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the museum of cultural ephemera

the museum of cultural ephemeraI drew the first panel to this one in Borders Cafe about a month ago. Playing catch-up, I am. The timescale in this week's strip is all over the place, but it's quite faithfully autobiographical, for a change; the lizards in jelly were made for a party back at Belvedere Road (in the end I had to use lime), 70s Ken is currently wearing a Disney princess dress (the thing beside him is a drag queen alien figurine that came out of a kinder egg), and the 50-pence-shiva, the disco duck, the Dementor and the dinosaur with a big pink flashing ring are all in the vague vicinity of the top of the TV, and Chinese Warrior Princess Xena is currently attended by the lego slugs, because they co-ordinate with her kimono.

Additionally three childhood toys have walk-on roles; Pengui the one-eyed penguin in panel 1, and flop-headed Lucy and Sherry, last seen seeing off his friend Panda, in panel 3.

And the full name of the Self Store is The Big Yellow Self Store.


( 15 worms — Feed the birds )
19th Jul, 2004 03:44 (UTC)
That's awesome. As a gal with kaliedoscopes on my window sill, I love it! You wanna fimo mermaid in jam jar of blue hair gel for Christmas?
Love ya, Mardou!
19th Jul, 2004 03:59 (UTC)
Re: Yes!!
> You wanna fimo mermaid in jam jar of blue hair gel for Christmas?

Hell, who wouldn't?

29th Jul, 2004 02:21 (UTC)
Re: Yes!!
man I love your stuff! (and your comic strips)
My 'stuff' would run rampant through the house if i were allowed! But at the moment it's in a glass cabinet where it belongs!
fred :)
29th Jul, 2004 03:15 (UTC)
Re: Yes!!
cheers, Mr. Fred!
19th Jul, 2004 05:07 (UTC)
Wonderful!! I totally relate!
19th Jul, 2004 08:20 (UTC)
Good God. "You're one of my kind."
Just to give you perspective, directly to the left of my monitor are the following:
A picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Child in a horribly pink-rose frame given to me by my fiancee's Polish Catholic grandmother, next to a figure of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin half-converted into Abraham Van Helsing driving a stake into a glow-in-the-dark-face Dracula, squeeky Buddha on a cel phone drinking espresso and looking at the laptop that came with my Spider Jersualem toy, a distressed Badtz-Maru keychain I found on the sidewalk on day, a commemorative spoon with the pope on the top, a Repologo globe, a number 9 pool ball resting on a 20 oz. coke lid, and a parking meter that's so old it only takes nickels and pennies. Don't get me started on the RIGHT side of the monitor, or the shelves above it, or behind me...
19th Jul, 2004 09:08 (UTC)
are you at work?
I am, so not so much around: a kinder-egg gaping fish, my fluffy mood-indicator, my nodding-dog-on-a-string (from a period of hot-desking), my playmobil chimney sweep, an executive lizard, a squeezy flashing thing I use to relieve RSI, the curvy Oxfam leopard and of course my miniature zen garden.

And a frowning pop-art guy I found in a bin

and ...
19th Jul, 2004 09:35 (UTC)
Re: are you at work?
No, I'm at home, where the battle against storing my things is always waging between myself and Sara -- we've been together for 8 years -- and I'm slowly making some progress. She was an art major, and loves interior design and decorating, so she has a vision of how everything should be. At least the office is MOSTLY mine. ;)

At my *current* job, I share an office with three other people, so no personal effects make it in. I only spend about an hour max in the office per day, anyway, as I'm assistant banquets manager for a hotel and conference center.

That should soon change to employee at the University of Illinois' Main Library (the UofI's library system is the fifth largest in the US) and hopefully after that, my occupation will simply be "writer." Heh...
19th Jul, 2004 09:53 (UTC)
Re: are you at work?
ah, the endless fight between things and style ...

I can relate, though -- I have a very clear idea of how things should be. (A clean white background, blocks of brightly-coloured stuff). I'm getting there ...

I don't think you have to have an almost-empty room for it to look stylish, though I'm probably in the minority there!
19th Jul, 2004 11:08 (UTC)
Atop My Monitor..
Plastic GARFIELD (the shame...) Sticking his tongue out, with "Take It Easy" printed on his belly. A little silverplated Ganesh,remover of obstacles to prosperity, A Dark red Kwan Yin (mercy, and obstacle-removal-)from my Buddhist sister,a frightening tarnished metal Aztec birthing goddess squirting one out (creativity-), a little hunk of crystal, and the goofy dinosaur (via a 'Happy Meal'-)from TOY STORY.
20th Jul, 2004 01:49 (UTC)
Re: Atop My Monitor..
What does Garfield represent? The stifling surge of mediocrity that threatens to smack its wobbly arse down ontop your dreams?

I have one of those Toy Story dinosaurs, it makes a listtle scraping noise when you open its mouth ...
20th Jul, 2004 08:16 (UTC)
Re: Atop My Monitor..
Not mine,he just grins hopefully, but his head bobs
19th Jul, 2004 11:56 (UTC)
The world of the Gonk Fetishist shall forever be a closed door to me. Not that I'm entirely immune. I do have one work Gonk, a small elephant that vibrates when you pull a string out of its bum. For some reason this amuses me.
20th Jul, 2004 01:51 (UTC)
gonks ...
I rmember them, my older sister had some, weird bloody things, they scared me a bit.
19th Jul, 2004 15:55 (UTC)
Your weekly strip...
Is a testament to my personal packrat philosophy! Huzzah! :-)

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