Ollie & Quentin Book

Ollie & Quentin Book
125 pages in full colour!

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Here thursday's quiz. Can you spot which letter has mysteriously vanished from today's comic? It was there when it left here so I'm guessing it's on the run, probably in some sleezy bar somewhere (I know it enjoyed karaoke) so keep your eyes open. If you see it can you tell it to get it's a** back to it's strip. Thanks.

Monday, June 22, 2009


Every week I speak to my clever editor at King Features to go through the roughs I've sent him for approval. Most go through without change, a couple may need a slight amendment but every now and again one might be rejected. This is fine, there's usually a good reason not to run the odd one. However we couldn't agree on this strip. My editor didn't want to go with it, not for reasons of taste (as I feared) but because he was worried readers might not get it. I disagreed so we've decided to run with it. To me it's all very obvious what's going on here. C'mon, did anyone NOT get this?

Friday, June 19, 2009

Original Artworks

I've been thinking about whether or not to sell original Ollie and Quentin Comic Strip artworks. I have hundreds of them stuffed in a drawer which is stupid. They're no use to me so why hold on to them? I guess the obvious reason is in case they're worth something one day but surely if they were it'd mean my strip was a roaring success and consequently I wouldn't need the money anyway. I can't see a reason to keep them beyond greed and sentimentality. I'm neither of those things. In fact, to date I've given them away to anyone who's asked. It's all good PR and I'm happy that they might end up on someone's wall somewhere.

Of course one other reason to hold on to them is because no-one wants them. In that case my kids have a worthless attic filler to look forward to when I croak... or a decent bonfire. Hey, perhaps they could combine the two... the fire and the croaking, I mean. A kinda Viking Cartoonist Funeral. What a way to go.

O&Q New Samples Page

I've updated the Ollie and Quentin Comic Strip Samples page to include a few new favorites as well as some of those oldies. Click here to have a look.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Google Image Search

I use Google Image Search a lot for reference. Recently I had to do some cartoons for a private medical insurance company. The first bit of reference I needed to Google was "airport" then "airport security" followed by "airport x-ray machine" then "passenger planes" and finally "bio hazard suit".
Searches like those could get someone in big trouble. It's a wonder I'm still h

Friday, June 12, 2009

Some other work

I don't often like the artwork I do in my day job (it's all a bit too commercial) but I'm happy with this guy I drew today. That hair looks familiar.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Dilbert and Syndication in 2009

I'm a big fan of Dilbert by Scott Adams and have a day to day Dilbert tear-off calendar (IMHO the best way to read a comic). Anyway yesterday's very funny strip could well be applied to my experience of syndication in 2009 if Dilbert's first panel was to read:

"Today I completed my week's worth of comic strips and launched them into the miasma..."

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Sunday "BOOM!"


I'm gonna get such ribbing for this from my mates but I've succumbed to Twitter. http://twitter.com/ollieandquentin
I have no idea if I'll be any good at it and if I'll remember to do regular updates but let's see.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Strip Order

"How do you decide which order to put your strips in?"

Of course I try to make every strip fantastic but, in reality, there'll always be stronger and weaker ones in every weekly batch.

I always put my favorite on a Wednesday. I'm only guessing here but I think the middle of the week might have the highest readership figures. A strong Wednesday may also make up for less strong Monday and Tuesday strips and help carry you over any less strong Thursday and Friday ones.
Second best goes on a Monday. Start the week with a laugh and maybe they'll read you for the rest of that week.
Friday is where any slightly controversial strips go. Readers have the whole weekend in which to get over any disgruntlement.
Saturday must be child friendly because that's when kids are more likely to pick up the paper.
That leaves Tuesday and Thursday for the others.
Sunday obviously has to be the larger Sunday strip although I've just learned that in Canada they use those on a Saturday!

That's how I decide anyway.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


Last week I hosted a couple of kids cartoon workshops. At one point I spoke about drawing a running figure and how the right leg moves forward as the right arm moves back. I told them that it was a good idea to act out actions to see how our bodies move (I often check to see how I might hold something etc). Anyway looking at today's strip you'll see I c*cked up! Quentin (or is it Ollie?) is running into the room in the first frame with right leg AND right arm both going forward! What a twit!