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Most comments: 48

2012-05-06 21:59:24 (48 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Spike presents: WHAT SHOULD I WORK ON IN 2013?

There are three ideas.

Blikada is a low fantasy adventure epic. It's about a three outcast brothers from a nomadic society of herders, slave-drivers and warlords, compelled by their own misbehavior to abandon their home and strike out east for civilization. Unfortunately for them, civilization is in the middle of a devastating war.

Wreckers is a sci-fi comedy/adventure epic. A pair of twins, born to a stone-age culture that considers them the salvation of their species, ruthlessly grooms them for savior-hood and sends them against the encroaching, space-faring colonists that have just touched down on their planet. The twins immediately ditch their pre-determined destinies, lie/cheat/steal their way to mega-wealth, and buy their own home planet. Nothing good comes of it.

Lucas and Odessa... more »

Most reshares: 30

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2012-03-14 21:35:15 (2 comments, 30 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Alienate me more, fellas. What could possibly go wrong?

Most plusones: 52

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2012-03-14 21:35:15 (2 comments, 30 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Alienate me more, fellas. What could possibly go wrong?

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2014-07-21 03:00:35 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2014-04-27 01:23:14 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Let's talk Kickstarter, comics, life changes, and art.

Let's talk Kickstarter, comics, life changes, and art.___

2013-12-14 03:16:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

HEY EVERYBODY! Come watch three to four cartoonists draw and chat! This week's Friday the 13th topic: HORROR.

HEY EVERYBODY! Come watch three to four cartoonists draw and chat! This week's Friday the 13th topic: HORROR.___

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2013-06-13 03:17:14 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

My latest Kickstarter, an anthology of horror comics, is now funding on Kickstarter! Please check it out! 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ironspike/the-sleep-of-reason-an-anthology-of-horror

My latest Kickstarter, an anthology of horror comics, is now funding on Kickstarter! Please check it out! 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ironspike/the-sleep-of-reason-an-anthology-of-horror___

2012-11-20 12:55:45 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Recipe Time: Not-Exactly-Raw Pizza Kale Chips

I made these yesterday and, according to Matt, they taste more like pizza than some pizzas he's had. Folks have been asking for the recipe on Twitter, but I can't link them; The recipe I used is something I made up, basically a mash-up of three different kale chip recipes I found online. Two of the recipes were from "raw diet" sites and required a dehydrator, but I don't own one or want one, so my directions will involve an oven. You can use a dehydrator if you want, though; set it to the highest temperature (118 F) and just keep checking until the chips are crispy.

1 large bunch of kale (variety doesn't matter, but curly-leaf kinds hold the seasoning better)
1 cup raw cashews, soaked for two hours and drained.
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for 30 minutes and drained.
2garlic cloves, ... more »

Recipe Time: Not-Exactly-Raw Pizza Kale Chips

I made these yesterday and, according to Matt, they taste more like pizza than some pizzas he's had. Folks have been asking for the recipe on Twitter, but I can't link them; The recipe I used is something I made up, basically a mash-up of three different kale chip recipes I found online. Two of the recipes were from "raw diet" sites and required a dehydrator, but I don't own one or want one, so my directions will involve an oven. You can use a dehydrator if you want, though; set it to the highest temperature (118 F) and just keep checking until the chips are crispy.

1 large bunch of kale (variety doesn't matter, but curly-leaf kinds hold the seasoning better)
1 cup raw cashews, soaked for two hours and drained.
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for 30 minutes and drained.
2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1Tbsp honey or agave syrup
2-3Tbsp water
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp salt (preferably un-iodized, I used kosher)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes/cayenne powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp onion powder

DIRECTIONS

1) Wash the kale, DRY IT WELL, cut out the tough stems, and tear the kale into coaster-sized pieces. Let it continue to air out while you make the seasoning.

2) Put everything else in the blender. Blend it well, scraping down the sides as needed, until it forms a thick paste. You don't want watery, you want thick. When it's finished, scrape the mix into a bowl.

