It's been quite a year. I hope you can all have a peaceful time this Christmas and recharge for the year ahead.
The good news today is that my pal Stevie White will have his graphic novel MILK published thanks to a lot of good people who pledged to fund it on Kickstarter.
The other good news is that I now have time to finish the next Magpie of Space comic. So watch for that soon.
As you may know, Space Pilot HQ is based in Scotland (along with a wheen of proposed spaceports). So I want to share our national day with you.
I've been launching a Kickstarter for my comics chum Stref and now it's all up and running. This is a great comic book called MILK and it showcases the huge variety of art styles that he can work in. All original Stref stories broadly across the SF and horror genres, it is available to pledge for here on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/soig/milk
This means I am starting to get some of my time back and a new episode of Magpie of Space is on the way too. Watch for news soon.
I've been admiring the nearby bright and clear view we're having of Mars this week. It's burning bright and fiery in the eastern sky around 11pm or so from this part of Scotland. I snapped off a few shots with my Pentax K-7 and got these quite satisfying results.
The little red dot of Mars in the night sky, too bright for the stars to be detected on the same image (ISO3200 f/4, 1/8s, f=18mm).
How will Prof Poot Poot cope with all of the stress laid on him in Episode 10? Well Dr Zoe Scope has an idea and all will be revealed in the next instalment of Magpie of Space. She thinks playing a particular 3D game might help focus his mind and help him to offload the stress.
|Fine Wind, Clear Morning by Katsushika Hokusai|
|Hokusai painted Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, of which The Great Wave off Kanagawa is one (look in the background).|
|Joe is safe in his environment suit... but he has an itchy nose.|
|This is where Joe starts to go wrong. He takes off his glove.|
|That feels better. He scratches his nose.|
|For now he is actually OK because he hasn't touched anything before taking his hand to his nose... but, Joe, where is your glove now?|
|Now Joe is in trouble. He is touching a possibly infected surface with his bare hand.|
|Look at that weird red stuff shooting out at his fingers.|
|It's on his hand now. If that hand goes anywhere near his face ....|
|Now he's done it. A good old dose is applied to Joe's nose.|
|Only now, too late, does he remember to put his glove back on.|
|What would Mr Spock have done in this situation?|