Ollie & Quentin Book

Ollie & Quentin Book
125 pages in full colour!

Monday, December 31, 2007

1 Week to launch...

This time next week 'Ollie and Quentin' launches. I've been really lazy over the holidays enjoying a final break before it all begins. Very exciting!
Happy New Year everyone!

Friday, December 28, 2007


Mentioned on the Editor and Publisher Website yesterday.

I'm not actually an Art School Graduate. I did one pretty dismal year at college then left all my work on the train so had to get a job rather than continue with a degree course.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007


Here's a movie of me doodling back in my "pre syndication development days" when I had time to do this sort of thing. No preliminary pencils...honest.
Wish I could really draw this fast.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

Quentin's Grandad

Quentin's grandad has retired and now spends all his time trying to break as many daft world records as he can.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Dorian Gray

Nobby is changing quite quickly. His hair is growing and the lucky b*stard is getting younger.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

One of my favourite strips so far. Shame I have to wait another year to get it out there.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy Birthday Esme

I'm sure every cartoonist has one main person they test their cartoons out on. For me it is my lovely daughter Esme who is 16 today. Happy Birthday Esme
All my love

Friday, October 26, 2007


I have a teenage daughter. She MUST go to every party or the world will end. Telling her that she was going to have to miss a party recently she stormed off in a screaming temper, stomped upstairs to her room... and gave me this idea.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Friday, October 19, 2007


I feel a terrible traitor here. I'm a big Rugby fan and shouldn't be drawing an American Football! Especially as England are in the World Cup Final this weekend.

Come on England!

Another great sale: The Detroit News. Daily and Sunday.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Not yet

Ollie and Quentin kick a football into Evil Mrs.Cadaver's backyard. At one point I wanted to write some jokes from the ball's perspective which I really liked. However King Features would prefer not to include them just yet as neither of my main characters appear in them. I can see their argument but it's a shame for them not to see the light of day so here they are in rough pencil form.

Evil Mrs.Cadaver's Introduction

As promised, this will be the introduction to the Evil Mrs.Cadaver who lives next door. She is nasty but isn't really a werewolf or a vampire or a zombie. This is the persona Ollie and Quentin will create for her.

Great news, The Denver Post will be running my strip.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Rex by name Wrecks by nature.

Meet Rex, Quentin's Bodyguard. He's a Venus Fly Trap and acts as Quentin's guard dog. The plant equivalent of a Rottweiler he is stupid and aggressive with absolutely no sense of humor.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Evil Mrs.Cadaver

The Evil Mrs.Cadaver lives next door. Ollie and Quentin are a bit spooked by her but, like the time my son hit a wasp nest with his stick, they can't help goading her whenever possible. I am now writing a series of strips to introduce her to us properly.

The wasps stung my daughter.

Friday, September 21, 2007


Brendan Burford, my editor at King Features, said I could come up with something better than "Jerk"... but I can't.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

First Sale!

I have my first sale in the US! The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Daily and Sunday. Fantastic! My thanks to John Killian at King Features. What a star!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


I drew this strip the week before my trip to New York and would you believe it, one of the Sales Team I met there was called Richard Heimlich.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Launch Date

I have a launch date! It's January 7th 2008 with the first Sunday being January 13th.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

New York

I'm back! It went really well. Everyone seemed very positive. I was made to feel very welcome by some very nice people. Fantastic to meet Brendan at last. The Hearst Tower is incredible with wonderful views. Even managed to do some sightseeing including a run round a hot Central Park. Much hillier than I expected and SO many people at 7am. Remember to buckle up in the cabs and don't pay $150 for the ride out to Newark airport like I did!

So, back to drawing strips and it's now up to the sales guys to do their stuff.

Monday, September 03, 2007

New York

At last! It's been almost a year but I'm off to New York for the sales launch. Finally get to meet Brendan Burford tomorrow evening for dinner which I'm really looking forward to. Then meet the sales team and do my presentation on Wednesday morning. Don't fly back till Thursday evening so a chance to do some sightseeing and maybe a run in Central Park. Well, both my brothers have done it so I've got to complete the set.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

OK, so it's a fairly predictable premise but I wanted to draw Quentin's head on Ollie's body and a grumpy Ollie disgusted that he's now a wriggly worm.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Don't try this at home!
Now this is REALLY nerdy... I've discovered the most gorgeous notebooks to write and sketch out my ideas in. They're called Moleskine® (as used by Hemingway, Van Gogh and Picasso). I'm using the 240 Plain page 13x21cm acid free paper notebooks. Beautiful.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

One of my all time favourite Sunday strips. Really pleased with the 'timing' in the last 3 panels. So satisfying when it all comes together like this. Wish every day could be the same.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

So, back to colouring up the approved strips after a month of designing my sales brochure, finalising my syndication contract and preparing the presentation I have to give to the sales team in New York. Only 3 weeks away now.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

New Website for Ollie and Quentin

A new website just for Ollie and Quentin. www.ollieandquentin.com It's a work in progress but you get the idea. Some links don't work yet, Eventually there'll be a shop section. The samples are just my favourites but will probably change to some that give new readers a good introduction to the feature.

