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.
“You’ve been pulling my leg, haven’t you?” said the dwarf in a pinched voice as he and Ocelot continued into town. “My supporters are not following me and they don’t even recognize me when they meet me in all my glory.”
“Hm,” said Ocelot. “Maybe these were especially dense followers. We’ll bump up the effort. Look! There’s something going on over there. That would be a good place to start addressing larger audiences.”
He pointed to an excited crowd gathered around a lone pedestrian, loudly expressing their unhappiness with his presence in their midst.
“I know that fatso!” yelled one of them. “He is anti-Barribal! He doesn’t even watch TV!”
“So he is against just laws for all,” shouted another.
“He’s a libertine, is what he is!” bawled a third.
“Do you hear how many supporters you have?” Ocelot cried above the commotion. “Go over there and demonstrate your leadership. Just pick one of your laws and give them a taste of it.”
The dwarf summoned his courage and approached the mêlée.
“Here I am, the mighty Barribal!” he screaked. “And I demand quiet! I am here personally to pass judgment on this renegade!”
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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