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DFC christmas streakers!



Today Vern and Lettuce met up for a quiet little comics office party, while Garen, Dave, Ellen and I went streaking through the streets of Brixton.
... Ha ha, no, the other way round (shame, that). The DFC Christmas double issue is HERE! And it looks fab!!! You can get lots of little peeks at it on the DFC website! Gary Northfield's Little Cutie gets a full double-page spread, and you can read a newly posted interview of Gary on Anna Mondo's blog. Ooh, and another one with Gary about Derek the Sheep on the Forbidden Planet blog.



And the other exciting thing today, I got to try quince jam! The reason this is exciting is that it was one of my four goals of things I wanted to do in England, the other three being animal sightings. (Seen a meadow lark, still need to see a live hedgehog and a badger.)

Here I am eating Ellen's mother-in-law's quince jam with hot scones in Ellen's kitchen:


And here is our office party at a fab little pizza place in Brixton market:

(tozocomic, rainboworchid and ellenlindner)


For our Secret Santa gifts, we all made 2"x 2" drawings and I got Dave's! Ellen kindly models with it here:

Edit: You can see my little art piece on Garen's blog here!

And one last thing, this morning I saw a mysterious message scrawled onto the pavement next to my post office. Whatever can it mean?

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rainboworchid
Dec. 19th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
If you put "I am bigger than a fox" (in quotes) into Google... it's a Googlewhack! (Though, technically, I don't think a Googlewhack is allowed to be in quotes).
jabberworks
Dec. 20th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Haha, thanks for that! :-D
smurf_uk
Dec. 19th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
True story: I was staying at this girls house in Wiltshire one weekend about 5 years ago and woke up at a about 2 in the morning gagging for a drink.

So, falling out of the bed I scrapped some clothes together and went downstairs into the hall where the girls family cat was squat underneath the telephone chair (i know, i know, a "telephone chair" smacks of something from the 50's but this family were odd like that). This confused the hell out of me as this cat usually did what cats do and assumed ownership of the house by prowling all over it.

The family also kept a stray in their house at night who was even more space possesive than the other cat. But tonight he was just peaking his head from behind the dining room door opposite the phone.

Baffled as to what could've flustered them I shrugged and walked into the kitchen which was pitch black. I'd gotten about 3 steps in before noticing this waddling mass creeping along the floor. Utterly crapping myself I flicked on the lights to reveal a particulary fat hedgehog going about it's business as it poked it's nose into everything and swiped fragments of dried cat food from the floor.

To this day I have no idea how it got in or where it came from.
_w_o_o_d_
Dec. 20th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
Hedgehogs may look clumsy, but they are incredibly sneaky, and have a way to get into wherever they want. They can even climb walls.
jabberworks
Dec. 20th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thanks, Aaron, great hedgehog story! I so wish we had hedgehogs invading my flat. Except then we'd have lots of other furry visitors, too, so maybe not.

Morvan, they can seriously climb walls? How do they do it? Are they just very agile at sticking their feet into the cracks or do that have some sort of sticky paws? Or jump like cats? My tutor at college told me they have surprisingly long legs, longe than you'd expect for such a dumpy body.
...I really, really need to see a hedgehog!
_w_o_o_d_
Dec. 20th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
I don't think they jump, but they have good claws and strong legs. I read an article in a magazine about this guy who had made a hedegehog shelter, an he said he had to build walls a an angle, because if they were just vertical, the hedgehogs would climb them and escape. The walls weren't more than 3 or 4 feet high, though. I guess it depends what kind of wall it is, too.
squirmy
Dec. 19th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
Quince jam is great stuff. And quince is good with cheese I seem to remember too.

