Monthly Archives: December 2008

Weekly Wonder Word: Celebration.


With New Year’s Eve tonight, today’s word was a no-brainer. The celebration artwork above is by rabbitica, and it makes me wonder if we could make the world a better place by celebrating everything as often as we can instead of just trumpeting our own personal victories whenever we vanquish an opponent.


Here’s what I mean. In the Vs. System community, we learned the hard way that winning isn’t everything. Last night saw Andrew Bircher figure it out like this:

Not everyone can be winners, there has to be some losers but what sucks is when all the losers leave and you’re left as the only winner… who ends up being the loser after all?

It is a lesson we learned the hard way in our trading card game community, and it can be applied to every situation around the world. In every household, in every life.

Celebrate the things that make winners of us all. Happy New Year!

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Vintage Playstation Endings.




Okay, so we haven’t upgraded our game system since Playstation One. We still own the greatest ending screens of all time.

Does anyone know what those pics are from and what I had to do to win them?

Do you have any other Vintage Playstation Endings to share with the class?

Oh. One more thing. Total Chaos. This world is now mine.


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The Intense Reality of Online Community.


(Magnificent Mantis by Lisi4ka.)

I don’t know about you, but I have quite a few lasting mental scars from hanging around internet message boards for way too long. No matter what the website, no matter what the topic, there will inevitably be messy savage conflict.

It’s human nature combined with layers of anonymity and it gets ugly real quick.

Today, on the Daily Kos website, someone named The Termite encapsulated the experience quite nicely.

Not for the squeamish, totally real:

You know what it reminds me of?  It reminds me of the time we bought our daughter a praying mantis habitat and a bunch of praying mantis larvae.

The larvae hatched one day, and we poured the seething throng of mantises from the tube they came in and into their new home — an 18-inch cube with a zipper and clear plastic sides.  That night, they went totally Israel/Palestine on each other.  We awoke to carnage.

It was a mantis massacre.  What had started as 150 newborn insects, all indistinguishable from each other, was now a landscape strewn with bug heads, bug legs, bug torsos.  They had attacked and eaten each other, as is apparently their wont.  Only six of them remained alive, clinging to the sides of their habitat, their eyes wide with abject “what the **** was that?” terror.

I don’t have the stomach for this nonsense.  For watching liberals eat each other.

Whether it is liberals on a political site, or gamers on a gaming site, or anyone on an anyone site, people tend to aim for the virtual throat.

Maybe we could all agree on a New Year’s resolution. Allow others to have their opinions, without attacking full force every time we disagree.

Sounds like a plan.


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Punkadelic Painting Update.


Hey gang, how’s things? I will be adding the new photos of the step-by-step creation of the painting in the original post. Enjoy!

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How to Paint in the Punkadelic Style.


We are hereby conducting a very interesting experiment. I am in the midst of creating a painting, acrylic on canvas, in my own classic punkadelic style. I will photograph each step so you can do it too. Hang on tight, here we go.










The black spot with the life-force highlight is my symbol for the eternal center point inside each person from which all things arise and disappear. The place of peace and punk originality that we all carry around with us.

The background fade was swirled with a large flat brush, dry. The tribal spikes will grow like a flower in the coming days before folding over on themselves and transporting us into the fourth dimension. Stay tuned to this station, I will be adding the sequential photos here in this post as the painting evolves. Eventually it will look something like this.



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Obscure Characters Desperate For Their Own Cards: Crazy Quilt.


Life is a crazy quilt of connections. Letting go of everything allows one to stand of the verge of nothing and become a patchwork kaleidoscope of infinite possibility.

One possible villain who needs a Vs. System card? Crazy Quilt.

I wrote a bit about this mad artist on the mothership once upon a time.

Life went on for the Outsiders, but a single image in the final issue of my 30-book immersion distracted me from their mission. The last story contained a panel that flashed something even more vibrant than usual. Could my eyes be deceiving me, or did I just catch a glimpse of the Crazy Quilt?

Sixty years ago, Jack Kirby created one of the most colorful personalities in the entire comic book universe. Crazy Quilt was a successful artist and a master criminal. He left instructions for his henchmen by using coded imagery in his paintings. The strategy was just too cool, but it couldn’t last. During a botched robbery, a bullet to the eye blinded him, and then he got busted.




While in prison, Crazy Quilt volunteered for an experiment to restore his eyesight. A special helmet was fused to his optic nerves. It went haywire and caused him to see colors so bright that they drove him mad. He fought Batman, Robin, and the Boy Commandos throughout the ages, and then disappeared from continuity. In Outsiders #50, he is back . . . as a woman.

Gail Simone is the mastermind behind the reemergence of Crazy Quilt, and she has not yet revealed the secrets of his modern transformation. Whatever’s going on, it is extremely intense to look at.



Now, a year after I wrote that, I stumbled upon a very special description of Crazy Quilt on an art site. It also linked me to Mark Newport”s hand-knitted superhero costumes.



Crazy Quilt is an obscure D.C comics villain who ran around in a patchwork patterned tunic and tights which he accesorized with a jaunty scarf. Crazy Quilt referred to himself as the “King of Color Crimes”and he could shoot light rays out of a special hat. Sadly, he didn’t last long.

What would Crazy Quilt’s cards look like? The possibilities are endless. One more time, quoting myself…


Life is  a crazy quilt of connections. Letting go of everything allows one to stand of the verge of nothing and become a patchwork kaleidoscope of infinite possibility.



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More Christmas Puppy!




It’s the morning after a glorious Christmas. Those are three more shots of the new baby. It’s beautiful  outside, I am going fishing.

Happy Day After!


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Christmas Puppy!


The newest member of our family, my beautiful daughter’s beautiful new baby Elvis. There is nothing like puppy  breath on Christmas Day.



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Happy Holidays.


With a freshly wrapped swarm of Chaos the Cute Little Cloud under the tree, from our house to yours: Happy Holidays.

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Weekly Wonder Word: Lifeline.


Today’s deviation is an intense traditional photograph by Wrona. “Lifeline” is also one of my favorite cards from Magic the Gathering, I even  got one autographed by D. Alexander Gregory and got to see the original painting.


It’s a beautiful holiday season. We wish you and yours all the best.

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Chaos in Blue.


Yes, Chaos the Cute Little Cloud looks good in blue. In fact, she looks good in ANYTHING.

Less than 24 hours left. Back to the spray cans. Ho, Ho, Ho!!!

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Handmade Gifts For The Win: Chaos the Cute Little Cloud.

Every year at this time we get our Art on and mix up a batch of reciprocal holiday joy by creating handmade gifts for all our family and friends. It is a win-win situation. We get the bliss of creativity, and they get the residue!

This year has been blessed by the appearance of a new character in our stable.

Chaos, the Cute Little Cloud! Check out the shirts that our inner circle will be opening under the tree.






Now, the fun part. What would the myth of Chaos the Cute Little Cloud be like? Who could she beat in a fight? You can help me speculate and spin her tale in the comment section, right now I have  more shirts to paint.

Happy Holidays, to one and all!


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