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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

7:54AM - Quick flash!

There's a cute otter girl waiting for you on the Internets. I think I'm back on track! :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

10:57PM - I'm officially out of modern life.

I'm starting to get a little annoyed regarding new gadgets and the stuff. I mean, it's OK for me if you enjoy all the shineys of modern gadgets, but me, I'm starting to get a little annoyed. Well, QUITE annoyed.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

4:58AM - Boing

So, I'm back. And Alice is, too! With new format and everything. The rest, you know where to find it ( http://www.aliceotter.com ):

More stuff about what's been happening with me afrer the mandatory cut.
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

2:29PM - Wheee swimsuit Alice!

'Cause we all still need her. :)

Andf now, a short raccont of what"s been with me as of late.Collapse )

Sunday, October 12, 2008

9:28PM - Meep?

People still use this thing!?

Monday, November 26, 2007

12:27PM - Guess who's back. :)

Alice Otter!

I'll try to upload more often. Four months without updates is way too much.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

2:36PM - Travelling to NY once more!

Since I like NY so much, I'm going to spend the new year there. :)

I'm leaving from Santiago de Chile to Atlanta today at 22:00 local time (about 20:00 EST), to arrive tomorrow at 6:30 AM to Atlanta. Once there, I'll spend three hours untill I get a plane that will leave me in LaGuardia airport at about noon, and will be on the area until Jan. 6, when I come back to Chile.

It's kinda odd leaving the warm, pleasant weather I've got here and trade it for a windy, sub-freezing weather. But I guess we human beings are that masochistic.

Seeyas there!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

6:36PM - I must be quite erudite!

Your Vocabulary Score: A

Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!
You must be quite an erudite person.
How's Your Vocabulary?

...And English is my second language. Go figger.

Monday, September 4, 2006

5:15PM - first sighting of the A380 by me?

Today, the A380 has started pax test flights, to evaluate passenger comfort. I read about it in www.airliners.net this morning. And, according with http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre/pressreleases/pressreleases_items/06_09_04_a380_elf.html , the first "Early long flight", is scheduled to fly over Spain, the UK, France and Germany -not surprising, since he companies forming the EADS joint corporation are from those countries-. Today's flight left Toulouse at 10:00 and will land there again at 17:00, and there are more flights scheduled for this week.

Then, I went to downtown Granada, and while I was waiting for the bus, at about 15:50 European time, I saw a big plane flying pretty high and leaving a huge contrail, at about 15-20 NM from my point of view, and flying north from what I think was Malaga VOR. When I left the bus and climbed the steeeeeeeep street to my house, about 10 minutes later, I had a better sight of the contrail, still visible. This one was a very strange one, since the plane apparently came from the west (Seville, perhaps?), and then turned to the north on Malaga. All the other cotrails I've seen here in Granada are straight. A few minutes later, I saw a plane in the very same route, and also leaving a big contrail!

I think I've seen the A380 with my own eyes for the first time, even if it was soooo far away. I'm sure I'll see it much closer soon enough!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

2:26PM - Attention, Google Earth spotters!

Try putting these coordinates on your Google window:

50 35.342' N, 30 12.363' E

If you see the same thing I see, you'll find a plane. A rather HUGE plane, indeed. That is the only An-225 Mriya completed at this day, the biggest plane to enter regular service in history, probably taking a break after hauling some gigantic load from here to there. Compare it with the An-124 right at the north of the plane (and an An-124 is bigger than a 747-400 or a C-5, so go figger how massive is that thing).

Anyway, if you zoom in it, you're going to see that, by whatever reason, somebody painted a clear grey shape over the plane. Even more, some other planes on that airport (Gostomel Airport, west of Kiev) are also painted out from the original satellite images... but some others aren't, like the An-124 at the extreme southeast of the terminal, and the An-72 Coaler in camouflage colors sitting at a corner of the tarmac.

I wonder why some planes are covered and some others aren't. I suspect that the ones NOT covered are out of service and belong to what looks like an Antonov museum in that part of the airport -I can identify an An-2, another An-72, an An-12-... and the aircraft that are in active duty, such as Antonov Airlines' An-124s, An-72s and other models, beside those being tested or under development (I found the An-80, look for a four-engined turboprop with large blades on the propeller) are 'greyed out'.

