Notes from Mitch Waxman... call it a blog if you like.
Ahh, sweet mad little
Kastanet. Remember her from the Starry
Ones? Check out the early versions
of the Golden Horde and their queen at these links, here- here- here-,
and remember, if a Hordeman says anything at all- that's a continuity
error. One of the remarkable things about Ancram's little metaverse
is how it all hangs together. The vagaries of a daily comic strip mean
that sometimes an action sequence can stretch unconsionably. A punch
gets thrown and connects like a week later. Often, we use this to our
advantage, when we do one of infamous -meanwhile:- sequences. Sometimes,
I have to move certain storypoints forward to make up time for a sequence
which is 3D rendering at a blazingly slow speed. What I've always thought
is cool is the way that our little comic's self referential stuff connects
the dots if you go to the archives and read the older strips. In a
lot of ways, its all one big story. I'm probably letting some kind
of cat out of the bag here, but in fact- IT IS ALL ONE BIG STORY.
1) Next week, at
last, the hordemen cometh. Prepare for lamentation, cruelty, and a
callous disregard for law.
Lately, I'm thinking
a lot about the deep earth. Not the "deep"
earth, home only to the
extremeophiles whom some
have theorized are the true source of petroleum.
I'm talking about that zone which men and women could reasonably be
expected to adapt to. What is there to
eat? Is the water
ok? What about
light? After, say- 10,000 or so years, would the decendants of ancient
spelunkers be a distinct racial/national grouping amongst the tribes
of man (in the manner of the Inuits
of the arctic or the Pygmys
of central africa)?
Armonk Ossining got started in news a long time ago. For years, the weird stuff has just been showing up at his door, via express mail. Weird stuff like unknown hominids, vampires, a bunch of alien abduction cases, ghost stories, and a wagonload of conspiracy tales. He's been to Innsmouth and Ponape, Cambodia and Antarctica. Most of Armonk's old reporter buddies think he's gone nuts, throwing away his career on these edgy stories no wire service will ever accept. Through the sale of a reel of found footage, Armonk managed to pull his Alternative Information Network together. AIN broadcasts to satellite & web. It's audience includes more than a few high ranking employees of the United States government.
Mom is on the mend
and the war with russian
spammers begins anew. What these clowns are
doing is exploiting the anonymous nature of our guestbook code. Y'see,
what they do is post a "legitimate"
email address along with a link
at a website that google (etc.)
knows is valid. This association in the googlebot cgi gives the spammer
what is known as "link
The more links that point to a certain site, the more popular google
(etc.) thinks it is. So, russian spammer has set up an ad or spyware
trap somewhere and intends for the buyers of high quality widgets to
his site legitimized by a high search engine rank. He
bombs his link to thousands of sites like our beloved weirdass.net.
widgets, loses identity and money, russian spammer disappears. I don't
want any part of this. I am a good guy - my favorite superhero is Superman, and
I believe in truth, justice, and the american way. Anyway...
Another epic day of driving across the city of greater new york for old mitch today. Feeling better, myself, but Mom is still mending & needed some arranging. So, off to Staten Island. Behind me, 8,000 gallons of burning oil- in front- a vista of strip malls & holiday traffic.
Well, today is going to be a sword-day, a red-day, a comics day. As I've got to return to a proper schedule with the comic, I'm planning on setting up a few dozen panels for "By the Numbers". The 3D renders have been taking an unusually long time on the last set. (panel 3 of the current installment took a whopping 8.75 hours to complete. That's why we don't do animation, usually.
I write this at 3:30
in the morning, sick with a chest
cold that is driving me to distraction.
Cough, Cough, Cough. That's what I have to say. And sneeze. I decided
to leave the marital bed out of some sense of pity for my still uninfected
wife and her alarm clock setting which is 3 hours earlier than mine.
Right on schedule, a bunch of work issues seem to sorting themselves
out. Hopefully, I'll be returning to a full time schedule of annoying ad agency work soon. Hate doing it, but it sure does pay the bills.
Unfortunately, weirdass doesn't.
Mom is on the mend, but her hemoglobin is mysteriously disappearing. What goes on? Not much to say for today. Seem to have gotten the strip back on schedule for now. Working furiously on a Golden Horde story called "redshift" y'all will see later this year. Here's a taste.
So, friday night
I call my mom. We have the usual meaningless conversation unitl at
one point, she asks me if my girlfriend has come back from her trip
yet. As I'm married, and my mom is somewhat obsessed with my wife,
this is an odd question. Well, a call to her doctor meant to annotate
this latest manifestation of my mom's shipwreck of medical problems
the following medical advice- CALL 911, NOW. Oy vey.
