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Ginger Meggs Reader Question: Why do some characters have two separate eyes and others have double-eyes like Sonic the Hedgehog?

Another reader question from Ginger Meggs fan @Dennis11 through GoComics:

Q: Why do some characters have two separate eyes and others have double-eyes like Sonic the Hedgehog?

Thanks for the question Dennis!
Well first off, the double-eyes thing hasn’t always been part of the character designs in Meggs. originally Ginger had two empty ovals with lines through them, which was a stylistic choice by the creator, James C Bancks back in the early 20th Century.

There were a few other instances of those lines being read as ‘eyes’ and there was certainly a lot of American strip influence back then. Australia was relatively new to the comic strip game compared to the US.

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When James Kemsley took over as 4th writer and artist on the strip, he did very gradually change the look of the characters to bring them in line with more modern cartoon characters. This was around the time of Dennis the Menace’s cartoon TV series and the rise in prominence of the Simpsons (back when Bart was the ‘main’ character, not Homer.)

As you can see above, james kept some of the features from the Ron Vivian and Lloyd Piper-era Meggs, but tidied up some of the lines, gave him modern sneakers, and gave him two solid pupils inside one double-wide eye.


Of course, not all of the characters have this design. Min, Mike, Tony and Benny still do, but Aggie, Dad, Mum, Coogan, Canehard, Penny, Rahul and everyone else all have separated eyes.

Slowly but surely, Ginger’s eyes have been moving closer and closer to their original separated eye design, but a change like that can’t be made abruptly in a strip this long-running. Do I intend to bring all the characters into line on the same separated eye design? Probably, yes. If for no other reason than they all look like they belong in the same universe. Having some characters look that different can be a little confusing when they’re in the same panels together.

Am I going to make it look like the Sonic the Hedgehog reboot? …uh. No.

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Ginger Meggs: Introducing... Rahul Jayasinha!

Ginger Meggs: Introducing... Rahul Jayasinha!

Today marks the first appearance one of three new characters being introduced to the Ginger Meggs universe in 2019: A young Australian boy named Rahul Jayasinha.

Rahul’s father was born in India, met his wife in Sri Lanka and moved to Australia to start their own medical practice. Now both Australian citizens, they had Rahul ten years after moving to Australia, making him a dinki di Aussie! He’s just moved house and so has just started at Ginger’s school.

Rahul loves nothing more than getting out in the sun and playing cricket — and giving Ginger a run for his money! He’s a little bit taller than the other boys, and can run faster than Tiger Kelly on a rampage.

The first appearance of Rahul occurs at the end of today’s Sunday strip, the second of a three-part continuation after Ginger is forced to stay in his bedroom and finish his homework before he’s allowed to go and play cricket with the boys.

Unfortunately, he arrives too late and the game is all wrapped up. He discovers they had invited the new kid to fill-in, but fast realised that he was so good, they wouldn’t mind having him on the team permanently!

Rahul will develop with the rest of the characters in the strip over time, and we’re excited to see him work his way into more storylines across the coming years. Every Aussie kid should be able to see themselves in the characters of Ginger Meggs. Stay tuned for our next introduction this year of a young indigenous Australian girl who plays music and gives the lads a run for their money on the sports field!

And of course, stay tuned for more adventures with the entire gang, every day at GoComics.com

  • A big note of thanks to my friend Dilruk Jayasinha for his advice on the character and his cultural heritage.

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Ginger Meggs: Introducing... Penny Chieng!

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BIG NEWS!

Introducing the first of 3 new faces moving to Ginger’s town in 2019... Penny Chieng! A whip-smart Malaysian Australian girl who gives Fitzzy a run for his money in all things academic.

Penny’s mum, a family lawyer, just got a new job in town and moved them into a new place in Ginger’s neighbourhood. She’s starting at the school this week, and Minnie Peters will be showing her around.

Keep an eye out for Penny at GoComics: https://www.gocomics.com/gingermeggs/2019/09/12