Ozy and Millie
|Ozy and Millie|
|Author(s)||D. C. Simpson|
|Current status / schedule||Ended|
|Launch date||April 29, 1998|
|End date||December 23, 2008|
Ozy and Millie is a webcomic, created by D. C. Simpson, which debuted in January 1997. The comic was part of Keenspot from 2001 to 2003, going independent for several years before returning to Keenspot in November 2006. It follows the adventures of assorted anthropomorphized animals. New strips were released on most weekdays, though the comic's run ended in 2008. The comic centers on Ozy and Millie, two young foxes attending North Harbordale Elementary School in Seattle, contending with everyday elementary school issues such as tests and bullies, as well as more surreal situations. Although the strip ceased being produced in 2008, it is currently being re-run on GoComics.
The strip concentrates on character interaction, but sometimes veers into commentary based on Simpson's political views. Most of the strips have been reprinted in book form. Five collections were released through Plan 9 Publishing, but they have all gone out of print; currently a complete set of the strip's archives is available through Lulu.com. The strip is listed in the top 200 most read webcomic on The Webcomic List.
Ozy and Millie originally started as a print comic strip in a Washington college newspaper, the Copper Point Journal, in 1997 using ink and brush as drawing implements. Simpson claims to have been influenced by comics and cartoons such as Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes, The Simpsons and Pogo. It became an irregular webcomic in early 1998. In June 1998, it became a Monday-Friday daily strip. In the same year, Simpson won a newspaper syndicates' college cartoonist award. When the strip began, Simpson's artistic style was similar to that in Calvin and Hobbes. In 2000, the strip went on hiatus and returned with a new, unique style. The strip also went on hiatus several times. It was once on hiatus for five months, between August 23, 2003 to January 22, 2004. Between January 30, 2004, and January 12, 2009 Simpson also ran another strip, I Drew This, a webcomic specifically about her political views, which also appear in Ozy and Millie. In 2002, the strip won the Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards for "Best Anthropomorphic Comic". Ozy and Millie also won the 2006 and 2007 Ursa Major Awards for "Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip".
Ozymandias Justin Llewellyn is a ten-year-old fox of an unidentified species (also called an "Adolescent Gray Zen Fox") who attends North Harbordale Elementary School in Seattle, together with his friend Millie. He was originally supposed to be a wolf, until a fan showed Simpson a photo of Arctic fox cubs, that Simpson claimed were "absolute ringers" for Ozy. However, Ozy retained his whisker marks. Ozy's full name, Ozymandias Justin Llewellyn, is a reference to the poem Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Ozy is recognised by his large top hat, which he got from his father Llewellyn when he adopted Ozy. The only other clothing he wears is a vest, which makes him the target of some of Millie's practical jokes. He is adept at letting Millie's pranks pass by without effect, but he does suffer bullying at the hands of the school jock, Jeremy, who likes to stuff Ozy into rubbish bins. Ozy also suffers from annual baldness, usually through either a freak accident or because of Millie. Although it is caused by a gypsy curse (later revealed by Llewellyn to be a myth) which has passed on through Ozy's adoptive father's heritage largely unnoticed, it does affect Ozy badly since he is the first Llewellyn with any hair to lose. Ozy is also quiet and serene, usually playing the "straight person". Under Llewellyn's guidance, Ozy also practices Zen; or rather a humorous version of it.
Ozy is told by Llewellyn that his birth mother's name was Shelley and that she disappeared after discovering perfection when she created the "perfect" ice cream flavor, but since absolute perfection is incompatible with the world, she ascended to a higher plane of existence.
Ozy's father left before he was born and become a monk. The pair met when the monk came to town for a visit, though Ozy decided to stay with Llewellyn, whom he considered his "true" dad.
Millicent Mehitabel Mudd, better known as Millie, is a ten-year-old red fox girl who is Ozy's best friend. Millie is usually seen wearing a set of blue denim overalls. Unlike Ozy, who is calm, Millie is chaotic and manic, both in the destruction she leaves behind and the ways she devises of avoiding work. She is a rebel and is opposed to any form of authority, which regularly leads to confrontations with both her teacher, Ms. Sorkowitz, and her mother, Mililani Mudd. Her destructive and rebellious habits not only get herself into trouble, but Ozy too.
Although she is normally manic, she also has a strong sense of justice, facing the inexplicable wrongs of life and the world she sees. However, her rebellions are mostly limited to annoying her mother, playing jokes on Ozy and disrupting the peace at school. None of which matters any less to her, as long as she has fun doing it. Millie says aloud what others think, and does what others, for fear of reaction from the people around them, would not dare. She, like Ozy, often tries to answer the most important questions in life, but her method of finding the answers makes her unique.
