Daily archives: January 6, 2013


Some (very) rough character design sketches of King Gideon

King Gideon roughs

King Gideon is the untruthful monarch in The King of Lies. He’s named for George Gideon Oliver Osborne, so I thought I’d at least try to make him look a little like our esteemed Chancellor.

I’ve got a shorter illustrated story planned before I get any further into KoL. It’s called Lucy Builds A Bike and should come in at a mere twenty pages. It’s going to be one of my Februry projects.


If I did buy a car, I wouldn’t use it very often

…so it wouldn’t have to be practical.

At least, that’s the excuse I give myself when I skim through the eBay classic cars section looking for things I’m not really going to bid on, like this dragster inspired Mk1 Ford Cortina. When I was a kid our neighbour ran a Lotus Cortina lookalike in local rallies, so I’d be more inclined to that look than the gasser, but it’s still cool.

I still lust after a Citroen DS, and they’re still available at sensible prices. I’d rather like a Traction Avant as well, but this one needs a bit of work.

A World War 2 era Jeep would be cool, but that machine gun on the back of it is obviously fake.

I think I need to own a hot rod, such as this model A pickup or this 1932 Model B at some point in my life, even if it was only used for a few days at the height of summer.

If I wanted to scare other drivers, this 1978 Ford Thunderbird could be the right vehicle. I think it looks like the eponymous demon possessed automobile from The Car. Alternatively, I could try to play the hero and pretend to be Starsky (or was it Hutch) in this Ford Gran Torino.

I could spend the rest of the day doing this, but I’d better stop, and think about something nearer my price range and expertise- like an old Raleigh Twenty shopper looking for restoration.