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This is fun, so more facts about my characters that maybe 3 people care about!

Nigel Thwaites
StA - Someone's Got a Birthday, I Wonder Who... by TopperHay
- His personality is heavily based on the comedian Rik Mayall. If you want an accurate depiction of what Nigel acts/sounds like, watch The Young Ones, Bottom or Filthy, Rich and Catflap.
 - He has a speech impediment known as 'Rhotacism' which leaves him unable to pronounce the letter 'R'. He thinks this is normal and spells in the same way he speaks.
- His middle name is Gregory.
- He comes from a wealthy family who are known to have more money than sense. He lives with his mother Constance, his father Lupin, and his older brother Reginald along with a seemingly infinite number of uncles, aunts, grandparents, cousins and other estranged relatives.
- He doesn't like girls his own age but tends to have crushes on grown women.
- He's usually the first one to start a fight...and the one to lose said fight.
- Despite the way he treats Alfie and Richard, he considers them his chums. Of course he thinks they look up to him, but at most they tolerate him.
- He has ten toes...on each foot. A side effect of his family 'keeping it in the family'.

Oscar Pryce
Sssssssmokin' by TopperHay
- Oscar is 4 and a half years younger than his brother Baxter.
- His cigarette addiction started at the age of 11.
- His nose was broken twice (once by accident, once on purpose).
- Though he gives the impression of a lazy slob, he's by far the most intelligent and witty person in the Pryce household.
- He doesn't eat much, but when he does he tends to go for spicy/hot foods as that's all he can taste due to his tastebuds being knackered by the cigarettes.
- He can play the guitar and the piano. He prefers the piano as you can't balance a pint on a guitar whilst you're playing it.
- He gets along well with Emiko and tends to be on her side in an argument.
- He often gives the impression that he's nonchalant and doesn't care much about what goes on around him, but he's got a soft, compassionate centre.
I got tagged by :iconqwertypictures: and I thought this sounded fun, so here we go.

Rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. Post 8 facts about your character.
3. Tag 8 other people along with the characters you want them to write about 
4. Post their avatars and write the character names next to them.

Drawvent Calendar 5 - Sick Day by TopperHay
- Staedtler's first name is Sadie.
- Her height is 6'5 and she weighs 10 stone 4 ounces.
- She's quite tech-savvy and is fascinated with all kinds of technology. She has a love-hate relationship with typewriters though...
- Mr Windsor is her maternal grandfather. Her personality is also the complete opposite to his in that she's shy, self-conscious and prefers to keep herself to herself.
- She considers Newton to be her best (and only) friend.
- Her biggest fear is public speaking.
- She was originally going to have blonde hair but to have her fit in with the black & white look of the staff her hair was made black.
- Her clothes are based on an outfit I own IRL.

2017 Commissions by TopperHay

Commissions are open! If you’d like some art or a custom made charm/badge/necklace etc. feel free to send me a message!
*Special Offer* Buy a full colour commission and get a sketch free!

The Sneaking Horror by TopperHay Whatta Drag....ula by TopperHay
HRAM at Collectarama by Granitoons

:icongranitoons: and I will be at Collectarama on Sunday the 26th of March at The Dome in Doncaster from 11am to 5pm. If you're in the neighbourhood, check us out! www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Durha…
1. Post these rules. 
2. Post 8 facts about your character. 
3. Tag 8 other characters. 
4. Post their names along with their creators' avatars.

Saw this thing doing the rounds so I thought why not...

1. Worbian's design is based off Dr Robotnik from The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Captain Pugwash.
2. Worbian was originally going to be a more villainous character, but since I didn't want him to be Baxter in pirate clothes I changed his personality to a warmer, friendlier one.
3. His personality is partially based on my dad, a tutor I had at university and Brian Blessed (all of whom had huge beards at one point in their lives:D)
4. There are many rumours as to how he lost his right leg (shark attack, lost it in a pirate battle etc.) The real reason is gout which is why he only drinks tea.
5. He's not an actual Captain. He was known as Mad Captain Leo in is wrestling days and the 'Captain' part stuck.
6. His biggest dream is to visit a cat cafe.
7. He was married to a lady named Barbara Rose who mysteriously disappeared not long after his son Julian was born. Her whereabouts are unknown.   
8. He's oblivious to people in bad moods which makes his one-sided friendship with Otto Oyster a strained one.

