Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Last year Haruka and I watched the first episode of the first season. We were like, "Let's see what all the fuss is about." And then, because of the internet, we thought, "Well let's just watch a couple more." A few hours later we were in the store slobbering over the first four seasons. Gimme. Gimme. But I remember thinking, 'We'll just watch the first season and then forget about it." Of course once you get to the last episode of that season you realize it's one of the biggest cliff hangers in tv history. You have to keep watching. So then, God help us, we were hooked. After we got to the end of the 4th season we knew we'd have to wait awhile till they released Season 5. Well, it's been about a year now and we're picking it up again. Addicted doesn't even begin to describe it. We're sick and we need help. I would write more but we still have to watch 2 more episodes. And then about 16 making-of documentaries. I hope we can remember to eat and go to the bathroom while this is going on.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I've been a fan of Welles for a long time now. Although my favorite director of all time may be Billy Wilder, I still love a good Orson Welles movie. This book (This is Orson Welles) is an exhaustive Q & A between him and Peter Bogdonavich. It's really funny and insightful and is full of all of these bizarre little stories. It's also full of strange statements I don't fully understand, that I like to quote randomly in my loudest voice: "Comedy is life in a long shot. Tragedy is life in a close up." Stuff like that.
I'm going to do a few illustrations inspired by passages in the book and post them up here every once in awhile. And smoke a cigar as I post them.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
so i got bored with that 'n' thing. meh. this comic just slipped out of a mess of of books. i must have thrown it into my bag when i was back home last summer. ah, what a goodie. probably my favorite 'two-face' cover ever. and the sprouse art is awesome. not to mention it has a great story.
this seems to be the week for comics from 1990.
my version of 'wolverine: the jungle adventure' is up over at Robert Goodin's awesome Covered site. ah, memories.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I picked this up a couple weeks ago. It was weird. I started to read it. It's like a 300 page graphic novel, and usually you can read one of those within a few hours. But one of those things, I was only able to read a few pages here and there. It was a slow burn. I fell asleep quite a few times trying to read it before bed. And about a third of the way into it I was feeling- ah, so so. Nothing special. I don't know why it has all these worshipping reviews. But then, I don't know. It started to grow on me. Pretty soon I realized I had been reading this thing for over 2 weeks. So one day, I sat down and said, "I am going to finish this bastard today." And so then I did and WOW.
The shining lights in my comic book history goes like this:
The Dark Knight Returns pretty much kicked the doors down for me.
The first 4 graphic novels of the TMNT also fired me up.
The frantic energy of Kyle Baker's DIck Tracy books did it too.
Then it was Mcfarlane's work on early Spawn- which got me obsessed with lines.
Then Sin City came out, and that was about the only comics I read for years.
With a Hellboy here and there...
Then I picked up the first '100 Bullets' collection on a whim and fell completely in love with that series- up until about the 8th book when I think it started to get TOO gritty and there were no more characters to love. I may have to go back and finish it.
With the exception of The Dungeon series and everything Lewis Trondheim does, I'd say for the last 6 or 7 years I've just been buying books based on the art. So I own a lot of awesome looking stuff- but not too much with totally gripping stories...
Now there's Marquis, and I feel a re-awakening. It manages to remind you of dozens of different things you've read before, but somehow manages to be completely fresh and different from all of them.
I can't reccommend this enough.
Plus, it's dang creepy.
Ordinarily people in comics draw monsters that you just want to keep looking at. I mean, if you saw a comic book monster in real life, you would just stand there and admire it. Davis' monsters are really disturbing and twisted. You don't want to linger on them. They make you a little nauseous.
This book is amazing.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
What an awesome night!!! Thanks again to the Good Fellas for kicking out the jams! And thanks to all the visitors who kicked out some great tshirt drawings on the night. Also thanks to Nell for taking these epic photos. :) Hope we can all do something like this again real soon!!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
SOMETHING TO SAY centers around the theme of the wild and interesting t-shirts we’ve seen people wearing in our city. When we pass each other on the street, these messages transcend language and boundaries- they communicate for us. How many times have we stared in stupefied amazement at a phrase or message that completely blows our minds? Every shirt is real. But so are the questions. Are we what we wear? Each phrase sparks an image or a character in our minds. We then took our tools out and explored them in our own way. We gathered lists, we compared notes; we were researchers, studying this phenomenon with the focus of surgeons. Local three -chord geniuses the GOODFELLAS were called in to assist with the study. What follows are the results of this journey.
Now... it is your turn.
Haruka Ashida Ostley