6/6/14 | 02:22 am
A tribute to Paul Pope's "Escapo" for Dave Zissou's terrific Destroy Comics tumblog.
[Order ESCAPO from Z2 Comics]
2/10/11 | 05:55 pm
Congratulations to Gary Amaro, who has once again earned a win in The New Yorker's "Your Eustace Tilley" contest! (I'm pretty sure that sets a record of some sort?) Had this year's competition once more been for a cover design (and not a screen-printed tote bag, which seems to have favored somewhat minimalist submissions), I feel quite certain his other excellent entries would have won as well. Tip o' the cap, sir!
(One of these days, I suppose I'll get around to post on last year's contest...)
1/15/11 | 11:11 pm
In memory of Captain Beefheart, sweet chieftain booglarizer of my mutant mental youth. (I also paid his Trout Mask Replica a sideways tribute back in my halcyon hobo days.)
Besides sharing a birthdate, I'd like to think in my better moments I might rise to a bit of his cockamamie elegance. Carry on, carrion, carry on. Got me?
1/11/11 | 11:11 pm
Q: When is this Phantom his most substantial?
A: When he looks back at ghosts gone by.
–noun, plural -la, -lons.
2011 Gk kal ( ós ) beautiful + eîdolon phantom, idol
1. a lovely phantom; apparition en gloire.
(var. an unsubstantial image)
2. an ideal.
3. an illustration,
part of which is given a transparent effect
so as to permit representation of details otherwise
hidden from view, as the inner workings of a mechanical device.
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10/26/10 | 04:44 am
David 'Wondermark' Malki ! writes, "Our Creative-Commons-licensed fiction anthology Machine of Death is finally done, and we want to make it an Amazon.com bestseller for JUST ONE DAY. We are urging everybody to buy the book on Amazon on October 26! In our blog post we explain the reasons why. We want to send a message that a grassroots effort can add up to something of real substance."
Get MACHINE OF DEATH on Amazon!
"The machine had been invented a few years ago: a machine that could tell, from just a sample of your blood, how you were going to die. It didn't give you the date and it didn't give you specifics. It just spat out a sliver of paper upon which were printed, in careful block letters, the words DROWNED or CANCER or OLD AGE or CHOKED ON A HANDFUL OF POPCORN. It let people know how they were going to die." MACHINE OF DEATH [preview] tells thirty-four different stories about people who know how they will die. Prepare to have your tears jerked, your spine tingled, your funny bone tickled, your mind blown, your pulse quickened, or your heart warmed. Or better yet, simply prepare to be surprised. Because even when people do have perfect knowledge of the future, there's no telling exactly how things will turn out. Featuring stories by: Randall Munroe * Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw * Tom Francis * Camille Alexa * Erin McKean * James L. Sutter * and many others. Featuring illustrations by: Kate Beaton * Kazu Kibuishi * Aaron Diaz * Jeffrey Brown * Scott C. * Roger Langridge * Karl Kerschl * Cameron Stewart * and many others...( *Collapse )
10/10/10 | 11:11 pm
It's starting to look like a triple rainbow!
There are other 'arts' which combine still (or at least drawing) and story, diegesis – namely the photo-novel and the comic-strip. I am convinced that these 'arts', born in the lower depths of high culture, possess theoretical qualifications and present a new signifier (related to the obtuse meaning). This is acknowledged as regards the comic-strip but I myself experience this slight trauma of signifiance faced with certain photo-novels: 'their stupidity touches me'. -Roland Barthes
9/8/10 | 05:00 pm
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6/23/10 | 02:31 pm
HAS THEORY O' BOLLIX
A CRIMICAL MISPRISM? A CREATIVE CHALLENGE!
*FOR TO WATER THE INDS & SPOUTS OF ENTERPOLATION*
A FLY ON THE
In honor of his ^ birthday and the recently reborn Bloomsday: an illicit, unsolicited smash and mash-up of Ulysses and Asterios Polyp (w/bits of Rubber Blanket, added for ellipsis). Exploring the ending w/ cut-up and blending. Dot dot dot. And the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started? (!) Spotty. AH! Metempsychotic.
With utmost respect to Mr. Mazzucchelli, I will remove this if requested.
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4/27/10 | 01:11 am
of the wisest man
sounds apish. Beauty
in a human face
looks apish too.
we have attained
the excellence of apes."
"The center of the artistic process—for me—is the attempt to transform a particular feeling, insight, sorrow into a metaphor and then make that metaphor ramify so it holds everything, everything in the world."
"If you actually examine the relationship between real life and fiction, you'll find that we most often predicate our real lives upon fictions that we have applied from somewhere."
"Once you get analyzing something and looking into it, things do begin to appear and things do begin to tie in. Because everything ties in, and what you get depends on your approach to it."
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1/16/10 | 03:33 am
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12/15/09 | 04:19 pm
"What are the differences that we can deal with, without it becoming a barrier? Skin color is great, and it's also great thematically, because skin color is obviously such a big issue on our planet. All the warm tones — from pallid Canadian pink, to beautiful warm browns, and, well, pallid Australian pink — were all taken. So, we were down to blue and green basically — and green had been taken by all those Martian movies with the little green men. So, we have big blue women, not little green men." —(HMFIC) James Cameron on why Avatar aliens are blue [MTV]
hmmm...I wonder if Mr. Cameron was a fan of Tom Yeates and Steve Perry's TIMESPIRITS comics? Something about that "homesick alien singer" Miss Thorneypaws (in blue, at left) seems awfully familiar...
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12/6/09 | 11:22 pm
A hearty thanksgiving to McSweeney's for including my "LIFE" in their marvelous CARNIVAL of CONVERGENCES (No. 7) ! [HERE IS A PITHY EXPLANATION of SAID CARNIVAL/CONTEST, along with a link to the MAGIC BOOK that inspired it and that continues to inspire me]. I do not know if those other entries are actually from Errol Morris (?!) and Chris Ware (?!?), but hey wow howdy if they are. Thrills!
12/6/09 | 03:33 pm
NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN
Sashimono (Personal Flag) of Sakakibara Yasumasa
Momoyama period, 17th century
(Currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC)
A sashimono (personal flag) was worn on a slender bamboo pole fixed to the backplate of a soldier's armor, identifying him or the family he served. Sakakibara Yasumasa's sashimono shows the sun with the character mu ("nothingness") in gold on a dark blue silk ground.
"That begins with an M, such as... muchness - you know you say things are 'much of a muchness' - did you ever see... a drawing of a muchness?"
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10/29/09 | 04:44 am
Eh. Somewhat ill-advised KING of FIGHTERS character art... Gave me an excuse to waste some time HERE, tho!
10/29/09 | 03:33 am
7/25/09 | 03:33 am
I recently had the treat of speaking with April Snellings for Metro Pulse's Comics & Puzzles issue. Thanks to her patience and perspicacity (as well as the poppy-cool art direction of Travis Gray), my somniferous, sad and inchoate ramblings were sculpted into a rather pleasant spread. See for yourself.
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