I wonder if Antonov asked for that themselves, or is this more a Google Earth related thing?

Saturday, July 15, 2006

11:24AM - Alice Otter is five years old!

Today, Alice Otter is 5 years old. True, I've drawn less than 130 strips as of yet, but I find it a little achievement from my part, and I'm satisfied with the results.

I don't know if this happens to other comics creators, but I've experienced something really particular while drawing this strip. I've come to know the characters so well that some times, they make their 'own' reactions and comments, unplanned by me when I designed the strip. Alice Otter, for instance, has this tendence to 'jump in' on strips where she isn't supposed to be a main character with comments that surprise me when I read them. For instance, her last comment on this strip was unexpected when I conceived the strip:

Or her sudden and spontaneous wish to use Lirodent on this strip:

Some other times, her simple presence -and attitude- enrichens a strip and makes it funnier, as she evidently enjoys Ms Huskinson's bad luck:

Truth be told, when I started the strip, I never thought I would create so many strips, since I was more a 'long history' type of cartoonist. I've managed to create a little world around Alice and the characters, an universe plenty with life and rich in details. I lov. I've enjoyed everything of the strip, the creation process, the final results of every strip and all the strips put together.And, besides, I've learned a lot thanks to Alice Otter.

That's probably why, despite all the interruptions and hiatii (sp?) I've had, I've continued drawing it. Even if it took me five years taking her to Hawaii!

Monday, July 10, 2006

6:16PM - Hawt.

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Thursday, April 6, 2006

5:25AM - A little work in process..

If things go fine, and I crank up enough strips, this little thingie here is going to become a regular feature by yours truly by July, 15.

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Monday, March 13, 2006

2:37PM - Alice Otter is back. :)


Tuesday, March 7, 2006

12:19AM - Homage to my mother and Cádiz, the city where she was born

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Monday, February 6, 2006

3:13AM - Just updated to Alice Otter's site

Apologies if I you have been waiting for news for so long, but I haven't been able to work on Alice Otter for a very long time. To make things brutally blunt and down to the point: my mother is dying. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May, 2005, and despite the long and sometimes painful treatments she's got, we reached a no-return point in November, 2005, a point where doctors thought continuing with the treatment would be making her suffering longer. Oh, yes, you don't have an idea of how painful it is to her and those who love her -like me- seeing how the tumor gradually lowers her quality of life down to the point to be totally dependent of us to even move a little on the bed to better accomodate.

Both me, my brother and my two sisters have had her at home as long as both we and herself could stand, but in mid January, 2006, we took the decision to move her to a hospital since we were unable to attend her professonally. Therefore, she's been in the hospital for about a month as I write this, unable to move or speak but very lucid and fully understanding everything we say.

Despite her being at the hospital and in the hands of health professionals that will take care of her, I try to spend as much time as possible with her, thus displacing any other activity since, unfortunately, I know these are the last days she'll be with us and want to spend as much as possible with her.

Therefore, Alice Otter, being one of those projects, is on hiatus until this situation come to an end. Even if I wanted to, I couldn't draw this strip -or any other- knowing that my mother needs me at her side.

How long will this situation last? I can't tell. Brain tumors like this are unpredictable; she may stay on that state for a long time; or she may leave us in a few hours. But I can tell you something: after all of this is gone, and after I recover enough energy to hold a pen again, Alice Otter will be back.

'Cause I need her, too.

Miguel Estrugo, Feb. 6, 2006

Friday, November 18, 2005

7:01PM - Depressing stuff

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

3:22PM - Test.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

10:00PM - A cool

I've realized I've got LOTS to learn in order to learn how to use a drawing tablet on a somewhat competent way.


Anyway, I wanted to share with you this nifty site where you can actually draw your own stuff and then 'replay' it, repeating your drawing step by step. Go there and give it a try. :)

Monday, October 10, 2005

7:49AM - Alice Otter is back!

I did it!
Check http://www.aliceotter.com

Let's hope she stays for longer this time!

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