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I've just been re-reading Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev's incredible run on Daredevil, where they out the superheros true identity as Matt Murdock.
The first time I read this I was in awe at Bendis's writing. I've read quite a lot of his work since then, but in my opinion he never matches this run again.
That first time, I may have skimmed through the book failing to appreciate the art. Since taking up mailart, and especially since the start of mailart365, I tend to pay as much attention to the art as I do the writing in comics, and Maleev's artwork is mesmerising.
The thing that drew me to this image in Daredevil was the apparent ease with which he created the face from really sparse lines, with lines doubling as facial features and shading at the same time
When I was doing my PGCE, in 2004 I had a pretty unfortunate incident on a train. One evening after school, I met up with another trainee teacher, and we got on a train to go to London.
To cut a long story short, we were mugged on the train in broad daylight and the thugs took my friends wallet and watch. I got away lightly I think, and still had my phone on me, so I called the police and the guys were arrested almost immediately.
We went to court and the boys were sentenced to some community service, pretty much slapped on the wrist and let go to do their own thing and we were promised some compensation.
Fast forward to 2011. I've qualified as a physics teacher, taught for 4 years, left teaching and have been in another job for 3 years.
Suddenly, out of the blue I get a cheque for £5 come through the door from the court, with a reference that it was for an incident that happened in 2004.
I bank it and another one comes through the month after.
Very weird, I think, that 7 years later I'm getting comensation for an incident I hardly remember. The other teacher who was with me at the time has now left to live in Norway, so I emailed him and told him he should ask his mum to forward the cheques on. I don't think he'll bother...
Anyway, this letter is to the court instructing them to pay the compensation directly to my bank account.