The Adventures of Simone & Ajax
The wacky adventures of a girl and her dinosaur pal, have appeared since 1994 in various indie anthologies, their own title, and been serialized in chapter-form online, these last also having been collected into book form. In 2010 they were honored to have been nominated for the Harvey Award for “Special Award for Humor in Comics.” With this weekly webstrip we look forward to bringing the dauntless duo back to their past readers and, hopefully, introduce them to many new readers. Please let us know what you think, and, if you like them, please share them with your friends.
About Andrew Pepoy
Born in 1969, to the dismay of many, after abandoning such worthless pursuits as becoming the President or an accountant, at age 10 I decided to draw comics. Soon after, I met “Buck Rogers” artist, Rick Yager. Seeing that there were real cartoonists out there, my parents began to worry.
After many years of publishing fanzines, and while still attending Loyola University Chicago, I sold my first professional work and was soon working for Marvel, DC, and other major comic book publishers on such characters as Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, The X-Men, Fables, Scooby Doo, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Simpsons, Betty & Veronica, Godzilla, Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Wallace & Gromit, and many more and in the European market on Lanfeust and others.
Starting in 1995 I also wrote and drew my own comic book feature, The Adventures of Simone & Ajax, which was re-launched online in 2007 at ComicMix.com and recently collected in print from IDW Publishing. It now appears weekly at www.simoneandajax.com.
In 2000, I was asked to redesign the Little Orphan Annie newspaper strip, which I drew for the next year. In 2005 I wrote and drew a revamp and revival of Katy Keene for Archie Comics, which was collected in the paperback, Katy Keene: Model Behavior, and have recently begun work on a new Katy Keene series.
Having been nominated several times, in 2009 I won the comic book industry’s highest award, the Eisner Award. I’ve also been nominated for multiple Hugo Awards, the Harvey Award, and the Inkwell Award.
Current and Recent Projects: A five-year run inking the Eisner-award nominated series, Jack of Fables, for DC/Vertigo Comics, as well as inking many comics of The Simpsons and Futurama for Bongo Comics, the “Archie Loves Betty” half of Life With Archie Magazine for Archie Comics, and 2 recently-published graphic novels, Lanfeust Odyssey book 1 and Alunys, for the French Publisher, Soliel. Returning to writing and drawing new Katy Keene comics for Archie Comics and a new, weekly Simone & Ajax webstrip.
Influences: Roy Crane, Dan DeCarlo, Russell Keaton, Bob Lubbers, Matt Baker, Alex Raymond, Charles Schulz, Mark Schultz, Steve Ditko, Enoch Bolles, George Herriman, Henk Kuijpers, Francois Walthery, Wally Wood, Bob Oksner, Don Flowers, Herge’, Jamie Hewlett, Dave Stevens and so many more.
Other interests: New Wave and punk music, 1920’s-1950’s swing and jazz, old radio and TV shows and movies, pulps, and hoping to go outside. Currently living in a condo with a turret on the north side of Chicago with my wife Chris Atkinson, and our odd cats and a dog.
See more of my work at my personal web site http://www.pepoy.com
About Jason Millet
Jason Millet, Simone & Ajax’s colorist, is an illustrator who has freelanced in the Chicago area since leaving the T-shirt design business in 1997. He has created storyboards, concept art and illustration for various ad agencies across the country as well as for NBC-Universal, Wizards of the Coast and Disney. He has also illustrated 15 children’s books for a variety of publishers and penciled and/or colored comics for DC Comics, Dark Horse Publishing, Devil’s Due Publishing, IDW, Image Comics, Archie and Scholastic Books. You can go to his website at jasonmillet.com for further information.