The comments on YouTube are about how much they would pay for this, but all I can think is that it's practically a seminar for how to make such art yourself. Hot off of MuseCon, howzabout linking up to some especially cool instructional videos?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1634613.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Sat, May. 25th, 2013, 06:14 am
Geek Pride Day
So many things we celebrate on Geek Pride Day
First, of course, it's the Glorious 25th of May
, for all you Discworld
It's also the 36th anniversary of the release of the original, non-Episode IV Star Wars
. We weren't completely
unprepared -- technically, Jaws
was the first "blockbuster" -- but, besides being the coolest thing most of us had ever seen up to that point, Star Wars
was absolutely transformative in how films were both created and marketed. Along with Star Trek
, it can be considered one of the foundations of modern mythology.
And, celebrating another of those foundations, it's Towel Day
, celebrating the life and writings of author Douglas Adams, creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
. Here's hoping that, someday, we'll all have a proper edition of that mind-bogglingly useful book.
And, on top of all that, it's the birthday of such geek legends as Edward Bulwer-Lytton
(1803), Sir Ian McKellen
(1939), Frank Oz
(1944), Barry Windsor-Smith
(1949), and Stan Sakai
How are you
celebrating Geek Pride Day? I'm at Up In The Aether Con
in Dearborn, MI, where the place has already been going crazy since yesterday morning. Wonderful folks, superb cosplay, Victorian mad science, gorgeous women in corsets, fun fun fun.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1622835.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Great sadness. One of the all-time legends of comic art, Carmine Infantino
, has passed away
at the age of 87.
Infantino was an amazing artist. Where Kirby made things almost unnaturally epic, and Gil Kane brought fierce power, Infantino's forte was movement. He did his best work on The Flash
, where he brought to life the sheer speed
of a man who could outrun light. Not incidentally, he also co-created many of the villains who became Flash's Rogues' Gallery, including Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, the Mirror Master, and Grodd.
As an editor, as a mentor, and especially as an artist, Carmine Infantino was one of the icons of the Silver Age, and his impact is still felt throughout comics. Rest well, sir, and thanks.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1611122.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
People forget there's another bridge in the San Francisco Bay area. For the past two years, artist Leo Villereal has been creating an art project that will run for the next two years:
And, yes, he's technically turned the Bay Bridge into a simulated lava lamp.
But a two mile long
lava lamp.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1605016.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Now there's a name you likely don't know. But, oh, you know his most famous work.Andre Cassagnes
, who has passed away
at the age of 86, was the inventor of the Etch-A-Sketch
As toy, artwork, political commentary, even keychain, that red slab of glass, plastic, and aluminum powder with the two knobs has permeated our culture for five decades, with no end in sight. I've owned several over the years, and I've got my eye on the iOS app (only $2.99, or only 99¢ for the one that turns your photos into Etch-A-Sketches).Bonne chance, Msr. Cassagnes, et merci
)This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1598773.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
If all you gaming geeks and art collectors want a bad-ass hardcover collection of the art of Larry Elmore
, you have less than three hours to kick in. Stretch goals have already expanded the package quite a lot (the basic $49 Fan Package now includes the 336-page hardcover book [up from the original 256], a 64-page softcover sketchbook, six 8x10" prints of Larry's D&D and Dragonlance box covers, and a ticket for a motorcycle ride with him down in Kentucky), so it's a hell of a deal.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1590455.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Our friend Elena (the artist behind the Babylon 5 Jumpgate Pins
) has slowed down a bit these days -- she's dealing with breast cancer -- but she's hardly out. Her new page, Astronomy Jewelry
, has some lovely stuff at very reasonable prices. If you're looking for some sparklies, you might want to check it out.
Any last-minute signal boosting? I'll have some of my own tomorrow.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1587830.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
More later -- I need to spend at least today and likely tomorrow catching up with, oh, everything, especially sleep -- but GenCon was tremendous fun, and I got to spend (way too little) time with Howard Tayler
and Lar DeSouza
and Ryan Sohme
r and Randy Milholland
and Diana Harlan Stein
and Rob Balder
and Luke Ski
and the lovely Sara Trice and Ken Sherlock and his daughter Erin and the ever-amazing Marc Gunn
. And I ran into Michael and Terry and CJ Biro and just a whole bunch of folks, and I met and was quite impressed with Mikey Mason
and Dan the Bard
(and his lovely wife Kerry), and didn't spend nearly enough time with the fabulous Damsels of Dorkington
And I learned about some of the very coolest games and artwork I've ever seen.
And I got a bunch of deep-discount rulebooks and sourcebooks and a metric buttload of pretty dice and a whole bunch of cool web sites to share with you. I think doling them out over the week will be lots of fun, and GAMES GAMES GAMES!
