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Dretzel & Marcel

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Background

In 2017, I launched the comic strip Dretzel & Marcel online, and made about 70+ strips within the following year, which I then collected into two paperback books.

 

The strip did have a different title during these early years; a title which I've later regretted, and now think was quite weak. Thus, in the early 2020s, I republished the strip as Dretzel & Marcel, and had the two paperback books relaunched as such. In early 2023, all strips up to that time (including several strips not published before) were stacked together in the book Dretzel & Marcel. Everything. 2017-2022. See the shop section for more info on this. Note: yet another book, Dretzel & Marcel: More Tales of Precarious Woods, should be out by early 2024, offering strips not included in any previous volume.

(If anyone's curious; the name Dretzel is "borrowed" from an 18th-century German composer named Cornelius Heinrich Dretzel, whose work I doubt I've ever heard, I was just looking for some obscure name, that's all. Marcel just happens to be a name I like, and I think it fits the character well.)

 

Examples below. Many more included in the aforementioned books (and the strips do, of course, enjoy much better resolution there than I decided to give them here). The "look" of the strip has changed over the years; I started out pretty old-school, using pen nibs dipped in bottles of ink, then switched to digital. More recently, I sort of "rediscovered" analog drawing, suddenly relying mostly on felt-tip pens and coloring pencils...

Excerpts from the most recent book, Dretzel & Marcel: More Tales of Precarious Woods. (I'm presenting the newer ones first since that's the work I feel more satisfied with; at least, in general, more so than some earlier strips.)

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And here are some earlier strips, done 2017-2022...

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