Friday 13 April 2007

This is your Life.

H ayley Campbell is twenty-one today.
Having an autobiographical cartoonist for one's pa may not turn out to be a good thing in the long run, so here we go with the customary embarrassing stuff, starting with her potty training, as depicted in little italy (birthday or no, I've still got to push these books.)

"They spent the night in a crockery jar
and each of them thought
'How wise we are'..."

Her fascination with the the things that live under rocks started early.

Speaking of beasties, she was the first to see the Snooter flying in. (Tell them it had a long curly proboscis. They never believed me.)

Studying languages:

Visiting Hollywood:

These were the angry years:

But it all turned out as well as could be expected. This is the latest photo of the lass, in Paris this year, as provided by Nathalie, regular visitor to this blog. (Hope you don't mind me using it here... thanks in advance).

panel 1 from Doggie in the Window (1986) collected The King canute Crowd, 2 and 3 from Little Italy (drawn 1987, collected 1991), 4 and 5 from The Dance of Lifey Death (1993)... these last two books are now in Three Piece Suit, 6-9 are in After the Snooter ( drawn 1995-2002) and 10 is 'Angry Cook' from The Fate of the Artist (2006). Fate is from First Second. Top Shelf has that and all the others. The line of verse is from my rendition the Jumblies by Edward Lear.

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Blogger Hayley Campbell said...

Lizards don't have pokits, you know. But the Snooter did have a big curly nose -- it went like that (I'm now making a big curly nose motion and nodding in such a way that you have to believe me because I'm so obviously right).

And re: things under rocks. Note the beetle necklace. Love that wee blue-arsed guy.

13 April 2007 at 03:29:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Hayley

Much love Mick, Meredith and the girls

13 April 2007 at 04:28:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday.

I suppose there's nowhere left now, where I can stop a waiter pouring you a glass of wine and point out that you're under age...


13 April 2007 at 05:16:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Hayley Campbell said...

Ah, how to endear yourself to the young'uns!

"Oi! You can't give her a drink - she's 15!"

13 April 2007 at 05:43:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Hayley.

That cat-feeding scene can't help but remind me of the equivalent scene at the beginning of Ulysses:

The cat walked stiffly round a leg of the table with tail on high.


—O, there you are, Mr Bloom said, turning from the fire.

The cat mewed in answer and stalked again stiffly round a leg of the table, mewing. Just how she stalks over my writingtable. Prr. Scratch my head. Prr.

Mr Bloom watched curiously, kindly the lithe black form. Clean to see: the gloss of her sleek hide, the white button under the butt of her tail, the green flashing eyes. He bent down to her, his hands on his knees.

—Milk for the pussens, he said.

—Mrkgnao! the cat cried.

They call them stupid. They understand what we say better than we understand them. She understands all she wants to. Vindictive too. Cruel. Her nature. Curious mice never squeal. Seem to like it. Wonder what I look like to her. Height of a tower? No, she can jump me.

—Afraid of the chickens she is, he said mockingly. Afraid of the chookchooks. I never saw such a stupid pussens as the pussens.

—Mrkrgnao! the cat said loudly.

13 April 2007 at 07:10:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Depictions of your kids' childhood are among my favourite episodes from Alec. Perhaps because I'm sort of doing it too, now :)

Wishing Hayley lots of fun on her birthday!

13 April 2007 at 09:04:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Stephen said...

Happy birthday Hayley!

13 April 2007 at 10:58:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Christopher Moonlight said...

As a new daddy, I can feel just how much love you write that with. It's very sweet.

13 April 2007 at 13:50:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Kelly Kilmer said...

Happy Birthday, Hayley!

13 April 2007 at 13:52:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Angry Cook,

All the best from the Bests.

13 April 2007 at 17:31:00 GMT-5  
Blogger James Robert Smith said...

Haley's a beauty!

Did the snooter really cause your hand to break out? (It would sort of figure, considering that everything else seems to be dealy poisonous is Australia.)

13 April 2007 at 20:19:00 GMT-5  
Blogger James Robert Smith said...

"deadly poisonous", that is.

13 April 2007 at 20:20:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Aaron F. Gonzalez said...

Happy birthday, Haley!

We April babies will take over the world one day.

14 April 2007 at 00:02:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

John C
thanks for reminding me of Ullyses. great reading. We are cat lovers here.

yes, it did cause that outbreak u[pon the skin. Guess that settles it. You aint coming over here any time soon.

14 April 2007 at 23:58:00 GMT-5  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

Missed that birthday (was on holiday and away from Internet - some sort of detox). Happy belated one and I agree that that beetle rocks.

No problem about you using the picture (she's YOUR daughter, after all).


15 April 2007 at 09:38:00 GMT-5  

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