This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1552867.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Great sadness. Legendary comic artist Joe Kubert
has passed away
at the age of 85. We extend condolences to his friends and family, and to the incredible comic art school
he established in 1976.
Kubert was one of those artists like Alex Toth and Frank Cho: you feel as if they're not drawing so much as copying photographs. There's a life to his work, a reality to it that sucks you in that much deeper.
Here, let me try this: Picture three very famous cinematic swordfights, as illustrated by comic artists:
- The Man In Black vs. Inigo Montoya would, I think, best be drawn by Gil Kane or Terry Dodson (who's got more than a little Cho in him).
- Robin Hood vs. Guy of Gisbourne (Errol Flynn/Basil Rathbone), we're talking Jack Kirby or John Buscema.
- The final duel between D'artagnan and Rochefort (Michael York/Christopher Lee)... that's Joe Kubert.
What are some of your favorite Kubert stories or characters? I used to love Sgt. Rock -- gritty, realistic that didn't flinch from war. And of course his work on Hawkman was amazing. But every once in awhile he'd draw Batman, and that
was something, because his Batman was lean rather than bulky, and looked as if he actually could travel magically from shadow to shadow.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1551331.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
If you read the 1970s Pyramid paperback editions of Harlan Ellison, not to mention a whole lot of other books and record albums over most of the past fifty years, you knew the art of Leo and Diane Dillon
Great sadness, as Leo Dillon passed away
earlier this week at the age of 79. Our condolences to his companion and collaborator, Diane, and their family and friends.
For a reminder of how astounding and beautiful their work was, check out this blog archive
Who are your favorite fantasy illustrators? (To differentiate from 19th- and early-20th-century illustrators such as Arthur Rackham, John Tenniel, and John R. Neill, and from graphic novels.) I'll never get tired of Bob Eggleton, Michael Whelan, and Olivia de Berardinis, but I have soft spots in my heart for Don Maitz, Stephen Hickman, and of course our darlings dhstein
, and ursulav
. (And I know there are others who hang out here, and my brain SIMPLY ISN'T WORKING today, so remind me and send links our way so we can oooh and ahhh.)This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1526773.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Great sadness. Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak
, best known for Where The Wild Things Are
, has passed away
at the age of 83.
Sendak's work is like a cross between that of Dr. Seuss and Edward Gorey: whimsical, detailed, unnerving, scary, and most of all engaging. I am shamed to say I am not as familiar with it as I should be, but WTWTA is fortunately damn near universal. (And, as an aside, you can get the fairly well received movie
on DVD at Target on their five-buck-movies-for-kids endcap.)
Farewell, sir, and thank you.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1516620.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Great sadness -- another of the legends has passed. Artist and designer Jean Giraud
, aka Moebius, has passed away
at the age of 73.
He did comics that were gorgeous and truly alien, in a gentle yet powerful style, kinda like Barry Windsor-Smith crossed with Jack Kirby or Jim Steranko. Astonishing visions, dreamscapes where the people themselves seemed a little unreal, as if they had absorbed some of the unreality around them.
He contributed to the visual look of so many of our favorite films: Alien, Blade Runner, Tron,
the Star Wars
universe, The Abyss
Rest well, sir. Your work will not be forgotten.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1497842.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Great sadness -- one of the visionaries has died. Ralph McQuarrie
, best known as the production illustrator for Star Wars
, has passed away
at the age of 82.
Consider how much of modern science fiction's visual currency is based on his work: Darth Vader, C3PO, R2D2, the Death Star, X-Wings, Y-Wings, TIE Fighters, Leia's hair buns, Boba Fett, Jabba the Hutt, Cylons, the Galactica, Colonial Vipers, the Mothership in Close Encounters
, the look and feel of the Indiana Jones movies, Jurassic Park
Rest well, sir, and thank you for your dreams.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1495930.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
So what's your
weekend look like...?
Geeks Are Sexy
calls our attention to the works of Coran "kizer180" Stone
, who takes beloved characters from TV, movies, comics, anime, video games, etc., and tweaks them in dark, wonderful ways. The Mario pictures are excellent, the Lupin III vs. Inspector Gadget makes me want to see the movie that goes with that poster, and the Return Of Oz is just frickin' creepy.
And how can you not love Shaggy as a Ghostbuster?
Of course, GAS also aims us to Doctorama
, a whole bunch of SF/F Doctors done up as Futurama
Any cool reimaginings of favorite characters that have caught your eye lately? Link 'em up.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1473937.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Chances are decent that you've at least heard of DC Comics' very recent reboot of their entire universe, many aspects of which are not going over very well. Fortunately, it is the nature of fans to come up with pretty nifty Alternate Universes (or in this case, I guess Unauthorized Elseworlds).
