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I promised to finish the final issue of my personal zines in August ... and did.  But then I had the bright idea of colouring a new piece of art for the cover, and the effort became so involved that it took me close to a month.  But I think the delay was worth it.

Here we see Kiki Fraggle for the first time in her natural colour, a cause to celebrate in itself.

The final issue is 74 pages long, including over 30 of letters of comment.
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TaralWayne Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
As I hoped, they never came back.  But I've been slowly cutting back on books, anyway.  I had five boxes set aside to take to a used bookstore when I could get a friend to lend a hand ... and a car.  I moved three of them a little while ago, and got a store credit of about $90.  Which is better than what I would have gotten from Good Will or the Salvation Army (zero).  The next two boxes may add $75 to that.  Then I can start filling boxes again -- I have scarcely touched the hardcovers.  It will be good to have the space.  Now if only I could find someone who was interested in collected 1/24 toy cars ... of which I have far more than want to keep.
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Mauser712 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Also, did you manage to placate the fire marshals without completely emptying all your shelves? I was concerned about how that episode was going to end.
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Mauser712 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
BTW, Bread freezes very well. (refrigeration, otoh, does nothing to preserve it). Just wrap or bag snugly, and allow to thaw and reabsorb any moisture in the bag before opening.
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TaralWayne Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
My mom used to freeze store-bought bread, but I wasn't sure how well it would work with bread I just made.  Nor was there much need to mass-produce bread.  I generally make a loaf every three days or so.  More than that and it tends to grow a little stale -- you're right about the fridge being little or no use preserving bread.  Unfortunately, my apartment has become infested with some tiny sort of black bug that loves bread!  I haven't found a bread box yet that can keep them out!  So the bread has to go back in the fridge until, hopefully, the little pests die out.
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Mauser712 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Fungus Flies. Try the plate of vinegar trap (tiny bit of soap to break the surface tension).

I never understood bread boxes with holes in them. I use a Tupperware canister. I need to replace it, because the lid is cracking, but finding something the right size is proving difficult.
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TaralWayne Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
I use something like a Tupperware box, but it was bought from a dollar store, and even though the lid is fairly tight, it apparently has gaps somewhere along the lid because the damned flies still get in!  I've tried putting a weight on the lid, but it doesn't seem to be enough to close the gap, wherever it is.

Plate of vinigar?  Do you leave it out on the kitchen counter or in the bread box near the bread?
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Mauser712 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Kitchen counter. (I have a little trap device that has a cover for a cup of vinegar and a lot of funnel-shaped holes to let them in and make it difficult to get out).
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TaralWayne Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Actually, without bread available, they seem to be going away.
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Mauser712 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
They will come back (could be a slovenly neighbor, sometimes they breed in the dirt in a houseplant.) A saucer may do. Again, a tiny amount of soap to lower the surface tension too.
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TaralWayne Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Professional General Artist
I think you mean vinegar flies or fruit flies.  I had that notion, but the article on Wikipedia wasn't much help.  It said nothing about getting rid of them.  I'm also a bit puzzled because they fed mainly on decomposing vegetable matter, and I don't usually have much of that around the house.  What I do produce I usually tie up in a plastic bag before depositing in the trash bin.  Of course, insects are far more sensitive to odours than we are, and the 47 molecules that escape the knot may be more than enough to attract a blizzard of fruit flies.  It doesn't really matter if they can't get at the stuff and all starve.  

I have been confusing these with the real pest, however.  Which is a tinier insect that sometimes comes in flour or meal.  It doesn't fly, it's dark brown or black, very slim and only about 1 mm. long.  They just crawl, but that's good enough for them to get into any sort of bread box I've tried so far.  I've taken to keeping my flour in the freezer to keep them out, and have gone back to putting the breadbox back in the fridge.  My home-made bread should really be eaten within three days, anyway, so the cool environment doesn't affect the bread all that much unless I've let it sit longer than I should.  Still, if the damn beetles, whatever they are, ever disappear, I'll try bringing the bread out again.
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TaralWayne Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Would a small saucer of vinegar do?  I presume they get stuck and drown?
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patthecat Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016
Fraggles, fiftieth, and (fortunatelynot) final.  It's a shame to see it go, but it's good to know it'll live on in another form.
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3eggnogfatality Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My goodness Taral! It's been so long since I got the first Broken Toys and now you're finished with it! Way to go man! Gosh, makes me wish I hadn't lost my FA account and Primary Email over the last two years. I really liked to read these. Congratulations on completing the circle! Good on you!
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TaralWayne Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Professional General Artist
You can download every issue, free of charge, at efanzines.com.
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3eggnogfatality Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And I love ya for that. Wish I had been there the whole while! You're great and I mean that :)
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