So this is my blog. I collect religious art, taxidermy things and play video games old and new. I've been playing video games for over twenty years and for better or worse have begun to develop perspective on them. Heaven help me. I, with the full support of the Shadow Council, have taken it up myself to hand out decoder rings to all new members here on the C-blogs. I also like handing out little bonus gifts as well depending on what's in the trunk of my car on any given day. I do this because I have things growing inside me. Dark, twisted things that need love. So let me love you.
This is a past banner of mine that was made by fellow Dtoider and sexting partner Char Aznable. I have tattooed this on my heart. My apologies for it being cut off but I don't know how to make it smaller and screaming at the screen hasn't worked yet.
This is a picture Science Jesus and kind-voiced personal savior Beyamor drew while thinking about me. It's my old avatar but it still rings true in the hearts of men and beasts alike. I bet he wasn't wearing pants when he made it. A man can dream, right?
I was recently gifted with a Dtoid card. Its hard to put into words how much this means to me that I am finally a playing card.
I am the God King of my Heart.
Here are some pictures of things I like. I hope you like them too.
So letís see.† Itís been a while since I wrote one of these.†Whatís new with me?† Iíve been engaging in all kinds of media lately.†
Side note: That could be a really fancy way of saying looking at porn.†
Iíve been playing a silly amount of Final Fantasy IV: A Realm Reborn.† Itís a lot of fun.† Iíve also been spending a lot of time on Youtube.† You have to understand that for a fella like me, Youtube is literally a dream come true.† All those weird tv shows, movie moments, late night infomercials and random facts I have crammed in my memory have been cataloged and archived on Youtube.† I just have to dig into the cannibal punch bowl I call my skull and pull out a name or title or phrase and Youtube can help me re-live the joy.† Itís a wonderful thing for someone like me.† In the spirit of that idea, I wanted to share some stuff I have found on Youtube that has brought me no small amount of joy.† So I hope that you find some pleasure and smiles in these videos.
Richard ďKing TittyĒ Wagner - Tristan und Isolde - Prelude and Liebestod †
There's something so sublime and true about this piece.† Its speaks to my heart and the first time I heard it I teared up and was filled with happiness.
Frederic ď2 KoldĒ Chopin - Op. 9, No. 1 in B-flat minor †
Chopin is my favorite pianist and his music is this beautiful gut punch to me.† Its sad, fragile and hopeful all at once and is a constant companion in my waking world.
Starcat Ė Ghosts †
I'm pretty big into the New Wave Neo Retro Synth stuff, whatever you want to call it.† It's simultaneously exciting and new and familiar to me.† This song just stood out from the rest though.† Something about the pace of it and that low bass sound in the background.† Feels like a loving electric heartbeat to me.
Alphadeus Ė Love, Lost, Live, Love
Our own Alphadeus is a musicially talented fella and this piece by him has really stuck in my brain as of late.† Its somber and reflective and kind.† I've been listening to it a lot before I fall asleep.† If you haven't had a chance to, check out his youtube page and give the man's work a listen.† Its well worth your time.†
†BEAUTIFUL THINGS †
Giant Fish Pond in Abandoned Bangkok Mall
I feel like this is something right out of The Last of Us. Here in this abandoned mall is this thriving fish pond teeming will all kinds of beautiful fish.† Its amazing to me.
8 Hours of Nature Sounds
I love the water.† Mostly rivers and streams and brooks.† The ocean is too big and has krakens in it.† I don't trust it.† Sure, 8 hours may seem a bit excessive but I have put this on and read some comics or thumbed through an art book and found myself completely relaxed.† That's a rarity in my waking world.
Bird of Paradise Mating Dance
The first time I saw this footage I stood up and yelled "fuck that" at the tv.† This is real magic and my tiny mammalian brain cannot comprehend the demon wizard powers this bird possesses.
Artist Sees Lover
Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again. At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ĎThe Artist Is Presentí as part of the show, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing it and this is what happened.† This always leaves me speechless.
VIDEO GAMES †
A Complete play through of Phantasmagoria
I've been on a kick of watching game play throughs lately.† This was the video that kicked it off for me.† I really miss those old FMV games.† They were cheesy but really tried something new and they have a charm that is undeniable.† Though I have to say that its really hard to find videos of just the game.† More often than not its some jackass heehawing over the video.† Most annoying.
