Also from Andy Deemer…
The AsiaObscura Book
The Stormglass Protocol
"Like a Bond adventure for kids... Undeniably entertaining." - Kirkus
"A brilliant twist on the classic theme... captivating." - ForeWord Clarion
"Action-packed and fast-paced... barrels along with a cheerful intensity and no shortage of middle-grade Bond-style adventure." - Publishers Weekly
Stormglass for the iPad
"Truly immersive. ★★★★½" - 148Apps.com
"Rich graphics, an immersive storyline, and puzzles that will have you turned upside down." - iDownloadBlog.com
"Pulls the genre out of its stationary roots." - JayIsGames.com
"Perfect" - The NY Times
"Terrific" - Entertainment Weekly
- The Quirk of Bangalore Palace
- 21 Amazing Bangalore Breakfast Dishes
- Another Little Bangalore Boat Church
- Why Chinese People Eat Ants
- A Sweet New Batch of Indian Movie Posters
- Why Chinese People Eat Sea Horse
- Why Chinese People Eat Deer Penis
- India's Incredibly Cool Hand-Drawn Movie Posters
- Collapsing Caves, Dead Spelunkers, Corpse Robbery, and Big Mike's Mystery House
- All the Fortunes on Hong Kong's Temple Street
- Amazing Old Bollywood Poster Shops
- The Cockiest Shrine in Bangkok
- Why Chinese People Eat Snake as Medicine
- Beijing's Dongyue Temple and Their 19 Incredible Taoist Gods
- North Korean traffic lights… um… robot ladies.
- This Hindu God has 1,000 Vaginas!
- Classic Chinese Torture Methods (and their cute names)
- The Creepiest Amusement Park of All Time?
- Sifting Through Arthur C. Clarke's DVD Collection in Colombo
- The Poem I Can't Find…
- 18 Terrible Moments from a Taoist Hell
- Outsider Art Kangaroos at the Beijing Zoo
- Beijing's incredible (and completely fake) Disneyland
- Lucky Fruit (and Ain't So Lucky Fish)
- A Lovely Writeup of My Fowl Documentary
- The Cutest Slippers of All Time
- Tongzhou's "Kids with Measles" Ride
- Modern Day Cavemen of Shanxi
- Ready to Rumble
- No Panking!
- The Romance Park of the Heart – an abandoned Beijing theme park
- Prosthetic Noses, Red Wigs, and Whiteface… American Characters in Chinese Films
- About Andy Deemer & AsiaObscura
- Nazi Fashion in China
- Awesomely Steampunk Portable Corn Roaster
- Chasing the Shaman in Mongolia
- Hello Kitty & Cuppuccino!
- A Tiny Roadside Village, Made From Quartz
- Castration Classes at the Beijing Eunuch Culture Exhibition Hall
- A Museum of Nightmares in the Shadow of the Eiffel Tower
Author Archives: Andy Deemer
The Bangalore doctor frowned at the printouts of my blood tests. "Do you eat innards? You know, like brains, liver, kidneys?" Well, dear reader, if you know me, you know the answer is yes. "And red meat?" I nodded. "And herring and mackerel?" Oh yes! "Well, you must stop. Your urea levels ...
An old pal of mine is now writing Swamp Thing (among other great comics), so -- to welcome him to India -- I arranged for a pile of Kannada-style movie posters to be printed up. Kinda awesome, right? Hand-drawn and printed on a 1901 lithograph in the outskirts of Bangalore. See more of these Hollywood and ...
If you'd asked me, I'd have confidently told you the telegram service was long gone, relegated to dusty 1930s spy thrillers, retro New York hipster bars, and awesome games I'm building. I would have been so completely wrong. It turns out India actually still uses telegrams. Barely. The service is closing in days! When I read this, I ...
I don't like writing reviews for people I like, or admire. Too much pressure. How do I balance being the nice guy and giving them the kudos they deserve and disliking what they made? So be it. Tom Carter's CHINA: Portrait of a People is an awesome behemoth of a brick, measuring in at 2 ...
I haven't been posting much for the last three months. Sorry. Instead, I've been working away on a new iPad game... "The Stormglass Protocol", a room-escape game with all of the dark humor, cult movie references, and snark of AsiaObscura. Elements of 100 Floors, Myst, Lost, and even -- oh, do prepare yourself ...
I spent the weekend on a Dutch barge on a French canal, working towards my helmer's license. Being back in France after so many years was perfect. A cold wet breeze over endless fields of rapeseed. A massive wheel in my hands, hands that had been ripped up by old ropes. A cyclist ...
If the scorching Bangalore summer is sweating you raw, you might just need a bucket of this insanely good lime ice cream. Sounds weird, but it's sweet, tart, cooling, and just about perfect. If you're in Ohio, I strongly recommend you try the version at the wonderful Fearless Flavors, but here in Bangalore, at ...
Remember the Eko Nugroho flower suit we spent a month sewing? Well, even though we've left Beijing, the suit lives on! We'd gifted her to the fantastic prog-rock band Not There, and apparently she's been making the rounds. "Thousands" line up in Nanluogu Xiang for photos with her... Strawberry Music Fest 2013 gets a little ...
These Milk Bikis Milk Cream Biscuits might just be the creepiest teatime snack I've ever seen. Like the John Wayne Gacy of high tea.
It came up over a bowl of brain stew at Karim's, Old Delhi's famously-dingy 1913 eatery. "Tasty," I said, wiping my mouth. "By the way, did I tell you about the brain museum in Bangalore? The architect told me we should go." Michelle tore off a piece of naan, and sopped up a wet chunk of brain. ...
Well, we made it to the Taj Mahal last weekend. Huge. Overwhelming. Magnificent. I wiped away a tear or two. Shah Jahan built it in memory of his beloved third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. That's like the awesomest romantic gesture, ever. But I was also reading William Dalrymple's City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi at ...
53 weeks ago, I posted about my first boat church. The other day -- deep in Bangalore's Austin Town -- I found another. So what does this represent? St Thomas coming to Kerala? Or Jesus and Mary coming to India? Is the boat a little Fisher of Men? Or the stormy trip ...
I love this hand-painted ad for Bhadra Tarps. You know they're tough if even this mustached hunk can't rip them! (Then compare to their rather lackluster website. Oh....)
When you're in Bombay, a great way to get some context is start in the alleyways of Dharavi, one of the largest slums in the world. About a million people live here, crammed into 0.67 square miles. "It's like mainlining gratitude for how much we have to be thankful for," said my old pal Chris. I couldn't ...
Somewhere on Mutton Street, in Bombay's Chor Bazaar, sits a cave of musty sweetness. It's filled with old movie posters, piled almost six feet high. "You know V. Shataram, yes?" says the pint-sized operator, Khalim, who looks to be about twelve years old. "He's fantastic, amazing," he says, flailing his arms. "You ...
Sorry that I've been so lousy about updating the blog... work in India has gone from regular to quite mad. However, expect a couple of good updates coming soon! In the meantime, I did have time for my first PechaKucha talk, on a lifetime dream that turned out to be more of a nightmare. ...
If you know me, you know I like things big and overdone. I care less about the society of the spectacle than I do the spectacle of the spectacular. And Shangrila fills that fetish. It’s this month’s hit song from next month’s hit Sandalwood movie, Topiwaala, starring the legendary Upendra (Uppi to his fans). And you ...