Les Fils de Shamgar

Swinging the Ox Goad in Birmingham, Southgate, Chessington, Sevenoaks, Boston and Brighton.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Keifer !!!

The brother of Unpainted Uffheim had his wife deliver a nine pound baby this morning in Kingston Hospital. It is their third son and sixth grandchild of toonarmy. The name is Kiefer after a certain famous Christian (!!) who stars in something called 24. Pictures to follow.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Type drawing

Quite good actually. Oh, and, on the matter of Bane's chicken: This is the fifth time I have looked at, and every time I feel immense happiness. Why is this? Why such joy at such a beast with such an afro made of feathers? It is such a 70's chicken man. What tune would be playing to it?

Monday, April 25, 2005

Guess Who?

Lets all get photos of ourselves and pretend that we are cute and have fun. Lets also question whether a cat is flying or something boo bah bah boo.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

A chicken Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 21, 2005

This one is for the Old King.

I thought that it might apply, seeing as I myself have to contend with the doings of the little ones.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

This is very good indeed.

Google maps for the UK. Not satellite images (yet) but still really great. The search thing is so much clearer than the other ones about - and free.

It Happened... - Episode V

The next installment of the space opera that plays with your mind is available: http://poyntzofinterest.mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/part5.htm Hope you enjoy it.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Guess Who?

Dudes, I have a suggestion of a little joint blogging. I think it would be very funny if each of us posted (anonymously) a single photo of us as a baby/child. We can all then post comments on who we think it is. It will probably be obvious I know but it will be fun. If you're in favour then add a comment to this message. If we have a majority vote then we can take that as a yes....and I don't want to hear any lame excuses.....

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Here's a taste of the Hastings beach. Posted by Hello

The Viaduct, Brighton

So then - this is the sort of thing that we have come to expect?

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Hitch hikers

Several photos have been released today in the national press for the film. Any thoughts? Personally it's one of those things that I feel slightly nervous and excited about because I enjoyed the books so much. Will they muck it up? However, the trailer I saw at the cinema was impressive in terms of it's effects.

Friday, April 15, 2005

LOTR extended extras

Have you been watching any of the Return of the King stuff on the two extra discs? I found it quite emotional and sycophantic in places. You really get the sense that those boys bit off almost too much for them to chew. N'est ce pas?

Mars Attacks Struggling Cartoonist.

Funny. Just type your site in at the top and choose the options...

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Proverb's End

In our youth group I'm currently using some material written by the Liverpudlian exile based on Proverb's which sees the book as being full of all these soap opera type characters. But I've gone one step further and written a script for an actual soap opera called Proverb's End, and I'm going to get some of the young people to act out episode one tonight. Potentially great or terrible, you can read it on the Poyntz of Interest website: http://poyntzofinterest.mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/ I'll post the next few epsiodes if this one is a success and as I write them.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

The Old King would like this one.

http://orbit1.com Some of these photos are great. It just won photo blogging prize somewhere set up by someone for some reason or other.

This is what I was teaching on Tuesday.

Board I would say it's quite exciting. Also: nice moniker, toonarmy. And: has anyone seen Demme's "Manchurian Candidate"?


Thank you for bestowing on an unworthy techno-idiot the favour of joining his first blog

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Okay. The website had some duff javascripting.

I did some checking - the computers at school and my Firebird browser all did the same stuff as you chaps reported. Thanks for help. Hopefully it works better now, although I have had to take a slightly more basic approach - no button rollovers etc. Old King - 'Harsh'? Well maybe, but I wanted it to reflect my style to publishers more directly than the last one. Enjoy. Me off to bed now. Night night. Oh yeah - Old King sent me this: Firstoffering His babies first offering out in the wild.

Subway tunnel - Shanghai Posted by Hello

Muslim quarter - Xian Posted by Hello

New website up and running.

Take a look. And please comment on what does/doesn't work for you.

Monday, April 11, 2005

A weekend trip home

I had a face to face meeting with our brother yesterday. He said he did not understand the "what" and "how" of the blogsphere, and complained of overly complicated explanations from tataboule. I reassured him it was a piece of cake. He reassured me he would try again. By the way, is that unpainted huffheims dad trying to muscle in on our exclusive place of meeting? Or is something more sinister going on? It was good to be back home for the weekend. As much as I refer to Hstings as home now, Chessington still feels like the location of my foundations and roots. I'm pretty sure it'll stay that way for a long time, particularly whilst in hastings for what is a temporary time of 2 years.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Earth from the Air Posted by Hello This shot is from a collection of really interesting aerial photographs that were recently on show in Birmingham city centre. If you want to see more check out the link. I think there is going to be an open air exhibition in London sometime.

Doctor Who

Was pretty good overall - didn't you think? I generally cringe whenever occultish stuff comes along but the scare zombie stuff was fun! The last episode in space when the earth is dying... I really liked the bit where he goes between the blades. My other favourite thing is the music which totally rocks. Am I stupid? Am I duped? Have I lost my marbles?

Friday, April 08, 2005

Quicktime panoramas

If you have Quicktime installed you should be able to see these amazing panoramas.

Jubilee Library, Brighton.

I just spent three days drawing this on A2, scanning it in five pieces and spending a long time colouring it. It took so long to colour that I had the chance to listen to several DVDs in the background: Return of the King directors commentary, three episodes of the Young Ones, series one, Simon Mayo talking to various people and so on. Jubileelibrary Do you like? Bigger version on my site. Postscript: so anyway, I took it to this woman in a great shop in town earlier to ask for her advice on developing sellable graphic novel/tourist book etc etc and to get her guts on the images. She was pretty disparaging - the colours are 'boysy'. BOYSY?

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Where is unpainted huffheims?

The 4th of our number has not yet registered. Is he having a problem fathoming the technology? Or maybe he is dawdling. I plan to visit the old stomping ground this weekend and so may see him. If I do I shall gently encourage the rogue to fall into line. Our small community needs him!


This is amazing. Google maps are amazing - if only it will be so for a UK version! The zoom functions and panning buttons are so great. It makes multimap and streetmap look rubbish.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Muji on my desktop


Monday, April 04, 2005

This where I live. Posted by Hello

And another one for the road.

Errrm. I don't mean to discourage you boys but I have just finished the latlatest EN cartoon. It is quite interesting how long it takes to get these done. If you have any tips or pointers, then please say so. I can always do some extra edits if need be. PS Did anyone see the Jamie Dinners thing? Fantastic TV. I have been putting it onto DVD in case anyone is interested...

Comments are now up and happy.

Yes even little wifeys can say hi.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

I know you gonna like this one...

So anyway - the woman indoors commissioned this one when she saw the photo I took. I deliberately changed the proportions so it wouldn't just be a copy of a picture. The angles are different as well and there are cats. Whogonnabethedaddy A bigger version is on the site.

Not bad.

But now you gotta start leavin' a few of those little old comments. Otherwise I am going to kick your sweaty little butt.

12 weeks 6 days old. Posted by Hello

The Great Wall Posted by Hello

This is beautiful.

I haven't even read it, but the images fantastic. And where is that scan image Old King?

This one was done with a desktop editor.

I had a go at downloading something called Ecto which allows desktop editing. It works with both Mac and PC. I will try it out and see. So far so good. I think it costs £10. Here is a picture I have sitting on my site. Notaholiday Anyways.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Swinging the goad in Brum Posted by Hello