Def Jam: Fight for New York Ė All Blaziní finishers and taunts
This is a fighting game where you can play as Henry Rollins.† Henry Rollins is in this game as a playable character.† So naturally its one of my favorite fighting games ever.† The cartoonish yet brutal nature of these finishers leaves me wandering if the rappers had any input into what they move would be.† If so, then some of these guys are really into pulverizing testicles.†
Trapt Ė All Dark Illusions
I love the Deception series and Trapt always stuck in my mind for the Dark Illusion super moves (so to speak) that you could pull off if you did the right combination of traps in a room.† They are pretty gruesome, even if the graphics are a bit dated now.† My favorite is still the giant music box trap.† Grinding gears.† How horrifying.
The Ballad of Mike Haggar
The internet has done much to praise and honor the man that is Mike "my biological father" Haggar.† This and that picture of him suplexing a shark tie for the best in my opinion.
This is maybe the best commercial ever made?†
This one is a bit of a nostalgia pick but I remember getting this board game for Christmas one year and freaking the fuck out.† My friends and I played the game maybe twice then we just watched the tape over and over.† Turns out there was a whole bunch of board games made that had an "interactive" video element like this.† Youtube of course has all of them and I'm currently watching the Star Wars one in sections.
The best of Rude Jude from Jenny Jones
As a younger man, Jenny Jones was my favorite talk show and quite possibly still be.† Between My Sexy Teen Needs to Come Clean to Now I'm Hot and You're Not, the show never failed to produce a classier version of the Jerry Springer show.† One of the returning personalities was "Rude Jude".† He was a guy named Jude who was pretty great at throwing shade on guests, especially when they came on proclaiming such phrases as "Don't hate!" and "You don't know me!".† This was well before South Park made that a running joke.†
Lisa Frank: A Parody by Upright Citizens Brigade
There's a surprisingly small amount of humor stuff based on Lisa Frank and what is there could be considered slim pickings.† However, this video cracked me up as I could see if being how it all went down.† Of course, now we know this wasn't the case but I like how it's part tribute, part Lifetime Original Movie and all bears wearing top hats.
Le Cochon Dansuer
There's an unawareness that videos like this have.† Viewed today, its more of a David Lynch short film but in 1907, it was a playful, whimsical music hall routine made to show folks at nickelodeon theaters.† I love the pig costume.† Its fat body, thick limbs and those rolling eyes and wagging tongue are evocative of Grimm's Fairy Tales but set on the Vaudeville stage.† The video feels innocent and playful but there is an undeniable sense that the pig could eat her at any moment if it wanted to.
Top ten lists are a lot of fun. †Its a great chance to get to know the community and present yourself a bit. †You can let down your guard and get some community love and return the love in quick, urgent thrusts. †So here are ten things about me. †I hope you enjoy them. †
I work in an art gallery.
My background is in Library Science with a focus on Archives but life led me to working in an art gallery.† I was originally hired to curate an exhibit on the history of comic books.† That job turned into some cataloging work which then turned into me being hired full time as the Collection Manager and Registrar for the gallery.† Itís a job I love.† Working with art, installing exhibits and watching people come in the gallery and take in what they see is the best way I know how to spend my time and make money doing it.
My favorite movie of all time is The Dark Crystal. †
Oh this movie.† My mother told me once that there was a period when I was a child that I watched this every day.† It was in my staple of sick day movies along with Flight of the Navigator, Big Trouble in Little China and Police Academy 3: Back in Training.† I watched this movie on lonely Saturday nights in high school when I felt like Iíd never be ok.† This movie helped me see the beauty and kindness that exists in all people.† For me, itís a work of art.† A masterpiece.† Itís my home away from home.† Even today, I will go to the swamps of this movie in my mind to escape my troubles.† Itís effect on me is profound and will resonate throughout my life.
When I get old I plan to be a mall walker. †
So, I have a thing about malls.† I love them. †I love walking around malls.† The sights, the sounds, the smells, itís magical for me.† I was a teenager in the 90ís when mall culture was still quite en vogue but fading slightly as coffee shops and the internet became more of a thing.† Those times are long past but I still love walking around a mall people watching.† I walk around and see the guy wearing a Staind hoodie with a neon yellow plastic chain wallet holding hands with his girlfriend who has a homemade juggalette neck tattoo and Jack Skellington booty shorts and I smile inwardly because that is a real human moment and I love it.
