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Tycho / 3 days ago

What constitutes “amazing” for you is dependent on a number of factors; having one’s awesome-ometer calibrated by the modern world almost certainly has an effect on your affect.  I have to say, though, I love the idea that he is already bored with 3D printing.  And I’m glad of it, because I need him to invent the next thing while my sensing organs are still moist.

I have spent the last couple days becoming as Texan as possible, but only by virtue of what constitutes Texaneity to a Northron, which means eating meat with meat on top and a side of meat.  Gabriel and I were in Kansas City ten thousand years ago, we ordered corn there, and instead we received meat with decorative corn.  Presumably the cattle had been fed corn?  In any case, I endorse this entire continuum.  The way this trip ends is gonna be on some God Emperor of Dune shit, where I allow myself to be encased in brisket, and I rule the ruins of a shattered empire as its High Beef Lord.

A friend tried to help me delineate between Tex Mex - which he says is “Mexican food anywhere else” - and “Actual Mexican Food.”  It seemed like Cheddar Cheese was the primary indicator of Tex.  But then he tried to explain all the heretical forks of this continuum, including what he called Tex Mex Mex, Tex Tex Mex, and I think Tex Tex Mex Mex, which seems like it would just be regular old Tex Mex but he was scandalized by the assertion.  In any event, your responsibilities are the same: eat all the stuff.  Especially the “puffy tacos,” which means something else where I’m from.

PAX South starts today.  I won’t be hard to find; I will be the one fighting with a raccoon over some french fries outside the convention.

(CW)TB out.

PAX South Merchandise!

PAX South kicks off tomorrow and Brian asked if I would share our merchandise offerings.

The official PAX shirt this year sports a gorgeous polygonal design. I can say it’s gorgeous because I didn’t make it. No joke I really love this shirt.

You can also get the same design on this rad water bottle:

We also have a new shirt for you LOL players. Or at least the shitty ones like me. Check out our “Surrender at Twenty” design!

We’ll also have plenty of other PA stuff including more shirts, posters, books, hats, toys and pins.

There’s also some cool rewards at this show:

Spend $35 or more and get yourself a PAX South patch.

Spend $65 or more and get the patch AND a pair of PAX South sunglasses.

Spend over $100 and get all that stuff plus the Merch Pinny Arcade pin.

Whenever I can I’ll be hanging around the merch booth for Pin trading, so if you’re looking for me that’s a good spot to check.

See you guys tomorrow, it’s going to be a great PAX!

-Gabe out

Tycho / 4 days ago

I talked about some of this stuff a couple weeks ago I think, this Jackbox Party Pack stuff, but I’ve run a couple experiments in the meantime and it’s only cemented the necessity of owning this game.  Oh!  And Gabriel is bad.

Initially I was intimidated by the guy across the street pretty severely.  Whenever I looked out the window, he was always attaching the winchy part of his gigantic truck to an old stump.  I mean, I suppose technically he could only have removed this stump once.  But it seemed like he was always engaged in some iconic act of masculinity that occurred within a certain radius of a winch.  But then our kids started going to the same school, and we were made to interact in a normal way.  I couldn’t just lean meaningfully against an axe handle in conspicuous view of his living room.

I have a specific type.  Well, types.  Here are my types.  Where do you fit in this list?  If you see me at PAX South, we can discuss some of the recent vacancies in my inner circle.

- Laconic, Solitary Psychic Lighthouses
- Facsimiles Of Men And Women (Ruined Within)
- Emotional Black Holes
- The Perpetually Unsatisfied

So when I’m talking to him, and he’s okay with pretty much everything that’s happening, I’m worried that being in my dark nimbus will corrupt him somehow.  I’m worried that I’ll hurt one of his beautiful wings.  I don’t even want to swear around him; I would cup my hands over his ears, but I don’t want to disturb any of his soft petals.  I think he might be America’s last strategic optimism reserve.

