By turns a series of animated shorts, an illustrated memoir, and a blog, Gabe Swarr’s Life in the Analog Age hearkens back to a simpler time. A time before the manifold distractions of the modern age worked their way into just about every waking moment of an individual’s life—before the Internet, smart phones, and social networking replaced community with connectivity, and quiet contemplation with constant cognitive noise.
As its name implies, Life in the Analog Age is a distillation of one man’s memories of a pre-Internet America: lazy afternoons spent riding bikes, gazing at clouds, and tromping carefree through the woods; days when everything was new and magical and children were never indoors by choice. Similarly, Swarr’s “Artifacts of the Analog Age” blog posts celebrate such quaint-seeming totems as Rubik’s cubes, cassette tapes, Combos, and supermarket vending-machine prizes like sticky hands and gummy crawlers.
Nostalgic to a fault, Life in the Analog Age teems with touchstones and sentiments that should be all-too-familiar to those whose childhoods predate the never-ending onslaught of the Information Age—and who can recognize the series’ intentionally limited colour palette of orange, purple, and goldenrod for the canny throwback that it is.
Fan Art: There is no doubt in my mind that Life in the Analog Age has perfectly captured the essence of childhood in pre-Internet America, and I, for one, cannot wait ‘til Gabe Swarr turns his thoughts (and his pen) to that “dimensional adventure of pitfalls and perils”: Fireball Island.