8th August 2007: Signed Syndication Contract

BIG day today. Nearly 10 months after Brendan first contacted me I have FINALLY signed my syndication contract with King Features. This is mainly due to the agreement I had to reach with the RNLI before I could sign with Kings. My thanks to my lawyer Stu Rees www.stus.com for all his hard work.

Seemed an anticlimax actually signing it. Shouldn't there be cheering and bells, flags and trumpets? Instead I signed it as I was changing into my cycle shorts just before I biked home.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

So I've completed my sales brochure artwork only to discover I've got to do a 15 minute presentation on my strip to the King Features sales team in September. Getting a crash course on Powerpoint from my 15 year old daughter.
It's quite fun.

Monday, July 16, 2007

With my 'launch' date fast approaching I've been working on my sales brochure. Here are the cover and spread illustrations. Obviously logos and type will be added later. This is the easy bit, doing the stupid bio photograph is far harder.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Still doing Sundays. This one came about when we found a huge spider in my daughter's bed. As you can see we've decided on a name and logo.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Quite proud of the drawing in this one. I'm especially pleased with the way Ollie is holding the dreaded banjo.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I really enjoy the Sunday format. Shame it takes so damn long to colour them up.

Friday, June 15, 2007

In fact Ollie got his name from an ankle ring he had put on him as a young chick. When he looked down at it (ie. upside down) the number 31770 looked like OLLIE to him.

My thanks to Brendan Burford at King Features for his input here. I had Ollie put the earpiece in Quentin's mouth. It's only when we discussed maybe distorting Quentin's speech that it occurred to me that it would sound funnier if his nose was blocked.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Apologies to Teresa's uncle Keith and all very exciting uncle Keiths out there.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Seagulls are hooligans! I'm surprised it's taken me this long to come up with a strip like this. It's so obvious. If ever you visit coastal towns you'll see seagulls attacking tourists for their chips.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

I originally drew this with Quentin telling the story but something wasn't right. I think I have to be careful about how "human" Lugworms can be. Somehow a gull having a tummy tuck seems more believable than a worm whose body is simply too different to ours.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

I've been thinking about using the frame gutters for a while. I had meant it to be where the ghost of Quentin's boring Uncle Keith is stuck. Maybe Quentin and Ollie would use a ouija board to summon him? Boring uncle Keith could talk for an eternity so this gutter is pergatory for him 'cos he can't get a word in edgeways. Thing is I couldn't get it right and this one just leapt into my head a couple of hours before I had to show King Features what I'd done this week. Amazing what a bit of blind panic will do.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Quentin: "Rory's made a mess on the carpet".
Ollie: "Well Rory can clean it up".
Quentin: "Rory IS the mess on the carpet".

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Well, at some point I had to do a bird poo joke.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Well I finally got a ventriloquist joke out (see previous). Gottle o' Geer anyone?

Thursday, April 26, 2007

This is unusually cruel.

Hmm, might be a problem with the name "FlopFlip". Could be inviting trouble having the word 'flop' in the title. Not too upset about changing it again. Perhaps I should simply use the character's names as previous. Didn't do Calvin and Hobbes any harm. Either "Quentin and Ollie" or "Nobby, Ollie and Quentin Too". Quentin and Ollie looks nicer. As Esme, my daughter, says it might help me remember Ollie's name for once.

Hang on... it should be Ollie and Quentin! Dammit, I'm gonna have to redo that logo again!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

I could have filled in the first two of Quentin's speech bubbles here and just left the final one blank but I couldn't resist it. When I drew this up I did put all of Quentin's words in just so the speech bubbles were the right size.

Guess what he said in frame 4. I felt like a naughty schoolboy using such foul language in a cartoon strip.

Friday, April 13, 2007

This is one of those rare occasions that we see Ollie and Quentin interacting with the outside world. It won't happen that often.

Monday, April 02, 2007

I know this is absurd but Quentin is new to the outside world so everything is a bit confusing. This is how I explain this ridiculous joke. It'll be the first Sunday strip.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Unfortunately I can't use "butt" in the states. It has to be the lame "rear end"...yawn. Shame 'cos it ruins the flow of one of my favourite strips. Here it is as it should be.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Ollie and Quentin's neighbour is called the 'Evil Mrs. Cadaver'. We'll never see her.