I think everyone I know has done this but if you haven't...you know what to do ;) no, not that ya dirty duck
Just a quick thank you to all you wonderful peeps who wished me a happy birthday. A good day was made a great day because of you. :)

Penning a greeting by Granitoons Crossing over to wish you a Happy Birthday by Granitoons Fishing for Trout by Rhodeway Angry Baby by CowboyCrocket Birthday 'Cake' for TopperHay by EarthVStheDerek Yellow Nubmarine by AgentC-24 Baby-Hayley by Ixentrick Happy Hayley Birthday by qwertypictures Happy Birthday TopperHay 2017 by BluebottleFlyer Play-diabeetus by BunnzieBungo Plenty of Fisch by LaptopGeek92 Hoppy Birthday Hayley Hare by youlittlemonkey Emiko Movie Scene by JIMENOPOLIX
Pop Team Emiko by The-Happy-Apple
It's just over a week into 2017 so I 'spose it's about time to dust the cobwebs off this thing. (My last update was June 2016. That's how bad I am at keeping you in the loop :doh:) I was going to update sooner believe it or not but I've been up in Aberdeen for the New Year and having a nice break after the whole Christmas season.

Comic updates
Granitoons and I are working on a backlog of comics for this years Blonge! but it won't be in a physical print form this year. We're going to be hosting them on Tapastic which is basically YouTube but it hosts comics instead of videos. A different comic will be posted every Monday/Wednesday/Friday so if you want to support our stuff head on over to Tapastic at the end of this month.

Life updates
Whilst 2016 has been a turbulent year for a lot of people, I'm not crazy about blaming an entire year on all the bad things that happened in it. There has been some low points this year for our family, notably the death of three beloved pets and the sudden passing of my uncle which happened not long after Christmas (no, this isn't a cue for those maudlin black and white pictures of me/my characters crying. Yes, I miss them but I much prefer to celebrate their lives than to mourn their deaths) there has been plenty of high points too. It was a productive year for art and conventions and meeting up with friends both old and new. My advice is to make this new year the best you can and get on with things. ;)
Commission Sheet 2015 by TopperHay
It's the first of the summer months so I thought I'd open up some commission slots. If you'd like to see your characters scribbled by yours truly, comment below. 5 slots are currently open!

What I'll Draw -
OC's (Original Characters)
IP's (Intellectual Properties, basically - famous people's OC's :D)
Comics
Pinups/Mild NSFW
Animated GIF's


What I won't draw -
Extreme fetishes
Political things

1. AgentC-24 Drink Up The Sun by TopperHay KL - Pulling Strings by TopperHay
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Granitoons and I's next Blonge! annual will be available for purchase next month. It'll be the usual 50-odd pages of comics, puzzles and games to add to your summer fun!

In the meantime, here are some sneaky previews of what's to come...
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I saw this thing floating around so I thought I'd have a go with it.

RULES:
1. Post 8 facts about your character.
2. Tag 8 other Characters.
3. Post their names along with their creator's avatars

8 Facts about Emiko Harumi
Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 22.09.35 by TopperHay
1
. She's unofficially adopted. Unofficial because once you sign your name on a bit of paper, the government knows you're alive.
2. Her favourite animals are rabbits. She would like to own a real pet rabbit but Baxter doesn't like animals so she has to make do with cuddly rabbit toys.
3. She likes strawberry flavoured things but she doesn't like actual strawberries.
4. She's 9 years old, but acts younger partly due to a sheltered upbringing and her own obliviousness to the 'real world'.
5. Though she's in training to be a ridiculous cartoon villain, her dream job is to work in a profession where there are a lot of cute animals.
6. She has a fear of being left alone/abandoned.
7. Despite her happy and cheerful disposition, she has a lot of trouble making friends. She's seen as a weirdo by other children (and some adults).
8. She's completely in the dark about her Japanese roots. Partly because she lives with people who don't know/don't care/have a very warped view of Japan.

Tag yerself if yer want. ;)

I know it's a week late but I'd like to thank everyone who wished me a happy birthday. You make me feel loved not just on my birthday but everyday. :aww:

Crappy Birthday Hayley by Granitoons Have your cake and eat it by Granitoons Briony Birthday for Topper by EarthVStheDerek Did I Pick Up a Trout by Mistake? by AgentC-24 Beautiful girl of the month by CowboyCrocket Capt. Leo Worbain: The Actor? by BunnzieBungo 4-2-2016 - 2 by Rhodenris Happy Birthday TopperHay 2016 by BluebottleFlyer What Do I Do With It? by Rhodeway Happy Birthday HR by The-Happy-Apple A Nubby Birthday by LuigiStar445

In other news (and the reason I was late with the thank-yous) is that Granitoons and I have been working on the next Blonge! annual. It'll be ready sometime this June so keep yer peepers peeled!