I hope that malls exist in some form of another when Iím an old man so that I can wander around and smile at all the myriad of strange and lovely folk.
I collect art prints. †
I figured out one day that I have a visual mind when I started to give someone directions and realized I was having difficulty because it was all pictures in my mind.† It explains a lot about me though.† Itís why Iím good with faces and not names and why I am drawn to the arts field.† A few years ago a buddy of mine told me about Mondo Gallery out in Austin.† They exhibit and sell art prints from crazy talented folks like Olly Moss, Randy Ortiz and Mike Mitchell.† The art is usually based on some element of popular culture.† Movies, music, comic books, etc.† I started to look into their exhibits and found there was an entire culture of folks who buy and sell these prints from galleries all over the world.† A year later and I have around two dozen prints in a nice portfolio file.† I am currently working on developing an exhibit in the gallery where I work to showcase these fantastic works of art.
Ups and Downs
Iíve struggled with depression and anxiety for most of my teenage and adult life.† Being quiet and introspective has meant that Iíve spent (and spend) most of my time in my head.† Lord knows Iím better than I used to be but itís still something I struggle with sometimes.† I have had too many moments where I wanted to join an Xbox Live party of Dtoiders or answer a friendís phone call but it felt too damn difficult to.† At that point, I usually just put on a movie and lay on the couch.† Depression and anxiety isnít something that just goes away, at least not for me but there are healthy ways to manage and coping mechanisms that arenít self-destructive.† So yeah, ups and downs but I try to be the best Occams I know how to be.
I have three heroes: Henry Rollins, John Candy and my dad.
In my late teens, I was introduced to Black Flag.† Loved the music and became very interested in the former front man Henry Rollins.† I picked up some of his books and spoken word albums and really got into what I read.† I have had the pleasure of seeing him speak a few times and talked to him after.† We discussed our favorite Jimi Hendrix songs and workout tips.† It was one of the prouder moments of my life. He wrote something called I Know You which socked me right in the stomach the first time I heard it and made me realize this was a person I could listen to and have faith in their words.†
John Candy is the first person I ever saw on the tv screen that I knew I could trust completely.† He was funny and kind and silly but also fought for the people he cared for and defended them fiercely.† For your approval: Melanoma Head.
My dad turned seventy-nine in March.† Heís a retired insurance broker.† Heís the kindest, most noble man I have ever known.† Growing up, everyone thought he was my grandfather.† When he was a teenager, he and his friends called masturbation, ďtossing offĒ. †He was a young man in Memphis during the Civil Rights movement.† He remembers the radio the way most of us remember VCRís.† He was acquaintances with a young Elvis Presley. †He saw Seven Samurai in Japan in the theater when it had just came out.† If I grow up to be half as wise and clever and compassionate as my dad then I will feel content with my life.
Creeks are awesome. †
Iím not a big nature guy.† Itís gorgeous and breathtaking but itís also hot and there are bugs and probably bears somewhere nearby.† But despite my proclivity to stay indoors and play video games and read comics, Iím a sucker for a nice creek.† Thereís something so serene about the quiet churning of the water and the sunlight reflecting off slick rocks.† Maybe a fish swims by.† Perhaps a Dragonfly buzzes around the surface looking for a meal.† If Heaven exists and itís an awesome place, there better be a section dedicated just to creeks.†
I quit smoking in November. †
I have been an off and on smoker for right around ten years.† Itís a habit I picked up in college and would put down every once in a while but eventually come back to it due to any number or reasons.† Hereís the thing about smoking that I found out.† Itís fun and really pleasurable in your 20ís.† You can smoke and doesnít seem to affect you.† Smoking in your 30ís, turns out is fucking awful.† Your chest hurts.† Your throat hurts.† You get sick more often.† Your clothes smell.† †That glamour is gone.† Sure, I miss it.† There are few things more relaxing to me mentally and physically then smoking a cigarette on a cold night when the sky is clear and you can see the stars.† But I donít want to keep feeling like crap.† My lack of exercise of steady level of stress is seeing to that just fine.† So I quit smoking and I miss it and I probably will for a very long time but Iím glad that I did.
In my teens I owned and proudly wore a Staind hoodie.
It was a simpler time, ok?† Things werenít as complicated.† Feelings and emotions were more blunted.† Words meant less to me then.† There wasnít internet porn so youíd have to jack off to scrambled porn. †Itís all fuzzy blurs and gasping noises until the outline of a boob came through and suddenly Godís pearl lightning shot through you and you have to flip the covers because you forgot to grab a t-shirt.
