Andrew wrote in yesterday’s comments: “One set of panels I would love you to post? I read somewhere once that there was a page in the script of From Hell which had Gull and Netley driving over London Bridge, which hadn’t been built at the time, so you sketched the page anyway essentially with Gull stopping mid-sentence to scream as his carriage hurtled into the Thames. I think I read that somewhere. Does that exist?”
That would have been Tower Bridge. [...] I didn’t draw the script as written but sent Gull down to the next bridge and just stretched the dialogue over more panels than Alan intended. In the meantime I scribbled a gag on a photocopy of a 19th century photo of the bridge under construction and sent it to Alan.
A decade or so ago, while working in a bookshop and exploring the back catalogues of academic publishers, I came across a double CD of recordings of crickets. It was amazing. A few years before that I came across Money Mark‘s track Insects Are All Around Us which does the in-retrospect-obvious thing of sampling cricket chirps for the beat.
So over the years recordings of crickets have appeared in my life and I welcome the addition of the Songs of Insects website and their awesome soundboard. Click on an insect to hear its song. I particularly recommend the 17 Year Cicada.
Following on from Wednesday’s roundup of sensible things I’d read about the rioting, here’s some more. (The first two are the essential ones.)
The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom by Peter Osbourne (Telegraph)
Big Brother isn’t watching you by Russell Brand (Guardian)
Pick Up The Pieces by Daz Wright
London riots: the intelligence taboo by Dave Hill (Guardian)
UK riots: political classes see what they want to see by Aditya Chakrabortty (Guardian)
And in the idiocy department:
First rioter given eviction notice by Wandsworth council.
thinking out loud on twitter helps a lot. I get corrected, I get new words to explain abstract ideas, I get to explain myself to myself.
It’s finally finished and, weighing in at 672 pages, will be published in September. And it looks gorgeous.