May 24, 2009

This blog is moving out.

http://highway-62.com/wp is the new address. Don't come to this one anymore. I'm trying to get stuff to redirect automagically, but that may take some time yet.

Archives won't be here long, either.

May 23, 2009

Dystopia







Dystopia.jpg


Originally uploaded by maxwellm


Testing the flickr posting functions of the new blog.



And about this, obvously BLADE RUNNER-inspired image. I probably made this back in 1992 with the 3D package known as Bryce or Bryce2, the work of Kai Krause, who was a big deal in the world of Photoshop dabblers. Pretty simple really, one large ziggurat with fancy texture and a couple tiles of grayscale height maps (aka G2H maps) on a point grid. If you look closely, those spires are all very tiny triangles with a citylike prodecural on them.



I did have other versions of this floating around, but this is the only one I could track down immediately.

May 20, 2009

My low content mode.

Let me show you it.

"Appalachian Grove" by Laurie Spiegel, apparently based on the same piece by Aaron Copland. Can't say as I'm familiar with the original, but I've been in love with this version since I first heard it on the OHM: MASTERS OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC compliation. That comp itself has held a special place in my heart since I got it in the last couple weeks before I left my animation job at Netter Digital back in the late spring of 2000. I used to go in early, when there were only a couple other guys there, and play this at pretty high volume (because I'm a geek, and unlike other geeks at the time, didn't want to blast THE MATRIX soundtrack to get my groove on.)

It still takes me back to quiet mornings, surrounded by desks cluttered with other people's toys and christmas lights and the feeling that this was all going to change in shorter order than perhaps anyone wanted. Indeed, Netter Digital didn't last out the summer, and went through a major layoff some six weeks after I left, shutting its doors not long after.

Granted, I'm probably the only guy who hears it anything like that.

May 19, 2009

That pot ain't gonna stir itself.

So I'm looking at a number of changes for this place. That being the blog in particular and my online presence in general. Nothing particularly drastic.

Unless you count migrating to a new blogging platform as drastic, that is. Will probably go from Moveable Type to WordPress, mostly because it looks like WordPress has a bigger selection of tools for managing content, and webcomic-based material in particular.

Of course that means a lot of work if all the internal links are going to work. And really, I'm wondering about how much effort ought to be expended on this sort of project or if I should just keep a handful of old posts and then nuke the site from orbit. How much of this old stuff is worth keeping and how much should be jettisoned? I wonder about that sometimes.

Back to shovelling papers around the office and trying to tear myself from random YouTube videos or finishing re-reading V.2 of ALL-STAR SUPERMAN.

Aw hell, too late. Here's some Talk Talk for your troubles.


May 18, 2009

FULL BLEED SPECIAL

WE’LL SIT ON THE PORCH AS THE GOOD MEN STARE

As a matter of course, I attend a lot more comic shows than I used to. That’s the way things work now. I used to do one. That being SDCC. Then I started hitting the Bay Area shows: Wonder-Con (Oakland in exile) and APE. And one other, the San Jose Super-Con.

My first trip there was a Sunday two years back or so, at what might have been the nadir of my efforts into putting STRANGEWAYS out. The year before that, I’d watched Speakeasy go the route of the Titanic, even though nobody could point at one particular iceberg. The ship went down, but I managed to get onto a lifeboat safely and before the vortex of the ship being sucked under drew me in. In that I was lucky. But moving and trying to sell the book to other publishers and life in general got in the way for much longer than I’d have liked. It was at that show that I was asked by my friend James (Sime of the Isotope) if I was still planning on putting the book out.

Continue reading "FULL BLEED SPECIAL" »

May 13, 2009

New THIRSTY and another MURDER MOON up for grabs

Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources - Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment - Strangeways: The Thirsty - page 070

Like every Wednesday, we're giving away another copy of MURDER MOON. You can get your chance into the drawing by reading along with the book at Robot6 today. Just hit that link.

May 12, 2009

Look! Up in the sky!

Full Bleed 41

It's FULL BLEED #41! And it's COMING RIGHT FOR US! FLEE!

Wherein I discuss the sexiness of catastrophism, its wrongheadedness and why comics will probably be okay anyways. Bonus Morrison and Quitely action!

May 11, 2009

Podcasted

Wherein I am interviewed at Comic Book Outsiders from the UK. Recorded on a landline. Yes, I need to get Skype. I need to do a lot of things. I need to resurrect my iPhone, which took a dunk in the dog's bowl of water this morning. I need to finish my column for this week. I need to get more artists for Strangeways stories.

Anyone know any good artists who can work for pay?

Sigh.

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