3) Give the kale one final pat-down with paper towels, then put it in your biggest mixing bowl. Grab two rubber or silicone spatulas, and use one to scoop up little dollops of seasoning. Smear the seasoning across the kale, then use both spatulas to toss the kale and work the seasoning in, distributing it reasonably evenly.( Don't brutalize the kale! Don't jab, just smear.) Keep smearing and tossing the kale and dollops of seasoning together until you're out of seasoning, and all the kale is well-covered in seasoning. Try to avoid too many big chunks on a single leaf.

4) Lay the kale out on cooling racks (I needed two) so that they're not overlapping too much. Put them in the oven, and turn the oven on to its lowest setting. (Probably 170 F.) Make a wad of aluminum foil, about pool ball size, and sandwich it between the oven door and the oven light switch. This will keep your oven light off, and keep your oven from getting too hot and burning the kale. The gap should be at least a couple of inches wide.

5) Check on your kale hourly. It's done when the seasoning is completely dry and the kale itself is delicate and crunchy. Mine took about three hours.

This recipe is vegan, as long as you use agave syrup instead of honey.

These are really, REALLY good. I'll be shocked if they last two days. but if they do and you need to store them, put them in an airtight container with a big  handful of raw white rice at the bottom to absorb any moisture in the air and keep the chips crispy.___

2012-05-16 22:55:19 (27 comments, 7 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I need an artist who wants a long-term project, likes to draw aliens, likes to work from a script, and likes to get paid. I will need them in about four months. I may need them for years.

Know anybody like that? Note: They have to be very good.

Some details:

- I do not like "superhero-style" art. If the stuff you draw would look at home in an X-Men book, I don't think you'd be a good fit.
- "Anime/manga-influenced" is fine. "Anime/manga style" is not.
- This will be for full-page comics, not strips. I'd like to see a portfolio containing full-page comics, sequential pages preferred. I need to know you can tell a story, place word balloons, etc.
- I like expressive, cartoony-but-not-too-cartoony styles, more interested in being fun to look at than making the characters beautiful. If I could, I'd try to hire Tyson... more »

I need an artist who wants a long-term project, likes to draw aliens, likes to work from a script, and likes to get paid. I will need them in about four months. I may need them for years.

Know anybody like that? Note: They have to be very good.

Some details:

- I do not like "superhero-style" art. If the stuff you draw would look at home in an X-Men book, I don't think you'd be a good fit.
- "Anime/manga-influenced" is fine. "Anime/manga style" is not.
- This will be for full-page comics, not strips. I'd like to see a portfolio containing full-page comics, sequential pages preferred. I need to know you can tell a story, place word balloons, etc.
- I like expressive, cartoony-but-not-too-cartoony styles, more interested in being fun to look at than making the characters beautiful. If I could, I'd try to hire Tyson Hesse (Boxer Hockey) or Sarah Dill (Distillum), but I'm pretty sure they both have their own things going on right now. (Also, Jeff Smith. But that transcends 'pipe dream' and goes straight for 'evidence of insanity.' I'm only mentioning him because I want you to keep his style in mind.)
- The job is work-for-hire. The artist would sign a contract, and I'd be paying for a batch of 40 pages, initially. If the project comes to fruition, I'd pay for as many pages as you could produce in a month, with a minimum of 12.___

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2012-05-15 16:04:15 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A nice run-down of the Kickstarter to date! Still time to back the project, folks!

Anime Update: Smut Peddler Kickstarter More Than Doubles Goal ...___A nice run-down of the Kickstarter to date! Still time to back the project, folks!

2012-05-06 21:59:24 (48 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Spike presents: WHAT SHOULD I WORK ON IN 2013?

There are three ideas.

Blikada is a low fantasy adventure epic. It's about a three outcast brothers from a nomadic society of herders, slave-drivers and warlords, compelled by their own misbehavior to abandon their home and strike out east for civilization. Unfortunately for them, civilization is in the middle of a devastating war.

Wreckers is a sci-fi comedy/adventure epic. A pair of twins, born to a stone-age culture that considers them the salvation of their species, ruthlessly grooms them for savior-hood and sends them against the encroaching, space-faring colonists that have just touched down on their planet. The twins immediately ditch their pre-determined destinies, lie/cheat/steal their way to mega-wealth, and buy their own home planet. Nothing good comes of it.

