January 27, 2005

Fan Art 2 of 2: I'm an Ovaraptor! I'm gonna eat your babies!

As mentioned before, this is the second piece of art to come out of Arisia -- this one done by the talented and charming Randy Milholland of Something Positive fame. You see, we actually had a point where a group of folks at Arisia -- all of whom were connected to the old Superguy mailing list -- hit the T out to the Bostonian Hinterlands to meet up with Randy, who shares Superguy in his past too.

During our meal and chat -- there were four of us, one other invited guest having another commitment and two others unsure about driving down from where they were in the coming snowstorm -- I had a glass of wine. Now, as you know from Burns Night, it doesn't exactly take a lot to get me drunk. And while I didn't get more than buzzed, it was still a source of merriment.

"This is tomorrow's S*P," Randy said. "My dinner with Snarky -- showing him drunk off his ass saying 'Hey! Don't you start shit with me! I'm a Ovaraptor! I'm gonna eat your babies!"

"Yeah? You do that, and I'll change the masthead to that!" I shouted back.

So he did. Snarky is clearly a mean ass drunk.

Fan Art (1 of 2), birthdays and rabbit holes

I'm still pretty damn sick. Fevers all through yesterday and last night (without the insulating power of scotch, I'm sorry to say), plus any number of other symptoms. Despite this fact, I did wake up this morning, and it was January 27. Which means that I have successfully cheated death for another year.

The best birthday present I could receive was seriously cool fiction, and that's been heartily available thanks to Down the Rabbit Hole day. See, I share my birthday with Lewis Carroll, and so this fellow called Crisper (fellow being unisex, because hey, how should I know?) suggested that instead of a crappy meme about how many pieces of Halloween Candy you received or something like that, this should be a meme where for 24 hours you write about the strange new world you woke up in, through the looking glass or down the rabbit hole.

I loved the very idea of it. And so I wrote a five part entry myself. If you'd like to have a look, they're here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, and finally Part Five. Feel free to have a look if you want.

If you'd like to see some more primo examples of Down the Rabbit Holery, my good friend Greg Fishbone has been collecting examples of the best he's seen today. If you've been following along on Livejournal and seen one or two that Greg's missed, send them along to him for inclusion.

As it is my birthday, I should mention a couple of gifts I've recently received. Namely, two pieces of art, both coming out of Arisia (which I still owe you a report from -- I've been very sick recently, in my defense). One really needs an entry all to itself, so it'll go up in a bit. This one, however, is an adorable Snarky in the Snow (not exactly Sad Snarky in Snow, either), done by the talented Poinko of Fever Dream. (You know, that comic title is apropos given how I feel...) It's so cute, and Snarky looks so thrilled! Yay!

The other piece of art... heh. You'll see.


January 15, 2005

Journalist Fan art!

I've been kind of riding high on the good reception of the Dumbrella Meet and Greet essay -- it was something of a departure in style from my usual snarking, and you're never entirely sure how it's going to be received when you depart from style.

Well, the ultimate in compliments got paid a little while ago. Andrew Lin, who draws the fun, minimalist Home Run Comic, drew this Reporter Snarky. In his own words:

Your on-the-scene reports from Northampton, and your snarks leading up to said report seem to have triggered a creative urge. Images of Milo Bloom in his press hat jumped into my mind, and I had to put something on paper before I could be productive at work again. Attached is the end result, with apologies to Ursula Vernon for butchering her creation.

Well, I can't speak for Ursula Vernon, but it would stun me if she were anything other than pleased at this Snarky. He's full of pluck and vigor, ready to grab the scoop, chief! And as for me, I loved it. So thank you, and I hope everyone enjoys it.

I'll try to get some honest to God snarking done later today.

Yes, I do still read webcomics. Yeesh, Smartass.

