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weekly strip returns - all this was sea

Been a bit of a hiatus while I was getting my head together after a disastrous relationship, but these things happen. Even to me, I guess.

all this was seaThat aside, meet the newer, bigger, better weekly strip. I've checked the dimensions on a few different screens, but I'd still be keen to hear what other people think; it's a larger file, too (c. 300k) and if anyone's still on dial-up, it'd be nice to know if that's a problem.

Damian pointed out that the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, but given that I obviously did survive to tell the tale, I remained unconvinced by that arguments and ended defiantly on the sinister note. (In fact -- survival tip! -- I followed my bubbles up through the murky water, and later had the second most unpleasant dental experience of my life.) That's my family there -- and the chalk uplands that were once all sea are the Dorset Downs. So, why are they called Downs when they're up?

I knew the answer once, but I've forgotten it now.

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badasstronaut
30th Sep, 2005 11:53 (UTC)
I love the tinge of old-skool chillingness of folktale - tales to scare children with.

I hope your head is coming together well.
cleanskies
30th Sep, 2005 12:28 (UTC)
oh,
it'll do. The head, I mean.

My family were a bit like that -- all educational statements came liberally spiced with creepy stories and weird metaphors. So my understanding of glaciation is a wee bit fractured ...
badasstronaut
30th Sep, 2005 11:53 (UTC)
Also, I keep wondering that about downses.
example22
30th Sep, 2005 12:14 (UTC)
Dictionary.com to the rescue: Middle English doun, from Old English -dūne (as in ofdūne,
downwards), from dūne, dative of dūn, hill. So there.
cleanskies
30th Sep, 2005 12:23 (UTC)
yay!
friends look thing up for me! Thankyou xx
stylishbastard
30th Sep, 2005 12:34 (UTC)
Hope you have a ready pot of head glue.
The strip works fine on dial up.
cleanskies
30th Sep, 2005 12:53 (UTC)
head glue
You bet. It's called beer. Thanks for checking that out for me ...
truecatachresis
30th Sep, 2005 12:42 (UTC)
I like the new size, in that I can see more detail, but it does have the drawback that I can't see it all on screen at the same time from here.

Overall, it's a benefit.
cleanskies
30th Sep, 2005 12:56 (UTC)
What I was mostly concerned was that you got the full three panels across the top, do you?
(no subject) - truecatachresis - 30th Sep, 2005 12:57 (UTC) - Expand
thanks, - cleanskies - 30th Sep, 2005 12:59 (UTC) - Expand
Re: thanks, - jackfirecat - 30th Sep, 2005 17:22 (UTC) - Expand
buddleia
30th Sep, 2005 13:13 (UTC)
I love the strip and especially the dimensions and the spookiness of it and I hope disastrousness gives way to shiny sequinned goodness.
cleanskies
30th Sep, 2005 13:23 (UTC)
I love
your icon! In fact, wow, you seem to have a lot more of them than you used to ...
benchilada
30th Sep, 2005 13:20 (UTC)
Dial-Up? Whuzzzat?
Naw, just kidding...I think I first went online in about 1992-ish, with a...7700 modem?

The strip is full of fabulous...I think it's one of my more-favoriteset ones in recent memory. And that's how I picture my dad's family, it is.
cleanskies
30th Sep, 2005 13:35 (UTC)
Hah! I was on Broadband in 1992. We-ell, that's not strictly true, but I was accessing out-of-hours through a university comlab ...

