Semi-Annus Horribilis
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3w ago
It's the end of June, the last day of the first half of a terrible year.  For the last year, possibly longer, I've been lost. Wondering what I'm doing with my life. Have I made the right decisions? Am I really any good at my job? Should I just have stayed in retail?  I've been working hard, but found - both in work and in leisure - it difficult to focus, to find enjoyment in anything. I've been stressed, tired, and discovered recently that all this sitting on my ass and stress-eating jellybeans / downing cups of tea has lead to the wonderful Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis.  And the ..read more
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Will there be an #RPGaDAY for 2024?
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1M ago
  It's the middle of the year and about the time when my thoughts turn to the approaching #RPGaDAY in August. At least it would be if I could actually concentrate on anything at the moment. Things are rough at the moment - a combination of deadlines, stress, health issues, and family worries means I really don't think I'm going to be up for #RPGaDAY this year - at least not hosting it. My partner in crime/gaming, the legendary Runeslinger, is going through an equally rough time at the moment, so it would be unfair to pass the heavy lifting of RPGaDAY hosting onto him. HOWEVER, all is no ..read more
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The Pali-toys that made me
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2M ago
  I have a very distinct memory. It must have been the summer of 1977, and my dad had gone away for a few days on a training course. It didn't happen often, usually once a year or so, but working in mental health I'm sure he had to keep up to date with what was happening with nursing treatments and stuff. He rarely talked about it. Anyway, he'd been away for a few days, and came home with a gift for me. I was, like, nine years old, so getting a new toy was always awesome, but I don't think my dad realised how much of an impact he was going to have.  He handed me two carded figures ..read more
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Bustin' Makes Me Feel Good
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3M ago
  This week it was my birthday. I'm very old. At least, I feel it sometimes. And usually, when a birthday comes along, I'm kinda happy for the day to go by with as little fuss as possible.  However, this year my lovely wife insisted that (a) I took the day off from work, and (b) did 'something'. So, after four-plus years of not venturing to the cinema we finally made the effort and braved the public to take in the new Ghostbusters movie - Frozen Empire.  Okay, disclaimer time – I love Ghostbusters. I always have. I was obsessed with the first movie, saw it when it first came o ..read more
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Nothing Can Stop Me Now...
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4M ago
I had the notification come through from my domain host that the domain for this website had auto-renewed and I've paid for it for the next couple of years. Just as I was about to delete the whole thing and go into hiding.  So I'd better use it!  I had a moment of clarity a few days ago, wondering why I was in such a funk. I suddenly realised that it's the typical frustrations of a creative mind.  When I was working in retail, as I had for twenty years, a lot of it was okay, and there were some moments where it was absolutely horrific. But while I was there, I had the release i ..read more
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Here's your Remedy...
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7M ago
Let's start this post with a little disclaimer. I don't play a lot of video games anymore. I've just found that (a) I don't have enough time, and (b) I'm rather terrible at them. I do still love video games, and I was obsessed enough with some games to actually 100% them - LA Noire, I'm looking at you. Fond memories of trying to sit in every type of car in the game to get that last achievement.  My problem is, I often get too involved in the story and empathise too much with the little character on the screen I'm controlling. I could just about handle Halo and its sequels, and the lead ch ..read more
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Not Everything You Do is For An Audience
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8M ago
After my recent post about how I was frustrated at my drawing and wanting to do something but it being a little... how's the best way to put it?... crap, I received a perfect message on Instagram from a good friend pointing me to a wonderful comic strip by @pascalcampionart (seriously, check out the art, it's lovely). In the strip (I won't post it here as I haven't asked for permission) the frustrated artist says that he has ideas, but doesn't like them.  The wonderfully drawn cat says that he should just do it, get them on paper - it may inspire something better. The strip closes ..read more
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Genre Defying (continued) - Moving and Behind Your Touch
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9M ago
  A few months ago I posted about a couple of series I'd been watching, mostly South Korean series as I've been having difficulty focusing on things. A lot going on in my head at the moment, so I'm finding it hard to sit in front of a TV series and actually watch it, if you know what I mean, rather than having it on while sitting on my phone doomscrolling.  I found that watching a series that had subtitles meant that I had to concentrate on the screen, not get distracted by anything, and actually taking in the information. It meant that I had been watching some seriously amazing se ..read more
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If it wasn't so comic it'd be tragic
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9M ago
  The old Missing Comics from 1998-9 Many, many, many years ago, back in the very late 90's, I used to write, illustrate, and publish comics. This was back when Autocratik was "Autocratik for the Masses", a play on the REM album name, 'Automatic for the People'.  My main comic was called Missing, a planned 90+ issue series about a hotel on the Scottish border, after England had become the 51st US State, and after global warming at raised the water levels to the point where cars needed to be amphibian, and highwaymen used surfboards to attack unsuspecting travellers. There w ..read more
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The X-Files at 30 - Close Encounters of the First Kind
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11M ago
  Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of the airing of the first episode of my favourite TV series - The X-Files. I've talked about The X-Files multiple times on this blog, and you know how obsessive I am, but as it's the anniversary I couldn't help but talk about it again. Bear in mind that it's not really the thirtieth anniversary for me. Over here in the UK we had to wait just over a year before that first episode aired on BBC2. However, to mark the anniversary I thought I'd do a series of posts about it, picking out my favourite episodes and memories of the series.  The best ..read more
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