Last week, in a rare moment of total clarity, I finally understood what my life’s purpose was. I finally knew the reason I was put on this earth.
It was to create a mash-up between the much-loved long-running Scottish comic strip, The Broons, and our own Bob and Berta Hoon in an all-new comic called The Hoons.
The idea amused me no end. I read The Broons and Our Wullie religiously growing up, always getting one or the other in my Christmas stocking, depending on which title was published that year. For those of you who didn’t grow up in Scotland at some point in the last seventy-odd years, the books were published in alternate years – The Broons one year, and Oor Wullie the next.
Anyway, I quickly wrote a short Broons style script, but with Bob and Berta Hoon in place of Maw and Paw Broon. I posted a message on a Facebook group for comic-book illustrators looking for someone who could replicate the style of the original strips, and included a sample Broons page, as I assumed nobody in the group – most of whom are in the US – would know what the hell I was talking about.
About an hour later, an illustrator called Stevie White got in touch. He reckoned he could probably have a pretty good go at drawing the script, since he’d been the artist on The Broons of sixteen years!
Stevie sent the finished strip yesterday, and it’s even better than I could have hoped. I’m making this first one available for everyone to read, but future issues will be available exclusively to members of my VIP Club, so if you haven’t already done so, sign up at the bottom of this page (it’s free!)
Enjoy the comic. Click to enlarge it and view it in a new window. And let me know what you think in the comments!
UPDATE! I’ve gone ahead and made both strips available below. Merry Christmas!