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Down and Sprout

There's been a sprout in the gutter on Soho Square all week. Even rats and pigeons won't eat the things. -- huskyteer on Twitter, 16 December 2010

There’s a sprout in the gutter in Soho Square
It must be a week now that it’s been there
It looks just the same as it did on day one
Green, round and lonely, its hopes are all gone
It should be in a kitchen, it seems so unfair
There’s a sprout in the gutter in Soho Square

There’s a sprout in the gutter in Soho Square
I really must say it’s a tragic affair
The rats and the pigeons both leave it alone
That poor lonely sprout that’s bereft of a home
It could freeze half to death and nobody would care
There’s a sprout in the gutter in Soho Square

There’s a sprout in the gutter in Soho Square
The folk passing by all look so debonair
They’re dreaming of turkey and stuffing and wine
If offered this sprout they would surely decline
It’s no longer looking in perfect repair
There’s a sprout in the gutter in Soho Square

There’s a sprout in the gutter in Soho Square
It’s suffering badly from wear and from tear
We need someone famous to highlight its plight
Quick, call for Bob Geldof, perhaps he just might
Do sprouts know it’s Christmas? It makes you despair
There’s a sprout in the gutter in Soho Square

There’s a sprout in the gutter in Soho Square
The days keep on passing and still it lies there
Denied its true home on a Christmassy plate
Like so many homeless, a victim of fate
At this time of year, we should all be aware
Of all of the homeless… no matter where.

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Vaarsuvius

Creative [insert species here] is creative... but NEEDS AN ARTIST

Bought both the new issue of i.s.o, and the collected volume 1 thereof, at FC. Been reading the latter (which comes with a bonus story never previously published that is Very Odd Indeed).

Reading the comic as a whole rather than a series of pages on its LJ comunity is much to be recommended; it makes it easier to follow and helps keep track of the characters. It's made me realise just what a damn good comic i.s.o is, and also made me wish that my own comic, Ragged Heroes, hadn't been forced onto hold due to kashyfox having to drop out of the project; because in many ways Ragged Heroes and i.s.o. were making similar points from different directions, if that makes sense.

So.

I still have everything I did for RH -- complete scripts for the first two issues, detailed plotlines for the remaining six of what was to be an eight issue run -- and I'm pretty sure that the story would be as entertaining and relevant now as it was in 2005 when I first started work on it.

At a push I suppose I could convert it into a purely textual story, but I'd sooner it stayed as a comic, the way it was meant to be.

Therefore... I am looking for an artist with whom to collaborate on an eight issue, ongoing storyline, slice of life furry comic. You don't have to help with the writing, though if you want to I'd be very happy to work with you; if you're happy to just draw from my scripts I'm happy to handle that entire side of things.

I like the way i.s.o does things, i.e. putting each page online as it's completed, and then printing a comic once or twice a year when there are enough pages to fill one; but this is negotiable.

Everyone reading, please: if you know an artist who you think might be interested, feel free to point them at this post. And I'd also appreciate suggestions for where else, other than here, that I could disseminate this advertisement.

Over to y'all...
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Chocolate bunnies

Not a resolution

I  don't do New Year's resolutions, but here's my New Year wish.

I endorse it with all my heart, for all my readers.

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

...I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind."

Quote from Neil Gaiman, via sammason .

I  encourage others to reprint this (and, of course, to mean it).
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dumpbodies

Johnny Casino and the Secrets

Went out last Friday to a gig where this mob were the support act.

I'd never heard of them before, but gorblimey, they were good. A little poking around shows that the eponymous Johnny is Australian and is currently doing two months touring Europe -- though only two gigs were in England, and I was at the second, so sorry, you missed him.

Garage rock is alive and well down under, and here's the proof (with a really rather good video, too, assembled out of bits of ancient movie; can anyone identify any?)

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kungfukitty

I don't normally repost other people's lyrics but

THE SPACE RACE IS OVER

When I was young I told my mum
I'm going to walk on the Moon someday
Armstrong and Aldrin spoke to me
From Houston and Cape Kennedy
And I watched the Eagle landing
On a night when the Moon was full
And as it tugged at the tides, I knew deep inside
I too could feel its pull

I lay in my bed and dreamed I walked
On the Sea of Tranquillity
I knew that someday soon we'd all sail to the moon
On the high tide of technology
But the dreams have all been taken
And the window seats taken too
And 2001 has almost come and gone
What am I supposed to do?

Now that the space race is over
It's been and it's gone and I'll never get to the moon
Because the space race is over
And I can't help but feel we've all grown up too soon

Now my dreams have all been shattered
And my wings are tattered too
And I can still fly but not half as high
As once I wanted to

Now that the space race is over
It's been and it's gone and I'll never get to the moon
Because the space race is over
And I can't help but feel we've all grown up too soon

My son and I stand beneath the great night sky
And gaze up in wonder
I tell him the tale of Apollo And he says
"Why did they ever go?"
It may look like some empty gesture
To go all that way just to come back
But don't offer me a place out in cyberspace
Cos where in the hell's that at?

Now that the space race is over
It's been and it's gone and I'll never get out of my room
Because the space race is over
And I can't help but feel we're all just going nowhere

(Billy Bragg)
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