A Panorama!

Just a cool thing I thought I ought to share!

If you’ve ever cast a glance at the ‘Donate’ button on the right yonder, you may have wondered if I spend the gratefully received monies on anything other than booze and dangerous men. I do indeed! I spend it additionally on my principle vice, OLD BOOKS. I love using collages in the comic and hence can justify this degrading habit by the fact that they are a most excellent source of images which once scanned are mine and the world’s.

I’m going to start posting some scans and I shall start with the piece-the-resistance, three months worth of t-shirt money peoples:


Under this demure cover these wonders await!

The whole DAMN THING:

Saw this at an antique shop a few months ago and my heart went piterpat.. eventually some evil whisper talked me into it! Enjoy, it is pretty dang epic! That’s the world of Lovelace and Babbage right there folks, two years before Lovelace died and only a few years after the she wrote the first published paper on computer science. Picture that!

A couple of other notices of interest:

The Ada Initiative, to support women in Open Source, is on the last couple of days of fundraising! I did a poster for them last year– Go and give them a hand, they have some limited edition Kate Beaton prints this year!

I have an extremely rambly interview at Sequential Tart.

Aaand Noted Author Nick Harkaway, penner of the fine touch-o-steampunk spies and clockwork romp Angelmaker, has a guest post by MOI at his Muse And Me tumblr.

Aaaaand that’s it for now! But prick up your ears folks, comics comics this week!


  1. Andrew Yeomans on October 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Google Streetview now includes a view from the Thanes.
    Start here and follow along to Greenwich, where you need to turn round to see the other bank.

  2. Skauthen on June 17, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Wow, thank you for that panorama. It really is a treasure. Do you know who engraved it?

  3. SimonG on November 19, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    What a great panorama! And I love all the river traffic.
    Another Brunel link… The “Thames Tunnel” near the docks is the one built by Marc Brunel, IKB’s father. IKB worked on it with him.
    Can’t escape that man!

  4. Brian Biddle on November 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Interesting to see the prison hulk labled simply as ‘Police Ship’

  5. palenoue on November 4, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Why don’t we ever get pictures of the booze and dangerous men?

  6. =Tamar on October 31, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Nice pictures. Books are my principal vice, too, though my second vice is using up paper by printing stuff on it.

  7. Lance on October 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you so much for scanning and sharing that image! Fantastic stuff :-)

  8. tudza on October 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    The Clock Tower not pictured has just recently been named The Elizabeth Tower. Hadn’t heard about that.

    • Edward on October 31, 2012 at 11:37 am

      The other tower (without the clock) is the Victoria Tower, so they decided to call the one with the clock “Elizabeth Tower” to mark HM Q.E. II’s Golden Jubilee. (Victoria is the only other UK monarch to get to that milestone).

  9. Caroline on October 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    speaking of Westminster Bridge, will you be putting in Wordsworth or Coleridge or Keats? I think the stereotypical Romantic poet has much room for comedy :) George Eliot is cuuuute …

  10. Kaazz on October 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I feel very honored to be one of the contributors to your wealth of t-shirt funds! I just got my new Ada Lovelace shirt (I am wearing even as I type this!) and I love it! :-)

    And, did you say “comics” and “this week” in the same sentence???!? Be still, my beating heart!

  11. Del Cotter on October 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Westminster Bridge there is the first bridge, a hundred years old and subsiding fast, ten years to demolition and replacement with the present one. This is the actual bridge Wordsworth wrote his poem on,

    The beauty of the morning: silent, bare,
    Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
    Open unto the fields, and to the sky,
    All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.

    Nelson’s Column is just five years old, as is Brunel’s suspension footbridge to Hungerford Market, just ten years more to go before being replaced with Charing Cross railway bridge.

    Must… stop…

    • Tarliman on October 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      No, please, do go on. I’m engaged in research on the London of 1879, and these changes you describe, and the historical tidbits I’ve gleaned from this site, are fascinating.

      • Edward on October 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

        Oh splendid!

        The “New Houses of Parliament”, only finished two years earlier, having burnt down in the mid 1830’s.

        Keeping up with the Brunel theme and the Hungerford footbridge, the chains were removed when the railway bridge was built, and are currently in use holding up the Clifton Suspension Bridge that was still unfinished, and would remain so until after IKB’s death (the Institute of Civil Engineers raised the funds to finish it as a memorial).

  12. Del Cotter on October 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    “The New Houses of Parliament,” but no Big Ben yet! Ten years before Pugin finishes the design and then goes mad.

  13. Del Cotter on October 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Somerset House has a watergate! No trees in front, because no Victoria Embankment yet, because it’s ten years before the Great Stink and Bazalgette’s sewer network, and five years before Snow’s cholera map.

  14. Clare on October 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you for the panorama – it’s wonderful! I love fold-out-page illustrations in general and this period London view is fascinating. Also enjoyed your interview, with your explanation of getting just obsessed with this period; I’m getting that way about 1790-1820 New Orleans and the architect/pirate Barthelemy Lafon. History can get addictive!

  15. Ann on October 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    This is fantastic! I have a panorama of Elizabethan London that I love (reprinted, obviously) and use when I teach Shakespeare. This will be a great resource for my 19th century lit classes!

  16. Anon, a Mouse on October 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Can’t think of any better way to spend three months worth of t-shirt revenue! I hope to continue to be of assistance in your future bibliographic acquisitions. Thank you for sharing!

  17. John on October 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    It seems so odd to come here for something so…horizontal. Very nice, though!

  18. Jim Deakin on October 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Don’t you mean _18_ 49? not 19???
    off to browse it now. Thank you!

    • sydney on October 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Whoops! Corrected, thanks!