Portrait Gallery 72: Raised Shields

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The Time is Right…

…to bring back the previously world-famous award for buying a Hamster-Sapiens e-book. An award that the buyer awards himself/herself by cutting and pasting this photo on to their blog…

All he/she need do is visit Lulu.com (or any e-book stockist) and purchase one of the following e-books…

…or this paperback…

…and an award that anyone would proud  to show the world is theirs. The books are fun too. What’s not to like?

Natural Selection is Released…and it’s FREE!

I enjoyed writing and photographing Natural Selection. It cost me nothing but time to create, so I felt that it should cost you the same. As a consequence of this, I’m giving away the 23rd photo-novel in the Junior Earplug Adventure e-book series as a thank you for following (with such dedication) my tales of intrepid silicon life forms. And even if you haven’t, and have only recently discovered my lunacy, you can have it gratis too. It’s a bit briefer than usual, so it’s not exactly what you’d call an overly demanding read. Okay, it’s too short to charge money for: I must have messed up on the page count or something. This is what it looks like…

…and (initially at least) you can find it at Lulu.com. Other retailers, such as Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc will follow in due course.

The End of an Era, Dammit!

I mentioned, several months ago, that my ‘studio’ was due for demolition, and that I would need to vacate it. Well…

…it’s not looking good…

In fact it’s the end. No more will the eyes of passers-by delight at the sight of…

…genius in the making. Props that won’t fit into removal van boxes are redundant. Other, less interesting ones…

…slip, unheralded, into the dumpster. Recognize any of these?

There’s the famous bucket that appeared as a coniferous forest on Worstworld, and a fake Venusian surface in the Museum of Future Technology in an early tale; but which (most famously) featured as the museum’s graveyard and home of the earplug zombies…

And is that the End Cap mother ship from The Invasion From Hyperspace?

Yes, it is; and look, it’s being blown up by a pink rocket!

That piece of carpet tile looks familiar. Could it be a dusty plain, perchance?

Of course it could. And if I’m not mistaken, that sheet of red stuff looks awfully like…

…the laboratory floor on Wetworld.

Sadly these, and many more items of earplug lore must go. There just isn’t room for them in my new studio. I know this to be true because my new studio is my attic – and that’s already full up with all my other crap!