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I was a little confused by the the note about the parcel at the depot, I'd not ordered anything, I wasn't expecting anything ... and then I remembered about Jen saying she had all Andy's old audio-cassettes and was anyone interested in taking some? I'd said yes; my current fetish with obsolete media is still in full swing, and, anyway, yes. So I picked up the box and picked through it on the way into town, marvelling at these curious old relics of a bygone age (80s/90s, mostly).

slow fadeIt's been one of those weeks, and anyway, the tape-player lives in the kitchen, so the first chance I really got to listen to it was when I was up drawing this week's strip at 4am in the morning. It's Andy's birthday -- I mean, it would have been Andy's birthday, tomorrow, and there's been all this stuff about a memorial APA I couldn't bring myself to contribute to really (even though I had the material, god knows) and, so instead of all this was sea or a page a day I finished the strip I half-wrote the day I went up the multistorey car-park to look at the view.

While I was drawing it, I listened two of the compilations -- "My Country House" and "Foxhole" -- which, in the way of mix tapes, seemed to be All About My Life Right Now.

The following day, Damian found the pencils and remarked that it was "a bit confusing". Hmmm.

I read it through and discovered I'd simplified the bottom left-hand panel by removing the first speech balloon and the unhealthy shrinette on my bookshelf, and concentrated instead of my expression and pose and the shapes of the music coming out of the record player. It looked great, but I'd broken the key that unlocked the strip.

You miss things, I suppose, when it's that late.

Edit: I've had a complaint that the weekly strip's being reproduced too small. If you're having problems with that, here's a bigger version.


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9th Sep, 2005 10:42 (UTC)
That strip is beautiful.
9th Sep, 2005 12:20 (UTC)
9th Sep, 2005 10:56 (UTC)
it made me cry.
thanks jeremy.
9th Sep, 2005 12:20 (UTC)
oh heck
-- it's another one I'm going to have to say "I'm sorry" for, isn't it? I hope tomorrow goes OK for you x j
9th Sep, 2005 11:12 (UTC)
Not Fade Away (Quite)
I think you'll find he 'drops in' to keep in touch, now and then, when you least expect it.
Thanks for the larger version. Must admit I sometimes have geriatric eyeball trouble with the weeny lettering.
9th Sep, 2005 12:19 (UTC)
I'll be looking at
increasing the size permenantly soon -- it's still set to file-sizes and dimensions that were appropriate several years ago, a very long time in computer terms
9th Sep, 2005 11:16 (UTC)
How dare you be so exact

(I didn't find it confusing at all.)
9th Sep, 2005 12:24 (UTC)
sorry, well, not, well ... you know ...
um, are you still planning on going to London this evening? Just I'll be round Cowley Road way this evening and could drop in if you're about?

... oh, and would you like to see if the green t-shirt with mexican wrestlers on it that's too small for me would fit you?
9th Sep, 2005 12:31 (UTC)
decided not to go to L tonight, will go early tomorrow instead
and yes please to mexican wrester try-out! mucha lucha!

PS: just managed to avoid calling you 'bitch' in my first comment, sure indicator of my strong feeling... Artistic clever exact and thoughtful bitch, obv!
9th Sep, 2005 12:45 (UTC)
don't worry about it,
I think you're not the only one ... should I drop by, then? 7.30-ish? That'll giev you time to get back from work. I'll bring the t-shirt ...
9th Sep, 2005 13:25 (UTC)
7:30 is fine
but I'm not actually at work today so if you want to drop round earlier that's cool too.
9th Sep, 2005 14:20 (UTC)
Re: 7:30 is fine
I'll make it a bit earlier then -- but I will nip home to change/pick up the t-shirt/dump my work stuff first, though. 7-ish, I expect.
9th Sep, 2005 14:32 (UTC)
Re: 7:30 is fine
how i wish i could be there. that is all.
9th Sep, 2005 11:26 (UTC)
Just made me cry again.

I love your strips.
9th Sep, 2005 12:26 (UTC)
thanks and sorry
9th Sep, 2005 14:50 (UTC)
sorry nothing - crying's ok, I quite like it actually, as long as it's not all snotty & hysterical...
9th Sep, 2005 12:21 (UTC)
9th Sep, 2005 12:29 (UTC)
time for a cup of tea
9th Sep, 2005 12:29 (UTC)
Re: right,
Good thinking! Me too.
9th Sep, 2005 13:40 (UTC)
that is so beautiful. thank you. it really helps.
9th Sep, 2005 14:25 (UTC)
thank you --
it helps me to write about it, it's good to know it helps people to read it
9th Sep, 2005 14:12 (UTC)
Thanks for that. It's been very difficult to draw anything about Andy.
9th Sep, 2005 14:34 (UTC)
you tap into something here that, i think, is universal -- although i didn't know andy at all (except through LJ), i know exactly what this feels like. and i miss him with you.

i got a bunch of those tapes, too, and i was listening to one of them and thinking, "DAMN YOU, you have such great taste and now i'll never know you." it broke my heart.
9th Sep, 2005 15:17 (UTC)
It is, as ever, a lovely strip. I too came close to tears again - but stop apologizing for that. (Anyway, that was partly because of the disappointment for the way the print shop ruined the APA.)

I fully understand that you weren't able to contribute to the APA. It would have been nice to have you in, but I gave all the people involved in Caption 'A Get Out of BAPA free' card. You've done your bit already.
9th Sep, 2005 18:38 (UTC)
from a greying fan
its a lovely piece of work Jeremy - the decision to work in mono(chrome - I'm sure the records were stereo) with just that bit of present music in colour was tearfully apropos

I also enjoyed your commentary about leaving the word balloon out - so true ...and so brave of you to include it.

Its good, luxurious even, to read and learn from people you know & admire but recognising something in them that y'do yourself really is the ice-cream on the cake!
9th Sep, 2005 19:08 (UTC)
Nice strip as usual.
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