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happy birthday, king cupcake!

And it's a big one! You wouldn't know, to look at Stuart, all that cycling keeps him nice and trim. (Not like King Cupcake, who lives up to his name.)

Here's a lovely card he opened this morning from our friends Mags and Manoëlle in Brussels, by Italian artist Vittorio Giardino. It would be funny if the ubiquitous yellow cycling jacket you see in London looked like this one instead.

The card's published by a Belgian company called Champaka, and you can see lots of other lovely images by creators of bande dessinée on their website. Stuart and I visited the Atomium (the strange building pictured on the card) last year, you can see my photos and general enthusing here. And in 2009, Woodrow Phoenix and Rian Hughes got to exhibit there with Serge Clerc and others, and you can read Woodrow's post about it here. You can see a few more tribute drawings to the Atomium here.

Writer Candy Gourlay just posted a link to Irina Werning's website, Back to the Future with the comment, Extraordinary photo project to recreate childhood photos. sometimes sweet, sometimes creepy. ...Yikes!


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Feb. 23rd, 2011 10:45 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, Stuart!
Feb. 23rd, 2011 10:56 am (UTC)
Cheers, Garen, I'll pass it on to him! :)
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Feb. 23rd, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I know! I got his age wrong by about 15 years when he first had me guess it. But by then I was already hooked. ;)
Feb. 23rd, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday Stuart! And that card -- that's Hulot, right?
Feb. 23rd, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, it could be! But no, it is King Cupcake, from my story! XD

I'll pass on your birthday greetings, Mark!
Feb. 23rd, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
No, Sarah! The guy in the second card! The guy in the yellow slicker!
Feb. 23rd, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
Hah! I was right.
I just finished watching "M. Hulot's Holiday", so I was up to date on Hulot.
Feb. 23rd, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Ah, YES. Ha ha! I am lagging in my Giardinology! :D
Feb. 24th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
Just go get back to you, Stuart recognised M Hulot straight away! I have some Jaques Tati catching up to do. I know Woodrow and Bridget went to Brussels to see a recreation of the house in Mon Oncle, they're all over that stuff.
Feb. 25th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Stuart!
You don't look 50. Apparently cycling in tweeds keeps one youthful. Huzzah!

Nice cards! Fun to see Mr Hulot by Giardino. I'm a big fan of his graphic novel detective (whose name escapes me). Max something?
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