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…I might not be off to such a great start with that whole “be a better person” New Years resolution.
…writer extraordinaire behind Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Fell, Nextwave, and Crooked Little Vein — posted a new blog today and, in it, mentioned my good friend Thomas McKenzie’s debut novel, KnoWare Man!
How did this come to be, you ask?
(OK, maybe you didn’t ask or weren’t even wondering it at all but, for the sake of this blog post, I’m totally gonna pretend that you did.)
How did this come to be, you ask?
Well, it’s a very long story and I really don’t feel like getting into it right now.
Oh, what the hell. Here goes.
About a week ago, Warren Ellis put that call out on his Twitter account that he wanted any of the sci-fi/fantasy writers who follow him to pimp out their work on his Whitechapel forum; to “show themselves, tell him what you do, provide links to work and information and purchasing where possible.”
So I gave that Scottish bah-stard Thomas McKenzie a call and said, “Hey, McKenzie, ye Scottish bah-stard! You wrote a book! A sci-fi book! And a damned good sci-fi book at that! Go forth and pimp thyself!”
He did. And it was good.
I, of course, giggled hysterically like little girl for several minutes and then immediately called Tom to informed him of the aforementioned blog and then the two of us giggled hysterically like little girls for several hours.
Thanks to my good friend Judah Thor for passing the link on to me. For, without him, I would never have seen the blog nor would I have the total sense of entitlement and arrogance that I feel right now!
So, yeah, Warren Ellis posted a book cover that I designed on his blog. What did you do today?
…is debuting her brand new webcomic today, called Oxford Road, which follows the lives of people in a town where your best friend rides a Victorian bicycle and your co-workers worked on the pyramids.
I’ve seen some of Lauren’s work. You guys are in for some good stuff.
Hey, speaking of webcomics, check back here in a few days — hopefully only a few days — for some very exciting news regarding Punch-Up.net… which was supposed to debut *coughcough* twoweeksago *coughcoughgrumblecough*
To paraphrase Thomas Fuller, “If it were not for comics, the heart would break..”
…I moved into my first apartment that was just my own. No roommates; no one to fuck up my shit, but also no one to fall back on. Just me.
That same week, I decided I needed a new pair of shoes and, thanks to a “Buy One, Get One Half Of” sale, I actually bought two pairs for pretty cheap.
Not that I needed two pairs of shoes, mind you. I, at just about any given time, own maybe three pairs of shoes. Total. One pair of fancy goin’ out shoes, a pair of my every day sneaks, and a pair of old, beaten up shoes — that used to be my pair of every day sneaks — that I wear if I know I’ll be trudging through dirt or mud and whatnot. I wear shoes until they wear out.
So, yeah, I didn’t really need two new pairs of shoes. BUT they were cheap, so I bought them. I have worn the first pair, and then other pair has sat — in their original box — on my closet floor, for the last three years.
Jump to three years later. Today, actually.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve taken several trips from Columbus, OH up to Cleveland, carrying a dozen boxes or so of personal belongings into my new house. Saturday, my good friend Troy Stith helped me load up a U-Haul truck and move all of my furniture. I spent most of today cleaning up the apartment so I could turn over my keys to the landlord tomorrow. And, this evening, I met up with some friends once last time and went bowling.
As I turned in my rental shoes and started to put my sneaks back on, I noticed that — after three years, almost to the day — I had finally worn out the pair of shoes I bought when I first moved into my apartment; a giant slit running the length of the shoe, just above the sole.
Since I’m giving up my first apartment all my own along with the shoes I bought with I first moved into it, it seems kind of fitting that — when I leave Columbus to restart my life in Cleveland — I’ll be wearing the other new pair of shoes I bought. Three years ago.
A whole blog post about shoes and not one tongue joke. Seems kinda wasteful.
…is one of my favorite artists. Seriously, this kid can do no wrong.
Anyway, a few weeks ago, I purchased some painted vinyl from him. It finally arrived in the mail on Tuesday and I immediately hung it up on my wall! Check it out:
The awesome thing about dwell, is that he can’t keep his hands off the crayons. So, when you buy something from him, even the packaging he mails your stuff in becomes art itself. Like so:
And, in since dwell and I are pretty good friends — we’ve known each other for, Christ!, almost ten years now — he always throws in a little something extra for me, like a little mini painting or some sketches. This time, he sent me his latest mixed CD.
I love new dwellephant art. I have more of his work hanging on my walls than any other artist. If you’d like to pick up your own dwellephant art work, you can find him on his website, his blog, his Etsy shop, become a fan of his on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter.
Huh. As it turns out, pimpin’ is actually pretty easy,
…makes these awesome little custom sculptures out of resin toys. He does more that just painting them and attaching them to wooden bases. He incorporates a whole feel for the world they live in. Whether it’s for trees or for monolithic creatures. Each one has a special place to live, so when you look at the piece, it’s apart of a world rather than next to another toy on a shelf. Each piece feels full and complete.
Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I purchased my first sculpture from Troy. It’s called Raffia and it is amazing. Check it out:
Pretty sweet, huh?
If you would like to purchase your own awesome resin toy sculpture — or commission Troy to make one specifically for you — you can find him on his website, BigCartel, deviantART, become a fan on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter.
Pimpin’ ain’t easy,
…of Geekshow Entertainment, called Punch-Up and Skottie Rocket, Gay Space Pirate the “most fun I’ve gotten from $5 in a long time! Awesomesauce!“
Awesomesauce indeed, Scott. Thanks for reading!