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    • Random Geek: John McCain Risen

    • Posted by TechnocratJT on 29 Jan 08
    • It looks like McCain has Florida.

      I do not like McCain, but this has made me very happy. He is going to be the candidate on the right. Like some revenant he has come back to run at the presidency, un-killable as his ancient bones creak and shudder with the anger of financial reform. And like a proper creature of the night his arch-enemies are the faithful. The Evangelicals, who are massing against him, will stay home come November. Current rumors say they have made their peace with dark magician Mitt - a desperate act to try and slay Zombie McCain. Yet, they are a voting block who has been won through constant appeasement, and not prone to accepting a monstrous night creature.

      The religious right and the corporate right might finally shatter over McCain, and in doing so the left can win, and win big, all we need is a legitimate candidate.

      And look at that, we have two to choose from.

      And the worst - worst case - Zombie president. I do not like McCain, but he is a damn site better then the real monster we have now.

    • First Wish For 2008

    • Posted by Chris M Ferguson on 29 Jan 08
    • Everyone knows the Apple Store, everyone knows about Amazon’s Kindle, most people have already downloaded their first mp3 straight to their computer along with a movie.

      Well, I love music and movies and all that. But I want something else: I want to be able to download new comic books straight to my computer.

      I fucking hate my comic store — HATE IT. The service is the worst I’ve ever experienced. They lose my stuff all the time, books sellout so you have to wait, they subscribe me to books I don’t even want, the list goes on.

      Well it’s time books come straight to me every Wednesday for a fee of ninety-nine cents.

      And hey, throw in some video interviews with the team behind the book for free along with the purchase.

      If the comic industry wants to survive and then some, they need to step up.

      And not this kind of Step Up:

      No, they need to step up like Sonny Fuckin’ Chiba in The Street Fighter.

      Have a day, My Spicy Chicken Peeps!

      I live at
    • WITCH DOCTOR Workblog 3: Lukas Ketner rocks your flip-flops, all winter long.

    • Posted by Brandon Seifert on 29 Jan 08
    • Witch Doctor is a forthcoming medical horror comic from writer Brandon Seifert and artist Lukas Ketner. Witch Doctor combines horror archetypes and really sick shit from the real world. This is the book's workblog. For more information, read the first entry.

      Lukas is working on a pin-up of our protagonist Dr. Vincent Morrow, the eponymous Witch Doctor. He's been spending a lot of time on it, and wanted to show my how the figure looks before he finishes the background... and the drawing stunned me so much I just had to share it.

      Lukas Ketner's third take on Dr. Vincent Morrow

      A few words about Lukas. Like me, he's an Alaskan expatriate currently based in Portland, Oregon (although I'm from Fairbanks and he's from Anchorage). He's a professional illustrator whose work graces the covers and interior pages of Portland's two alt-weekly newspapers almost every week. Because he's AWESOME. Go look at his portfolio. Or just the album art he did for Portland funeral folk band The Builders and the Butchers:

      I am incredibly lucky to have Lukas illustrating my first comic.

      Next Entry: 4: The Red Queen War | Previous Entry: 2: I eat you
    • WITCH DOCTOR Workblog 2: I eat you.

    • Posted by Brandon Seifert on 29 Jan 08
    • Witch Doctor is a forthcoming medical horror comic from writer Brandon Seifert and artist Lukas Ketner. Witch Doctor combines horror archetypes and really sick shit from the real world. This is the book's workblog. For more information, read the first entry.

      Last night I turned off the lights and lay down for a little before-bed reading about cannibalism.

      New Guinea is really rather fascinating. It's the second-largest island on earth (after Greenland), and it's home to more than 800 distinct languages -- around half the total languages in existence. And of course, there used to be cannibals there.

      When people think of cannibal societies, they're thinking of what's called exocannibalism -- eating people who aren't part of your social group, often as part of warfare. But the Fore people of Papua New Guinea were endocannibals -- them ate their own dead as part of the funerary rite.