Just received the latest series of entertainment discs from amazon.com
The Call of Cthulhu- Wow. A truly independent film, this is a BW silent movie staging HP Lovecraft's story. The story is the core of the Mythos, and the HP Lovecraft Historical Society has done it justice. They used the tricks of the silent era to compensate for budgetary restraints, and the "mythoscope" camerawork is great. Cthulhu itself is a stop motion actor. Worth your bucks! For those who just want to hear Ronald Coleman read it, click here.
More on the audio front of cyclopean madness- "Jeffrey Combs reads HP Lovecrafts's Herbert West: Reanimator" is a treat. Yes, Combs- the actor who played Herbert West in the movies. Yes, Combs of From Beyond. Combs of Babylon 5, Combs of Star Trek. Combs, who is to Lovecraft what Christopher Lee was to Bram Stoker.
I really feel like I need to apologize for the sketchy update schedule lately and explain a couple of things. I started working on this comic in 1999. It launched in April of 2000 and was dependably daily for nearly 5 years. The 3D stuff is so incredibly complex and time consuming that it really has shut down whole sections of my life. Ancram and I never asked for money, we do this work because we love doing it. Xmas, new years, 9/11- we updated. Then we started publishing the print on demand comics, which doubled the workload. Most of these, I'm drawing/coloring/lettering. Add in my full-time advertising job, a marriage I strive to keep happy, and whatever friends I've managed to keep through all this and suffice to say this results in around 4 hours of sleep. By the Numbers, believe it or not, is coming to an end at last. This ending will literally change everything. These massive changes will kickstart a new cycle of stories which will be appearing at weirdass and in our p.o.d. books. As you may have noticed, Ancram and I are into continuity. The web comics and the p.o.d. books will compliment each other in pursuit of this continuity. The Golden Horde book at Comixpress introduces a new character (The Brutician) who will figure mightily into the next set of stories. Hopefully, next week, I'll be releasing a few new web stories that will reveal some of what I'm talking about. The first will be called- A gilded witch.
Comics I read today-
DC's ouvre- Infinity Crisis isn't floating my boat. I hate multi-series crossovers where all you get is 2 pages of storyline from say... Firestorm and then drop it to do 2 pages from Huntress. These kinds of crossover events designed to sell not so popular books are really overdone at the house of the bat, and it's time to find a new device for these kind of universe rewrites. I did dig Marvel Zombies, although its the dumbest idea I've ever heard.
My pal Bissette has been writing a lengthy treatise on the new King Kong movie, over at his blog- http://www.srbissette.com/theblog.html. I've been avoiding actually reading it because I haven't seen it yet.
George Lutz of amityville
horror fame has a web site. Appropriately enough,
Hi all, Mitch here. This page is going to ramble a bit over time. Readers of the daily comics should be familiar with this. Check in here for news, information on the comics, and whatever other bizarro stuff I happen across in my daily process.
For some reason, I spent the holiday weekend listening to podcasts, mainly because the TV let me down.
Movies I saw:
Caught Oliver Stone's Alexander on HBO, which was astoundingly bad. Miscast, Colin Farrell did his best, but there really was no saving this flick. Stone couldn't decide on a narrative device to tell the story, switching incoherently between a putty faced Anthony Hopkins as Ptolemey and a cgi eagle. Feh. Stone's messed up sense of history, which I'm normally happy to comply with (Platoon, JFK, Nixon) just killed me in this one. Made Troy seem well done.
Not a fan of Liam
Neeson as a leading man, I was stunned by his performance in Kinsey.
A grown-up movie, well done.
Godzilla: Final wars. Don't miss this one. Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, this is the payoff to long suffering G-fans. Everything the Japanese film industry has learned from Manga is represented in this guy. Hooray, make popcorn and turn down the lights.
Books I read:
Well, decided to read demonology books for xmas this year. The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle is back in print, detailing the weird career of Ed & Lorraine Warren. Professional ghost hunters, the Warrens have a manner in which they present implausible events couched in a wealth of everyday detail that makes these events seem possible. This is a classic fringe publication. Don't miss it.
Podcasts I listened to while doing the comic.
The Paranormal Podcast is fun. Get it through itunes for free or hit podcast.net and search for "paranormal".
Also at podcast.net, you can find the Lou Gentile show. He's a demonologist too.
I wish Judge Judy was a demonologist, so she could tell Satan not to piss on her leg and say that its raining.
Our "Tales of the Golden Horde" is finally in print over at Comixpress. You'll be seeing a preview of this in the next few days. Ancram & I really have to appeal to y'all to pick this one up. The daily strip (toward the middle of the year) will be interwoven with this book. This is a full color, hand drawn scifi comic.