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26 February 2008 @ 06:00 pm
steve 2  
more on the late ( - ha ) steve whitaker aka stickismyfriend
( - if anyone doesn't know what i'm going on about here & is curious, please refer to my previous long winded & incoherent post )

i was talking to some friends of ol' steve on sunday ( - while we had several drinks to his memory, obv ) - & i suggested setting up a livejournal tribute gommunity, where ppl could post their own thoughts on steve, anecdotes, drawings by him, drawings of him, photos, fanzine articles, etc - anything steve witko related basically ( - i'd hope that scans from the bapa tribute swisstone is organising would also go on there in the fullness of time )
anyway, i propose to set this up - but i don't wanna step on anyone's toes - if anyone objects to this for any reason, please let me know - & if anyone has similar plans ( or thinks i'm unsuitable for the job ) i'm quite happy to step aside ( - apart from anything else i don't gurrently have access to a scanner, tho obv this can be sorted out ) - just to be clear: i don't particularly want to be "in charge" of a steve based gommunity, i just want it to exist
also, does anyone have any ideas for the name of a gommunity devoted to steve? - a gonsensus had been reached in our small gathering on sunday but stickisourfriend is one character too long for a community according to livejournal rules ( 15 characters max ) ( - also in the cold light of day, it does look a bit like sticky sour friend ) ( - this would've def. made steve laugh - but be totally inappropriate )
other thoughts were: worldofsteve, worldofwitko, windowcakes ( - inspired by an email conversation with steve's ole pal ben sheppard ), bluesnakey or ourfriendstick but i'd really appreciate any input, suggestions etc

( drawing of iron man & crystal by steve whitaker - a housewarming pressy to me & jenni - plse click to make it bigger )

when i got home on sunday, i saw that jinty had v.kindly posted loads of links to tributes to steve but there's been a goob few more since then, so here's everything i could find ( this hopefully includes everything on includes jinty's list )

steve whitaker - collective memory

matt brooker ( - the posts in matt's gomments section = a who's who of steve's pals - & it also includes a message from steve's brother, richard )
tony keen 2 ( - details abt the bapa tribute to steve )
tammy d ( - not a written tribute - but some wonderful photos of steve & mooncat )
paul schroeder aka mooncat
motoko brimmicombe-wood ( - photo of steve )
rich johnston ( you have to scroll down a bit )
warren ellis
neil gaiman ( - you have to scroll down a bit )
dirk deppey  ( - you have to scroll down a bit )
the saga of the man elf gallery ( - only the first three pics are by steve )
martin hand ( - oh no, it's me...! )

 - phew...! - almost inevitably, i'm bound to have missed some tributes so please let me know of any you spot that i haven't listed here  - or any new ones that come along, obv
if anyone wonders why we're all making such of a fuss of this bloke & is curious, please go to steve's livejournal or steve's flickr account
jinty also put my mind at rest with this gomment to me a day or two ago: "I don't think lj delete accounts or anything so that'll stay no doubt; I know less about flickr but again I think it's unlikely it will just disappear."

Current Music: maybe tomorrow by the chords
percyprunepercyprune on February 26th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
I suggest we call it 'jellytown'. Do you remember those jellytown drawings he did? Each one with lines carefully drawn around a blob of colour he sponged off his brush?

I suspect we've all got one of those squirreled away somewhere.
jinty: hehjinty on February 26th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
oooh, also very good.
asajeffreyasajeffrey on February 26th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Ooh, "jellytown" is good. Very Steve, and also sounds like a community.
worldofagwuworldofagwu on February 27th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
- i must say i think that's a BRILLIANT suggestion, lee - as alan sez in his gomment above, it immediately makes you think of steve & it "sounds" like a gommunity

anyway, it's got my vote ( - shame this is a democracy, isn't it...? )
jinty: sleep of reasonjinty on February 26th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
Good idea I say
worldofsteve or ourfriendstick get my vote.
asajeffreyasajeffrey on February 26th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
percyprunepercyprune on February 26th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
The only other thing I can thing of is "The Itinerant Moss", which was a superhero created by Steve for Skidmore's superhero roleplaying campaign. I believe Steve managed to frustrate Martin by having his character do nothing. The Moss was all-powerful, but too benign and unknowable a creature to intercede...

That said, "Itinerant Moss" might be close to the character count.
Theotheoclarke on February 26th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
1. Steemol
2. Jellytown
3. Bluesnakey

in order of my preference.
giddyoldgoatgiddyoldgoat on February 26th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you Martin for this very handy round-up and resource

worldofagwuworldofagwu on February 27th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
- you're welcome ( of course ) - i like the idea of a "one stop shop" for all our steve links - & obv i'll try to keep it as up to date as possible ( - tho it's already out of date as i type this )
The Unusual Suspectross on February 26th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
In order of preference.
1. Bestimost
2. Steemol
3. Jellytown

He always put 'Bestimost' on the end of the illustrated postcards or notes he sent me.. :o)
worldofagwuworldofagwu on February 27th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
Re: In order of preference.
- "bestimost" immediately makes me think of steve - as do yr other choices - but afaik he stopped using it as a signoff a long time ago, in favour of "love from steve" - so it might not mean much to people who met him in the last 10 yrs or so
(Anonymous) on February 27th, 2008 08:25 am (UTC)
Steve 2
Fantastic idea, Martin. I'm sure there's a wealth of material we each have that would be great to share, especially (as Andrew pointed out in his tribute) sharing was one of Steve's great attributes. He'd loved the concept.

I like 'worldofwitko' & 'jellytown' lots, although 'bestimost' is a uniquely Steve word. Too hard to choose! Maybe a title and then a tagline which employs all three? Ala..
"Jellytown - the bestimost of Steve 'Witko' Whitaker"
..(although inserting a nickname within a full name always reminds me of credits on heavy metal albums).

Tony Lee (the original)
worldofagwuworldofagwu on February 27th, 2008 12:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Steve 2
hi tony - thanks v.much for posting & yr thoughts - what do you think of "witkomania"...?
Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day: artistatworkcleanskies on February 27th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
He used to call me Jellymould, so I ought to be passing on another vote for Jellytown, but I also like windowcakes -- what is that from? It stirs a memory too old and vague to recover ...

but Steemol is still available, short and easy to remember for all concerned, I'd go with that

worldofagwuworldofagwu on February 27th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
windowcakes = what steve used to call battenberg

- yr argument for steemol is very persuasive... ( - sorry lee, i'm so wishy washy )
Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day: iridescentbuddhacleanskies on February 27th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
Of course, I remember now. Jellytown is good, too. Maybe you should just flip a coin!
(Anonymous) on February 27th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Re: !!!
Jellytown and Steemol are favourites for me - I'm starting a Steve-related Flickr group, so can I have the name that doesn't get used?
worldofagwuworldofagwu on February 27th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Re: !!!
- i hope that's you, matt ( - otherwise you've got a gompetitor ) - i did as jeremy suggested & flipped a coin...

livejournal = jellytown
flickr = steemol

( i'm hoping jellytown will be allowed to use pics from steemol )
(Anonymous) on February 28th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)
Clemmo says
I like "bestimost", but would also suggest "stickisourfriend"
molealfi on February 28th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
Thanks Martin for doing this. It'll be really nice to share memories of such a lovely man.
worldofagwuworldofagwu on February 28th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC)
- ta motoko - i hope loads of ppl will join - including yrself ( & yr hubby, obv ) - all photos of steve gratefully received in jellytown...!