POF Archive: December 2011

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The Last Page

Digging through some old files, I found this is a comic strip I did for the last issue of the Madison, Wisconsin art magazine, Artzine. I had previously done a few other comics for the 'zine on while I was graduate art student in Madison, but this one I did after I moved to Chicago in the early oughts. The "Scott" in the last panel was Artzine's editor and the current proprietor of Western Exhibitions Gallery here in Chicago, Scott Speh. This is a pen and ink drawing that was given shading and tweaked digitally.

View a close-up of the full image here.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 16:40

Pictures of the Socialistic Future by Eugene Richter (7/10)

An incredibly prescient book from the 19th century that basically lays out everything that is wrong with the practical application of socialism decades before the first socialist states came in to being. Unfortunately, the story is more of an afterthought. However, just like the lunches that socialist "occupiers" want, this book is free: http://mises.org/books/socialisticfuture_richter.pdf

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 12/20/2011 - 19:43

The Psychic (7/10)

Fulci! Certainly not the greatest Italian director, but he has his moments. This film, also known as Sette Note in Nero, follows a formula you probably have seen many times before. The climax is foreshadowed (in this instance as a psychic vison of a grisly murder), and you spend the rest of the movie putting the pieces of the future vision together until the events finally take place. Of course, there are twists and red herrings that add to the suspense, but you get the idea. If it wasn't for a cliff jumping suicide in the first five minutes of the film (a sequence which steals an super cheesy…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sun, 12/18/2011 - 18:36

Tension (7/10)

I thought this was a pretty good film noir. There are some truly silly plot points, like a character going incognito by not wearing glasses or the cop hooking up with one of e suspects. But, overall, there was a nice amount of suspense and twists to keep me paying attention until the end.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 12/16/2011 - 17:52

Phineas and Ferb: Make it Stop!

At times an issue emerges of such great importance that I feel compelled to take a stand in hopes of bettering our world and insuring the continuation of our species. I am speaking, of course, of the destructive influence of the Disney Channel cartoon, Phineas and Ferb. Children seem to love this show. That is understandable because what are children other than smaller, stupider versions of adults (with blemish-free skin). What surprises me is the number of adults who claim to like the show. I feel it is time for us adult television consumers of taste to stand up for quality cartoon…

Scratches: The Director's Cut on PC (6/10)

Scratches - The Mansion

 

Having whet my appetite for adventure games on the excellent Sam and Max series, I thought it would be a good time to try some more modern PC adventure games. Scratches is an indie game that uses the tried and (not-so) true first-person point-and-click gameplay formula. Myst, Hell Cab, Dragon Lore... I have many fond memories... well, not really fond, but I do remember playing a lot of those types of games from back at the dawn of the CD-ROM era.

Hunt That Pixel!

Now, I liked this game for reasons I will go into in a bit, but it did serve as a huge reminder as to what really sucked about first-person point-and…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Thu, 12/08/2011 - 15:19

Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie (7/10)

The final book of the First Law trilogy was a sort of step backwards from the previous book. In the previous book I grew to like a few of the characters. Unfortunately, in this book Abercrombie goes back to playing up the shades of gray and, by the time the finale kicks in, I stopped caring about everybody and just wanted the book to end.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Thu, 12/08/2011 - 14:02

Obento Alternative
DS i Love You - MP3 (9/10)

DS i Love You is actually one man, Kanji Honma, a Nintendo DSi and the excellent Korg DS cartridge. Given that credo, you might expect this to sound like your typical 8-bit video game music, but it doesn't. While there are hints of the 8-bit aesthetic, the final product really comes across more like a gritty version of Kraftwerk, or, more appropriately, Yellow Magic Orchestra. This is a very good thing. DS i Love You is so much more interesting than most of the DJ driven electronica that gets churned out these days. Unlike those knob-twisting posers, Honma places song structure and melodic…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Thu, 12/01/2011 - 21:18