May 17, 2016
John Kovalic is a very witty man and a very good comic artist, with a very distinctive style. His original claim to fame is a comic called "Dork Tower". It updates online when he gets around to it, based on how busy he is with paying work. He also brings out volumes of it, which are not collections of the online stuff. That, too, is "when it happens".
He's buddies with Wil Wheaton, which is kind of cool. They go way back. (Probably met at a gaming convention.)
What he is probably most famous for now is doing the art for various games, in particular the Munchkin series from Steve Jackson. Jackson and Kovalic have a very long and successful business relationship going back at least 15 years, and at this point Kovalic has done more than 5000 Munchkin cards for Jackson, plus working on other things (e.g. Chez Geek). He's also worked for other publishers, about which more later.
One of the more recent versions of Munchkin is "Munchkin Zombie" and there was one card in it that Kovalic simply could not bring himself to do. He writes about it here.
What I find interesting about this is that he has done "kids in danger" before, but that was a long time ago. In particular he did the art for a game called "Kobolds ate my baby". It's a very silly game. (No, I haven't played it; I don't do that anymore.) But the original cover art is a kobold chasing a woman carrying a baby in her arms. And the baby is reaching out to the kobold.
That was long before his daughter was born, and I wonder how he feels when he thinks back to it? (Probably something like "Well that was then and this is now.")
All I can say is that I'm very happy for John and Judith that their daughter (now 7) is happy and healthy and growing up nicely.
April 20, 2016
"Schrodinger's Panties" (based on characters from KonaSuba, it says)
Just to make it a bit more surreal, there really ought to have been a reference to Magritte's "The Treachery of Images", such as "This is not a pair of panties..."
(because, of course, it's a drawing of a pair of panties)
April 04, 2016
April 03, 2016
The Pen is mightier than the Sword, but Chalk defeats them both!
April 01, 2016
The Stanford Review has gone where no one has gone before. (I'm linking to Powerline's copy because it's nearly certain Stanford Review will be forced to delete the original.)
Ultimately, the only effective counterattack against SJW foolishness is the horselaugh. This is the first substantial shot I've heard of. Here's hoping it won't be the last.
It would have been better if written in chalk on Stanford sidewalks, of course, but you can't have everything.
March 29, 2016
March 27, 2016
Instead of doing a full preview, MetaNorn did a "Picks" post.
UPDATE: My current plan is one ep each of Onigiri, Netoge no Yome etc., Pan de Peace, and Hai-Furi, and then hope at least something good pops out.
UPDATE: Maybe I'll add Wagamama High Spec to that list. At least it looks like it might be a source of cheap thrills, what with all the main girls being top heavy.
UPDATE: So I guess my schedule is:
Pan de Peace Mon 4/4
Onigiri Wed 4/6
Netoge Thu 4/7
Hai-Furi Sat 4/9
Wagamama High Spec Mon 4/11
March 09, 2016
The electorate is furious. It's furious with Washington, Wall Street, hedge funds, big banks, lobbyists, fat cats in corner offices—all of them cutting special deals for themselves while average folks are left out. Voters know their real incomes are down. They know their retirements are in jeopardy, their kids are loaded with college debt, and everybody is looking at a tough job market. We are not in a recession, mind you, and employment is actually growing. No matter. All across the country, voters are saying, "We're mad as hell and we aren't gonna take it anymore.” That's why the most damning indictment this year is to be called an "establishment candidate.” The second most damning is to receive Mitt Romney's endorsement. If there was a ballot option for "tar-and-feather the lousy SOBs,” it would win in a landslide.
February 27, 2016
February 11, 2016
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