It’s All Geek to Me!

Review: Wacom Mobilestudio Pro Stand

January 23rd, 2018 | Posted in It's All Geek to Me!

It seems silly to “review” something as basic as a stand for a graphics tablet, but if you use one of these you will understand how frustrating it can be to NOT have an good solution to hold said tablet at a comfortable and stable working angle. Wacom released it’s Mobilestudio Pro a little over a year ago, but they did not have a stand available for it until very recently, forcing users to find imperfect third part solutions. I got one of their new stands to test drive and with the public release can now post my thoughts on the hardware. BTW, you can… READ MORE

Review: New Wacom Mobilestudio Pro

October 13th, 2016 | Posted in It's All Geek to Me!

Last week Wednesday Wacom unveiled their new MobileStudio Pro device at an event at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. I was one of a handful of artists who were there as part of the event, and who had been sent one of the new devices to test drive beforehand. Now that the MobileStudio Pro has been announced, I can share my review of the unit. I had the 13 inch version with the I7 processor, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. I have been using the Cintiq Companion 2 for some time now, and while I liked that device just fine (see my… READ MORE

Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 Review

July 11th, 2016 | Posted in It's All Geek to Me!

For the longest time I have wanted to find a truly portable digital art studio solution that would allow me to take actual work on the road and be able to do that work without a boatload of compromise and hassles. I just wanted something I could turn on, open up whatever piece I am working on, and be able to work on it with the same results as I would get had I been sitting in my studio at home. This was a pipe dream for a long time. The closest things on the market to what I wanted as either the Modbook, a… READ MORE

Bye Bye QuizUp!

April 10th, 2014 | Posted in It's All Geek to Me!

Regular readers of my blog probably already know this, but I am a bit of a Sherlockian, that being a scholar of the literary character Sherlock Holmes. In my particular case I am all about the original four novels and 56 short stories (aka the “canon”) written by Holmes’ creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I have a casual interest in the various films, TV shows and such featuring the Holmes characters, but it’s the original Canon that I am partial to. I was pretty happy to find some months ago that the smartphone/tablet app “QuizUp” had a literary “Sherlock Holmes” category. This app is a… READ MORE

New Pebble Steel

January 7th, 2014 | Posted in It's All Geek to Me!

It’s All Geek to Me Dept. It’s been a long time since I did one of these types of posts, but as I am a gadget junkie yesterday’s Pebble watch news was of interest. The good news? Pebble introduced a new design, called the Pebble Steel. It’s made of… wait for it… stainless steel (regular or black matte). It also has slightly different button spacing and profile, a reconfigured charging port, is waterproof to 5 atms, significantly less border space around the face, and comes with both a matching steel band and a leather band. The bad news? It’s $250. I get a lot of… READ MORE

New Wacom 13HD Cintiq

March 22nd, 2013 | Posted in It's All Geek to Me!

I’d love to say I’m doing a review of this new Wacom Cintiq 13HD “portable” unit because I was sent one by Wacom to test drive, but they don’t return my phone calls. sooooo…. I only know what I’ve read like most of the rest of the world. However, I am a veteran of using 4 different models of the Cintiq (five if you include borrowing a pal’s original Cintiq 15sx to do a job when I was on vacation), including the 12wx which I did review hands on, so after seeing the specs of this new model I can safely make some recommendations for… READ MORE

Pogo Connect- A Review

January 28th, 2013 | Posted in It's All Geek to Me!

When Apple’s iPad started the tablet computing craze, one of the Holy Grails of these light and extremely portable devices was using it as a digital drawing board ala the Wacom Cintiq. In the case of the early tablets, the problems in the way were a lack of pressure sensitivity, and that the touch screens were designed to work with fingertips, not a precise stylus. The drawing instrument “solutions” were these terrible styluses with a big, marshmallow-like pillow at the end that was not ideal for fine drawing or linework, and of course no pressure sensitivity at all. (NOTE: before I go on, please spare… READ MORE

The New Apple TV- A Review

January 27th, 2011 | Posted in It's All Geek to Me!

We digress from our constant blather about caricature, cartooning and illustration to talk about one of our other favorite subjects… gadgets! This year for Christmas The Lovely Anna got me the new Apple TV, Apple’s new incarnation of it’s “hobby” entertainment server for your living room. We have owned one of the original Apple TVs for a while now, and use it for The Animated Elizabeth‘s TV room where it works great for her demanding video needs associated with her autism. The new Apple TV is a big departure from the old model on many levels, but first here’s a little history of the Apple… READ MORE

The iPad and Comics

August 13th, 2010 | Posted in It's All Geek to Me!

The future?…. Here’s a link to an recent CNN article on how the iPad is boosting the appeal of digital comics. I absolutely agree that the iPad and it’s descendants will be the new format for publishing, including comics and magazines. I can see a virtual news stand in the future full of individual issues and subscriptions for magazines, comics, comic books and newspapers… delivered without user effort to your mobile tablet device in a format that is easy and natural to browse, read and enjoy. However I don’t see the iPad being that device, but some other piece of hardware that doesn’t force the… READ MORE

Drawing on the iPad?

July 15th, 2010 | Posted in It's All Geek to Me!

I know I promised an artcentric review of the iPad a long time ago, but I haven’t had the opportunity to test out very many drawing and painting applications on it so far… I’m also wating deleivery of one of those silly marshmallow tipped “stylus’s”. I did run across this intriguing video recently, showing that someone is working on one of the two biggest limitations to drawing on the iPad… the lack of pressure sensitivity. At first I thought the case the iPad on the video is in might be the source of the pressure sensitivity, but from reading the brief description at it… READ MORE

The Mobile MAD Blog

April 23rd, 2010 | Posted in It's All Geek to Me!

If you’ve happened to visit this blog in the last few days on an iPhone, Android or other mobile device you (hopefully) will have noticed a different look on your hand-held surfing machine courtesy of a great plug-in called WPtouch. The MAD Blog uses the excellent WordPress blog software, and this plug in automatically formats the blog with a quick loading and easy to use mobile theme when it detects the visitor is using an Apple iPod Touch, iPhone, Goodle Android, Palm Pre or other touch- based mobiles. There are configurable options but it works great right after loading and activation. It cuts down on… READ MORE

Excelsior! for the iPad

April 5th, 2010 | Posted in It's All Geek to Me!

The iPad has been out for all of two days and already we are seeing apps that demonstrate not only how much more this device is than the “bigger iPod Touch” naysayers are dismissing it as, but exactly the kind of content delivery that it and it’s eventual ancestors are going to revolutionize the publication industry with. Take the new Marvel Comics app. It’s a free app that is used as a gateway to the buying of single issues or a series from Marvel. They have both an iPhone version and an iPad version. Comparing the screenshots of two you can instantly see how the… READ MORE


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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