Hmm, I never thought of you as the type to have come out of *anything* rural
(no subject) - benchilada - 30th Sep, 2005 13:48 (UTC) - Expand
so many straight lines! - cleanskies - 30th Sep, 2005 14:20 (UTC) - Expand
ah, sorry - cleanskies - 30th Sep, 2005 14:24 (UTC) - Expand
Re: Burton Bradstock! - charleston - 30th Sep, 2005 14:38 (UTC) - Expand
Re: Burton Bradstock! - cleanskies - 30th Sep, 2005 14:43 (UTC) - Expand
Re: Burton Bradstock! - (Anonymous) - 30th Sep, 2005 15:00 (UTC) - Expand
we'd go there once in a blue moon - cleanskies - 30th Sep, 2005 15:25 (UTC) - Expand
buddleia
30th Sep, 2005 13:37 (UTC)
I love it too!
After the benison of 100 extra userpics magically expanded my (gift) stash, I went prowling round all my talented friends and userpic communities for pretty pictures. I've always loved yours. That one is by omgz_icons. So's this!
Next up - make me own.
cleanskies
30th Sep, 2005 14:45 (UTC)
... and yet,
none of them are of you
True - buddleia - 30th Sep, 2005 15:43 (UTC) - Expand
do you have any of your - cleanskies - 30th Sep, 2005 15:56 (UTC) - Expand
Ah - buddleia - 30th Sep, 2005 16:09 (UTC) - Expand
ah, I see -- - cleanskies - 30th Sep, 2005 16:22 (UTC) - Expand
oh good gravy - cleanskies - 30th Sep, 2005 16:34 (UTC) - Expand
On potatoes, with broccolli - buddleia - 30th Sep, 2005 20:48 (UTC) - Expand
mattcallow
30th Sep, 2005 14:28 (UTC)
I love this one.
cleanskies
30th Sep, 2005 14:46 (UTC)
thankyou
crazycrone
30th Sep, 2005 14:46 (UTC)
all educational statements came liberally spiced with creepy stories and weird metaphors
Well that's one thing you have to thank them for!

I've heard that story about the underwater bell, too. Or did I get it from Iris Murdoch?
Socko strip, looks fine on my feeble dial-up.
cleanskies
30th Sep, 2005 14:51 (UTC)
it's famous
or rather, it's what the English ghost story writers always say about drowned villages. There's usually a story, it gets told in various versions, how does it go, now ...

Three kids go out in a boat on a sunny day and mist and rain comes down and they lose their bearings and the wind is getting up ... they don't know where they are, but they hear a church-bell ringing and head out towards it. And the bell gets louder and louder until they could swear they were right by the town except there's nothing there but open sea. And then they look down, over the side of the boat ...
crunchcandy
30th Sep, 2005 15:11 (UTC)
I got your frame at last! I've been scanning and uploading to flickr when the frames come in, and now i'm wondering if I should scan and upload all of your frame, or leave part of it secret- your opinion is needed on this matter.
cleanskies
30th Sep, 2005 15:30 (UTC)
hahahaha! excellent --
You can scan it all if you want to -- and if you want to, display it so the secret is visible (i.e. propped by a mirror or in a window), but it's entirely up to you -- the "secretness" of the hidden part is the responsibility of the current owner, and the decision to hide or reveal it is part of the piece.
swisstone
30th Sep, 2005 15:12 (UTC)
I's still (just) on dialup (we have broadband, but I haven't had time to set it up yet!), and it doesn't take too long at all. And the larger size is much appreciated - the old style could be quite difficult to read sometimes.
cleanskies
30th Sep, 2005 15:33 (UTC)
great
I was fairly sure it'd be fine, but I'm pleased to get it confirmed.
applez
30th Sep, 2005 15:22 (UTC)
I really like this week's strip. I love its dark moodiness, old folk-horror homage. Mmmmm...:-)

Clearly, I need to be seeing Corpse Bride soon.
cleanskies
30th Sep, 2005 15:34 (UTC)
we all need to see Corpse Bride soon, I think.
motodraconis
30th Sep, 2005 15:30 (UTC)
Sinister looking family - mildly disturbing.

Excellent!
cleanskies
30th Sep, 2005 15:31 (UTC)
watch it
-- I'll post some family photos. Then you'll *really* be scared ;)
orangeface
30th Sep, 2005 18:19 (UTC)
I like this a lot. I can't wait to go back and read them all! :)
cleanskies
1st Oct, 2005 11:38 (UTC)
thanks!
hope you enjoy them
Re: thanks! - orangeface - 6th Oct, 2005 00:13 (UTC) - Expand
I don't think - cleanskies - 6th Oct, 2005 09:59 (UTC) - Expand
Re: I don't think - orangeface - 6th Oct, 2005 16:26 (UTC) - Expand
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