Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Celebrity Endorsement

Hello all

Before I carry on with telling you what happened in Austria, I thought I would fulfill a promise to tell you about an exciting new collaboration. It happens occasionally that, as the world's first celebrity parasitologist, I am approached by creative types looking for some bona-fide scientific input into their work. In these circumstances I take on the role of consultant with a view towards some mutual benefit and enjoyment. It was in fact taking on this role that brought me into the public eye for the first time (if interested, you can read that story over several parts: part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 part 5 part 6 part 7 part 8 ). Sadly, that particular collaboration didn't work out so well.....but, well, times have moved on and I look forward to completing this current collaboration without witnessing any fatalities, court-cases or having to remove any botfly larva from the eye of a former judo fighter.

The collaboration started when I was contacted by a very talented artist called Renee French. She is an author and illustrator with a very unusual but excellent sense of humour. She writes comic strips, books, etc. Her drawings are superb, and I encourage you to visit her website at

The fruits of our collaboration will be revealed in due course. To give you a taster, here are a couple of drawings she sent me (both are (c) Renee French 2006)




Gorilla Bananas said...

This is good news, Dr Joe. I see she prefers to work in monochrome, like the film noir movie directors. Probably quite apt for parasitology.

Kim Ayres said...

Is there a deep and significant reason why you have posted this twice?

Dr Joseph McCrumble said...

GB - Yes, indeed. Well, maybe. Most parasites are somewhat anaemic looking due to the fact that they are not exposed to sunlight for long and therefore don't need any melotonin

Kim - Don't know how this happened! Blame Blogger, not me!