The Adventures of Squicken... Week OneMy name is Cameron Michael but all my friends call me "Squicken". It's a mixture of "Squid" (what Mommy calls my Dad) and "Chicken" (what Daddy calls my Mommy). I was born last Tuesday the 18th, and have learned SO MUCH that I asked Dad if I could write about it here in his journal.
Dad gave me permission so here goes my first attempt at writing. Don't judge me too harshly because I'm only a week old and I've got my hands full trying to learn stuff. For instance, eyes!!! Wow, eyes are tough to control! It's hard to focus them and move them all around. I can't really see all that well yet but I think I recognize Mom and Dad and I CERTAINLY recognize a fine nipple, which makes Dad proud. Of course, I don't have much experience with other nipples but, I have time to fix that.
I spent a few days in ICU (Mom, Dad, and I called it "jail") at the hospital because Mom ran a fever during birth and the docs said they found some indication of infection in the blood samples they took from me
Everything is Beautiful...NOT!In the 1960s, Ray Stevens wrote a song titled "Everything Is Beautiful" and it won him a grammy. Perhaps it was the idealism of those times or maybe a personal philosophy that gave birth to this song. It starts out with children singing "Jesus Loves the Little Children", a song I remember singing in church when I was a child.Everything is Beautiful...NOT! in Personal More Like This
"Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world"
Like Disney's "It's a Small World", this song has a worm like infectious tune that rolls around in your brain like a marble in a barrel. A child, once he has learned this song, will hum it, whistle it, and sing it until adult ears bleed. Not only is the tune contagious, the lyrics are ideal and Pollyanna to the point of near myopic blindness.
After one chorus of "Jesus Loves the Little Children", Mr. Stevens' song moves into his "Everything Is Beautiful, in It's Own Way" mantra.
The notion he pu
Japan Journal....day one, 11/11/11Time is certainly displaced. We're not really suffering jet lag but it's obvious our bodies are weirded out by being here.Japan Journal....day one, 11/11/11 in Personal More Like This
My girlfriend and I traveled today to Atsugi, about an hour train ride from Tokyo. We had some business to take care of there. It was a bit frustrating because we couldn't get everything done we needed to, but the traveling to and from was delightful.
I was amazed, looking out the train window, there was not ONE piece of litter. I think we traveled 20 miles or more before I saw so much as a tissue paper beside the tracks. The Japanese, even in the less affluent areas, are incredibly tidy.
During the morning commute, the subway trains are packed so full there are literally uniformed individuals called "pushers" whose job it is to shove people into the cars as tightly as possible. As the doors slide shut they get very aggressive and carry out their job of sardine commuter packing very seriously and they do it with smiles and white gloves and a charm that everyo
Squicken - due September 26th...or soMy Hang glider pilot friends called me "Pelican" and it has been my "handle" for many years but my girlfriend (of almost 4 years now) calls me "Squid". I call her "Chicken". So, it seems only reasonable that our offspring should be named "Squicken". He is due September 26th or whenever he chooses to come out and play. On his birth certificate, he will be "Cameron Michael" but he's gonna be stuck with Squicken...so be it.Squicken - due September 26th...or so in Personal More Like This
Some of the joys of pregnancy are all the stupid classes one feels compelled to attend. Of course, it isn't fair in the least to refer to these wonderfully instructional forums as "stupid" because there truly is a copious amount of information disseminated during the eons of hours you sit through. Videos, lectures, illustrated instructions, and hands on practice doing all sorts of things one rarely finds palatable. Well, by "one", I mean my girlfriend and me.
What astounds me is how excited everyone in our classes is...well...everyone except the two of us. W
Japan Trip... MinamisanrikuA little more on Minamisanriku before I move on. It is impossible to describe what I saw there. Standing in the middle of such mass destruction is overwhelming to the point you just go numb. More than anything, what I felt was confusion. My mind could not comprehend houses in this place, I couldn't hear children playing, smell food cooking, or touch the texture of a building it was all scraped clean down to nothing but concrete slabs.Japan Trip... Minamisanriku in Personal More Like This
We had hired a cab driver to take us around. It felt invasive so we asked the cabbie if it was OK. Not only was he OK with me taking photos, he knew all the best spots because he had shuffled many people from the press to various locations. He told us that his Father in law was in the hospital when the earthquake hit, so the nurses took him up to the third floor where they thought they'd be safe. The tsunami took them all.
As we drove into the center of where the town used to be, I just got out and started walking. My gf couldn't bring herself to ev
Today, I am HeartbrokenThis past week our nation witnessed one of the most horrific violations in history. A beast that I refuse to name, planned and then killed 12 people in a theatre in Colorado. I won't go into details of how, why, or who committed this atrocity.Today, I am Heartbroken in Personal More Like This
What I WILL address is the idea of our Constitutional "right to bear arms". The misconstrued perception of this "right", saddens and confuses me. The archaic belief that having a gun in our houses will enable us to "defend ourselves" is not only statistically improbable, it is metaphorically AND literally unsettling to those who live with us. A loaded gun in a house says,"I don't trust people", "I am afraid someone will break in and hurt us", and also "I am willing to shoot to kill another human being".
If you have a gun in your house and it is NOT loaded, the statistical probability of you being able to get to it, load it, and confront a home invader AND for the outcome of that confrontation to be positive in ANY way, is insignificantly small.
Crossing the LineAlmost 99.9999% of the comments I get on DA are very nice and complimentary. For this I am grateful and appreciative. I also appreciate the occasional criticism that suggests I try a different crop, color, or lens choice. Even after 35 years I feel it is vital to listen to all the input I get because there are occasional jewels of ideas that come from learned professionals and beginning amateurs alike. Sometimes I even like it more when someone who is new to photography makes suggestions because they aren't stifled by the "rules" we all learn when we start out.Crossing the Line in Personal More Like This
Recently, I've had a few people say some interesting and absurd things. These comments are related to my having taken down my gallery of nudes. First of all, let me say, my motive for this action was simply time management. I run a business so I don't have time to respond to all the comments or even read them all.
The suggestion has been made that by me removing the nudes, by responding to horrid comments then hiding and blockin
The Pelican is still around!!!!It took a couple of friends and me about 3 hours to delete all the images from my gallery. There are a few left, but no nudes.The Pelican is still around!!!! in Personal More Like This
I will keep an account here on DA and pop in occasionally to see what's going on but for the most part, I am moving on. It had become increasingly obvious to me that this is not the site I should be on. I have been looking at the front page of DA for 5 years now and wondering why I am here.
Anyway - I've blabbed enough about that topic. If you look at my last journal, you'll get the idea.
Here is where you can find me these days AND you can see ALL the nudes I had here on DA plus a bunch of new ones AND more coming. I just did another shoot with Scar last night, so there are some cool images from that shoot! I'll give you a hint "Fire chandelier!"
