Bring Your Own Book, the game of borrowed phrases

My buddy Matthew Moore is Kickstarting a new literary-minded card game called Bring Your Own Book.

Bring Your Own Book is fun and simple. Players take turns drawing prompts from the deck, then race to find the best phrase in their own book that satisfies the prompt. Watch this quick tutorial to see the rules in action.

Bring Your Own Book started as a response to one of those memes on social media: “Grab the nearest book and turn to page 36; the first full sentence describes your love life!” They were occasionally amusing, but they lacked agency and reliable entertainment. Still, that act of reading text from books out of context was begging to be turned into a game.

I had the pleasure of playtesting an early version of this game last year, and it’s cool to see the near-final product coming together. And in promising news, BYOB has been selected as one of eight games to exhibit at the PAX South Tabletop Indie Showcase, which is happening right! now!

Go check out and back Bring Your Own Book on Kickstarter.

character work

Speaking of styluses and digital drawing, here’s some character work I’ve done for an adventure comic that exists only in my head at the moment. (Click each for a larger image.)

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Robert Kinoshita, Robot Designer for ‘Forbidden Planet’ and ‘Lost in Space,’ Dies at 100

Bummer. He designed both Robby the Robot and the robot from Lost In Space (simply known as “Robot”), and was the lead designer for that show, creating the spacecraft sets. A few years ago my wife and I went to the EMP Science Fiction Museum to check out an exhibit that featured animatronic replicas of both robots arguing with each other. It was pretty great.

Something I learned: due to the similar urgent tone and cadence, I used to think that a single voice actor provided the voices for both robot characters, but I was wrong. Robby was voiced by Marvin Miller, while Robot’s voice was by Dick Tufeld, who also did Robot’s voice for the 1998 movie version of Lost In Space and a few episodes of The Simpsons.

I couldn’t find any video of the EMP exhibit, so instead enjoy these classic SyFy Channel commercials featuring both robots:

Political Cartooning is Almost Worth Dying For

Cartoonist Ted Rall:

Scholars and analysts of the form have tried to articulate exactly what it is about comics that make them so effective at drawing an emotional response, but I think it’s the fact that such a deceptively simple art form can pack such a wallop. Particularly in the political cartoon format, nothing more than workaday artistic chops and a few snide sentences can be enough to cause a reader to question his long-held political beliefs, national loyalties, even his faith in God.

That drives some people nuts.

Hell, some people get all huffy over Some E-cards.