Snakes on the loose!!!

Snakes on the loose!!!
Snakes in zines, cartoons and even on our desks
26 November 2012

I have been busy cataloguing more zines and comics from the Nick Henderson Zine Collection.  My favourite surprise was "Snake Tree" by SOLS (really Allan Salisbury), which is a collection of strips from the Snake Tales cartoon. Snake Tales is syndicated in many papers around Australia and the world. Before it was syndicated in the United States Lady Snake started wearing a bikini top (a touch of modesty for the US market?). It did not spoil the story. I love Sundays, I am sure I only like the papers for the comics, the rest of the news can be far too serious.

Some of our books including one with Lady snake on cover

Some of our books including one with Lady snake on cover

As a librarian who catalogues books I have my own personal snake - a book snake on my desk (in green). This is made of felt with ball bearings inside. Very useful for librarians to gently hold open the books we are cataloguing without damaging the spine - and I can assure you it doesn't hiss or bite! Of course working in our National Library we do have many books on snakes as we receive books from all publishers in Australia via legal deposit. Living in our country, you are sure to have seen plenty of snakes in the bush.  Even living in a city like Canberra they can venture into our backyards. It's nice and warm at the moment and that tempts the snakes out to enjoy sunbathing on the rocks in the sun. Do you think our neighbour New Zealand might be a little deprived as they don't have any native snakes? Well, I'm not so keen on the poisonous ones, so I'll stick to my favourite cartoon versions and look for any new ones. Mind you I'm now hungry and thinking of different snakes! The edible kind.

Our recent book with a few other snakes, book snakes, edible snakes

Our recent book with a few other snakes, book snakes, edible snakes