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Hi! I’m Rupert Fawcett. Here’s a bit about me and how Off The Leash came to be. I was born and raised in West London where I still live with my wife and three children. I became a professional cartoonist almost by accident when in 1989 whilst doodling I drew a little bald man in braces and carpet slippers and named him Fred.

After receiving over 80 rejection letters from publishers I was finally offered a place in Midweek, a free magazine given away at London tube stations. This was soon followed by my first book deal and a contract for Fred greeting cards. These proved very popular and within a short period of time were to be seen in all over the place. A range of Fred merchandise followed with a steady succession of books. The cartoons also appeared in the Mail On Sunday for four years. Over ten million Fred cards have been sold in the UK, Australia and New Zealand and they are still going strong on When my children were small I created a new character, Daddy which was based on my own experiences of parenthood. Three Daddy books and a range of merchandise followed. Daddy greeting cards are also available on I later gave myself the pseudonym Oscar Wendlow and wrote scores of spoof letters to public figures, politicians and celebrities. A collection of these letters and their replies was published as The Letters of Oscar Wendlow.

I subsequently created Uneasy Street, a half-page colour cartoon strip which appeared in the Sunday Express Magazine every week. I also created Close Encounters, a range of humorous colour cartoons which were published as a book and greeting card range. Other recent creations are The Mighty Pen and Midnight ranges of greeting cards which are both available through I recently signed a licensing deal with Clive Juster Associates and as a result have several new Fred and Daddy products coming out. Off The Leash is my latest creation and the first I have launched on Social Media. If you like it I hope you will register to receive daily posts and, hopefully contribute to it yourself.

If you have any questions please see my Frequently Asked Questions page to see if I have already posted an answer. If you can’t find the answers you are looking for I will do my best to answer them. Simply complete the form on my Contact page.