Quackers News

25-10-17

After many trials and tribulations dealing with Microsoft's latest update to Windows 10, I finally have my computer running as it should again (a lot of stuff was borked for a while). Thankfully everything seems to be ok now and I can at last post whis week's Quackers! With time running out and Jason getting more and more wolf-like as the night goes on, can Tom make his newly discovered cure in time? Tune in next week and find out in the finale to our wereduck saga!

18-10-17

-- EDIT --
The final full-colour version of this week's strip is now up! Sorry for the delay, folks.

A quick temporary update for the minute. Fallen a little behind due to some doctor's appointments, picking up prescriptions, and other things, but felt I should at least post the lineart for this week's strip until I can get the colours finished. Look out for the complete update later today!

12-10-17

Apologies for the delay this week folks! Events this week left me a little behind and despite desperately struggling to finish this strip yesterday, I just couldn't get it done in time. Hoewever, I got it ready by the wee small hours of this morning, so enjoy Part Two of the Quackers Werewolf saga!

And remember kids, beware the adorably fluffy puppy you've seen around the neighbourhood lately. You may end up with more than just a licked face.

04-10-17

Welcome to the first part of this year's Halloween special! Will Jason ever be cured of his lycanthropy? Will he ever know what lycanthropy means? Will Tom mind sharing a house with a wolf who quacks? Find out throughout the rest of this month!

13-09-17

Sorry this is a day late. I got a little delayed due to not only some pretty bad art blocks, but with car troubles of my own, ironically enough. I think I may have angered the gods of automobiles or something as one repair to my car ended up spiralling out to several repairs costing a month's wage. I may have to create an alter out of the spare wheel and toolboxes and pray for redemption.
Anyhow, I hope I made up for it somewhat by putting extra effort into the look of this episode. Tune in again next Wednesday for the epilogue to this storyline (I promise to be on time for once!).

06-09-17

It may have helped if the car was powered by the mighty rubber band! For those of you who are unaware, or have forgotten about Jason's dabbling with temporal mechanics and Time machines, you can read that storyline here: Latest Invention - 10-04-2007.
Marvel at Jason's mastery of quantum theory. Be enthralled as we discover the origins of Scruffy. And then stare in bewilderment at the half-baked art and lacklustre character design (while wondering what kind of bizarre evolution is going on when matching the characters to their modern day look).

09-08-17

At last, our heroes make it out of the supermarket and onto freedom! Well, most of them at any rate. Apologies again for the delay in posting this strip. Unfortunately sometimes my job gets in the way of me finishing these things on time, not to mention the art block I've been sufferring from this week (my recent drawings have been terrible!). Tune in again next week to see what new adventure awaits...

02-08-17

As you see, our heroes are still stuck in the supermarket. Luckily it sells almost anything you could want (and plenty of things you don't want), so no matter how long they're in there they can get by. Of a more puzzling nature is just who is the supplier for this supermarket? And how many employees do they lose on a weekly basis when they can't find their way back to the staff room?

26-07-17

What, you thought that last week's strip was just a one-off? You should all know better by know tht if we have the chance to run a joke into the ground then we certainly shall! Will Jason, Tom, and Greg ever make it out of the supermarket? Will they ever get all the shopping they need? Will the audience even care? Find out next week...

20-07-17

Don't you just hate having to spend half your shopping trip just hunting down that one thing you need that is no longer in the logical place it used to be in? Bonus Internet points for recognising the film reference without being told.

I do apologise for the late delivery of this week's comic (no, I wasn't lost in the supermarket). Unfortunately technical issues and real life got in the way, as they do. However, after a lot of hard work and much fiddling about we finally managed to post. The main thing to take away from all this is to never be complacent with saving and backing up your work. The other take away is that labyrinths are fun, but hard to draw.
Oh, and we get to see Greg for the first time in ages! Catch up on some of his best moments here, here, and here.

12-07-17

Proof - if ever any were needed - that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. Yes, that spider living in your house might seem like some eight-legged horror that could descend on you at any moment, but to him you might just be that one house-mate they've always been looking for!

28-06-17

And that's why you see roadworks popping up all over the place without warning. It's probably also the reason you never see anyone working around those sites...

I had put off drawing this one for a while, despite really wanting to get it out there. I know that there'd be a lot of fiddly details to draw, and many instances of a car. And I'm not good at drawing vehicles, so I knew it would be a challenge. Despite all that I had fun creating this one. The roadwork monsters were great to design and draw! Over all I'm pretty proud of this one, and think it's one of the better strips I've done. I'm certainly looking forward to some of the things I have planned in the near future, even though there'll be many more times I'll have to draw that car of Tom's...

14-06-17

Some of us just can't start the day and get to work until we've had that first caffeine boost. Some of us just need a little more than others is all.