Summons in role playing games.† There is something so wonderfully appealing about calling forth a terrible monster to do your dirty work for you in an RPG.†Most of us can recall with fond remembrance and a glint of nostalgia in the eye the first time we saw the Knights of the Round or Bahamut Zero in Final Fantasy 7.† They instilled within us a sense of awe and pride.† We were epic heroes who wielded incredible power but fuck that, Iím going to get this Goddamn half dragon half spider thing to stab the boss in the dick with its eye razors and itís all going to take place in an unskippable cutscene.† These summons remain one of my favorite aspect of RPGís and in that spirit, I want to share with you four summons that I would have if I were to make my own role playing game.
Uncle Buck †
John Candy was one of my surrogate fathers growing up.† His movies taught me that flawed men were capable of great things.†Patience, love and kindness could come from simple acts and small moments and not every gesture had to be large to be grand.† He also taught me that having a relatively minor psychopathic streak in your character was advantageous when someone threatened the ones you loved.†
So Uncle Buck would make an appearance in my game.
Pulling up in that 1975 Mercury Marquis coupe and announcing his arrival with a shotgun backfire from the exhaust, he would step out smiling.† Not a warm smile, mind you, but a knowing grin, tinged with the drop of cruelty that every man defending those he loved is capable of.† He walks to the trunk of his car, opens it and pulls out a simple looking hatchet.† His grin widens as his eye narrow and he moves the hatchet in his hand the same way a child carrying a cherished doll would when presenting it to someone for inspection.
The screen fades to black and the sound of tearing meat undercuts what must be the awful noise of someone playing a cello with a hacksaw.† Then silence until the trunk closes and the car drives off.† When the game screen returns the enemy is a shaking mess of tears and whimpers.†
Marjory the Trash Heap
Few things were more comforting and confusing growing up to me than Marjory the Trash Heap.† A living pile of trash who appeared to have the demeanor of a waspy 65-year-old woman and who doled out wisdom and advice to the naive Fraggles.† She was kind but also firm and blunt in her opinions. Oh, and she didnít have eyes.† I struggled with this for a long time as a kid.† A child needs eyes in their tv friends.† Without eyes you are just staring into a black pocket that seems to go on forever.† Thatís a bad place for a child to end up.†
However, despite her lack of eyes, Marjory became a fast friend to little boy Occams as she was funny and strange and always had good advice to give those who would ask.† As such, I imagine Marjory being in my game with two forms.† The first is her in the familiar setting of her trash yard where the party gathers to listen to her speak simple truths and give sound advice on all manner of things.† In this form, the party would receive buffs to stats and skills.†
Her second form begins with Marjory rising out of out a jagged crack in the earth right in front of the enemy.† Her bilious mass would pour forth and coat the enemy and everything close by in a beige colored muck pock marked with broken egg shells and banana peels.† Then at the epicenter Marjory would emerge.†Her face would form at the top of the large mound, black sink holes and a jagged maw torn out of old diapers and empty cereal boxes.† She would open her mouth and rats would spill forth, a teeming mass squealing in delight.†The enemy would struggle to move away from her but the muck and mire has seemingly hardened around them.† They thrash about but Marjory just stares at them with two empty pits and a mouth leaking light pink and dishwater gray.
Suddenly the enemy seizes up and their eyes go wide and bulge as if they are trying to escape the skull.† Marjory stares.† The cracking sound the player hears is the enemy breaking their teeth as they grind their jaw.† Shards of broken tooth stab into gum and cheek flesh and blood begins to trickle out of their mouth.†
Then the enemy swings its head around violently and repeatedly.†Over and over screaming until the blood turns screams into gurgles.†† Then with a wet snap the enemyís head comes to rest at a seemingly impossible angle.
