Month: February 2009

“The Transient”

Posted by – February 27, 2009

The follow is a spectacular 25-minute vampire Abraham Lincoln film masterminded by my friend Chris and starring many gentlemen whose creative efforts I support, endorse, and fervently recommend exposure to. And now, “The Transient.”

Questions for the Week of 2/2/09

Posted by – February 26, 2009

  • Does anyone know what the units being measured or information being displayed was during Obama’s speech last night on MSNBC? Here’s the picture I snapped of it. It represented reactions from people who voted for McCain in 2008 and people who voted for Obama. As best I can tell it was constantly updating, but since both lines remained approximately flat (and sometimes disappeared both behind one another and altogether), it was impossible to tell if they represented the last 10 seconds, the entirety of the speech, or a by-the-millisecond emotional reaction to the tone of his voice. Whatever it was, it didn’t seem to be much use.
  • Obama speech

  • Ingrid Newkirk, the founder of PETA has composed an astonishing will regarding her body when she’s deceased. It includes, among other things, that her body “or a portion thereof, be used for a human barbecue,” that her “feet be removed and umbrella stands or other ornamentation be made from them,” and that her “eyes be removed, mounted, and delivered to the administrator of the U.S. [E.P.A.].” Who’s going to eat her?
  • Who discovered this lost Beatles recording?
  • CBR series comes to an end

    Posted by – February 10, 2009

    In case you missed it (or my dedicated babbling for the last few weeks), today ended my 4-part series of interviews with webcomickers over at Comic Book Resources. In a year that should prove tumultuous at best for print media, it was something I really wanted to do. I love picking the brains of folks who look ahead and put their money and creative stylings where their mouths are. For the record, here are all 4 links:

    -“Goats” creator Jonathan Rosenberg

    -“Penny Arcade” co-creator Jerry Holkins

    -“The System” creator Rosscott

    -“Hannibal Goes to Rome” co-creator Brendan McGinley

    Warmoth on Webcomics: Kit Roebuck

    Posted by – February 3, 2009

    [Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of some of my favorite webcomics creator interviews that previously ran on WizardUniverse.com and were a part of the site’s archives that are no longer hosted there. Kit Roebuck’s Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life isn’t only one of my favorite webcomics of all time. It’s also one of my favorite comics. As a lover of Kerouac, Beat literature, and sci-fi, this comic snagged me from the moment I read it for its craftsmanship, technically innovative format, and its simplicity. This interview was originally posted on September 7, 2007.]

    If Jack Kerouac had been manufactured in the future as a metal robot, his classic hipster novel On the Road might have resembled Kit Roebuck’s webcomic opus Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life. The planet-by-planet voyage now spans a half-decade since the webcomic launched in 2003. While he has since taken several sabbaticals during the run, Roebuck shrugs off those who complain that he doesn’t maintain a weekly release schedule. The pseudonym-toting Georgian behind George and Ben—two unemployed robots in search of their purpose in the solar system—has a day job.

    Thankfully, I was able to reach Roebuck after hours to casually slide in a few questions about when new chapters might be on their way. (Roebuck winked my way that a new episode could be on its way by the time this interview gets posted, so click over to Nine Planets posthaste and see if he made good.) The artist, who dabbles in painting in addition to his comics work, was obliged—though adamant that he is not a comic professional—to converse about his intentions and aspirations for his webcomic. He told me about his brother’s role in putting his site together and his love for the infinite canvas of webcomics, which far too few creators take advantage of. Over the course of the late afternoon chat, I got to step behind the perspective of a webcomicker who unabashedly is not in his craft for the money, and relishes everything that that entails.

     
    BRIAN WARMOTH: I liked the description you used of Nine Planets when you referred to it as a sandcastle you find along the seashore. For the purposes of Cursory Conversation, I wanted to get a feel for what you’ve been building there from time to time and how it’s coming along, since new strips do pop up sometimes. When do you think new episodes might be appearing?

    ROEBUCK: I think it’s just going to be whenever I get back to it. The reason I haven’t ever said this is on hiatus is because I’m not really on hiatus. I just haven’t done it in six months.

    I’m assuming with the whole “nine planets” concept you have an endpoint you’d eventually like to hit. Is there a goal at the end of the road for the story?

    ROEBUCK: Oh yeah. It may change, but it’s going to go out to Pluto. We’ll be following the nine-planet structure from before these smaller-planets-rearrangement things started to happen.

    It’s a unique part of making a story as a webcomic that you can change it as people are reading it.

    ROEBUCK: [Laughs] Yeah, and because of the flow I can change my mind. More