Jul
03
2013
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Finally got the #schlockmercenary challenge coins mounted.

And let me tell you: that was a right royal pain in the sit-upon to arrange. The freaking shadow box that I used for the display* apparently has a taste for human flesh, because it bit me twice…

Moe Lane

*Purchased at my local Hobby Lobby; the woman who does custom framing over there knows my face by now. I think that I amuse her, or more accurately the rather bizarre things that I bring in that need frames or displaying amuse her. I can’t WAIT to see how she handles Dogs Playing Call of Cthulhu…

Feb
21
2013
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Hey, look. Schlock Mercenary Challenge Coin Kickstarter.

And Howard Tayler had precisely ZERO idea as to how popular numbered Schlock Mercenary commemorative coins would turn out to be.  Better get ‘em fast, because he’s already run out of the low-numbered ones (after ten minutes), and the first run of coins will only go up to #999…

Jan
29
2013
10

My wife thanks you for her new coffee mug.

This one:

OE-A-CaribMug-2T

…which I purchased for her out of the funds available to me from the Tip Jar.  She was very happy to get this, and I was happy to purchase it for her.

That’s pretty much it.  Thanks for supporting the site to the point where I can occasionally buy my wife random science-fiction themed coffee mugs.

Moe Lane

Feb
25
2012
3

These always end badly.

I like Howard Tayler and I enjoy the living heck out of Schlock Mercenary – but I really do hope that the man doesn’t think that Sunday’s strip is not blatantly telegraphing that Things Are About To Go Pear-Shaped.

Because it is.  And they are.

Sep
29
2011
4

:Raised eyebrow: You would think that a three-time Hugo nominee…

…(Howard Tayler, Schlock Mercenary) would at least get a personalized rejection slip for his short story, instead of a form letter.  Particularly when it’s been submitted to, and forgive me for saying this, an online SF magazine that is not perhaps as well known as Taylor’s webcomic.

Please understand, I’m not in any sort of nerdrage over this; for all I know, the story was crap.  It’s just a little… startling that the publisher didn’t jump on the chance to get a “name.”  Possibly it’s a good startling, but it’s startling all the same.

Jul
01
2011
2

Weekend reading…

…I grabbed John Ringo’s Citadel: Troy Rising II out of the local library.  Read the previous one; it was good stuff, and so is this.  Basically, John Ringo decided that he liked the hinted-at history of Howard Tayler’s excellent Schlock Mercenary space-opera webcomic enough to use it for an alien-invasion military science fiction series, which in itself is enough to start a self-sustaining Synergistic Crescendo of Awesome.  That it’s also well written alien-invasion military science fiction is merely gravy.

I also grabbed a couple of Charlie Stross books, but that’ll be for next week.
(more…)

Dec
18
2010
2

Yes, Kevyn.

Words cannot describe how much you have lost that argument. Correction: one word can.

DOOM.

God, I love Schlock Mercenary.

Mar
12
2010
2

Just finished reading ‘Live Free or Die.’

Live Free Or Die (Troy Rising) amused me not least for the fact that when I checked it out of the library* I had no idea that it was a probably-end-up-being-canon prehistory of the Schlock Mercenary universe. If you don’t know what that webcomic is: well, like John Ringo I’ll wait for you to get caught up.

Pack a lunch.

Moe Lane

*Stay-at-home dad now, remember?  So if that moves you to pity, hey, there’s always the tip jar

Sep
13
2009
3

It’s the little things that make Schlock Mercenrary fun.

Take today’s little quick examination of evil, and how our various definitions of it and its origins is going to run into the thorny problem of created sapience like a sports car running into a brick wall, and how this entire conversation drives practical men mad – since they want to know the answer, yet don’t want to listen to the implications of the question…

Well. It’s Howard Tayler. That Hugo nomination was for a reason.

Aug
17
2009
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Congratulations to Foglio Studios on their Hugo!

Despite their ultimately-sincere protestations to the contrary, it’s a well-deserved award: Girl Genius is one of those indispensable webcomics, and doubly indispensable for those of a steampunk or neo-Victorian inclination.  My (few) interactions with Studio Foglio have always been very amiable, as well.  In fact, my only regret on this is that Girl Genius winning meant that Schlock Mercenary did not, and I’d be writing a broadly similar post if Howard Tayler had won and Kaja & Phil Foglio had not.

Again, congratulations.

Moe Lane

PS: Now GO FINISH GURPS GIRL GENIUS, DAMMIT.  We wants it, we does.

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