Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

HARUO NAKAJIMA HAS PASSED AWAY


via BBC News:

HARUO NAKAJIMA, who wore the original Godzilla suit (plus 11 additional Godzilla movies), died on Aug ust 7thfrom pneumonia at the age of 88.

In an interview this year Nakajima explained how the original 1954 costume was created from ready-mixed concrete and weighed up to 100kg (220lbs).

He said he studied animals in the Tokyo zoo to prepare for the role.

Nakajima started off as a stunt actor in samurai and war films including "Seven Samurai" by Akira Kurosawa.

He first played Godzilla - a giant beast who emerges from the deep after a nuclear test - in the 1954 film entitled Godzilla directed by Ishiro Honda and produced by the famed Japanese film studio Toho.

He went on to play the character in consecutive sequels as well as playing other beasts Rodan, Mothra and King Kong.

His last outing in the suit was in the 1972 Godzilla vs. Gigan.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Sunday, August 06, 2017

FLEA MARKET FINDS

While briefly in Kansas a few weeks back, I swung into an antique/flea market store. Here are some fun things I saw, but did not buy:


 I bought this Two-Face figure, in decent shape on-card...

 
 ...and discovered it beat to shit in my suitcase when I got home. Trashcan food.

 And I'm kicking myself for not buy this Conan toy, which was only $15. I regretted it about a mile down the road, on the way to dinner. After dinner, I made a B-Line back to the store.... got delayed by a train crossing, and then when I arrived, the store had closed ONE-FUCKING-MINUTE-EARLIER!!!! My flight back to LA was the next morning.


Not pictured
I bought some dollar comics:
mainly 'Weird Encounters' and 'Weird Worlds'
 and Epic Illustrated #1 (Barry Windsor-Smith!).

Saturday, August 05, 2017

SIMO SOL: CLASH AT SNAKE MOUNTAIN


Another amazing piece by SIMO SOL, who says:

It's my recreation of page 5 of the classic minicomic "Masks Of Power" (1983) as a huge oil painting 80/120 cms (about 31,5 x 47,2 inches). The original art was made by Alfredo Alcala.


For the first time I created Snake Mountain as well as the beloved characters Fisto, Trap Jaw and Mer-Man - and again I included many eastereggs, hommages and extras. Just to mention two hommages to very important artists, who have passed away recently: 

- I inserted several elements from William George's artwork. The little animal in the left corner and the Battle Cat are two of them for example. Thanks, William! 

- I created Fisto and He-Man as a hommage to Bud Spencer and Terence Hill, 
who will always have a place in my heart. The two characters are not painted as obvious portraits, but the influences are significant.

 

SIMO SOL: I HAVE THE POWER


Kickass artist SIMO SOL shared with me some backstory to one of his MOTU  paintings he did this summer.

He writes:

"He-Man: I Have The Power!" is a commission art for this year's Power Con, as it will be on the Con Guide cover. I am really proud of this, because now I am actually part of a great line-up of incredible MOTU artists, who did former Power Con cover artworks. 

It was really a challenge to paint this. The famous transformation. And you can easily f*** it up. Since this is a key moment of every MOTU story, I did not want to fail at all, but I really had respect to this scene. 

This sequence was always stunning for me as a child, when I watched the Filmation cartoon. These powers, the dynamics... incredible. A lot of artworks showing up Adam's transformation into He-Man include a lot of... well... light and shine and tinsel... but it's weird - they still they seem to appear with a kind of statics instead of magic. Anyway. I wanted it to be loud and powerful and just a big bad bang. As far as possible without any sound.

Visualizing the power itself was an important aspect for me. So I had to find out how to make the sword (as a key object) kind of a conductor for the power of Grayskull. Early sketches showed up "just" a bright glowing sword, but honestly it just looked like a bigger lightsaber from Star Wars EP. LXVII, that's not what I wanted it to appear. So I decided to surround it with a kind of magical aura and to let only the touched parts glow up - brightly! I choose blue (as complementary colour to orange) for the shine to show a kind of power that is different than anything else and it visually flows through He-Man's veins, which are glowing up in this moment, too. 

 Oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm

Friday, August 04, 2017

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

OLD NEWS - BUT YOU NEED THIS JACK BURTON DOLL


"When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, looks you crooked in the eye, and asks you if you paid your dues; you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have you paid your dues, Jack? Yes sir, the check is in the mail."

Monday, July 31, 2017

STUFF I BOUGHT AT SDCC 2017

 ^ Samurai Prototype Boba Fett

^ Super7: Aliens M.U.S.C.L.E.S:
Powerloader and Alien Queen 2-Pack
Trash Can of Red Aliens

^ Super7: Aliens M.U.S.C.L.E.S:
Full Set of Wave 1

^ Funko Pop Exclusives: 
Luna Lovegood and Wonder Twins

^ Fantastic Four #49
(2nd appearance of Galactus)

^ Fantastic Four #52
(1st appearance of Black Panther)

...and then some Quarter and 50-Cent Bin finds:

WHO EVER PAINTED THIS, I LOVE YOU


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Friday, July 28, 2017

DID THEY MAKE BLADE RUNNER CARS?


If so, MUST HAVE.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BEST CHIA EVER


Melchy, if you're still reading this blog,
THIS IS FOR YOU!


Monday, July 24, 2017