Monday, September 28, 2009

What is this book cover trying to say?

I'm currently readingSTAR KING by Jack Vance. It's a good book so far, but I find the cover a bit odd.



To me, this is what the illustration is saying.

A hung-over astronaut dad finds out his kid has been out all night with the car. So after a night of drinking and watching bad b-movies he wakes up out of his Lazy Boy recliner and chases after his son with a sword. Completely forgetting to put on his space suit.

Does anyone else have any theories?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I won a contest!

I won the in the illustrating category in Doc Atomic's Attic of Astounding Artifacts "Amuse the Doc Contest"!

The idea was to create a piece of art or writing that depicts an item that Doc Atom has blogged about. Incase you haven't checked out this amazing blog, check it out here.

Here's the illustration I came up with.



I'd like to thank Brian "Doc Atomic" Stillman for choosing my illustration! And a congratulations to Norbert Landsteiner for winning the written category. There were some great entries by some talented people and this was a fun contest to participate in!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Punk New Wave Extravaganza

This is one of my favorite pop music periods, so I thought I would start airing a few of my favorites!

The Rezillos



Buzzcocks



Generation X



Stiff Little Fingers

Monday, September 21, 2009

Super Hero RPG's

When I got into rpg's, superheroes were every bit as important to me as were fantasy characters! I've played quite a few systems.

DC Heroes by Mayfair had a really good system. I mainly stuck to playing the DC characters, but they did have rules for creating your own hero.



Marvel Superheroes was another one that I had, and played quite a bit. Now this one had a better character generation system so I did make a few characters. One in particular that I remember creating was Captain Blitz, a West German superhero (yes I created him during the mid-eighties). I still have the game but the box is no longer around.



Another one that I have some great memories of was Champions. I loved the idea of getting a certain number of points to build a hero. And you could take weaknesses to get additional points.



Heroes Unlimited was one that I played a couple of times. I like the Palladium system! There, I admit it, it's just fun and every game is completely compatible!



Then there was Villains & Vigilantes, which I never played. I'm increasingly intrigued by this game, and one of these days I'll buy it from Ebay or something. I always liked the artwork, and the modules were very original!



All of these games remind me of how much gaming I'm not doing right now!

Traveller

I've been reading the Mongoose version of the Traveller rulebook lately, and I feel that it's pretty close to the original. For an old school game it doesn't lend it self to easy free form play though. I think I remember that the original was like this also.



When I first bought traveller, I bought the starter edition. This version didn't have any reference to the Third Imperium, it was just a generic sci-fi game. To this day, I'm still unfamiliar with the Third Imperium setting, but I have no problem with getting into it.

While searching the web for further Traveller knowledge, I came across this. BITS (British Isles Traveller Support) looks really interesting. I like that they are producing new material for the game, unfortunately it doesn't seem like any of their stuff is available in the U.S. I like that they call their books "Little White Books", as a contrast to the little black books.

If you get the chance, check them out. I plan on contacting them to see if any of their books are available in the U.S.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Banshee!

Here's a new image for Swords & Wizardry!

Badfinger

Badfinger was every bit as good as the Beatles, but never really got the recognition they deserved. I found this Behind the Music documentary that chronicles the tragedy of this great Welsh power pop group from the seventies!











Monday, September 14, 2009

People Who Died - RIP Jim Carroll

He was 60 when he died. He was a friend of mine.

Renegade Craft Fair Overview



My wife and I had the chance to vend at renegade. Our shop, Space Oddities was in the center of the fair. Renegade was really fun to do and was successful, except for a snafu we had with the set up on the first day.




Our Renegade tent mates were wonderful, Daniele and Bryon from My Lavaliere, who makes one of a kind jewelry. We had lots of fun getting to know them and are looking forward to hanging out sometime!

I had the chance to shoot the breeze with many other artists, including:



Jen & Brian Gubicza. They are a husband and wife team that run Zooguu. Jen is a graphic designer and makes a lot of awesome plush toys for kids and for the kids at heart. Brian is an illustrator and sells prints of his work. I bought one he did of Edgar Allen Poe! I can't wait to get it framed!



I also met Johnny Sampson who does some gnarly illustrations and silk screen posters. Most of his stuff is monster and b-movie related themes! Plus he has great taste in music, so we hit it off right away! I'm looking forward to ordering posters and t-shirts from him in the future. Especially the Trashmen poster he did, it's rad!



Another husband and wife team I had the pleasure to meet was Matthew Riedsma and Wendy Withrow. Matthew is a comic writer/illustrator of his autobiographical indie comic called High Maintenance Machine. He also builds websites and does caricatures, he did one of me!

Wendy runs Windy Weather Bindery, she makes high quality hand-bound books and boxes. Hand-made bookbinding is a hard thing to find today, and she does really beautiful work!



It was nice to bump into Matty 80 80, fellow monster enthusiast and bitchin' illustrator!



I bought a couple of t-shirts from Randr (Rise and Resist) Tees they had some horror themed designs that I really liked!



I also had the chance to swing by the Etsy booth and got to meet Etsy's Matt Stinchcomb!

There were a lot of great shops and wonderful people at the show, sorry I can't list everyone. I had a great time and hope to do Renegade again!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Renegade Craft Fair



My wife and I will be doing the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago this weekend! It's an indie arts and craft show, and this is the second time we've been in it. I'm pretty stoked! If you're in the area you should drop by. Our shop is called Space Oddities.

It's on September 12 & 13 on Division St between Damen & Paulina. We're at booth 172, it's really close to the Etsy booth an close to the beer too!


Here's some more info here!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Happy Thor's Day



Hammer of the Gods by Michael Oeming

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

French Fail Turns Into Big Win!!!!

Here are the winners for the Robot With Bad French Grammar Shirt!

BubbaShelby
Lisa
Metalicious
Derek
80sMom

Congratulations everyone!!!