Midnight Owl Cafe Logo

I was listening to my favorite Billy Idol song, Rebel Yell, in my car yesterday and upon hearing the phrase “in the midnight hour…” for the nth time, I switched it mentally to “midnight owl.” I thought that Midnight Owl would be a good name for a cafe or diner, the kind that Edward Hopper would depict in a painting. I also thought that this would make for a nice fictional cafe/diner to depict in Murder is Suicide.

In that respect, I decided I needed to design an art deco style logo for the cafe and this is what I came up with this evening:


The font I used is Copasetic. As expected, I’m not the first to think of this phrase.

Let There Be Interactivity

I’ve been working on adding more interactive elements to my film noir multimedia web comic, Murder is Suicide. The first of these elements is a lamp switch button sitting on top of the Chapter 1 title page graphic.

Previously the graphic was static, but with the addition of this element and some javascript in the background, the viewer can press the button, which makes a clicking sound, and it swaps out the image of the darkened desk silhouette with the original version of the lamp-illuminated desk with the file folder on top that bears the title of the chapter: Death and Drowning.

The button also turns off the lamp and the button graphic changes to reflect the on or off state of the lamp. You can see the larger full version on the Murder is Suicide website.

Chapter 1: Death and Drowning
lightbulb switch

The Trenchcoat Minotaur

I conceived of a project a year or two ago involving a mashup of a hardboiled film noir world and ancient, primarily Greek and Roman, mythology. I titled the project The Trenchcoat Minotaur.

While on a flight recently, I occupied my time with fleshing out some ideas and composing some initial character sketches:

Apollo’s at the bar burning out his liver and lungs on Flaming Chariots and fire as he recounts for a fourth time his forlorn tale of finding the doll of his dreams and how he offered her everything but Ms. Laura Wreath, preferring to be free, instead broke his heart and then made like a tree.

Miss “Hard-To-Miss” Artemis is a huntress, a sureshot with a rod and a hit through the heart of every doe-eyed dope who, acting on impulse, tried to fawn over her, finding too fast that her smile hid her teeth and her dress hid a piece to plug a peeping tom or perhaps murder a mark.

St Johns Bridge

It’s been several months since I’ve worked on my film noir multimedia web comic, Murder is Suicide. In revisiting the project, I’ve been working on expanding the first chapter and adding more narrative and exposition and milieu. In this vein, I worked on my 3D model of the St. Johns Bridge a bit more than I previously had in order to be able to use it for Murder is Suicide as intended.


My original intention for the setting of Murder is Suicide was an anonymous city, but as I drove around Portland, I realized that it was the perfect setting. It has such an interesting history and many of its iconic structures existed in the 1930s, such as the St. Johns Bridge, the Paramount Theatre, et al.

As a part of this recent expansion effort, I’ve started the story by introducing Portland as the setting via a shot of the St. Johns Bridge.