I had long thought the prime era of off-the-rack identities was the 90’s: where which block of videos you watched on MTV came with a requisite mall store that sold the right clothes to go with your CD collection.
My old idea was that pop’s great flattening in the digital era mashed pop together into a miasma of . . .
Warren Ellis pitched Cemetery Beach as an all-out action story as a pallet cleanser after he and Jason Howard’s earlier series Trees. (A title I enjoyed that is supposed to be coming back shortly.) Cemetery Beach delivers on that promise. Structures like a dungeon crawl through an alien world, there aren't a lot of info-dumps in Ellis’ . . .
At the center of humanity’s evolution is design skill. We make spaces for ourselves and our tribes. Thatching together reeds, pouring elaborate concrete forms, or building a floating habitat in space, all of these are ways humans transform their space. Parks were initially just public spaces for people to enjoy the outdoors, but . . .
I had initially meant to pitch this out to Electric Literature, but I think it might be more interesting to explore the books, music, movies, and games that influenced my outlook and approach to the world. I have been sitting on this one for a while, so long that the second one I wrote about the Sandman came first.
The . . .
Proxima Centauri by Farel Dalrymple is the sort of sci-fi that you don't really see anymore. It's seeped in the stoned dream logic of 70's Sci-Fi Fantasy like Heavy Metal, and probably isn't for everyone. Sherwood is a bratty teenage wizard caught in a pocket dimension. He wants to escape and return to his brother . . .
This one is going up a bit late because of a yearly vacation. I am trying to get better about unplugging altogether during these times, and am not professional enough to preschedule a post for my week off. At least the dozen or so of you out there know that you're getting fresh bullshit right off the keyboard.. . .
Matthew Inman was mildly late to webcomics when compared to many of the artists who defined the genre. (Who knows? Maybe NPR will make a comic and we’ll get to hear how Ira Glass invented webcomics.) However, he managed to catch on to pretty wide acclaim. Garnering not only popularity for his comic and collected paperbacks he has also has . . .