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I have a first name now

Google and Tumblr have forced my hand and Leckford is now Alex or Lx Leckford, where Lx is pronounced the same as Alex but is more pretentious.

This is because I wanted to create a tumblog for my comics-drawing persona, lxleckford.tumblr.com, because posting to Tumblr is easier than LiveJournal and it is a convenient way to track non-work-safe comics-related Tumblrs. I also have a Deviantart account (~leckford) which I also need to work out some sort of plan for. I move content between the two of them as I work out what belongs where.
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Page 81 of Percy Street

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PERCY STREET

A bisexual comic-book soap opera

Current chapter: 5. ‘Continuation’

Latest page: 81


Sorry for the long delay—I ceased to exist for a while while my in-real-life counterpart got absorbed by work and domestic issues for a year or so. The first four panels of this page have been waiting a year and a half for me to get around to the last two. That may be some kind of record, but not in a good way.

Here’s a gag I might work in to the story in the future:

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Gratuitous Continuity Notes

It has come to my attention that some people think the new Trek movie is incompatible with Trek canon. Allegedly J.J. Abrams was taken aback to discover that Simon Pegg knew about continuity and even cared about it.


Of course the movies have NEVER been sticklers for continuity. The first film radically revised the costumes, the models, and even the Klingon make-up, not because the narrative involved these things having changed, but intending that this would be taken as how they had always looked had the TV series had a movie budget. To top it off, the story ends with Human society absorbing a god-like being (V’ger transmits all it has learned, including instructions for uploading your consciousness into transcendent machine intelligences, before it vanishes). This is the end of the Trek: the human race will surely transcend in short order, leaving starships behind like abandoned toys.

Even if you want to interpret the new uniforms as just being a rebranding exercise within Starfleet, they scuppered this by implying in dialogue that the movie followed on more or less immediately after the five-year mission. Ignoring this line, the movie looks more like it was set twenty years or so after the TV series, which would make the actors relatively young (being only ten years older), thus cleverly representing the improved medicine of the future. They missed a trick there.

The second through sixth movies even more blatantly take place in a different timeline. You want evidence? The new uniforms use a rank structure, department divisions, and insignia entirely different from the previous movie and the TV series. Technologically they seem to have downgraded: There are bunk beds in the officers’ quarters and CRTs on the bridge, and it seems phasers no longer have a stun setting. Faced with the incomprehensibly abstract adventures of a post-V’ger hyperculture, Paramount have stepped sideways into a more-primitive timeline where adventures still involve fisticuffs.

Curiously enough, the Next Generation series is more like an immediate sequel to the original series than either of the movies timelines. They say it is set 85 years in the future of the movies era but if you had to guess from the styling and the way technology works, they are set at most a few years after the original series.

I could go on but this rant is too long already. In the end I think it is easier all round if we view the various contiguous chunks of Trek stories as defining separate continuities, much as different treatments of DC’s Batman and Superman can co-exist on the networks and even the newsstands. The new film may well be enjoyable, mindless, explody fun and could even kick off a new space opera franchise. My insignificant webcomics can continue in their own not-quite-canonical timeline.
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Percy Street, page 79

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PERCY STREET

A bisexual comic-book soap opera

Current chapter: 5. ‘Continuation’

Latest page: 79


After a long delay, here is the next page in Percy Street. Alas! probably not enough of a revelation to be worth the wait. I have been having to give my attentions to things going on in real life, and my spare-time projects have ground to a halt as a result. To make matters worse, I am experimenting with a different approach to drawing the strip—I have switched from Corel Painter 8 to Lineform, a vector-graphics drawing program for the Mac. This is part of my plan to one day in the distant future to be able to draw a comic strip as vectors and present it in SVG. It also has better support for text than Painter (which required me to layer text boxes on top of text boxes should I want italic text).

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Percy Street, lucky page 77

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PERCY STREET

A bisexual comic-book soap opera

Current chapter: 5. ‘Continuation’

Latest page: 77


Not many updates recently—sorry about that; it’s been a busy month, or at least a month full of incident.

This page is on location, in the sense that I actually got on my bike to go there and take photos that I then worked up in to backgrounds. If you are from Oxford you should be able to work out where.

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Percy Street, page 75

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PERCY STREET

A bisexual comic-book soap opera

Current chapter: 5. ‘Continuation’

Latest page: 75


About time I did some Percy Street after obsessing over the Trek side-project for so long. Let’s see how long I manage to resist tinkering with starship models again… :-)

I have also redesigned the Percy Street table of contents page to strip out some unnecessary clutter.

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UK Web and Mini Comix Thing 2008

I will be going to UK Web and Mini Comix Thing tomorrow in Mile end in London, to help out on the CAPTION table—CAPTION being Oxford’s annual small-press and minicomics festival, being held this year in the East Oxford Community Centre on 9/10 August 2008.

I will be taking copies if the ‘ashcan’ edition of Percy Street and a colour collection of the first 13 strips of TOSS. I have failed to find any of the copies with colour covers—in fact, I seem to have lost about twenty copies of #4, which means I only have seven to take with me tomorrow, which is annoying. No doubt they will resurface once there is no prospect of doing anything with them.