By way of io9
, we learn how Aaron Diaz, creator of the web comic Dresden Codak
*, has come up with his own new visions for the DC Universe -- specifically, the Justice League
, the Legion of Doom
, and Batman
. (Though sadly no Batman villians -- I want to see his version of the Joker and Two-Face!)
I want fanfic in this universe, and I might write some of it.
Those of you who read comics: What are your favorite AUs? I'm thinking actual alternate versions of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, etc. Things like Squadron Supreme
don't count; they are indeed their own little closed universes. Although Tom Strong
is borderline. But I'm specifically thinking of Elseworlds and What Ifs, as well as movie adaptations (e.g., the Tobey MacGuire Spider-Man
flicks) that take a substantial liberty with the character (e.g., organic web-shooters rather than mechanical ones).
I have a tropism for Batman AUs. Batman meeting Captain America in WW2, Batman defeating Dracula but being turned into a vampire himself, Superman/Batman Generations I, Speeding Bullets (where Thomas and Martha Kent find Kal-El)... amazing stuff. I also have a huge fondness for one of the first and best Elektra spinoffs, "What If Elektra Had Lived?" by Frank Miller. Unfortunately, not long after that, she <i>did</i> live, and things kinda went sideways....
*I had never heard of this comic. My loss. Holy frak, this is gorgeous.
This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/412597.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Sat, Aug. 6th, 2011, 07:03 am
is a graphics remix: "What If Male Superheroes Posed Like Wonder Woman On The David Finch Justice League
Who's your favorite female hero, and why? I think I'm always going to have something for both Shadowcat and Catwoman -- not the feline aspect, but the "I'm gonna be pretty much myself, in costume or not" aspect.
Sadness. Fantasy artist Jeffrey Catherine Jones
has passed away
at the age of 67. She did a lot of incredible fantasy work -- book covers, some comics, various fine art paintings, and won the World Fantasy Award in 1986 for Best Artist.
Tue, Jan. 25th, 2011, 03:34 pm
Various and sundry things for you to check out:
Consider this an open thread.
Holy frijoles. Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart
, has passed away
at the age of 69. Dude was not to everyone's taste, but his music was astonishing, especially for its time. He spent most of the last quarter century painting rather than making music, and you can check out those works as well as many others by him at The Captain Beefheart Radar Station
. And you can hear some of his tracks at YouTube
I want all of these
Can you come up with your own titles? I'm thinking The Pokemon Little Puppy
and Are You There, Merlin? It's Me, Severus
- This weekend is FenCon in north Dallas, TX. I'm on the schedule for a panel at Friday noon. Sorry, but I will not be at that panel -- I'll still be on the road (it's a long haul). I should make my 5:00 p.m., and my concerts are Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday at noon. On the other hand, Jeff and Maya Bonhoff, Marc Gunn, Margaret Middleton, the Bedlam Bards, and various others should keep you entertained in the meantime. ;)
- Matt Duhan from Gozer Games has a new game he's trying to get crowdfunded: Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, and Fairies. Art by Phil Foglio and R. K. Milholland. (He's also whipping up a promo video for his previous epic, Zombie Ninja Pirates, and he's specifically using "Trans Poly U Fight Song" and "Pirate Ninjas From Dino Island" for that one, so I'll let you know when it's released into the wild.)
- seanan_mcguire is still accepting pre-orders for her new album Wicked Girls.
- DJ Boffles has a show on New Eden Radio (for all your EVE Online internet radio needs). This Sunday at 16:00 GMT (noon EDT, methinks), they'll be broadcasting a special Talk Like A Pirate Day edition, and I know for a fact they'll play my song because they e-mailed and asked if they could.
- ARRR! Sunday be International Talk Like A Pirate Day! My set list for the Sunday noon concert suddenly be all too clear, ARRR!
- In case ye forgot (I didn't), the movie version of The Pirates of Penzance with Kevin Kline, Rex Smith, Angela Lansbury and Linda Ronstadt is on DVD at last!
Ready... set... Pimp Your Stuff!
So much stuff this week I'm going to break it into two parts and have a Pimp Your Stuff Friday:
- First and foremost, I'm giong to NASFiC in Raleigh, NC this weekend. It actually starts today; I'll be singing tomorrow and Saturday, and just hangin' out a lot. So will Rob Balder, Devo Spice, and Shoebox. That's right, we're gettin' the band back together. Oh, and, there will be barbecue. Oh yes, there will be barbecue.
- I remind you gently of that LibertyCon set I have at my Bandcamp page. And any other of my albums you might want to download. ;)
- S.M.A.C.C., a couple of weeks ago, was small but pretty cool. I'll have more links tomorrow, but we'll start with an old fannish friend, William Waldrop, who's the chief modeller for Current Motor Company, building some damn fine looking electric motorcycles. Seriously, check this one out.