Lucas and Odessa... more »

Spike presents: WHAT SHOULD I WORK ON IN 2013?

There are three ideas.

Blikada is a low fantasy adventure epic. It's about a three outcast brothers from a nomadic society of herders, slave-drivers and warlords, compelled by their own misbehavior to abandon their home and strike out east for civilization. Unfortunately for them, civilization is in the middle of a devastating war.

Wreckers is a sci-fi comedy/adventure epic. A pair of twins, born to a stone-age culture that considers them the salvation of their species, ruthlessly grooms them for savior-hood and sends them against the encroaching, space-faring colonists that have just touched down on their planet. The twins immediately ditch their pre-determined destinies, lie/cheat/steal their way to mega-wealth, and buy their own home planet. Nothing good comes of it.

Lucas and Odessa is a non-epic, slice-of-life drama. Odessa, a sixteen-year-old girl with a vanished father, a disinterested mother and a lifelong dream of professional dancing that has just compeltely cratered, develops a fixation on Lucas, a homeless and oddly erudite 30-something drunk. Capable of profound acts of societal defiance, an easily-impressed Odessa is beginning to remodel her life in Lucas' image, much to the horror of her goodie-two-shoes BFF... and much to the relief of her annoyed stepfather, currently looking for any excuse to get her out.

The PLAN: I will continue to write and draw Templar, Arizona. Whichever one of these three comics I decide to launch in 2013 will have me writing, and someone else drawing (for pay, obviously.)

Which of these would you like to see most? Please say so below, and then tell me why.___

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2012-05-06 04:32:59 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Ever since Smut Peddler's Kickstarter (see link!) went up, I've been getting a lot (A LOT) of private messages on KS, asking me how I got it funded so quickly. I'm just gonna go ahead and post my usual reply right here.

HOW I GOT MY KICKSTARTER FUNDED.

Kickstarter has created an environment where strangers will show up and say, "Yes, show me a commercial for your product. I've got my money right here; give me your best pitch!" So, give 'em your best pitch.

Make a video that demonstrates your competence. A video that explains what you want and what you plan to do exactly, clearly and succinctly. Not your life story, not YOUR hopes and dreams, but the story of your project. And prove that, if you get to goal, you can and will deliver. Kickstarter's failed project graveyard is full of projects by people who didn't think very... more »

Ever since Smut Peddler's Kickstarter (see link!) went up, I've been getting a lot (A LOT) of private messages on KS, asking me how I got it funded so quickly. I'm just gonna go ahead and post my usual reply right here.

HOW I GOT MY KICKSTARTER FUNDED.

Kickstarter has created an environment where strangers will show up and say, "Yes, show me a commercial for your product. I've got my money right here; give me your best pitch!" So, give 'em your best pitch.

Make a video that demonstrates your competence. A video that explains what you want and what you plan to do exactly, clearly and succinctly. Not your life story, not YOUR hopes and dreams, but the story of your project. And prove that, if you get to goal, you can and will deliver. Kickstarter's failed project graveyard is full of projects by people who didn't think very hard about their proposals, or have no experience in the field they're trying to fundraise in. If you've never made a video game/novel/movie/etc. before, why should anyone think you can?

And, please, unless you are very funny or clever (see: The "Wasteland 2" Kickstarter vid), keep it short. Under four minutes. Under two, if you can manage it.

Do the math. Know how much it will cost to record your album, or print your novel, or build your food truck. Ask the manufacturers you'll be buying from for quotes, and use those quotes to determine your goal. An outlandish funding request is a huge red flag; requesting $100,000 to publish a comic book, for example. That tells your potential audience that you're greedy, or have no clue what you're doing, or couldn't be bothered to put a real price on your project, and none of those things will inspire a desire to support you.

No one cares how badly YOU want your project to succeed. I mean, of COURSE you do. We can assume that.

I know that sounds strange, maybe even cruel. But there's nothing unusual about having a lifelong dream. We KNOW you want this to work, otherwise you wouldn't have bothered. Long, impassioned stories about how you've been cooking since you were ten, drawing since you were five, or have had an interest in animal welfare since you were twelve are unlikely to change any minds.

