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betfred the bonus king

This morning, as I walked past the flower shop, the florist came out with a huge bumble-bee in a brandy glass and set it free. It flew off a bit drunken-looking, fair enough for a bee that's spent the night in a flower shop.

Betfred the Bonus KingMore Cowley Road atmosphere from this week's strip, which is all about a mysterious betting shop that opened last year, down the road. It was actually an Easter strip (the later panels feature Betfred's run-in with the Saxon goddess Eostre* and Jack-in-the-Green) but as usual I'm delivering a bit late. Well, it takes time to find a few hours to string together, especially when I keep stumbling down the road to catch experimental cowbells-and-wailing shows inbetween natter with gingerprincess, a half-recognised graphic-designer ghost from the past (the last century, no less), and the Guitarist, who's looking very John Lennon at the moment. I missed his band, again. They will keep on playing first. Returning to the strip, damiancugley thinks this may be my first ever full frontal nudity. So I guess I should say "possibly not work safe", although, to be honest, it really is all done in the best possible taste.

Thought for the day: if you were to run into your 14-year-old self, would they be impressed by you?

* Possibly.


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14th Apr, 2005 10:36 (UTC)
I like the bonus king.

My 14-year-old self would be shocked and dismayed at my boringness.
14th Apr, 2005 12:26 (UTC)
mine would be disappointed
that I hadn't found some way to get into a more exciting paralell universe, I think. However, she'd like the hair.
14th Apr, 2005 10:53 (UTC)
Thought for the day: if you were to run into your 14-year-old self, would they be impressed by you?

They'd feckin' better be! I have to say, I think the G of now is a much better G than the G of then.
14th Apr, 2005 12:26 (UTC)
better now than at 14
way to set your sights high ... ha ha
Re: better now than at 14 - tenderhooligan - 14th Apr, 2005 13:20 (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - cleanskies - 14th Apr, 2005 13:40 (UTC) - Expand
14th Apr, 2005 10:54 (UTC)
Apparently Eostre was invented by the Christian historian Bede anyway...nobody had ever heard of her before he wrote about her. Indeed, why would the Celts have named their goddess after the latin word for "egg" anyway?
14th Apr, 2005 11:19 (UTC)
generic goddess name = fictional
Celtic names annoy me -- too much Slaine at an impressionable age. Plus I'm not Celtic -- I don't look it, and I can't pronounce the language at all.

You could argue she's more of a Nemetona, but that's pretty obviously a latin word, too. Aren't there any english goddesses? Or was it just "her inside" and done with it?

14th Apr, 2005 11:55 (UTC)
This is one of your funniest yet!!! EXCELLENT. Love the doggie butts and the goddess butt. You do good butts. :-)
14th Apr, 2005 12:24 (UTC)
it's a big butt strip
Even Jack-in-the-green gets his moon in the sun :D
Re: it's a big butt strip - marstokyo - 14th Apr, 2005 14:07 (UTC) - Expand
14th Apr, 2005 12:33 (UTC)
love the strip!

are you kidding? i am living my 14-year-old dream.
14th Apr, 2005 14:07 (UTC)
new t-shirt slogan I think :D
14th Apr, 2005 12:37 (UTC)
That full-frontal nudity is far too tasteful. What we want to see is more undergrowth.
My 14-year-old self would be impressed by some things, but would disown me for owning Buffy dvds and using the word 'Squee'.
14th Apr, 2005 12:44 (UTC)
while pouting and saying, ohhh gooooddddd you're soooo embarassing?
Definitely not pouting - buddleia - 14th Apr, 2005 12:49 (UTC) - Expand
actually - cleanskies - 14th Apr, 2005 13:01 (UTC) - Expand
14th Apr, 2005 13:14 (UTC)
My 14 year old self would say ... "I don't change much, do I?" :-)
14th Apr, 2005 14:08 (UTC)
(if that's appropriate)
Re: congratulations - purpletigron - 16th Apr, 2005 07:19 (UTC) - Expand
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14th Apr, 2005 14:09 (UTC)
harsh on yourself!
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Re: ooh - cleanskies - 14th Apr, 2005 14:46 (UTC) - Expand
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sounds great! - cleanskies - 14th Apr, 2005 15:07 (UTC) - Expand
14th Apr, 2005 13:31 (UTC)
Excellent strip, as ever
I'm getting the impression that I got out at a good moment, from what I hear about the rest of the evening.

