“Throw” a great documentary about a yo-yoer named Coffin.

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Throw is a short documentary that follows my friend Coffin Nachtmahr, a bad ass yo-yoer from East Baltimore that happens to have a speech impediment. Coffin never really felt like he fit in anywhere until he found a yo-yo.

I think many of us have had issues fitting in, so this touching story is probably something many of us can relate too. I bought my first yo-yo on my 21st birthday while I was visiting the Space Needle in Seattle… I can’t imagine how different my life would be now if I had bought a snowglobe instead.

I’m so energized by this film and I’m so glad it’s finally online. Please watch it and share it around.

THROW from Early Light Media on Vimeo.

My 10 most popular GIFs on Giphy

The folks at Giphy have been killing it this year and I’ve really enjoyed having my own artist page where I can share all my original animated GIFs. Recently, Giphy has started displaying the total views for each GIF, so I thought it would be fun to go through and pick out my 10 most popular GIFs on Giphy.

Mr-T


1,026,124 views
Created with Trixel art, then glitched using pixel sorting techniques.

Bob Moog


1,080,732 views
In honor of Bob Moog’s birthday.

Pizza-meter


1,089,119 views
An original concept design for our Sweet Ride video game. We later replaced the pizza with a donut. Continue reading →

Sweet Ride music update (and pause screen)

We are still banging away on our Sweet Ride game and I’ve finally started cranking out some song ideas for it, but first I wanted to show you the awesome cassette tape effect we added to the game’s pause screen:

Like I said, I’ve been kicking out some jams for Sweet Ride and I’m really digging them. I started out wanting to go for a more chiptune sound (even more chip sounding than my actual chiptunes), but that just wasn’t working. So I dug up my SK-1 and started sampling some circuit bent electronics, which I re-arranged in Reason into… this stuff. Not sure if it’s electro-pop, or what, but it’s highly reminiscent of my old hip hop production, which also used lots of toy keyboards and circuit bending. 3 of these tracks were made in Reason, one of them was produced entirely on a Gameboy using Nanoloop.

Next up on the game is better level assets (right now we are just using the same wooden boxes for everything) and adding some frictionless physics to the board, which really add to the hard-to-control-floaty-thing feeling.

Moebius parodies Batman in 1995’s “I Am Not Batman”

moebius-batmanAlthough Mœbius was a legend in the comics industry, it was rare that we ever saw him cross over into the world of mainstream comics. There was “Parable” a beautiful, but poorly written Silver Surfer book he made with Stan Lee, and a dozen or more covers he did for Marvel and DC (here’s a good collection). When it came to working in comics, he clearly prefered sticking to his own creations, but that doesn’t mean he avoided mainstream hero comics all together.

In 1994 Moebius submitted a short Batman comic to DC Comics, who quickly rejected the work and refused to pay Moebius for any of it. So he re-worked the comic, presumably in a more humorous style, and published it as “I Am Not Batman” with Penthouse Comix.

The full comic contained several short Batman stories and sketches, but I’m sharing only the 8 page main story below:

Things to do in SF tonight: retro-computer films, theremins, art shows, and more

I’ve been emailing all my friends about all of the cool shit happening in the Mission tonight, so I figured I’d should round it up in a blog post too. There’s usually plenty of fun stuff happening, but tonight seems to be extra packed with nerdy goodness.

Project: Pimento at the Rite Spot

One of my favorite lounge bands, Project: Pimento, is performing a pay-what-you-want show at The Rite Spot from 9-11:15pm. They cover lounge and jazz classics and feature an amazing theremin player. We loved their last set at the Rite Spot and HIGHLY recommend checking this show out tonight. I even made a flier to promote it.

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Retro-Tech at Oddball Cinema

Oddball Cinema shows great collections of vintage 16mm and 35mm films. Tonight’s theme is all about high tech computing of days gone by. Plenty of futuristic short films, documentary, and animations. Including Compute-Her Baby, Signal Syntax, and Micro World (featuring Shatner). Tickets are $10 and this show might sell out early. Show starts at 8, so get there by 7:30… then stop by the Rite Spot afterwards!

Rick Lucey’s art opening at Mission Comics

I met Rick many years back through the SF Cartoonist Conspiracy. I love his work, particularly is old-school Kirby-esque super hero stuff. I even hired him to create the art for my upcoming Lonely Dungeon game. He’s doing an art opening at Mission Comic’s tonight from 6-9pm. So get there early, then head to Oddball Cinema, then hit up the Rite Spot. You can do this, San Francisco!

Avery Burke at The Temporarium

Avery is member of Corpus Callusum and owner of The Temporarium (our favorite tiny little coffee shop over on 22nd and Guerrero). He’s putting together an acoustic show tonight in his tiny space, which might be packed, but worth it. I really dig his solo ep from last year, Songs For Lisa. Tonight’s show at the Temporarium is 3 acoustic sets by local performers and runs from 7-10pm. I made a flier for this show too.

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