- Another of the many fine artists there was Juana Moore, who makes portraits, shrines, dolls, beads, and toys.
- I also met Odd and Lizzie of Mad World Radio. NSFW.
- And there's the very cool Michigan Independent Film.
- Last but certainly not least, a crowdfunding project you might find interesting. Around the end of last year, I found out about a guy named Drew Bates, who independently came up with the idea of Redneck Ninjas. I wrote a song; he worked up a potential animated series. (To which I may end up doing the music, hee.) He's trying to finance a 60-second animated short.
Ready... set... Pimp Your Stuff!
The old-time Amiga geek in me loves this
Mon, Jul. 26th, 2010, 07:31 am
Now, see, this
is the other big reason I'd like to get to San Diego Comic Con. (Besides wanting to make a big splash as an entertainer, sell a gazillion CDs, and maybe flirt with Felicia Day, of course.) TOYS!
As you likely noticed, there are several more goodies on those pages. Which of them would you scour eBay for?
Sat, Jul. 24th, 2010, 09:26 am
Just a quick reminder that, today and tomorrow, I'll be at the first-yaar Southern Michigan Art and Creativity Conference
at the Doubletree Hotel in Dearborn, MI. Art, music, all-night indie film festival. Admission is only $10 at the door. I've got a concert at 5:00 p.m. today.
What else is going on this weekend?
- If you've been thinking of getting some of my download albums, this is a good time to do it. Nothing special -- just the end of the month coming. :)
- This Saturday and Sunday, I'll be at S.M.A.C.C., the Southeastern Michigan Arts and Creativity Conference, at the Doubletree Inn in Dearborn, MI. $5.00 to get in online, $10.00 at the door. Lots of creative types there, including Carl Lundgren, William Messner-Loebs, and our own William Waldrop. Various indie films, dancing, and music. I've got a set at 5:00 p.m. Saturday.
- Also close to home for me is Jason Contardi, a friend of a friend, who does landscaping. The promo he's got for his one-page web site? His own yard.
- NPR is polling the top 100 thriller novels among its listenership. Seanan's Feed is one of the contenders. Click here to vote. Now look at Rob Wynne's LJ. Now look at me. Back to Rob. Back to me. Back to Seanan. Back to me. The poll is now an infinite collection of clicky boxes. I'm on a dead horse.
- Y'know that sign in the ER or doctor's office that uses happy and sad faces to help you "rate your pain" from 0 to 10? Anne pointed me to a version that's a tad more realistic.
Ready... Set... Pimp Your Stuff!
ETA: Signal Boost for Heather Borean
Tue, Jul. 20th, 2010, 09:41 pm
Only one more day until San Diego Comic Con
Already, there have been leaks of cool stuff. The one I wish to call your attention to at the moment involves two pieces of concept art
, being given away as posters this weekend, for the upcoming Marvel movies Thor
and Captain America: The First Avenger
Thoughts on the art, on the movies, on the current state of those comics, on SDCC in general? We'll be here all week.
Regular readers of Girl Genius
may remember something about Cheyenne Wright, their regular colorist, working on the first three issues (which were in glorious sepia-tone). They're done, and you can check 'em out now by going to the very beginning
Mon, Jun. 28th, 2010, 07:42 am
. Saw a bunch of incredible costumes (the Fursuit parade had 718 participants, most of which were master-competition quality), got hugs from pretty ladies, had a couple of good concerts which I WILL have up for sale in the next day or two dammit, got some damn fine barbecue from Big Mama's (right around the corner from the convention center), sold some but not very much (a problem which a lot of the dealers seemed to be having), and ultimately decided against going to the Dorsai de-briefing party because I was just not feeling up to it. This morning, I pack up and head for home.
Many hugs and much love to unclekage
, Uncle Vlad, Cassie, markbernstein
, Chris, Becca, Mark O., unkbar
, Joanne (I never can remember her LJ name), scs_11
, Sabrina, James, Hilana, Dorothea, Rene, Carol, Doc & Anne P., etc., etc., etc. I can't even remember all your names, dammit, but I love you all. Shai.
Similar hugs and love to hbruton
, Bill Holbrook, Jon Lotshaw, Stan Sakai and his daughter Hannah, Jenner (fine songs and excellent cartoons, mate), Ray Van Tilburg, Susan Van Camp, Eric Schwartz, etc., etc.
Extreme love and many thanks to Martha, Robin, and Rachel. I owe you big time, and you literally made the weekend possible for me.
Next up: More music (and Les Nessman), and InConJunction
How's your week looking?
Sat, May. 29th, 2010, 04:25 pm
A moment of silence for actor, filmmaker and artist Dennis Hopper
, who has passed away
at the age of 74. A difficult man, not necessarily a likable man, but, in the right part, damn he could act.