You clearly need to spend a few weeks in the country side because I see badgers and hedgehogs all the time at my parents' house. Sadly, with badgers it's usually after they've been hit by a car though. Sigh.
jabberworks
Dec. 20th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, I lived in rural Lancashire for a year and I saw several smashed hedgehogs on the road (although never a badger), but never a live hedgehog. :-(

Woodrow Phoenix said there are a lot of hedgehogs in Hilly Fields park near where we live, but he says they mostly come out very early in the morning. So if anyone sees a crazy lady with milk and catfood patrolling the park at 4am after a late night of work, that would be me.
witchdoctors
Dec. 20th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
I tried it for the first time last week. It certainly is delectable. When I ran out of crackers to put it on I cut out the shape of a person in it. It is also versatile as well as delicious.
jabberworks
Dec. 20th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
Oh! Is that the kind that's called 'quince cheese' and is a bit more stiff that the jam? That would make sense, if you're able to cut it into shapes. Cool!
witchdoctors
Dec. 21st, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
Most probably. We weren't even 100% sure it was quince. My friends and I aren't educated very well on matters like that.
chamonkee
Dec. 19th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
It's someone exclaiming the size of their DFC in the first person. Plus I really hate the north right now. My issue again is late.
jabberworks
Dec. 20th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I apologise on behalf of the DFC and the Royal mail together! :-( I hope it arrives today!
chamonkee
Dec. 20th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
It did! I downed tools in the middle of more water colouring and read it cover to cover! I was a little worried since i got a note with the last issue saying my subscription had run out. Luckily it hadn't.
jabberworks
Dec. 20th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
Yay, glad it came! Hope you liked it! I had fun with that issue's episode. :-)
chamonkee
Dec. 21st, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Yeah it's one of the best issues I've seen. The new storie looks great. and christmas in muttropolis is so good and then the awesome wrap around cover. Topped with naked animals! Pure awesome.
almilway
Dec. 20th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
I'm still waiting for my Christmas DFC! Gah.

But last time I was at the wood I chatted to the woodsman about Badger watching. We'll have to organise it for when the weather gets a bit warmer, but it's a definite goer
jabberworks
Dec. 20th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, we SO have to! Thank you!! :-D
mr_hillmonster
Dec. 20th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the mentions!

When I used to do a paper round as a kid I would often see hedgehogs bumbling about (I would often see them run over too, pretty much on a daily basis). I even saw a stag one morning, in a field behind the houses I was delivering to, but absolutely no one believed me!

Maybe you should leave out a saucer of milk or something for the hedgehog. You get lots of slugs that way too!
jabberworks
Dec. 20th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Hi, Gary! I think we only have foxes and rats in my neighbourhood, although Woodrow says there are hedgehogs in Hilly Fields. I wonder how many times I have to go there before I spot one. It's a lot of hill climbing on my bike to be doing on a regular basis... I am such a hills wimp.
bandersnatch_02
Dec. 21st, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Quick DFC question -- would it be enjoyed by a nearly-five-year-old who is a big fan of Charlie and Lola, Wallace and Gromit, Scooby Doo, Mo Willems, etc.? I'm guessing the answer is probably yes, but I think I have seen you describe it as being suited to 8-12-yr-olds, so I just wanted to check that was nothing too scary or inappropriate for younger readers...
jabberworks
Dec. 21st, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I want to say yes, but unless they're very sophisticated readers, I wouldn't really recommend the DFC for people under 8. I think some of the strips - Crab Lane Crew, Sausage and Carrots and my strip might appeal, but most of the more complex ongoing stories might be a bit too challenging.

If you live with the 5-year-old, on the other hand, just *pretend* it's for him or her and we won't give you away. ;-)
dlasky
Dec. 22nd, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
London-style
I like that you all have a "comics office party" -- and the secret santa idea is also very cool!
mondoagogo
Dec. 24th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link Sarah!

In all my life in the UK, I have never seen a hedgehog, though a friend of mine who lived in Slough used to have lots of them in their back garden -- so many that they apparently had recognisable personalities and they gave them all their own names... (I was quite envious, never having seen one) Could go and visit St Tiggywinkles, though.

I did once see a badger in Cornwall, after we'd been on a badger hunt (to see some, not kill them!) and were actually driving back from the hunt. It was trotting along in front of the van...

I haven't had any quince jelly for a while, now I come to think of it.

jabberworks
Dec. 30th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I might have to pay St Tiggywinkles a visit one of these days! :-D
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