…I shall come back.
Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties.
I might get round to writing something else on here sometime, you never know.
Every year, Kryten looks a little (or a lot) different. Let’s have a little look…
(oh, that’s smaller than I thought it’d be. It was a lot bigger on Paint.)
Can’t believe it’s been over six months since I last wrote anything on here. So what’s happened?
Not that much really. Nothing life-changing, certainly. Surprised at how much new music I’ve bought/am buying this year. Bought The Anchoress’s debut album Confessions of a Romance Novelist, which was co-written and produced by ‘my mate’ Paul Draper, of Mansun fame. Then he himself released some long awaited new stuff, EP One arriving in June. Which was nice.
Have preordered new albums by some of my favourites, two of which via crowdfunding sites: KT Tunstall has KIN out in October, a week after The Divine Comedy’s Foreverland is due out. Then, I suddenly realised a day or two ago that I preordered Madness’s new CD, Can’t Touch Us Now, back in May. It’s not out til October.
Speaking of Madness, I went to see Suggs back in May.
Back in January, I was itching to spend my birthday money on a trip to the theatre. I knew my beloved Rocky Horror Show was due in town in June, but, as the show gets bigger and brighter with every tour, and I had a bit of a problem with some of the lighting effects last time, I didn’t want to push my luck and go again, so I reluctantly passed. Still, I got a Suggs ticket instead. Funny enough, Madness are playing in Sheffield later this year, as are The Divine Comedy. I’ll not be going to either gig, though. Can’t afford it. I’ve got other stuff happening, anyway.
Last March, I was in full-on Reeves & Mortimer mode, after buying my ticket to see Vic and Bob on tour in December.
However, come October, Bob was selfish enough to need triple heart bypass surgery, meaning that the first leg of the tour – including the Sheffield date – was cancelled. I was gutted. Before the gig was cancelled, I’d already been moaning about the nine month wait between getting the ticket and the actual show. For it to not go ahead was devastating. Not least because the second was going to go ahead in the new year, and start in fucking Leeds.
The tickets were refunded, and I was extremely unhappy. Had to stop reading Bob’s Tweets because they were all about how good the shows were. I bought a tour programme online, and remained thoroughly miserable, knowing I wouldn’t be seeing them.
But then, come April, new dates were announced. All the gigs that were cancelled were being rescheduled. Of course, because the other tickets had been refunded, we had to buy them all again. My sister had bought all four tickets last time, for her three brothers to pay her back (which we duly did). However, this time, no-one had enough/any money to buy one ticket, never mind four all together. I definitely wasn’t to miss out, so maxxed out my credit card, and bought two tickets, for me and my brother. My sister’s saving to go to Disneyland Paris in October, and my other brother manages to get himself to plenty of gigs through the year, so I figured my penniless brother could go. The show’s in December, it can be his Christmas present.
So…I think that’s it really. Currently looking forward to the new series of Red Dwarf, of course. That’s on in September. That’s a busy month, isn’t it?
So, I guess it’s time for me to wander off again. I might be back at some point in the near future. Ciao for now.
Following on from yesterday’s rediscovery of Is There A Doctor On Board?, I thought I’d share with you the other bits and bobs I found in the folder. Most of them date from between 1997-99, a couple from earlier, a couple later.
First off, there are my individual character portraits of the crew (felt tip pens have never been my friend)…
Then, there’s an early sketch of Rimmer…
And another strip, which I couldn’t decide whether to do it in black and white or colour. Tried both, neither really worked. (The title referred to the fact that I had intended Elvis to turn up at some point)
Assorted ships and machines…
…mechanoids and cast members…
…more Red Dwarf mash-ups with popular culture…
…a magazine article…
…and stuff from the offices of Grant Naylor Productions, signed photos and whatnot. Including a patient response to one of my begging letters regarding being an extra in the Red Dwarf movie.
So there. A few oddities for you all to marvel over.
I don’t live at that address anymore, by the way, so any threatening letters will not reach their intended target.
Longer ago than I care to remember, I had a big bag full of Red Dwarf stuff. All my original copies of Red Dwarf Smegazine, from issue 4 (April 1992) onwards were crammed in there, as well as a number of my doodles and ‘proper’ drawings.
The bag disappeared a few years ago. I still hunt for it occasionally, even though there’s nowhere else in the house left to look. I do have a full set of Smegazines – bought in an auction at a Red Dwarf convention in 2002 – but the rest of the stuff…God knows where it is.
I’ve found the odd scan occasionally, or even a scrap here and there, and shoved most of them on my DeviantArt profile.
But at Christmas, I got a laptop. I finally got a laptop of my own for the first time. And my sister wrung out her hard drive to gift me every folder, file and document I’d ever saved on that there laptop of hers. And amongst a folder named “Old Red Dwarf Gubbins”, I found the whole of my “Is There A Doctor On Board?” strip, intended for The Red Dwarf Fan Club magazine Better Than Life. Two and a half pages are over at DeviantArt, but here is the whole lot (Well, all of what I completed – I never got round to drawing the last couple of panels).
All this, of course, was written before the 2005 return of Doctor Who. So this was actually one of the first times I drew the TARDIS.
I started it in 2001, and scanned what I had in 2003 and put it on a Geocities Website. That stuff was archived a long time ago, and proved impossible to find. I did obviously manage to find those first couple of pages, that I put on DeviantArt, but finding this lot this evening has made my day.