Also check me out on Google+
You'll find all the nudes I had here and MORE!!! You will have to send me a friend request. I like that because i
Japan Trip... dazed and confusedToday we are back on the bullet train heading for Akita. Funny thing about bullet trains they don't turn around but rather go to a destination the go backwards over the same tracks. As a result of this, all the seats rotate 180 degrees so passengers can always be facing forward. But it's odd to look for your seat and notice the numbers going up sometimes and down sometimes depending on which way you are headed.Japan Trip... dazed and confused in Personal More Like This
We had a nice breakfast in Sendai. My girlfriend went ahead to our room to pack while I took a few photos. I went to the restroom in the lobby and as I sat there communing with nature and enjoying the wonderfully heated toilet seat, I noticed a narrow door in front of me. Out of curiosity, I opened it. A mop with gloves fell out of it and scared the crap out of me! Curiosity will be the death of me. As I left the restroom, I realized I couldn't remember what room we were in, I didn't have the key, and I most assuredly didn't speak Japanese. Fortunately
Japan Trip...still going!Although I am back in LA and thoroughly jet lagged, I will continue posting my trip journals. Photos will be forthcoming, too.Japan Trip...still going! in Personal More Like This
Out of bed by 6:30AM and off to tour the Muromachi Sake brewery. It was fascinating. They have been brewing sake in this traditional way for over 300 years. The current owner is the 11th generation but there is a joke that some of their ancestors lived a couple hundred years. The brewery burned at one point and some of the family records were lost, so the family tree has a few sketchy spots that are filled with Japanese humor. We had White Peach Sake, Tomato Sake, Ginger Sake, Plum Sake, Yuzu, Junmai Ginjo, Red Pepper, and a few more that are now a fuzzy blur in my cloudy memory. We got to carry the steaming hot rice in these kind of burlap folder blankets. We carried it to a room where it was spread out to cool. The rice is an Omachi rice, which is called phantom rice because it is hard to grow and particular. They "polish" the rice (a sort of grinding process
Off to JapanWell...My girlfriend and I are off to Japan next Wednesday, the 9th. We're pretty excited. Although we're gonna be there for more than two weeks, I think we only have two days off. We have speaking engagements teaching engagements, and I have shooting to do. We arrive in Tokyo and then head West to Osaka and Okayama. We're gonna speak at the Osaka Mode Institute of Beauty. Then to Okayama to visit a Sake brewery that we are trying to help bring their distributorship to the US. I'll probably shoot some of the corporate dudes there.Off to Japan in Personal More Like This
Then we're off to Nagoya to visit another institute and speak. Back to Tokyo for a second then on to Sendai. We'll stop by our house there and take a few pix and check the harbor we loved so much. Most of it is probably destroyed but I'm gonna shoot a lot there and try to get some record of the recovery efforts taking place. After that, we head North to Akita International University. My girlfriend and I are both speaking there to students about characteristi
Andrew Marr's History of the WorldProbably the most engaging and interesting history series I've seen in a while, thanks in no small part to the titular Mr Marr's entertainingly sardonic narration.Andrew Marr's History of the World in Personal More Like This
I love having this kind of thing playing in the background while I do my work.
It's currently airing on the BBC, but it can be found on Youtube - for now. I'd catch it quick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQrKZiRhCOE
I have a sudden urge to play Civilization.
Candleman is lookin' for a handMy mate :iconmightymoose: is looking for a hand with one of his comics.Candleman is lookin' for a hand in Personal More Like This
If you're a colourist looking for a project to work on, head here for details: http://mightymoose.deviantart.com/art/Little-help-319326614?q=gallery%3Amightymoose&qo=2
Loathe as I am to belittle anyone's skills; a person with actual understanding of the job is what's required.
If your artistic expertise begins and ends with MS Paint; thanks, but....uh.....thanks.
Top Gear do IndiaThe lads are off on a "Trade Mission" to India for Top Gear's (now annual, it seems) road trip.Top Gear do India in Personal More Like This
British Cars vs The Himalayas.
This'll end well......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juFm6tLaVsg
"She cannae take it, Captain!"Despite being on an island whose population appears obsessed by the weather: this is the first time I've heard the MET office issue a "Red Alert" - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-16079849"She cannae take it, Captain!" in Personal More Like This
Scotland is doomed!
Well: its wind farms are, at least: http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/57213000/jpg/_57213585_winturbinefire976by549.jpg
Arkham City - Done and DustedI heard some people say that Arkham City cannot be completed in Uber Hard mode.Arkham City - Done and Dusted in Personal More Like This
Well; I just did.
Evil Dead RemakeIf an original film has a splendid core concept, but a budget too low or a director too inept to do it justice, I don't mind a remake. I'll applaud it.Evil Dead Remake in Personal More Like This
The most toxic remake thus far has been "Total Recall", which was terrible simply because it used the original as a crutch at more than a few points and, despite having a massive budget and 20 years of technological advancement on the original: felt less exciting and epic.
Closer to the book, sure, but just not as much fun.
And now they've turned their gaze upon "Evil Dead".
Now, I'm not going to try and defend the original Evil Dead, because it's not actually that great a film. This is proven with "Evil Dead 2", in which the entirety of the preceding movie's plot and purpose is successfully reduced to an opening act. Something that wouldn't have been possible were the movie, y'know; good.
"Evil Dead 2" is awesome. It's called a "cult classic" for a reason, and, in my eyes, should have rendered the whole franchise "sacred", meaning you
Upcoming TMNT CG-cartoonI've just been watching that teaser over and over again with a MASSIVE grin on my face.Upcoming TMNT CG-cartoon in Personal More Like This
It makes me feel....happy....which is a big deal!
Lovin' that theme tune.
Mysterious Cities of Gold.....season 2The Mysterious Cities of Gold was one of the cartoons I grew up with. It was a French-Japanese production that ran from 1982 to 1983 and is the only TV show I can think of whose theme tune sounds to have incorporated the wails of tortured children: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq5Y_ogiyi0Mysterious Cities of Gold.....season 2 in Personal More Like This
30 years later, a second series is about to be released in English.
I got all excited over this, and then I found out it's been produced by the French alone, and in 3D with some kind of cell-shading, which looks hideous and cheap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vNQfbXDSbY
Pow. Right in the childhood.
Little Victory - DigitalStarting today, and leading up to issue #4 of the Chimera arc, previous installments of Little Victory are being made available for purchase in a digital format, alongside the hardcopies (both past and future. I'm not going digital-only).Little Victory - Digital in Personal More Like This
I'd originally intended to do this only at the end of the series' hardcopy run, but due to soaring postage costs (I think Indyplanet ship their comics internationally one at a time....on a unicorn) and the increased acceptance of ebooks, it'd be daft to wait.
Bonus material, such as sketchbook pages and the back cover pin-ups, will remain exclusive to the hardcopy version.
Little Victory: Children of Arras is the first up. Little Victory: Chimera #1 will be added next week.
May Contain Spoilers - More Rambling:iconmightymoose: and I discuss more movies:May Contain Spoilers - More Rambling in Personal More Like This
Black Christmas - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HC0FEXi1TA
Wargames - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9IZ5RlL-9I
Prince of Darkness - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcOAZlEOm2I
9 questions about SyriaA good (if depressing) overview of the current situation in Syria, and the lack of viable options:9 questions about Syria in Personal More Like This
11 Free Philip K. Dick storiesLegendary sci-fi author Philip K. Dick - free downloads in a variety of formats: http://www.openculture.com/2012/01/free_stories_by_philip_k_dick.html11 Free Philip K. Dick stories in Personal More Like This
Just the First FrameHere's a clever idea...a page that lets you sample dozens of webcomics at once by showing you just one panel of each:Just the First Frame in Personal More Like This
I submitted Glori and Spectra, and I'm already getting hits from it.
Your vision f***ing sucksAuthor Scott Lynch fires back at a moron who whines that a black female hero is "unrealistic": http://fuckyeahscifiwomenofcolour.tumblr.com/post/37413846476/author-scott-lynch-responds-to-a-critic-of-theYour vision f***ing sucks in Personal More Like This
RIP Lou ScheimerVery sad to hear about the passing of prolific tv producer Lou Scheimer, whose cartoons (from Archie and Fat Albert to Batman and Tarzan) were such a big part of my childhood. Ty Templeton has a great tribute here: http://tytempletonart.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/filmation-bun-toons-kind-of-yay/RIP Lou Scheimer in Personal More Like This
Thanks for the memories, Mr. Scheimer!
Support Clockwork Game on Kickstarter!Jane Irwin, aka :iconvogelein: is ready to go to print with her terrific historical graphic novel CLOCKWORK GAME. Help make the book a reality!Support Clockwork Game on Kickstarter! in Personal More Like This
Atomic batteries not includedChristmas is coming up. Just sayin'.Atomic batteries not included in Personal More Like This
The Story of Alan MooreJeffrey Lewis presents a musical tribute to the master comic book scribe, on the occasion of his 60th birthday:The Story of Alan Moore in Personal More Like This
Hexx guest pageI drew a page of :iconHeroForPain:'s webcomic HEXX:Hexx guest page in Personal More Like This
(My page is fairly tame, but the rest of the site has some NSFW material)
GAINAX not aware of the VS plugsuit design!This just in!GAINAX not aware of the VS plugsuit design! in Personal More Like This
GAINAX only just found out about the Evangelion plugsuit re-design used in the Victoria's Secret fashion show... from the internet!
Unleash the lawyers!
Just saw this online. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_md8cf1F8fw1r06t3xo1_1280.jpg
Are you kidding me VS?
Are you seriously ripping off designs from specific anime now?
The themes of this year's VS show are 'Calendar', 'Circus', 'Toy Pink', 'Dangerous Liaisons', 'Silver Screen' and 'Angel in Bloom'.
Having a hard time seeing where a show-specific plugsuit re-design fits any of those generic themes. (addendum: did some digging and apparently she is supposed to be a generic "toy robot" - to go with the "doll", "tin soldier", "stuffed cat" and "cowgirl action figure")
How out of place is this
Disney Star Wars - I take it backI have no idea what to feel now...Disney Star Wars - I take it back in Personal More Like This
I take it all back... Lucas is giving all of the $4B Disney money to charity... I got a ton of respect for the guy now.
Disney buys Lucasfilm for 4 Billion
Disney + Pixar + Marvel + Lucasfilm... they better come up with some good f***ing animations now!
Dirty minds see dirty images... *update at bottom*It has been said that the human mind can imagine things a lot more detailed when it has to fill in the blanks.Dirty minds see dirty images... *update at bottom* in Personal More Like This
Being shown something in plain view, our brains just process it as "something".
But when we are looking at something that is either censored, out of view, or concealed, our brains are boggled with the possibilities of what is being hidden - the imagination takes over and it can be "anything"!
That is why naughty images which are censored seem naughtier.
The off-screen monster which we can't see seems scarier.
The Christmas present which is wrapped seems more special.
With that being said...
Does that means if an image is offensive to someone, even though nothing is being shown, they are thinking more dirtier thoughts than others?
I have to admit that an image of lightly concealed female nude - using clothing or body positioning - can seem a little more erotic to me than a flat out photo of a naked woman.
So... does that mean this image of a redhea
We got POWAH!FINALLY!We got POWAH! in Personal More Like This
You never realize how much of your daily life depends on electricty until you lose it.
I don't mean just the everyday stuff, but how much you need it when you work and entertain yourself.
Not to mention how I wished I had a back-up power supply to my computer so I wouldn't lose a days work >.<
One step closer to world domination!Those of you who are hoarding Hostess products for fear of losing your favorite snack foods forever... I will let you in on a little secret...One step closer to world domination! in Personal More Like This
Production of Hostess products up in Canada will not be affected by the shutdown of factories in the States.
ALL YOUR TWINKIES ARE BELONG TO US!
(... but we like to share so all is good! ^_^)
Posting commissions on DASome of you may be wondering why I haven't posted a lot of the commissions I have done in this batch on Deviantart (or elsewhere).Posting commissions on DA in Personal More Like This
Quick answer is because I can't.
This round of commissions has images which are:
- private commissions for clients
- not permitted to be posted on DA (these tend to get posted on my pinupsushi tumblr)
- or of themes I prefer not to have in my galleries.
If a client wishes to post the commission I did for them on DA in their own gallery - they are free to do so. ^_^
Heatwave + black outs = funThank you hottest summer on record.Heatwave + black outs = fun in Personal More Like This
I was so incredibly lucky I finished a piece and saved it just before the power went out tonight.
Right at sunset too!
I am guessing that there will be more of this to come in he next couple of months.
Warning about the return of Josh Hoopes(accidentally double-posted)Warning about the return of Josh Hoopes in Personal More Like This
For those who don't know, Josh Hoopes has been a thorn in the side of the comic book industry by approaching writers claiming to be an artist who will draw for them for money and on the sly approaching artists for commissions based on something he wrote promising payment when it gets published.
In the end both the writers and artist get screwed.
Well guess what?
Here's here on DA!
:iconlocopens: and :iconsounds69: is Josh and he is looking for more easy marks again claiming to be/looking for a colorist.
(apparently he thinks it is harder to identify a colorists work as belonging to someone else)
:iconlocopens: is the presently active one and the other is a back-up but they contain the same images in the "portfolio of work" linked to via photobucket. http://s1077.photobucket.com/albums/w467/locopens/#!cpZZ1QQtppZZ16 http://s929.photobu
Passing of a Legend"For many Americans and Brits, Jean Giraud was the European comics creator whose work we knew. Translated and republished in English, his science fiction work under the name of Moebius especially influenced the entire industry"...Passing of a Legend in Personal More Like This
I have been a fan of Moebius' work for years and was one of those artists I knew I could never emulate - only admire.
He was an inspiration to me and he will be missed.
KONY hype... what the whole story?DISCLAIMERKONY hype... what the whole story? in Personal More Like This
Some people are accusing me of being against or hampering the KONY 2012 movement with this journal. I am actually for it and one of the ways I am supporting it is by creating discussion about Joseph Kony and the LRA as they ask in the video.
Knowledge is power people - don't be a slave to the hype alone.
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I rarely take a political s
Nadarkani UpdateHe's been in prison for 1000 days so far . . . and the case has been gaining international attention which is good because it delayed their attempt to execute him for apostasy (leaving Islam).Nadarkani Update in Personal More Like This
Please continue praying for/supporting him. He'd rather stay in jail than renounce Christ.
