Thursday, August 30, 2012

Something Fun

Here's Kelly Clarkson's new song.  Darkside.  A fan had fun making a video for it.  A Star Wars video.

Artist of the Week

Yep, another totally Random Artist of the Week.  This time it's Amanda Visell.  Why?  Because she does really cool wooden Star Wars sculptures.  See!

How cool are those?  See more on her blog: Amanda Visell's Blog
If those aren't cool enough, she has all sorts of sculptures she does.

Like this awesome Robot painting:

Or this super Wonder Woman/Justice League Painting:

She even has a store where you can buy things.  Real art for sale.  Not that crap most people hang on their walls from Wal-mart or Target.

So go forth!  Support art & artist by actually buying their stuff!

How to Impress Nerd Girls

Nerd chicks love Battlestar Galactica.  Well, some nerd girls.  Not me.  I know plenty who do though.  So, if you want her first impression to be all, "Wow!  Cool Battlestar stuff!!!" I've got some accesories for you that will pull you out of the friend zone.

How about a Battlestar USB?  4 gigs of sweet awesomeness.  If she needs to save that important homework paper you've help her with, you can whip this out & save the day!
$44.99 at Entertainment Earth and Amazon.

Wanna spend a little less?  $8.99 and you can protect your furniture while looking like a bad ass.
Or spend a little more & look a little more upscale & classy with these coasters instead.

$34.99 on these babies.  Amazon has them.

If it doesn't work out & she ends up thinking you are just too big a nerd, you can look at the $14.99 wall art you've hung & remember...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Electric Tiki Tron

Electric Tiki has figured out a way to give you the TRON statue/figure you always wanted.  They teamed up with Sideshow Collectibles for distribution, so you can find most of their stuff there.  $189.99 is the asking price for this cool, 14 inch high statue that will burst with glowy awesomeness under any college room blacklight.  Or your basement blacklight.  

Even without the blacklight it's super cool looking.

Sideshow has the payments at $63.33 a month if you want to use their flex-pay.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Steampunk Tonner Dolls

Now this is a pretty cool doll.  The Steampunk Tonner Wonder Woman Doll.  She's 16 inches high & very limited to only 500 pieces ever.  Nice.  She has a faux-leather suit, Goggles, Black rooted saran hair (I have no idea what that means) and her golden lasso.  She is pre-sale priced at $174.99.

If you head over to Entertainment Earth, you can get in on their deal of buy one get one 50% on all dolls right now.  

Maybe you'll want to pick up the TRON: Legacy Gem as well.  She's also $174.99 and limited to 500 pieces.  

Or Maybe you just want to stay in thew Superhero Genre.  There's Black Canary.

Standing at 13 inches high & also limited to 500 pieces, she sells for $149.99.  With the sale she'll be half that if you pick her up with Wonder Woman!

Maybe you want to go a whole other direction though & pick up a Momiji Doll instead.  These non-opening nesting dolls are 3 inches tall & have a place to insert a secret message.  

I kind of, sort of, love these.  

They are only $16.99.  Buy one get one 50% at Entertainment Earth.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Firefly Posters for Your Retro Room

Quantum Mechanix has released some great Art Deco type posters of the characters from Firefly.  The posters are each 24 x 12 inches on 100 lb. paper.  There is a set of the Ladies & one of the Gentlemen.

Both sets are Around $30.00 each.
You can acquire them from Entertainment Earth or many other suppliers.  
Google it.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Couple of Things

After finally getting everything in its place after deciding a month ago to move my studio, I got back to painting on Jem.  I've made a little progress.  I also have another painting in the works as well as beginning sketches for what will be the beginning of a web comic.  I'm pretty excited about all of it & the new set-up is fantastic. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

RIP Muppet Man

Jerry Nelson was a Muppeteer.  He was one of the originals.  He started way back in 1965 with Jim Henson as the right arm of Rowlf the dog.  You know him best as the Count from Sesame Street.  Count Von Count.  I loved him best as Sgt. Floyd Pepper.  That's Floyd there in the picture.  The Muppets have always been & continue to be a never ending source of love, imagination, dreams & possibilities.  Thank you Mr. Nelson, for all the laughs & joy.  

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wonder Woman + Superman

If you haven't heard yet, Geoff Johns over at DC has decided that Wonder Woman and Superman should have sex.  It will happen in Justice League #12.  

It's nice to see DC paying so much attention to Wonder Woman finally.  Trying to fill out her character.  Give her depth.  I'm not sure why they think boinking Superman is the way to do it, but okay.  Clark is a great guy.  I mean, he's basically Christ when you break it down.  Being an Amazon, if you're gonna go for some penis, Super Penis would be a solid choice. *snicker* 

I mean, she grew up surrounded by beautiful women.  She was a Princess. She could have any woman on the island.   I'm sure Steve Trevor was her first male conquest. I've always figured Diana would be at least Bisexual or Pansexual.  Growing up the way she did and having the desire to protect people I think she must look at souls more than gender.  Of course, we always have the tendency to project ourselves onto our heroes.

