Pumpkin Positive was an idea for a comics memoir krozruch had on returning to The British West Midlands from Prague in 2005. The name is taken from news stories which were doing the rounds at the time about the decline of medical slang. Pumpkin Positive "refers to the implication that a penlight shone into the patient's mouth would encounter a brain so small that the whole head would light up". At that time I was trying hard to get diagnosed as ADHD with Asperger's Syndrome. It would take some time. I did not get far any further with Pumpkin Positive at that time than drawing a handful of sketches. I had been drawing a little more over those last couple of years, typically filling the white board or the A4 sheets of notes I would draw for my adult students in my English lessons, and designed it as being simple enough that I could draw it myself. That said, I did also hope to collaborate and write the scripts. Having been writing for many years and getting nowhere, I was really beginning to doubt that I could ever make a success of writing prose. One of the motivations of using the pumpkin (aside from the peerless name it offered) was that it was easy to draw. One of the drawbacks was that this was the highpoint of a kind of emo meme of the pumpkin. I remain attracted to the whole idea of it. In any case, Pumpkin Positive was, I suppose, the prototype for the more recent Plastic Paddy of the Universe. Both are related to The Unforgiving Minutes and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Manic Deppressive.
- Doctor Sland is a Dying Art http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3159813.stm