Take ActionIf we have the opportunity to support our brothers over seas, we need to put pressure where we can. Visit here and read what's going on:Take Action in Personal More Like This
And take action here:
The Iranian Government is basically forcing this man to recant his faith under threat of death.
This was my letter:
Good afternoon, Your Excellency.
I thank you so much with my heart for passing on the appeal. I beseech you to please continue pursuing this case against Yousef Nadarkhani.
Not only is this a violation of international law but the Qur-aanic verse (2:256) says: "There is no compulsion in religion". Do they not know this?
Please pass this urgent appeal on to the Iranian Government not to deprive this family of a father and husband by way of breaking Iranian, Islamic, and international law. It is my hope the j
ShofaaaaarHey, my birthday falls on Rosh Hashanah!Shofaaaaar in Personal More Like This
If I understand correctly, it celebrates the creation of the world (Adam and Eve). It's also a day of sounding the Shofar (Day of Trumpets). As a Christian, it is also a prophetic feast, the last one yet to be fulfilled by the Messiah. He will come back to the Earth with the sound of the trumpet and the shout of an Archangel.
Many blessings to those observing today. The same way he created the world, I hope he creates something new in all of us too. Not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit
I also thank God for bringing me this far and keeping my sanity during my "quarter life crisis", lol. Going to go out and eat later with my family. California Pizza Kitchen has an amazing tiramisu.
News: Commissions are closed after today so I can finish up my orders.
Tutorials PostedBUNCH of tutorials posted. You'll find them in my tutorial folder:Tutorials Posted in Personal More Like This
I hope they are of help! I'm no expert but I'm just passing on methods that work for me.
Any more suggestions for tutorials are welcome but guys please don't ask me to do things like hands, feet, and other general anatomy. There are plenty of tutorials for that online and we don't want to waste time reinventing the wheel. So google it.
I learned life drawing from live classes and observational practice of real people and things. Nothing can replace that experience. Learn to draw the real things, get that pinned, and your cartoons will look even more solid and believable. After all, cartoons are merely stylizations of the real.
Know how to draw basic shapes like spheres, pyramids, and cubes too. I still have to go back and run through these basics.
In other news, I know it's been long in waiting but I have some more Operation SQ pages
Now on tumblrPff yeah. My attempt at a tumblr, let's see where this goesNow on tumblr in Personal More Like This
Does God Care?I friend of mine brought up a very good point that had me thinking:Does God Care? in Personal More Like This
"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?"
Epicurus makes a very legit statement there and I've felt like this myself sometimes because of the awful things that happen in this world.
I've given it a lot of thought and prayer and my answer to Epicurus would be:
God is able to prevent evil but doesn't because of our free will. Everything evil that is happening among us is driven by human choices small and large. In short, it's our fault. Evil cannot work unless we facilitate it by breaking God's Law. We cause harm to ourselves, others, or become the victim of someone else's sin in the process.
Remember we went through the 10 Commandments http://www.10commandments.net/ and found ourselves guilty? His standard is perfectio
Silver Foxes in PrintHey guys, if you are familiar with the Silver Foxes book series :iconMichelay: is requesting a consensus about publishing the full series in the future.Silver Foxes in Print in Personal More Like This
If you are not too familiar, I have an entire subfolder with concept and story art from SF. It also links back to her page where you can read all 11 volumes:
She put a LOT of grey matter into this, guys and she's a very sweet and talented person who is going to go far, so give your feedback. She's also been tabling her new book Lucas and has some speaking engagements about talent and writing. How exciting!
Thanks so much!
Neal ParrowThe man's Biblical art Is DELICIOUS. I love how he uses dynamic (and sometimes trippy) compositions! Definitely inspiring for my own projects.Neal Parrow in Personal More Like This
In the one titled "Seek", the water is beautifully painted and Jesus totally looks like he's water bending which makes it even more awesome (He was talking about how he has living water and when you drink that you won't ever thirst again like with normal water).
UpdateHey all, I'm always grateful to everyone who visits my page even when things are at a lull. Things have been a bit tight and I'm trying to get back in the groove of keeping my heat straight instead of getting angsty and anxious about the future and the seemingly stagnant present. Much prayer needed, is all I can say.Update in Personal More Like This
I've been doing illustrations for my company's website and it's a nice change of pace from the usual studio work (I get to use the left side of my brain a bit more, yay!)
Hope you all have a good and restful weekend when it comes and Happy Mom Day!
Which reminds me, what do you think would be a good mom-day picture idea based on my gallery (content, characters, etc.) I humbly draw deeply from your well of inspiration and madness
Zelda ComicHey look it's a really nicely made Zelda fan comic and it's based off the AMERICAN Link but it's not annoying, it's actually hilarious XDZelda Comic in Personal More Like This
Comic by :iconcrazyfreak: and :iconOniChild:
PS. I have a commission special going on, please see my DA ID for information, thanks!
Also saw some NICE photoshop brushes here http://qbrushes.net/photoshop-brushes/
DoneI am done with some people. I am done letting them hurt me. I am done looking at my phone wondering why they dont text. Done watching them pop up on chat clients. I am done with them breaking my heart by not being here with me when I did all I could to be as good of a friend as I could be to them to just be pushed asides.Done in Personal More Like This
I am just done.
Rest in peace Mr. KubertWord came out today that comic legend Joe Kubert has passed on.Rest in peace Mr. Kubert in Personal More Like This
He was born in September 18, 1926. He was a true icon and gentleman in the industry. To say he will be missed is a drastic understatement. Few men will ever have a legacy like Mr. Kubert has. He spent so many years creating truly amazing comics. And dedicated so much of his time seeing to the future of the industry he loved. Along with his sons and may other talented creators he founded the Kubert school. An institution designed to teach the next generation of comic artists.
I did not know him personally. But I know of him and I have had books from him to learn from. I cannot say how much I am going to miss him and his work. The world is better for having had him here for the time we did.
God bless you Mr. Kubert. And may God bless the family and friends and fans he leaves behind.
Political. Read at your own risk.You know, I look at everyone complaining about what the president or wanna be president will do to fix the debt. And its stupid listening to all the tings they will do.Political. Read at your own risk. in Personal More Like This
It has NOTHING to do with here we spend our money, it has nothing to do with taxes, it has nothing to do with jobs. The ONLY way we can even begin to hope that we can begin to crawl out of debt is to eliminate the Fed. Period.
EVERY dollar printed is created IN DEBT. The Fed puts in the order to create money. Lets say for example, they say to print $10,000. Then they LOAN it to the banks and the government. At interest. Think about that. The people who PRINT the money, want money BACK to let you USE the money. So for the $10,000 they could want $15,000 back. Where do they get that extra $5,000? From the Fed. And to get that extra $5,000 they have to pay more. There is NO WAY OUT. Not so long as we have the Fed. In fact, it was the Fed that instituted federal taxes. A NON FEDERAL agency not only controls the m
Support a great artist!:iconchriscopeland: is doing a Kickstarter http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/253235899/comic-relief-the-art-of-chris-copeland for his art book and I would love to see him get this made.Support a great artist! in Personal More Like This
Beyond the fact that he is a very talented artist who has worked on a ton of great projects and shows, he is a heck of a nice guy.
