Sunday, December 02, 2007
Congratulations to friend of Pre2K Andy Hartzell, whose new graphic novel
Fox Bunny Funny was reviewed in this morning's New York Times Review of Books. From the review:
Hartzell’s narrative glides along so smoothly that it can take a few readings to notice how clever and nuanced his design sense is. The contrast between the black foxes and the white bunnies lets every page’s composition serve the book’s thematic arc. Twenty years or so pass between the second and third chapters, which he gets across through nothing more than a change in his cartoon fox’s build. There are wicked comedic details everywhere, like the little fox ears atop the foxes’ cars; the two cultures’ written languages (paw prints for foxes, pictures of leaves for bunnies); and the hints that the core of the bunny religion is acceptance of suffering and death in the hope of divine vengeance.
It's the perfect holiday gift. Let's all boost Andy's author rank on
Friday, November 09, 2007
>> While I've kind of jumped the fence for Apple, I have to admit that Gateway's new machine, the Gateway One ("the Matrix is a system, Neo"), ain't half-bad looking. It approximates the nifty flat-screen computers you used to see in the dystopan sci-fi movies of the 80s and 90s.
In other news, this bl-g is freakin' dead. Dead, dead, dead. Nevertheless, this seems like a perfect place for me to shill for my new-ish Disneyland bl-g, Your Souvenir Guide. After all, Disneyland opened 51 years ago and that's about as pre2k as you can get.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
>> More type geekery: There's a great story in the New York Times magazine about the creation of Clearface, the font that is being slowly rolled out as the new standard in U.S. highway signs.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Walt Disney World's EPCOT Center isn't quite the snazzy permanent world's fair it once was -- years of neglect and mismanagement have forced the park into playing a never-ending game of catch-up. However, with new blood in Disney's Imagineering department -- namely Pixar's John Lasseter -- EPCOT may yet return to its snazzy retro-future glory.
Take a look at the first EPCOT project done on Lasseter's watch: The post-show area to the park's signature attraction Spaceship Earth. (Here, if anything, is a poetic example of how much the world has changed in the 25 years since EPCOT opened its doors: Originally, Spaceship Earth was sponsored by Bell System, pre-bust. Today, it's sponsored by Siemens. The move from one company to another quite literally embodies the death of copper wires and land lines.) Siemens hired students from Carnagie Melon University to create the interactive games you see, but everything else -- the set design, the lighting, the general "wow" of the space -- is the Imagineering division, back from the dead. Bryan often says that we're living in the future, and I agree with him -- but every now and again, it's nice to walk into a space like the one Disney has created here and imagine the tomorrow we can't reach.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
>> For the type geeks amongst us: a documentary on Helvetica.
Monday, November 20, 2006
>> How to make Bryan Allison waste an entire morning at work: Introduce him to a website full of TV news themes and "stingers." We now go to Marcel Levy with tonight's weather. Coming up: "Jammer" Welborn with sports, Christina Ferguson with the Hollywood Minute, Guy Schackman with traffic, and Mason Turner talks to a very special kitty.
Friday, November 17, 2006
>> Hey all. This is just a post to claim the blog at Technorati. If you post here, you can also claim it.