Sunday, April 26, 2009

BACHELORDS!!!!

In one week we lose Marcos to woman. To send him off, we give you the briefest glimpse of THE BACHELORDS:

BACHELORD!


BACHELORD!


BACHELORDS ANTEING! BACHELORDS KENNY, JEFF, MARTY and married guy RAY.


BACHELORD HOST!


BACHELORD GUEST OF HONOR FLIPPIN SIGNS.


BACHELORD TENSIONS of BETTING!


MORE ANTEING LIKE BACHELORDS!


The beats were booming, the smoke was thick, the jokes were flying, and SpiDARE-Man was shittin on bananas. All was good, and then Bea Arthur died. But we soldiered on!

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Monday, April 20, 2009

STEADILY WATCHING IT, HE WAITED FOR THE WORLD TO DISSOLVE AND SET HIM FREE

Neil Gaiman has the best words on the subject I've found so far.

As should be expected, Ballardian has quite a bit up.

From there, the link to Moorcock's message board is more than worth going through.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

MORE DITHERING ABOUT SPACE VAMPIRES

I'll probably put some of this into practice soon, now that I'm working out some of the pressing logics.

I'd been thinking about spaceships and tried to figure out what kind of spaceship would be good for colonizing planets. What would land on some hospitable planet, stand asride it's fertile valley and say, "I'm here to fill you will tiny people!"

How about the USO Keefe!



(Probably won't be the real ship name.)

Continuing to think about necks and space fashion, I also started to think about gender on a colony ship. I'm starting to think there's going to be a lot less of one than there is of the other. But then: necks! This one is inspired by some other thoughts I'm having about space colonists, the traditionally antiseptic nature of sci-fi space and a Halloween costume my friend Katy once wore:




Here's a dash of color to help it make sense:

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Monday, April 06, 2009

CLOTHES FOR SPACE

In the last post, I mentioned trying to put more thought into the costuming for some of my characters. Here's an outfit I worked on over the weekend. Ballpoint pen in my sketchbook. I was working on necklines before realizing I'd need some below-the-waist action, that's why the girl looks like a stage magician's assistant.

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

STILL LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT PAGE

How about that Crack the Skye? I've listened to it about a dozen times already. Sometimes i don't know if I'm listening to it because I love it, or because I'm trying to figure it out. And I'm not even talking about the supposed concept album story about traveling back in time to get possessed by Rasputin's spirit as he tries to escape assassination so you can better process the death of your sister. I mean, what was Blood Mountain about? There's a stag on the cover! No, the things I've been trying to understand is how this can sound so much like a Mastodon album without the death/thrash guitars and with the keyboards. Crazy.

I like that NIN:JA ep too. Well, the NIN and JA parts. The Rage Against the Coup part so much. Eh, I'm the olde.

I'm litening to someone called RH+ now, Curb is the song. I think if the indie disco thing sonded more like this initially, i would've been more down with it. Listening to a bunch of weird free shit actually. Polly Scattergood? When does the ropey goth disco revival start? Now. MODERAT? Let my love of techno never die.

Here's some pencils for the THIRD version of the page I posted two versions of yesterday. I should note that I'm not including thumbnails and separate layouts in this calculation. I feel like I'm working on a painting (well, I feel like someone ELSE working on a painting, I never did so many preliminaries).



I thought i pretty much had it, finally. Even if some of the body language was getting a bit...set-up-a-livejournal-feedy. But, I could live with that. At least it was going somewhere.

But then I started thinking about how dull and traditional those space uniforms looked. I mean, this was part of the original idea: I wanted them to look low-budget. Now I'm not so sure. I'm thinking about the concept, the vampire astronaut part. What kind of clothes would my space people wear?

This thinking took me to image searches of Sandra Backlund designs. I'm thinking about big, bulky necks. In space. I have a feeling some of the costume redesigns are going to take me to new layouts. I'm keeping the damn sandwich though.

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