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@skyangel: the whole of Mad magazine is available as a DVD-ROM. It's not expensive. If you don't have a DVD-ROM drive, these aren't expensive either.
@Karlijn: A typical six-frames has about 100 words... OK, if you don't I and my kids will, but it'll be Afrikaans, not Dutch.

Skyangel: We can do Afrikaans, Italian and Yiddish, and my kids are rapidly coming up to speed in the kind of French that kids speak, not Academie Francaise French.

Go multi-lingual on the follow-up to S_S!
@Karlijn: Karlijn, my vriendin is 'n Afrikaner. Wil jy belangstel om 'n Nederlandse / Afrikaanse vertaling van wat ook al die hemelangel te doen?

Hehe, Google vertaal 'skyangel' in Afrikaans!


If you don't speak Afrikaans, 'Hemel' is 'heaven or 'sky' and angel is angel. I was really amused that Google translate made 'skyangel into 'hemelangel'

@Fruitbat44: Janey was brain-damaged because she was pushed under a moving vehicle. That was years ago. She should be fine by now.
Does this mean we're going to see Janey again? She was one of my favourite S_S characters!

If the timeline of the comic is real-time, she will probably be totally recovered from her brain damage by now. Brain damage causes erratic behaviour, and mood swings, but the brain does re-programme itself; there are scars which show up on a brain scan which will never go away, but, you know, life goes on.
@skyangel: if you want a follow up to Simply Sarah, but need a storyline, I could put Alisha on a train to you. She's albina, and therefore functionally blind, and her story starts with 'I was born in a Palestinian refugee camp' and gets more eventful from that moment on. The sad thing is that she'll never see the comic you draw, she can just about tell light from dark. What is even sadder is that she doesn't know how beautiful she is.

She can use a white stick but, when they're not at school, she prefers a twin. Who can bring the North Circular to a screeching halt so she can cross the road.

It's usually male lorry drivers who look like the shaven-headed unsympathetic types in Simply Sarah who jump out of their cabs and help my twins help Alisha across the road. The twins can actually do this quite well by themselves, but the help is appreciated.

Alisha isn't my girlfriend, she's just a friend, but she's really pretty. You might consider her as a model. She's in Lincoln. Three stops on the train from you, change at Newark. Albinos are a bit like alabaster sculptures. White all over, sightless eyes, but these ones will give you a hug and ask you for a gin and tonic.
Marriage at Sea
One of the obscure rights of being an AKC is that you can marry people at sea in the absence or incapacitation of the Captain. He's going to be conveniently unavailable when off the Lincolnshire coast I say:

'Do you, Christine, take this woman, Sandra, to be your wife, to have and to hold, till death you do part?

I think there'll be tears. Of joy!
@kidcthulhu: I find real life strange enough not to feel the need for fantasy, superstition, religion etc. I wouldn't call myself 'society as a whole' but I do have a problem with some fantasies, such as Scientology, which I think is definitely harmful.

If you want to fantasise about something that seems completely counter to all the logic you ever knew, borrow a book from the library about quantum mechanics! The first one you should borrow should have lots of pictures and not many equations - even if maths is or was your best subject. Even simple concepts like quantum tunnelling can be really maddeningly counter-intuitive to start off with!

If you then decide that Science is Wonderful, then you won't be the first person who has abandoned webcomics for Science - came to an end when Arienna followed my advice and gave up waitressing and webcomics and became a Civil Engineer. A loss to webcomics, maybe, but as many of them were about her lack of self-confidence, I'm sure that our loss is her gain! This also shows that artists and Scientists aren't different creatures - both are creative activities.
I'm a tiny bit confused because Carlingford isn't in Essex, it's in Ireland, just south of the border. It's only a little village, but Carlingford Lough is named after it, and most people have heard of that.

Do you think you will do another nine-year-long epic when Simply Sarah finishes, or shorter stuff like Cathy (which I thought was the best thing you ever did, but then as an atheist I would) or Funny short stuff like Jane Blonde?

Carlos G. is terminating My Pet Succubus, which means that from the couple of dozen Webcomics I used to follow, there will soon be none. I might have to start mine up again (it was called Gloomsk, and was a parody of living in Minsk, Belarus) but then I became the parent of twins and do you know just how much of your time and attention they take? I still have the lightbox and pens/brushes/ink and stuff.
1) I have a shitload of instrumentals from the 1960s onward, mostly on vinyl. We swapped e-mails a looong time back so you should be able to contact me, and e-mail me with a physical address (to protect your privacy, this could be your place of work, or even better 'Poste Restante' and a named post office - this means you go up to the counter with some form of ID and collect the item - you don't even have to give a name because you could give me something identifiable but untraceable like your National Insurance number); I'll burn a sample as FLACs to a CD-Audio (these will play in most car CD players) and you can choose which ones you want to hear more of.

Because we speak so many languages in my household, we tend to listen to a lot of instrumentals. Sometimes multiple languages can be useful because if you say something stupid or nasty in a moment of temper you can always blame it on a linguistic misunderstanding, but music is a universal language. It also makes the twins shut up for a while so they listen.