When the game screen returns, the enemy lies broken and covered in trash and rats.†
To say I like The Dark Crystal would be like saying Kim Kardashian likes black cock.† It is such a small word trying to describe such a huge and complex relationship. † No, for me, The Dark Crystal is something of a sacred moment and a personal triumph.† My feelings for it border on the fanatical.†† I could write a book on why I love that movie but for our purpose today, I will just say that I was always intrigued by those Crustacean storm troopers, the Garthim.† The combination of soulless, mindless killing machine that looked like spider, crab and beetle melded together were both terrifying and enthralling to me as a child.† So thatís why I think the Garthim would make an excellent summon for my RPG.†
Imagine the enemy standing around when suddenly the world goes dark except for a spot light on them.† It is completely silent for a few seconds and then this clicking noise begins.† Faintly at first and slowly builds up to a more frantic pace.†† The sound is cacophonous.† Clicking, skittering, squealing noises.† Then shapes begin to form.† Ebon shines like shark eyes as the light reveals what lies in the darkness.† Then suddenly little purple motes of light begin to blink into existence.† One pair, then another, then more and more until the enemy is surrounded by them.† The Garthim begin to crawl forward, a ring of mandibles and claws and carapaces.† Cruel edges end in wicked curves that reach out for the skin and muscle trapped in the circle.† Suddenly the wall closes in on the enemy.† There is screaming though it is quickly cut off.†All the player can hear is the clacking of claws and rustling of carapaces shifting and hurtling themselves towards the growing blood stain on the ground.
When the game screen returns, the enemy is gone.† Only the blood stain and shreds of clothing and hair indicate that they were ever there.
Those of you who know me know that I love Lisa Frank.† Ever since I was a little boy, I was fascinated with the magenta cats and rainbow unicorns that came from her strange and beautiful mind.† I had the trapper keeper and folders when I was in grade school and loved them dearly.† As I got older and things like puberty and MTV began to work their magic, I started drawing the Nirvana smiley face on my binders and wearing flannel shirts.† I may not have had the trapper keeper anymore but Lisa Frankís rainbow universe always had a welcome place in my heart.† Thatís why I want the Lisa Frank universe to be a summon in my RPG.
The scene starts out with the enemies getting ready to attack our heroes.†They rear back to strike and their attack hits home. †Blood pours out of fresh wounds, teeth tear into bone and muscle and magical energy cooks and chars exposed flesh.† However, the heroes do not move or even react.† They just stand there and stare straight ahead. †The enemies lash out again and again blood is spilled but the heroes will not fall.† Then the world around them changes.†Cracks start to form in the sky and on the ground.† The air is filled with the sound of breaking glass.† The heroes start to smile as reality shatters around them.† Wider and wider still until the skin splits up to their temples.† The enemies turn to run away but every where they look they are greeted by the the heroes wicked grins reflected in the cascading shards of reality. † Suddenly a piercing ray of light bursts forth from the cracks in the sky.†It bathes the enemies in thick colored bands.† Everyone is screaming now.
More rays pour out of the cracks.† Rainbow light floods the world.† The enemies scream and try to run but their legs wonít support their bodies.† Just as they collapse to the ground it stops.† They look around to find a landscape at once familiar yet alien.† A beach of dark pink sand dotted with rocky outcroppings that shine like sapphires under an impossible rainbow sun.† Water the color of a gasoline puddle dances and shimmers.†Plants and trees looked dipped in bubble gum sway as a hot breeze blows.† Off in the distance a unicorn the size of the tallest mountain slowly walks as the ground trembles with each step.† Then a bright green kitten wearing a candy yellow top hat walks up to the enemies.†It sits at their feet and meows loudly.†The sound that comes out resembles a broken calliope.
Then the camera pans in close to the enemyís eye to show it is now a milky grey.†As the camera pans out from the eye the player sees the heroes are standing over the withered corpses of the enemies.
So there you have just a few boss summons I would love to have in the made up RPG that exists mostly in my head.
Art.† I love art.† Art ART ARRRRT!† Fun to say, fun to collect.† So as a creature who relies almost solely on visual memory and who works in a gallery, its no big shock that my collecting proclivities have led me to start purchasing art prints.† Fortunately, there are a lot of great galleries and artists out there who sell their wares at reasonably reasonable prices.† While I have all sorts of prints, today I would like to focus on the prints based on and inspired by movies.† I hope you enjoy them.
Randy Ortiz - John Carpenter's The Thing
The moment I saw this I knew I needed it in my waking world.† John Carpenter's perfect take on the horror classic is my favorite horror movie.† The creature effects were terrifying as a child and became fascinating to me as an adult. Randy Ortiz captures the alien horror that I adore so much.† He really captures the little details with his line work and muted colors.† I have seen a lot of Thing prints but this is the only Thing print I will ever need.
