Category Archives: High Weirdness

Boing Boing Feature: All Quiet on the Martian Front

Last week, I had the pleasure of writing a piece for Boing Boing about my favorite new tabletop sci-fi wargame, All Quiet on the Martian Front. It’s 1908. Earth has finally recovered from the terrifying shock of the Martian attacks of 1898 that nearly laid waste to London. While a few of the world’s more […]

WINK Review: Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia

We all know the multimedia artistic brilliance of pioneering New Wave band Devo. And many of us know that Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh is an artist who works in other media. But even other moderately devoted fans such as myself may be surprised to realize just how multiple Mothersbaugh’s artistic talents are, how persistent, or […]

WINK Review: Beyond The Dark Veil

My most recent WINK review, of a book of Victorian post-mortem photography is now live. Beyond the Dark Veil is a handsome new volume from Washington state’s Thanatos Archive, published by Last Gasp (perfect casting there!), exploring this fascinating, now seemingly macabre death practice. This is a gorgeously-produced hardbound volume with an embossed, gold-foiled black […]

WINK Review: The Wrenchies

It’s hard to describe The Wrenchies. It’s a gorgeously drawn and colored 304-page graphic novel that takes place in several time periods (including a post-apocalyptic, post-adult future). The Wrenchies is a comic book within the comic book, about a group of young crusaders out to save the world. And there are the future Wrenchies and […]

WINK Review: What It Is

My latest WINK review is for Lynda Barry’s bizarre and wonderful writing workshop in a dream-like book, What It Is. This densely collaged book is utterly uncategorizable – so many modes of expression are at work here: a textbook/workbook on inspiring creative writing and cultivating creativity of all kinds, a comic-memoir of Barry’s personal struggles […]

WINK Review: Beautiful Darkness

My review this week was for the lovely and intense “anti-fairly tale, Beautiful Darkness, by French comics writer Fabien Vehlmann and the husband and wife artist team Marie Pommepuy and Sébastien Cosset (known together as Kerascoët): Beautiful Darkness begins at a lovely tea party with a Princess-like Aurora entertaining her would-be paramour, the dashing, princely […]

Borg Like Me Artist Featured on Boing Boing

David Pescovitz has a great piece on Boing Boing today about the iconic 90s Schwa art, including some of the more memorable images and an interview with its creator, William Barker: In the early 1990s, adman/fine artist William Barker’s Schwa became the iconic artwork of the cyberculture underground. Barker’s paranoiac stick figures, faux-corporate undertones, and […]

My Annual Parade o’ Peeps

I miss many things about being the Editorial Director for Maker Media. One of these would be the annual Peeps round-up I did on the MAKE website every year. No, seriously. I have something of an unhealthy fascination with these unholy food-colored, sugar-coated marshmallow death wads. And by the number of bizarre things that people […]