Friday, June 25, 2010

SATELLITE

In the early evening hours of June 26 1827, Nick Brimmly rode his trusty pony, Old Sputterfly through the old west town of Kettle Junction. Mr. Brimmly was showing off his latest invention, the saddle-light. The saddle-light however, never became the horsehold name that he hoped it would.... and here's why.While swatting the moths that were circling the saddle-light, Old Sputterfly's tail got too close to the flame and caught fire! Nick held on for dear life as the two of them shot through the town like a rocket, flaming tail and all! Nick Brimmly and Old Sputterfly were never seen again.
Legend has it that they were jettisoned into space and can still be seen at night circling the earth to this very day.That is why a smaller mass that orbits a larger mass is now called a satellite. (saddle-light)
interesting side note: In 1957 the Russians launched their first satellite into space. They named it SPUT-NIK ( after Sputterfly and Nick Brimmly).

54 comments:

  1. Whooooaaaaa pardner, that's a tall tale! Darned funny, though- Keep spinning 'em! :0)

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  2. Wow, a quick wit and quick on the draw! ^.^ Gave me a really good laugh! Wonderful, Jack!

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  3. I love it!! Super illustration - will keep a look out for the saddlelight!

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  4. Poor Old Sputterfly! Great story and illustration.

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  5. Beautiful, Jack, beautiful illustration!!

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  6. this is great Jack, a very tall tale and a great illustration too, love it!

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  7. Very clever Jack! I love it and the faded background is super cool :)

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  8. Omigosh, Jack, I lauged out loud! And what a wonderful illustration!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comments!

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  9. This is Wonderful ! Thanks for the interesting fact & history on it ! What a great illustration and story :0))))

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  10. very clever! I like the wariness in the horse's expression!

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  11. You are soooooo clever and funny too he he he he he he! I to love the look on the poor horse face. It's hilarious! Great illustration.

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  12. Wonderful illustration and I love the story!

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  13. great work Jack as always - love it!

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  14. Now this is clever, both story and illo!

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  15. Hahahahahahahaha ... verrrry nice piece of illustration, too!

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  16. SOOO clever, and so fabulously illustrated, Jack! LOVE THIS!!!! Your horse is one of a kind...I love horses! This is one of my favorites of yours.
    Thank you so much for your kind words at the blog...WOW I can't imagine the pain you must have felt losing all of that work on that book. I'm SO happy to hear you recovered and did a better job with it the second time around. That's making lemonade for sure! I will learn from this, that's for sure and I do now have my external drive. Yipppeee!! Have a great rest of the weekend, Jack!

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  17. I laughed out loud reading this story! Oh man that is funny. Great work, Jack!

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  18. This is a story!Love it!Great characters and colours!

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  19. Hi Jack, great characters and I love the light shining on them, really effective! :)

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  20. great story and illustration Jack!

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  21. oooh I love the little lantern on his rump!

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  22. Ah, you are a master of entertainment, Mr. Foster. The word 'saddle-light' will be forever charred in the back of my mind...

    Brilliant idea, as always. :)

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  23. this is hilarious - so creative - and love the lighting. sounds like you've also uncovered the origin of the firefly! ;)

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  24. Oh, Jack. You are a sweet, sweet man. Thank you... :) (HUGS)

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  25. Fantastic characters Jack and nice tale too!!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!!
    Hugs,
    Sandra

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  26. Bwahahahahahahahah! Oh my goodness! i don't know which is better, the illustration or the story but they are both brilliant.


    AHAHAHAHAHAH!Sputnik! Hehehehe. Oh thank you for this cheerful post. I had a very tough day today and now, everything is just wonderful.

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!

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  27. Not only are you a talented artist but you spin a fine yarn! Great story telling my friend!!!

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  28. Hah! Jack! You are not only a crackup but you are also very funny. This is great! And it's wonderful how you have tied in the true meaning of illustrate (to illuminate a text) - but in this case it not only illuminates our imaginations, but also the horses's tail (tale?) as well.

    cheese

    :)

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  29. Hhahhaha...excellent! Love the lighting effect too..nice touch!

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  30. Oh now that is just too clever...funny, funny!

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  31. Thanks for your great comment, Jack! Your story and illustration made me laugh out loud! So funny! And so beautiful!! : ) Silke

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  32. Great story, love the illustration <3

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  33. Too darned funny! What a great story! You are never short of ideas. Thanks for the chuckles and fun. I guess that's what they call a fine yarn. Next time, if I ever spot a satellite I will think of your characters Sputterfly and Nick.

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  34. So THAT'S how 'satellite' got its name! ;D What a fun story, Jack. Your illustration is as terrific as always. I love Sputterfly's expression. If he only knew what he was in for! lol. Great one- I'll be giggling all week!

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  35. Ah, Jack! Surely you must be joking! Shirley you must! : ) Ha! Thanks for your fun visit..yes, I think we all had those big TVs back in the day...good memories for sure. And yes, I remember being in the way of my dad's view too..funny how there are such vivid memories of those days for all of us. Oh gosh and yes, Vanessa was right - TV dinners! Remember those?! Always good to hear from you. Take care!

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  36. of course I told her we all miss her. :) It was very cool meeting her in person. She is a very sweet lady with a kind and patient family who put up with my screaming disabled grandson and they didn't even blink an eye. They were wonderful. Thanks for all the kind comments Jack. I appreciate your support and friendship.

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  37. Hi Jack! Thanks for stopping by. Hope all is well with you and your lovely family.

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  38. Great imagination of tie-ins! I see a picture book in there somewhere. Nice work!

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  39. Hi Jack! What a wonderful story and great imagination you have. So funny how you put all this together! Well done and love their expressions! Great job once again! :D

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  40. Jack, you're a national treasure! This tall tale is brilliant...and the illustration is fabulous! SO, is a book of Jack's Tall Tales in the works??? Should be!

    Love the Paisley and Giant illustrations too...clever! (I'm slowly getting caught up with blog visiting)

    Have a great 4th with family and friends - enjoy!
    Blessings,
    Becky

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  41. I love your spotline focus on the main character itself and the fading nightline together with stars spark a wonderful feeling of statellite!

    Yes, love your passion in art creation.
    Continue your great effort brother Jack Foster!

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  42. Hahahahaha, that's brilliant! Your storytelling skills are of Andrew Finnie proportions! Out of this world!

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  43. Hahahaha, that is hilarious! Love the illustration! Excellent lighting (and expression on Sputterfly!)

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