Rupert Fawcett is a bit of a tour de force in the world of cartoon strips. A Londoner through and through, he became a professional cartoonist almost by accident when in 1989 he doodled a little bald man in braces and carpet slippers and named him Fred. Fred rapidly became famous on greetings cards all over the world and the cartoons appeared in the UK's Mail on Sunday for 4 years.
Later, when his children were small he created a new character, Daddy, which was based on his experience of parenthood. This also became a great success as did his subsequent creations, Close Encounters, Uneasy Street, The Mighty Pen and the letters of Oscar Wendlow.
Rupert's latest creation is Off the Leash, a series of cartoon strips about dogs. These are some of the funniest cartoons I've ever seen as he cleverly chips away to uncover the curious world of dogs and their owners. I'm really pleased to have the opportunity to include some of the cartoons on our mugs. Prepare to laugh (a lot) and start collecting... :-) They also make great gifts for dog lovers.