No one walks into a job interview, sits down, says "I've wanted to work for (x) since I was a little kid. Please make my dream come true!" And comes off well. Think of Kickstarter like an audition, or a job interview. You need to prove to your audience that you can do what you claim you can. You need to tell them what's in it for them. Once your plans leave your head, it's no longer about just you.

By all means, give brief CV rundowns that note where you've worked, show off any relevant awards/accomplishments, and mention your years in the industry. But appeals to emotion accomplish nothing. Show people you care about your Kickstarter, don't tell them you care. Your enthusiasm for your project should be readily evident in your prior work.

And... I don't believe I have to mention this... can the sympathy grabs. I didn't click the video on your project to hear about how ill/broke/depressed you've been lately, and gosh, a successful Kickstarter would REALLY help you out right now.

Biggest. Turn-Off. Ever.

It also helps if you have a pre-existing audience. A LOT. This is the tough part that makes a lot of people grumble that KS is a "popularity contest," but it's the hard truth. My KSs are comic-related; I've been making comics for about nine years online, and a lot of my current Kickstarter's participants have been at it that long, too. We have fans out there used to buying our work already, and the vast majority of our backers (80%) are from our tumblrs, Twitters, and other places we've posted to pimp the project, not Kickstarter itself. The secret behind most of the mega-funded KS projects is that: A pre-existing audience. If you don't have that, you'll have trouble getting big numbers.

So, if you have no audience or street cred in your industry of choice, is Kickstarting a project a hopeless proposition? No, not at all. KS is FULL of small projects asking for as little as $500, and they get funded all the time. Kickstarter even has a special "Small Projects" category. But if you roll up, stinking of inexperience, new to the field, with a blank resume and requesting $50,000, it's just not gonna happen.

Assess your audience, your experience, your street cred, your support base. Do it honestly. And set a realistic goal.

If you haven't learned how to write a press release, consider trying to. Write one, and send it out to related blogs that might think you newsworthy. There's a good chance most of the places won't run your story, but even just one blog promoting you will help. Its been my experience that each big blog that runs a piece on my KS is worth about $1,000 in pledges, so even if you send out twenty press releases and only one blog runs a story, it's worth the effort.

And one last bit of advice: Make any swag offers (tees, trinkets, tchotchkes) for high backer levels only, and limited quantities. Some people seem to think the magical key to a successful Kickstarter is offering lots of little scraps of merch to everyone who pledges; it's not. Printing up 150 t-shirts for, say, 30 or 50-dollar backers can really eat into your profits and sabotage your ultimate goal. If you offer goodies, make them Limited Edition and high level.___

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2012-05-04 18:21:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Repost for the daywalkers: The Smut Peddler Kickstarter!

We are less than $400 away from offering private commissions, and a $250.00 bonus for SP's artists! Help spread the word! Help pay the artists!

Repost for the daywalkers: The Smut Peddler Kickstarter!

We are less than $400 away from offering private commissions, and a $250.00 bonus for SP's artists! Help spread the word! Help pay the artists!___

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2012-04-27 01:45:19 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

SMUT PEDDLER'S PRE-ORDER KICKSTARTER HAS LAUNCHED!

SMUT PEDDLER'S PRE-ORDER KICKSTARTER HAS LAUNCHED!___

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2012-04-16 19:59:12 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Supposedly a real poster from the 1950s, issued by Senator Joseph McCarthy at the height of the Red Scare and anti-communist witch hunts in Washington.

Keep your eyes open, ctizens.

Supposedly a real poster from the 1950s, issued by Senator Joseph McCarthy at the height of the Red Scare and anti-communist witch hunts in Washington.

Keep your eyes open, ctizens.___

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2012-03-22 03:10:51 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

New page!

New page!___

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2012-03-20 02:48:11 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

New page! Warning: Butt.

New page! Warning: Butt.___

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2012-03-16 20:22:11 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

New paaaaaage!

New paaaaaage!___

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2012-03-14 21:35:15 (2 comments, 30 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Alienate me more, fellas. What could possibly go wrong?

Alienate me more, fellas. What could possibly go wrong?___

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2012-02-21 17:10:01 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

New page. And it took forever. Forgive me.

