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It has been a good week to be a Prince fan. Two albums on Tuesday, Bob George and Camille are back and Michael DeForge, Simon Hanselmann and Patrick Kyle are in Minneapolis appearing tonight at Boneshaker Books. I think we should go, maybe together?


Boneshaker Books
2 October 2014 | 5PM at Boneshaker Books, Minneapolis, MN | FREE
Visit the event page for further details

Photo by Scott Roberts!

I’m going to get snacks for the event in mere hours.

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Carnivale: a Kit Kaleidoscope story

Carnivale: a Kit Kaleidoscope story

Written by: Nick Mullins
Art by: Nick Mullins
Price: $9.99

Carnivale is a wordless comic about an artist, Kit Kaleidoscope, who has a day job as a gravedigger. While Kit struggles with her art, she also finds herself attracted to a local…

I accidentally discovered Mullins’s comic in a totally roundabout way, and I’m very glad that I did. Wordless, formally experimental, and thematically tight. I’ve already read it three times, and I know I’ll come back to it again. Get it!


Scenes of Calm and Chaos: Artists on fighting game backgrounds without the fights

This is wonderful. “Joystiq asked three professional artists to examine this sprawling gallery of animated fighting game background culled from famous SNK and Capcom fighters like Street Fighter II and King of the Fighters ‘94.

It’s super interesting to see fighting game backgrounds without other characters. One the one hand the background needs to fade away (since you should be looking at the fight happening) but on the other hand, the only thing telling  a story or setting a mood is the level.

I’ve selected my four favorite, but you should read the article (it’s great!) and see the rest. They are beautiful pieces of art. 

[via Joystiq]

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This represents everything I still care about in video games
1: inane trashy business sim
2: bizarrely depicted space
3: idiots screaming
4: impenetrable communication
5: gay desire projected onto masculine pop artifact of late 20th century
6: bullshit monster generator
7: biomechanical hell maze
8: making friends in biomechanical hell maze
9: education


Machine Man: Art by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer from “2001” #9. 

My personal hero.


Machine Man: Art by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer from “2001” #9. 

My personal hero.


I finally got my hands on copies of my comic book Debbie’s Inferno, published by Retrofit, and it printed just great! It is now for sale in my shop.

Just got mine in the mail today, and I devoured it. At the risk of sounding like a goon, it really spoke to where I am right now.


other people make comics like, “this one time [truamatic event]” and i’m like, “once i tried to pee in a pool but i couldn’t.” 

anyway i made this for a 2D cloud mini. the covers are here and also here

Just handed this to Susan literally 20 minutes ago, and she said something along the lines of, “She has a lot of pool anxiety.”


Some Pictures Sometimes

n8atkinson said: So I know first hand how difficult it is to produce work in the face of OCD. That locked up, tangled mess of detail that is the OCD brain. Seeing your work reminds me that it can be done. So be nice to yourself. You're f#%&ing great!


Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad if my work helps in any way, to any degree, although I have to fight the awkward impulse talk like that triggers in me to say something self-deprecating or obnoxious. I don’t take compliments well, been working on that for a while now. 


I am nicer to myself, at least a lot nicer than I used to be. A lot of that is because of therapy, medication, reading up on the subject, and the support of my wife. It is an everyday struggle, along with my anxiety and depression, it feels like every decision is a debate or battle due to constant questioning of myself, what I’m doing, what I’m thinking. It’s exhausting to live that way because you feel stuck and blocked and sometimes crazy. Being more aware and mindful has allowed me to make a lot of headway. But while I still get work done, everything takes me three times longer to do than it should. I still have very little confidence in my work, I over-think everything, I over-stress, very often I don’t feel like I have control or authority over my own process. I am constantly taking a step forward and then a step back, repeating the stupid dance of indecision until I can’t take any more steps and somehow something gets done. Just writing this reply is work. Almost everything is work. But that’s a lot better than what it used to be, which was mostly panic and depression.

Without making this a longer reply, things get better if you work on making them better, and you have to be less hard on yourself, especially when you’re your harshest critic and worst enemy. You have to be better at recognizing when you’re being unreasonable and unfair towards yourself. You have to become your best friend, which sounds dopey, but I think is pretty much true. At least a good friend, an honest friend. It’s something I’m working on, something I wish I started working on decades ago, and I expect it will be a lifetime work in progress. I’m not great at it, but I’m trying. It’s never too late to start working on that, until it is too late, so you have to start working on it now, and never stop. It’s work, there’s no magic bullet, and it’s hard, and you slide a lot and there’s terrible patches, but you have to build on the good stuff and reject the mental horseshit as much as possible.

I’m going through a very bad time, work-wise, right now, I’m over-doing everything on Eltingville #2 and it’s very late and I’ve strangled my income and schedule. I’m stressed and I’m anxious. But I’m not hating myself or dragging myself through the mud like I would have in the past. I’m not making excuses but I’m also not making things worse by going mental and beating myself up over everything. I’m riding it out and doing my best and am going to try to not fall into this trap again. I have to learn to be nicer to myself on the page as well as in my life, I guess. Stop trying so hard and stop overcompensating. That’s the plan, anyway. Here’s to hoping.

Gotta get back to work, sorry for the long reply, I doubt you were looking for a long vent-session, but that’s what you got. Something else I need to work on (ha ha). 

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