Shipped! Café Nordo’s Music for Dining Volume One is available now. You can stream the album for free from our Bandcamp site or download it for twelve bucks.
This compilation of fourteen songs from Nordo’s first six shows is terrific: 1930s speakeasy torch songs, Twin Peaks homages, soaring duets, and even a little Cole Porter. Composer Annastasia Workman has scored and performed for every Nordo show and these songs show her impressive versatility. I’ve been listening to this album for weeks and can’t get enough of it.
Click and listen. It’s beautiful.
Do you like comic books? Do you like to read them on a digital device? Do you have ten dollars? Then shut up and give Phil and Kaja your money right now because their momentous Girl Genius Kickstarter offers all twelve volumes of their epic steampunk political action slapstick sexpot smorgasbord thriller in PDF format for just ten dollars. Plus a host of wallpapers and other photon-based digital goodies.
And if you like your comics on paper, well, they can help you out there, too.
For me, Girl Genius is heading for Cerebus Church & State territory in terms of achievement. It’s a brilliantly imagined pseudo-historical world with a deep and intricate setting, great characters, and it never takes its eyes off the funny. I am amazed at what they have accomplished.
With this Kickstarter, the Foglios have raised enough money to bring all twelve books back into print and so much more. For a couple of independent artists, this is fantastic news. And if they reach their $300,000 stretch goal they’ll be able to hire a — GASP — business manager to help make more good things happen for them and for all who love their work.
Many, many years ago a young artist from Paraguay named Samuel Araya sent out his portfolio to a long list of art directors for the first time, and the very first one to respond and start working with him was, as it turned out, me. I didn’t actually know I was his first art director until Sam told me this week, and I really can’t feel too special about it because I think anyone who saw Sam’s work back then would have hired him on the spot. He was that good and of course now is simply brilliant.
Sam did the cover of my Unknown Armies roleplaying game (2nd ed.) as well as concept art for the long-ago Delta Green videogame project and a lot more besides. He’s a gifted artist and it has been a pleasure to follow his career all these years.
I’ve never met Sam in person and this may be as close as I ever get: Krab Jab Studio here in Seattle is run by old comrades and they are hosting a solo show of Sam’s recent work starting May 11. Sam can’t make the trip up here to the Other Americas but his work, as always, speaks for itself.
If you love the visionary, the strange, the horrifying, the eyes that see beyond sight, then I hope you’ll pay a visit to Sam’s show down in Georgetown. It should be epic.
I don’t drink out of a National Reconnaissance Office coffee mug all the time, but when I do I do so with an SR-71/CIA challenge coin.
(Many thanks to Daniel L. for sending these to me after a visit to the NRO’s gift shop.)
My 2011 XBLA game Full House Poker added almost 19,000 new players in April. The thing just will not die!
Gamasutra: Ryan Langley's Blog – XBLA Analysis in Short, April 2013
No longer doing big analysis, but let's let the numbers speak for themselves!And here we go, the final list for April 2013!- Poker Night 2, according to C4Lukins, has about 24,000 players on the leaderboards.- God Mode from last week has 16,790 players on it.- Motocross Madness's data is based on th…