August 15th, 2006
You can now read Wondermark — and dozens and dozens of other webcomics — in an iPhone app, thanks to Comic Chameleon!
Comic Chameleon’s the brainchild of my friend Bernie Hou, a comic creator himself with “Alien Loves Predator”. There have been lots of other apps out there that harvest webcomics without permission, usually by scraping the images off our servers, and the app creators often charge for the app without paying anything back to the creators. Bernie’s doing it right — he contacted me and a bunch of other cartoonists, offered his development skills, worked out permissions and contracts, and I was thrilled to be a part of it. Now the app is out, and it’s great!
You can read, browse, and share the entire archive of Wondermark (and many other comics) totally for free — the app is ad-supported. (Bernie’s looking into a way to charge a buck or so to remove the ads.) An Android version is also in the works. But especially for a version 1 product, Comic Chameleon is really great and I recommend you download it and try it out! More information at the official Comic Chameleon site, natch.
“Hooray, now I can read the mouseover text on my mobile device!” — psssstt, click the black word balloon icon to the right and below each comic. The magic was inside you all along!
The one downside (in my opinion) is that Comic Chameleon only displays the comics, not these scintillating blog posts. So, enjoy reading comics on your phone or iPad — just remember to check in periodically to see what’s going on down here! Or, the official Wondermark Facebook and Twitter feeds will ping you whenever there’s something cool to check out, too.
Thanks, Bernie, for building such a neat app, and thanks to all of you in advance for giving it a whirl!
I found this video today thanks to a tweet from Sam Bosma and it’s incredible. John Merritt has been carving wood for 50 years, and in the video he shows off things he’s made: interlinking chains (including one out of a toothpick), trapped balls, working scissors and more — all carved from single pieces of wood. And it ends on a marvelously sweet note as well. Inspiring!
Our Machine of Death sequel, This is How You Die, comes out in July! (And it’s already been named one of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Summer Books 2013!) We’re so excited about this book that we’re throwing a party NOW.
It’s going to be a benefit party for 826LA, the nonprofit tutoring center that helps kids with writing skills and homework help. If you’re in the Los Angeles area this Sunday, June 2, you’re invited to the THIS IS HOW YOU DIE x 826LA COMEDY NIGHT in Mar Vista!
Proceeds from the event will go to 826LA, to help encourage the next generation of writers…and I’ll also be presenting a comically oversized novelty check as part of our partnership with them from the Machine of Death card game Kickstarter campaign.
The Sunday night show will be a great lineup of music, comedy & games, hosted by our pal Jordan Morris. We’ll be raffling off prizes (including at least one advance copy of the new book). Attendees will also get free bonus MOD game cards, and we’ll have a real-life machine (pictured at the top of this post, made by our fancy team of machine-makers) for you to get tested on, if you dare.
• Sunday, June 2, 8pm
• $10 at the door
• at the Mar Vista Time Travel Mart, 12515 Venice Blvd
MORE INFO ON THE LINEUP IS HERE at the Machine of Death blog.
AND HERE is a Facebook invite for RSVP purposes! (Optional, but gives us an idea of how many people to expect.)
I’m super excited about this show — I can’t turn off the impulse to just make stuff happen like this. I hope to see you there!! (We may try to livestream the event as well, but no guarantees.)
This weekend — Friday, Saturday, and Sunday — I’m at the Phoenix Comicon in Arizona! I’ll be at the TopatoCo booth. Look for the GIANT YELLOW ORB.
Here are some Roll-a-Sketches from last weekend at Maker Faire!
PLATYPUS + MARIO + CLOWN + HAMBURGER:
BEAR + PUPPY + MERMAID + SKATEBOARD:
BEAR + ARMADILLO + ALIEN + HAMBURGER:
PIRANHA + OSTRICH + PROSPECTOR + HELICOPTER:
PIRANHA + ICE CREAM:
Thanks to all who said hello at Maker Faire! And a PRE-EMPTIVE HELLO to those of you YET TO COME in Phoenix!
Here are a couple of the many Roll-a-Sketches I did in Toronto last week! Thanks to everyone who came by the table, it was a great reminder of why I do that show every year. Everybody’s so nice and it’s such a neat environment for art and friends!
ICE CREAM + KNIGHT: (click pics for bigger)
OSTRICH + AIRPLANE + CAVEMAN + HELICOPTER:
RHINO + ICE CREAM + CAVEMAN + COWBOY:
CACTUS + TOASTER:
Would you like a Roll-a-Sketch of your very own?? THIS WEEKEND I will be returning to the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo! The show is Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19.
I’ll have a booth in the Bazaar Bizarre section, right next to my old pal Chris Yates (handmade puzzle crafter extraordinaire).
BONUS VIDEOS: The last time I was at Maker Faire, two years ago, I recorded a video journal of the drive up and back! Full of HIGH DRAMA and BURRITOS and THE TERRIFYING SPECTER OF FATIGUE. If you’ve ever wanted to see a lot of me in sunglasses, YOU’RE IN LUCK.
I re-watched these videos tonight and the whole thing seems like just yesterday. But it was TWO YEARS AGO. I don’t even KNOW.