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giant squid news, last week's strip

Great news for fans of collosal squids! The french museum of natural history (here, you fight with their website, just click on the squid, "UN CALMAR GÉANT NATURALISÉ") has got one plastinated and ON THE CEILING! Swooping towards a scared-looking shark, apparently. A bit like Marsyas in the Tate Modern, though, the photos are struggling with the scale. There's a five-page comic strip about it, too (chunky PDF behind the link) which explains plastination for the younger audience.

Speaking of comics, this week's strip got a little crowded out by a busy weekend of legendary party, but I drew it last week while trying to cheer myself up by visiting my sister in London. Here's hoping it spreads more cheer than sadness. I was looking through the strips last week for the Oxfringe Fringe Exhibition (Age Concern Bookshop on Cowley Road, if anyone fancies a look -- my piece is right by the computer in the window) and I was struck by how dark many of them are.

More colour, I promise for the future, starting now:

detail from
detail from Today
People and more people.

Whoah, is it still light? I must plant my sweet peas!

Comments

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timscience
31st Mar, 2008 18:06 (UTC)
That's just a giant squid! I demand the French go out and get me a colossal squid right now!

Edited at 2008-03-31 18:06 (UTC)
cleanskies
31st Mar, 2008 22:23 (UTC)
sorry, can't hear you, too busy planting sweet peas
zengineer
1st Apr, 2008 08:48 (UTC)
I thought the New Zealanders had a collosal squid on ice. When is that going to be plastinated?
I wonder if evil scientists are developing the plastination gun? It's all a bit batman but you could imagine a gun that shoots tiny shotgun pellets that penetrate the body, melt releasing enzymes and then cross link all the carbon chains nearby solidfying and plasticising the body.
cleanskies
1st Apr, 2008 09:03 (UTC)
How is the Secret Lair coming along?
zengineer
1st Apr, 2008 09:14 (UTC)
The plans are fine it's just putting it into practice. Oh the pain of being an evil genius with enui.
cleanskies
1st Apr, 2008 13:43 (UTC)
You need a sidekick to kickstart your motivation. Or maybe a private army. Have you considered genetically engineering your mutant mice into a crack force of tiny ninjas?
zengineer
2nd Apr, 2008 08:10 (UTC)
Private armies need to be unsympathetic as they are a bit expendable so mice are too cute and furry. My plan is geese genetically altered to velociraptors with teeth and no feathers. I like the sidekick idea, I think everyone needs a motivational minion.
motodraconis
31st Mar, 2008 19:33 (UTC)
Oh to be in Oxford now that spring is here.
cleanskies
31st Mar, 2008 22:23 (UTC)
The cherry blossom isn't quite out yet :)
concourse
31st Mar, 2008 21:42 (UTC)
I do like the strip. A bit like a happy answer to the under the ice series.

Shall we have lunch at some point and exchange money for anthology? Any day this week is good for me except Thursday.
cleanskies
31st Mar, 2008 22:21 (UTC)
that's be nice
I'm ok for tomorrow or wednesday, whichever suits.
concourse
1st Apr, 2008 08:48 (UTC)
How about 12.30 today then?
At a place in town of your choosing. It could be the first outdoor lunch of the season, if you agree? My first, anyway.
cleanskies
1st Apr, 2008 09:04 (UTC)
Re: How about 12.30 today then?
How about Mortons on broad street, we could pick up a sandwich and walk in the park?
concourse
1st Apr, 2008 09:34 (UTC)
Good plan - see you there then!
mzdt
31st Mar, 2008 22:01 (UTC)
I owe you about three emails by now.

anyway, not what you do, but if you wanted to branch out, or know someone to pass this on to?

Edited at 2008-03-31 22:01 (UTC)
cleanskies
31st Mar, 2008 22:22 (UTC)
DOOM!
three emails. Is this about the theremin?

I've bookmarked Radiohead, but I don't think I'll be doing much with the bookmark....
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