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 16.12.23 by TopperHay

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 16.13.59 by TopperHay
Drawlloween Compilation by TopperHay

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We had a really fun time at MancsterCon2015. Special thanks to LaptopGeek92 for letting us crash at her place and also PurpleSallyJay for helping us shlep our stuff all over Manchester. And a big thank you to everyone who came to chat to us and supported our work! Honestly, the best thing about conventions is meeting a bunch of new and like-minded people to befriend and support.

There’s still some annuals, posters and a few other trinkets to be sold so if you fancy buying one, contact either me or Granitoons and we’ll send you along our arty farty stuff. You can also support our Patreon and get exclusive access to behind the scenes artwork, personalised sketches and more!
  1. How long have you been on DeviantArt? - 11 years ago today! What has my life become?Which is why I'm a bit late with this journo'.

  2. What does your username mean? - Top hats and the first few letters of my first name

  3. Describe yourself in three words. - Stripey, soppy, sarky.

  4. Are you left or right handed? - Right handed

  5. What was your first deviation? Probably some crappy Happy Tree Friends related stuff. I was obsessed with that junk when I was 13. :lol:

  6. What is your favourite type of art to create? - Comics featuring uglycute things.

  7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? - Something deceptively simple, like the stylised 60's stuff.

  8. What was your first favourite? - Rubbish tourny pic by KrystallWolvelt Told you it was HTF related

  9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? - Cartoony stuff, art tutorials and things like that.

  10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?- Granitoons. I liked him so much, I married him.

  11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? - I've already met BluebottleFlyer, Dracorum-Order and LaptopGeek92 this year. I hope to meet some more in the future, money and time permitting. ;)

  12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? Granitoons, again. Not to mention a lot of my other arty pals on here.

  13. What are your preferred tools to create art? Traditionally, brush pens, markers and Inktense pencils. Digitally, Photoshop and a Wacom tablet.

  14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? Hunched over my laptop with some old timey music playing in the background

  15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory? Meeting up with :icongranitoons: in person. We all know how that ended. (lol copypaste response)

The proof copy of Granitoons and I's comic annual Blonge! arrived today. We'll be selling copies of them at the end of the month at Mancstercon2015 and online soon after that. In the meantime, here's some more sneaky previews!

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Sorry it's been a bit quiet around here as of late, but there's a good reason for that. Granitoons and I have been doing a bit of this stuff...

E-comics on Amazon by Granitoons
US     Puppy Fat Dinner Dilemma!  Now You're Stalking!  DG Vs. DH!    AstroCat
UK     Puppy Fat  Dinner Dilemma!  Now You're Stalking!  DG Vs DH      AstroCat

US   Vampire Brat Acting The Ghost The Bride Of Oaffe
UK   Vampire Brat  Acting The Ghost The Bride Of Oaffe

US All That Glitters Don't Pick Your Rose 3's Company 4's a Crowd The Oranges Story
UK All That Glitters Don't Pick Your Rose 3's Company 4's a Crowd The Oranges Story


We also have a Patreon site here Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks for your support. :)

Granitoons and I will be sending the Blonge! 2016 annual to the printers soon but before we do, we thought we’d like to open up a Q&A thingamabobwhatsit. You can ask us anything about our comics, characters, art supplies, inspirations etc. and we’ll add your questions in the annual (with your approval, of course!)

Fire away!
mancstercon.wordpress.com/ < Click here for more info!

Mancstercon2015 Promo by TopperHay

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Moving-house-gif by TopperHay



To celebrate moving back into our old/new house, we're doing a sale on commissions! Buy one full colour drawing and get a black and white sketch free!
Examples

Kartoon Kooks by TopperHay Valentine Doodles 2015 by TopperHay Snow A Go Go by TopperHay Sunny Pearl by TopperHay StA - Playground Punch-Up by TopperHay


Plus, we're bundling up some original drawings to sell because we need space for...more paper, of course! 5-10 drawings for £1.00 each. Which drawings will you get? It is a mystery! :iconitisamysteryplz:

If there are any questions or queries you have, feel free to ask!
Briny Birthday by Granitoons SHOUTY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! by Granitoons Takin' the Cake by Rhodeway Oh Goodie by AgentC-24 The Nine Circles of Hay by CowboyCrocket Happy Birthday HR by The-Happy-Apple Happy Birthday TopperHay 2015 by BluebottleFlyer Birthday Gift for TopperHay by Urvy1A The Sweetest One by Ixentrick Happy Birthday Hayley (from Nigel) by ryangregg12345 Hayley's Kawaii Birthday Pic by BunnzieBungo Little Miss Distraction by LuigiStar445 B-day Gift: Creepbury by brandan97 21-2-2015 by Rhodenris

Just to say thank you for all the birthday wishes, messages and pics. You know how to make a gal feel loved. :aww: You're all lovely and wonderful and internet fried eggs all around! :sunnysideup: