Archive for February, 2013

Java Zombie (a tribute to The Walking Dead)

Posted in ASCII Text Art, calligrams, concrete poetry, pattern poetry, shape poems, the walking dead, typography, visual poetry, zombies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2013 by ecko

Java Zombie

“Java Zombie” Copyright © 2013 John Ecko. All rights reserved.

One of my favorite shows, The Walking Dead, is back for more high-octane action and drama. I’ve been wanting to do a tribute piece for a while and this little bit of humor was all that I could come up with. I often have to stay up late on Sundays to watch Walking Dead, then the Talking Dead live show. Unfortunately, I pay the price having to get up at four am the following morning to do the dayshift thing. When the coffee bean is no more, I will know beyond a doubt that the end of the world has truly come…lol.


Inn Situ: Let it Ride (Reflections of Eddie Crenshaw)

Posted in ASCII Text Art, calligrams, concrete poetry, Inn Situ Chronicles, Inn Situ Volume One, poetry, Sedona Arizona, shape poems, typography, visual poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2013 by ecko

Let it Ride

“Let it Ride” Copyright © 2013 John Ecko. All rights reserved.

Here is my second piece from the Inn Situ Chronicles visual series centered around a character named Eddie Crenshaw from Michael’s story, “You, Me and James Dean”. This piece takes another look at Eddie and is directly influenced by Michael’s story. Michael does a great job of describing Eddie here:

“Allow me to paint a visual picture of Eddie for you. Eddie stands about 5’5″ and is perpetually dressed in a menacing scowl framed by a black leather coat replete with zippers, straps and buckles in excess. He likes his music loud, fast and chock full of screaming guitars competing with screaming vocals. His conversation is what my grandfather might have called “colorful” and my mother… well, let’s just say that my mother never approved would have never approved of Eddie.

Eddie’s story, You, Me & James Dean, appears relatively early on in Volume I, in a section designated as L’Chayim: To Life! A character in Eddie’s story, whom I named only as Brenda, makes her own starring appearance in Scott’s two part story The Road Has Spoken featuring Brenda Alvarez, a young girl from Ohio in search of a new life. As is often the case, Brenda gets sidetracked on the road to discovering her new self. She and Eddie lived together briefly until Eddie passed on in a freak accident, forcing Brenda to move on.”

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