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Old News

"I felt a forlorn sense of being lost in a world of incredibly stupid and malicious dwarfs." - Aleister Crowley

Old News

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Just a quick note to say that I\'m not dead, and I know this site has not been updated in some time.

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Time flies when you're having fun.

I will soon be commencing the first major overhaul of this website in five years. I plan to have a more modern way of browsing the gallery, as well as update the quality and quantity of artwork.


Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Christ, it's been over a year since I last updated. What's been going on, you may well wonder? Not much, other than moved to a different state, had another baby, and got buried at work.

Got a couple of projects on the burners, though. More news when events warrant.

Tomorrow is the 20th — Happy birthday, Howard!

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Hey, hey, hey! It appears that the two t-shirts I designed for the band Cyanotic have finally gone on sale. You can check them out over at the Bit Riot Records merch store. Clothe your filthy selves with some excellent and fashionable cotton attire.

The shirts were designed by me, based on the following drawings: I.H.N.I. and Agent.

Agent seems to be a popular image, as it was also used, by request, for the ill-fated Chemlab card/flyer.

Monday, June 30th, 2008

I need a better fucking way to update this site.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Been back on "American soil" for about a month now... But I\'m sorting out another move... this time to Kentucky... Turns out, I landed about 560 miles south of where I plan on ending up. Maybe.

There might be some news soon; we'll see.

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

And another year has come and gone. There was no kissing. It was purely a business transaction...

In about 2 months\' time, I will be returning to American Soil. I have mixed feelings about this.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I just finished a little design I was asked to do for Chemlab's tour in November (more tour info here or on Chemlab's MySpace page). Jared asked to use the Agent image because he says he really likes it.

I fell a bit behind schedule, but finished this up a couple of days ago. Felt good to flex the ol' pixels again... I'll put the design up here soon.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Yet another "My, how time flies" update...

There may be some interesting developments in the next few weeks, but for the moment... everything is quiet.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Once again, I am attempting to resurrect the Decomposing Train project. You cannot kill that which does not truly live...

Sunday, March 11, 2007

If you haven't visited the CafePress shop, click on The Store and check it out. Everything's only marked up $1 over the CafePress base cost, so you know I ain't in it for the money... There are a few shirts, a poster, and a mousepad for you there right now, with the tantalizing prospect of more merchandise to come.

Consume! Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Wow. Another year dragged into an alley and brutally stabbed in the face. Alas, 2006, we barely knew ye.

Anyhow, here's to a happy 2007!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

I'm not dead. Really.

The reason for my prolonged abscence is simple. My daughter turned 1 year old on Friday.

Everything up to that point has been a blur.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

There is a new desktop wallpaper available in Free Things.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Another year is upon us, and I have big plans for 2006.

Decomposing Train, my erstwhile cyberpunk/gothic/gothpunk/cybergoth web-comic is slated to officially (finally) launch in just a few short weeks! If you haven't already, please sign up for the D-Train mailing list! For those of you with an aversion to mailing lists, there will be an RSS Feed available. The mailing list is simply for notification of the actual launch of the comic.

Also, just a reminder that I have a MySpace page set up for those who can't get enough of me. I doubt there's much there that's thrilling, but if you want to add me to your Friends list, then by all means check it out.

For those of you who prefer DeviantArt, I have a page there as well.

The first pic of 2006 is percolating in my brainjuices. I expect it to boil over soon.

UPDATE: Despite my having contracted some virulent brain flu, the first image of 2006 has been finished.

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Free Things!

My apologies if you didn't download any of the old wallpapers, as those designs will not be offered anymore. The current batch will be available for quite a little while, but I intend to rotate them out eventually...

On a different note: If you enjoy cyberpunk fiction and/or comics, check out the webcomic Monica Furious by LeadSalad Studios. Phenomenal artwork and a storyline that captures the feel of Gibson's Neuromancer trilogy. The artist makes each page available with and without text balloons, and the commentaries below each page are an interesting read in their own right. I highly recommend it.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

I have been working on the Decomposing Train webcomic quite a bit recently. Also, I have been soliciting opinions as to which of my illustrations should be made into t-shirts. If you have any thoughts on the matter, I'd love to hear them.

There are a few issues with the Rats In The Walls site right now. Mainly, the free wallpapers aren't able to be downloaded at the moment. I am re-working all of the wallpapers anyway, so please bear with me until the new, better freebies are up.

