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hiding in the bullrushes



I just finished off this image that I've been pecking away at for the past two weeks. When I was little, I used to find places to hide so I could read my Betty & Veronica Double Digest instead of do chores. Sometimes I could convince my mother to buy the comics for me, and sometimes a kid named Patrick on the school bus would let me borrow his. (Bless you, Patrick. Who, oddly, ended up also going all the way across the country to neighbouring Haverford College and dating one of my friends.)

This morning I went down the road on my bike for a quick rendez-vous with Celia, a cellist whom I used to babysit, way back when. She's visiting London with her husband and sister-in-law from North Dakota. We had coffee and cake at Royal Teas, then I dropped them off at the top of the hill by the Observatory, where there's an incredible view of London, from St Paul's to the Millennium Dome.

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knitfish
Aug. 10th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
I love it!
I also used to spend hours pouring over Archie comics, esp. the double digest :-P We used to buy them cheap at this old used book store called Owls Book Shop, and I think they cost 50 cents each. Those were the days :-P
jabberworks
Aug. 10th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
Cool! Yeah, I always liked Betty & Veronica best, then Archie, then Reggie, then Jughead last. (Jughead jokes were pretty same-ish... Big Ethel only provided mild variations on the lazy/eating theme.) My sister and I used to argue about who was better, Betty or Veronica. Who did you like best? :-D
knitfish
Aug. 11th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
I always liked Betty. But I was a bit torn about Veronica, because she has dark hair like me, and her name starts with a V like me. I don't know why, but when you're a kid, these things matter :-P I also thought that Betty should dump Archie and go out with someone better :-P

~Nessa
oharlene
Aug. 10th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
Veronica is my favorite. She's the evil rich girl, what's not to like?
jabberworks
Aug. 10th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I'd rather be friends with Betty, but the stories just wouldn't work without Veronica and her extravagant nastiness! It's definitely harder to create an interesting good character than an interesting evil one.... Sweet Valley Twins/High was based on the same premise as Betty & Veronica. Maybe it was a variation on the earlier twee children's book theme of making all of the main female characters sickly nice, but one of them a tomboy to add a bit of spice. (Nancy Drew's 'George', that one in the Enid Blyton books, oh, what'ser name...)
oharlene
Aug. 11th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
I always saw Betty and Veronica as two sides of the same girl. I mean they look exactly alike except for the hair. I wonder if that was the creator's intention.

Probably not. heh-heh.



auntiejoy
Aug. 10th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
Lazybones
Love lazy bones, I used to hide in the bedroom closet and read when it was chore time. I also loved fishing for compliments. Keep up the good work. So glad you and Mary could spend time together! Love ya! auntie joy
trypanocorax
Aug. 10th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Aw, I LOVE this character! Is she (you?) the same person we last saw making friends with the crow? That's an absolute masterclass in how you've given her such an expression of intent concentration without either her eyes or mouth even being visible!
nabbit
Aug. 13th, 2007 09:17 am (UTC)
Hey, did you notice that Bugpowder linked to you?
jabberworks
Aug. 14th, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)
Yay! Dan Fish sent me an e-mail about it awhile back, that's very cool. :-)
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