Children’s publisher Bog Eyed Books have just published a fab collection of Tor Freeman‘s Welcome to Oddleigh, available now in all good book shops and through online retailers.
Collecting stories from the eponymous webcomic, Welcome to Oddleigh, we’re introduced to Chief Inspector Jessie and Sergeant Sid are tasked with policing the town of Oddleigh. It’s no ordinary place; strange things and bizarre behaviour are the order of the day. But Jessie’s sworn to uphold the law of the town, and she’s going to do it – no matter how weirdly its citizens are behaving…
“If Zootopia was a lot more like Hot Fuzz with a helping of Dr Seuss on the side, you might be half way to Tor Freeman’s tales of Oddleigh,” says Jenny Robins from The Quietus of this strip. “Freeman’s art is as expressive and polished as you’d expect from her healthy pedigree in children’s books, but this is definitely a fully realised comic and makes smart work of the medium.”
A London-based freelance illustrator, author and comic maker since 1999, Tor was was awarded a Sendak Fellowship in 2012. In November 2017, she was the winner of the Observer/ Cape/ Comica graphic short story prize.
Like her past work, Welcome to Oddleigh is suitably bonkers and exudes a wonderful charm in terms of both characters and story as the sample pages here indicate. Well worth a look!
Bog Eyed Books is children’s comic publisher from Gary Northfield, creator of international best seller Julius Zebra. They publish Gary’s very own Beano creation Derek the Sheep, and modern classics from the pages of weekly comic The Phoenix, including Sarah McIntyre‘s Vern and Lettuce, Jim Medway‘s Sgt Chip Charlton and Mister Woofles, and Alexander Matthews and Wilbur Dawbarn‘s Useleus.
• Read Tor’s winning Observer/Cape/Comica entry “If You’re so Wise, How Come You’re Dead”, here
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Welcome to Oddleigh © Tor Freeman