Oliver B. Bomble, a gentleman of independent wealth, and his good friend Ocelot delve into the mystery of a mighty giant on a mission to set things straight in the world. The story is published in daily installments and will run until Election Day. All previous installments can be found below the current episode.
Later that day police captain Bull Bulles met with Mayor Hippopod to report on the latest developments.
“We are making progress,” he declared. “We identified the location of that clandestine broadcaster and found gigantic footprints in the snow. They were big, Mr. Mayor, these footprints were! And then there was this chair the size of a rig! There’s not a doubt that both belong to a giant!”
“Somehow that doesn’t surprise me...” mused the city father. “But what’s with that tape recorder you have with you, Bulles? And how about that giant himself?”
“He... um... seems to have slipped away,” the police captain admitted grimly. “I did not have enough backup at the time. But we will certainly apprehend the perpetrator before long; that’s a given with his abominable proportions. And this tape here is a recording of the suspect’s voice...”
“Stories, Bulles!” the mayor cut in. “You are not on top of this is what I’m hearing! That voice is not suspect and those proportions not abominable! What we have here is an individual of exceptional stature; we are on the cusp of an era of mighty ideas. But instead of bringing this genius to me so we may join hands, you sully his reputation.”
The chief of police tensed up and from the look of him, many a thought whirled through his head. But he kept them wisely to himself.
Ocelot, meanwhile, was busy investigating the surroundings of the barn.
“That giant left a trail leaving the area,” he discovered. “Let me follow it and maybe I’ll find him before the police return with reinforcements.”
Translation Copyright © 2014 by Adrian Meerman © Text and Images Toonder Company, Netherlands
‘Tales from the life of Olivier B. Bomble, gentleman,’ was serialized in Dutch newspapers for many years, and Squire Bomble, his good friend Ocelot and many others have become household names in the Netherlands. This is their first appearance in the US after the successful translation into English by Adrian Meerman, a Sparta resident.
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