May. 1st, 2010 02:24 pm
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Me and Rik went for a walk in the beautiful sunny weather. When we came back we started going through the library - we need to decide which books we actually want to bother hauling with us to Seattle. There's a big pile of stuff that I Don't Need To Take that both he and Nick need to go through to make similar choices.

I found a pile of Shatter, a 1980s comic that was drawn in MacPaint and then toned with watercolor. I held it up and giggled. And Rik said, "Oh, that's mine. When I was fourteen or fifteen it was the coolest th--" and didn't get to finish his sentence, because I was pressed up against him, kissing him. Because when I was about the same age, I thought the same thing: here's this artifact from the future.

Now it looks like crap, of course. But still! We're keeping those suckers.

...On the other hand, I felt a curious lack of emotion upon dumping one and a half sets of all the Calvin and Hobbes books on the "don't need this" pile. Felt like I should have felt something. But I didn't.

Date: 2010-05-01 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kamenkyote.livejournal.com
The first comic I ever really finished was done with, not MacPaint but ComicWorks, which is the program Mike Saenz developed to do "Shatter." He came up with the adjustable spray can (diameter and density) and the program fit on one 400k disc. Loved that program. Our comic was this goofy little thing called "Invasion:2010," which of course seemed SO future back then. :"D

Date: 2010-05-01 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zrath.livejournal.com

OMG Shatter!! :D
I remember that!

Date: 2010-05-01 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] circuit-four.livejournal.com
I remember that from the bibliography of the legendary GURPS Cyberpunk sourcebook, but by the time I finally tracked down a copy it was already quaint nostalgia.

Date: 2010-05-01 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mmsword.livejournal.com
.On the other hand, I felt a curious lack of emotion upon dumping one and a half sets of all the Calvin and Hobbes books on the "don't need this" pile. Felt like I should have felt something. But I didn't.

I figure that's because there is an ubiquity factor in Calvin and Hobbes. You're never more than six feet away from at least one Calvin and Hobbes compilation when in an urban center.

Date: 2010-05-02 06:45 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] shatterstripes.livejournal.com
Yeah, that's probably a lot of it. If I really feel a need for C&H I can go to any used bookstore and find at least half the books for like fifteen bucks total.
Edited Date: 2010-05-02 06:45 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-05-02 05:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doodlesthegreat.livejournal.com
I too parted with my C & H compilations with no regrets.

But only because I picked up the hardcover complete collection first...

Date: 2010-05-02 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] protocat.livejournal.com
Shatter was totally corny, but not as corny as Saenz' computer game efforts later. Virtual Valerie in particular was hilariously bad.

By the way, your response to chucking C&H was the correct one, I think. Everyone has absorbed it and we're onto other things now. Even I chucked my set years ago and felt much the same 'eh'.

Date: 2010-05-03 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toberkitty.livejournal.com

I also have Shatter =)

I bought it when it came out.

Date: 2010-05-06 02:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] shatterstripes.livejournal.com
I know I had an issue or three in my collection, as well. Now it looks so quaint; changes of artists are almost invisible beneath the low-res printouts. And every single comic book on the stands is touched by Photoshop… how times have changed.

Date: 2010-05-06 02:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toberkitty.livejournal.com
I just have the first issue. I liked it back then, but I suspect it won't hold up so well all these years later.

Everything old is new again

Date: 2010-05-04 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ab3nd.livejournal.com
This got me curious, so I started downloading a torrent of Shatter. It seems someone re-digitized it.

Date: 2010-05-06 12:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaputotter.livejournal.com
We need to hang out before you go!!! You all should come over to Bill's and we can pow-wow. I'll make dinner. :3

Date: 2010-05-06 01:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] shatterstripes.livejournal.com
I think there may be plans in motion to do this.

Date: 2010-05-06 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaputotter.livejournal.com
Eeeeexcellent! |3

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