Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Conan Poll

I'm working on some house rules for Song Of Blades and Heroes set in Conan's Hyborian world and wanted to see what people thought of the title ideas. Song of The Hyborian Age, Song of The Road of Kings, Song of The Nemedian Chronicles and Song of the Riddle of Steel. I can't make up my mind on which I like most!

Also, should I include other sources besides R.E.H.'s stories like other novels, comics etc. or just keep it Howardian. I more than likely going to keep it Howardian mainly because of all the dilution of the story in various media. But I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Ultimate Action Figure

I found this on Fail Blog and had to repost!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Awesome Thundarr illustrations!

Just surfing the web and came across some awesome Thundarr fan art!

Art by Jose Holder, check out his page here!

Awesome Ookla picture by David Wachter

This one is by Cheeks74, I love the style!

Nelson Daniel

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My Favorite Science Fiction Novels

And I mean "Science Fiction" in the broad sense like it used to mean back in the 1950's, no sub-genres. This isn't really in any order of importance, this is just a list of books that have been important to me through out the years.

1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

2. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

3. Conan by Robert E. Howard

4. Dune by Frank Herbert

5. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

6. Bill The Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison

7. The Puppet Masters By Robert Heinlein

8. At The Mountains Of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft

9. The Witch World by Andre Norton

10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

11. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

12. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

13. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle

14. Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

15. Dragon Flight by Anne McCaffrey

16. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick

17. Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Leiber

18. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

19. Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock

20. Hrolf Kraki's Saga by Poul Anderson

21. Tower of Glass by Robert Silverberg

Okay, so it turned out to be an odd number. Maybe I'll do another 21 later!

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Hellacopters

One of my all time, top 10 favorite bands! Formed in Sweden in 1994 and then calling it quits in 2007, releasing 6 full length albums (not a bad run). The band consisted of Nicke Andersson (singer, guitarist), Dregen (guitar) who was later replaced by Robert Dahlqvist, Kenny Håkansson (bass), Robert Eriksson (drums) and Anders Lindström (keyboard). I had the good fortune to see them live in 2002 at The Rave in Milwaukee! One of the greatest live shows that I've ever seen. I even met Kenny and Robert at a Taco Bell before the show and got to talk to them for a little bit.

Their music is a blend of 60's and 70's blues fueled rock (think the MC5, Stooges, The Saints, Radio Birdman...etc.) with a Swedish spin. If you ever get the chance to check them out you won't be disappointed! Check out their website here!

Here's the video for "Carry Me Home" and "The Devil Stole The Beat From The Lord" for a little taste:

More Conan than the new upcoming movie...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Happy Thor's day (Þórsdagr)

Thor's helmet photographed in outer space! Read about it here.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Madness - Baggy Trousers

One of my favorite Madness songs!

Al Williamson passed away...

...he was one of the greats among comic artists. I first read it over at Atomic Pulp.

It's hard to think of Flash Gordon, and not think of Al Williamson's artwork! I loved Alex Raymond's art as well, he was the original artist/creator of the series. But Al Williamson illustrated the comics that I grew up with, especially those Flash Gordon trade paperback series comics. I used to order those from those Troll Books catalogs that I used to get in grade school. I would spend hours trying to draw Flash fighting Ming using the Al's artwork to study from.

Equally as memorable was his work in Creepy, one of my favorite horror comics. As well has the Star Wars dailies that Dark Horse has reprinted.

Al Williamson has influenced me as kid, and I'll always cherish his artistic imagination.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 1970's

Continuing from the 80's post...

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 1980's

You know the movie, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? Well this is my version for the 80's! Yeah, I know it's mostly action movies and TV shows, but who cares!