In my opinion, the whole reason there hasn't been a Wonder Woman movie is due to her sexuality.  How do you avoid addressing it?  In the real world, sexuality is something that just pops up.  People ask you if your married, dating, etc.  I can't tell you the number of times some dude has noticed I don't have a ring on my left hand, chatted me up all friendly (I'm thinking we're just chatting mind you), and then asked me if I have a boyfriend.  Of course, I always say no.  Then he asks me out. *sigh*   Then it gets really awkward.  I mean, do I want this stranger to know?  And then again, why is that weird in the first place?  But what if he gets violent?  Or gets really offended?  Or says something really hurtful?  What if he feels really stupid?  If I don't say something though, he will think that I just am not interested.  Which I'm not.  But not for the reasons he thinks.  Ugh.

(I adore this picture.  Couldn't find the name of the photographer.  Apologies.)

So really, in the real world it's impossible to ignore. I mean, we know who Batman has the hots for.  Clark has been with Lois forever.  Aquaman has had a couple different Mermaids.  Wonder Woman though?  We just don't talk about it.

I hope this is DC's attempt to start delving into Wonder Woman and opening her up.  Making her a more rounded character.  Again, not sure why penis is involved.  Maybe we will get some great dialogue about Wonder Woman's fluid sexuality & sexuality as a whole.  Maybe they are just trying to main stream her more in order to wash away any question that she might hook up with chicks so they can present her to a larger audience in a theater.  I hope not.  Wonder Woman has the potential to be an amazing step forward as an icon.  She already has been, but she could be so much more.

Personally, once she's done with Supes, I hope she runs into Kate.  Man, the drama & intensity in that relationship might cause the Sun to Supernova.

Oh, one more thing.  Go check out NPR's take on this.  It's Hilarious!!!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Thundercat Tygra

Pop Culture Shock has released a new Thundercat statue of Tygra. 

It is a mixed media statue, which means it's probably mostly polystone resin, a little bit of cloth on the costume &  metal used for the Bolo whip.  

It is listed as Limited Edition with the edition size still to be determined.  Sideshow Collectibles is selling it at $339.99.  Their super limited Sideshow Exclusive edition has a second head that can be switched out for the price of $369.99.  

It has a release date of March 2013, but you can pre-order right now & make payments to sideshow of around $75.00 a month.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Leia vs. Xena

A student wandered into my office today asking for information on how to get advised for Graduation.  It's a student that has wandered in before.  He has a full shaggy mane of blonde curls, blue eyes & a fabulous mustache.  Think Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday but more full & blond.

He's always pretty hyper, but I can't lie, I adore him.  He always brings good conversation with him.
Today it was "Who would win in a fight if it was Xena vs. Leia?"


Now, I almost instantly said Xena, but then I stopped.  I remembered that article I read about Leia a couple days ago.  I realized just because Xena has a sword & a Chakram & happens to have killed thousands of people doesn't make her a clear winner.  Leia has the Force.  Xena has the possible demi-god thing.  Both are smart.  Leia also has some awesome friends.  Xena doesn't really have friends other than Gabrielle & the bumbling idiot Joxer.  Occasionally the jerk Hercules shows up, but this fight ain't between them & their friends.  It's just between these two ladies.  Xena does have superior charisma.  She can turn on the sex charm & get anyone, male & female, to pretty much do anything.  Leia has more of the cute charm. One that doesn't work so well on her own sex. Both are great at strategy.     

Leia has more to lose.  Xena feels like she has a debt to pay.  Leia is awesome with a blaster.  Xena is more than human in her skill with the Chakram.  Xena has accepted herself for who she is.  Leia is always iffy about being a real Jedi.  (I haven't read ALL the novels in the SWU yet)  Sheesh, this is tough.  I'm not sure I can answer this question.  

What do you fanboys & fangirls think?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Joe Kubert 1926-2012 RIP

It is with a very heavy heart that I type out this blog post.  My mentor, Joe Kubert, has become one with the Force.

He might not have known he was my mentor, but Joe Kubert was probably the most influential artist of my entire life.  I had hopes of meeting him one day and telling him exactly that.  To thank him for doing those little art lessons in Dynamite magazine in the 80's so that a sheltered kid like me could find them & learn so much from them.  I took the advice he gave for drawing people & things seriously.  I have kept them with me even as I have discarded the rest of the magazines.  I still have them & more importantly, I still use them.

