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.
Mr. Grandgrub firmly tucked his basket under his arm and hurried back to his delivery van. He had almost reached the vehicle when Ocelot caught up with him.
“What’s that message on the gate?” he asked.
“Don’t you watch television, then, Master Ocelot?” the shop owner replied with a frown. “Does that mean you don’t know about the mighty Barribal, either? I strongly advise you to change your stance on this; it’s in your own best interest. We desperately need a fresh voice, and I, as a citizen and a taxpayer, firmly support his cause. But Mr. Bomble has gone too far—even if he is a good customer and a reliable payer. I cannot afford to associate with someone who is anti-Barribal.”
With these words he climbed behind the wheel and sped away while Ocelot cautiously approached the gate. A small grouping of passers-by had assembled there, expressing their collective disapproval of Squire Ollie’s position on media matters.
“Here lives somebody who is down on television,” said one member of the gathering. “So, he is anti-Barribal.”
“He must be a libertine, then,” a second one added, while a third one growled: “Away with that Bomble. May the mighty Barribal get him!”
“That giant already has quite a following,” thought Ocelot uneasily. “It’s time to think up a plan.”
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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