Issue 15 - 2002-10-16

Hello,

This is a rather full Sproutlore update, so bear with us.

Issue thirty of the Brentford Mercury was posted to members yesterday; it is an extra large issue, with an extra 16 pages of reports, essays, stories and the such. Robert takes time to talk to us about his next book and we also have a lengthy report from him about his tour.

Included with this issue is a free gift, a CD-Rom. For a limited time, until supplies run out, new members will be able to receive this CD if they join up in the next short while.

On the CD you will find: An audio section including an interview, a recording of 'The Weird World of Robert Rankin', and 'Some Call me Laz' recorded by Robert in the seventies.

In the interactive part about Robert you will find five biographies, six interviews, covers of all the Books, an article by Robert about his sculpture work, over 30 images of artwork by Robert, and even images of one of his famous Copybooks.

In the Sproutlore part there are reports of all our events, including photos, info about the club and a look at some of the weirder merchandise the club produced.

In the Mercury part we have thirty articles from previous Mercuries, including three never seen before by Michael Carroll, and a guide to each issue.

Then we have also included Dave Bakers A-Z of characters, now with internal links, a selection of fantastic wallpapers and Captain Laser Alien Attack, a game produced by Michael Carroll, with advice from Robert. Now you can play the legendry game in the comfort of your own home.

There is much more on the CD but you'll have to wait to see it all.

We have also got details of our next event, 'They Came And Shaved Us' in the current issue. This is the Sproutlore Tenth Anniversary Bash and promises to be a fantastic weekend for all present. More details will be forthcoming in a later mail. We reckon there may be some confusion about the name though.

There will be a Sproutlore contingent at Octocon in Dublin this weekend, Novacon near Birmingham on the 1st of November and Dangercon in Corydon on the 9th of November, say hello, if you are at any of these conventions.

I continue to rant a bit in tommyworld, if any of you are interested and there is an interview with Robert currently on the alienonline that was done just before The Eddy Bear Picnic.

That's it for now, there will be more info on 'They Came and Shaved Us' very shortly.

Yours, James and James

Some links:

www.octocon.com
www.novacon.org.uk
www.poppyfields.net/dangercon
www.tommyworld.co.uk
www.thealienonline.net



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