Ethan Gilsdorf looks back on four decades of pen-and-paper role-playing tradition.
By Nate Piekos
Typographer Nate Piekos describes how he created a 21st-century typeface from a 1980 issue of Elfquest—just in time to begin lettering the comic series’ conclusive installment.
By Xeni Jardin
Naomi Horn, 13, can’t wait for the movie adaptation of John Green’s young adult cancer novel to hit theaters. When the trailer for The Fault in our Stars hit the internet this week, Naomi felt compelled to share a response video. Her mom and uncle had cancer.
Leigh Alexander recalls her adventures working with porn spambots in the 1990s, and the strange mixture of nostalgia and disappointment that remains.
In the small town of Binghamton, New York there spins a 1925 carousel that once inspired Rod Serling and has since become a portal into… the Twilight Zone.
Infected trilogy author Scott Sigler: "A tattoo is the ultimate love letter from the fan to the creator"
By Scott Sigler
When I embarked on my quest to become a full-time author, there were certain high-water marks I knew would eventually make the endless hours of work all worthwhile: seeing my words ink-stained into a real book; knowing that people I’d never met were lost in my stories; pulling my novel off of a bookstore shelf.
Those things happened, and they were amazing, but what I didn’t expect was to see the products of my imagination forever embedded in living human skin.
In other words, people getting tats based on the images in my stories.
After an absence of more than two years,
After an absence of more than two years,New York Times-bestselling author Max Allan Collins brings of his most popular characters, the ruthless professional killer known only as “Quarry,” in The Wrong Quarry. Since his debut in 1976, Quarry has appeared in 10 novels and inspired a feature film, The Last Lullaby, starring Tom Sizemore and Sasha Alexander. The new novel sees Quarry going up against an amateur killer operating on his turf. But does the hitman’s hitman have the wrong quarry in his sights?
Quarry doesn’t kill just anybody these days. He restricts himself to targeting other hitmen, availing his marked-for-death clients of two services: eliminating the killers sent after them, and finding out who hired them…and then removing that problem as well.
So far he’s rid of the world of nobody who would be missed. But this time he finds himself zeroing in on the grieving family of a missing cheerleader. Does the hitman’s hitman have the wrong quarry in his sights?
By Boing Boing
Strange Attractors includes the work of 70 artists, writers and filmmakers who have created remarkable explorations of possible extraterrestrial life forms and their multifarious sexual desires.
By Boing Boing
Aimée and Rose de Larabeitti remember the stories their father, Michael, told them—stories he would go on to publish as the anarchic, anti-authoritarian, and completely wonderful Borrible Trilogy of young adult books.
Adam Sternbergh’s debut novel, Shovel Ready, “has the grimy neon feel of Warren Ellis’s Transmetropolitan combined with a touch of Philip K. Dick’s gonzo cyberpunk,” says Austin Grossman, author of You and Soon I Will Be Invincible. Read our exclusive excerpt.
Kevin McFarland reviews the latest episode of Dan Harmon’s beloved television series.
In perhaps the most Portlandian combination of talents, a unicyclist wears a Darth Vader mask while playing flaming bagpipes, as Chris Higgins relates.
My dialect — the sound, vocabulary, and grammatical structure of the way I speak English — is most similar to the dialect spoken by people in Topeka, Kansas.
By Rob Reid
What’s the best camera? The one you have in your hand, particularly if it’s a Sony RX-100, says Rob Reid. He test-drives the compact digital camera at a Rolling Stones concert, and enjoyed the shots as much as the show.
In Kiev, Ukraine, Daniel Kovzhun is a 37 year-old, remarried father of two, a partner in an IT firm, and a political rebel. He trusts only one news source: “I am either out there, on barricades, or I am in Facebook.”