Articles by " Brian"

Flies persist …

Flies persist …

First thing I noticed in Adam’s art for yesterday’s “The Persistence of Flies,” was that he drew almost no flies. […]

Sep 25, 2013     Comments Off on Flies persist …
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The Persistence of Flies

The Persistence of Flies

Looking through old notes, I found a single moody paragraph I’d written during a summer vacation in France in 2010.  […]

Sep 24, 2013     Comments Off on The Persistence of Flies
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Let There Be Dragons

Let There Be Dragons

They aren’t all dragons, not technically. A lot of them are actually wyverns, recognizable by having two feet, not four. […]

Sep 9, 2013     Comments Off on Let There Be Dragons
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The Crying Sky

The Crying Sky

Even at the end of the world, my brother is still an asshole. Fireballs scream down from a blood-red sky, […]

Jul 29, 2013     Comments Off on The Crying Sky
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Contraband, 2053

Contraband, 2053

I probably won’t go to jail, but the data will end up on my permanent record. The algorithms see everything. […]

Jul 16, 2013     Comments Off on Contraband, 2053
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Sigh a little more

Sigh a little more

A little meditation on song lyrics to liven things up around here.  Lyrics by William Shakespeare, music by Joss Whedon, […]

Jun 7, 2013     Comments Off on Sigh a little more
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Escape From Agua Venenosa

Escape From Agua Venenosa

Followup to the recent five-part “Thursday, Agua Venenosa.”  Because I had more story in me, and Adam  had more art. […]

Feb 25, 2013     Comments Off on Escape From Agua Venenosa
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Sketchbook: Agua Venenosa Road Show

Sketchbook: Agua Venenosa Road Show

Adam cut loose on our latest story/art collaboration, drawing more than I could use. So here’s the second bonus all-art […]

Feb 18, 2013     Comments Off on Sketchbook: Agua Venenosa Road Show
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Thursday, Agua Venenosa, part five

Thursday, Agua Venenosa, part five

In which we reach the pulse-pounding conclusion of our futuristic adventure, flouting traffic laws and putting schoolchildren into harm’s way.  […]

Feb 15, 2013     Comments Off on Thursday, Agua Venenosa, part five
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Thursday, Agua Venenosa, part four

Thursday, Agua Venenosa, part four

In which the plot hits the fan.  Sides are chosen, identities are revealed, and violence finally drowns out the innuendo.  […]

Feb 13, 2013     Comments Off on Thursday, Agua Venenosa, part four
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Thursday, Agua Venenosa, part three

Thursday, Agua Venenosa, part three

In which we are given a tour of the high-tech lab, meet more robots, and things begin to go wrong.  […]

Feb 11, 2013     Comments Off on Thursday, Agua Venenosa, part three
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Thursday, Agua Venenosa, part two

Thursday, Agua Venenosa, part two

In which we learn the mad scientist’s secret origin over scrambled eggs and mimosas, amid key bursts of plot exposition.  […]

Feb 9, 2013     Comments Off on Thursday, Agua Venenosa, part two
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Thursday, Agua Venenosa, part one

Thursday, Agua Venenosa, part one

Juarez, Mexico, 2034: A flourishing independent narcostate, where evil scientists set up corporations and industrial spies steal their dark secrets.  […]

Feb 7, 2013     Comments Off on Thursday, Agua Venenosa, part one
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Agua Venenosa 00:  An Artistic Preview

Agua Venenosa 00: An Artistic Preview

Think of this as the trailer for the five-part story that will debut here in two days.  Adam went nuts […]

Feb 5, 2013     Comments Off on Agua Venenosa 00: An Artistic Preview
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Vampire Tarot

Vampire Tarot

Adam again milks inspiration from my tale of romantic desperation. He reframed “She Creates Her Vampire” as a tarot spread.  […]

Jan 31, 2013     Comments Off on Vampire Tarot
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She (whimsically) Creates Her Vampire

She (whimsically) Creates Her Vampire

Adam followed up that killer illustration for my melodramatic quasi-vampire story with a more comical perspective.  Behold:  The sitcom variant.  […]

Jan 28, 2013     Comments Off on She (whimsically) Creates Her Vampire
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She Creates Her Vampire

She Creates Her Vampire

“Why would you even want to make a vampire?” I ask her. “They’re not cuddly, mopey kittens, you know.” Madalina […]

Jan 24, 2013     Comments Off on She Creates Her Vampire
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Brian’s Video Debut

Brian’s Video Debut

Every year, my company does a holiday card.  This year, the gimmick was a staff picture that was clickable–you click […]

Jan 11, 2013     Comments Off on Brian’s Video Debut
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Link: What Makes a Hero?

Link: What Makes a Hero?