07-06-17

...Of course, if Scruffy is smart enough to read the paper, it shouldn't prove much of a challenge for him to work out what you've just spelled out in front of him. But never let it be said that we let little things like logic get in the way of a good joke here at Quackers!

31-05-17

--EDIT--
And here is the finalised version! It was taking longer than expected to finish, so decided to take extra time and make it extra shiny. Hope you all enjoy, and again, thank you for being patient.

Due to family commitments this week's strip will be slightly delayed. I should still have the finished thing up some time today, but for now here is a black and white lineart version for you all to enjoy in the meantime. News of the full-colour version going live will be posted on here, via RSS, and on all our social media accounts. Thanks for your patience.

24-05-17

No wonder it was on sale. Always be careful what you buy from shopping channels or those dodgy third-party seller websites... Remember to only buy your Octoboxes from authorised sellers! In the meantime Jason will hopefully have Tom rescued by this time next week.

17-05-17

After the terror of dinner must come the dread of dessert. Tom means well, but it might just be time for him to accept his cooking may not be up to par. Not to worry, the house should be cleaned up in time for the next episode. Join us again next Wednesday for more adventures.

10-05-17

Try as he might, there's no way that Jason can stall trying Tom's meal for long. No I have no idea how the same meal can degenerate into two different states, but with Tom's cooking no amount of research could probably solve that mystery.
To find out how this meal-time continues to go, tune in again next Wednesday!

03-05-17

It's Tom's turn in the kitchen this week. How will his culinary efforts fair? Find out more in the next couple of weeks. And if you'd like to know how well Tom's cooking has gone down in the past, then check out his previous efforts starting here (1st July 2008).

26-04-17

Tom faces up to his fears in this week's episode!
This turned out to be another unexpectedly long strip which took longer than planned to complete. I do apologise for the slight delay, but that's what happens when my main job takes priority (I do need to eat after all). Tune in again next week for something a little more short-form I think!

19-04-17

This week sees more problems caused by digit defficiency. Chopsticks can be hard to use for many, but none more-so than those with hooves. And while Tom normally goes about with a reasonably calm (or at least restrained) demeanor, this seems to be one of those issues that just hits the right button to set him off...
Check back again next week to see what results from Tom's little breakdown.

Have anything to say about this, or any of the other strips? Do you wish to debate the merits of hooves? Would you like to argue that ducks don't have fingers either? Whatever you'd like to talk about you can do so on our Disqus comment threads below, or at Disqus.com.

12-04-17

It doesn't come up often, but anatomical differences in the Quackers Universe can sometimes be a source of contention.
I often find that no matter the scope and scale of the cartoon universe you see, little thought is paid to how the characters ended up the way they did in the broader scale of things. Not so with Quackers! Indeed, much thought has gone into how the animals of this world - not to mention their human counterparts - have evolved, adapted, and otherwise managed to cope in their day-to-day lives. Some fair better than others, but ultimately most get by OK, despite the occassional hiccup. A lack of thumbs, or even a full set of digits, isn't the setback that it once was. (You know, I have way too much time to think about these things...)

05-04-17

Just a quick one-off this week. As usual, Jason mixes a little real life and gaming, but with unexpected results. Never let it be said that the gamification of life is entirely a good thing.
Stop by again next week for more random adventures!

29-03-17

And so we bring our protagonist's back problems to a close. Next week will be a new month, and with it a new story. Thanks for sticking with us through this rather long story. It's one I've been planning to do for a long time, and while things have altered a lot in the production of it, I'm glad to have it out of my system (in a good way).
Join us again next week for some fresh shenanigans!

22-03-17

--EDIT--
The finalised version of the strip is now live! I put a little extra work into this one as a bit of a thanks for understanding the delay. As well as a couple of refining tweaks like dialogue and fixing some of the off-model characters (which calmed my brain a bit), I also put in a tonne of extra work for some of the effects. I hope that the extra effort shows and that the strip was worth the slight delay. This episode was a biggy and sometimes my imagination outreaches the scope of real life. I hope you'll all come back again next week, and thanks again for taking the time to read this comic in the first place!


Phew! That one took a lot of hard work to get out! It was one of the longest, and toughest strips I've ever done. Unsurprisingly I had a 'Bad Art' week at the same time as creating this strip where any semblance of artistic ability seemed to have left me. I'm not sure I got any of the cast on model outside of one panel! Nevertheless, the story gets to continue (if a couple of hours later than normal) and Jason finally gets a name to put to his condition.

The version of the strip I have up at the moment is a bare-bones one. There is a lot more I need to do to bring it up to a 'completed' version (including a couple of error fixes). The proper version will be up later, so stay tuned to the Instagram or Twitter accounts to see when it goes up.

19-03-17
Thank you!

