mr Skunk has had a few and has made a bit of a mess in the forest.

 

 High as a Kite – Mike Jupp Jigsaw puzzle – Party Animals Collection

Available in 500 and 1000 piece

Mr. Eagle is very proud of being a Kite Eagle and is celebrating by having a drink or 10.

 

 P*ssed as a Newt – Mike Jupp Jigsaw Puzzle – Party Animals Collection

Available in 500 and 1000 piece

Amongst the lily pads and reeds, Mr. Newt is having drinks while watching the world float by and bothering the butterflies.

We hope you love these brand new and exclusive jigsaw puzzles as much as we do. They are so much fun and we are excited to show them to you.

We hope you enjoy them.

Star Wars Jigsaw Puzzles

Featuring Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Skywalker, the Droids plus all the other important characters from this infamous saga – take a look at our range of Star Wars Jigsaw puzzles. You are sure to find the perfect Star Wars jigsaw puzzle for a true Star Wars fan!

Click on the images to view the Star War Jigsaw puzzles on the All Jigsaw Puzzles online shop.

 Rogue One Star Wars Jigsaw Puzzle -500 pc

This jigsaw puzzle features characters from the 8th film in the franchise which features events immediately before A New Hope

 
 Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope – 1500 pc

A stunning montage of everyone’s favourite characters from the original Star Wars films. Puzzle Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Hans Solo, Obi Wan Kenobi, Chewy and the Droids. Plus Darth Vader and Governor Tarkin.

 
Star Wars Jigsaw Puzzle: Episode VII – The Force Awakens 2 x 500 pc

A great value jigsaw puzzle pack – on design features BB8 and Rey and the other design features the true stars of the Star Wars franchise – the Droids – C3PO, R2D2 and BB8.

 

We have more choice on the store and to view all the Star Wars Jigsaw Puzzles on the All Jigsaw puzzle online store click here

Wasgij 20th Anniversary – 20 Years of Perplexing Puzzling!

Wasgij 20th Anniversary

Wasgij 20th Anniversary

It’s 20 years since Jumbo launched the first Wasgij and they are celebrating this momentous milestone with the relaunch of the first three Wasgij’s under the Retro banner.

These Special Edition Anniversary jigsaws are essential additions to your Wasgij collection. The three 1,000 piece puzzles are the very first Wasgij Original 1: Sunday Drivers!, Destiny 1: The Best Days of our Lives! and the Mystery 1: The Wasgij Express!

What is a Wasgij?

For the uninitiated, here are the Wasgij basics. Wasgij is jigsaw spelt backwards and is pronounced “Woz-gidge”. The Wasgij concept revolutionised the jigsaw industry – they were the first where the image you completed was not the one on the box. They give an extra fun challenge to jigsaw puzzling and, consequently, these fun cartoon images have become firm favourites with jigsaw enthusiasts all over the world.

There are six concepts in the Wasgij range, following the common theme that the jigsaw inside is different from the image on the box.

Original – you need to put yourself in the position of a particular character in the picture. Imagine what they are looking at – that is the image you must piece together.

Destiny – the ‘Time Travelling’ concept where you must use your imagination to piece together what you think the scene and characters shown on the box will look like in the modern day.

Mystery – with this one you have to use your imagination and piece together what will happen within the next few minutes to the characters shown in the box image.

Christmas – a festive version of the Original concept.

Imagine…? – piece together what you think the scene and the characters shown on the box will look like if imagination turned into reality.

Back to…? – the most recent concept to join the Wasgij range and a reverse version of Destiny. Piece together what the scene would have looked like in years gone by.

Bestselling jigsaws?

Jumbo reckon they have sold over 3 million Wasgij jigsaws – laid end to end they would stretch around the world at least twice!

Who creates these masterpieces?

Graham ThoGraham Thomson - Wasgij's Original Artistmpson is the original Wasgij artist who has been creating these hilarious images for 20 years. He is responsible for over 50 Wasgij puzzles (there are over 90 in total)! Four other artist have since joined to help Graham out – James Alexander, Bill Houston, Neil Easton and Calvin Innes.

Final interesting Wasgij fact!

The famous Granny figure has appeared in more Wasgij’s than any other character. She’s appeared 23 times!

