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Left the weekend free so I could get on with a comic I'm working on. Failing that I was going to tidy. In fact, I had some nasty dreams, got backache, and read three slaying and shagging books, each one worse than the last. Though I did manage to watch X-Men 2 (not enough action, too much emoting, never quite lived up to the promise of the initial stunt sequence), see some friends (nice doll, funky cameras, the Temple's a nice pub still I see), spend an afternoon at the bookshop (good Dick donation, Book Festival* planning, a truly excellent Encyclopaedia of Witchcraft and Demonology) and fit a new video recorder (Silver plastic! Fuzziness gone! American tapes playing!), I did all that through a completely unwarranted fog of exhaustion (drank three cans of Red Bull on Saturday, at least two too many) and disinterest. Finally got stuck into writing the comic at about 9.30am this morning. Idiot.

* The Oxfam Bookshop festival -- probably of interest to Oxford-striking-distance friends only -- celebrates the 15th Anniversary of this gorgeous shop and features all the local authors we managed to get hold of, eg. Brian Aldiss, Jan Mark, Philip Pullman, Tim Pears, Barbara Trapido more.

In other news: tiny chameleons are just too cute, No Commercial Potential is a great name for a photography site, and (among a lot of rather blah photos in last week's mirror project gallery) this made me smile.

Comments

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sparkymark
6th May, 2003 07:28 (UTC)
I could see why you wouldn't want 2.25 hours of X-Men with a bad back, but more action? Your face would bleed!
cleanskies
6th May, 2003 07:40 (UTC)
I got bored whenever Halle Berry was speaking
kept thinking, *will* you fly up into the air and blow something up already ... :[ maybe "smoother action" would be a better way of putting it. It felt bitty -- lurchy. Like the X-Jet needed its clutch seeing to.
badasstronaut
7th May, 2003 01:21 (UTC)
What about the boy wolverine versus the girl wolverine? I thought that was just too much, but I don't cope too well with violent stuff.

I haven't done proper drawing for ages. Someone should kick me to make me draw. Although I absent-mindedly drew a little purple face on myself with that purple pen and it's been a bugger to scrub off. I got a shock when I woke up and saw it the next day.
cleanskies
7th May, 2003 07:19 (UTC)
yes, that was quite horrible
and a nasty waste of a good character -- Lady Deathstrike is her name, and while she certainly specialises in hovering around behind the bad guy pretending to be the secretary then suddenly turning into claws of scything doom! haveing her turn up, do nothing, have a fight, die was ... well. Stupid. Tedious.

Consider yourself kicked. Draw! And if you must draw on yourself, photograph it before you wash it off (now, that would make for an interesting web-strip :D )
badasstronaut
7th May, 2003 08:10 (UTC)
A photo? Um... perhaps not.
I don't think anyone wants a picture of my fat tummy.
cleanskies
7th May, 2003 09:14 (UTC)
why were you drawing on your stomach?
I usually draw on my arm. Anyway, set it to Macro mode and no-one need ever know which bit of you it is.
badasstronaut
7th May, 2003 09:28 (UTC)
Re: why were you drawing on your stomach?
Well, it's always a bit difficult to answer that sort of question, isn't it. I thinking I was lounging about and on the phone and didn't realise what I was doing until I'd done it. Hey, I just checked (almost got caught by a student who wandered in)and it's vaguely still there, so there might be time for a picture.
cleanskies
7th May, 2003 10:01 (UTC)
Re: why were you drawing on your stomach?
post it! post it!
badasstronaut
7th May, 2003 13:10 (UTC)
Re: why were you drawing on your stomach?
Too late - it's finally gone now. But hey! Your comment about the web strip - and I was thinking - cyberCaption - how about drawing cybernetic implants actually onto bits of actual people and then photographing them. Wouldn't that be cool?
cleanskies
7th May, 2003 15:13 (UTC)
Re: why were you drawing on your stomach?
Not bad, and I need to do *something* for the Caption flyers -- maybe that's the thing?
crunchcandy
7th May, 2003 06:44 (UTC)
hmmm wolverine
Ok certainly not enought wolverine action...or maybe i'm thinking of a different kind of action...anyway are you going to be coming to Comics 2003? Did I ask you that already? I've been asked to get together a panel on Women + Comics and am hoping you'll be on it- will you? say yes please! The guy organising the thing is shocked that there are females that read comics/draw comics/write comcis I think...help me put him straight.
cleanskies
7th May, 2003 07:26 (UTC)
Re: hmmm wolverine
Yes, I was definitely going to be going. Women + Comics? Do I get in for free? If I do, the answer's yes, though I feel kind of honour-bound to warn you that I do embarrassing things like read 2000AD + Italian porn comics. Oh, bad comics girl, that's me ...

(Wolverine) I take it you would have preferred it if the tent scene had ended differently?
crunchcandy
7th May, 2003 07:32 (UTC)
Re: hmmm wolverine
Tent scene- oooh yeah! I got a little flustered as it is...but I hate it when he gets all lovely and stuff-ick, I want bad guy all the way thanks! (does that make up for you reading 2000ad?)
Ok the comix thing you get a free pass, and the other people on the panel at the moment are me (ha! what do I know?!?), jinty, badasstronaut, Mardou/Sacha from Devon, and maybe Heather from bristol who is going to be my voice of the public...or something. And to make it even more tempting Ladyfest is having a benefit show that night which means we can all go and dance stoopidly after we beat the boys at their own game...
cleanskies
7th May, 2003 08:08 (UTC)
Re: hmmm wolverine
cool, -- izzat at the Cube?

(panel) ... well, I suppose it's supposed to be "women and comics" rather than "women in comics" :D -- there will probably be a lot more women small-pressers coming downcountry (there were *loads* last year) so you shouldn't be short of people -- you might want to try contacting Anna ( http://kookymojo.blogspot.com ) if you've not already who will probably know who's coming.

You're not Humey, are you? (No -- that's Ladyfest Manchester ! ) well, hello, anyway. Let me know if you want any more suggestions for people to be on the panel.
badasstronaut
7th May, 2003 08:14 (UTC)
Re: hmmm wolverine
I've just been having an email conversation with crunchcandy, and maybe instead of a 'panel' panel we could subvert the whole process - she suggested turning it into a comic-chick-network session, and I think a teaparty would be cool. If this sounds okay I'll go to the opp. shops and hunt down some doilies and stuff like that.
cleanskies
7th May, 2003 08:33 (UTC)
Re: hmmm
Sounds like a brilliant idea to me, I kind of hate panels. Tea and teacakes for all! ... though it might be worth checking out how well that'd work with the venue (ooh, cold water!)

I like the idea of being a comics hostess rather than a panel member (which sounds so stuffy)
badasstronaut
7th May, 2003 08:41 (UTC)
Re: hmmm
I'm happy to spring for some cakes and stuff, and do a bit of hunting stuff down. I'd particularly like to wear a frilly apron. Oops. I'd better not go for the whole French maid thing though.
cleanskies
7th May, 2003 08:58 (UTC)
awwww
(crestfallen)
badasstronaut
7th May, 2003 09:04 (UTC)
Re: awwww
Well, not in public at least.
badasstronaut
7th May, 2003 08:43 (UTC)
Re: hmmm wolverine
I'm supposed to be meeting Anna Rubins of Anna & Karen any day now... she's back in Bristol it seems, so I'll mention this to her too when I actually meet her.

And I think wolverine is far too hairy. And those cigars must reek.
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