I thought the humour on this year's Comic Relief was in very bad taste. Those sketches based in Africa just weren't funny. What we want is more Mr. Bean!
Not really. I avoided Comic Relief completely this year. I hate the whole notion of millionaires asking me for my money. Don't get me wrong, the causes are a good ones, and I do give to charity quite often, I just don't like being pressganged into giving money. Even if you go out drinking on the night, like I did, you still get arseholes dressed as the Pink Panther or something bothering you in the pub by waving buckets of change at you. I don't even know if these people are on the level or not. Those buckets of change could be paying for the Paddy's Day piss-up the night after. Still it makes a change from those people with buckets of roses (the flower, not the individually wrapped Cadbury's choccies) who try and lay a guilt trip on you if you don't buy the lady you're with one of their minging flowers.
Speaking of Paddy's Day, everyone celebrating it in town yesterday had the same hat on. It was a leprechaun-type titfer but with the top being a felt facsimile of a pint of Guinness. I'm from Irish stock (probably why I'm called Mick and not #shudder# Mike.) but I hate going out on St. Patrick's Day. The pubs are full of English people with Ireland rugby shirts on who think that having a long-lost decendent who was from Donegal somehow makes them more interesting. They'll still support England in the World Cup. I generally hate all displays of public patriotism. I really am a miserable killjoy bastard.
Today, as you all know, is Mothering Sunday, but I'm not really close to my Mom. I've not bought her anything as I think today is supposed to be an acknowledgement of all the hard work your mother does, and I don't think that I have a lot to acknowledge. I feel a little guilty about this, but I think she should feel more guilty.
In other news, the story Why Can't I be You? a strip I drew for writer Daniel Cox nearly two years ago, is finally going to see the light of day. I'm glad about his, as this strip has a lot of art in it that I consider among some of my best pieces. It should be on sale at the Bristol Comic Con. My character designs for Septic Isle are also being highly praised, and I'm nearing the point where I can actually do the pages. Also, I'm going to feature on an online gallery called Art Peeps which features a lot of local artists, as well as a Birmingham City Council online artists' database. Things are beginning to happen to me and my artwork now, after months of famine, it looks like there might be a feast soon.
Going back to the Mother's Day theme, here is a clip involving an awkward call to your parents: