It's sunny again today; so warm that it brings back memories of our holiday in Mallorca just over a year ago. An e-mail arrives this morning referring to a diary page I drew about the dubious delights of Baron Romero (see link below), a Spanish red from the bargain end of the supermarket wine rack.
My correspondent, who describes himself as a 'computer literate tramp', conjures up a picture in my mind of our peripatetic wine buff as he experiences the after-effects of drinking a carton of 39 pence per litre country red wine from a supermarket in Benidorm (warning: don't try this yourself! It's for cooking only! So Rozanne, see below, tells me).
A recent mention of Blue Nun on a programme about the the 1970s made me think that I might like to taste this Liebfraumilch, an icon of the era, again. Our Connoisseur of the Costas (who in real life is ukelele player Pete Starkey, see link below) tells me that the bouquet of Blue Nun takes him: 'well and truly back to an almost forgotten era. The aroma of furniture polish, an argument for old fruit, and a cheeky hint of glue and dolly mixtures . . . my memories came flooding back . . . Flared velvet loons, Wishbone Ash, top floor bed-sits with no furniture . . .'
'Go on…. , treat yerself……..' he urges, 'Go onnn!!. ……………..You know you want to,'
I can tell that Pete is of about the same vintage as I am! Maybe it would
be fun to try it again, just one more time . . .
Comic Book Creator
Like me, Rozanne favours handwritten captions to the drawings although she's considered using a typeface created from her own handwriting. She records her progress on the strip in her blog (see link below).
'I have never used speech balloons before.' she comments after trying out the programme Comic Book Creator (left), 'I thought they made a strip look too artificial. I like the idea of a page being seen as a big drawing and I like hand lettering because it makes it more intimate. Much nicer to get a handwritten letter than a typed one. But, I could change my mind about this. Certainly lots of things to work out here.'
We are pub: hear Pete Starkey and his ukelele band
Maureen Rozanne's blog of a comic strip in the making
Richard Bell, email@example.com