Category Archives: Mad Science Institute

Anything to do with the Mad Science Institute series, or with other forms of science (both mad and normal)

Brick and the EMP blaster

  My sketching abilities are coming along a little, I think… or else maybe I’m falling back on the more familiar forms of comic book-style bruisers. Here I’ve shown Brick from his story in Three Weeks Before Doomsday. You might … Continue reading

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Thunder drones and lightning drones from Ghost Storm

  These two drone types are central to the villain’s plans in Ghost Storm. The thunder drones swarm an area by the thousands and use microwave emissions to alter the temperature and humidity of a region to tamper with larger … Continue reading

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Choop

Choop got his name when the members of the Institute mistook him for a Chupacabra. As such, his curious nature and stealth abilities make him the perfect mascot for the Institute. Choop’s actual origin is even more strange: he’s a clone … Continue reading

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Kickstarter lab for writers: press that button!

It’s launch day!!! That day has now come. I have worked out my backer rewards, built my page, and provided plenty of social media support. Yet, somehow, I’m still nervous about hitting that button. Pre-game butterflies in the stomach, I … Continue reading

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Kickstarter lab for writers: making your video

I was lucky enough to get to work with Andy Gill, the great surrealist filmmaker of his generation. This time, he even gave me special effects! Here’s the world-premier! If you only get one feature right on your Kickstarter page, … Continue reading

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Kickstarter lab for writers: budgeting and pricing

People talk about the big money crowdfunding smashes like Exploding Kittens (which recently raked in an astonishing 8.8 million). What people don’t often talk about is the dark side of success: when a project is successful but the creator still … Continue reading

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Kickstarter laboratory for writers

Welcome to the first installment of a short series on using Kickstarter (or any other crowdfunding system) to launch a novel.   Harsh Truth #1: 70% of Kickstarter projects fail. Don’t become a statistic. The frightening fact is that only … Continue reading

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The Med Bomb/Dye Bomb

This might not be the most exciting invention to look at, but this football-sized cylinder can explosively vent vapor . Nikki usually fills it with dye of various hues to flash-color just about any object (or person). In The Non-Zombie Apocalypse, it takes on … Continue reading

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The Non-Zombie Parasite

When it comes to my comfort zone with doodling, I’m only good with things that involve straight lines and sharp angles. That pretty much means robots. So I really took a risk with this one, because it’s all mushy and … Continue reading

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The Big Antimatter Reactor

In the word of Mad Science Institute, the world’s largest antimatter reactor is buried far, far below the Institute headquarters called Topsy House. Some people have asked why I described it as shaped like a kettle-bell. The reason, as I … Continue reading

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