Saturday 3 March 2007


The American commandos had just disembarked behind enemy lines and Sgt. Rory Rockhead was posing for this photo when the entire squad was taken out by the Gecko Emperor.
Photo by Christopher Moonlight, a cameraman attached to the secret mission who was allowed to return home in a boat. "The geckos only went and et the helicopter." he said.

(I wonder if Mr moonlight was thinking of this post when he sent the above. Or perhaps he was just being a cheeky bastard out of nowhere.)

In other news:
Great article by Chris Ware, profusely illustrated, on the subject of Charles Burns' pairings of photographs. link via hayley campbell.

I'm developing an inexplicable fondness for that cranky fellow David Apatoff over at the flat earth society. Somebody, probably Dirk, linked to his inane blatherings about the emperor and his new clothes, which we have heard until we are in tears of boredom. But while I was over there peeking around in his closets, I found this little gem of a post about one Sarah Goodridge, which appeals to that part of me you see from time to time around here that likes to discover the world's little forgotten artistic charms and oddities. It is a little love story and those of a sentimental disposition like myself will be pleased that they strolled over there for a look.

By the way, the photo of the gecko on the window that started this whole Gecko War was taken by wee cal, who is doing photography at school. He left it on the desktop here and I plagiarised it. The second, with the lamp, was my own, and the other two I collaged in photoshop using bits of images from around the internet. The one above is as credited, though if you check the version at Christopher's site you'll notice we've colour corrected the gecko. The gecko aliens are of a colour that is not receptible by human irises you see, and our cameras are not made to recognize it either. Apparently on the planet of the geckos it is called smoollg, and it is considered the most appealing of the primary colours, of which there are zumteen.

(guess how many variations on smoollg I had to google before I found one that wasn't already a fictional planet. And Zumteen is a number invisble to the human eye. You think it looks like it's going to be thirteen or fourteen, but as you get closer your eyes go out of focus and you can't pin it down.)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your human commandos are biologically deficient. Superior Gecko warriors will annihilate such obviously weak specimens.

Prepare for the fall of man, Earthling scum.


3 March 2007 at 00:32:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Christopher Moonlight said...

But, this isn't a photo hoax I tell you. I was there. I know the truth. They ate Harlan Ellison's willy. "I have no dick and I must pee." he said after.

3 March 2007 at 01:49:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Adam! said...

so that's why the ladies mistake you for arnold schwarzenegger!

oh, and i finally found (and bought) a copy of FATE OF THE ARTIST in a local bookstore (photo of my girlfriend reading it here -> )!

to paraphrase a word balloon in AFTER THE SNOOTER: "good on yer, FIRST SECOND!"

3 March 2007 at 03:02:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

great photo

request: can First Second use it in their 'Who reads first second? series of photos?
photo archive here: (they have some good ones)


3 March 2007 at 03:12:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Adam! said...

re: WRFSB? - i already eMailed it to them, and (to my surprise) a Ms Gagliano graciously replied and thanked me about the good (and true) things i said about First Second, but she didn't really mention anything about the photo series outside of thanking me for it at eMail's end.

at the risk of sounding like the utter fanboy: i really love FATE, and i think it's only proper to mention that the respect and care First Second poured into your stuff really shows in the book. it's one of the best-looking books i've ever seen come out of an american publishing house (excluding dave eggers' mcsweeney's of course)!

and i thought it was funny that i bought my copy from a local nationwide bookstore chain here in manila (sharing shelfspace with VAMPIRE LOVES and an antho of gay stories, in the ART section), instead of in one of the local comic book shops in the malls, where it would've been more expensive by about 10-20%.

really looking forward to DIAMOND and LEOTARD!

3 March 2007 at 03:43:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Adam! said...

(excluding dave eggers' mcsweeney's of course)

because pretty much everything they do is gold.

3 March 2007 at 03:56:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

thanks for the good words about Fate.

and I've got a post to do on McSweeney's soon as I get out of these trenches.

3 March 2007 at 06:12:00 GMT-5  
Blogger mrjslack said...

Look behind you CAMBO...
for the love of of new gecko gods, LOOK BEHIND YOU!!

3 March 2007 at 08:01:00 GMT-5  
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3 March 2007 at 12:23:00 GMT-5  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

Tonight at the geckos' mess : CAMBO burgers !

3 March 2007 at 12:30:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

Cambo/ Rambo

damn! why didn't I think of that?


3 March 2007 at 19:30:00 GMT-5  

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