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Writing Course, Week 3

In the end I did Orpheus and Eurydice, straight, in my lunch break yesterday (some things never change). It ended:
Cerberus let him pass and licked his hand as he went. Now Orpheus would not see Eurydice again until he too died and went to the Underworld.
Blimey, I'm making myself cry here, never mind a bunch of eight-year-olds. Note recurring three-headed dog motif.

In class we talked about editing (well, mostly about Annoying Things Microsoft Word's Spellcheck Does) and about using computers to produce simple animation (I was thinking Flash and animated .gifs; our teacher was thinking Powerpoint).

This bit was illustrated by the following clip from Words and Pictures. I gave away my age by being the only other person in the room who remembered Words and Pictures; everyone else was too old or - shock! - too young.

When the little cartoon man appeared at the end I burst out "OH MY GOD I REMEMBER HIM HIS NAME IS CHARLIE." The shame!

We then talked about graphic novels and comics, which swiftly devolved into reminiscing about our childhood favourites and talk of farts and toilets.

For the rest of the session we split into groups and set about creating our own Beano-style strip. My group came up with Night Nursery, in which an ordinary little boy is sent by mistake to a playgroup for the offspring of monsters and ghosts, and has a whale of a time. There's a haunted Wendy house, and a sandpit with little tombstones.

For homework, each of us has to write an instalment of our comic. I have been composing my own hello chums guess what I'm up to this week type comics since I could hold a pencil, so I am looking forward to this.

Poll #1754980 Comic Cuts

What was your favourite comic?

Who was your favourite comic strip character?



Charlie was introduced in Autumn Term 1975, and I gather won some publicity as the most advanced piece of computer animation seen on television to that date. I was just annoyed that Sam on Boff's Island, the version of Words and Pictures which had entertained me, round and round, in my pre-school era, was gone; it's a partly forgotten collaboration between BBC Schools, Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, and starred Tony Robinson. I was amused, however, when Charlie's human friend Henry Woolf turned up as the Collector in Doctor Who's The Sun Makers a couple of years later; by your time I think Vicky Ireland had replaced him, or perhaps her successor.
I think you're right about Vicky - she rang a bell when I watched the clip, though all I really remember is the title and Charlie once telling the 'when is a door not a door?' joke, which I didn't get for ages.
I remmeber Words and Pictures! My sister and I still repeat a bit they did on "it's late... and getting lateR...it's dark...and getting darkER...what's that?... it's getting NEARER!" to each other. And the magic e pen. My mum had the videos at home, so we also saw them outside of school, and you and me a lot. (You and me, me and you, lots and lots for you to do, me and you, you and me, lots and lots for you to see.)
Gosh, I remember You & Me! How about Chockablock?
Gosh. I was really too old for Words and Pictures but I do remember watching it when I was ill and off school (the absence of other daytime TV meant schools TV exercised a strange allure).

I had various comics over my childhood including Teddy Bear,Twinkle, Bunty, Tammy, Princess Tina and Jackie, but my favourite was really my bro's Tiger and Scorcher (which I think evolved into Roy of the Rovers). There was a very long running story about Billy Dane who found some boots belonging to an old time football ace called Deadshot Keene. Conveniently for summer storylines he went on to find a pair of his cricket boots too.
> Conveniently for summer storylines he went on to find a pair of his cricket boots too.

Ha ha!

I wasn't so keen on the more realistic comics when I was little, but I got quite into Commando in my teens when it was an aviation story.