I've also just set up a MySpace page. So if you're on MySpace, feel free to add me to your friends list. The url is http://www.myspace.com/anticybr.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Due to an error on my part, news items posted after June 7 have been erased. Ah well, nothing very exciting happened during that time.

Well, except for the fact that I have converted the site to use CSS instead of html tables for layout. This may cause problems for some (especially older) web browsers, but I have tested the site extensively with the latest versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera.

I have been shopping around for a supplier for shirts and a printer for posters, prints, and stickers. It may still be a few months before are any Nice Things in the store, but once there are, they will be Nice.

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

In a few weeks, my daughter will be born. A sobering thought. One boy and one girl -- now my wife and I have replicated ourselves. Sad to think that the true meaning of life may be to simply pass on genetic material, regardless of the quality or consequence...

At any rate, A35 is the first "real" piece of artwork I've done in a little while. I don't know if my expectations are getting higher or lower...

Thursday, May 5, 2005

The famous quote from John Lennon goes, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

Family obligations have kept me away from the site for several months. However, my plans are to start maintaining a once-a-week update schedule for Rats In The Walls, as well as pick up the all-but-abandoned Decomposing Train project.

Hope springs eternal.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Less than 2 weeks until Christmas, and things are busy as ever. Hopefully, the holiday break will allow me time to get some work done for Rats In The Walls...

Plans for 2005 include:

So much to do, so little time...

Monday, December 6, 2004

The new host seems to be working out well...

It has been a little while since I've added anything to the Galleries, but I have been quite busy (unfortunately) with non-Rats-related issues. Hopefully, things will be settling down in the new year (though I don't hold out much hope for that).

Lately I have been working on Decomposing Train, and had hoped to get another writer involved, but that seems to have fallen through. I feel a bit like the Little Red Hen, in regards to this project. I suppose the only thing to do is to obey the Nike ad and "Just Do It" -- collaborations be damned.

Friday, September 17, 2004

I am test-flying the site with a new host... the 3rd in less than a month. I wish that getting reliable, inexpensive hosting wasn't such a shot in the dark, but oh well. This new hosting company is based in Canada, but they rent servers in Dallas, Texas. As long as the site is accessible, they could rent servers on the Moon for all I care.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

I've had to abandon the host for www.ratsinthewalls.com for now. The domain is being redirected to the mirror at www.anticybr.org/rats until I can get another host set up. If you have recently sent an email to me through the Comments page here, and you want a reply, you will want to send another because I won't have received the first one.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

It seems that the host for www.ratsinthewalls.com is having some serious issues, so I've mirrored everything here at www.anticybr.org/rats -- hopefully the issues will be resolved soon.

In other news, tomorrow is my birthday. It's also H.P. Lovecraft's birthday, too. So here's to a happy one, Howard!

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

I have finished upgrading the entire site to PHP. Everything should load a lot faster now, and it's certainly easier to maintain. The next step is to increase the quality and size of the images available in the galleries. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

There might be a period of html weirdness while I am upgrading the site to PHP. Watch for falling rocks.

Sunday, July 4, 2004

I'm doing a bunch of site upgrades right now, having just moved to a new hosting provider. I plan on increasing the viewable size of the images in the gallery shortly -- there's only about 150 of them to do... fun, fun.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Just recently returned from a holiday in Paris, France -- it's a very lovely city, but not a place I'd choose to live on a permanent basis. This month has been quite hectic -- things should slow down in July, and I have some big plans in the works for the rest of the summer months... We'll have to see...

Thursday, May 27, 2004

I've been doing quite a few bits of random artwork lately. My involvement on deviantART has been spurring me on to create little "throwaway" images, like a colored version of my Devilguy toon. The Decomposing Train seems to be slowly, slowly gaining momentum... though I will be taking a large portion of June off to spend time with my family. Regardless, I'm hoping Things Will Happen Soon. In the meantime, I've added a new wallpaper to the Free Things page.

Friday, May 21, 2004

I haven't managed to update TMKOK at all yet, despite having located another 6 or 7 pages of the original script, but I have produced a few new illustrations for the regular galleries. Also, Decomposing Train has been weighing on my mind a lot recently... the project must begin soon.

