Saturday, August 30, 2008

Real Rock 'n Roll

I might be getting older, but I've gotta say the state of rock 'n roll is looking pretty grim. Cookie cutter emo, pop tarts, and wuss rock galore is what gets radio play. With the exclusion of the underground scene and classic rock 'n roll, I'd rather not listen to music.
I love rockabilly! Now if only I were a teenager back in the late 50's.
Here's a rockin' cat that was too cool without the pretensions of trying to act cool. Mr. Bluesuede shoes himself, Carl Perkins!



If it weren't for a near fatal car accident, and a lengthy stay in the hospital he might've been what Elvis became. Although he wasn't the pretty boy Elvis was (no disrespect to the King), and his songs were maybe too country fried for the tastes of city kids. He's still aces to me!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Lost Cartoons of Yesteryear #2

Heathcliff! Based on the comic strip by George Gallagher. I used to love the comic strip, and when the cartoon came out, I was instantly hooked. Heathcliff was like a naughtier Garfield, with more energy. I used to try to get home from school in time to watch it, I believe it aired on WGN. The animation was great, I believe it was done by Japanese animators. And I think it was the same people who worked on Inspector Gadget.




Thursday, August 28, 2008

Lost Cartoons of Yesteryear #1

I figured since I like cartoons so much I'd start to blog about them.

For the first one I picked Flash Gordon. I loved this one as a kid! The animation was great, although Filmation did use a lot of rotoscoping. Rotoscoping is where the animators trace over a live-action film, to give the animation a more realistic look. It's been used for year, and being an aficionado I've grown to recognize it right away.
Still, the series followed the original Alex Raymond comic strip series rather than veering off into a different interpretation.
The series came out in 1979 during the Star Wars craze, and why not, Star Wars was originally inspired by Flash Gordon!

My brother and I both had action figures base on the cartoon. Ryan my brother had Flash and I chose Lion Man, he was always my favorite.
The series is currently on DVD and is well worth it, it definitely stands the test of time. I've currently got my son Lars hooked on it!








I sold my baby!

I sold my Geo Metro last Friday. Man that was a hard thing to do, I've owned it since I was 19. I bought it in 1993 and have been the original owner since. So getting rid of my first car wasn't easy. It's been a great car, it got 45 miles to the gallon on the highway. Being only a two seater means I can't take the kids in it though, so it's not really practical anymore.
I've had a lot of great memories of driving around in this car and will miss it.
Here's to you old blue!







Thursday, August 7, 2008

Trilobites!

I recently added some new items to my etsy shop. Trilobites magnets! I really like the way that they turned out, and I planning on using them for a comic strip that I'm going to feature weekly on my blog. I hope to have the first one up tomorrow. Let me know what you think.



























































In case you're new to the world of Trilobitery here's the dictionary definition.

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tri·lo·bite [trahy-luh-bahyt] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun
any marine arthropod of the extinct class Trilobita, from the Paleozoic Era, having a flattened, oval body varying in length from 1 in. (2.5 cm) or less to 2 ft. (61 cm).
[Origin: 1825–35; < NL Trilobites, equiv. to Gk trílob(os) three-lobed (see tri-, lobe) + -ītés -ite1]

And for more information go to www.trilobites.info