So if you can, donate, if not, spread the message.
Hear me out.I have been thinking as of late, trying to find a way to really get who I am as a person and as an artist out there. Especially in such a way I could someday make a living out of it. I have been watching my friend Fred, who started his own company making characters for desktop and online desktop roleplay games and listening to people like Seth Godin talking about finding your nitch, finding that something you love and are passionate about and find a way to make a living doing it.Hear me out. in Personal More Like This
Well, I was a bit stuck. I liked a lot of things, but I would not say I LOVE them. At least not in a way that I thought I could make money doing it. So I went back to the chalkboard today and tried to look at the problem another way, hoping I could get a starting point.
Well, I think I may have had a breakthrough. And here is what I am thinking.
I love to do art. That much is clear. But what do I love to draw or paint? Well, when given the chance to just do whatever I want to do, I usually chose horror. I love
Support a friend!My friend, R. Lee Brown is doing an Indiegogo starter for an awesome short movie. Go watch it and dare to not donate! http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/purge-your-loser-a-short-film-comedySupport a friend! in Personal More Like This
Do it now!
My thoughts.You know... I am thinking I would love to be a doctor. It seems a great job. You have so much control over your life that way. And you can make good money.My thoughts. in Personal More Like This
So I am going to see if I can sew up some doctor scrubs. And I am going to look around on ebay and see if I can find some cheap medical equipment. And there is an awesome website where I can print out a cool diploma from any school I want with any degree. Then I am going to setup a website and do special medical stuff. Dude, it is going to be so easy to be a doctor!
...That sounds so stupid, huh? Well that is because it is stupid. No idiot would think it is so easy to be a doctor. There is more to it than having some tools, the right look, and some fake stuff to make yourself seem like you know what you are doing, without actually knowing anything.
Yet, there are so many people who claim the title 'artist' who do this very thing. They believe that they can just say they are an artist and do nothing but copy, trace, or (in an effort
Words of wisdom"Artists are some of the most driven and courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day to day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, artists face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get 'real' jobs, and their own fear that they'll never work again. Every day they have to ignore the possibility that the vision to which they have dedicated their lives is a pipe dream. With every passing year, many of them watch as other people their age; achieve the predictable milestones of normal life - the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. But they stay true to their dream, in spite of the sacrifices. Why? Because artists are willing to give their entire lives to a moment - to that line, that laugh, that gesture, or that interpretation that will stir the audience's soul. Artists are beings who have tasted life's nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creativeWords of wisdom in Personal More Like This
Continuing Coverage of the Hostess CrisisI promise exclusive up-to-the-minute coverage of the on-going "Twinkie Famine" as it unfolds throughout the weekend.Continuing Coverage of the Hostess Crisis in Personal More Like This
With correspondents across the nation, this is your headquarters for the Panic and how it effects the lives of your family.
Keep it here and stay informed!
Deeply saddened.It is with sadness that I report the loss of Neil Armstrong today.Deeply saddened. in Personal More Like This
I admit I am still somewhat at a loss for words.
I thought many times during the Olympics that I was watching real heroes, not like those professional athletes crying for more money back home.
I am reminded this afternoon that there is a level of hero above that, who sets aside his instinctive fear and sense of self-preservation to ride the most powerful controlled (barely) explosion ever made by humans. And to journey to lands so far beyond the reach of help.
Articulate even at the end, Neil will be missed by his family and friends, and we will feel ourselves somewhat desolate for the absence of this extraordinary pilot and explorer.
God Speed, Neil, you go ahead of us. We will meet again someday.
Farewell, "Big E". Thank you.A bitter pill to swallow, a pioneer in naval warfare, a great defender of America and a public relations icon is taking her proud, final bow as we speak.Farewell, "Big E". Thank you. in Personal More Like This
The U.S.S. ENTERPRISE CVN-65 left her home port yesterday on her final deployment, bringing to a close an unprecedented 51-YEAR career for what is by now the longest continuously-sailing ship in the history of the United States Navy.
The pill is bitter for her final destination is not a floating museum, as I'm sure many in the Navy wish, but the scrapyard. I know this will upset many, but I have accepted the explanation that it would be too much trouble and cost to rebuild the ship (major portions of the superstructure will have to be removed to get the reactors out) after deactivation. There is talk that the island superstructure may be preserved and I think that is prudent and likely. Alas, we will never know the feeling of running about her giant decks, imagining we are Chekov or Uhura, Maverick or Goose.
There are right
"Get the Door- It's the Navy Seals."So proud to come from a Navy family! The most outstanding Americans are not the ones running for President!"Get the Door- It's the Navy Seals." in Personal More Like This
The Old Lions must rest.I'll do my best to articulate what I'm trying to say, so bear with me.The Old Lions must rest. in Personal More Like This
I remember a time when there were so many of them. But even then, they were dwindling towards extinction, but it was barely noticeable. I saw them speak in so many documentaries and read their words in books or magazines. If their stories started to sound tired or familiar, it was only because a military nut like myself had read or heard them so many times on video tapes worn out by repeated viewings.
Every so often, you would get to talk to someone like that in person. You hadn't seen his face or heard his name in one of your books, but he was no different really. He had been there. He had seen those things too. He had grown 20 years of life in 2 years on the calendar. He was part of that dreadful parade of people.
In my busy day-to-day life, I look away for a couple of years, and the next time I stop, they are almost gone. Next time I look around, they may be extinct.
So we are driven to try to apprecia
The Worst Night Of My Life...Ten years ago tonight was the absolute worst night of my life.The Worst Night Of My Life... in Personal More Like This
One minute everything is going along just perfect. You've got the girl. She totally loves you. You are even planning the wedding and she's wearing your ring.
The next morning you are getting on a plane all by yourself to attend a funeral on the other side of the planet, thinking about what you are going to say.
And after that- months later- it's still going on. You wake up every morning and it's still there. Your life totally stopped and no one is coming to the rescue. That's just IT. There's no sidestepping it. No loopholes. The people who were worried about you got over it weeks ago. No one asks you how you are doing anymore, they just assume you've gotten over it, because THEY have. But they are all married with families, or don't feel the need to be in love, so what do they care? You're fine now, right?
And then, just like people said, you do move on, because you are young and you don't really like the idea of spending
Disappointed in George Lucas*********DISCLAIMER- This might sound anti-George Lucas, but I don't mean it that way. I still admire him and his work, I just think sometimes we ALL need a reality check. Even a man like him is not above it.*********Disappointed in George Lucas in Personal More Like This
OK, I've always had a healthy admiration for George Lucas and his work (however much I may prefer the work of Gene Roddenberry), but after coming across this article, I must say George, I am disappoint.
In short, while there are very few similarities between myself and George Lucas and I will never even approach him on a creative level, I am a creator of something which has a (small) following on the net, my webcomic "Eva-303". It has not always been easy even (or especially) from a feedback point of view. Especially in threads on asuka-langley-sohryu.com (and the VERY early days on gaia), I have been blistered by attacks both pointed and general.
I remember when the original chapte
Wow. It's like.... over.Just want to make it clear to all of my watchers what happened this morning.Wow. It's like.... over. in Personal More Like This
The whole big mess with :iconKimworld: came to an end this morning.
