Sunday, May 26, 2019

Featherbottom Rebooted - 21

OK, final strip in this reboot series. This strip may also look familiar: I had posted it a couple of months back with a different text on Linked-In. It was actually drawing this strip that gave me the idea for redoing the entire "Shark" story arc. BUT, I have completely changed the text. So it is for all practical purposes a new strip. The previous text was not matching the story arc, and it is a lot funnier this way.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Poppy season!

Here in France it is poppy season! Wild poppies bursting out all over the place, even along railway lines. Here is a field of wild poppies not far from my home...

Monday, May 20, 2019

My Big Fat Garish Lupin!!

Last week, Blandine and I went to an enormous farm cum nursery in nearby St Romain en Gal for stocking up on seedlings for the summer. This is usually Blandine's gig. She is the gardener in the family. I was there to lug the stuff into the car. And then my eyes fell on this HUGE GALUMPHING GORGEOUSLY UGLY Flower. "Ugh! Moche!" said Blandine, which is French for Ugly. But for me, it was love at first sight. I insisted on buying it, although it was ridiculously expensive (20 euros, mostly because it was fully grown and in a pot). She told me it was called "Lupin", and was a mountain flower. (same name in English and French, although the French pronounce it differently). She tried to nudge me towards a number of other Lupins on display, which were more aesthetically colored in pale pinks and whites. But I insisted on my Yellow-Burgundy monstrosity.
We brought it home, replanted it in a bigger pot, put it at the bottom of the staircase. Here it is, in all its glory. In this new setting, even Blandine admits it doesn't look as overpowering as it did in the nursery. It goes quite well with our facade, actually. What do you think?

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Featherbottom Rebooted - 20

OK, last-but-one episode in the rebooted shark series. I had actually posted this strip some months ago on LinkedIn (before I had the idea of redoing the entire shark story arc). Reposting it now so that it is at the right place in the story arc.