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Tycho / 7 hours ago

I wouldn’t mind playing around with an Apple Watch, and I don’t doubt that it represents a very specific fork of our wearable future, but I don’t sense a hole in my life the device would fill.  I also think the pricing is outta fucking control.  What’s funny is that I would not find a traditional timepiece in that range offensive; such a device represents a graphable point in life, is Property, is functionally a phylactery which will communicate my cold will to future generations.  I am trying to imagine how one would “inherit” a piece of notoriously transient first generation hardware.  My daughter’s daughter would have to hit up Future Etsy for an artisanally made cable just to update the firmware.

I’m a believer in this class of device - if you’ve ever been to a convention with and without a Pebble, let’s say, you know that one of these scenarios is a substantial improvement over the other.  At this specific chronojuncture, Pebble Time represents something lower to the ground and closer to what I want, or think I want, but who knows.  A youth spent at the end of a bully’s lash means that in any confrontation, I choose David over Goliath.  Then again, I typically follow up a block of reasoning like this by going and doing precisely the opposite of what I just said.  At PAX Prime, pay close attention to my wrist.

It may be that there is some “must” The Orple Wurtch will be able to do that my phone can’t, some profundity I’m not able to conceive of.  When I look at that app space right now it reminds me of when console manufacturers invent some new, more complicated way of doing some normal Goddamn thing, and now Nathan Drake has to throw his grenades with the Sixaxis or some shit.

I resent it when a new piece of culturally relevant technology comes along and we go with the first fucking term, like Blog or Teledildonics, and we’ll no doubt need to endure a sharp rise in the latter with the advent of the haptic fuck watch.  What needs to happen is that when something gets invented - some cool thing, don’t come around here with your stupid shit - they need to bring that thing to writers and let them take a crack at it before you start in with the Latin Roots Fridge Poetry.  You may wonder what the writers get out of it.  The compensation for these writers is that they won’t have to wince when they order their teledildos from Amazon, because they will actually be called Cydonian Dick Engines.


Gabe / 8 hours ago

Monday Sketchdump!

I have a bunch of digital sketches for you this week.

I’m still working on the Noah’s Lighthouse kids book.

I just recently started reading the Dresden Files books. I’m only on the second one but I’m really enjoying the series. I had to do a little Harry Dresden doodle:

Oh shit it’s Rex Ready!

A goofy Daughter of the Eyrewood

This is the sketch for the drawing I did of my older son Gabe as a Lookout:

and in case you missed it last week, this was the finished version:

-Gabe out


Tycho is off getting his first tattoo today and I’m really excited for him. I like the design he chose which is more than I can say for my first tattoo. In fact I know a lot of people who aren’t thrilled with their first tattoo. I got my first one about twenty years ago when Tycho was considering his Gargoyles homage. We were living together at the time and I was looking through some of his RPG books. I found this illustration of a heart with a crown of thorns around it and decided that would be my first tattoo. It’s still sitting there on the back of my calf. If nothing else it reminds me of that time in my life and who I was back then, even if I’m not thrilled with the design itself anymore. 

All the tattoos I’ve gotten since then have been much more meaningful. Right after that I got the Pac-Man tattoo that Gabe has in the comic strip. He has it on his right arm and I have it on my left but otherwise it’s the same. After that I started on my right arm sleeve. It started with a Snake and a Monkey since I was born in the year of the snake and my first son Gabe was born in the year of the Monkey. Then when Noah was born I had a Tiger added. The piece has some other stuff in it as well, all relating to fatherhood and my boys.

Just last week I got another tattoo this time on my left forearm. I’ve been hesitant to get any of my own work tattooed on me. I finally decided that I love the Daughters of the Eyrewood so much I was ready to get one permanently inked on me. I still wasn’t ready to draw it myself though so I went to a local artist named Scott Falbo and asked him to read the Eyrewood stuff and give me his take on a Daughter.  I really love his work and I was super happy with his finished design. In fact I like it so much I think I may ask him to expand on it and turn my left arm into a sleeve dedicated to the Eyrewood.

Speaking of the Eyrewood and my kids, my son Gabe asked if he could be a Lookout. I’ve been drawing Noah a lot since I’m still kicking around ideas for a children’s book with him in it. I figured it was only fair to draw Gabe as well. Here’s the piece I did for him last night.

(click for super big)

Tycho’s tattoo starts at around noon. I’m guessing I’ll get the first “this fucking hurts!” text by 12:15.

-Gabe out

Tycho / 4 days ago

I feel compelled to tell you that I am not at the office.  I’m not even writing this!  I am having a man I barely know dredge a needle through the skin of my forearm, over and over.  And, as if that weren’t enough, he’s dipping the tip of this needle in ink so that even once they’ve healed the scratches this miscreant is scratching will leave permanent marks.  It’s rude at best.  What’s more, I’m paying this highwayman for the privilege of being thus savaged!

It’s a gruesome inversion of the natural order.

If there is anything to be said for this violent werewolf, at least he is giving me some say in the shapes he indelibly carves.  I work with text enough to know that it only holds meaning for so long when looked at; words become shapes very quickly.  That’s one more reason not to get the tattoo rendered in the strip.  I make these posts out of what is, essentially, dry sand; I have to pile it up fast before it becomes a big ol’ heap of bowls and serifs.  That’s what I like, though, words I guess, and I think I’ve squared the circle.  I’ll post a picture of it later.  I mean, you tell me.

The problem is that I’ve had too much time to think about what to get, now; I’ve wanted to do it for, oh, twenty years let’s say.  Of course, back then I wanted to get Goliath.  From Gargoyles…?  Or some shit?  I can’t really see my back, just because of, like…  where it is on my body, so I have often fantasized that I did do it.  But then I think about having to explain the mystic admixture of ferocity and nobility the Gargoyles represent every time I take off my fucking shirt, and I think “maybe I saved myself a bunch of time.”


Tycho / 5 days ago

I got these three frames in a text message a few nights ago, and I can’t prove it but I think he may have drawn them on a pile of spare printer paper, in his lap, while also playing Destiny.  I mention it, because I can barely do one thing at a time.

Hey!  So, I got kind of a weird opportunity a week or so, and I jumped on it.  I was asked to write flavor text for a game called “Apocrypha” on Kickstarter.  Sort of surprised nobody took that name already, but there you have it.  I agreed to do it, of course, because it’s being built by Mike Selinker.  His name there links to his BGG Designer page that has a lot of games on it, and it’s very broad, from his Pathfinder Adventure Card Game to Betrayal at the House on the Hill to Lords of Vegas to all his other insane shit.  You’ve played one of his games, most likely.  You may even have enjoyed it.

Apparently I was a stretch goal?  It is weird to be a “stretch goal.”  I was surprised that he asked me, to be honest; I thought I’d foreclosed any possibility.  We were walking through the hall once when he was gonna give feedback on Gabe’s Thornwatch stuff, and at one point he stopped, turned, and said, “You’re one of those people who doesn’t believe anything is real, aren’t you.”  Which was so weird, because I’m always trying to account for this belief in my conversations with people.  I’m always saying, “Dude, you seem really tangible today,” or “Keep on existing, like you obviously do!” accompanied by a double thumbs up and a smile that says “There’s a reality independent of our observations!”

He did ask me, though, part of the reason I accepted is that the text I’m writing for the cards goes where the art would go in any other game.  Each of the cards I (and the others!) write are essentially very, very short stories, stories you equip that then deliver a game effect.  How could I not.


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