Archive for the ‘nerd the f’ out’ Category
Check it out, via ComicsAlliance:
Introducing a new and exciting look at Godzilla’s reign of destruction, courtesy of Orc Stain creator James Stokoe! The year is 1954 and Lieutnant Ota Murakami is on hand when Godzilla makes first landfall in Japan. Along with his pal Kentaro, Ota makes a desperate gamble to save lives… and in the process begins an obsession with the King of the Monsters that lasts fifty years! Don’t miss the first decade in a tale of a lifetime!
Although I’d much rather have him spend every waking second making more issues of Orc Stain, and have no interest in Godzilla, I’ll still be checking out this bad boy.
Because, you know, James Effin’ Stokoe!
I always suspected if Bruce Wayne really existed, his Wayne Industries would be a little something like Columbus’ own Battelle Institute. Full of engineers, linguists, analysts, and mad scientists, they do R&D on everything from Environment and Material Sciences to National Security and Defense. (In fact, PANELista Tony Goins spotlighted their “Batman grappling hook” in a previous post.)
Today’s Columbus Dispatch has an article on one of Battelle’s inventions, a “vortex ring gun” capable of shooting an ionized ring of air up to 50 yards.
Their device is a modified shotgun that fires blanks and blasts rings of air that travel 50 yards at about 60 mph. Battelle ran tests of the gun about seven years ago.
Battelle filed for a patent after Dvorsky recently added a battery-powered electrode to the barrel. The electrode gives the vortex an electrical charge.
They say they’re really not looking to weaponize the device, but rather “looking for businesses and public safety departments that could use it.” Applications could include clearing smoke from a burning building, or targeted delivery of tear gas or insecticides.
There’s a SHADE, THE CHANGING MAN image at the 0:45 mark. And it looks like Kyle Baker’s style, though I’m guessing at that part.
Let that sink in again: A Shade, The Changing Man animated short. On TV. I never thought I’d be typing these words.
Took these shots a couple of months ago, but kept forgetting to post them:
Matt Kish: writer, artist, PANELista, kickboxer, underwear model.
A veritable renaissance man.
This one’s for everyone, but especially for Matt Kish, who’s a fellow admirer of Rafael Kayanan’s artwork. Over at his Comic Book Resources column, writer Ron Marz interviews Kayanan about his conceptual work back in 2002 for a different incarnation of the John Carter of Mars movie.
Here he is describing how he visualized a fighting style for the four-armed Tharks:
I had also gathered probably some of the best real-world stick fighters and sword instructors on the planet, and we had our own weeklong workshop where we came up with ways to move with multiple limbs. So the swords would pass from one level of Thark limbs to the other, knives thrown and loaded by the other hand. Close-quarter distractions, long-range feints, strikes, grabs and adding crazy patterns of sword work. How would a Thark roll, or execute a double-leg takedown of a White Ape? I asked Olympic Greco Roman champions to show me what they would do, I looked at Jujitsu guys, Western fencers, all kinds of arts. How the torso would stay together, how the legs would step so the Thark was balanced. It was fun as hell!
By the way, Marz introduces Kayanan as “comic artist, concept artist, fight choreographer and weapons instructor,” which is a couple of titles more than I knew about him. Dang these overachiever types!
I’ve been lately watching Dr. Who, under Craig Bogart‘s advice and tutelage. Craig’s been advising me on which classic episodes to check out, and filling in gaps in my knowledge.I tend to text him while I’m watching the episodes.
Last night, he said he gets a little nervous when showing a geek fave to someone else. If I don’t like it, will I hold him personally responsible?
The truth is, I do.
I make comments like: “OMG, 1982 computer graphics,” “Not much danger so far” (this was about 40 minutes into The Five Doctors.) and “The Curse of Fenris is generally good, but they try to jam in too much stuff in the last few minutes.”
But at least I’m fair about it. I also give him credit when something goes right.
“That part where the little girl shoots lightning out of her fingers, I wish I’d thought of that” and “The part where the Soviet soldier holds off vampires with his belief in Communism, that was pretty cool.”
“Nicely done, Craig.”
In anticipation of novelist China Miéville’s new Dial H for Hero series coming out later this year from DC, here’s a look at one of the characters from the 80s run of the series. The gimmick was that readers were encouraged to write in with suggestions for new characters, and they were credited for their creations if used in the book. Check out this kid’s suggestion:
More details at the always amusing Comic Book Legends Revealed.
So a few weeks ago I posted some artwork from Vincent Giarrano as part of our regular Splash Wednesday feature. In the comments section of that post, letterer Clem Robbins posted that these days Vincent’s busy making fantastic paintings. Mr. Giarrano himself then dropped me a line and thanked me for featuring his art. He also pointed me to his new website, featuring his fine art:
It’s always cool to see what talented writers and artists are doing after they’ve left the comics arena. Vincent wrote that these days, the only person he works for on comic books is his daughter, and attached the following sketch he did for her:
Best of luck on all your endeavors, Mr. Giarrano.
Epic Fail – Massimo Carnevale is a very talented artist, and has provided a ton of beautiful covers, including for Brian Wood’s Northlanders series. But check out his cover for Conan The Barbarian #2:
Seriously? That must be some secret ancient Cimmerian method of drawing a bow, I suppose. The classic “pinch the arrow” draw. Come on, Massimo, finding photo reference on the proper use of a bow and arrow isn’t that hard. PS. The arrow is also drawn on the wrong side of the bow.
Epic Sculptures – Swiss artist Tom Samui makes these amazing metal sculptures out of scrap auto parts:
Epic Cartography – Over at Bleeding Cool, Stephen Sonneveld has a long and insightful essay about the real-world counterparts to the fictional Metropolis and Gotham City, delivering a huge dose of American history in the process.
“Where Chicago has a link to points west is in Detective William Pinkerton. Not only is Pinkerton a viable example of a Jonah Hex Western hero operating out of the Windy City, but he is also the best example of a living Batman, as well.”
Epic List – Writer/Director/Producer Kenneth Johnson, with the help of one of his assistant directors, Kevin Koster, has compiled a list of all the 131 reasons why Bill Bixby’s character would “Hulk out” in the 1970s Hulk TV series. Man, they were really stretching it with some of these:
“44. Kicking over a beehive and then being surprised when the bees are mad at him
86. Beaten up and thrown in a closet, and while thrashing around and trying to get out, sticking his hand in a box of broken glassware”
I was perusing my local Half Price Books when I came across a 1955 collection of four short stories by the late, great Isaac Asimov:
Flipping it open, I found some 1955 nerd had already graded the stories for me:
The markings are in pencil, and the handwriting varies a little. Did he grade them all at one time? Or did he grade each one separately, after he finished reading? Does the “OK” become more emphatic as he is increasingly semi-displeased by the stories?
I just picture that ancestral nerd wishing there were some kind of global information network where he could register his semi-disapproval. Poor guy. The word “meh” would not become available to him for another 50 years.