scanner broken – technical help required

alright, good people, I need some practical advice.

My rolling file cabinet thought it would try something new apart from boring old rolling tonight and thought it might try toppling instead. whilst accomplishing this feat it knocked my scanner of its pedestal and although we may assume all of this happened with no ill intent the damage is done and my trusty and compact CanoScan Lide 600F has jammed.

Any bright ideas of how to take it apart and nudge it into back into functionality would be greatly appreciated!

Ta very much in advance!



Madness continued – and Marker critique

Maybe a year ago retail chain TIGER – Danish vendor of affordable kitsch and camp – held a selction of alcohol based twin markers. With a fine and a chisel tip it looked well made  came in a palatable range of colours and as sets of three (greys, reds, yellows, etc.) at a price that seemed a steal. Bought a trial packet that seemed fine. So, hoping for an exceptional opportunity and bargain into the bargain, I went and got one set of each colour combination still available.

More’s the pity, as it turns out these markers are only filled with a bare minimum of fluid.

I was wanting to ink and colour the ‘Sweet Reign of Madness’ sketch. As you can see from the scan: on an A4 page the area right of the face was coloured in with a TIGER marker – looking ok-ish. Would have needed going over once more. If it had let me.

WIP: ‘Sweet Reign of Madness’   right: pathetically small area coloured in with a TIGER marker     left: streaky exhaustion clearly visible less than 5 min into the sketch

In the area to the left of the face I meant to go over the aqua blue Letraset Promarker with the same TIGER marker and it merely produced weak streaks.

What could be expected buying basically a rip-off, low-priced product? Well, not everything that comes with a lower price tag is necessarily bad quality. You’d expect them not to last quite as long as regular brand or maybe not to be quite as lightfast, with a nastier whiff of alcohol. But to go to the lengths of producing something that looks like a pen of decent quality and make it last less than five minutes of actual application does not encourage return custom. This could have been a decent beginner’s alternative to the pricier household names like Letraset Promarker, Copics, Prisma Color Marker and more affordable lines like stylefile.

This is the third marker this has happened with – the pen being exhausted before even a single sketch was finished.

There is a youtube clip by cartoonist Will Terrell on how to rescue your markers, which you can give a go. I most certainly will to try and squeeze some more life out of these markers now.


– Far from snubbing budget brands usually, I am all for using affordable materials where possible. The life cycle of this product, however, was too short by far

These markers seemed a real bargain – from both ecological and economical points of view they turn out to last you less than a day fly – maybe I caught a bad batch?

Not to mention the ecological implications. Sadly, there is no way these markers are holding up to the regular competition – in terms of longevity, at any rate. A decent marker can usually last you years. What would be a good way of mending the shortcomings of the TIGER Twin Marker? Sell them with a standard amount fill, sell refills. Charge higher prices per set but make them last longer.

Currently – from the experience I’ve had – I cannot recommend their purchase.

If you’ve had experiences to the contrary I’d be interested to know.



Painted Glass

This track is just not letting go of me…

At first glance I mistook this image to be of Martin Freeman. Martin, not Morgan, I am not completely daft.

But there he is, lovely Gavin Clark, with a voice that can easily be called hauntingly beautiful, made to tell stories.


There’s a film about Gavin by his friend and director Shane Meadows ‘The Living Room’

Gavin Clark may have been ahead of his time and felt ‘there’s only few of us left’, but I think there’s many more of the same breed than is credited.

you may be someone’s piece of painted glass that breaks up a harsh light into all the colours of the rainbow

“…some days I feel better, some days I feel blessed…”

may your days be blessed

now hop it and make someone’s rainbow today!