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February 15th, 2007

Happy Birthday, pandaguy!

I wasn't real keen on typing up today's Forgotten English, so instead, for your present, here's Tuesday's Forgotten English!

taghairm
A mode of divination formerly used by the Highlanders.
--John Jamieson's Etymological Scottish Dictionary, 1808


A person was wrapped in the skin of a newly slain bullock and deposited beside a waterfall, or in some other strange, wild, and unusual situation, where the scenery around him suggested nothing but objects of horror. In this situation he revolved in his mind the question proposed, and whatever was impressed upon him by his exalted imagination passed for the inspiration of the disembodied spirits who haunt their desolate recesses. ... According to one form of it, the companions of the inquirer whom they held by the legs and arms, cried, "Let his invisible friends appear from all quarters, and let them relieve him by giving an answer to our present demands."
--Martin Martin's A Description of the Western Islands of Scotland, 1703


Feast Day of St. Agabus [Feb. 13],
a first-century fortune-teller, who later became a patron of soothsayers.

I dunno, I think going through life with the name "Martin Martin" would be an object of horror in its own right!

-The Gneech

I Married a Monster From Outa Touch

I always feel supremely out of touch with the "greater webcomics community" any more ... partially because it's gotten so BIG. I mean, when I started NeverNever and Suburban Jungle, you could have a single page that linked to pretty much all the serious webcomics and even if you didn't read 'em all, you were at least aware of 'em all.

But that was, y'know, 1998. Can you believe that next September will be NeverNever's 10th anniversary? 0.o

Anyway, as part of my overall plan for world domination, I am going to attempt to get back into the swing of things with the wider world of webcomics, and also with comics in general. I recently discovered, much to my surprise, that T. Campbell has a gig with TokyoPop! Now if I followed his blog, or even just the webcomic grapevine generally, I would have known about that long ago and could have been jealous then! ;)

I once read an essay that described fantasy/SF as a publishing ghetto -- you could do anything you want and be huge there, but no matter what your sales there you'd never have any cred with the publishing mainstream. It would not be inaccurate to describe the relationship of the furry fandom to comics the same way. I am something of a celebrity in the furry community (I love you guys!), but in the wider world of comics I'm just another wannabe. It's a strange feeling!

I do periodically try to get back into the swing of things by hanging out on the Keenspot member forums, reading CBR and so on, but I often have trouble keeping up with it. Half the time (or more) I feel like the more mainstream creators/audience and I are just from a different planet. 0.o I have just added Comixpedia to my list too, and I hope that will help. At least until I get into it, I'm going to look at it as "market research" -- seeing what other creators do will hopefully help me understand what does and doesn't work, and incorporate that into my own creations.

-The Gneech

*boot* *CRASH*

Okay, my computer just randomly restarted itself. I think I'll download that Memtest86 that james_b told me about.

*grumble, grumble, gototherthingstodo muttergrumble*

-TG

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