|Sam and Mabel emerged in the mid-1990's -
long before I had a granddaughter called Mabel by the way
- when I must have had far too much time on my hands. It
gave me the opportunity not only to create two characters
with a complex and interesting relationship but also to
reflect on issues that affect the English Lake District
where I live and which I love so much. The idea of a
series of cartoons about characters whose faces you never
see also appealed to me. If you find any of the cartoons
hard to understand try viewing them in the context of the
series as a whole.
Mabel has asked me to point out that, despite first appearances, nobody need really feel too sorry for Sam. She takes care of him perfectly well most of the time, but just occasionally finds it impossible to resist such an easy target. Sam, of course, doesn't understand what all the fuss is about. He is quite happy with things just as they are.
Most of the cartoons are about a holiday Sam and Mabel once took in the Lakes. Here are a few that help to set the scene.