Piers Baker, creator of Ollie and Quentin has announced that his strip is ending at the end of this year due to lack of sales. It was launched four years ago. Piers hinted earlier this year that the strip has been a rough sale to newspapers, but he’s been grateful for the experience.
So, what has my experience been like? Well, I have never worked harder or longer, never sacrificed more and have never earned less in my whole cartoon career. That said I wouldn?t have missed the last four years for anything. My ambition in life was to be a newspaper syndicated cartoonist and for four wonderful years I lived that dream. Not many people can say they did exactly what they were meant to do in life. I?m glad I can. (I just wish I?d done this 50 years ago!). I was never happier than when sat in a coffee shop writing my comic as ?Ollie and Quentin World? became my favorite place to visit. It has got me through some very difficult times as readers of this blog will know. Writing a comic is great therapy!
Brendan Burford, Pires’ Comics Editor at King Features writes high praise for the strip over on his blog.
It?s beautiful and funny and subtle and quirky. The world is so charmingly realized, and so elegantly presented. The refinement of it all makes the zaniness that much more rewarding ? there?s a wonderful dichotomy to the gentle look and feel combined with the unapologetic humor that I just love.