The “Ted talks” folks post a series of educational videos.  This one’s a terrific summation of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, […]

Jan 8, 2013     Comments Off on Link: What Makes a Hero?
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Makin’ Tracks

Makin’ Tracks

This will be the last of Adam’s winter sketch series, and our last post of a rather late-outta-the-gate 2013. But […]

Dec 29, 2012     Comments Off on Makin’ Tracks
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S’more Winter Sketchin’

S’more Winter Sketchin’

‘Twas the days after Christmas and all through the site … everything was on auto-pilot, which only seemed right … […]

Dec 27, 2012     Comments Off on S’more Winter Sketchin’
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Snow Lady

Snow Lady

Adam’s winter sketch-a-palooza continues with two (two!) fabulous entries, but only one ass joke.

Dec 25, 2012     Comments Off on Snow Lady
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Letting It Snow …

Letting It Snow …

Call it the holiday slowdown. LitSketch will dedicate Christmas week to Adam’s winter sketches, and go drink more egg nog.  […]

Dec 24, 2012     Comments Off on Letting It Snow …
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Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

“For a full year of tinkering in the garage, all Lora’s mom had asked was, “Don’t touch the time machine.” […]

Dec 17, 2012     Comments Off on Scavenger Hunt
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Verisimilitude

Verisimilitude

“Julia loved her husband, but she knew he wasn’t a talented writer.  She praised where she could, and enjoyed when […]

Dec 10, 2012     Comments Off on Verisimilitude
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Firstborn

Firstborn

“Hanael plummeted into the darkness, the absence of the Divine Presence. As the notion of feathers burned from the inspiration […]

Nov 29, 2012     Comments Off on Firstborn
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Skyfalling

Skyfalling

Bond 23 grapples with the challenge of doing a more personal film about a character who has no actual personality. […]

Nov 14, 2012     1 Comment
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Family that votes together, ah, gloats together? No …

Family that votes together, ah, gloats together? No …

Your humble bloggers cast their votes today in Iowa and California, two nice states to have done your voting in. […]

Nov 6, 2012     Comments Off on Family that votes together, ah, gloats together? No …
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Gypsy Math

Gypsy Math

When I sent “Fogbound” to Adam to maybe do a sketch, he got caught on a throwaway line of dialogue. […]

Nov 6, 2012     Comments Off on Gypsy Math
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Celluloid Stories (October 2012)

Celluloid Stories (October 2012)

I reviewed five movies in from Sept. 28 through Halloween, and only the highly praised “The Master” earned my ire.  […]

Nov 2, 2012     Comments Off on Celluloid Stories (October 2012)
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Fogbound (part two)

Fogbound (part two)

Continued from Part One, with another fine sketch from Adam. It’s interesting to get his very immediate take on something […]

Oct 29, 2012     Comments Off on Fogbound (part two)
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Fogbound (part one)

Fogbound (part one)

A short story in two parts, with illustrations from Adam. Something with just enough weirdness to be suitable for Halloween […]

Oct 25, 2012     Comments Off on Fogbound (part one)
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Andromeda Moon and the Technobroom Debut

Andromeda Moon and the Technobroom Debut

Two games Adam and I hope to play regularly: In one, I write something, then he illustrates.  That’s not this.  […]

Oct 22, 2012     Comments Off on Andromeda Moon and the Technobroom Debut
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Return of the, um, Magic

Return of the, um, Magic

So, 355 days later … Didja miss us?  Hello?  A baby (Adam’s), a wedding (mine), and metric tons of dayjob […]

Oct 19, 2012     Comments Off on Return of the, um, Magic
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Ouija

Ouija

In the fourteenth hour, my arms ached so much I couldn’t stop crying. In the twenty-first, I’m too dehydrated to […]

Oct 29, 2011     Comments Off on Ouija
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Batman (Hearts) Gargoyles

Batman (Hearts) Gargoyles

Since Adam is occupied this weekend—Jeni pulled off nature’s greatest trick, and they’re welcoming an amazing treat—I’ve dug suitable Halloween […]

Oct 29, 2011     Comments Off on Batman (Hearts) Gargoyles
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Heroine Addict 04: Intro to Modesty

Heroine Addict 04: Intro to Modesty

Inauguration of an obsession: A first look at British adventure character Modesty Blaise, an undersung treasure of the thriller genre, […]

Oct 25, 2011     Comments Off on Heroine Addict 04: Intro to Modesty
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Heroine Addict 03: Tara Chace’s Last Run

Heroine Addict 03: Tara Chace’s Last Run

Greg Rucka’s latest, and probably final, Tara Chase story is a great read—a tense, taut bit of plotting and pacing. […]

Oct 22, 2011     Comments Off on Heroine Addict 03: Tara Chace’s Last Run
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Q & A & A

