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no time to go to the movies

Or go shopping for Tank Girl Boots, or watch Black Books, or finish my Annual Report.timekeeper On the way to the busstop I noticed my watch had lost three minutes again and wrote up the rest of what I was thinking on the bus, in the tiny sketchpad. I'd work it up into some proper artwork but I just don't have the time. Some of the time I didn't have I spent watching Shaun of the Dead, and after that we went to a pub, because we had to. We tried to go to The Grapes, because that seemed pretty defensible, but there wasn't any space (full of zombies already) and it smelt really nasty, so we wound up at the usual. It was great, of course (the movie, not the pub) but you knew that. And we got a decent selection of music played beforehand and the extra long Van Helsing trailer. Growl!

Work didn't go so well, report writing just making me feel sort of matt-black-flat-pack (be depressed, be desired), but on the bright side while trying to look up a good link for green growing things I found that someone has invented concrete you can plant trees on.


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15th Apr, 2004 17:19 (UTC)
Concrete to grow with
That is fantastic!

Thinking on it, I should be surprised that the Japanese came up with it ... the Japanese have become increasingly keen to 'green' their concrete metropoli - in a bid to reduce the urban 'heat island' effect ... particularly nasty in Tokyo summers.


re: time - have you thought about pocket watches? I made the switch after disatisfaction with those 'handcuffs.' My uber-cool night-glo Eddie Bauer model kept failing on me, even after battery replacement - so have returned to the tried & true cheap-o Russian-knock-off wind-up variety. It serves me well, and I make a habit of winding it up every morning.
16th Apr, 2004 02:24 (UTC)
Re: Concrete to grow with
I was impressed (with the concrete) -- I had a pocket watch for a while, but it eventually broke, in just the same way as my wrist watches used to -- probably the stress of being pulled in and out of poorly-designed pockets. Not all my clothes have pockets, either -- it's a girl thing.
16th Apr, 2004 11:48 (UTC)
Re: Concrete to grow with
Well lack of pockets needn't be a deterrent if you're up for lots of chains thing.:-)
18th Apr, 2004 13:03 (UTC)
I ain't that goth.
18th Apr, 2004 20:39 (UTC)
Re: hmf
Yeah...'death metal punker' did get reincarnated as 'goth' didn't it? ;-)
16th Apr, 2004 00:58 (UTC)
I love the facial expression in the second to last panel.
16th Apr, 2004 02:25 (UTC)
the bags under my eyes
aren't big enough.
16th Apr, 2004 02:29 (UTC)
Re: the bags under my eyes
Can you come to the picnic?
16th Apr, 2004 02:59 (UTC)
Re: the bags under my eyes
I'm not sure ... I got a page finished last night (by about 3am) but I'm still a long way behind ... I would like to, but if I'm just solidly fretting about what I ought to be doing it won't be much fun ... also, if I go to Kew without Damian, he'll probably sulk.
16th Apr, 2004 03:04 (UTC)
Re: the bags under my eyes
Well, if you do come, bring Damina too.
16th Apr, 2004 03:08 (UTC)
Re: the bags under my eyes
... he's probably better at knitting than I am anyway ...
16th Apr, 2004 03:13 (UTC)
Re: the bags under my eyes
You could just be the knitwear fashion model.

16th Apr, 2004 05:16 (UTC)
oh my god! the flicks! my eyes!
16th Apr, 2004 03:59 (UTC)
Roy Harper put me off watches for life...
...as an impressionable teen with that line about 'how does it feel with your god strapped to your wrist...'

I love this strip - I'm really envious of your colours lately...

16th Apr, 2004 05:20 (UTC)
Re: Roy Harper put me off watches for life...
the colour's pretty strightforward, really -- just a web safe palette on a multiply layer over the inks, saved as a gif to keep the colours bright. I used to be a lot more complicated with the colour, but, you know -- no time.
16th Apr, 2004 04:20 (UTC)
I dig the colour too...
Being a colour fiend. I also like the way you structured a semi-open panel with a bit 'o whitespace, panel grammar (or playfulness?) I suppose it could be called. I need to get some of that in my layouts, if I could just free my head from panel straitjacketing. :-)
16th Apr, 2004 05:22 (UTC)
Re: I dig the colour too...
I usually trace my layout over a grid guide, maybe scribbling this one over five pages in my tiny sketchpad loosened things up a bit.
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19th Apr, 2004 02:18 (UTC)
22nd Apr, 2004 02:03 (UTC)
have you got the time mister?
i don't wear a watch and i was purring over this strip (which is brilliant as always). when i'm out i like to ask the people who seem interesting (or perhaps handsome if i'm in the mood) please can you tell me the time? i'm nearly always allowed to take their wrist to hold their often teensy tiny watches up to my face for verification. i ask three people just in case and do a line of best fit in my head. nowadays... the thing i like the least is when i'm offered a mobile phone which isn't the same i hate them. I guestimate the current ratio of phones to watches is 30/70.
22nd Apr, 2004 07:18 (UTC)
I'm too shy for that
but since people stopped putting clocks in cafes (why is that?) I've developed the skill of reading someone else's watch at a distance. I'm good up to several metres, assuming it's a big watch, and not moving too quickly.

I agree about phones -- there's a sort of brusqueness about them; watches are personal, private, like jewellery; phones always seem to be a holding up a hand between you and the other person, playing mediator, secretary. I don't keep the time on my phone accurate.
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