Oscar in the Hotseat! Character Q and A

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Max Booth’s robo-sidekick, Oscar, has never appeared on live news before, but here he is, featuring in this special report with Bluggsville Observer reporter, Simone Taranto! Nice work, Oscar!

Guest post written by Cameron Macintosh. Illustrations by Dave Atze.

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Character QandA with Max, Oscar and Jessie from Stamp Safari

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We’re so excited to visit Jessie, Max and Oscar in the year 2424 for this rad chat with the super sleuthing gang of the future! Thanks for this rare opportunity! 🤖👾🐶

Hello to all of you! Thank you for jumping back in time (or are we in the future?) to talk with us!

Max: Thanks for joining us in the year 2424!

Jessie: It’s very impressive that you could make it – especially considering that time travel won’t be invented until 2035!

Oscar: Woof!

Firstly, congratulations on solving the mystery of the little sticky paper! What were your initial thoughts upon finding it in the museum?

Max: At first, I thought it was some kind of collectible sticker – the kind that kids used to put in sticker books. They had some strange hobbies 400 years ago! I knew it was valuable whatever it was – paper is incredibly rare these days.

Jessie: Actually, I thought it was a sports-themed bandaid from the year 2025, but I didn’t tell that to Max and Oscar!

Why was it so important to each of you to find out the history of the stamp?

Max: Well, I knew that it was something special, and that other people would want to know about it – whatever it turned out to be! And, well, to be honest I was also a little bit interested in the Object Identification Bonus that Jessie pays me when I identify an unknown object for her!

Jessie: I’m really interested in anything from the old days, and sticky little bits of paper are no exception – especially when they feature incredible 21st-century tennis players like Neptune Williams! Tennis players were amazing back then – they actually used to run along the ground to hit the ball to each other. Thank heavens someone finally invented float-tennis!

How does the process of sending and receiving mail differ for you in the year 2424?

Max: Gosh, it’s much more efficient these days! We send parcels and packages through Parcel-Pop – flying delivery pods that zip through the sky, and (usually) avoid bumping into things.

Jessie: And we send most of our messages through Zee-Mail. All we have to do is speak them into our phone goggles and they appear instantaneously on the other person’s goggles – if they’re online!

Max, what do you make of Spike’s judgement of you when you visited his shop?

Let’s just say I wasn’t very happy about it! He certainly seemed to be judging us on our appearance. He didn’t believe a word we said, just because we’re from the Skyburbs and can’t afford flashy clothes. Not fair!

Max and Oscar, how did you feel when you got caught by Captain Selby and his meat-headed lieutenant cronies? How did this moment significantly change your mission?

Oscar: …

Max: I really thought we were about to be locked up on Skyburb 7 for a very long time. Up until our arrest, all we cared about was identifying that strange little piece of paper. Then, suddenly, we were fighting for our freedom, and from Oscar being reprogrammed into a walking zombie-bot.

Max, is there any doubt that living on the streets is better than the Home for Unclaimed Urchins? Why, or why not?

Well, the streets can be a dangerous place, especially when the Unclaimed Urchins Recapture Squad seems to be lurking around every corner. But still, I wouldn’t go back to the Home any day. I’m free to be me down here, and I don’t have to spend my days in that so-called school up there, being trained to do jobs no one else would ever want to do. The food’s terrible up there too – unfortunately brussels sprouts are the only things that grow well up there!

Jessie, what’s the coolest artefact from the 20th century that you’ve ever come across?

That’s a good question – there are so many, but my favourite would have to be the typewriter. Back in the 20th century, to make a document, people actually had to tap on buttons that put ink on paper, letter by letter. Can you believe it?! It seems particularly incredible nowadays, with paper being so hard to come by.

What’s your favourite new invention of 2424?

Max: Definitely my back-scratching robo-caterpillar. If I didn’t have so much sleuthing to do, I’d be lying on my tummy all day, letting it roll up and down my spine.

Jessie: I’d have to say, my Flavour-Saver tongue scanner. Whenever I taste something new that I really like, I scan my tongue and it remembers the flavour. Then, it turns it into a powder I can sprinkle on everything I eat!

Oscar: …

Thank you all for revealing some interesting facts about yourselves! See you again in the future! 🙂

Max: Thanks for talking with us. Next time you’re in 2424, please pop by Skyburb 6 and say hello!


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Cheeky Child Evades Arrest Once Again!

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6 February 2424

Booth and Beagle-bot, moments before Booth’s extremely inconsiderate re-escape

Bluggsville is on high alert this evening after the arrest and re-escape of notoriously cheeky street urchin and suspected thief, Max Booth.

Booth, 11, has been on the run since 2422, when he escaped the Skyburb 7 Home for Unclaimed Urchins on the exhaust pipe of a passing hover-hippo. Since then, he has been spotted several times on the streets of Bluggsville, rudely taunting the respected staff of the Unclaimed Urchins Recapture Squad, who simply wish him to continue his much-needed education – and perhaps get a haircut too.

Booth and his accomplice, Oscar B Beagle-bot, were apprehended this afternoon in a sporting memorabilia store in Bluggsville South, where they were observed browsing suspiciously and wearing safari outfits for no apparent reason.

Stephen ‘Spike’ Santoro, owner of Spike’s Sporting Memorabilia, raised the alarm and detained the escapees until the Unclaimed Urchins Recapture Squad arrived on the scene and arrested both scallywags.

Santoro was unsure what the escapees were hoping to find in his shop, but reported that they were in possession of a small, sticky photograph of 21st century tennis star Neptune Williams. The assailants confessed to having removed this item from the Bluggsville City Museum.

Mr Beagle-bot was successfully returned to the Skyburb 7 Home for Unclaimed Urchins, where he will be extensively reprogrammed to be a good little dog.

Booth, however, is thought to have escaped from the squad’s van-copter moments before take-off. He is not believed to be dangerous, but has a history of displaying very poor manners towards anyone who attempts to send him back to his loving Home on Skyburb 7, where his last homework assignment is now more than two years overdue.

Police urge anyone with information on Booth’s whereabouts to immediately contact Captain Selby of the Unclaimed Urchins Recapture Squad. The streets of Bluggsville will not be safe from bad manners until this mouthy minnow is returned to his classroom!


For further information, please read Max Booth Future Sleuth: Stamp Safari, for an in-depth personal account, recounted by Max himself.

Article by Cameron Macintosh.


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