He’s been part of both tests I’ve done of FibbageXL thus far.  FibbageXL is the version of Fibbage that comes with all the other games in the compilation, and has more questions, but that’s it.  I say “tests” or “experiments” because I’m specifically rounding up people who don’t play games like this, or played games “when they were kids.”  They’re fucking transformed by it, one hundred percent of the time, and want to know what they need to buy so they can have it all the time.  The game itself is a rock-solid digital send-up of some table classics, I vouch for the superstructure.  But I think the genius of using people’s phones “democratizes,” for lack of a better word, a fairly sophisticated trivia format.  There are many, many people statistically contained within the word “gamer” now that play exclusively on phones.  Except now I’ve got six of these people playing a game on the Xbox One and they don’t even know.  They don’t have to know. 

Anyway.  This dude, this fractal seed of purity?  He has got to be the best, most potent liar to ever lie.

It should alert the fucking government when somebody makes this many points off lies.  Men should drop from helicopters, grab them, and then go back up.  The only comfort we can take is that it would never occur to him to use this power for evil; I think that if he tried to lie, the world would somehow conspire to make it true.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 6 days ago

So, if you have been around since the first teetering steps of the consumer Internet, technically nothing should startle you anymore.  Even if a novel, specific instance of a thing occurs you should be able to place it in or near one of the holes this medium has already gouged in your psyche.  But a website that lets you create arbitrary dildos you can then 3D print on your 3D printer and subsequently…  admire (?) has no place in my taxonomy.

The urge to spell it “dildoes” is incredibly strong.

The old nomenclature for Penny Arcade destroying your site with traffic was “Wang,” not my choice, but we don’t always have control over these things.  There are junctures where one must yield to the reins to the popular imagination.  So Wanging a site whose sole purpose is to create Wangs or to reify Wang-Adjacent Structures exerts a potent gravity.  But I don’t want to create a scenario where you need a custom dildo right away and aren’t able to make one.  But you are clever, and the ways of this place are known to you.

In a brief yet harrowingly detailed poll, the percentage of women we know who want one of these hovers near zero.  Indeed, the zero is the actual number.  You may imagine that, given the exploratory and ritually profane nature of the work we produce here, I would be immune to frank discussions of these topics.  You might imagine that at no point during these dialogues would I cover my mouth with my hand and stop breathing altogether.  Except that happened like two seconds in and then was maintained until I saw spots.  So what I learned was that I am highly adept at manufacturing ironic armor around these topics but that a discussion of any pragmatism or utility on these subjects makes me become a liquid and then try to flow between the cracks of the floorboards to escape.

Also: there was something else I was gonna oh right PAX SOUTH!  PAX Sooooooouth.

(CW)TB out.

About Drawing

I want to give you all a heads up and let you know the comic might look weird for a bit. What’s going on? Well I’m trying not to suck anymore.

Last year I really felt like I hit a wall in terms of my artwork. I had gotten myself into a rut and rather than try and get out of it, I just sort of sunk into it. I was in a real funk artistically for a long time. My new year’s resolution this year is to break the fuck out of that. In 2015 I am doubling down and refocusing on drawing. Stuff like the Destiny fan fiction and the more recent LoL fan comic are examples of this but it’s going to be bleeding into the normal comic as well. There’s just no way around it.  I have to try new stuff, push myself way too far and then walk it back in some cases.

Step one has been to start sketching. I’ve always been envious of artists who fill sketchbooks but I’ve never been able to do it. I have gotten in the habit of only drawing when I have something I need to draw. The reality is I always have stuff to draw like comic strips, pins, PAX program covers, posters, book covers, merchandise designs, PA presents projects, or our own side stories. Whenever I draw it’s because something needs to get drawn. That is changing.

On Friday I spent the night sketching with Katie and had a blast. She’s one of the best I’ve seen at sitting down and just filling pages in a sketchbook. It was incredibly inspiring and exactly what I needed to jumpstart this new year. I kept going back to the sketchbook all weekend and tried to get in at least a couple doodles every night.  It felt really good and I can see myself loosening up and trying new things. I’ve always been intimidated by pen and ink when it comes to drawing. I forced myself to ditch the pencil though and I tried my hand at a variety of different pens and markers. It was scary at first but I really love some of the results.

This is going to be painful for me. I’m going to share all this stuff with you guys. All my sketches, all my experiments, all my failures, and hopefully a few successes. I have not been this determined to improve since 2003 and it’s long overdue. I’m committed to improving this year and I’m not going to do that without trying new things. So sit back, relax, and watch as a 37 year old cartoonist has an artistic breakthrough.

or a complete mental breakdown.


-Gabe out


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