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Clockwork Game Update: 7/04/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Linda Medley, who has put the finishing touches on the second volume of Castle Waiting! I’m way behind the times — working on comics rarely leaves me time for reading comics — so imagine my excitement when I emptied my long-neglected pull file at Fanfare and found three new issues waiting for me! Hopefully you’ve all heard the news by now, but on the off chance you’ve been living under a rock like I have, go check out the new Definitive Edition of Volume 2!

Clockwork Game Update: 6/27/13

Hey, everybody. Sorry for the delay in posting — I was traveling all day yesterday and today our internet was out until just a minute ago. Here you go:

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Evan Dahm, who’s Kickstarting the first book of his most recent series, Vattu:

Clockwork Game Update: 6/20/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks, whose new book Primates: the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas is freshly released from First Second Books! Jim still has two events scheduled for this weekend, so if you’re in the Ann Arbor area, stop on by and get your copy autographed!

Clockwork Game Update: 6/13/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to C. Spike Trotman, the award-winning creator and owner of Iron Circus Comics, who’s Kickstarting a brand-new anthology, Sleep of Reason! I was a proud supporter of Spike’s previous two Kickstarters, Poorcraft and Smut Peddler, so I’m really looking forward to this one, too.

Clockwork Game Update: 6/6/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to this Friday’s Kalamazoo Art Hop, in which both Paul and I have pieces! Paul is part of a three-man show (with Kenjji Jumanne-Marshallat the Midtown Gallery , and I have four pages from Clockwork Game in my company’s show at Biggs-Gilmore. Both shows run from 5-8, so if you’re in town, come on down and see some art!

CG page is up, really for real

Thursday’s CG page is up now– I accidentally forgot to hit a WordPress button to send it out. It worked on my preview, so I didn’t realize the new page wasn’t up yesterday. My bad, and sorry for the delay!

Clockwork Game Update: 5/30/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Benign Kingdom, which is Kickstarting another gorgeous series of books:

Clockwork Game Update: 5/23/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Dan Kastner, founder of 1977 Mopeds and co-founder of the Moped Army, who has recently started a small-business incubator here in Kalamazoo:

“Right now we’re in absolute renovation mode, the building was ruined,” Kastner said. “We’re doing it all ourselves. Our office upstairs is wrapped up and the rest of the renovations should be finished in two months. We’ll have two buildings, and the field behind will eventually be set up for community events.”

The first floor of the building will be a machine shop for each business to utilize for prototype models, small-scale manufacturing and repairs. The second story of the building is multi-use office space with hardwood floors, couches and computer tables.

A screen printing station is sectioned off in one corner of the office space, which is made distinct by flooring made of recycled and plastered real estate signs. A full-use kitchen will eventually be installed to be used for Emily’s food blog.

Connected to the building is the shell of what will be a finished warehouse, intended to store some 3,100 retail parts sold at 1977 Mopeds and possibly as a moped showroom, that will be accessible through a garage door.

The crew decided to call the incubator “The Reality Factory,” Kastner said, after finding another site perfect for the incubating business environment they envisioned, which they coined “The Fantasy Factory.” However, the site was entirely out of their financial reach.

“We had to settle for reality,” said Kastner, with a laugh.

You may remember me mentioning Dan’s equally-talented wife Emily here in a previous signal boost. I’m so lucky to have such amazing neighbors.

Thanks, kind fans

Special thanks go out to whoever’s been updating the Clockwork Game page over on It’s super accurate and current up to today’s date.

I also got a sweet postcard in the mail the other week that touched my heart. It’s on the fridge now.

The series has such a small readership that I’m always really touched when I see evidence that people are still reading. Thanks, kind fans! It means a lot.

Nightmare in Silver

Though I haven’t seen it, I hear from my readers that this season’s penultimate episode of Doctor Who, written by Neil Gaiman, features a chess-playing cyberman with a secret inside. Maybe this will be my excuse to finally get into the series.

Clockwork Game Update: 5/16/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Bar Scrawl, Bill Roundy‘s Cartoon Guide to New York’s Drinking Establishments. I wish I’d known about this when I went to NYC last year!

Clockwork Game Update: 5/9/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to local singer Michelle Chamuel, of bands Ella Riot and s/he, who is now appearing as a contestant on NBC’s The Voice!

Check out her performance of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors:

If you’ve got a spare minute, please go vote for this super-talented Michigan singer!

