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Bobbins is my original webcomic, that ran from 1998 to 2002, and then again from 2013 to 2015. The first spell is when I learned how to make comics by drawing about a thousand quite primitive ones. The second run began when I had to make some “fake” Bobbins comics, set just before the original run (to fill in a bit of tricky continuity), and got back into making small strips. After those fake strips set in the late 90s, I made Bobbins comics that featured the characters right now. I had to stop when the story, weighed down by the intervening years of heavy continuity, got “out of hand”.

Bobbins dot horse continues the story in the late 90s, from those thirteen initial “fake” strips. It respects the form and content of my earliest comics, while walking between the raindrops to tell the story a different way. I’m not interested in re-doing the original stories, but on re-reading them, I’m interested in all the things I thought at the time and didn’t say.

The original Bobbins was my attempt to become a syndicated cartoonist. This new run represents what it might have looked like if I’d had the slightest idea what I was doing in the autumn of 1998. It’s also a chance to explore characters who I treated quite irresponsibly, and introduce some new ones.

I still like these people, and if I get this right, you still will too. I might manage twenty comics, or twenty-hundred. We’ll see!

Do I need to have read all the old Bobbins comics?

No, in fact, it’s better if you don’t. They’re really only of historical interest. The original art is lost to the ages and they’re tiny .gif files.

Why “”?

A project as misguided as this needs a truly misguided domain name. I think I’ve achieved that.