November 04, 2004

So... so... CUTE

websnark-tan.pngI spent Election Night with my parents, and took Wednesday off from work, knowing that Election Night tends to last a thousand years or more. Which was certainly true this time. And Wednesday I spent in Maine, and aside from some glances first thing in the morning, didn't look at my computer much at all. Even after I shlepped back to New Hampshire, I got home and promptly fell into a twelve hour coma. I attribute that to a massive adrenalin surge caused on the ride home -- a deer leapt out in front of my car. I swerved and braked, then swerved more when I saw I was heading for a guard rail. And the next thing I knew, I was executing a near perfect Bootlegger's Reverse from Steve Jackson Games's Car Wars. Only, of course, I didn't mean to. But I did, in fact, end up stopped in the opposite side lane, facing the reverse direction from where I had been going. So I drove in that direction to a good place to pull off, and spent a few minutes reflecting on the act of breathing in and out. And then drove home, which went fine, and talked with my cat who was pissed because I had been away for a while, and then it was this morning, and I feel... well, pretty damn good, actually.

So, no NaNoWriMo, and aside from that one Narbonic note, no Websnark. But lots to talk about (there's doings all over Webcomicdom that deserve some note.) So, I'll try to get caught up today, as soon as I get caught up on systems administration work from my day off.

In the meantime, it's the Snarkoleptic Tan! Tans are... um....

Well... it's worth noting that there is a practice called OS-Tans that are... um....

That... I....

Oh, for Christ's sake. Read the Wikipedia article about them. It's easier that way.

Anyhow, given that *-tans seem to fit his drawing style very well, it makes sense that Alex and Ilia's artist, Rodrigo P. Nitto (or Rodrigo Pin -- I'm not sure which is proper or which he prefers or whether they're the same person at all) would find them appealing. So, he started a Keenspace Forum Thread where he debuted Tans for webcomics sites, like Keenspot, Keenspace, Modern Tales and the like. Others joined in (I learned about their existence from Ping Teo's Web Comic Finds, and even mentioned wanting one for Websnark there), and it became... well, a neat thread featuring lots of Chibis based on websites. What? No one claimed they were curing cancer over there.

Anyhow! Alejandro Melchor, who you'll remember creates one of my favorite Adventure Webcomics Nahast, contributed Websnark-Tan, seen here. And I love it. Like Ping's Webcomicsfinds-Tan, she's got a backpack because she trawls the web. Unlike Webcomicsfinds-Tan, she has a stuffed plush Snarky.

She has. A stuffed. Plush. Snarky.

This might be the cutest concept ever associated with... well, me.

I also like the magnifying glass in her backpack. Because hey, she scrutinizes.

So what do you want? I think it's adorable. And so you're going to look at it. LOOK AT IT!

Right. I'll get some real snarking done today. Promise.

October 29, 2004

Tiki God is also surprisingly good at origami.

Holy crap! I got fan art!

I wondered, in the halcyon days of my youth, if ever I would receive unsolicited fan art for a project I was doing. Not... er... counting when Ursula made Snarky. Which technically was solicited. I had finally contented myself with the surety of knowledge that someone trashing my apartment, spraypainting obscenities on my walls and setting fire to my furniture at least counted as performance art.

But look here! Jonathan Bearup of Blahsville sent this along! (Click on it for full size, as always.) It's great! The beard is just about perfect, and I would so use that pose. He even looks like he's wearing a bowling shirt over a tee shirt.

(On a side note -- Bowling Shirt monetary solicitations should go out this weekend! It is definite go time! Yay!)

So, count me as one pleased guy. He also wanted to be sure I knew he wasn't trying to bribe me for a Snark, which is a pity because it would have totally worked. On the other hand, I was already going to snark Blahville at some point, because it's a lot of fun. So. Moral quandary. Moral quandary.

Eh, we'll chalk it up to full disclosure, somewhere down the line. In the meantime, I won't snark the strip proper today, but I will make mention of Blahville's Links page, which has to be my favorite of all time. And also must be a Hell of a lot of work to do.

Is it me, or do I look like I'm totally about to kick Scott McCloud's ass in that picture, too? Something about the style makes it look like McCloud's about to appear out of nowhere commenting on Perspective, and I'm going to totally punk him out. Perhaps its the look of insanity in the eyes. Fucking McCloud. It's on!