Ollie Moss - The Dark Knight Rises
Arguably the most famous print maker out there today, every thing Ollie Moss produces is an instant collector's item and work of art.† His vision is so unique as ab artist and the way he can play with shapes and shadows to create a statement is fucking brilliant.† I picked this up after it sat around in my head for a while.† I dig Batman but I never thought I needed a print.† However, Moss does this art deco take on Batman that is just lovely.† Strong, rigid lines and a hard profile then there's the Batman symbol in the mask.† It was just too awesome to pass up.
Ken Taylor - Beetlejuice
So I love Beetlejuice.† We all do, right?† It's a classic.† Great story, iconic imagery, amazing soundtrack and a script filled with quotable lines.† So when I saw this beauty by Ken Taylor, I had to have it.† Look at this.† Ken Taylor is a color pimp.† He makes those colors work for him.† He never hits the colors and he takes care of them.† This is a prime example of a master color pimp.† That green/blue with a touch of light grey for the darker areas contrasts perfectly against that faded burgundy red.† Fucking amazing.† Also, SANDWORM.
Jay Shaw - Ed Gein
As a younger man, I was fascinated with serial killers.† Its a phase that seemingly a lot of young men and women went through.† Maybe its a rite of passage for the quiet kids.† Ed Gein was the most fascinating to me.† He did unspeakable acts and inspired Leatherface and Psycho.† The photographs I've seen of him are unsettling.† Not just because I see this man and know what he did but his eyes...the switch was off, ya know?
Jay Shaw makes art that almost looks like a memory printed out.† I saw this poster and it just made sense. Splashes of color, lines stopping and starting.† Its like he gives you just enough to complete it in your mind.† The way he drew Gein, all red and black like his blood is on fire.† It's horrible and it fits.
Jason Edmiston - Terminator
Jason Edmiston makes art magic.† How anyone can take paints and pencils and a canvas and creates stuff like this is beyond my tiny Alien Ant Farm brain.† This is the print I am currently on the hunt for.† Its a stunning rendition of the T-800 in all its chrome and flame glory.† Seriously, look at those colors.† They are amazing.† All his stuff is just as bright and smooth as this.† I highly recommend you check his work out. Also, those two purple lasers streaking across the sky make this sort of look like the T-800 is posing for a high school graduation photo in the 80's.
Alex Pardee - Scream
This is one I've had my eye on for a while but haven't been able to acquire it yet.† I never thought I'd get a Scream anything as the movie was alright but I didn't really go nuts over it back in the day.† However, Pardee is so clever with his use of color and gore that I really liked it.† Its both horrifying and clever at the same time and really stands out as one of the better prints based on movies that I've seen out there.† Also, Alex Pardee does amazing work with lots of weird nightmare creatures and colors like demonic ejaculations.†
Godmachine - "Time Not Important. Only Life Important''
The Fifth Element is one of those movies that I will watch damn near every time its on tv even though I own it on dvd.† Its such a beautiful and strange movie, like one part sci-fi action epic and one part French perfume commercial.† I found the giant space suit beings from the beginning visually very fascinating.† So when I saw this I knew it would make a lovely addition to my collection.† Godmachine creates a lot of prints that would fit comfortably on the cover of a death metal album.† While this may be a slight departure from his usual forte, it still contains all the elements his prints are known for. Lots of black, heavy lines and bits of color.† Oh, and this glows in the dark.† How much fun is that?
Garbage Flesh Eaters - Omar Hauksson
Halloween is a badass time for prints.† A lot of galleries and artists release special Halloween prints or horror-themed prints.† From Nakatomi, Inc (a great printing lab and showcaser of fine works out of Austin, TX) comes the Garbage Flesh Eaters series.† Combining iconic zombie films with Garbage Pail Kids art, Omar Hauksson created a lovely homage to the greatest of the zombie films.† While there are 5 prints in total, I only picked up these two.† Each zombie is named after the director of the movie in which the zombie appeared.† Gored George is for George Romero and Oily O'Bannon is for Dan O'Bannon.† I love all things Garbage Pail Kids so this was a no brainer for me.
Welcome to the Apocalypse - Alexander Iaccarino
This is another one on my list of future purchases.† As someone who was in a group of friends that went to Babbage's to buy the VHS tapes of Evangelion when they were released in the states, I have a very soft spot in my heart for the series.† Alexander Iaccarino has taken pretty much everything I loved about the series and grouped it all together in this absolutely stunning print.† Between Lilith, the mass produced Eva's and Berserk Unit 01, its pretty much taken me back to being that teenager again watching these insane and lovely Japanese cartoons.† Iaccarino is quickly making a name for himself (he recently did a very sold out run of Cowboy Bebop prints that were amazing) and I look forward to seeing what he does next.† Personally, I'm hoping for something inspired by Fist of the North Star.
