Liartown: the First Four Years, a tour-de-force of killer shooping and acerbic wit
Sean Tejaratchi's amazing Liartown, USA (previously) is a bottomless well of astoundingly good photoshops from a parallel universe of bitter, ha-ha-only-serious sight gags, minutely detailed, lovingly crafted and often NSFW; Tejaratchi's new 248-page color, 8.5"x11" anthology, LiarTown: The First Four Years 2013-2017 is a powerful dose of creepypasta in its purest form.
Tejaratchi's introduction is a kind of rueful and charming apology for this odd passtime of his, in which he muses on the amount of detail he pours into his designs, especially the ones he thinks of as stupid or unworthy, and talks about how some of his ideas are so big that they require multiple designs to truly capture -- several pages out of a calendar, say, or a multitude of clues to a crossword puzzle.
The process he describes is a kind of design fiction, the evocation of a parallel universe though a few well-chosen, well-rendered artifacts, the process that gave us Scarfolk -- like an explicitly fictional Piltdown Man, designed not to fool the audience, but rather to jolt them into thinking about their own world by contrasting it with a different one.
I laughed so fucking hard reading this book, and drove my wife nuts by making her look at page after page out of it (but then after I was done with it, I caught her reading it). Tejaratchi's keen eye, outstanding design skills, and take-no-prisoners wit are a winning combination, and much-needed in this weird moment of the 21st century.
Below, some of the images I insisted on showing to my wife.
LiarTown: The First Four Years 2013-2017 [Sean Tejaratchi/Feral House]
(Previously: Liartown: forthcoming book from master image manipulator Sean Tejaratchi )
Los Angeles! Come see me at Exposition Park library this Thursday, talking about Big Tech, monopolies, mind control and the right of technological self-determination
From 6PM-730PM this Thursday, May 23, I'm presenting at the Exposition Park Library (Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Library, 3900 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90062) on the problems of Big Tech and how the problems of monopolization (in tech and every other industry) is supercharged by the commercial surveillance industry -- and what […]
Bernie Sanders' "Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education" will desegregate schools, defund charters, pay teachers, end the school-to-prison pipeline
Bernie Sanders has released A Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education, a detailed and bold suite of public education reforms reminiscent of the kinds of policy planks being laid down regularly by rival candidate Elizabeth Warren (I'm a donor to both Sanders' and Warren's campaigns).
Wil Wheaton's 2017 standalone novelette Dead Trees Give No Shelter is a beautiful, spooky horror story in the vein of Stranger Things, following Jay Turner as he returns to the small Ohio town where his baby brother was murdered, 20 years before, to witness the execution of his killer.
Heads up: The clock is winding down on a free-entry contest to win not only one of the best smartphones on the market but a handy pair of earbuds. A simple sign-up is all you need to be eligible to win a 256 GB iPhone XS Max, along with AirPods. And while “free” is tough […]
Kudos to those of us who have chosen a less wasteful third option to “paper or plastic” at the supermarket or club stores. Tote bags are reusable, but they can be a pain to tote around. Here’s an upgrade to that planet-saving measure. The Club Cart Lotus Trolley Bag is that rare tote you’ll want […]
Looking for a career in IT, gaming or software development? In the ever-changing world of the internet, versatility is your biggest asset. In other words, mastering Java might not cut it in an interview if you don’t know C#. However, there’s a bundle that covers the essentials in most any language. The Legendary Learn to […]