Through 3rd party channels (thanks, :iconstephdumas: ), Kimworld transmitted a real apology several paragraphs long this morning. I have accepted.
I also took the step to hide his original comments because I don't want people giving him hell for it several months from now. If it's over, it's over.
He has taken down the hate art that he made of me as well.
I want to say that this whole episode has been an important lesson in avoiding a flamewar and diffusing a volitile situation. There were many opprotunities for this episode to become a massive fiasco with bans and hate mail flying.
I don't like to restrict anyone's right to express their opinion, and I generally consider hiding comments and blocking to be cowardly. If you have a good argument, it should hold up to scrutiny.
THANK YOU again to all those who offered support of all kinds in this
It's alrightFeeling better. As I said, it usually helps just to talk if nothing else.It's alright in Personal More Like This
The big issue is that I always admired this person's work. If it had been some random idiot walk right in from the shadows, I might never even have replied to his comments.
I suddenly feel like doing a TON more KP/James Bond tribute pics (but Ron will not be getting killed anymore lol).
Anyway, he ended up BLOCKING me, so clearly he's afraid to be confronted anymore.
The world's gone crazy or what?For about a week now, we have been witnessing the whole planet falling into an abyss of pure idiocy. Retard has taken over it, it seems.The world's gone crazy or what? in Personal More Like This
Long journal ahead, if you don't like doing much reading, go do something else, you're forgiven.
Protests in the Middle East:
First, as the first arabic dubbed versions of the trailer of the film "Innocence of Muslims" were making their debut in Egyptian TV, protests begun to rupt all over the Middle East and beyond. From Morocco all the way to Australia. The big highlights being the storming of the US consulate in Benghazi and the killing of the US Ambassador to Libya (+3 others), the attempted assault on the US embassies in Cairo, Egypt and San'a, Yemen with other violent protests occuring in Sudan (Where the German was also torched), Lebanon and Afghanistan were the Taliban just launched perhaps the most serious attack on NATO forces since the invasion in 2001. Bragam Airbase has been infiltrated by over a dozen Taliban insurgents dressed up
Panzerfire 2.0 is comingHi there guys.Panzerfire 2.0 is coming in Personal More Like This
I just want to let you know that this last Friday, I've participated in the first class of a "How to make a comic" course that a local private school is offering. The course looks very interesting and hopefullt, by the end of the 22 classes, I should have learned how to draw in a realistic style, American comic style (Mostly the style seen in Marvel and DC comics), Manga style (Not that I need very much of it but it would still be useful to learn more) and also we'll see a few non-conventional styles. We'll also be learning to develope and build a comic.
When the classes are over, I expect to have developed my own style further with more accurate body structures, facial expressions, perspectives and perhaps also re-instate the traditional inking of my drawings (Although I must admit I find it much more comfy to just draw the linearts in Pencil, take a photo of it and the work on final lineart in PhotoShop.
I also hope to be able to draw in other styles such as an America
What's coming nextYAY! Another Journal which will be ignored by most of my watchers.What's coming next in Personal More Like This
But I need to talk a littel over certain matters. Mainly what whether there will be further streams and also what projects will be coming.
First the streams: It has been quite a fun week having started my very own Livestream channel and having shown a lot of you guys how I do art in PhotoShop. However I am currently without new linearts to colors so for the time being I will not be streaming. After all the whole point of the streams is to show you guys how I do art.
So we're gonna fix that by starting to draw more. Which leads us to the second matter, what projects will be coming next. I did talk about that on my last Stream Friday morning but I'm gonna put the ideas right here and now so that you guys know what to expect. Afterall, I'm not really the kind of guy that drops by with surprises (Although :iconEvov1: may disagree ).
First of all, the next picture I'll be making will be a JASDF versus PLAAF pic
Another Journal for the sake of Journalism!Another Journal for the sake of Journalism! in Personal More Like This
Although writing Journals is hardly any Journalism at all but meh.... sounds nice so I'll go with that. :icontrollfaceplz:
It's better than saying I'm writing journals just for the sake of making them. Which is actually the case.
Truth be told, there aint much lately to write about it.
The source of my usual rants (President Hugo Chavez) has passed away and now I'm like..... bored. Gotta find someone to rant about. He, I might go with Obama after all, everyone's hating on the guy right now so I might as well follow suit.
Nahh I think I'll better keep you updated on the stuff that is tome soon in my gallery.
:iconstriker2521: has recently commisioned me for a 3 character piece. I've started work this weekend and hope to get the lineart done with the end of the week. Coloring may take another week or so. Quality is a higher priority than speed but I am going to try be as fast as I can.
A few other guys have also shown interest in buying commisions but so far Striker252
What means to be a GermanIt means being a totalitarian, sausage-eating, batsh*t crazy, militaristic, egomaniac, power hungry *SSHOLE!What means to be a German in Personal More Like This
Fiuuuuu, Feels good to admit the truth. Now I'm off to continue Blitzkrieging my neighbours.
Nah! I'm just pulling your legs. We're quite nice guys actually.
Then again, I've been having a few identity issues lately. I mean, am I really a German because I was born in Germany, my father was German and I got the citizenship? Perhaps the best quality for one to actually identify itself with a particular nationality is the knowledge of what perhaps the most characteristic feature of one: The language. Sadly enough, my German never fully developed as my family moved to Argentina in the early 90s. Spanish became the language to use every day.
I have been taking classes of German in the last few months and I have made some improvement but it still leaves me with identity issues. More than once I thought about the idea of giving up the German citizenship and adopting finally the A
2 and a half decades of creating havocOr a one quarter of a century as some have put it.2 and a half decades of creating havoc in Personal More Like This
God I'm getting old fast.@_@
Need to start to pull my sh*t together ASAP.
Would do a review of my life so far buuuuuuuuttt, it'd be a bad review. I'd rather not think about it.
Here's to another 25 years of chaotic life! (Although whether I'll last that much is very debatable ;D ).
Thank you all for leaving me so many greetings on my profile.
Also I'd like to thank :iconevov1: for giving me a 3 month premium subscription to DA.
Havent started yet with my next project because I've been a little sick in te last couple of days. Nothing serious but I had to take the days off to rest. Will probably start later today or tomorrow morning if no further incoveniences come to play. ;D
Seeya in the Battlefield!
My chatroom: http://chat.deviantart.com/chat/ThePanzersLounge
My Livestream Channel: http://www.livestream.com/panzerfiresarmory
German pilots: “We had a Raptor salad for lunch”All the dirty details here: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/07/f-22-germans/German pilots: “We had a Raptor salad for lunch” in Personal More Like This
Gotta love the cockyness of fighter pilots.
Still I think the F-22 is overall a better fighter than the Eurofighter Typhoon but it would seem that it's close-range combat capabilities are not as good as others fighters and if the AMRAAM problem rumors are true, then the F-22 is in more trouble than imagined. As if the oxigen delivery systems were not enough problems.
Now if it's the size of the aircraft that makes it more easy to shoot down, then the T-50s and the J-20 may not fare much better since they're larger than the F-22. Then again if the russians and chinese don't have problems with their long-range Air-to-air missiles, then close-range combat disparity may not be an issue.