Clockwork Game Update: 5/2/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Larime Taylor, for his Kickstarter, A Voice in the Dark:

From his website:

Larime Taylor is a disabled artist and writer living in California. He’s an award winning playwright and director of the stage, a graphic novelist (he draws with his mouth) and now, serial fiction novelist. Most of what he writes falls somewhere between urban fantasy and horror, or dark urban fairytale, as he likes to call it. While his stories do not focus solely or specifically on matters of disability, disabled characters do feature in many of them. He basically writes the kinds of things that he would like to read, but with characters that he can relate to as a disabled person.

Re fuse

I had a sweet little beginner DIY moment yesterday. The USB port in my car’s dashboard stopped working, and I was bummed that I couldn’t play my iphone through the radio any more. A bit of internet searching turned up a quick fix: check one specific fuse. If it’s burned out, replace it; if it looks good, remove and re-insert it to reset the system. I’d never poked around in a car’s fusebox before, but I figured I’d give it a shot. Ten minutes later, I’d learned how to read a fuse diagram, used my first fuse-puller, and fixed my car without a trip to the shop. Yay, internet! Thanks for providing me with one of Life’s little victories.

Clockwork Game Update: 4/25/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Melanie Gillman, for her already-complete comic, Smbitten, and her beautiful, ongoing comic, As the Crow Flies. She also has some really nice tutorials, including this one explaining how she gets her prismacolors looking so nice, and this one on improving your coloring.

Clockwork Game Update: 4/18/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Record Store Day! April 20th is a national holiday to celebrate independent music shops. Go on out and support your local record store — if you’re in Kalamazoo, you can swing by Green Light Music — they have a great selection, and Paul did their RSD poster for the second year in a row!

Clockwork Game Update: 4/11/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Lucy Knisley, who has a gorgeous-looking new book, Relish, coming out from First Second Comics!

And speaking of First Second, Jim Ottaviani has just announced the tour dates for his new book, Primates. If you’re nearby any of Jim’s stops, you should really think about dropping in to see him (and maybe Maris Wicks, too!). Despite what he’ll tell you himself, he’s a really smart guy, and quite a good speaker.

Clockwork Game Update: 4/4/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to my coworker Mark Gilbert, who is doing a most seriously awesome kid-science podcast with his ten-year-old daughter, Katherine. Mark and Katherine started off with the kind of experiments you’d expect for a grade-school science geek: the good old rubber eggshell trick, some Coffee Filter Chromatography, that sort of thing. But then Mark upped the ante, bigtime.

He came into the office one morning and showed me this mindblowing video of a guy who sent his son’s Thomas the Tank Engine toy into outer space, and announced that he was not only going to try the same experiment — but that he and Katherine were going to do the project together and add it to their science podcast. How great is that? Katherine gets hands-on experience, learning everything from how GPS works to how to fit LEDs to a breadboard and then write code to control them on an Arduino microcontroller. Katherine even got to interview candidates for the stratonaut position.

Mark’s got several sensors planned for the unit, and if everything goes right, it’ll collect all sorts of data, including pressure, temperature, altitude, and positioning and export them to an SD card for later use. Can you say best science-fair project ever? I’m getting all giddy just thinking how pretty the graphs are going to be. Data is so beautiful, you guys.

I even get to be a member of the mission team — in the event that the unit hits a lake on its return to Earth, Mark’s asked me and my kayak to be the water rescue patrol. I’m so geeked to be part of this project — especially since it teaches a kid something from every single STEM field. Stay tuned to the Mark of Quality blog for more updates!

Clockwork Game Update: 3/28/13

This week’s Signal Boost is a big one, and something I’ve been itching to talk about for a good long while. Bruce Woolley, best known for co-writing the song Video Killed the Radio Star has helped start a new project called The Post War Orchestra:

From an original concept by artist Hilary Champion, we’ve been on a journey to create and play instruments that are recycled, deactivated weapons.

If this wasn’t cool enough on its own, a few months ago, Mr. Woolley contacted Paul to ask him to do all the graphics for the project — which is Kickstarting right now!

Paul was also lucky enough to design some of the premiums, so if you’re able to donate, you might get one of his tee-shirts or some digital wallpapers. What an amazing project, and what an amazing opportunity for Paul! Hooray for turning swords into plowshares. And music.

Clockwork Game Update: 3/21/13

Signal Boost of the Week goes to Saveur‘s Recipe Comix! There’s not much in this world that I love more than food and comics, so the combination of the two is even better. Contributors include Lucy Knisely, Allen Yuen, and one of my favorites, Sarah Becan.

Also, to my fans picking the feed up via the soon-to-be-discontinued Google Reader: do you have any alternatives in mind? Are there any other feeds I can set up to make your lives easier?

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