Mike Reed: "Cyber Sisters"
Mike Reed: Big
Dog and Me Too
the Net: Flame Warriors
YORK, 25 May 2001 "Flame wars" date back to the dawn of
the Internet as a medium for communal discourse - the newsgroups and
mailing lists of the 1980's and earlier were often home to bitter
disputes among legions of people with little better to do, often, than
snipe at each other via hostile "flame" messages. From the
splitting of virtual hairs and the picking of virtual fights to the ad
hominem attack and even the threat of cyber-violence, internet
denizens have gone at it hammer and tongs since long before "http://"
was even a glimmer in Tim
Now Minneapolis illustrator
Mike Reed is compiling a bestiary of Flame Warriors an ever-growing compendium of the
different species of virtual combatant that inhabit today's online forums,
mailing lists and other communities. Digital illustrations and clever
descriptions detail the threats awaiting non-combatants sallying forth
into the fray - solitary menaces like "Klaxon", "Troglodyte"
, and armed groups like the "Cyber
Swarm", and the "Howlers"
. Many members of the Flame Warriors roster have been suggested
by Reed's visitors, but the illustrations are all Reed's. Not all of
them are brilliant, but the more choice images and descriptions in the
collection should raise more than a few chuckles, for anyone who's been
sucked into the online-community side of the Internet.
Reed offers an online
that in addition to Flame Warriors shows off his other workpaintings and digital sketches that include
children's book and other illustration and satirical swipes at the foibles
of the French, European life and art school in France. The site's
navigation is rather confused, but a site map provides access to most of his material.
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