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Message for Cleanskies Comeplay with me couchOnce again, I thought that Nanaimo (a spambot who persistently sends me dadaist love poetry under various exotic aliases, Quainter B. Activating, Philosophical T. Cavemen, Objectively U. Nonstick, Verbosity G. Mediaeval, and the like) had abandoned me. But he came bouncing back the other day with a couple of mails, one with the subject line "Hi....Cleanskies newly single and full of fun man", and I felt the need to celebrate. So I wrote this week's strip, in a rare romantic moment. Certain people disapprove of the relationship (what was it you said, mr_snips, "the saddest thing you ever heard", was it?) but sometimes a girl just has to be with her robot (cover art). And anyway, in the future all romantic entanglements will be randomly generated. I'm just ahead of the game.

Last night had three gigs (including one out-of-towner) I wanted to go to, so I did what I usually do when the choices become overwhelming and stayed home. Lots to do, after all. I booked my tickets to Belgrade (coming back on the Tuesday, I'm sure you'll be glad to hear) cooked a ready meal, and in the calorie-stuffed ensuing fug of panic discovered I'd pretty much lost my ability to hold a pencil, (though my ability to curse MTV remained undimmed -- does anyone feel like dealing with Natalie Bedingfield for me? The last thing an antobiographical cartoonist needs is to hear some skinny rich bitch warbling on about how she doesn't really have anything to say but inexplicably people will pay her shitlots of money anyway). I had to read the new Leonard and Larry compilation to calm down. Which unfortunately didn't help as I happen to know that Leonard and Larry got canned, and from the looks of it, just as it was really beginning to get interesting.

Still seething, I solved the shaking hand by doing the strips in fineliner, zebra pen and gray brush-pen. On my special cleanskies paper, because it's really a cleanskies story, and hardly about Jeremy Dennis at all, and eventually got to bed sometime towards five, which'll teach me to stay in on a school night.

Speaking of which, female! Sheesh! Are my photos really that ambiguous?


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17th Sep, 2004 05:21 (UTC)
the saddest thing you ever heard
Actually I think I said "Awww... that's so sweet and romantic, you ought to do a comic about it":-) :-)

And a very good comic it is too!

17th Sep, 2004 05:26 (UTC)
excuse me
but who are you and what have you done with mr_snips?
Re: excuse me - mr_snips - 17th Sep, 2004 05:27 (UTC) - Expand
try red champagne instead - cleanskies - 17th Sep, 2004 05:54 (UTC) - Expand
Re: try red champagne instead - celestialweasel - 17th Sep, 2004 05:58 (UTC) - Expand
no, the - cleanskies - 17th Sep, 2004 06:00 (UTC) - Expand
Re: no, the - celestialweasel - 17th Sep, 2004 06:11 (UTC) - Expand
ahhh - cleanskies - 17th Sep, 2004 05:44 (UTC) - Expand
Re: ahhh - mr_snips - 17th Sep, 2004 05:46 (UTC) - Expand
that isn't the cosmos - cleanskies - 17th Sep, 2004 05:55 (UTC) - Expand
Re: excuse me - swisstone - 20th Sep, 2004 01:14 (UTC) - Expand
17th Sep, 2004 05:46 (UTC)
Don't let "them" shame you. Love your robot, just be careful with the wires. Remember Winona Ryder was a robot in the last Alien Movie, and there's Data as well...so don't lose hope.
17th Sep, 2004 05:59 (UTC)
and such a pretty robot she was, too
if a bit goth. I'm not so sure about Data, though. The whole robot thing is fine, but doesn't he own a cat?
17th Sep, 2004 06:19 (UTC)
I've always had a soft spot for

Metal Mickey
17th Sep, 2004 06:43 (UTC)
Re: I've always had a soft spot for
Boogie, boogie
17th Sep, 2004 07:15 (UTC)
That next-to-last frame
A reference to 'Robot Stories'? :-)
17th Sep, 2004 07:25 (UTC)
... no,
I'd never even heard of Robot Stories. Sounds brilliant, though -- wonder if it'll make it to next years London Sci-Fi Film festival?
Re: ... no, - applez - 17th Sep, 2004 15:34 (UTC) - Expand
Re: ... no, - greengolux - 20th Sep, 2004 07:36 (UTC) - Expand
yeah, - cleanskies - 20th Sep, 2004 07:52 (UTC) - Expand
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17th Sep, 2004 09:06 (UTC)
it's decorative
laserprinter paper -- found it in a bargain bin in Office world. I keep meaning to make it into a camics cover, but never seem to quite get there.

nanaimo doesn't make enough sense to be trying to talk I don't think; but does seem strangely themed to appeal to me:

falls as quota wheat queen photo asked prism grill scout a quota width,
bland falls man lover creep learn flaps macaw lying,
walks doing pasta the hands forum cafes and gifts cargo.
pelts bread cycle cabin fatal makes,
april kitty india based entry human proof leave as moans,
panda tears witch there tease maces.

That was from "I'm looking for you daddy" by Trapezed I. Straitened.
17th Sep, 2004 09:01 (UTC)
I used to collect my favorite spambot "Love Poems."
And then I lost them. *sigh*

On an unrelated, and terribly more interesting side note, all this Mothra talk has made me itch terribly for what Toho is calling "the last GODZILLA movie for at least a decade."

Godzilla:Final Wars

It's being directed by Ryuhei "Versus / Battlefield Baseball / Alive / Azumi" Kitamura, one of Japan's craziest directors, second only to Takashi Miike.

OVER TEN MONSTERS FROM ALL THE OLD MOVIES!!! Including the dreadful American GODZILLA. Apparently they'll actually be doing him CGI and he'll be fighting the rubber suit REAL Godzilla in Australia.

I hope they remove his heart through his ass.
17th Sep, 2004 09:09 (UTC)
oh yes ...
I'm awaiting that, too. I didn't know that the American Godzilla (ack! thpt!)was in it. Your idea is good but they should also try removing his spine through an eye-socket.

Hmmm, maybe I should put on Godzilla vs. Mothra when I get home lalala--laa
17th Sep, 2004 09:46 (UTC)
God, I remember Ditkor!...
...And why don't they ever show RODAN on TV? My sister cried when they fell into the volcano at the end. It also contains one of my favourite snatches of dubbed dialogue:
Boffin: Shigeru,(?) you say THIS (one of the selection of monster pics they always show to traumatised survivors-) ate the giant insects in the mine?
Shigeru: (Hair standing on end and sweating-) Yes...Most sickening sight!
20th Sep, 2004 02:32 (UTC)
I don't think
I've ever seen Rodan. So many things still to see, sigh.
Re: I don't think - crazycrone - 20th Sep, 2004 04:26 (UTC) - Expand
oh, now -- - cleanskies - 20th Sep, 2004 05:40 (UTC) - Expand
20th Sep, 2004 00:38 (UTC)
Hey, I'm from Nanaimo. Well, the outskirts of Nanaimo.
20th Sep, 2004 02:31 (UTC)
you know
the day after I posted this I got five messages from the nanaimo spambot, so presumably it's reading my journal ... come to think of it, the narrative style has something in common with yours, too. Maybe it's something in the water.

"fugue apart knock saved pants an photo fluid usual
as label using owner sadly cross as width boxer eerie.
abort geese point quota man liven"
29th Sep, 2004 03:45 (UTC)
is this? i thought it a nice example...

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