Many of you probably have no idea who Joe Kubert is, who Sgt. Rock is, but you might know silver-aged Hawkman.  You might not recognize the name Kubert if you aren't into comics, but I'm going to bet you'd recognize his work.  Those of you who know my work are going to definitely be able to see the influence.

Joe Kubert's parents escaped from Poland with their 2 month old & made it to New York where they settled.  Joe, as a mere boy of 12,  hung around the comic studios just as the industry was starting.  He began to draw and his parents nurtured that.  Before he graduated high school he was already working in the industry.  At 14, he was already assisting on Will Eisner's "The Spirit".  His big break would be drawing solo for the All American Comic title "Hawkman" in 1944.

Joe kept drawing his whole life.  He was always great to the fans & lucky for us spawned a couple of great comic drawing sons.  Andy and Adam.

I can't really describe how important those little lessons in Dynamite were to me.  I can't really explain how much it meant to me to get my hands on silver age "Hawkman" comics and to study each line, trying to understand what made the images so intense.  So alive.  I spent hours every day trying to draw like Joe.  I wanted to keep the looseness he had and combine it with my colors, which were usually very vibrant.  Most of my non-social childhood was spent with lessons in magazines or comics by Joe Kubert.

I'll never get the chance to tell him thank you in person, so Joe, wherever you are...Thanks man.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Something for the Geeky List Makers

I share my life with a geek.  A geek that makes lists.  All the time.  She also loves little notebooks to make these important lists in.  My best bud was also a list maker.  The guy always had a moleskin on him.  Well, I have the perfect combination for the geeky list maker.  The Battlestar Galactica Lined Notebook.  7.25" x 5.25" with 224 pages.  You know you want one.  $24.99 each.  (Ouch, wtf? and why?)  Thinkgeek has them & so does Entertainment Earth.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Redneck D&D

So T woke up Monday morning & as happens many mornings she was sleepy happy.  It's this state where she says silly things and is so adorable you want to squeeze her until she pops.  Many times during sleepy happy she has amazing ideas, hysterical ideas, or epiphanies.  This past Monday she started rambling on in a most adorable way about Dungeons & Dragons & The Dukes of Hazzard and how these things were related.  She had, while falling asleep last night, realized a similarity.  When she awoke she realized that the characters from the show were nothing more than the same characters you would choose when playing Dungeons & Dragons or most RPG's.  She explained all the details to me.  I was convinced.  So, once I got to work & got some free time, I made her a Meme.  Here it is.  

You're welcome.

Btw, it was ridiculously hard to find a photo of Daisy Duke with the bow & arrow.  The woman shot flaming arrows at stuff all the time.  Are there pics of this?  No.  But there are millions of her ass.  C'mon internet, Daisy Duke was a bad ass.  A hot bad ass, but c'mon, give her some credit.  She could hit a target going a hundred in the General Lee while jumping a pond.  

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Raise Your Fist!!!!

New Doro Album! 

The release date is a bit confusing for those of us here in the USA.
Amazon has the single listed for pre-order with a release date of Aug. 14th.  It's also listed as an import. The single has the songs "Raise your Fist", "Victory", "Engel", and "Lève Ton Poing Vers Le Ciel". The single is available on Nuclear Blasts European site on LP's.  Several different ones.  Available now.
Nuclear Blast did have a release date for the album as October 19, 2012 at one point, but I can't find hide nor hair of it now.  On their USA page there isn't even a mention.  I hope they haven't run into some sort of issue. I've posted questions to Nuclear Blast USA's FB page, but they just delete them.  Pretty crappy.
Getting Doro albums always proves a challenge here in the USA.  I mean, we get them eventually via internet stores, but I never feel like I'm buying FROM the artists.

So, there is a new album.  When & where you can get it is still up in the air.  I'll let you know when I find out.    If you do like Doro, I suggest you follow her on Facebook if you do that social networking stuff.  Johnny Dee, the drummer, updates the site regularly with info.  

Until then, here's a fantastic video of Doro guest singing "Mary Queen of Scots" with Grave Digger at last years Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany.  

Monday, August 06, 2012

Flash Gordon Approaches

Who knew there were so many Flash Gordon T-shirts out there?  Have I mentioned I am a T-shirt-a-holic?  Well, I am.  I swear, I can't stop buying t-shirts.  I even stopped compulsively buying Star Wars 3 3/4" figures, but T-shirts?  *Sigh*  Nope.  So of course, when I saw all the Flash Gordon shirts I was like, "OMG!  I don't have ANY of these!".  I came across most of them on Entertainment Earth.

There were some over on Amazon & Ebay as well.  Crazy!

Pretty cool, right?

I thought so.