May 21st, 2009
some of the animal descriptions in conrad gesner's "Historiae animalium" (published in the 1500s, the first modern attempt to describe all known beasts) are clearly from second or third hand sources, and are as such completely insane! fishy in panel 6 is one such example, he is a "rubus fisshe of the grekes se", noted as being EXTREMELY DELICIOUS
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The haps: Braid is a platforming puzzle game that came out last year to high acclaim, but I only played it yesterday when I realized the PC version was out! It's a fantastic game in which you manipulate time in a variety of ways to collect literal pieces of a puzzle. The art is done by David Hellman, who you may recall as the artist on the late great A Lesson Is Learned, But The Damage Is Irreversible, one of my all-time favourite comics. The game sings with David's art, which is perfectly matched to the story. The last level (unlocked when you solve all the puzzles) is the perfect coda to the game, and is the best ending to a game I've seen since Portal. Highly recommended! There's a free demo available on Steam and the full game is only $15. :0
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