The Reverse Halloween Short Film (that was almost lost forever)

In 2009, a user named np312 wrote a comment on Ask Metafilter about being reverse-trick-or-treated when they were a kid. I loved the story so much that I drew it into a comic…. and then someone loved the comic so much they turned it into a short film.

As I understand it, Bradley Montesi shot this back in 2013, but his computers were stolen before he could finish editing it. Somehow, after 7 years of trying, he managed to find the raw footage using Apple’s Time Machine and now the film is finally finished.

Reverse-Trick-Or-Treating Halloween comic by Doctor Popular

It’s been fun to see this story/comic come back every year in some new form. I heard there’s even a commercial in the UK based on it. I haven’t kept up with the original poster, but I hope they’ve had as much fun with it over the years as I have.

A Bishop in the First-Dimension

I wrote this short story to help describe how Bishops move in Doc Pop's One-Dimensional Chess:

The Bishop opened his eyes and again the world collapsed. The ground before him–so far as he could see–was white. Looking back, the familiar silhouette of Isabella, his Queen, bolstered his resolve. He could feel her eyes upon him, and trusted her to see more than himself.

He returned his gaze to the empty space before him, where an enemy’s Pawn had just recently threatened him. The Pawn seemed to disappear and reappear with each step. He could not see it, but the Pawn was there, standing in the dark place the Bishop could not touch.

A figure moved in the distance, the enemy’s Knight, unmistakable upon his menacing steed. The Bishop quietly unsheathed his dagger, tightened his grip firmly, and dashed towards the mounted marauder. His cape billowed as the air rushed by in a torrent. The Knight, unprepared for this stealthy attack, fell at the Bishop’s feet with a loud, metallic thud. As the Bishop cleaned his blade he could not help but be awestruck at his good luck. Before him stood the enemy’s King. “Finally,” he thought. “An end to this pointless war,” but before he could move, a blade cut deep into his cloak. The Bishop fell as the towering figure of the enemy’s Rook slid into view.

Doc Pop’s One-Dimensional Chess

My newest game has a surprising amount of depth to it… Doc Pop’s One-Dimensional Chess is a chess variant you can print up and play at home. The game is free on, where you can also find illustrations and all the rules, as well as some history of 1D Chess.

If you decide to check it out, please share some photos online so I can see the game in action.

Spooky pics from Mission to Bernal Heights

Went for a stroll this morning and captured a few more photos on my glitched out digital camera.

spooky spiders
skin and bones
melting flowers