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a mean game of croquet

While we were in Brussels for the wedding, someone brought out a croquet set during the reception and it turned out none of the Brits knew how to play. So I gave everyone a croquet lesson, but since there was no one to check up on me, I taught them how to play McIntyre Rules, which I suspect is much more vicious than your average croquet. I'd left this baby I was minding for the photographer in a pram on the edge of the lawn, but after my second round, Thingy started squalling. So I picked up Thingy and it stopped, and then I cracked myself up by playing another killer round with it stuck under one arm like a sack of flour. (I didn't win that round, though.)

Apologies to Thingy's parents if you're reading this, it really is a lovely baby.

Other things:
heroprotagonist has done a great comic with lots of scrolling, The Secret Thoughts of Harold Lawrence Windcrampe.

The DFC has a cool new trailer for an upcoming strip, Mezolith by Adam Brockbank and Ben Haggarty. And you can play Poke the Ogre here, the simplicity, the genius.

And I hear from David Lloyd that Jonathan Cape and the Observer are running their Graphic Short Story Prize competition again. I didn't apply last time because the brief was really confusing, but perhaps they've made it more clear this time. Deadline is 17 October.


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Aug. 18th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
omg I'm totally doing that graphic novel thing!
Aug. 18th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
Good luck with it! :-)
Aug. 18th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
I taught them how to play McIntyre Rules, which I suspect is much more vicious than your average croquet.

Does it include hedgehogs and flamingos ?

Also are you supposed to refer to a baby as "it" ?
Aug. 18th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
The quick answers:
1. very likely
2. probably not

Aug. 18th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
ha ha, I know who the baby was - wasn't it cute ?
Aug. 18th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Very! And amazingly content to be hauled unceremoniously around a croquet lawn.

It was great to see you and Mr Ncot! Hope you had a good trip back. :-)
Aug. 18th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
McIntyre Rules, probably at least as good as Ragnaroquet rules.

Aug. 18th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Hehe, that about sums it up! Except theirs is a kinder, gentler version, and it doesn't demonstrate the rule about what you do when your ball goes into the laurel hedge and you then find a three-year-old hardboiled Easter egg.
Aug. 18th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
you have the best illustrated life ever!
Aug. 18th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you! :-)
Aug. 18th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Gasp! A link! thanks, Sarah!
Aug. 19th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
that is a most adorable drawing! and i love that you call the baby "it." i'm taking a wild guess that producing a gaggle of your own children is nowhere in your near future ;)
Aug. 19th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
I think you may be very right! ;-)
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