The editors of Boing Boing talk about and interview the creators of comic books, science fiction, video games, board games, music, and movies.

I had a great time talking to Ted Adams, publisher of IDW. They produce high quality comic art books with full-size scans of original comic book art by masters of the genre. They also publish Darwyn Cooke's graphic novel adaptations of Richard Stark's Parker crime novel series. Recently, IDW published the first Parker novel, The Hunter, with all-new illustrations by Darwyn Cooke.

 

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This week in Gweek Dean and I spoke with artist Mitch O'Connell about his vast photo collection of old Chicago movie theaters, delightfully dirty old Times Square, and his backyard tower of impaled baby dolls. Dean also shares a recent web find, and Mark recommends a condensed self-help book app. Brought to you by Random House Audio (click here for free downloads!) and by Stamps.com (click here for a special $110 offer!)


We talked about the Plex media server, Crazy Aaron’s Putty World and the history of Silly Putty, Baggu's eco-friendly shopping bags, the Instacart grocery delivery service. We also recommended three books:

The Dinner - Over the course of a dinner in a restaurant in Amsterdam, we learn a secret shared by two brothers and their wives. The story is told by an unreliable narrator, and it’s hard to tell what he is making up. Reminiscent of Roald Dahl's stories for grown ups.

The Blighted Eye - Samples from the world’s greatest comic book art collector.

Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes - A juicy biography of Walter and Margaret Keane, famous for the “big eye waif” paintings of the 1960s. Walter Keane was a sociopathic liar who couldn’t paint. Margaret did all the paintings herself. Tim Burton has a movie coming out about the Keanes.


Our returning guest is James Altucher. He's an entrepreneur, chess master, investor, and writer. His writing has appeared in major national media outlets and his blog has attracted more than 10 million readers since its launch in 2010. His latest book is called The Choose Yourself Stories.

Show notes:

The Double Lift Project: a terrific DVD that teaches you the most essential card magic sleight.

The Hidden Mother: "1,002 photographs of a now redundant practice -- to cloak or hide a parent within the background of a child’s portrait, a common procedure from the advent of photography up until the 1920s, when exposure times were relative slow, and a hidden parent was required to hold the child still."

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Our guest this week is Dr. Lewis Dartnell. He’s a research scientist, presenter and author based in London, UK. His latest book is The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch.

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In each episode of Gweek, Dean Putney and I invite a guest to join us in a discussion about recommended media, apps, and gadgets. Our guest this week is Maria Konnikova. She’s the author of the New York Times best-seller, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes and a contributing writer to The New Yorker, online, where she writes a weekly blog focused mainly on psychology and science. Her writing has appeared online and in print in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, The Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Boston Globe, WIRED, The Smithsonian, Scientific American MIND, and Scientific American, among numerous other publications. She formerly wrote the "Literally Psyched" column for Scientific American and the popular psychology blog "Artful Choice" for Big Think and is currently. She graduated from Harvard University and received her Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University. She lives in New York City and is currently working on her second book, The Confidence Game, on the psychology of the con, and completing her first novel.

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Here's what we talked about:

Maria:

Don’t Point That Thing at Me, by Kyril Bonfiglioli. I’ve recently discovered his work and it is brilliant and hilarious.

The Magician’s Land, by Lev Grossman. Out in August. A conclusion to the trilogy that more than lives up to the first two.

The Gist, Slate’s new podcast, with the wonderful Mike Pesca.

Dean:

How to find four-leaf clovers

National Parks Passport

Mark:

The Outfit, by Richard Stark. In the 3rd Parker novel, Parker goes up against the mob.

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Our guest is Ken Barnes, a long-time friend of Boing Boing and publisher of Time Suck Magazine on Flipboard. Brought to you by Stamps.com. Print U.S. postage right from your computer and never go to the Post Office again. Click here for a special $110 Offer!

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Here's what we talked about:

Kent:
Calculators for everything

Dean:
Brooks Brothers 346 non-iron shirts
Blank playing cards
Tower Cranes of San Francisco Tumblr

Mark:
Forbidden Island - a fun cooperative board game

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In each episode of Gweek, Dean Putney and I invite a guest to join us in a discussion about recommended media, apps, and gadgets. Our guest is Olga Khazan. She's an associate editor at The Atlantic, where she writes about health and health policy. She’s also covered global affairs, and technology.

Here's what we talked about:

Olga:

Scope ads

Inside Amy Schumer

Priceonomics blog

Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves

Dean:

Fog of World

4into1

Mark

She’s Leaving Home, by William Shaw. Murder mystery set in Swinging London of 1968.

Smartphone USB chargers: Mophie vs Anker

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In each episode of Gweek, Dean Putney and I invite a guest to join us in a discussion about recommended media, apps, and gadgets. This time our guest is Eric McClellan. He stumbled backwards into his (very awesome) career in advertising as he fell further away from his adolescent fantasy of drawing Superman for a living. He now spends his days obsessively doodling in pursuit of the perfect "S" symbol and communicating with his 14 year old daughter via Instagram and Snapchat.

Here's what we talked about:

Hawkeye by Matt Fraction. Eric calls it "The Rockford Files of superhero comics."
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[Video Link] Finding Vivian Maier

The Man with the Getaway Face. The second Parker novel by Richard Stark. Excellent 1960s crime fiction about a cold-blooded heist artist. And don't miss Darwyn Cookes' fabulous graphic novel adaptations of the Parker books.

And much more!

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After dropping out of college at nineteen to apprentice under Robert Greene (author of The 48 Laws of Power) Ryan Holiday became a strategy advisor for bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians. He served as director of marketing at American Apparel for many years, where his campaigns have been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube, and Google and written about in AdAge, the New York Times, and Fast Company. obstacleRyan's first book, Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator -- which the Financial Times called an “astonishing, disturbing book” -- was a debut bestseller and is now taught in colleges around the world. (Here's my interview with Ryan in Gweek 061). Ryan's latest book is The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph.

In our interview with Ryan, we talked about his new book, as well as the Gregory Hays translations of Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius, and Ryan's monthly reading newsletter, which you can sample here. It's free to subscribe.