My fourteen-year-old self? I think he'd be impressed by the music, and glad I'd got so many good friends, but if he knew this was the day-to-day life he had to look forward to he'd probably get even mopier, if possible. Screw him; he doesn't have anything of interest to add anyway, and won't until he stops living in his brothers' shadow.
14th Apr, 2005 14:10 (UTC)
on the teenaged self continues. Well, I was loathsome at 14, too. Isn't that the natural way of things?
14th Apr, 2005 16:15 (UTC)
thinking about it, my 14 yr old self would be distinctly unimpressed at my not being registered to vote. that year i put myself thru the humiliation of standing against five year 11's in our school mock election. (not saying which party, but i got a total of 33 votes in a school of 1500...)
15th Apr, 2005 09:31 (UTC)
so am I!

Still, 33 votes isn't that bad. I've seen people standing as local councillor getting less than that.
14th Apr, 2005 18:39 (UTC)
Yeah, cool strip, fine buttocks. I'm glad to see you didn't neglect the dog bumholes.
Christ, my aspirational 14-year old self would be poleaxed with horror and possibly commit suicide. (She'd be glad I managed to escape to the Isles, though-)
15th Apr, 2005 09:37 (UTC)
yes, mine
would be glad to see me I escaped the countryside. Not so happy that I never did get more attractive/thinner.

Gotta give the dogs bum-holes. It's where they keep most of their character.
14th Apr, 2005 19:36 (UTC)
Good question. God what a long time ago 14 was... [does some very slow mental arithmetic] I am almost exactly the same age that my Mum was then. I have probably more or less turned into her. Or possibly (looks at sound-chipped Ali G card that she sent the weasel for his birthday) she has turned into me.
So I would not really have noticed Now!me as Now!me would have been considered Really Really old :D
[Hmmm - I think the clothes from them have come back into fashion. Wonder if I still have any? Wonder if they still fit...]
15th Apr, 2005 09:34 (UTC)
lime green ra-ra skirts!
Relax t-shirts! ... uh, maybe not.

I still have a garment or two from when I was 14. Not the banana yellow shortie jacket with buttons the size of blinis, alas.
Relax! t-shirts? - t__m__i - 15th Apr, 2005 10:42 (UTC) - Expand
way to make me feel old - cleanskies - 15th Apr, 2005 13:37 (UTC) - Expand
14th Apr, 2005 20:25 (UTC)
First ever? After all the shagging in '3 in a Bed' and the 'Unusual Sexual Terms' ones or whatever they were called... surely not?

I think my 14-yr-old self be moderately OK with me, but unimpressed with my failure to have hit singles so far...
15th Apr, 2005 09:39 (UTC)
mine would be seriously pissed off
that I wasn't working for 2000AD.

... first frontal in the the weekly strip, dear. I'm discounting all the paperstuff.
Re: mine would be seriously pissed off - andypop - 16th Apr, 2005 09:08 (UTC) - Expand
15th Apr, 2005 09:25 (UTC)
I think my 14 year old self would be impressed, possibly to the point of disbelief. I thought then that comics and animation was something high up in the stratosphere, not for the likes of me and my shit art. I ended up choosing to do a degree in architecture as I thought it would be something I could just about cope with, scrape by artistically as it t'were.
My dress sense has improved vastly, though that's an unfair statement. I wasn't allowed to to have any dress sense choices at 14. It was a glum time all round.
15th Apr, 2005 09:42 (UTC)
a heavy contender for the worst year of my life
... and I don't think I'm alone in that.

I think my 14-year-old self would be pleased that I finally made some friends, though. And with not just going to comics conventions, but running a few. And the limited edition Doc Martens I don't really wear any more.
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