About Geeks In Love
Vincent Knobil insists he’s not a geek, even though he says things like “emulation layer” and thinks people might actually have a clue what he’s talking about. If they don’t, he’ll explain it till their eyes glaze over. And when his partner on a super secret, high-tech venture calls him on iChat, he says “I’m being hailed.” Not a geek?
Vincent is an artist and composer (and a UI design expert who dabbles in programming and pays the bills by localizing software…). He’s not a technophile (except when it comes to Apple stuff). But he’ll play for hours with every feature of some new application—speculating on the designers’ thought processes, commenting on usability, critiquing—claiming all the while that, for him, software is simply a means to his artistic (and pecuniary) ends. Right.
He spent his childhood in the world of Gotlib, auteur extraordinaire of French bandes dessinées. He was drawing cartoons of his own by the time he was seven but, at around the age of 16, he tragically put down his pen, took up the saxophone and infiltrated the Brussels underground music scene. Later, in New York, he forsook the sax for a midi keyboard and a Mac. With that setup, he composed, among other things, a one-act musical play with haunting melodies and brilliant lyrics that tell the poignant story of—a sentient computer. Only Vincent could make the Turing Test touching… Still later, back in Paris, he picked up a flea market guitar that he runs through software that emulates amplifiers and effects. He adds the odd marimba, cymbal, or even an entire orchestra and mixes it with audio software that would terrify most people.
Vincent’s friends and family have always lamented the fact that he abandoned drawing to make his unique music, and they’ve urged him to reconsider for years. Finally, Vincent has once again taken up his pen (actually, his brush) and started cartooning the old-fashioned way; with real ink on good paper (and a scanner, a graphics tablet, and Photoshop).
Vincent’s comic-strip geek lives with a geeky girl who thinks “tag cloud” sounds like poetry. They’re madly in love. As a child, Vincent lived in a comic-strip world. Today, through Geeks in Love, he is sharing his vision of the best of all possible geek worlds.
Written by Pamela