Spotlight: Eustace Gary

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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...)

"nice hairdo"

(January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010)
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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?


KALEIDOLON


Q: When is this Phantom his most substantial?
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A: When he looks back at ghosts gone by.

kal·ei·do·lon   
–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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MACHINE of DEATH

ALERT! This just in from Boingboing...

MACHINE of DEATH

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 )

The Third Meaning

'Art begins the moment the creaking of a boot on the sound-track occurs against a different visual shot and thus gives rise to corresponding associations. It is the same with colour: colour begins where it no longer corresponds to natural colouration... '
-Sergei Eisenstein



It's starting to look like a triple rainbow!
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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

DROPPIN' FEELS IN THE KEY OF 'Z'

I go to the piano and play “feels.” “Feels” are specific rhythm patterns, fragments of ideas. Once they’re out of my head and into the open air, I can see them and touch them firmly. Then the song starts to blossom and become a real thing. -Brian Wilson
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MYSTERIOS WALLOP


IMP
HAS THEORY O' BOLLIX
A CRIMICAL MISPRISM? A CREATIVE CHALLENGE!
*FOR TO WATER THE INDS & SPOUTS OF ENTERPOLATION*
A FLY ON THE
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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.

SO?!

With utmost respect to Mr. Mazzucchelli, I will remove this if requested.
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