Fish ‘n’ Chimps 4 Kids

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Last updated on January 28th, 2024 at 01:20 am

Some ideas come from the strangest of circumstances. Fish ‘n’ Chimps 4 Kids—the kiddie companion to my larger Fish ‘n’ Chimps comic—started with a conversation at a comic convention and came to life at a six-hour session in the twilight hours at a local coffee shop with a friend while I sketched away.

So where did Fish ‘n’ Chimps 4 Kids come from?

So—Fish ‘n’ Chimps 4 Kids. It seems so obvious to me now, but back when I drew Fish ‘n’ Chimps in the early 2000s and sold my books at conventions galore, a woman told me that independent artists needed to make more books for children, as our tales filled with violence, misery and woe were ignoring a vital demographic. And I didn’t really appreciate it at the time, but that comment stayed with me, and I eventually found myself sketching a concept in class of my characters as hand puppets, giving them a stage to teach kids life lessons with all sorts of results. Swords were replaced with toilet paper rolls and battles with slapstick humour. It’s a project I’ve put down for entirely too long, and I’d love to give it some life again!

Here’s a look at how it all came together:

A drawing of my Fish 'n' Chimps characters as sock puppets, an idea I was thinking up for a side comic called Fish 'n' Chimps for Kids, or FNC4K for short.
Left to right: Doomz, Kyle, Nick, G.

Hopefully, you’ll see it sometime soon!

Peace y’all,

The second logo for Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad


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