Anyway I'm just putting up this because...... well.... gotta go with the home team lads. Go Team Luf
Small update (Join the political debate forums)Ok, just a little update.Small update (Join the political debate forums) in Personal More Like This
After a two week pause, I have my second drawing class. We saw some useful stuff like the building of muscles of the torso, arms, legs. We also saw how to build poses and also determine how fat or thin a character can be. I also drew a Werewolf. YAY Will post a photo later on in the week. Not exactly a pretty cool one but.... only practice makes perfect.
I'm left with some more homework (OH the joy) which I'll try to get it done ASAP. Nothing really difficult. I have to draw some torsos, legs, arms, a few basic body structures while trying to make some good looking poses and I also have to use some real life photos from magazines to use as base to make a few more basic body structure drawings.
Regarding personal projects. This last week has been particularly troubling as in I had lots of stuff to do, so one project that I've been working on is still WIP. I hope I can finish it within the next few days.
Then I hope I can get started with that dress em up projec
AHW SH*T! HOMEFRONT IS BECOMING REAL!Well almost...AHW SH*T! HOMEFRONT IS BECOMING REAL! in Personal More Like This
Had Kim Jong Il waited two weeks before going to Hell, we would all be shitting bricks right now (After all, HF backstory has it that KJI dies in 2012.
Anyway, now they're putting Kim Jong Un (27) in charge.
A country with one of the most destructive arsenals and armies in the world.... now in the hands of a man who is not even 30 yet.
Now time will say if the Homefront producers were just making speculative Fiction or went totally Nostradamus on us.
Seriously speaking 'though, North Korea has just entered a new chapter in its inner and foreign policy. Because of the highly secretive nature of North Korea, a lot is speculation and theory but in general there are three quick situations that could emerge.
1) Kim Jong Un assumes with full powers. Becomes new great leader (Or whatever fancy title he pleases to have).
For the first scenario, there could be three possible policy roads he could follow. One being the continuing of the Status quo, with the same failed poli
About the future projectsWell Hi there guys!About the future projects in Personal More Like This
Just writing another boring journal for the sake of MY entertainment. Nobody said anything about you guys getting fun out of these journals.
But I thought I should write down what I am gonna be up to in the next few weeks.
Having finished the pinup pictures of Helga, Kathe and Ryan, I've decided to draw some projects which have traditionally been more common (And popular I see). That is more serious military-themed pictures.
I've mentioned in a previous journal some ideas I've want to start working on but after some thought put into it, I might have to update that info a little.
One of the projects I had and was planning to work on in different stages was dress-em up game that was military oriented. I've drawn a base and some customization elements for it but, I've realized that this project is just far more than I can actually chew. I've just made an incredible ambitious project which would take me MONTHS to finish at best. And considering that ever s
'Innocence of Muslims'. Bitches, please......Innocence of Muslims trailer. The linked video is blasphemous to Islam, But.....'Innocence of Muslims'. Bitches, please...... in Personal More Like This
You'd have to have a heart of stone not to find this hilarious. Yes, of course, it's offensive and blasphemous to Muslims: you're being trolled here. But it's blasphemy that's been dubbed into what has to be the worst low-budget sword and sandal film ever made. And bad sword and sandal films are something I have always found very, very funny.
Some classic sword and sandal moments.
Trust me: when the subject is bad sword and sandal films, you're dealing with a fan whose experience in the genre is extensive. This is a perfect example. The pasted on beards are adorable! I've seen fan films with better production values than this. The overdubbing is painfully obvious, and that too is something that adds panache to
A thought about Wonder Woman....Wonder Woman stripped of its utopian elements is as broken as Star Trek would be without them.A thought about Wonder Woman.... in Deviant Events More Like This
Blame Vertigo!Blame Vertigo! in Deviant Events More Like This
One other thing.
Whenever anything goes wrong with the DC superhero universe, look for the Vertigo writer.
My very broad and general impression is that Vertigo books tended to be pretentious, juvenile-dark po-mo garbage that critics adore. Call it a stereotype and I won't disagree; but stereotypes sometimes arise because they contain some truth. The critics adore Vertigo writing because the critics, like the Vertigo writers themselves, imagine themselves to be so much cleverer than the people who made up four-color stories about stalwart, patriotic heroes in the 1940s through the 1960s. After all, those writers had never read Derrida or Foucault, or even Marcuse.
The only thing that could be worse than Azzarello's Wonder Woman would be a Grant Morrison Wonder Woman written as a bad acid trip about the meaninglessness of narrative. Or a Neil Gaiman Wonder Woman that would probably start off interesting but then take a left turn for the sake of unpleasant weirdness. Vert
RIP Sally RideRIP Sally Ride in Personal More Like This
Being who I am, what I remember most vividly about her is that I found her very cute. She reminded me of Sally Field. And she was an astrophysicist. And she's been weightless. And she's been whipped around to 6 Gs in the centrifuge. What's not to like?
The Conqueror (1956)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snKve2bAt3IThe Conqueror (1956) in Art Features More Like This
So I actually watched this whole thing over the weekend. It was surprisingly enjoyable. The plot is quite rapey; it focuses mostly around Temujin, the future Genghis Khan, and his lust for Bortai, played by Susan Hayward.
The plot is a cross between a bog-standard sword and sandal movie and a bog-standard 1950s western. John Wayne plays John Wayne, like he always does. There's a strong contrast between his performance, and those of actors with a broader range, like Susan Hayward, who gets to hooch dance in the film, or John Hoyt, who gives a highly enjoyable performance as a perfidious shaman.
The mummery of identity politics must be kowtowed to, for there are those who will feign outrage that a White man played a Mongol, no matter how anachronistic that kind of malarkey is applied to a 1956 picture. Here's a clue: he's not; he's still John Wayne, playing the John Wayne character. The role was apparently written for Marlon Brando, who would ha
Nuirn: pronouns and cliticsHahaha. He said "clitic."Nuirn: pronouns and clitics in Personal More Like This
Personal pronouns in Nuirn are much more conservative in their declension patterns than nouns are. Not only do they completely preserve the old nominative/accusative distinction, largely lost in nouns, but they lack the new oblique and partitive cases that grew out of the original dative and genitive cases.
On the other hand, the genitive case in personal pronouns is rare and moribund, because almost all of its functions are done with clitics now; and its possessive use predicately has been taken over by the dative case.
Because the clitics play an important part in verb conjugation, this also allows me to procrastinate a bit in trying to organize the verb material.
The following are the forms of the personal pronouns and their respective clitics:
Nom: ec, jah, jagh (/ɛk, ja(v))
Gen: minre (/ˈmiːn.drə)
Dat: mier (/miːɐ˞/)
Acc: mey, migh (/meː, mɪ)
Subj: -ec, -aëc (/
Atlantic Monthly's review of Wonder Woman..... (Image by :iconArtgermAtlantic Monthly's review of Wonder Woman..... in Deviant Events More Like This
.... by Brian Azzarello, the second worst author in the history of illustrated fiction, is worth reading.