Q & A & A

Questions, answers and art. Brian decided it’d be more fun to post Adam’s art with forced commentary from the artist. […]

Oct 22, 2011     Comments Off on Q & A & A
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Heroine Addict 02: A Moodier Mystery

Heroine Addict 02: A Moodier Mystery

After Steig Larsson’s deliberate thrillers, the more organic and emotional writing of fellow Swede Henning Mankell is a marked contrast. […]

Oct 13, 2011     Comments Off on Heroine Addict 02: A Moodier Mystery
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An Early Halloween Treat

An Early Halloween Treat

With Halloween nigh, here’s a supernatural image resulting from an effort to use a charity to get sketches from Adam. […]

Oct 11, 2011     Comments Off on An Early Halloween Treat
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Dislocated

Dislocated

My girlfriend recently observed that nearly all my stories take place in bars. Maybe I have a fictional drinking problem. […]

Oct 11, 2011     Comments Off on Dislocated
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Heroine Addict 01: Details, Details …

Heroine Addict 01: Details, Details …

Themed Book Reviews! Starting an autumn series about female-centric thrillers! First, the obvious: Steig Larsson’s Girl Who Did Stuff trilogy […]

Oct 9, 2011     1 Comment
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Different Drum, Different Context

Different Drum, Different Context

More thoughts about songs and writing. A peculiar mistake that nearly derails my point, but I’m saved by a Monkee. […]

Sep 27, 2011     Comments Off on Different Drum, Different Context
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Smokey Robinson, Storyteller

Smokey Robinson, Storyteller

One of my favorite writers is Smokey Robinson. He doesn’t write novels or screenplays. But for a great short story […]

Sep 24, 2011     2 Comments
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Sketching Before I-Con: The New JLA

Sketching Before I-Con: The New JLA

Adam has been emailing me tons of cool sketches as he warms up for I-Con. Recurring theme? The Justice League. […]

Sep 16, 2011     Comments Off on Sketching Before I-Con: The New JLA
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Contagion: Battling the Invisible Villain

Contagion: Battling the Invisible Villain

I’m remiss in my movie reviewing (new job’s kicking my ass), but two recent films have interested me as challenges […]

Sep 14, 2011     2 Comments
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Long Walk to the Big City

Long Walk to the Big City

Brian:  Here’s a monologue I did while working out larger ideas. It came out indebted to a Neil Gaiman comic, […]

Aug 25, 2011     2 Comments
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On Writing: Just Do It … But Smartly

On Writing: Just Do It … But Smartly

Brian: More thoughts on the challenge of writing, and Adam motivating himself to draw outside the scope of paying work. […]

Aug 22, 2011     Comments Off on On Writing: Just Do It … But Smartly
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Anonymous is on the Global Frequency

Anonymous is on the Global Frequency

I sat in an uncomfortable seat on a packed AC Transit bus in downtown San Francisco, the collective aromas of […]

Aug 15, 2011     Comments Off on Anonymous is on the Global Frequency
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Designs for a Superhero Summer

Designs for a Superhero Summer

Here’s Adam’s final Summer Superhero poster design. I think he nails why Captain America was the summer’s best superhero movie.  […]

Aug 10, 2011     Comments Off on Designs for a Superhero Summer
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Thresholds

Thresholds

“Thresholds” is a five-part writing exercise in which I took a word and crafted five vignettes, roughly 500 words each. […]

Aug 8, 2011     Comments Off on Thresholds
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Movie Reviews:  Cowboys & Muggles & Geeks

Movie Reviews: Cowboys & Muggles & Geeks

Apart from the superhero flicks this summer, I’ve reviewed a few other blockbuster-flavored movies at Badmouth.net. Super 8 uber alles! […]

Aug 6, 2011     3 Comments
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Summer Superhero Scorecard

Summer Superhero Scorecard

Adam and Brian take on the Summer 2011 superhero movies.  Artist vs. Writer!  Good-hearted joe vs. wise-ass cynic!  Spoiler alert:  […]

Aug 4, 2011     1 Comment
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Suck, Daily.

Suck, Daily.

Here’s some writing advice I took to heart (but have executed inconsistently). It’s a quote from comics writer Matt Fraction. […]

Aug 1, 2011     2 Comments
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Devil in the Details

Devil in the Details

Back in 2008, Adam was doing some sketches for charity.  I got this sweet Hellboy/Madame Xanadu piece out of it. […]

Jul 31, 2011     2 Comments
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Secret Origin

Secret Origin

Hey there.  This is the introductory post to Literary Sketches.  I’m Brian.  Adam is the one who draws awesome stuff.  […]

Jul 27, 2011     Comments Off on Secret Origin
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