Friday, May 14, 2004

I've been looking at uploading more images into the Sketchbook lately... And this weekend I plan on trying to finish a few more pages of The Mystyk Krewe Of Komus, mostly for my own enjoyment.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

I have recently, finally, converted all (159) of the Rats In The Walls pages to be XHTML and CSS complant. I've also added breadcrumb links to all the pages, as well as a spiffy Site Map. Eventually, the plan is to ditch the vast number of tables (664) and spacer images (3,354) that this site uses, and go with pure CSS-based layout.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

I previously mentioned that it was hard to believe how fast time was flying, and here it is a third of the way through 2004 already... The new addition to our family (born on February 11th) has preoccupied my time recently. However, last night I found several old drawings that I had thought were already in the galleries, but it turns out they never got added, so there will be quite a few updates shortly.

Monday, January 19, 2004

It's hard to believe that it's halfway through the first month of 2004 already. The holidays were quite jolly for me and the family this season, and 2004 looks to be eventful... "Gibberis" is the first drawing of 2004.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

As promised, I have provided a selection of delectible selectables for your downloading pleasure. Four new wallpapers have been added to the Free Things page. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 13, 2003

If you are reading this, then the domain transfer has been completed. In celebration, I am working on some new additions to the Free Things page...

Monday, November 3, 2003

I am in the process of switching my domain over to a new host, so if the website goes AWOL for a couple of days, that is the reason. Hopefully, the changeover will go without incident... Although I know better. Regardless, I'm excited because the Online Store will be opening soon! Once I get all the final details settled, the store will feature prints, posters, t-shirts, fonts, stickers, and god-knows-what-else.

Wednesday, October 1, 2003

I've been quite productive recently, with three new drawings in two days, and the urge to do more. I've been in a good mood lately, which is not always conducive to my creative process - but it can't be helped. My wife and I found out that our first child (due February 9th) is a boy.

Sunday, September 14, 2003

I made it to the U.K. with very little hassle, and two days before my birthday. Things are still in a state of flux as I try and get settled in the new home. However, I have managed to update the site from my laptop since my main computer has yet to arrive. Also, Planet Magazine will be using two of my drawings to illustrate a couple of stories in their new issue, due to be available on September 15th. Check the Links page for their website.

Saturday, August 9, 2003

I am in the process of finalizing my move to the United Kingdom. I have my Entry Visa, I am just waiting to finish a few things before booking my tickets and making the jump across the big pond... Hopefully, I'll be able to be in the U.K. before my birthday, but regardless, updates to the site will probably be few and far between for the next several weeks. (Although I might post one more picture before I pack up the scanner...)

Saturday, June 21, 2003

It's finally finished! The site revision is now complete. If you happen across any errors, please let me know! I'm really pleased with how the site looks now. As part of the revision, I completely reformatted the master copies of the gallery images, which means that the images now on display are much closer to the actual, physical drawings themselves. It was really amazing to me how many errors there were in the galleries, but hopefully I have found and fixed them all.

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Aaaargh, the pain... the pain... Despite suffering from ear infections in my inner and outer right ear, I have managed to complete the site redesign. All of the pages should be loading properly. In addition, the images in the galleries now reflect a general, standard scale of proportion.

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

In only a few weeks, I will be making the jump across the Big Pond to the U.K. Packing and moving are, of course, occupying most of my time right now, but I have managed to update a large portion of the website redesign. At the moment, the galleries are only updated through the image "Hardgirl"... More will be completed shortly.

Sunday, May 18, 2003

While preparations for the move to the U.K. continue, I am also working on the site redesign. Rather than slap up the ubiquitous "Under Construction" graphic, I'm just going to update pages as they are completed. During this time you may notice pages not displaying graphics properly, "page not found" errors, etc, etc...

Really Old News

05.17.2003 - 8:05pm

I am in the process of moving from the U.S. to the U.K., so updates to the site may be few and far between for the next couple of months. However, the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is that once I have established a base camp on British soil, I will be re-opening this website with an updated, slicker (hopefully) design and a fully-functional online store. Prints, t-shirts, and custom fonts are the intended products for sale, though there may be other trinkets depending on the financial situation.

05.08.2003 - 10:05pm

I'm more or less satisfied with the way the website for "The Mystyk Krewe Of Komus" looks, so I have listed it with OnlineComics.net.

