Vaguely political. Probably NSFW.

August 4, 2017 § 1 Comment


As a rule, I try not to get too political in social media, and definitely not on this website.  But after I spent a year working on an interactive fiction (IF) game that explores Latin American issues, a well-known IF writer dismiss it as racist without even having read it.  So, I have decided, f*ck it.  I’ll state a few political opinions here that relate to “geek culture” and its obsessions with Political Correctness.  I can’t promise I’ll never do it again, but I’ll try.

So this is old news, but Dr. Who is now a woman.  Great for her.   « Read the rest of this entry »


Spies and Giants!

July 27, 2017 § Leave a comment


Hosted Games just released my text based adventure game!

Famous archaeologist Dr. Lucius Thayer has gone missing in the Amazon jungle, and the CIA has asked you to find him.  Unfortunately, you’re not the only one interested in Dr. Thayer.  Enter a world of ancient mysteries and modern dangers, of suspicious cults and nefarious secret agents.  THE SPY AND THE LABYRINTH is a thrilling text-based game that will capture your imagination, but always remember: you’re not paranoid if the danger is real.

THE SPY AND THE LABYRINTH is available FOR FREE online, at the Apple Store, on Google Play, and from!

If you do enjoy it, please leave a rating.  They really help a lot.  Thanks!

Jesus Must Die

January 13, 2017 § Leave a comment


Two-fisted sci-fi action in the Amazon jungle!

When an alien spaceship crashes in the Amazon jungle, local politics become world affairs, and small town crime becomes big business! Now, a dangerous alien technology has been stolen, and a poor, young street fighter must choose between the menacing crime boss who hired him and Jesus Mendoza, the neighborhood hero he’s been hired to kill. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Trees Are Coming!

February 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

Through his newsletter, Warren Ellis has confirmed that he and Scatterlands collaborator Jason Howard are working on an Image title called Trees.

According to Ellis’ newsletter:

I’m finishing issue 4 today — Jason’s doing layouts on the first half while I fix a sticking point in the last half, and that’ll go out tonight or tomorrow. By the time May rolls around, we should have six complete lettered coloured issues in the can. We’ve been working on it since the early autumn of 2013, after all.

Plot-wise, it sounds like a bunch of trees have invaded Earth. Kind of like Triffids.  But more subtle.  And not real.

There’s more on the Ellis/Howard project at CBR.

Trancendence v. Howard Nimh

February 19, 2014 § 1 Comment

So, when you watch that Johnny Depp movie about the first person to download his mind into a computer, just remember that I made mine first.

Okay, I know there’s no way that this Johnny Depp movie copied my movie, but I’m claiming the similarities as evidence of the Transmorphic Field (a kind of “telepathic-type” field that everyone’s a part of.  Watch Torchwood).

Check out The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh!

The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh from Lewis Manalo on Vimeo.

Guardians Teaser Trailer!

February 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Via Nerdist:

Why do actors always buff-up for roles now?  Remember when they used to get fat for roles?

Chess Boxing Catches On In India

December 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

from the Nikipol Trilogy

According to a BBC report posted yesterday, chess boxing, invented by comic book creator Enki Bilal, is catching on in India, with teams competing on a national level.

In less than two years of its launch, 10 state-level associations organising championships have come up, while seven more states have shown interest in the sport.

While bigger states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh have formed state-level teams, smaller north-eastern states like Tripura and Manipur are also represented.

Of about 300 registered chess boxers in India, 195 and 245 players participated in the two national-level tournaments held in 2013.

What?  The Nikopol Trilogy is one of my favorite comic books ever, and I still resent the U.S. Postal Service for losing my copy of it when I moved from San Francisco back to New York.  The idea of the sport is silly, but awesome – which is exactly why I need to start training.

Star Wars Instagram

December 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

Something to mix in with all those photos of babies that your friends post.

Let’s hope Darth Vader doesn’t add any selfies that show off any circuits.

Sci-(Non)Fi: Forget Skynet – Here’s!

December 2, 2013 § 1 Comment

We humans are experts at welcoming the robot apocalypse with open arms.  So many of us are used to operating on mindless autopilot we don’t really care who’s in charge as long as we can get the beloved consumer goods we shop for.

So give a big hug to and its impending delivery drones!  Not only are we buying our products written by a computer, on a computer, over a website that gives us suggestions for what we ought to buy, but soon we won’t even have to worry about interacting with those pesky humans who delivery those smiling, brown boxes to our doorstep.  All Amazon needs to do is get rid of those weak homo sapiens working in its warehouses, and the world’s largest online retailer will be completely inhuman!

The next step: robot consumers, so humans will be completely removed from the equation.  Now, that’s utopia.

“New” Original Star Trek Episodes!

November 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

As a kind of tribute to 1970s photonovels, comic great John Byrne is creating a “new” original Star Trek episode for IDW’s Star Trek Annual 2013.

You don’t have to be a huge Trekkie to see that this looks pretty cool.  There is a real richness in color and lighting that you don’t see in the high key lighting of later “generations.”  Thought at first glance, this might look like John Byrne just grabbed a bunch of video stills and turned them into comic book panels, many of these panels have  been created in Photoshop from different images.

You can check out more on the process on John Byrne’s website, and you can buy Star Trek Annual 2013 in December.

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