Wasgij Original 1: Sunday Drivers! – 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Is it the lady driver everyone is shocked at, or something else worrying the villagers? Try to imagine you’re the horse to discover why everyone is so surprised. Wasgij Retro Original 1 Sunday Drivers!
Wasgij Destiny 1: The Best Days of Our Lives! – 1000 Jigsaw Puzzle
Reminisce about your school days, with mischievous classmates, young romances and grumpy teachers. Imagine how the school canteen might look today and how much the pupils would have grown up. Wasgij Retro Destiny 1 Best Days of Our Lives
Wasgij Mystery 1: The Wasgij Express!- 1000 Jigsaw Puzzle
Two Wasgij secret agents all tied up and armed with only a whistle, but how can they get out of this tricky situation? Can you work out how the secret agents can escape the oncoming train? Wasgij Retro Mystery 1: The Wasgij Express!

Wasgij 20th Anniversary Jigsaw puzzles

Ravensburger Disney Moments Jigsaw – It is Officially Amazing!

The World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle!

It’s official – The Disney Moments Jigsaw Puzzle has been confirmed by the Guinness World of Records as the the world’s largest ever jigsaw puzzle.

Ravensburger Disney Moments Jigsaw

The facts and figures

This mind boggling puzzles is an eye-watering 40,320 pieces and weighs in at 20kg. You better have a big table too! This huge jigsaw puzzle is almost seven metres wide and just less than two metres tall!

Due to its size it is packed in separate bags with each one forming a separate section. When all the sections are combined, the puzzle is complete.

Features iconic Disney characters

The world’s largest jigsaw puzzle features 10 hand-drawn scenes from iconic Disney films. These include Snow White, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. Each scene is framed by a film strip indicating the film’s year of release. Each section also depicts additional scenes from each movie. As an added bonus a Mickey Mouse symbol is hidden in each of the 10 scenes. This gives puzzlers an added element of fun whilst completing the puzzle!

Fancy getting yourself into the record books?

This is the ultimate jigsaw for the serious puzzler. How about having a go at achieving the world record time to complete this world record jigsaw?

It is completed in sections, so you could team up with your puzzling pals to create it. It would make a fabulous charity fundraising event – great fun for all involved and it is bound to generate loads of interest.

Buy Ravensburger’s Disney Moments from the All Jigsaw Puzzles Store today.

Let us know if you are going to give this monumental challenge a go. We would love to hear from you.

Schmidt Jigsaw Puzzles – Superior Quality from Germany

Who are Schmidt jigsaw puzzles?

Schmidt has been going since 1905 when it launched “Mensch ärgere Dich nicht” or “Man Don’t Get Annoyed” (otherwise know as Ludo). It has gone on to sell 80 million copies! Schmidt jigsaw puzzles are now one of the most popular brands in the UK.

Why are Schmidt jigsaw puzzles so good?

Schmidt produces some the best quality jigsaws available. As a result of using extra thick 2.25mm board and a cutting system which makes the pieces fit very closely together, you can pick up a completed Schmidt jigsaw without it falling apart. It is very impressive to see! In addition a matt, anti-glare covering to the jigsaw ensures you don’t get reflections making them easy on the eye.

What are their designs like?

There is something for everyone with Schmidt’s wide range of jigsaw designs. Designs include artwork from Anne Geddes, Colin Thompson and John Rattenbury. They are particularly well known for scenic, wildlife and fun designs.

What’s new?

The latest Schmidt designs have just arrived in the All Jigsaw Puzzles Store. We are super excited as there are some brilliant designs. See below for a taster of what is new from Schmidt.

Fairytale Dream – 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Lose yourself in this magical world where fairies and unicorns play. Fairytale Dream 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Colin Thompson Fantastic Townscape – 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
A highly detailed illustration featuring assorted buildings in various states of repair! COLIN THOMPSON: FANTASTIC TOWNSCAPE 1000 PIECE JIGSAW PUZZLE
Gail Marie Smile – 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle 
You can’t help but smile when you see the bright and cheerful sunflowers in this sunny picture. GAIL MARIE: SMILE 1000 PIECE JIGSAW PUZZLE
The Savannah Comes to Life – 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
A fabulous and different jigsaw where the picture of the wildlife on the wall has come to life! A beautiful image for anyone who loves the wildlife of the Savannah. The Savannah Comes to Life 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Heart to Heart – 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
A dazzling collage of hearts, colours and textures, this one offers a truly satisfying puzzling experience. Heart to Heart 1000 Piece Jigsaw
Colourful Balloons – 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Up, up and away with this hot air balloon packed jigsaw. Patterns and colours make this an easy one to sort! Colourful Balloons 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Hogwart’s Express – 460 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
Come on, step right this way! Get on board the Hogwarts™ Express for a magical journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Build this 460-piece 3D puzzle of the iconic steam engine and embark on a voyage full of surprises! Hogwarts Express 460 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
Emoticon – 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
A fun image made up from loads of emojis – whether you are feeling happy, sad, confused, scared or unwell there is an emoji for every mood. The brilliant detail in this jigsaw will be great fun as you discover all the little emojis. Emoticon 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