Ozy's adoptive father, known only as Llewellyn, is a red dragon. Llewellyn and other members of his dragon family have been responsible for running several secret conspiracies. He also lends both Ozy and Millie advice, although his advice tends to be nonsense. He has also tried to run for U.S. president – first under the "Rainbow Peace Party" in 1968, the "People With Nothing Better To Do" Party in 2000, then under the "Zen Party" in 2004 and 2008. He also runs his house as a separate nation: Greater Llewellynlland. His favourite pastime is playing the "House Rules Parcheesi", a game which has many, very complicated rules, that is claimed to be rather opposite to Calvinball. Llewellyn married Millie's Mother at the end of the Daily Strip. Of all the characters in Ozy and Millie, Simpson has claimed that Llewellyn is her favorite.
Ms. Mililani Minerva Mudd, Millie's mother, is a lawyer, who is as an older, wiser, more temperate version of Millie. She was like Millie in her childhood, and as a result knows how to deal with any trouble caused by her, much to Millie's annoyance. While Ms. Mudd knows how to deal with Millie, she is also the first to lend her support if there is anything amiss. She married Llewellyn at the end of the strip's run in a storyarc from November–December 2008. Her full name was revealed on October 1, 2008.
Other characters in Ozy and Millie include Avery, a raccoon friend who constantly tries to be "cool," even ditching his "uncool" friends such as Ozy. Ironically, his friend Stephan the aardvark is the nerdiest character in the strip. Avery's younger brother, Timulty, constantly undermines his coolness. The two major antagonists are Felicia the sheep, a "popular girl" who teases Millie for being too individualistic, and Jeremy the jock rabbit who bullies Ozy.
Other minor characters include Ms. Sorkowitz, Ozy and Millie's kangaroo teacher and Principal Beau Vine, the bull principal of the school who allows bullying believing that, "Repeated exposure to unprovoked assault squelches unhealthy nonconformist tendencies." Dr. I. Wahnsinnig (German for insane or mad), is a Ring-tailed Lemur psychiatrist of the school who fights with Vine over school issues. Ozy's dragon cousin Isolde is another character who, like Llewellyn, is in charge of various conspiracies. Another character is Pirate Captain Locke, a child pirate from an alternate dimension on the other side of Llewellyn's couch, in which people age backwards. Locke, currently the same age as Millie, is also her biological father.
Critic Fred Patten is one of the main supporters of the strip. In 2001, he wrote that the strip was, "a gently humorous fantasy with a liberal political philosophy." In 2006, Patten still claimed that, "Ozy and Millie is one of the top anthropomorphic cartoon strips on the Internet," although he did also comment negatively about the loss of colour in between changes of printed editions of books. The comic is also popular because of its relatively inoffensive content, with one person writing that it was, "Suitable for readers of all ages, really."
Two series of Ozy and Millie books have been formed, the first of which was discontinued and replaced by the second. Simpson wrote that she would "be condensing the first five books into three that will be larger but cost the same, and making them as comprehensive as I can make them." Editorial cartoonist Ted Rall included six pages of interview illustrated with Ozy and Millie strips in Attitude 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists.
|Ozy and Millie||ISBN 1-929462-11-5|
|Ozy and Millie, volume 2: Never Mind Pants||ISBN 1-929462-20-4|
|Ozy and Millie, volume 3: Ink and White Space||ISBN 1-929462-43-3|
|Ozy and Millie, volume 4: Authentic Banana Dye||ISBN 1-929462-56-5|
|Ozy and Millie, volume 5: Om||ISBN 1-929462-69-7|
|Prehistrionics: Ozy and Millie, 1997–2000||ISBN 1-84728-773-5||Contains Cartoons from Ozy and Millie and Never Mind Pants|
|The Big Book of Ancient, Semi-Coherent Wisdom: Ozy and Millie, 2000–2001||ISBN 978-1-4303-1505-6||Contains Cartoons from Never Mind Pants and Ink and White Space|
|Zen Again: Ozy and Millie, 2001–2002||ISBN 978-1-4303-1508-7||Contains cartoons from Ink and White Space and Authentic Banana Dye|
|Perpetual Motion: Ozy and Millie, 2002–2003||ISBN 978-1-4303-2116-3||Contains cartoons from Authentic Banana Dye and Om|
|Tofu Knights: Ozy and Millie, 2004–2005||ISBN 1-84728-772-7||Contains cartoons from Om and also never-before printed material|
|Closer to the Void: Ozy and Millie, 2006–2007||ISBN 978-1-4357-0504-3||Contain bonus strip – The ABCs of Ozy and Millie|
|Never Grow Up – One More Ozy and Millie collection|
|The Complete Ozy and Millie, Volume 1||Contains every strip from 1997 to mid-2002|
|The Complete Ozy and Millie, Volume 2||Contains every strip from mid-2002 to 2008|
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- Simpson, D. C. (January 25, 1999). "House Rules Parcheesi". Ozy and Millie. Archived from the original on January 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
- Millie's mother's full name
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- Rall, Ted (2006). Attitude 3: the new subversive online cartoonists. NBM Publishing. pp. 21–26. ISBN 978-1-56163-465-1.
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