Dead Men Eat No Peaches: An Interview With a Cretin (and a new release!)

The first volume of The Minus Faction Omnibus is now available. It collects the first three episodes of the series (for less than the cost of buying the three individually) and includes some bonus art and additional materials, such as the following interview by my friend and colleague LJ Cohen, who asked some wonderfully insightful questions! The Minus Faction is all about people with special … Continue reading Dead Men Eat No Peaches: An Interview With a Cretin (and a new release!)

One of the stupiderest things I’ve ever done

Hanging out with my friend Mark in Boulder a couple weeks ago, I was reminded of one of the stupiderest things I’ve ever done. You see, I was never a wild child. In fact, I didn’t really come out of my shell until a month or two before my seventeenth birthday when my parents packed me off to the former Soviet Union. For a comic … Continue reading One of the stupiderest things I’ve ever done

The Two Ways of Getting It Wrong

I enjoy teaching people about statistical reasoning, but it does get tedious trying to get them to apply it. That is, people do reasonably well with the abstract case (raw numbers) or an illustrative example (incidences of renal failure, HIV tests), but their success rate drops dramatically as soon as the conversation turns to anything that’s genuinely important to them. In my world, the topic … Continue reading The Two Ways of Getting It Wrong

Millionaire fined after using children’s gravestones to build a patio

“The Adversary Walks Among Us.” That’s what a colleague of mine wrote to me, referencing the villain of The Heretic Arcanum (my series of short occult mysteries), after sending this BoingBoing/Daily Mail story: Millionaire fined after using children’s gravestones to build a patio “Today in 1% villainy: UK property developer Kim Davies broke a bunch of laws when he used children’s gravestones from a derelict … Continue reading Millionaire fined after using children’s gravestones to build a patio

Namio Harukawa’s Gender-Swapped “Hentai” Art

namio harukawa is a japanese artist known for inverting the traditional themes of hentai and other graphic erotica of his country which typically (but not universally) depict men in positions of sexual control over young (or even underage) women, who are usually submissive, often groped (secretly but in public, like on a crowded train), sometimes bound, and occasionally degraded through extremely humiliating acts, such as … Continue reading Namio Harukawa’s Gender-Swapped “Hentai” Art

Fetishism and History

the pulitzer prize-winning historian david hackett fischer once lampooned pop history writers and even some of his colleagues with the title of a paper on historical fallacies called ‘Dear Diary, the Hundred Years’ War Started Today…’ (if you don’t get the joke, you are not qualified to speak on any historical subject. ever.) people love to opine. i’m doing it right now! and when their … Continue reading Fetishism and History

The World Needs a Reverse Tentacle Rape Erotic Romance

Recently on social media, I teased some folks with my (now longstanding) idea for a┬áreverse tentacle rape erotic romance. On a whim I checked my frags file to find that I had NOT recorded it anywhere. So I’m logging it here this morning and going back to Episode Four. Just to be clear, I have actually read a few romances — even a gay erotic … Continue reading The World Needs a Reverse Tentacle Rape Erotic Romance