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vern and lettuce zine idea

I've been doing some musing about possibly making an online Vern and Lettuce magazine, set in the world of Pickle Rye. Here's a sketch I made last night for a possible cover.

When I was a kid, I loved making magazines for my neighbours and I bet a lot of other kids (and maybe some adults) would love helping me come up with pages for it that everyone could see. Comics, short stories, local news journalism, fake adverts, the Pickle Rye characters modeling their latest fashions, an agony aunt (maybe Granny Goat who lives on the first floor), lonely hearts, Pickle Rye park sports coverage, knitting tips, craft ideas... anything we find in a regular magazine, but make so that it would make sense in Vern and Lettuce's world. No humans.

I'm trying to decide about a format if it goes ahead. (Should it be colour? Black and white in case we decide to print it?) This could be a lot of fun. Here's a peek at my reference sheet I've been using for the past couple years, to remember which animal belongs to which family, and to keep the names straight:

Anyway, I'll keep thinking and get back to you about it! I might do a page with the latest recipe one of the bunnies and the polar bear cub came up with in Vern's kitchen.


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Aug. 10th, 2010 11:04 am (UTC)
Ooooh, sounds fun.
Aug. 10th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
Aug. 10th, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
Such an amazing idea. How do you find time in the day??? 0_O
I used to make my own mags as a kid, haha!
Aug. 10th, 2010 11:10 am (UTC)
That's mainly what I need to have a think about, time in the day! But I figure if I come up with my own page every once in awhile, and kids send in their pages, it shouldn't take too much time. And maybe I could even tie it into workshop events, I'll have to have a longer think about that. I wouldn't really want to put up pages by kids who are made to do it for school, and don't try very hard, just the ones who really want to do it and look like they've had fun with it.

Aug. 10th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
1) Sounds like a great idea! I love the international flavor of the building's inhabitants. :)

2) I gotta know-- is Ainsley Pig a girl or a boy? Just curious. ( I get the impression it's a boy's name in the UK)
Aug. 10th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
Yup, I think it's a boy. :)
Aug. 10th, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
Fantastic Idea!
Aug. 10th, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
Isn't it 'verminist' to have the rats in the ground floor? Surely in these enlightened times of equality they could at least be offered the penthouse suite if not a multi-million pound pad in Belgravia.
Still, I reckon you need to do it and to hell with equal rights housing issues!
Aug. 10th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
Fancy writing an article about it for The Pickle? :D
Aug. 10th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Lettuce isn't a single parent?

Ooh. Can't wait to get hold of the collected edition to re-read!
Aug. 10th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Cheers, Dave! Nope, but I think Lettuce refers only once or twice to her siblings as such, so it's an easy mistake. She has to babysit them while her mother's at work. (But sometimes I forget what's in the book and what's in my head.)
Aug. 10th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
The Pickle
Great idea, Sarah!
Go for it if you can manage the time.
Love the drawing and side explanations of Pickle Rye
Aug. 10th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Aug. 10th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yay! :)
Aug. 10th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
LOVE this idea Sarah! As an old traditionalist, I'd love to see it also available in paper too (or maybe a compilation every now and then in book\mag form?).

Pickle Rye has gone too long without its own dedicated paper!!

Aug. 11th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
ooh this looks groovy!
Aug. 12th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
Ha ha, I would definitely like to contribute. Go Sarah!
PS Awesome to see you last night!
Aug. 18th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
Pickle online - yes please
Hi Sarah. Definitely a yes from us, we'd love to see Pickle online!
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