Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.
Brian Eno, A Year With Swollen Appendices, 1996. (via esperensnare)
Eno lets you in on a little truth. 8-bit, overcompressed, glitch art, what have you. Exploiting the limits of technology and making stuff to what it’s not really meant to do. That where art breaks things (and gets so popular that it goes on so many t-shirts that you get sick to death of it.)
First Second has trusted me to run a series of give-aways and one contest between May and Battling Boy’s release in October. This means you will have a few chances to win posters, prints, galleys (advance reader’s copies of the book) among other things.
For May, I’m giving away a few Battling Boy posters!
Rules and Guidelines:
1. Like or reblog this post and encourage your followers to do the same. The more your name is in the notes to this post the higher your chances of winning.
2. Make sure you follow Destroy Comics. This is not necessary to winning, but if I decide to check if the winner is following the blog, it will influence my decision.
3. You have two weeks.
Winners will be selected randomly and contacted on May 20th.
One week left! and 12 followers until the 1000th follower wins! Keep it moving!
This is a set of custom designed Penrose tiles that is intended to live on a coffee table and serve as coasters of various shapes and sizes. The Penrose tessellation is a pattern made of these two shapes that follows a set of rules (which are enforced by the puzzle tabs). The pattern can cover a flat surface infinitely in all directions, with no gaps.
From a more mathematical perspective, the infinite tesselation is noteworthy because the ratio of kites to darts is the golden ratio ‘phi’. (That is about 1.618 times as many kites as darts.) It also has no translational repetition, only a 5-fold rotational symmetry. This set contains enough kites and darts to build one of each possible vertex—one of each possible way that a number of pieces can fully surround one point.
18 Kites measure 2.4 X 2.0 inches. 14 Darts measure 2.4 X 1.6 inches. Made from thin plywood, this set fits tightly together so that coasters can be easily moved without falling apart. If you want one with a looser fit that is easier to reconfigure, just send us a message.
These cork trivets were designed by guest artist Fred from TMWK in Berkeley, CA, and laser-engraved by Drew. They feature subtle, abstract, line-art designs, perhaps reminiscent of mushrooms and pasta.