Anville - Harbinger of Death
Cain robot from Robocop 2 is one of my favorite robot designs ever.† There's just something so cool about it.† Plus it felt very much like an evolution in terms of design from the ED-209 which had a much stockier and heavy look to it.† This robot felt like an evil Robocop on steroids, or in this case, Nuke.† So when I came across this print I knew I needed it hanging on my walls.† Anville deals primarily in darker colors with lots of metal and chrome for his work.† However, he uses little touches of color such as the yellow caution stripes here to give the image some pop.† What really brings it all together for me is how he used stippling (lots of tiny dots) to create the shadows.† It gives the image a heavy quality which I really like.
Well, there you have it.† I think I might focus on some of my video game and random prints I have next.† I hope you enjoyed looking at some prints with me and if you are interested in checking out some galleries and art, might I recommend you check out these places:
I'm all for healthy debate.† Debate is a hallmark of human communication.† Its one of the many ways we learn and grow from one another.† There are debates that are super important, like the debate over legalizing gay marriage (which shouldn't be a debate at all but that's neither here nor there) then there are less important debates like who would win in a fight between a Predator and the Midwest.†
Fun fact: This was a debate that raged for my entire undergrad career.† Sure, the Midwest has the numbers but the Predators have optic camouflage and laser cannons and those badass telescoping spears.† Really, depending on the weather and the day, it could go either way but my money is on the Predator.
Now just imagine Adrien Brody is the Midwest.†
So lately there has been a lot of controversy surrounding video games.† Xbox One and the clusterfuck of information that has been coming out about it.† Used games.† Indie developers.† Always on.† TV, TV, TV, Sports.† So many aspects and all this information being put out there is like a cloud of angry bees stinging my dick hole only the dick hole is inside my brain.† Its this jumble and the more I hear about it the less I seem to know.† Personally, I'm not too terribly excited for the Xbox One so far but I'm waiting for E3 to see what else Microsoft has to offer.† Then today I see that the next Tropes vs Women video is up.† More debate.† More controversy.† It would be one thing if it was reasonable discussion but this being the internet, it is decidedly not all that reasonable.† Oh sure, there's definitely some reason in there but its drowning in a sea of angry reactionary stuff, like a kitten drowning in an above ground pool filled with Ocean Blast Powerade.
When I hear the term "Ocean Blast", this is what I think of.
My rambling, tired point to all this is that its no fun being angry all the time.† Its downright exhausting, in fact.† We need to take a deep breath, remember why we love video games and have an open discussion.† Try to understand one another rather than immediately shitting on someone's opinion.† Debate can be this wonderful tool for understanding one another but when it turns into this ugly, angry thing it becomes toxic and starts to poison the well.† I know that for me, the anger has turned me off from trying to engage in a discussion and it makes me feel old and tired.† Its hard to get excited about upcoming games when everywhere I look its how this company is horrible and this game is horrible and this perspective is shit.†
Video games are amazing.† I mean, when you think about it, its kind of science magic.† We are living in an amazing time of innovation and growth for this medium that we all cherish and respect.† Don't bring yourself down along with everyone else by being an angry prick.† You do yourself and this medium you propose to love a great disservice.††
One last note:† I'd like to call a moratorium on replacing the "s" in Microsoft with a dollar sign.† Really, any of those things like Crapcom of whatever you can change Sony into.† All of them are, to put it gently, super lame.
April 1st, that special day in which Destructoid falls under the spell of the blood moon and transforms into the Foolish April Beast. It's a day I look forward to every year, not only for what the kulture meisters behind the scenes will think of next but also because its a special day in my waking world. This April 1st also happens to mark my fourth anniversary here. Four years...seems like so much longer, like I've always been here. I can't imagine my world, waking or otherwise, with Destructoid in it. So as we pierce the Earthly veil to stare into the face of God, we find Him gazing back with frog eyes filled with benevolence. The world is a strange place that can be confusing and scary and wonderful but I always can find comfort and solace here. Thank you all for being amazing and letting me love you the best way I know how, with trimmed fingernails and the resplendancy of black grandmotherhood.