About the page...
All of us have embarrassing moments from our childhood. In small towns (such as Otterstow) everyone knows everything about everybody.
The top two frames are intended to show Ignatius and Jess in their teen years, but I'm a bit disappointed that it just didn't come across as well as I had hoped. They were both drawn 'from scratch', meaning I didn't render them and use my usual
There is a (currently discontinued) strip called "Ozy and Millie" (by DC Simpson), which I greatly admired. A running gag was that Millie would occasionally shave Ozy's tail. I know it sounds a little hard to believe, but I did write the line about the tail-shaving before I saw it in "Ozy and Milly". Although, I freely admit that Simpson came up with the idea first (and made better use of it), I did think of it on my own. I guess there's something inevitable about a Vixen shaving someone's tail.
Another bit of
The story thus far...
Grace and Simon, two teenage tearaways, have discovered a passage to Reality in the basement of The tré (a tiny theatre in their miniscule town of Otterstow). Unfortunately, they have accidentally trapped themselves and cannot return, although they do not seem to be in any hurry to do so.
Ignatius (the mayor of Otterstow) suspects this is the case and has enlisted the aid of the parents; Slide, Sandra, Pete and Gina. None of the adults have figured out how to open the passage, which seems to involve a mysterious box that they cannot open.
What's going on right now:
The parents (except for Gina, who is watching the portal in the basement of The tré by herself) are taking a break from their investigation. They are joined by Linda and Geoff as they sit on the balcony of Nora (Ignatius' home) and enjoy the clear night. The conversation has turned to self-esteem and humility.
Drawing completed - 05 MAY 2011
"I beg your pardon?" asked Ignatius.
"You'd get a great, big swelled head and think you were the cleverest Fox in The Kingdom," Linda answered, "if we weren't here to remind you of all your cock-ups."
"Like the time Jess hoodwinked you into letting her shave your tail," Slide reminded him of a childhood event.
"Or when she conned you out of the class milk money," Sandra added.
"Remember when it snowed, during exams?" Linda recalled, "And Jess locked poor Ig in the cupboard, telling him we were playing hide and seek and it was his turn? The poor dear – he was in there for almost the whole recess and didn't get a chance to come out and play with us."
"With friends like you," Ignatius admitted, "I can rest assured that I risk no danger of conceit."
"So there you have it," Geoff pronounced. "Ig is proof-positive that we don't have to live up to our symbolic counterparts."