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Age considers; youth ventures

Youth In Decline, Frontier #1

Youth In Decline, Frontier #1 2013-05-28 15.34.54

Frontier #1, a 32-page beauty I picked up from Youth in Decline, a new publishing imprint based out of San Fransisco. This is the first print collection of work from Russian pixel-artist Uno Moralez. The presentation here is extraordinary… pixel art in single colored risograph on thick paper. I’ve been shouting from the rooftops about Moralez for years, and now you can finally give him money. Buy the book for $8 from Youth in Decline’s website.

 

Raccoon Tracks, or: Freaky Little Baby Hand Prints

I am absolutely in love with Kali Ciesemier’s Amtrak Junior Conductor’s Guidebook.  Those colors!  Those angles!  But should I be worried that Amtrak stations appear to have a serious Raccoon problem?

According to Kali’s blog, this book was a promo for National Train Day with a print run of 150,000 copies.  So there should be some out there.  If you’ve seen it anywhere for purchase… please let me know!  I’d love to get my hands on a copy and rub this turquoise and warm red magic all over my eyeballs. Also check out Kali Ciesemier’s illustration portfolio, which is overflowing with more amazing work.

 

Mother’s love grows by giving

Guys, Mother’s Day is this Sunday.  If you’re trying to find a last minute gift, I humbly submit to you YO MOMMA SO EXTRAORDINARY. My best friend and I sat down and wrote a bunch of ridiculous yo momma jokes and they’ve been collected into this book. When I say “ridiculous,” I mean in the sense that these don’t function as yo momma jokes typically should: they aren’t insulting in any way. They’re complimentary! Because my best friend’s mom is awesome and I would never disrespect her. So it’s got stuff like “Yo momma got such a green thumb that plants talk to her!” and “Yo momma so insightful I sometimes wonder if she’s quoting NPR, or NPR’s quoting her.” And the art direction is done in a Yo!-MTV-Raps-meets-90s-suburbia style with lots of great pictures. This book was a ton of fun to write and I think it came out really well. So buy it for your moms… it’s only $10!

We also made a website, Love Yo Momma, where you can submit your own yo momma compliments. Some of them have been amazing: “Yo momma so micro-gastronomical she freebases salami.” That joke alone gives me such an immense sense of fulfillment, like how Mother Teresa must have felt when she saved her first orphan (or whatever it was Mother Teresa did).

 

You can’t control what you can’t measure

The Controller, a new art and culture magazine from Cory Schmitz, is now available for purchase from Attract Mode. Go buy it! I wrote an article for the magazine titled “Why Games Can Not Be Taught.” It’s a riff on everything I learned in art school and touches on a lot of different ideas, but mainly it’s about the absurdity of institutional theory in the age of the internet. If that sounds too wordy: it’s about Bomberman and stuff. I’m very proud of my contribution, and the book as a whole. Cory did an amazing job with the art direction, to the point where I feel confident that anyone with an interest in art or video games will enjoy it.

This is a huge personal milestone for me, as it marks the first time my prose has been printed. I’ve been published before, but mostly academic works, never anything this personal. I’m really partial to my Murderblog voice — mostly humor and anecdotes fashioned to make a statement about new media — and it’s awesome to see something in the same style make it into print. If you’ve already read The Controller, please let me know what you think. And if you haven’t read it… please do!

 
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