|A Literary Odyssey|
The strip was about a novelist, Ben, and his long-suffering agent, Maxine. Ben faced the endless rejection of his manuscripts and Maxine spent her days cruelly squashing the hopes and dreams of her aspiring writers. Putting up with Ben’s creative angst was his long-suffering girlfriend Rachel, ever playing second fiddle to his long-awaited novel.
The strip only lasted a year. The Times never said why they wanted to cut it but I presume someone important must have ordered its demise. At the very least, in an era of cost-cutting, they didn't like it enough to keep paying for it.
And maybe we never quite found the right voice. Both Erica and I were living in Los Angeles (Erica still does), and we were trying to write it as if we were based in London, a surprisingly hard trick to pull off, even for me, who grew up there.
Looking back on it now, I still like the jokes. Part of the fun of writing a strip is you get wrapped up in the characters; they start to feel like your children. And who knows? Maybe we'll find another home for it...one day.