Monday, May 28, 2007

Deep Red!

Marooned! Cut off from the world! Exiled to an unwired Elba far from Senator Ted Stevens' glorious series of tubes! My home Internet connection is kaput until at least Thursday, and my office computer is all packed up for an impending move, leaving me to the occassional mercies of coffeeshops and libraries to mainatin even the most basic semblance of a civilized life. And just in time for Fist-a-Cuffs to get off the ground, too.

I can only assume this means my productiviy will skyrocket over the next few days.

So, anyway, if you ain't hearing from me, that's probably why.

Oh, and this image is from The Travels of Cadmus, a story that appeared in the 2003 SPX Anthology. It's the last page, so, uhm, SPOILERS?


Michael Cho said...

Love this page. Great, simple, charming mood.

...but now you've TOTALLY spoiled the ending for me! :)

april said...

thanks for RUINING it, joel!

just kidding. this is great. i wish i knew the context. though maybe it's better without it...i'll have to make up my own story about why that cow and that woman are together on that tiny island, with very different feelings about one another.

chrishaley said...

On the subject of FAC, the "A" Games have officially been brought.
I'm really excited about this series.
Having said that though, I will go ahead and say that if you don't win, it will be the greatest travesty of all that is right and sane in the universe since that one time that other thing happened.
I can't believe you pulled that off, and yet, somehow, I knew it all along.

Greg Akers said...

So, can you say which is yours from the Battle Royale? Inquiring minds want to know.

Shobo said...

I have an idea whaat you're going through, my net connection is spotty at best right now, hope to have it fixed soon. It's like losing a third arm. Plus, I get... fidgety when I'm not connected.

Pulpatooner said...

Thanks, Michael and April! Maybe I'll go ahead and post the whole story in the next couple weeks. Even if the ending has been ruined.

Greg and Chris the First,

I wasn't actually in the Battle Royale. Although Chris seems to feel that he has identified which fighter is mine, I can neither confirm nor deny whether my fighter has yet appeared within the squared circle. But, yeah, there are a lot of really great entrants. This competition is gonna be fierce!

Chris the Second,

Yeah, it's funny how quickly having constant high-speed internet access has transformed my day. I honestly spent time yesterday trying to remember what I could do that wasn't online.

And, hey, did I hear that you're back in Nigeria right now? How're things, there? Will you be returning to Memphis' humid embrace soon?

Shobo said...

Memphis, humid? HA! Humidity here was 86% yesterday... it was like walking around in a giant vaseline tank. I would really like to come back to Memphis as soon as possible, but it isn't easy getting into the States, so it might be six months, a year or more before I return to Memphica.

Depending on how things go, I might work on a portfolio towards getting into MCA's grad program, or I could end up working here and saving up some cash so I can be a bit more financially stable.

Pulpatooner said...


As much as I'd like to see you back in Memphis, in all its not-quite-as-humid-as-Vaseline-glory, I do feel that it is my educational duty to advise you to choose a grad school geographically removed from where you went to undergrad. Unless you have a family you can't uproot, having a Bachelor's and a Master's from the same institution is looked on with some suspicion.

So choose a grad school somewhere cool, and then invite all your Memphis friends to come visit you!

Brian Truesby said...

Hiya Joel

My name is Brian and I'm gonna be a student of yours during fall semester. I sent you an email about a week ago concerning my humble request (ie. desperate/slighty pathetic plea) for advice on a few things I could be doing this summer to prepare for your illustration course. (I sent it to Anyways, just wanted to make sure that ya got it.

Thanks a bunch!

Pulpatooner said...


My access to email/internet is extraordinarily limited right now, so I'm holding off on thoughtful replies until next week or so, when order has, hopefully, been restored to the world. But, until then, I'll say: Don't worry, you'll be in fine shape. The fact that you're even thinking about next semester's classes probably puts you pretty far ahead of the crowd.

Claudia Davila (Fran) said...

I love this image! Highly prevocative. I can't wait to read the whole story -- is it all in this gorgeous black & white?

Pulpatooner said...

Thanks, Claudia! Yup, it's all black and white. I really do need to get around to posting it; there are a number of pages in this story that I'm pretty fond of. The story-flow is not-so-great, but it think it looks nice.