To celebrate the fact that our Instagram account has gained over 100 followers (and as a little bit of fun on my birthday) I'm posting a 'thank you' picture. It features Jason, Tom and a couple of characters that have helped boost the account's popularity: Business Croc and Selfie Shark. See the picture in all it's high-res glory here, and go see what all the fuss is about on the instagram account here!

Thanks again, everyone!

15-03-17

And so poor Jason continues to suffer. When I started this storyline I didn't realise that it would end up running to quite to many episodes, but sometimes art just runs off with you like that. I do feel kind of guilty as it means Jason will still be stuck like that for a little while longer... Sorry, pal.

08-03-17

It's a quick-fire round of jokes in this week's episode. And we finally get to see Dr Quackman properly for the first time since 2007! (has it really been so long?) He's been through a bit of a design change since then, but so have the rest of the cast in that time. He now looks less like a clone of Jason and more like his own individual duck. And no, that's not a wig he's wearing, they're his own feathers (although that may be a dye job...)

Come back again next week to see if Jason will ever get the help he so desperately wants, or will he have to endure more ridicule? I'm betting on the latter.

01-03-17

And so finally our two protagonists get a glimpse of Dr Quackman. Only a glimpse, mind, as you'll all have to wait until the next episode to see if he'll actually be able to help our hapless feathery friend, Jason.

I had fun making this strip. Took some time to work on different camera angles and poses, something I really need to do more of not just in this comic but in all my art. This is also the telling of a joke that I realised too late should have been in the strip that aired a couple of weeks ago when Tom first arrived with Jason at the clinic. Nevertheless I don't think it did too badly here, and I'll do anything to wring every last drop out of a lame joke!
Tune in next week to see what pearls of wisdom the illustrious Dr Quackman will be able to bestow...

22-02-17

Boy, was that a hard episode to get out! I did enjoy the character design and colouring though, and I hope that shows through. This was also a kind of extra strip to the ongoing story, so it took a bit of figuring out to get the pacing. Take a look at our Instagram account to see some of the outtakes and works in progress that'll be appearing through the week.

Check in again next week when we finally get to see Dr Quackman once again and see if Jason can ever be healed...

15-02-17

And so we find ourselves in the offices of one rather familiar sounding doctor... Things can only get better from here, right? Well looking back through the archives at Jason's previous visits might prove otherwise...

It wasn't until the last minute that I realised the joke (or in this case series of visual jokes) that should have been in this strip. So instead look forward to seeing those in the next episode as I hasten to make up for my missed opportunity!

08-02-17

Welcome to the start of the second storyline of 2017! As if Jason needed any more excuses for not liking exercise, now he does at least have a good one. Next week will see the duo heading off to fix our poor broken duck, and an old, long-forgotten character may just well be popping back up shortly...

Currently I'm hard at work on the next couple of strips while trying to organise my workflow and my main job to make things a little easier here. I have however had to delay the start of a couple of Quackers-related things that I'd previously been working on. I'm now looking to announce those around April. More information about this stuff will appear closer to the time. Meanwhile if you like the comic I would just like to ask that you share the site with others and let them know about us. The more readers the better it is for us here and the more justification we have to carry on with the things that we have planned! A Big thank you to those of you who do read this comic on a regular basis, and for those who follow us on social media (you can find the links to those accounts here).
And don't forget that if you have any thoughts on anything to do with the comic, feel free to put them in the comments below each of the strips. It'd be great to build a community of Quackers fans, but even if you have a critique or just want to say hi you can jot it down below.

01-02-17

And so we come to the end of this storyline. And none of it is anecdotal or has ever happened to me or anything honest... Next week we begin a new story, and bring back a character we haven't seen in a very long time. Who is it? Find out in the next episode, or follow our instagram account to get a sneaky preview later this week!

I'd just like to take the opportunity to thank all those people who have begun following and posting likes on our Instagram account. The support is very welcome and we hope the comic continues to entertain all our past, present, and future viewers for many more years. Click HERE for a special bonus pic as a token of our thanks!

18-01-17

You have to admit that no matter how much Jason may struggle at the gym, he certainly is persistant. Question is, will he be able to stick with this punishing regime?

I'd just like to say a big thank you to all the people who have been posting likes and who have started following me on Instagram in the last week or two. It's a big boost to know that what I'm doing isn't just to a blank wall. I'm going to be posting something there at least once a day from now on that's Quackers related. If you've not already seen what we do there, check us out! There's usually some little sneak peek at upcoming stuff I'm working on. There's also extra art and photography related things that I post there too. So, enjoy the rest of your week, remember to rest, stay hydrated and keep on crushing!

18-01-17

Exercising is tough at the best of times, but nothing beats the TRX for making you question whether it's an exercise apparatus, or just a way to make gym users look goofier than usual. Jason, obviously, has to one up everyone in that regard.
So, the house survived the howling winds of last week. But this week I have the fun of trying to get my car suspension repaired. At least I'm assuming having it sticking out and smacking into the car bonnet it's a standard feature. Waiting for it to be repaired will give me some much-needed exercise as I walk everywhere though.