2) Panic attacks may be all in the mind but they are serious nonetheless. I was in a supermarket recently and a woman was having breathing difficulties so I called over an employee who I knew personally and she took one look and called a first aider. He took one look and called an ambulance, she was going blue in the face by now. A paramedic gave her gas and oxygen, then a sedative, and she was right as rain.

The NHS recognise this (what if she'd had a panic attack while driving?) but the public at large don't. I, as a layman, would certainly have not considered her panic attack as 'just playing for attention' - she was seriously ill - but that's how it's often portrayed.
I had to go to a funeral in Essex (my cousin. Sad, so young. She was only 80. But then she was a heavy smoker.)

Woah, a sea of redheads. Straight and curly, every age from the pram to white-threads-in-the-red.

Their parents were Welsh mother and Irish father.

If you want redheaded models around Rayleigh, go to Halstead. They're mostly my second cousins.

The lamented deceased had three husbands, 11 children and I don't think her grands can be counted. A lot of them turned up. Some of them can't even speak English. They're all red.
Well, now that is wrapping up: when this started, my kids weren't even born. They are now 7 (they're twins).

They have grown up with this comic.

They have grown up with the idea that some girls like girls. So what? They don't have a problem with this. As long as it's not them. They're a bit too young for that yet.

You can enjoy art without seeing it as only sexual.
@Lordcholmondlywarner: Skyangel has done other webcomics, Cathy was my favourite: there was also Jane Blonde, which was a very tongue-in-cheek James Bond spoof. There may be a pause, but I hope she'll be back with something, maybe later this year, maybe a bit lighter.
I'd be interested to know if Linda is modelled on a South American - my kids are half-Colombianas and they can be almost white in winter, because I'm white. At this time of year they're as black as berries.

Linda is a Spanish name, it means 'beautiful' in Spanish.
@skyangel: If you have ever read Ursula le Guin, who btw was a feminist writer (she died recently) you'd need much bigger wings, an average sized human needs at least 3m of wingspan.

You can download her books from

You can't fly a hang-glider in the UK if you are under 14, my twins fly in Italy. They are like butterflies. They are barely 1.8 m wingtip-to-wingtip, and correspondingly manouevrable.

Ursula le Guin is wickedly funny.
@Fruitbat44: It's Essex. You were close. Still East Anglia.

If you look back through the pages (there are a lot of them), you can actually work out where Skyangel lives and works, you'll find them on Google streetview. Almost every thing and every person is drawn from life. In Essex.

I could walk into her shop and say 'I'm a great fan of your art' but as I'm heterosexual and she is lesbian I don't think I'd get much more than an 'umm well, thanks'.

For lesbians, blokes just aren't on the radar. Yes, the Sapphism is there but she's not ramming it into your face. She's lesbian. That's just what she is. So what? She's not making a fuss about it.
I get the impression that the next few pages are going to tie all the strings together, and All Will Be Explained. As in an Agatha Christie novel. If Skyangel is going to reproduce Christie's prolificity, (roughly a new book every eight months), and as Simply Sarah has taken about eight years, she's going to have to live to be 1000! (-:

As will her readers. As I've recently been declared cancer-free, I'm up for the long haul.

I'd love to know the locations featured as scenery.
@skyangel: I've never thought of it as being an LGBT comic. You've never rammed it down our throats. Sure, the protagonists are girls who like girls, but it's primarily a great comic with great art and an enticing storyline, whatever your sexual orientation is. In my case, heterosexual male, with heterosexual twin daughters who also love this comic, which they have now read from the beginning (the comic is actually older than they are).

Tintin is right-wing Catholic, does that mean it's no good? As in Simply Sarah, the politics are there, but they don't dominate the message.

Sure, your portrayal of male characters is unsympathetic, but in comments you have explained you had an abusive father. So, we know where you are coming from.

When Simply Sarah ends, you're going to take a break, but I hope you will come back. The twins especially liked Cathy, which showed you have a lot more strings to your bow. Jane Blonde was just rip-roaring comedy, it was really fun!

What will you do next? If there is one thing I can be sure of, it won't be what we expect...


The twins have just suggested a comic about being mixed-race in a country that has just elected a racist government. They'll do the Italian subtitles.
@Lordcholmondlywarner: My cousin used to live in Colne Engaine, now she lives in Halstead, so I know Essex reasonably well, and one of the joys of S_S is recognising the Essex milieu in which the comic takes place. Some frames you can look up on Google streetview and compare the frame with the photograph.
@kidcthulhu: 'pallor' - that's Becky the colourist's choice, unless Sky specifically told her to colour her pale.

Britain and especially Ireland are usually cloudy, so people tend to be quite pale - unless they deliberately tan themselves with a sunbed or a visit to sunnier climes. Even in NJ you will get more than twice as many hours of sunlight per year as Sky in Essex. I wouldn't consider Laura especially pale.

I haven't been to Essex in ages, except at 225 km/h on the train in to London - I'd forgotten how pretty parts of it are, and still unspoiled, even though it's so close to London.