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Saturday, 12 December 2020

Contagion - Episode 12

 We're back! After a sojourn as a publisher our writer-artist has returned and here is the latest Magpie of Space (almost weekly, we trust).

Whatever happened to Lt Hazard? Last time we saw him, he had accidentally miniaturised himself and was lost somewhere in the Engineering Lab.


Thursday, 19 November 2020

Watch this (Magpie of ) Space

 Sorry for the delay in another issue coming out. I do have the plot for the next one and it will happen soon. 

The reason for the delay is that I have an exciting project that I'm working on with my comics chum Stevie White (Peter Pan and also Stref from Viz). We are Kickstarting his anthology book Milk and I'm managing that launch. If you like to support us, you can pledge here:

Monday, 14 September 2020

Contagion - Episode 11

 Prof PootPoot is pacing up and down with worry while Dr Scope tries to calm him down with a distraction therapy.


Is it as bad as the Professor believes? Is the Magpie doomed? Stay tuned to this blog to find out.


Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Contagion - Episode 10

 Captain Bold, Chief McPhail and Mike Maseko have miniaturised and gone into the space station in search of the equipment necessary to recharge the Magpie. Meanwhile, on the Magpie's bridge ...

Can Bold and his team get the Magpie moving without coming into contact with the star pox? Will the crew make it to the science conference? Keep reading Magpie of Space.

*McPhail speaks Glaswegian. Check out the previous episodes for a glossary and then you should kind of get the idea.


Saturday, 18 July 2020

Contagion - Episode 9

Captain Bold, Chief McPhail, Mike Maseko, Hap Hazard and Dr Scope meet in the Engineering Lab.
Episode 9 Comic
Where is Mr Hazard? Can the team get the ship charged and escape the star pox? More to come in Magpie of Space.

Glaswegian Glossary

Aroon - around
Teensy - smaller than wee
Oerdae - overdo
Naewhere - nowhere
Sma - small
Whit - what
Poke - pocket or small bag

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Contagion - Episode 8

The command team meet in the ship's conference room.

Will the Chief's new plan get the Magpie free of Station AE104? Will Lt Hap Hazard finally get a gun? Will Commander Maseko be able to keep Hazard from being a hazard? These questions and many others might get an answer next time in Magpie of Space.

Glaswegian Glossary

See earlier episodes for more.

Verra - very
Huv - have (variant)
Jist - just
Oor - our
Wee - small
O - of
Staunin - standing
Teeny - tiny
Meikle - small (in a subtly different way from wee)
Wilna - will not
Masel - myself
Twa - two

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Contagion - Episode 7

Chief Engineer McPhail's robots stand in the docking port, ready to enter Station AE104 and find a way of recharging the Magpie's engines.

What has Chief McPhail got in mind? Keep following Magpie of Space.

Glaswegian Glossary

See Episode 6 for more words.

yersels - yourselves
wid - would
shooer - shower
clankin - clanking
pail - bucket
whit - what
nivver - never
dae - do
wummin - woman

Monday, 1 June 2020

Contagion - Episode 6

Chief Dina McPhail addresses her robot crew members, accompanied by Dr Zoe Scope. The robots look a little uneasy.
Translation notes for non-Glaswegians follow.

Dina is from Glasgow, a descendent of a whole line of McPhail ship's engineers. For those of you unacquainted with Glaswegian Scots, here is a little glossary.

 Dinna Do not  Oany Any 
 Fear Be afraid of  Sae So
 Thon The third version of "this" and "that,"
used here to mean "the" with the context of a topical subject,
not exactly translatable into English
 A I
 Youse Plural of ye, English you Doonloadit Downloaded
 Ur Are Intae Into
 Canna Cannot Yer Your
 Aye Yes Hae Have
 Tae To Nae No
 Oan on Findin Finding
 Noo Now Chargin Charging
 Huvnae Have not Gang Go
  Aheid Ahead


Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Contagion - Episode 5

Monday morning (AE104 Time) and Dr Scope calls up the Station Commander’s Office on her view-screen.

Looks like we'll need those robots.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Contagion - Episode 4

While Dr Scope simmers over the inaction of the Station Commander, Captain Bob Bold has coffee with his Chief Engineer, Dina McPhail, and Logistics Officer, Mike Maseko. Mike is in reminiscing mood.
Next time: can Dr Scopes persuade the Station Commander to let them recharge the Magpie, or will McPhail's robots need to take a hand?

Monday, 4 May 2020

Contagion - Episode 3

Dr Zoe Scope has contacted the crew of Way Station AE104 in order to request from the station commander permission for the crew of the Magpie to access the charging station. She assumed a reasonable approach would get results. However she has never met anyone like Commodore Comfort before. Professor Poot Poot meets her in the corridor.
What will Captain Bold say? Tune in next time, same web channel, to find out.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Contagion - Episode 2

Captain Bold calls a meeting of department heads to assess the situation.

Tune in next time to see if Dr Scope can save the day.

Contagion - Episode 1

The SRV Magpie is running short on fuel and supplies but must get to the Interplanetary Science Union Conference being held on Epsilon Eridani 4. They approach Way Station AE104, the only refuelling point on their course.

Will Captain Bob find a way to refuel despite the restrictions or will the crew of the Magpie just have to kiss that conference goodbye? Tune in regularly to Magpie of Space to find out.

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