Work is still progressing on the other Quackers project I mentioned last time. Not a lot to update on that at the moment as I discovered a slight problem in the designs I had, but I think I have a fix and should be back on track again soon. Check back again next week, or follow us on Instagram and Twitter to find out more.

11-01-17

Here we are again - in the midst of real-life gale force winds battering everything outside. So why not stay safe indoors and join us with some more gym-based shenanigans. Will Jason ever find a workout that suits him? Only time will tell. Enjoy the strip, and excuse me for now while I go investigate how much of the roof was ripped off by the wind just now...

In other Quackers news a secret little project I'm working on is getting closer to completion. Hopfully I should have more on that by next week, but if you would like a peek at what we're up to here you can check it out on our Instagram feed here:Sneak peek 1
Here: Sneak peek 2
And here: Sneak peek 3
Or just follow us on Instagram (lesmellor2292), or on Twitter (@quackerscomic) for more updates!

04-01-17

Welcome to the first Quackers strip of 2017! Although technically I did actually complete this strip back in September 2016 when I was first gearing up to get the website up and running again, so... But that should at least explain why our protagonists are wearing very little winter clothing and the background trees are still leafy. Still, given the odd weather patterns we've had around here lately, who'd know any different?
Do our heroes manage to get into the gym? Will they go more than five minutes before Jason is kicked out again? Will Tom ever manage to get Jason to enjoy any form of exercise? Find out by coming back for the upcoming episodes!

Want to see what happened to the guys the first time they tried hitting the gym? Then follow this link to see the start of their fitness journey. Alternatively head to the 2011 archives and browse through their gym adventures from there.

28-12-16

Admit it, we've all had that moment when you had to decide whether to actually use that milk that's ever-so-slightly past the use-by-date; especially in the holidays when the shops are closed.
So, this is the last strip before the end of the year. But don't worry, there's more to come in the new year, along with a few announcements I hope to make regarding other Quackers related things. Keep coming back every Wednesday to see what we have in store!

25-12-16

Happy holidays, everyone! Regardless of how you celebrate, what you celebrate, whether you're relaxing or working, we here at Quackers hope you have a good weekend.
Credit for the 'quacking holiday' line goes to my workmate Dom, who insisted that I include such a joke. Congratulations, Dom, you're a writer now!

Be sure to head back this way again Wednesday for the latest strip and see what Jason gets up to before the new year.

21-12-16

Here we are again with another holiday-themed strip. I enjoyed working on this one, despite the time it took to draw and colour. I also had to dip in and redo a couple of little snafus I'd noticed just as I was about to post! Nothing major, but a certain bit of background perspective would have forever bothered me otherwise. I'll also be glad if I don't have to draw another pine tree for a while. It takes forever to draw all those little fiddly bits!
Remember, if you like our strip please let others know about us and check out our social media. The more fans we get the more we can do in the future. And be sure to tune in again on the 25th for the usual Christmas one-shot update.

14-12-16

I think it's safe to do a Christmas themed strip now as there's only a couple of weeks to go until the 25th... I've actually been waiting to release this strip for a very long time. Now that we're back online again I can finally show it to you all! I hope you all enjoy it. And don't forget, we'll be updating every Wednesday, so head back here again next week for more Christmas shenanigans. Remember that you can keep up with everything going on with the site by subscribing to our RSS feed, you can comment on this strip below, and you can follow along with other Quackers related things at Instagram or Twitter.

07-12-16

After many a long year (a little over four in fact) Quackers is finally back on the internet and lurking around the dusty dark corners of your web browser. Things may look a little different around here (for those that have memories that stretch back far enough to remember the site before). However we've got lots of plans for the comic and the site, and so there will be many more changes and additions both visible and behind the scenes, beginning in the new year!
So, for those of you who are new to Quackers, you can read up a little on the comic and it's characters in the 'Welcome' page.
Also, whether you're new or an old fan, you can catch up with what's gone on before in the comic by perusing the newly refurbished archives.
If you have any comments you can now make yourself heard in the new Disqus comments section now found below every strip!

I hope you all enjoy the new look to the comic and the site, and will continue to enjoy the upcoming strips, and all the exciting plans we have for Quackers. We plan to update every Wednesday with a new comic, which you can be kept up-to-date on by following the Quackers RSS duckfeed. But you can follow any other Quackers-related news and goings on by looking to the news section, as well as following us on Twitter or Instagram.
I'd just like to say thank you for visiting the site, and I hope that you will let other people know about us by spreading the word that we're here. The more people who visit, the more things we'll be able to do with the site and the comic in the future!


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