 

New Schmidt Jigsaws In Store Now

Mother’s Day – Why a Jigsaw is a Better Gift than Flowers

What to get for a Mother’s Day gift?

Mother’s Day is fast approaching – don’t forget it’s on 26th March this year. There is the annual dilemma of what gift to get your mum for this important day.

In our busy lives it is easy to forget to show your appreciation to the ones you love, so Mother’s Day is a great excuse to make a bit of a fuss of your mum and show her how much you do appreciate all she does for you.

So flowers or chocolates are always a good idea but flowers will wilt after a week or two and the chocolates will be gone pretty quickly too – if your mum is anything like me!

I wanted to let you into a little secret – a jigsaw is a really brilliant idea for a Mother’s Day gift. It is something she can enjoy and appreciate for much longer and it could be something that you could do together or with the grandchildren. A special time that she will never forget.

Photo Jigsaw Perhaps?

A really special idea is a personalised jigsaw. Here at All Jigsaw Puzzles one of our bestselling jigsaws is the Personalised Photo Jigsaw. Turn a special photograph of somewhere she has travelled, a loved one, her pet or the family into a jigsaw. It comes in a personalised box and you can add your own message too.

Personalised Photo 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Personalised Photo 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Special Mother’s Day Shaped Pieces!

My personal favourite for this time of year is our Personalised Mother’s Day Map jigsaw. This very special jigsaw has shaped pieces that spell Happy Mothers Day and a central heart shaped piece. Choose from a Ordnance Survey Landranger Map, Aerial Photo, London Streetmap or GB Streeview centred on the address of your choice. This is a Mother’s Day gift that will always be treasured.

Personalised Happy Mother's Day 400 Piece Jigsaw
Personalised Happy Mother’s Day 400 Piece Jigsaw
The Funniest Mother’s Day Jigsaw…

Perhaps you are looking for something to make your mother smile – then the Mother’s Day Chaos jigsaw is for you. This fun jigsaw shows the scene from Chaos House where at least one child has remembered it is Mother’s Day and has decided to paint his message to his mum on the wall. This wonderful jigsaw is exclusive to All Jigsaw Puzzles.

Mother’s Day Chaos

Or why not take a look at the All Jigsaw Puzzles store for loads more ideas. For more inspiration CLICK HERE to go straight to our specially created Mother’s Day Gift Collection.

Happy Birthday Jan van Haasteren

The Jigsaw Puzzler’s Favourite Octogenarian – Jan van Haasteren

Jan van Haasteren in his studio

Jan van Haasteren has been creating amazing jigsaw puzzles for Jumbo for many decades. They are all highly detailed, very colourful and above all humorous. There are always masses of hidden amusing images waiting for us to discover. 

He celebrated his 80th birthday last year, so many happy returns to the jigsaw puzzler’s favourite octogenarian.

To celebrate this wonderful landmark, Jan created a special 80th birthday jigsaw puzzle. Jan’s fans will immediately search for his trademark – the shark’s fin – featured in every puzzle. This is usually extremely well hidden and hard to find so a brilliant challenge. Make sure you also look for other favourite images – Saint Nicholas, The Hands, The Dentures and Jan’s self-portrait which you will find in nearly all of his illustrations. He uses all types of social events as inspiration for his images. These jigsaws are very enjoyable to complete as you never know what you are going to see next!

What is Next for Jan?

Jan says he has always got loads of ideas for new designs, sketching crazy things that pop up in his mind every day. Firstly, he works out the idea in a detailed pencil drawing and then develops his ideas in ink. It is quite a long process to get all the detail in, hence each picture takes about three months to complete.

He has promised to continue to create his wonderful masterpieces for Jumbo so we can look forward to many more Jan van Haasteren jigsaw puzzles to come.

Jan lives together with his wife Romi in Bergen in Holland. He doesn’t do jigsaw puzzles himself but he sometimes helps his wife if she is struggling to find a piece.

Want to See More?

See below to see our pick of his jigsaw – click on the images to view on the All Jigsaw Puzzles store.

Happy Birthday Jan!
This 1000 piece jigsaw was created by Jan to celebrate his 80th birthday and depicts a big party featuring comical characters enjoying the live music and free drinks on offer! Happy Birthday Jan!
Winter Fun with a FREE scarf!
A set of two 1000 piece puzzles showing two fabulous Dutch winter traditions – ice skating and a New Year’s Day sea swim. Includes an exclusive free Jan van Haasteren scarf!
Jan van Haasteren Colouring Book Volume 2
Fancy a change from puzzling? This book has black and white illustrations of some of your favourite Jan pictures for you to colour in. A relaxing and stress-relieving pastime. Jan van Haasteren Colouring Book
Technical Highlights
The highly technical factory in JVH’s latest design has some interesting insights into what happens on the factory floor and in the manager’s office!  Technical Highlights
The Balloon Festival
This balloon festival is well under way but it’s not going according to plan. A brilliant 2000 piece jigsaw.  The Balloon Festival

Are you a Jan van Haasteren fan? Let me know in the comments below.

Renee and the All Jigsaw Puzzle TeamJVH

Ambler Cartoon Collection Jigsaw Puzzles

Ambler Cartoon Collection Jigsaw Puzzles by Michael Durkan has become one of the more popular ranges on the All Jigsaw Puzzles shop. These are exclusive to All Jigsaw puzzles so you can’t get these ones anywhere else!

Michael includes the same characters in each design – Legs, Scream, Mole, Platinum blonde girl, Girl with newspaper and Eyes. Michael told us a little bit about each character

“The theory behind Eyes is they possibly are not from this planet.   Legs always appears to have taken something and is running away.  Scream is just trying to get on with life.  Mole just pops up as moles do!  Platinum blonde girl always looks aloof while men look on and finally Girl with Newspaper is always reading the news headlines.”

See some of the Ambler Cartoon Collection jigsaw puzzles available below.

 The Call Centre – Ambler 2017 Cartoon collection
 When you phone the call centre what do you think is going on in the background? Here is the first offering of 2017 from the Ambler Cartoon Collection showing what it looks like in the Ambler world!  The_Call_Centre_Ambler_Cartoon_Collection_1000_pc_exclusive_jigsaw_puzzle
 Dickensian Yuletide – Ambler 2016 cartoon collection
This typical christmassy scene is filled with your favourite Dickensian characters with a few Ambler cartoon additions! Dickensian Yuletide - Ambler Cartoon Collection
Barking Mad- Ambler 2016 cartoon collection
 It’s the day of the dog show and their owners are hoping to win the coveted Best in Show. So much detail in this fun puzzle. Barking Mad - Ambler Cartoon Collection
Catwalk – Ambler 2016 cartoon collection
Ever wondered what a fashion would like in Ambler world? Well this hilarious jigsaw puzzle design will answer that for you! Featuring a dog on the catwalk and a vulture, this is a puzzle packed with detail.
Ladies Football – Ambler Cartoon Collection
This ladies football match is unlike any game you’ve seen before! The pitch is infested with moles, the police have had to get involved and there is a streaker!  Ladies football - Ambler Cartoon Collection
Rock Reunion – Ambler Cartoon Collection
Arther Ritic and the Bed Wetters are on their 35th anniversary reunion tour  and all of their old fans are keen to see them again. How many pop stars can you spot in the audience? Rock Reunion Ambler Cartoon Collection
The Pheasant Shoot – Ambler Cartoon Collection
Have you ever seen a Zeppelin on a pheasant shoot? Or a biplane? This pair of elusive game birds is clearer smarter than the average pheasant. The Pheasant Shoot - Ambler Cartoon Collection
Life on Mars – Ambler Cartoon Collection
Only Michael Durkan could imagine that Life on Mars would be like this! The “Mars Shuttle” has landed to find that the planet is inhabited by budget window glazers, giraffes and a camel. Life on Mars - Ambler Cartoon Collection

The Ambler Cartoon Collection jigsaw puzzles are certainly amongst the most colourful and humourous out there so we hope you enjoy them.

Ambler Cartoon Collection