Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I don't actually know what a Nook is but the Ollie and Quentin eBook is available for it. If it's anything like the Nookie I am familiar with I think I'll like it. I've heard of Barnes and Noble though. Anyway, you Nook owners can now get hundreds of comics for the price of a cup of coffee here!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
You may remember I decided to 'end' my comic by saying Ollie and Quentin were moving to the UK (where they'd be more appreciated!). Well, obviously readers in the UK think this is 'bizarre' as they've always assumed they lived in the UK anyway, as have I in fact. Actually, so did my editor at Kings. Anyway, I've revised three of the 'last' week's 5 comics (2 I'll simply remove) to make it look as if the guys were just deciding to go on holiday to the USA.
(By the way, 999 is the British version of 911 and we say 'holiday' not 'vacation').
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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Monday, January 09, 2012
I knew a really cool ginger tom cat called Jess. He was big, strong and ruthless. Even had his own Facebook page. Local vermin weren't safe while he was around. Sadly his battle with a speeding 4x4 last week didn't go his way and he's now gone. This series last November was based on him.
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
The reaction I've had from fans to the 'ending' of Ollie and Quentin has been overwhelming. I had no idea my comic was this popular. The sales figures certainly didn't suggest this and few people contacted me during my run. People have said some really lovely things and I hope they won't mind if I post a selection of them here. They make me feel a bit better about the comic:"Wait a minute! This isn't part of some kind of joke? I've come to really like this comic - it isn't over is it?"
"I literally don't know anyone who has read O&Q who hasn't enjoyed it immensely. The fact that newspapers don't pick it up is hardly telling of the strip's quality!... This is a terrible loss to the comics world. Absolutely terrible."
"Sad, sad, sad. Keep your name out there, please, so we in the U.S. can follow whatever's next. Thanks for all of the stellar work!"
"I was so sad to read that your comic strip will be coming to an end soon. This has been my favorite comic since Calvin and Hobbes."
"That IS sad! :( O&Q is one of my absolute favorites of all-time."
"I'm going to miss this strip and some of the most awesome art work I've seen."
"Thank you for having brought Ollie and Quentin to our lives. As a former F-15 pilot and now flying the lumbering B777 across the pond, I have a great fondness for your comic."
"Ollie and Quentin quickly became my favorite comic, pretty much from the first time I read it. I am sorry more Americans did not share my love of your strip. I do hope you know that your work was (and is still) appreciated by some of us. I wanted to say thank you for all the enjoyment you have given me."
"I personally think Ollie and Quentin was one of the best strips out there and think your artwork is far superior to a lot of syndicated cartoonists that have been doing it for hundreds of years."
"Hi, I am a Brazilian fan of yours. I discovered Ollie and Quentin through an app in my mobile and I have to tell you that your comics is one of the most interesting I read everyday… And it is with an immense sadness that I hear that I will not be able to “meet” Ollie and Quentin everyday and I regret that it happens because people couldn’t see how wonderful your comics is… I know that it might seem insignificant, an opinion from one guy from a place so far, but I really wanted you to know that it was amazing the time I shared with Ollie and Quentin and I am thankful for all the laughters you and your creations provoked on me."
I've written and drawn nearly 1500 Ollie and Quentin comics yet few are better than these from week 1... IMHO.
I love the rollercoaster one because I believe airline check in desks should have height charts so that short people can't take the emergency exit seats with the extra leg room while tall guys like me sit with our knees up around our ears for 7 hours.
Monday, January 02, 2012
Here it is... the very first Ollie and Quentin syndicated comic. Actually I'd been drawing the strip for about 10 years before this but it was in another guise. Ollie was called Eric. Nobby was 'Stormy Stan the Lifeboatman' (who had a beard) and Quentin didn't exist until about 7 years ago.
In fact here's the first ever comic I can find with both my guys in. This goes way back to about 2000. I just wanted to add Quentin (or Christopher as I first thought of calling him then) as a non-speaking character but within a few months he developed his own voice.