30 minute Chuck Close documentary on Google Video.

Thanks, Zach.

French Chris Ware documentary Finally available for easy download.

It’s being used in a college design course and hosted on the school’s servers. I also uploaded it to youtube recently.

Great New York Times summary of ‘V for Vendetta’ author Alan Moore’s problems with DC Comics and Hollywood

Digital Funnies

     Another project I’ve been working on in my free time is ‘live’ for all intents and purposes. Awhile back, I linked to a posting on The Comics Journal Message Board by a guy named Jonathan Barli, in which he described his endeavor to digitize as many surviving turn-of-the-century newspaper comic strips as possible. This is necessary because many (bordering on most) libraries have sold or destroyed their original newspaper collections, effectively eliminating the most visible primary sources of comics history. See Nicholson Baker’s Double Fold and The World on Sunday for more thorough discussions of this.

     Shortly thereafter, Mr. Barli sent me an email thanking me for the link. Since I think he’s doing something important, and I was working on a similar bit of coding for another project, I offered to throw together and host a quick, three template, database-driven site so he could showcase the results of his work, spread the word, and raise money to continue. Here ’tis:

Thorough They Might Be Giants multimedia page.

Covers 1988 – 2005.

Pitch-perfect criticism of the worst ‘best picture’ I’ve ever seen.

The SNL Archives.

An insanely cross-indexed SNL database.

For auction: Breakfast with Seth, Ivan Brunetti, and Chris Ware

Weird MST3K / South Park Convergence

     I posted this clip to my youtube account a few weeks ago and subsequently forgot to post it here. Here’s the description I wrote for it:

     “I noticed this weirdly predictive MST3K quip the other day. It comes from a 1991 episode – “Fugitive Alien,” and consists of a now familiar death / kenny / those bastards sequence. Struck me as weird since South Park premiered in 1997. No idea if Trey Parker & Matt stone have ever discussed the source of the recurring catchphrase — and this probably isn’t it — but it seemed oddly coincidental.”

     Someone in the comments has already accused me of dubbing in the ‘bastards’ bit myself, but I assure you it’s unaltered. recovers an unreleased Sega CD game, developed by Penn & Teller.

Includes a level where you drive through the desert from Arizona to Las Vagas, in real time. Seriously. Also: “When you pause the game, it shows a two minute completely unskippable movie of Penn & Teller eating pizza in silence”

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