Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I went searching for my car again, which the night before was skillfuly hidden within 4 feet of frozen snow and ice.
Tonight, like the night before, I found it buried... or rather I did not find it buried, but did find it once I unburied it.
Cleaning it off again was refreshingly counter-productive - what with the yetis and all; By the time I cleared off the entire thing, the front half was covered again by yeti magic.
So, I started over, this time keeping one eye on the car, one eye on the snow-covered yeti-bushes, and the rest of them on the nearby roads;
By this point, I too, was covered, and looking dangerously similar to a "snow bank" - which people around here like to hunt for sport with their angry-bumpered SUV-mobiles, swerving back and forth in random fashion, in order to catch the unfortunate snows off guard.
In my head, I could just see myself smashed to a pulp and hanging over a Michigonian mantle, its owner scratching his ice-planet helmet-hair with a wire hanger... letting people poke at my stuffed rump with a corndog for a used hockey puck and a can of chew (twice that amount if they bear the flannel of an enemy tribe).
"I bagged this oon at aboot two o cloock", he would say "he were mating with a femeel snow bank whoon I seens im in my windshield..."
"No... I do not want to end up in that sort of mess" I said to myself "...again", looking left then right, and right again.
It was then that I noticed my car was once-again covered.
... Tomorrow, I buy a gun.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Guests at Templecon so far include the Ocean State Circus Performers, Author CJ Henderson, and bellydancing troupes Aepril Schaile and Kaia Morningstar.
You can keep up to date on Templecon Events by visiting www.templecon.org/, and shows at Genuine Artikle by visiting genuineartikle.com.
Also look for us in Weird Tales Magazine (upcoming) issue, other magazines in the works and to be announced here.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
She is still adding items to the store, but, like this site, most anyone who does not get their internet through a can and a piece of string can easily subscribe to rss feeds for posts, comments, and new products added.
I highly recommend going there and clicking that link, while it is fresh in your mind.
On that note, I am thinking it is time for me to swap this site out with something new; It will encourage me to get those parts of the site done which I have neglected over the past year - bios, portfolios, resumes, publishing lists and the sort.
And though most every art or creative entertainment site on the internet, especially those of my genre(s), are typically pretty dark in color schemes - I am thinking I might switch over to a lighter color scheme.
I get a lot of good input on this incarnation of site, and see a lot of people say a lot of good things, to me and to others; I do however know it is not perfect... nothing ever is.
There will always be that guy who accesses the net on an atari 2600 modified to run some obscure OS, using a browser that is "better than all the rest" because it chokes on everything, shaking his fist because 8 billion people on the internet aren't writing code that is compatible... completely clueless as to which person in that equation is the fool.
I haven't done the terribly bad things; I don't use frames, iframes, and tables. I don't make huge annoying flash-dependent mystery meat navigation websites where in order to navigate to the contact page, you have to slide gigeresque artifacts about, in search of the chicken with the shortest mustache and the biggest hat - who of course has the key to activate the proper animated page transition.
The latter, not because I don't think it would be fun; I avoid this because I like modern things like rss feeds, and crazy things like people being able to find things without having to load a movie with an introduction, five intermissions, a featurette,and credits - just to make a simple purchase.
The size however, is a problem. I kept it at 800 wide for as long as I could, for those people who were ten years behind the rest of the internet and still using such low resolutions. The problem is, it restricts me from showing images inline at larger sizes. I need to use thickbox for that... Those 5% of the internet who are unaware that the internet now uses a lot of java, especially with the advent of AJAX, are simply directed to the image itself. I'll probably continue to use thickbox, but will need to use it for a lot less things.
I also feel the lighter color schemes will better showcase my upcoming artwork.
These changes are things I have been considering for a while, which have been blocked by my accursed popularity over the past year or so. The changes are not for the sake of "Mr. