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April 14th, 2012 | people I know, photography

Shots from my friends and acquaintances on Instagram, for a change.

There seems to be a scotch egg theme, due to a bunch of London friends descending on Brockley market:  Matt Sheret on the left and Kieron Gillen on the right.


(I’m sparing you the uncomfortably close-up shot Matt Jones took of Chris Heathcote eating a “scotch egg” that is actually a creme egg wrapped in fried peanut butter)

But frankly this morning is all about Stoya’s epic find on the streets of New York City:


April 12th, 2012 | people I know

Oni Press editor Charlie Chu took this photo of the forthcoming Antony Johnston/Sam Hart graphic novel THE COLDEST CITY.  I have liberated it, because, well, look:

That’s a book designed to be displayed with other books, in genre sections, not in the “graphic novels” dump where Posy Simmonds sits side by side with, I dunno, Frank Miller and Chester Brown and Bryan Lee O’Malley.  And it is just a really nice-looking object.  Congratulations to the team, and designer Keith Wood.

(A few more shots at this link here.)

Cartes Infernales: Ariana’s Kickstarter

April 10th, 2012 | people I know

You all know Ariana. She designed and keeps it running, she designed SHIVERING SANDS, she makes the IEU t-shirt designs, she designed the covers for things like CAPTAIN SWING… she’s basically brilliant and I couldn’t do without her.

And now she’s doing this: restoring some public-domain vintage demonic illustration.

Right to the point: I want to design and print a deck of 69 large (3.5″x5.75″), full-color cards, each featuring an illustration from the Dictionnaire Infernal. I’d also like to create a supplementary PDF for the deck, with all 69 card images and extended information about each. If you’re already familiar with the images I’m talking about, you can scroll down to the “accountability” section to see what this project would entail.

You can click through to read all about it right now (and possibly see the best demon anteater image ever), or Ariana can give you the pitch like this:

The documentation is thorough, and the work is absolutely beautiful. Please do give it a look, and, if you like it, share it around. Thanks.

Kickstarters You May Like

April 5th, 2012 | people I know

A couple of things I’ve mentioned on Twitter:

The guy who made the Tactical Defense Pen – which is actually a really good pen – is intending to make The Ultimate Clicky Pen.  Use of the TDP indicates that when he says that, he means it.

And Jess Nevins, who wrote the brilliant FANTASTIC VICTORIANA and the LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN Annotations, is writing THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GOLDEN AGE SUPERHEROES.  Which is a great big bit of cultural archaeology.