The Screen Savers

Season 8 Episode 46

Jhonen Vasquez, Damn Good Website, LAN Party

Aired Weekdays 7:00 PM Mar 17, 2005 on techtv

Episode Recap

This Just In:

Own a Little Piece of Europe: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by purchasing one square foot of Ireland for $49.99. While you're at it, you may want to rent a German to tend it. Isn't the internet amazing?

Dr. Xavier Would Not Approve: reveals the mutant characters appearing in the upcoming X-Men 3.

Terminated But Still Fun: See the nifty custom-designed floors of the World's Tallest Virtual Building.

Hot Stock Tip: Kevin P.'s directive to "buy" Tapwave Zodiac on Yahoo's Tech Buzz game resulted in a momentary spike.

Invader Jhonen

Jhonen Vasquez was basically born to be a comic book artist—he started drawing as a child and hasn't stopped since. In fact, his first comic book, the darkly humorous Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, was based on a character he drew in high school. In the ten years since that comic debuted, Jhonen has drawn other comics like Squee! and Fillerbunny, and launched himself into animation with Invader Zim on Nickelodeon.

We'll have a web-exclusive interview with Jhonen tomorrow.

You can learn more about Jhonen's comics at publisher Slave Labor. (Hit the "Creator Info" link on the homepage.) You can also buy his comics at the Slave Labor online store. And you might also want to visit the mysterious

Kevin R.'s Dark Tip: USB Phone Charger

Yes, with but a project box from Radio Shack, a voltage regulator, a 9 volt battery, and a USB cord, you can make your own portable charger for your cell phone. For instructions on making your own USB phone charger, read Jason Striegel's post at

The Feed

Government In Action: For the fifth straight year, almost half of all government agencies received a grade of "D" or worse for cyber security, reports the Washington Post. Leading the charge of failure: The Department of Homeland Security.

New York's Black Hole: Scientists at the Brookhaven National Laboratory created a very tiny and extremely short-lived black hole.

Crossbows Don't Kill, People Do: South Africans are resorting to buying crossbows for protection as gun laws tighten.

Not Dead Yet: Sony resurrects its PSX PVR-plus-PS2 console, this time with PlayStation Portable support.

Sarah's Damn Good Websites

See Google News headlines displayed as a treemap visualization at Newsmap.

Add the things you want to do with your life to the communal list at 43 Things.

Live Call

Jason from Livermore, Calif. wanted to know if Jhonen would ever use his characters in video games.

"I've had offers to translate characters, but I'd like to do something specifically for games," said Jhonen, who's actually a hardcore gamer.

LAN Party Thursday

Today we played Unreal Tournament 2004 with our special guests Amy McCaghren (Miss October) and Meredith Giagrande (Miss September), who model for Be sure to visit the site for their special sign-up deal for G4 viewers.

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