Tales From The Town: Pocket Editions

These are little Tales From The Town booklets that you can keep in your pocket, all made from a single sheet of paper folded up inexpertly into a little book, with a cover and three tales on the first three pages, and then four more inside when you unfold it. (There’s nothing on the reverse of the sheet because the ink from the pens bled through the paper)

They are entirely pointless really but then entirely pointless things are the best sorts of things.

Pocket Tales #1

It didn’t last long. But it would be rebuilt forever. Permanence through transience. Memories made flesh.

The cages had been empty for quite some time. As fast as anyone could fill them, others emptied them. You can’t imagine what now lives in the woods.

It was a jungle in there.

It was always the hair it got wrong. .gnorw tog ti riah eht syawla saw tI

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Pocket Tales #2

You could walk up its tail and slide down its neck. But no one ever did.

The longer you look the larger it looms.

It wasn’t very deep. But it was somehow irresistible.

They were having a party. They could eat anything they wanted. And they want to eat just about everything. (As long as it was triangular).

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Pocket Tales #3

Its sadness persisted for as long as it lived.

It was impossible to see against the sea and the sky. It liked to believe it no longer existed.

You went inside so you could come back out. No one knew why it was there.

Nothing it showed mattered any more. The less useful it was, the more beautiful it became.

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Pocket Tales #4

It was neither fun nor fair. We would never learn.

An abundance of life in little more than a puddle. Each day new marvels could be found.

Rusted Metal and barnacles. A strange romance, but an evocative one.

Unidentified Skeleton

Is there anything in this world better than half buried old bones?

The Top Of The Cliff

Look out to sea. Let the wind blow through your hair. Brood to your heart’s content.

The Hole

Things emerged from here more often than we liked. But to fill it in seemed unimaginable.

The Bottom Of The Cliff

The ruins of old civilisations.

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Notes:

1. Pocket Tales #1 was written on June 2nd, 2021
2. Pocket Tales #2 and #3 were written on June 3rd, 2021
3. Pocket Tales #4 was written on June 5th, 2021
4. I made these because it’s been sunny here, and I had some nieces and nephews staying, and so we made some things in the garden
5. I drew the pictures and wrote the words, but they suggested the topics for me to draw sometimes, especially in Pocket Tales #1 and #2
6. Pocket Tales #3 was an experiment with paint (which didn’t quite work, due to printer paper going all crinkly when wet)
7. Pocket Tales #4 was written all on my own because they had left by then and I missed them already
8. If you want to print some of these out yourself, you can use the images below if you want (click on them to get the full size versions)

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Worse Things Happen Out At Sea

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Notes:

1. I made this between 27th February and March 4th, 2021
2. Which was quite a long time for me
3. But worth it hopefully
4. For these precious 20 seconds
5. Also available as a never ending loop, if that’s the sort of thing you’d want:

6. It is the sort of thing I’d want

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The Solar System And Almost Everything In It

The solar system and almost everything in it, all drawn to two slightly different scales

So that the planets are all scaled to the size of the sun*
and the distances are all scaled to the distance of the earth from the sun
and both these are then the exact width of a page

I’d have done them to one single scale, but if I’d stuck with the first, the book would have had to have been 5000 pages long, while if I’d stuck to the second, the sun would have been 2.5 mm wide, and everything else invisible to the human eye. So instead you’ll just have to accept that either the sun and the planets are a 100 times too big, or that the space between them is 100 times too small.

*(some of the smaller planets and probably all of moons are slightly oversized, due to the unfortunate blobbing of paint as I applied it inexpertly to the page, and the asteroids are so oversized that there’s no real excuse for their appearance, except that I love the asteroid belt, and all the asteroids who linger there)

Contents

Page 1: The Sun
Page 2: Mercury, Venus, Earth (and its moon)
Page 3: Mars
Page 4-5: The Asteroid Belt (barely visible, but there, I promise)
Page 7: Jupiter (and some of its moons)
Page 9: Saturn and its rings (and some of its moons)
Page 21: Uranus (and some of its moons)
Page 41: Neptune (and one of its moons)
Page 51: Pluto (but none of its friends)

(And I would have liked to include Eris, too, but unfortunately I’d have needed this book to have 98 pages, at least, for that, rather than 60 or so)

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Notes:

1. Painted on November 15th, 2020
2. And planned the day before
3. Although really I’ve been intending to make this for about four years or so
4. Since whenever I got this sketchpad
5. From paperchase or wherever I bought it
6. In a sale
7. For maybe £2
8. Or possibly £3
9. If I was feeling particularly extravagant that day

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