      The North Fore would just cook the entire body whole in a steam pit with vegetables. The South Fore liked to cut the body up instead, and cook the pieces inside bamboo tubes along with vegetables, ginger and salt. They ate the entire body, everything but the gall bladder. Even the bones, which they'd char to soften them up and then crumble them up in the cooking tubes. Even the feces. They'd cook that with vegetables.

      It was something you'd do for your loved ones. A sign of respect. (Fore women would also carry the severed heads of their dead husbands in a bag on their backs for months, showing how much they mourned by putting up with the worsening stink.) One of the Fore's greetings translates as, "I eat you."

      It was actually a pretty new custom when white folks showed up on the island. The Fore told an anthropologist their first reaction after eating person:

      "This is sweet! What is the matter with us, are we mad? Here is good food and we have neglected to eat it. In the future we shall always eat the dead, men, women, and children. Why should we throw away good meat? It is not right!"

      Mortuary cannibalism was something women and children did; the men got to eat pork instead. And that's why the women and children were the ones who got kuru -- a condition that started with tremors and weird emotional responses, laughing and frowning at random, and ended with paralysis and death. The Fore thought kuru was a curse put on the women and children by male sorcerers.

      But no. Kuru was a prion disease, like Mad Cow. And the women and children got it from eating the brains of dead kuru victims. They didn't eat people who died of other diseases -- but since they thought kuru was caused by a curse, and because kuru gave body fat the nummy texture of pork, kuru dead were fair game.

      Did you know raw human brains have the consistency of soft scrambled eggs?

      (The book was Richard Rhodes' Deadly Feasts.)

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    • Daily mortification run amok

    • Posted by WaxPoetic on 29 Jan 08
    • yesterday - Monday - very unseasonably warm - someone let the crazies out before their time. hid much until toted along like a stress-koosh for shopping. bought pickles. am insanely happy. also - lychee body butter. ooooo.

      today - it is blowing cold wind from the north very fast with snow. the temperature is very cold. it hurts to breathe cold. it hasn't actually hurt with cold all winter. i begin to believe that sensible winter dressing is the realm of the rebel as i have seen (this is true) women in high heels walking on ice. i saw a woman with no gloves, scarf, hat or proper coat walking outside in open-toed high heeled shoes. on ice and snow with the blowing. i have seen men with no gloves or hats or scarves and with their jackets OPEN!

      it's not the mother in me, it's the how dare you walk around my world with your stupid inability to maintain some decency in the face of ludicrous weather and then get sick and expect me to breathe the same air as you you fucktard slave to fashion or your hair products in me.

      i grew up in chicago in the 80s. you could (and i think still can) tell the secretaries who would always be secretaries and the bosses from their shoes - nothing do to with manufacturer. people who are going to move up in the world wear walking shoes or tennis shoes on their way to work and change into fancy shoes when they get there. any woman who can present herself in public in tennis shoes, bobby socks and a wool suit will make more money than i will.

      i work at a university. you would like to think that somewhere the brain cells of these cloned corn cobs would suddenly flash to life and patterns would be realized and acted upon in rational i don't like being uncomfortable ways. alas. it is a dream.

      but i get to eat shepherd's pie tonight. unless we can't find a shepherd, which is fairly likely. we'll probably see if we can scrounge up one of the cowboys from the rodeo last weekend. i'm fine with that. i like 'em stringy.
    • Random Geek: Legacy Hero (1)

    • Posted by TechnocratJT on 29 Jan 08
    • Ok I have a longer post planned for latter. But I wanted to get my foot in the door and say this before tonight's Colbert Report airs.

      Joe Q is coming back on. Captain America 34 is out tomorrow. My bet? Joe is coming to take back the shield to give it to the new Cap as a bit of publicity for Bucky.

      Latter this week, probably after I read Captain America 34, I will explain, why not only is this the defining run on that book (including the Secret Empire story), but why Bucky should remain Cap after Brubaker is done, and why Steve should stay dead.