And that concludes my best guess at how the world’s first chess-playing automaton actually worked. Hope you liked it, and that you’ll enjoy the third act of the book now that the trick’s been revealed.
The Signal boost of the week goes to C. Spike Trotman and Diana Nock who are now shipping Poorcraft, a comics project they Kickstarted a couple of years ago. I just finished reading the PDF version, and you guys, it is so good. Don’t believe me? Check out this praise they’re getting from the likes of USA Today and the Onion‘s AV Club. Don’t wait! You can now buy a hard copy of Poorcraft for a measly $10 or a PDF for $5. Here’s a preview, in case you’re still in need of convincing. Congrats, Spike and Diana, on a fantastic book and a fully successful, completed Kickstarter!
You guys, the most awesomest thing just happened with regards to Clockwork Game. I can’t wait to tell you about it. But for now, I must be all mysterious. Mysteeeeerious.
The Signal boost of the week goes to the wonderful Emily Kastner and her equally wonderful blog, Tar-Tryin’! Emily is baking her way through the Tartine cookbook one recipe at a time, and is also blogging other crafts and recipes, in the most beautiful fashion! Right now, she’s running a contest where, as a part of the Sugar Cube Blog Tour, you can win a copy of the Sugar Cube Cookbook. Have a look!
The Signal boost of the week goes to Gerry Swanson, creator of Biozoic, who needs some commission work to help get through the month. Have a look at his deviantART page and give him a shout if you think he could do some art for you.
The Signal boost of the week goes to Raina Telgemeier, whose new book, Drama, will be coming out this fall! in the meantime, you can treat yourself to a sneak peek of the cover. Can’t wait? It’s available for pre-order.
My very first NSFW Signal boost of the week goes to Spike Trotman, who’s bringing sexy back — Smut Peddler, specifically! Smut Peddler originally began as a set of three minicomics full of female-friendly erotic comics published by Saucy Goose Press, and spearheaded by Trisha Lynn and Carla Speed McNeil — and after a long dormancy, Spike has Kickstarted it into the 21st century as a 350-page anthology. The project has already long-since reached its goal, but don’t let that stop you from getting in on the action. You can still pre-order your copy of the book, and help support the artists — for each new level of success, the contributors get an additional share of the wealth! G’wan, support it. You know you want to.
Leaking faucets irritate the snot out of me, so tonight I took about an hour and disassembled both my studio faucet and the upstairs bathroom faucets. No more drips! It makes me feel so happy that armed with the internet’s instructions and a well-stocked toolkit, I can do handy things around the house by myself.
Signal boost of the week goes to Sydney Padua, who just announced that Pantheon books will be publishing a graphic novel of her amazing webcomic, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage! Congrats, Sydney!
Signal boost of the week goes to Steve Lieber, who has not one but two series out, Shooters from Vertigo, and Alabaster: Wolves from Dark Horse. Congrats, Steve!
For everyone who’s been waiting patiently for an explanation of how the automaton works, the big reveal starts this week!
Signal Boost of the Week goes to Mark Crilley, with whom we had the pleasure of hanging out at the Thomas Dolby concert in Royal Oak. Mark’s first major work was Akiko, which still stands among my favorite comics of all time. Since then, he’s gone on to write illustrate the four-volume Miki Falls, a Mastering Manga, a how-to book and his newest series, Brody’s Ghost, has its third volume coming out next week from Dark Horse!
Signal Boost of the Week goes to Thomas Dolby, who is currently touring for his new album, A Map of the Floating City. Paul and I went to see him in Manhattan last week, and it was a really fantastic show, so if you’ve been hesitating on buying tickets, hesitate no longer. As a special bonus, Mr. Dolby is bringing along a custom-made trailer on his Time Capsule Tour that will allow you to record a special thirty-second message to the future. There’s already a YouTube channel that features some of the best messages, including those from Bill Nye and Reggie Watts. Oh yeah, and the Time Capsule itself was designed by somebody pretty awesome.
Paul and I made a (very) quick trip to New York City last week. It was a whirlwind of cabs and subways and museums and amaaaaazing food, from barbecued duck soup in Chinatown to goat curry in Midtown. Highlights included sharing a knish at an upscale deli, getting to see the top of the Empire State Building at 1am (with only thirty other people!), talking to a protester in Union Square, having lunch with a good friend in Bryant Park, gaping at the main branch of the New York Public Library (I’ll be in my bunk) and buying a pair of beetle-wing earrings in Soho. We also saw some famous dude play some music.
I didn’t take too many photos, as I was concentrating on drinking in the sights, but here’re a few:
Signal Boost of the Week goes to Colleen Doran, whose new graphic novel Gone to Amerikay launches this week! It’s written by Derek McCulloch, illustrated by Colleen, and is already garnering great interest from all sorts of unusual places. Congrats, Colleen!
Signal Boost of the Week goes to old friend* Layla Lawlor, who’s
in the process of re-organizing and re-booting all her old projects, and getting ready for some new ones. Good on you, Layla!
* good heavens, twelve years?! where does the time go?
The murder of Trayvon Martin. Anyone who says that we’re a post-racial society needs to read these links. All of them. Pay special attention to the reporting by Farai Chideya and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Shveta Thakrar also linked to this heartbreaking article by Mikki Kendall . There’s also a protest march going on in NYC right now.
Teju Cole wrote a really important article for The Atlantic called “The White Savior Industrial Complex”, something that I really needed to read, especially since I’m a huge TED devotee.
John Scalzi hosts a guest post on his blog from a physician who wanted to speak out about mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds, but needed to remain anonymous.
Signal Boost of the Week goes to Keith Knight who is Kickstarting a new project, I Was A Teenage Michael Jackson Impersonator! Paul and I are big fans of Keith’s work, both K Chronicles and (Th)ink (and also his band, The Marginal Prophets) so it’s really exciting to see him try his hand at a longer format. If you can spare a few bucks, go help this amazing artist fund his first full-length graphic novel!
Signal Boost of the Week goes to Kate Beaton! It’s no surprise to readers of this blog that I’m an enormous fan of Kate’s, but in the last couple of weeks, she’s done some pretty super amazing stuff over on her tumblr, some of it worksafe, some of it not so much. The worksafe: A wonderful Q&A about webcomics, which she says is the first part in a series, which makes me happy! The not so much worksafe: Some horrible, horrible person sent Kate a nasty, spiteful drawing of herself, and she responded in the awesomest way possible. Seriously, I don’t think I could have managed any response to such a personal attack, let alone one so perfectly designed to shut down the jerk who started it. Kate, you’re totally my hero, on so many levels.
A long-overdue Signal Boost of the Week goes to Carol Burrell of SPQR Blues, who’s posting a whole lot of new sketches lately. Such beautiful work! It was a treat to share a table with her at MOCCA last year and watch patrons walk up to her originals as though mesmerized, running their fingers over the plastic-wrapped pages and saying “oooooOOooo.” Go cheer her on, so she’ll make many more lovely comics about Romans. And volcanoes.