New page. And it took forever. Forgive me.___

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2012-02-17 04:50:02 (4 comments, 11 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Yep.

Yep.___

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2012-01-31 02:03:57 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

I'm getting pretty good at this. I can actually make them circular, now!

Tonight's dinner: Pizza. Again. Homemade crust, homemade tomato sauce, fresh pineapple, ham, colby, jack, and parmesan cheese, with fresh sage.

I'm getting pretty good at this. I can actually make them circular, now!

Tonight's dinner: Pizza. Again. Homemade crust, homemade tomato sauce, fresh pineapple, ham, colby, jack, and parmesan cheese, with fresh sage.___

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2012-01-21 21:06:18 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

State-of-mind update.

(Also whenever I talk about Krazy Kat with anybody, like I'm doing on Twitter right now, I'm compelled to remind everyone about how AWESOME IT IS)

State-of-mind update.

(Also whenever I talk about Krazy Kat with anybody, like I'm doing on Twitter right now, I'm compelled to remind everyone about how AWESOME IT IS)___

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2012-01-21 16:19:16 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

So we don't have the money or time to start redecorating the new place just yet, but +Matt Sheridan and I are already throwing around ideas. Namely, paintjobs, because this neutral eggshell-toned wall stuff is not doing it for us.

We want a mural on at least one wall pretty darn badly. But that presents multiple problems. Did we really wanna dedicate a single wall, and all it's potential picture-hanging space, to one image? And what about my propensity to completely hate any art I've done after a few months? But now, I think we're on our way to solving both issues.

This is a mock-up of one possibility; it would be painted (and possibly embellished) by me, and it's based on a photo Matt took. So, total joint effort, and I probably won't want to die every time I see it 1 week after it's finished!

Thoughts?

So we don't have the money or time to start redecorating the new place just yet, but +Matt Sheridan and I are already throwing around ideas. Namely, paintjobs, because this neutral eggshell-toned wall stuff is not doing it for us.

We want a mural on at least one wall pretty darn badly. But that presents multiple problems. Did we really wanna dedicate a single wall, and all it's potential picture-hanging space, to one image? And what about my propensity to completely hate any art I've done after a few months? But now, I think we're on our way to solving both issues.

This is a mock-up of one possibility; it would be painted (and possibly embellished) by me, and it's based on a photo Matt took. So, total joint effort, and I probably won't want to die every time I see it 1 week after it's finished!

Thoughts?___

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2012-01-13 04:02:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

New page!

Young lady, I expect you to conduct yourself with some decorum.

New page!

Young lady, I expect you to conduct yourself with some decorum.___

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2012-01-11 19:32:16 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Wave goodbye to Chapter 5.

Wave goodbye to Chapter 5.___

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2012-01-11 12:54:40 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Yup.

Yup.___

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2012-01-05 21:44:02 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

New page! Ouch.

New page! Ouch.___

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2012-01-03 11:18:16 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

So I've been wanting to learn to digitally paint... not just color stuff in, but actually paint... for ages. I've been repeatedly thwarted in my quest for digi-painting competence by various roadblocks.

- Programs so unstable you could almost imagine they were just being goddamn vindictive about it. (Crashing on save, AND corrupting the save file? Thanks, Painter 10!)
- Frustration/Being overwhelmed by the tools.
- And, probably most pointedly, loss of interest. I work so slowly, especially when I'm learning, that it's easy to get bored.

Recently, I decided to try again. I found a new critique forum to lurk in, a shiny new (more stable) painting program, and was bookmarking tutorials. And I've decided to fight the boredom problem by appealing to narcissism!

My learning pieces will be avatar portraits. This is the first, and it's very... more »

So I've been wanting to learn to digitally paint... not just color stuff in, but actually paint... for ages. I've been repeatedly thwarted in my quest for digi-painting competence by various roadblocks.

- Programs so unstable you could almost imagine they were just being goddamn vindictive about it. (Crashing on save, AND corrupting the save file? Thanks, Painter 10!)
- Frustration/Being overwhelmed by the tools.
- And, probably most pointedly, loss of interest. I work so slowly, especially when I'm learning, that it's easy to get bored.

