One of my co-workers requested Sailor Moon’s Cosmic Heart Compact as a plushie! I think it turned out pretty successfully - some of the dimensions are a bit off, but otherwise I think it looks the part!
Much like my review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug had me baffled. Gone are the days of Lord of the Rings as we continue down the path of The Hobbit - a bloated, boring tale of a silly adventure.
DoS tries exceptionally hard to raise the stakes of the film, giving the audience an experience that teeters on the edge of childish while still delivering more unnecessary violence and decapitations than I remember from the LOTR trilogy as a whole.
The film also seems empty and devoid of the anything “real”. In addition to the over-exaggerated prosthetics, there is a massive clean up done in post-production that makes every character seem incredibly waxy and computer generated. This, coupled with the use of green screen in almost every single scene makes the film feel more like a Star Wars prequel than a film set in Middle Earth - and it bums me out.
I’ll stick around for the third film but I’m genuinely not expecting much of anything at this point. I’m grateful the unnecessary singing has stopped, but it hasn’t increased my excitement or interest in this trilogy one bit.
We had an Easter basket competition at work! I participated and made this Easter-themed basket. It was the first time I had ever worked with felt glue (instead of just sewing everything together) and learned a lot about the process!
A few previews from my official Marvel themed show at Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX. Opening reception is April 25th, from 7-10pm. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I’m excited for people to finally see what I’ve been working on since November.
For those asking about prints, they will be available through the gallery, and leftovers will most likely be made available through mondotees.com
Wake Up/Escape from the Citadel promo by writer/storyboard artist Steve Wolfhard
Adventure Time: Season 6 begins
Already really excited for more Adventure Time!
I actually heard of the Kickstarter for Sullivan’s Sluggers through a promotional ad on a website and thought it would be a neat opportunity to fund a graphic novel Kickstarter for the first time in June of 2012. A year and a half later - Sullivan’s Sluggers finally made it to my apartment.
Mark Andrew Smith had a lot of troubles with his Kickstarter - he received over 16 times the amount of money he was looking for (coming out at nearly $100,000 for the campaign), and upgraded the book accordingly: unlocking a 200 page Omnibus-sized, slipcase cover, monster gatefold with bound in ribbon bookmark. It was ridiculous and for only $30 it seemed like a huge undertaking to ship these giant books out to the thousands of backers. The shipping slowly became almost untenable, and many backers still don’t have their books even to this day.
I think the book did honestly turn out fantastic though - the quality shows and I was more than happy to wait for the final product, even when it seemed like it wasn’t going to come at all. In the end, the project was a disaster, but a huge learning experience for all the project leads on Kickstarter to learn from. So in that sense, it’s fortunate that someone could take that hard of a hit for everyone to follow after him.
I’ve expressed on numerous occasions how much Jackass means to me, but when Bad Grandpa was announced I wasn’t overly impressed. I was never much of a fan of the “prank” videos in Jackass and prefer the stunts over tricking people in public. Nevertheless, I still went out and saw Knoxville’s newest film, and was presently surprised.
The best thing Bad Grandpa has going for it is surprise. The unfortunate state of trailers nowadays is that everything is immediately given away to the audience. There’s no subtlety and it’s just whatever can fill the theatre seats faster. Bad Grandpa has a trailer that reveals almost the entire of the film - however there are many gags that the film had up its sleeve.
Johnny Knoxville isn’t the greatest actor, nor can he really pull it off without the aid of his “grandson” - played by Jackson Nicoll. The payoff is through the reactions of the unsuspecting individuals being pranked in the film. It is often shocking to see what some of these people thought they could get away with. In the end, the film is full of a lot of heart (more so than any other Jackass film, there’s certainly that for sure) and has a positive message. It’s exactly what you expect you’re getting yourself into.