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Only Maybe Arts Lab / THE AMERICAN DREAM
« on: March 14, 2021, 06:22:50 pm »

"in an era of monsters, demons and limousine celebrities, dusty rhodes was basically a fat dad storming out of a garage to beat your ass" - Tom Spurgeon

Only Maybe Arts Lab / Re: Welcome to the OM ARTS LAB!
« on: March 14, 2021, 06:19:05 pm »
Right back atcha, LX!

Pardon the delayed response, business is about to pick up  :fnord: :fnord: :fnord:

Only Maybe Arts Lab / PSYCHONAUT COMIX #2
« on: November 03, 2020, 04:15:15 pm »

Only Maybe Arts Lab / Re: WEIRDOVERSE
« on: October 30, 2020, 01:38:34 am »
We stan a queen.

Indeed we do  :fnord:

Waking up to Marsha P. Johnson made me so happy.


Only Maybe Arts Lab / MARSHA P. JOHNSON
« on: October 28, 2020, 08:56:17 pm »

« on: October 20, 2020, 09:43:13 pm »
Many thanks, Cram! GM gets a fair amount of shit, from certain circles, but he's always been on point for me  :fnord:

And now a little something about the little comic that couldn't, but did anyway!


Only Maybe Arts Lab / Re: Welcome to the OM ARTS LAB!
« on: October 19, 2020, 10:58:35 pm »
Right on, Cram! Christina & Rasa, who run Hilaritas Press, really are entirely wonderful  :fnord:

When we were working out the details on my doing interior art for the Historical Illuminatus books, Christina, who is RAW's daughter, took the page rate I requested and doubled it, because she saw RAW struggle under bad work-for-hire deals, and wanted to make sure that didn't happen to me.

Not quite the usual outcome of dealing with a publisher!

Only Maybe Arts Lab / King Mob in Philadelphia
« on: October 18, 2020, 11:22:23 pm »

I've been tinkering around w/ the Weirdoverse website, archiving old stories & art, suchlike:

King Mob in Philadelphia
An accounting of GM Magic

Only Maybe Arts Lab / MULLIGANS WAKE
« on: October 16, 2020, 03:51:58 am »

Only Maybe Arts Lab / Re: Welcome to the OM ARTS LAB!
« on: October 16, 2020, 03:25:45 am »
Much obliged, Dok!

Great find, minuspace!

Only Maybe Arts Lab / Re: Welcome to the OM ARTS LAB!
« on: October 15, 2020, 05:22:07 pm »
Oooh, a new subforum!

Yes indeed! Maybe something of a slow burn / long con, but hoping to instigate some fun  :fnord:

Hey, Bobby, if you want the rest of your stuff moved here, just holler.

That would be great!

Just these 2 would be awesome:


THE FREEVERSE (COPYLEFT) [777],38390.0.html

Thanks much!

Only Maybe Arts Lab / Welcome to the OM ARTS LAB!
« on: October 14, 2020, 03:36:04 pm »

This was a project that started over the summer in support of the virtual Maybe Day event on 7/23/20.

The idea being to bring together some of the innumerable creative people influenced by the Discordian lives & ideas of Robert Anton Wilson, and establish a mutually beneficial art scene of sorts, and see about using RAW's legacy as the launch pad for new trajectories of thought & language.  :fnord: :fnord: :fnord:

The preservation of RAW's ideas, as he expressed them, seems to be on rock solid ground, with the RAW Trust and Hilaritas Press meticulously and wonderfully producing definitive editions of his books and facilitating new media adaptations. Also, with places like the RAW Illumination Blog, the RAW Semantics Blog, and 2 RAW Fan Archive sites (US & DE), it's safe to say that RAW's oeuvre is safe and secure.

And with that being that case, I kinda want to do some joy riding, because the neuro-semantic context of the sensory-sensual continuum has changed considerably in recent years, with all signs pointing towards increased acceleration, and so I think some new models, metaphors, and methods might be just the thing.

As a proof of concept, I edited a 77 page digital zine called NEW TRAJECTORIES, with contributions from 23 wonderful RAW exegetes, released on MAYBE DAY 2020.


A promising look of things to come... Maybe!

Only Maybe Arts Lab / Re: WEIRDOVERSE
« on: October 06, 2020, 07:47:46 pm »
Very much obliged, LMNO & Cramulus!

I really lucked out, hoping to make the most of it  :fnord: :fnord: :fnord:

Only Maybe Arts Lab / The Great Escape
« on: October 06, 2020, 05:11:52 am »
The Great Escape
A post script anecdote about the CAGLIOSTRO THE GREAT illustration.

Drawing Hugh Crane / Cagliostro the Great as both a prisoner and a stage magician was mostly just a straight forward attempt to visually summarize the character as depicted in RAW's Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy.

Though as my scribbling progressed I came to notice that this imagery also held personal meaning as a pretty on-the-nose metaphor for how I was feeling with my job as a Graphic Designer & Pre-Press Tech for a direct marketing firm.

It's a pretty brutal gig in terms of soul crushing drudgery, a pure Rushkoffian nightmare, with constant & unreasonable deadlines, always on call responsibilities, and a pandemic related reduction in staff that saw my department reduced from 4 down to just me. 

Though by and large, all of the people at the company, all the way up and down the corporate ladder, are entirely lovely and brilliant people. The people are beautiful, just trapped in the ruthless system of a genuinely tough business.

For the most part the job involves working with really big brands, some of which I'm happy to work with, and others decidedly less so. The credit card companies are the toughest to rationalize, though they're somewhat balanced out by civil rights groups and some of the better charity organizations.

When rumors began circulating that we might get work from the Trump campaign I panicked and scrapped together an emergency back up plan, just in case they were true. It would have been a reckless and messy exit, but the rationalizations have to end somewhere. The rumors turned out to be untrue, or at least the deal went unsealed.

My back up plan was sincere, but impractical, the beatings continued but morale did not improve...

On particularly bad days I would stay up late applying for jobs somewhere, anywhere else. Though TBH the pure volume of work burned me out pretty good, and with most places still shut down from the pandemic, a feeling of hopeless resignation set in.

When I drew Hugh Crane as a prisoner I was drawing this resignation. 

I was trapped, but that didn't mean I couldn't still make at least some magic, right?

2 days after I finished my drawing of CAGLIOSTRO THE GREAT - The prisoner, magician, mystic, escape artist, 2 things happened.

We received a project from Trump JR. & I got an email alert that my old teaching position was available.

I used to teach high school computer science in North Philadelphia. The job did not pay well enough to keep me afloat, which is how I ended up where I was.

Before I know what's what, I'm being offered the same money I'm making at the current gig to return to my teaching position. How can I say no? IDK, bc I didn't  :fnord:

Just like that, I give my notice to the once inescapable prison that I'm leaving, and start a new life, closer to the heart.

Cagliostro says 10 people that know what he knows would be very formidable indeed, now I don't know if I know what he knows, but I've just started my second week of teaching 500 7th-12th graders what I know, and that ain't nothing to sneeze at!


N.B. I don't think they necessarily mean it as a compliment nor an insult, but there is a strange consensus amongst students, across multiple years, grades and classes, that I remind them of Spider-Man / Peter Parker. They tell me this multiple times a week, not knowing that this is exactly the vibe I've been shooting for since I was like 8 years old. I give them all A's, bc with great power comes great responsibility  :fnord: :fnord: :fnord:

« on: September 13, 2020, 09:32:04 pm »
New commission piece  :fnord: :fnord: :fnord:

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