Friday, October 31, 2008
Although only 2 days apart in newspapers these two strips were drawn about a year apart. The "Beast of Biggly Bay" was drawn last year and you'll notice the characters are smaller in each panel. The text is also smaller. I received some negative comments on the size of these aspects when I first launched so have upped the font size and increased the size of Ollie and Quentin when I can. I think the black line is a little more confident too.
Happy Halloween everyone.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
In the new year Ollie and Quentin go looking for monsters in their basement. I've really enjoyed coloring these strips because of all the shadows and highlights I can play around with. Here are a few panels to show you what I mean. The three panels here are taken from 3 different strips but, by chance, seem to tell a story in themselves.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Oh dear, seems that this strip didn't please everyone. The cruel punchline is a bit out of character for Ollie and Quentin so I can understand why someone might complain. Thing is, I do agree. I wish I'd worked harder at finding a funny last couple of frames. Oh well.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Looks like The Eagle newspaper in Kansas is conducting a Comics Survey. 'Ollie and Quentin' is one of 7 very good strips being surveyed so if this is your local newspaper and you like my feature please let them know. These surveys tend to drag out the readers who just want to be rude and nasty about the comics that they don't like so any positive comments would be welcomed by all of us.
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Friday, October 17, 2008
Today is my old school headmaster's funeral. I shall be attending the service afterwards followed by a reception back at the school along with my brothers and no doubt, hundreds of other pupils, ex pupils, parents and friends. Norman Hale was owner of Milbourne Lodge School until 2007 and was Headmaster from 1948 to 1999, Britain’s longest-serving Head. I was there from 1971-76.
It's very difficult to write about Norman because he was such a one off. I have never met anyone more charismatic or loud! I remember him charging around the school in his shorts and deck shoes with his faithful old dog 'Wagger' trailing in his wake. We liked him as much as we were afraid of him with his booming voice echoing through the building. Those fortunate enough to have known him will never forget him. A great man and a great headmaster.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
In this week's strips Quentin tries to impress Rosie with a new bad boy image. He thinks dressing like a pirate will do the job. These comics were meant to coincide with "Talk like a Pirate Day" on September 19th but I forgot and sent some other strips up on that date. What an idiot, or should I say "scurvy dog".
Monday, October 13, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
I really believe in my strip. I am very pleased with my work, as is my editor at Kings, but in trials 'Ollie and Quentin' is failing to connect with readers in the USA. Feedback from areas where my strip is running full time is overwhelmingly positive so I know that once it's in place 'Ollie and Quentin' goes down well, it's just getting there that's proving difficult. Ollie and Quentin isn't a 'cool' strip so it's going to take time to get a foothold. One day, I believe, it will.
I'm happy with today's joke but looking at it a couple of months after I drew it I wonder if I should have had Quentin way off in the distance. We'd still be able to read his sign but he'd be hidden in the long grass and off to the right somewhere rather than in the middle. Boy, am I fussy?!