05.08.2003 - 12:14am

Damn connectivity issues... If it's not my webhost, it's my ISP... Anyway, a relatively large update to the galleries has been made (4 images), some new drawings, some old. I have been working a lot lately on resurrecting a very bad 23-page comic strip that I created in 1995 called "The Mystyk Krewe Of Komus" as a web-comic, and it seems to be coming along nicely. I've even been inspired enough to think about writing a second chapter to the so-called "story". Once I get a decent design for the comic's website completed, I'll put the link into my Links page. "Decomposing Train", the other comic I mentioned I was working on a few months ago, has been put on hold for a bit while I rework the storyline and artwork.

05.02.2003 - 9:08pm

I've increased the size of the thumbnail images to give a better indication of what the picture it links to actually looks like. Also, I've removed a copy-protection script from the site that was causing some people to be unable to view the images in the galleries.

03.24.2003 - 4:33pm

One of my drawings has appeared recently in Planet Magazine, a fantasy and science-fiction "e-zine" that has been online since 1994. The Planet Magazine homepage is here: www.planetmag.com, and the picture (06109) is being used in conjunction with the poem "Home Sweet Home" which you can read here: http://www.etext.org/Zines/planet/pm37/sweet.html.

02.18.2003 - 10:27pm

The renovations are complete, and there are a few new images in the various galleries...

02.14.2003 - 1:34am

As some of you may notice, the site is undergoing a minor facelift -- just a few stylistic tweaks for the most part. However, I am consolidating and streamlining the illustration and sketchbook galleries so that 1) individual thumbnail pages will load faster, and 2) new galleries can be added to the site without having to redesign the front page every time. The main benefit to you, my beloved public, is that you will no longer be forced to download/open a megabyte or more of data before being able to view the new pictures. I am also shopping around for a decent means to provide a mailing list and some sort of discussion forum. In other news, the first two pages of my comic "Decomposing Train" are complete, but I have not yet decided whether to put them up for public viewing. However, the "Sculpture And Other Art" gallery is up, with 2 images.

01.01.2003 - 11:18pm

As of this month, the Rats In The Walls website is one year old. It will be interesting to see what the coming year holds...

12.13.2002 - 1:29am

Finally! The new scanner is installed and fully operational. To celebrate, I've added an image to both the Sketchbook and the main gallery. The gallery image, "Mithaken", is literally only a few hours old at this point. I drew it this afternoon and scanned it this evening. Now I can begin regularly updating the site again. Let joy be unconfined! Let jubilation reign!

12.04.2002 - 2:38pm

I apologize for the site downtime over the last month. There was a mixup involving billing information for the hosting service I use, and consequently, the re-registration of my domain name was delayed... Anyway, regarding the scanner - where Satan has failed, perhaps Santa will prevail. Also, I am working on a concept for a larger piece than I have generally done before, but it's unknown whether the piece will be completed before the new year.

10.12.2002 - 5:31pm

The past two months have been quite hectic, and additions to the galleries have been delayed by the lack of a new scanner. It looks like I am going to have to try and get the old one to work with Windows XP, which may involve some sort of Pact with Satan, as the traditional method of installing the software drivers and utilities is not working.

8.18.2002 - 2:00am

I'm waiting on the arrival of a new, high-quality scanner (a necessity), as well as a new laptop (a birthday present to myself). Until they arrive, new additions to the galleries may be slow in coming.

7.08.2002 - 4:41am

The Gallery has been completely rescanned, and there are also two new sketches in the Sketchbook.

7.07.2002 - 4:56pm

The rescanning project is continuing. In the meantime, a new drawing has been added to the Gallery.

5.17.2002 - 2:22am

I've attempted to streamline the Sketchbook and Gallery, in order to better fit them in with the original layout of the site.

4.20.2002 - 1:49am

I am currently working on re-scanning the Gallery images in order to increase their viewing quality on high-end monitors. Once that is done, I will be adding images to the Sketchbook.

4.05.2002 - 4:14pm

Regular visitors to the site (and there are a few, believe it or not) will notice that there has been a bit of a site revision. Aside from this page, the Images page has been split into two separate sections: the Gallery and the Sketchbook. The Sketchbook is where I will be posting scanned images of the various sketches and things that I don't believe I will ever turn into a "full" drawing, and the Gallery will hold the rest of the artwork that I feel is "completed". At some point in the future, I may also add a gallery of my wire and bone sculptures.