Thomas was created in 2012, while I was still in high-school. I remember spontaneously painting a stout fish-boy with a sunny disposition backed by two giant pet centipedes.
My dad, upon seeing the fish boy, commented: "Nice" and walked away.
That evening, he returned with a two-page typed story featuring Thomas rescuing a kid from his bike woes with a magical bucket & some elbow grease.
I kept that story in my back pocket all this time; it felt like it was missing something. That was, until my niece, Olivia was born. Who knew, all we needed was a confident, plucky little girl who likes to be outside.