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Quetzal Avocado Start-up PlanOne of the things I really respect about Quetzals, the star of this week's strip, is that they don't photograph well. Partly this is their shape (I didn't manage to get all that tail into a frame, and neither does anyone else) and partly it's the absolute iridescence of their feathers. Iridescent process green, iridescent pure red. As I discovered last night, they also don't cartoon happily; this is one of the biggest image files I have ever posted, sorry about that. And it's still not a patch on the original.

The Resplendent Quetzal, to give it its full name (maybe they were expecting to find a less impressive one?) does actually eat avocados, although it is a wild variety and not as big as the ones we find in supermarkets. I don't actually much like avocados, but if they were helping to save the quetzal ...

Weasel coffee is available from Edible, along with many other weird foodstuffs (yes, "refined" is a euphemism), including monkey-picked tea, which should not be confused with the much more widely available "monkey-picked" or Tieguanyin tea which is actually picked by highly-trained humans.

This strip is dedicated to David Attenborough and my Mum, whose logo design for her sign-painting business Quezal was inspirational to this strip, especially panel 7.

Another review! monocat pointed me in the direction of up-and-coming Spanish comics queen Carla Berrocal's weblog, who has been much less slack than I have about writing a list of recommended titles following caption. Mangled by google's translation tool, Whores of Mensa becomes Stupid Whores of, and one of my overlong titles becomes unexpectedly rural -- we do not go to bed when we plows tired ...


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2nd Sep, 2004 04:12 (UTC)
In Spanish...
'Menso' means foolish, so I suppose it's only fair it has a female version in 'mensa'...
2nd Sep, 2004 06:21 (UTC)
it was less perplexing
than funny for the full reversal of meaning -- after all, in English, calling someone mental isn't a compliment -- did you see Carla's reports on Caption (they're right before the one I link to)? She's very nice about you!
2nd Sep, 2004 06:26 (UTC)
Yes, I read her blog a few days after CAPTION
but didn't link to it... partly because it's all in Spanish and I forgot about any auto translation tools.
2nd Sep, 2004 09:13 (UTC)
Re: it was less perplexing
I was amused mostly because those two words live in entirely separate compartments in my head and I never would have seen the link before now. Same with 'are' --> 'plow' --- you have to pronounce it utterly differently to yourself to make it work.
2nd Sep, 2004 04:14 (UTC)
and yes, I love the strip!
especially where the Quetzal tails go all over the panels. Quite Donna Barr-ish.
2nd Sep, 2004 05:23 (UTC)
Bloomin' Gorgeous...
And, of course, one can never use too much green. Yeah, love those panel-skimming tails, too. In fact, I feel most educated now; had no idea about the unique feeding habits of the quetzal...One of those things you couldn't make up.
2nd Sep, 2004 06:18 (UTC)
thank Mr Attenborough
and his "Life of Birds" -- it's from a chapter called The Insatiable Appetite ... there are some other good stories in there, too; the lesbian terns, the bird that carries its eggs in pouches under its wings, chick abusing coots ...

if you read it in a bestiary, you'd never beleive it.
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