Even I don't agree with everything this fellow says. If he thinks that Chiang and Akins's art is 'oversexualized' he doesn't apparently read many current superhero comics. He's either new to the medium entirely, or an indie snob.
On the other hand, I think the review's biggest insight is that Wonder Woman was made to appeal to a different audience other than the only one that DC comics currently have. The Azzarello title is a confession of failure: failure of marketing and failure of imagination. We can't appeal to other audiences, so we wreck the character and her world to try to make her appeal to the only audience we have, and if you preferred the original concept, to hell with you.
Gladiatrix statue discoveredCame across this interesting story about the discovery of a Roman statue which the authors believe depicts a female gladiator.Gladiatrix statue discovered in Art Features More Like This
Wonder WomanWonder Woman in Deviant Events More Like This
Wonder Woman, like Superman, Batman, Captain America, and most of the top tier superheroes, are part of the national heritage. They are comic book characters, to be sure; they've also become folk characters (Paul Bunyan was invented for an ad campaign), national symbols of the USA, and have otherwise been embedded into popular consciousness in a way that a single writer and a single issue can't and won't change. Their canon is defined not by a current writer's whim, but by seventy years of history. Any changes to their essence must be accepted by the folk process or they have no authority.
I'm willing to give Azzarello the benefit of a doubt; we may be getting a distorted version our outright lies in this issue. But what we have is the equivalent of saying that Paul Bunyan is really a 5'2" lawyer from the Kansas plains.
What's important about Wonder Woman, th
R.I.P. Jean “Moebius” Giraud. :-(I woke up to awful news today. One of the comic book medium's brightest stars, revolutionary pioneer and inspiration to countless luminaries that include fellow pioneers Katsuhiro Otomo and Hayao Miyazaki has died at the age of 74.R.I.P. Jean “Moebius” Giraud. :-( in Personal More Like This
The industry mourns the loss of a incredible giant. Rest easy, sir. You've done your part. Time for the rest of the industry to pick up the pieces.
Hayao Miyazaki Retires. :-(Nothing makes sense anymore.Hayao Miyazaki Retires. :-( in Personal More Like This
"VENICE – Japanese animation masterHayao Miyazaki will retire after making eleven features that have secured him a spot among the world's most beloved and visionary toon meisters."
Variety Magazine : http://variety.com/2013/film/international/miyazaki-to-retire-1200595053/
Will be Speaking on Animation and Comics at LMUI will be speaking at a panel on the 23rd this month at LMU:Will be Speaking on Animation and Comics at LMU in Personal More Like This
OUTSIDE THE LINES: Reconfiguring Race in American Comics, Animation and Graphic Novels
A colloquium concerning issues of diversity, commerce, artistic control, stereotypes, discrimination, aesthetics and pressing debates over the role and responsibility of artists and the comic art and narratives they create."
Feel free to stop by if time permits. Be good to meet some of the talented LA youth on DA.
WONDER WOMAN animated short from ROBERT VALLEY!DC NATION is upping their ante in cool by reaching out to one of the most revered animators in the world, Robert Valley.WONDER WOMAN animated short from ROBERT VALLEY! in Personal More Like This
How slick is this!?
Coming soon on DC NATION
SEOUL SESSIONS: EPISODE 2"From creativecontrol.tv comes Episode 2 of Seoul Sessions, "The Foreign Exchange." LeSean Meets TV Animation Director Kim Kidoo at JM Animation Studios and talks about The Korean Animation Industry. Follow @ twitter.com/LeSeanThomas"SEOUL SESSIONS: EPISODE 2 in Personal More Like This
"Creative Control TV is an online TV network which features coverage of talents in music, fashion and the arts. It has collaborated with artists like Curren$y, Ski Beatz, Mos Def, J. Ivy, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, the London Souls, Locksmith, Genesis the Greykid, Erykah Badu, and Terri Walker."
Good luck on your projects!
THE LEGEND OF KORRA: BOOK 2 official trailer!It's coming!THE LEGEND OF KORRA: BOOK 2 official trailer! in Personal More Like This
COWBOY BEBOP/SAMURAI CHAMPLOO DIRECTOR RETURNS!Official teaser trailer to Animation director SHINICHIRO WATANABE'S ( Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo ) new action-comedy TV series "Space Dandy," production by Bones Studio.COWBOY BEBOP/SAMURAI CHAMPLOO DIRECTOR RETURNS! in Personal More Like This
Co-directed by SHINGO NATSUME (Full Metal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos) & written by KEIKO NOBUMOTO ( Wolf's Rain, Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus) & DAI SATO ( Cowboy Bebop, Ghost In The Shell: SAC, Eureka 7). Premieres in Japan in January. My body is ready.
BREAKING INTO TV ANIMATION!!!" Are you an aspiring artist and/or student interested in pursuing a career in TV animation production? Curious to know some of the inner workings of some of your favorite animated TV shows? Then look no further than " Drawing The Line: Breaking into Tv Animation." This highly informative panel will feature discussions, tips and information on breaking into the industry as told by artists and directors from some of today's hottest animated TV shows. The panel features Emmy Award-winning Character Designer Phil Bourassa (' FlashPoint: Paradox/ Young Justice'), Storyboard Artist Chris Copeland ( 'Marvel's Avengers: Assemble' ), Director/storyboard artist Jay Oliva ( FlashPoint: Paradox/'Dark Knight Returns Pts1&2/ Man Of Steel') Creative Producer/Director LeSean Thomas ('Black Dynamite: The Animated Series/ The Boondocks') Director Alan Wan ( Nickelodeon's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'), Producer Tim Yoon (The Legend of Korra Books 1&2), moderated by Will Feng (Justice League: CBREAKING INTO TV ANIMATION!!! in Personal More Like This
DO YOU WANT TO ANIMATE IN JAPAN? JAPAN WANTS YOU!The Japan Image Council (JAPIC) has announced that they are now accepting applications for their "Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo 2014″ program.DO YOU WANT TO ANIMATE IN JAPAN? JAPAN WANTS YOU! in Personal More Like This
The project, organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunka-cho/Government of Japan) and run by the Japan Image Council since 2010, is a residency that "aims to provide three outstanding young animation artists from around the world with an opportunity to come to Tokyo and create new works while directly interacting with Japanese animation culture."
The artists selected will spend 70 days in Tokyo, between January 7 and March 17th, 2014. The program will provide travel expenses, living allowance, and rental accommodations, as well as the opportunity to interact with the Japanese animation community.
APPLY HERE: http://japic.jp/eng/2013/05/information-for-prospective-applicants-4/
WHEN JOBS IN THE ANIMATION INDUSTRY DISAPPEAR..."....Yes, when your dream seems far away, you might experience discouragement, overwhelm or even depression. I know what that's like.WHEN JOBS IN THE ANIMATION INDUSTRY DISAPPEAR... in Personal More Like This
However, "Will my dreams ever come true?" is not the most important question you can ask yourself right now.
The bigger question that bad news reveals is this:
" IF MY DREAM DIES, WHAT WILL I DO?"
It is wise to decide how you'll respond to failure and seemingly insurmountable obstacles before you face them" :
READ MORE HERE: http://chrisoatley.com/jobs-in-animation-industry/
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