Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Elves that came from FreeCycle

I like Freecycle. It's an online community to share unwanted stuff. Clear out your junk by offering it to other people. Check the list to see if someone else is offering something you want. It's got enough of a critical mass, that there's now a chapter for the borough of Lambeth, with about 250 postings a week.

I've had a coffee table and a bed from Freecycle, and I've passed on lots of computer bits, a desk and a greenhouse. On Monday, I got four volumes of a fantasy comic that was hugely popular in the 1980s. Elfquest is in the style of Tolkien - or closer to Andre Norton - and comic fans used to rave about it.

It's coming up fresh 25 years on. It's a big hit with Kitty, who's reading through it as fast as ever she can, with excited reports on the characters' doings: "Cutter and Leeta have children!"


Martin Millar said...

I was a big Elfquest fan. The original story was the best, stretching over about twenty comics, as I remember. I still have them stored safely in a box. There were later Elfquest comics, with some different writers, that I didn't like so much.

Peter Judge said...

Yes -- These are indeed the original 20 comics, consigned to FreeCycle by someone who kept them on a shelf for twenty years.

Kitty's halfway through them now, and seemed to prefer the idea of reading them to going to school this morning.

Ephilei said... is a site similar to Freecycle where free items are listed. It has a lot of advantages over Freecycle like pictures and search and it's easier for beginners to pick up.There are lots of advanced features too, like RSS, a Google Earth layer, and gmail-style conversation views.

Peter Judge said...

Thanks Ephilei

Gigoit looks very useful. It's absoplutely stuffed with features that make Freecycle look like an old pin-board.

It only covers America though.