Recently, I decided to try again. I found a new critique forum to lurk in, a shiny new (more stable) painting program, and was bookmarking tutorials. And I've decided to fight the boredom problem by appealing to narcissism!

My learning pieces will be avatar portraits. This is the first, and it's very much a WIP. If you can tell where I use it, you should be deeply ashamed.

Once this is finished with, I wanna try my avatars from video games, particularly Skyrim.___

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2011-12-21 09:09:58 (29 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

So, now that it's inevitable, inescapable, and nunna youse can swoop in and snatch it away from me, here are some shots of the place +Matt Sheridan and I are buying. We get the keys the 30th, move on the 31st, and we'll start the year in a brand new apartment. I am super duper excited.

It's two blocks from the place I'm currently renting, so we're really barely moving at all. Which is fine by me! I love this neighborhood.

In case you didn't know, the real estate market in Chicago, and my neighborhood especially, took a massive hit when the housing bubble burst. I remember seeing signs offering $300,000 studio apartments in the mid-2000s, and the place was crawling with people looking for "investment properties." (Basically, house-flippers, but without the renovation aspect. They buy places, sit on them for a year or two, and then sell for a profit. Why... more »

So, now that it's inevitable, inescapable, and nunna youse can swoop in and snatch it away from me, here are some shots of the place +Matt Sheridan and I are buying. We get the keys the 30th, move on the 31st, and we'll start the year in a brand new apartment. I am super duper excited.

It's two blocks from the place I'm currently renting, so we're really barely moving at all. Which is fine by me! I love this neighborhood.

In case you didn't know, the real estate market in Chicago, and my neighborhood especially, took a massive hit when the housing bubble burst. I remember seeing signs offering $300,000 studio apartments in the mid-2000s, and the place was crawling with people looking for "investment properties." (Basically, house-flippers, but without the renovation aspect. They buy places, sit on them for a year or two, and then sell for a profit. Why anyone thought this was a sustainable state of affairs is beyond me.) Now, dirty little artists and graphic designers can live in places like this. I guess I should be grateful, in some respect.___

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2011-12-21 09:06:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

My new apartment!

My new apartment!___

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2011-12-21 09:02:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2011-12-16 08:25:24 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Later, Hitch.

Later, Hitch.___

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2011-12-15 07:17:21 (21 comments, 17 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

THIS IS A PLAN WITHOUT FLAWS.

THIS IS A PLAN WITHOUT FLAWS.___

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2011-12-13 04:21:49 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

New TAZ! Ouch.

New TAZ! Ouch.___

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2011-12-12 09:22:31 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Artist of the Day: John Kenny.

These images were taken during one of Kenny's trips to northern Kenya in 2011 to document the effects of climate change on pastoral eastern Africa. I love them. They are filled with dignity, pride, and beauty.

Ethnographic photography of Africans has a pretty uncomfortable history. There are lots of suspicious, awkward stare-downs of anthropologists' cameras. The contrast with photographs like this, where the subjects are willing, self-possessed participants, is striking.

Artist of the Day: John Kenny.

These images were taken during one of Kenny's trips to northern Kenya in 2011 to document the effects of climate change on pastoral eastern Africa. I love them. They are filled with dignity, pride, and beauty.

Ethnographic photography of Africans has a pretty uncomfortable history. There are lots of suspicious, awkward stare-downs of anthropologists' cameras. The contrast with photographs like this, where the subjects are willing, self-possessed participants, is striking.___

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2011-12-08 04:48:10 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

AAA ANOTHER ONE.

I wish the show were like this.

AAA ANOTHER ONE.

I wish the show were like this.___

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2011-12-07 18:31:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Artists of the Day: Franz Sedlacek.

An Austrian, Franz was part of the artistic movement called "New Objectivity," which was similar to Magical Realism. Pressed into Wehrmacht service in his fifties near the end of World War 2, he disappeared in action in Poland in 1945.

Artists of the Day: Franz Sedlacek.

An Austrian, Franz was part of the artistic movement called "New Objectivity," which was similar to Magical Realism. Pressed into Wehrmacht service in his fifties near the end of World War 2, he disappeared in action in Poland in 1945.___

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Yup. Pretty much.

Yup. Pretty much.___

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