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Filed under: — T Campbell @ 10:55 am

I’m just gonna put this out, here. It’s vaguely related to comics, as I’d like to apply it to the construction of comics.

Does anyone know where I can find a program that’ll sort large blocks of text by rhyme?

I’m looking for the ability to do something like this, but using actual rhymes, not words that just end with the same couple of letters (”stopped” does not rhyme with “glared”).

I’d be willing to pay for this, or pay to get it developed. Anyone know anything?


Lea Hernandez Housefire

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 8:52 am

Very bad news this morning from Lea.


James Kochalka weekend mini-tour starts tonight

Filed under: — Eric Millikin @ 10:45 pm

Or tomorrow, depending on what side of the date line you’re on. Over in the TAC forums, American Elf and Fancy Froglin artist Kochalka breaks down his acoustic musical mini-tour:

Fri 8/25 CAMBRIDGE, MA — Middle East upstairs, 472 Mass. Ave. * w/ Neil Hamburger, Morgan Murphy, World’s Greatest Sinners * JKS on first @ 9pm!! *

Sat 8/26 PHILADELPHIA, PA — Tritone, 1508 South Street * other acts, set times TBA *

Sun 8/27 NEW YORK, NY — Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow St. (btwn Stanton & Rivington) * w/ Monsterface, Dream Bitches * show starts early !! 7pm *

I like the fact that after that first show James will be able to say he’s toured the Middle East.


“Comic” Theory 101: Seeing Rhymes

Filed under: — Neil Cohn @ 2:37 pm

At long last, I finally have a new “Comic” Theory 101 article up at Comixpedia. This one delves into the possibilities of “visual rhyming” and how we can play with it in practice, particularly in visual poetry.

For those who are curious, the first two examples come from a piece I did waaaaay back in 1998 called “Life is where Love is” that has yet to be posted online (though its in the Meditations book already). The large pages, of course, are from my La Belle Dame Sans Merci adaptations, the second version of which is currently being serialized twice a week at my WCN site. The final poem is brand new for the article.

Studying the Visual Language of “Comics”-


Public Reading of Cubicles, by Alexander Danner, in New York City

Filed under: — Alexander Danner @ 3:24 pm

My first stage play, Cubicles, will be receiving a public reading in New York courtesy of the City Attic Theatre (formerly Visual Fields Collaborative) on Friday, May 19th, from 8:00 – 10:00 PM. The reading will be held at Jimmy’s No. 43 bar in the East Village. The event will be free entry, though donations will be accepted. I’ll be at the reading, so if you come by, feel free to say hello!

A Synopsis of Cubicles:
The Polar Spring water cooler has been empty for days, and employee, Roger, never had the foresight to keep a secret personal stash. Half-crazed and desperate, he did the unthinkable—he drank the tap water. Now the Department of New Media is short-handed and behind schedule, and there’s a dead body cluttering up the hallway.

The surviving employees spend more time plotting their escape than completing their work. The doors are locked and the windows are welded shut, but everyone has a secret plan to win their freedom. Above it all, watching over everyone, is Dirk, the new Vice President of IT. When necessary, he’s perfectly willing to assign discipline. In fact, he’s rather looking forward to it.

Meanwhile, in the words of President and CEO, Chaz, “’s complex financial climate is experiencing a front of not-uncataclysmically inclement weather.” The company is dying. The only question is: how many of its employees can take down with it?

Full reading schedule:

Cubicles is one of six play scripts that will be read as part of the theatre’s C.A.T. Tales festival.

May 18 Thursday
5-7 “On the Line”
8-10 “The Order of Things”

May 19 Friday
5-7 “The Most Beautiful Lullaby You’ve Ever Heard
8-10 “Cubicles”

May 20 Saturday
5-7 “He’ll”
8-10 “Ultravision”

Directions to the bar:

We are located downstairs at 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue.

By Subway:
Take the 6 to Astor Place
Take the R/W to 8th Street
Take the F train to 2nd Avenue


Kochalka Hits the Mainstream

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 12:42 pm

Fox Network’s “The Loop,” a new sitcom, debuts tonight after American Idol — and the theme song is by’s James Kochalka!

Here’s an interview with James on the subject.


Listening to Podcasts on your PSP

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 5:11 pm

At the request of a friend.

I’m sure there’s all kinds of ways to do this. Here’s how I do it.

First, of course, you need a Playstation Portable, and the correct kind of USB cable. Next you need iPodder, which is free software that sits on your computer and checks your subscribed podcasts from time to time, downloading MP3’s to a folder on your hard drive whenever somebody posts a new podcast (if you’ve subscribed to it, that is).

The next thing you’ll need is PSPWare, software for syncing audio, video, photo, and game save files to your PSP. It’s not free, but it’s worth the $15 — especially if you plan to use your PSP for viewing any videos you’ve ever downloaded of the ‘net (otherwise you’ll have to become the master of a million encoding standards, and cross-encode your videos until you just happen to get it right — PSPWare takes care of that for you — but that’s got nothing to do with podcasts, and is a subject for another day).

