The immortal Ogri was the proto-rocker that a certain kind of Seventies and Eighties rider wished they were.
Created by the genius that is Paul Sample, Ogri, along with the hapless Malcolm, the frankly pneumatic Mitzi and Kickstart the dog, was a monthly part of British motorcycling life from 1972 to 2013, published first in Bike magazine and then, for four years, in custom bike publication Back Street Heroes.
In 2017 Laughing Gnome books published a special collector’s edition of the strips called ‘Now to Make My Getaway’, The Complete Compendium of Ogri strip cartoons 1972-2013.
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After the success of this sell-out special edition, the publisher has enlisted the help of lifelong fans to help compile a lighter, slimmer, and considerably more aerodynamic volume: Ogri – Everybody’s Favourite.
It features the 150 most popular strips including, to our delight, a personal favourite: ‘The one where Malcolm mistakes a frozen canal for a shortcut’.
Ogri – Everybody’s Favourite has been selected by crowd-sourced nominations from the character’s tens of thousands of fans.
The book also features an enlightening interview with Ogri’s creator Paul Sample on the creative process, reveals that Kickstart was Paul’s dog and that he owns a pair of modern Triumph twins, a Sunbeam twin and an Enfield.
There are many never-before-seen illustrations drawn from his private sketchbooks. This splendid offering can be purchased from teamogri.bigcartel.com for £24.99
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