Let me tell you a little bit about me....er, and the rest of the BUSHY TALES gang. Then, if there's any room left, I'll tell you a bit about our cartoonist, too!
About BUSHY TALES:
BUSHY TALES is a brand new comic strip...yet it had its beginnings many years ago. Well, I did, at least. Almost twenty years ago our cartoonist, Ian Jones (more of him later) did a few sketches of a wombat that he liked. However, as he was producing another cartoon strip at the time, he did not have any time, or ideas, to develop these early sketches....though he always thought it might develop into something one day.
That day came early in 2011 when Ian and his wife, Robyn, were returning home from a weekend with friends in rural New South Wales. Whilst driving, Ian was doing a lot of thinking about things and, during the course of the trip, the whole concept of BUSHY TALES took shape. Of course, the cute wombat from those sketches of years past (me!) became the central character of this new comic strip and everything just "came together" from there as he tells it. A very productive drive, I reckon!
Since that weekend, the world of BUSHY TALES has developed into something that I am really proud and happy to be a part of.
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About THE CARTOONIST
Well what can I say about Ian Jones...I've known him all my life and he seems like a really great fellow. (There he goes again...putting words into my mouth!) Ian has been a published cartoonist for over 30 years, most successfully with the PEARLY GATES cartoon strip, which was published every day for over 20 years throughout Australia and overseas.
For many years Ian and his family lived on a property in the Australian bush and this was, undoubtedly, part of the inspiration for this new cartoon strip, BUSHY TALES. (Did I tell you that I am the star attraction of the strip?)
"The Bluff" is a hill overlooking a valley and a creek below. I first came to The Bluff seeking refuge after a fierce bushfire destroyed my old home. Coming here was the best thing I could have done, as the other inhabitants of The Bluff, an eclectic mix of Aussie bush animals, have welcomed me into their little community.
BUSHY TALES is set in the Australian bush, not the "Outback", so there are plenty of trees, rocks and the creek usually has water in it, much to the delight of Ruby the platypus.
BUSHY TALES is actually a bit of a play on words....I've heard that the Australian "bush" is famous for its tales and stories, often told around campfires late at night.
And, as my friends and I also have bushy, or furry, tails, Ian thought it was a pretty fun thing to combine both concepts into a catchy name.
It works for me!
For a full description of me and my friends, you can click HERE.
Quite frankly, I reckon they're a great bunch of characters....typical of the Australian bush. And the longer I spend up on The Bluff, I am discovering more and more of them, too!
Of course, it does take a little while to get to know them all, as you will find out. But when you do, I am sure that you will love 'em, also!