So PSPWare, once installed, sets up folders on your hard drive called “Dropboxes” where you can place MP3 files, properly-encoded videos (again, another day, another day), photo’s, and so on. Whenever you sync using PSPWare, all files in these folders will be moved over to your PSP. Assuming you’re on a Windows computer, the “dropbox” for MP3 files is here:

My Documents/PSPWare/Dropboxes/Music/

Got that? Okay.

Open iPodder, and click “File” in the menu, then choose “Preferences” from the dropdown. In the first tab of the “Preferences” dialogue box (labelled “General”), you’ll see a text entry area and a browse button at the bottom. The browse lets you navigate to the folder where you’d like for iPodder to save your MP3 files. Click it. Navigate to your “My Documents” folder, then to the “PSPWare” folder inside there, then to “Dropboxes,” then to “Music.”


Now you just have to find some podcasts to listen to. Once you’ve found them, you can subscribe to them in iPodder, like so:

In the main iPodder window (not the “Preferences” dialogue box you were in before — close that if it’s still up), you’ll see several tabs running along the top. Go to the one labelled “Subscriptions.”

Now you should see several icons running under the tabs — one of which is a green circle with a plus sign. Click that.

This will pop up a dialogue box with two text entry fields: Title and URL. The “Title” will fill itself in automatically later, so don’t stress that. Go to the URL field and enter the full URL to the RSS feed of a podcast you like. Here’s one that I like:

Copy and paste the above into the “URL” field.

Click “OK.”

Now you’re subscribed to the “Digital Strips” podcast, one of the first podcasts specializing in webcomics (more info here).

Whenever those guys post a new show, it’ll be downloaded to your hard drive automatically. And, because you cross-linked iPodder and PSPWare, whenever you sync your PSP using PSPWare, the show will automatically be put into the “Music” directory on your PSP.

Hope that helps.

And if you don’t have a PSP, you can still use iPodder to subscribe to podcasts, and either listen to them from your hard drive, using your boring plain-old computer, or put them onto some other MP3 playing device. It’s particularly easy if you actually have an iPod. Which I don’t.

So anyway.

Egad. Or, “The Fandomization of the Whole Fucking World”

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 9:35 am

Comic book fans are known for taking the stories they read way too seriously — and, especially, for examining, cataloging, and pondering the implications of the “universes” where those stories take place in far greater detail than the creators of those stories could have ever intended.

Now fans of relatively “mainstream” television shows like St. Elsewhere and Law & Order are following suit.

Here, for example, is a detailed exegesis of why the entire runs of about 20 different television series are nothing more than a dream in the head of an autistic boy who appeared in the last episode of St. Elsewhere (thanks to that same continuity-carrying virus we’ve all known to love and hate in the comics world, the “crossover”):

I’m not sure if I want the rest of the world to be this fannish. I don’t even want the comics world to be this fannish! Pretty soon, the entire world will look like Saturday afternoon at SDCC.


WordPress Upgrade

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 3:03 pm

Due to security flaws in the version of WordPress we were using for this blog, I have done an emergency upgrade. I was kind of waiting on this, because the upgrade completely changes the templates system — and I’d heard that moving your old templates to the new system was, shall we say, a little painful and time-consuming. But security flaws are security flaws, and there’s no point in tempting fate. I’m too busy with WCN right now to tweak this template any further, so the site will look a little fonky for a bit. In some ways, what we’ve ended up with is much more readable than before — so that’s good. There are still plenty of things I’d like to change, though.

Anyway, whatever.


Feed the obsession

Filed under: — joezabel @ 9:08 pm

Guess Which Movie is really more than it seems. It’s not just a trivia game, it’s a way of ramping up your sensitivity to cinematic images. When you get to the point where you can accurately guess the answer for movies you’ve never seen, that’s when it gets freaky.

Also freaky is how a lot of time Sergio picks clips from movies you have seen, but the clips are almost completely forgotten; really striking images that come and go so quickly on the screen that they seem to have come from a dream.

The webmaster here is the son of a co-worker, by the way. She’s as much of a movie fanatic as her kid!


Nifty short film– Rockfish

Filed under: — joezabel @ 9:27 pm

Shades of Richard Corben! Check it out!



Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 12:33 am

An interesting interactive toy:


Hint: to get started, open the manhole, then click the yellow arrow to spit out a stick figure person, who will operate the turret — but maybe this isn’t a very good hint, as I generally end up nowhere, with dead stick figures everywhere. But I think I’m destroying the bell tower either too early or too late. Or. Um. I dunno.


Urgent: another phpBB crack — upgrade now

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 6:09 pm

If you run one of the many comics- or webcomics-related sites built on the phpBB platform, you need to upgrade to phpBB 2.0.13 as soon as possible, if you haven’t already. At least one webcomics-related board using phpBB 2.0.11 has already been cracked — the crackers created Administrator accounts for themselves, and spammed the membership.

Shout-out to alert TAC user Ben Gamboa who tipped me off to this problem.

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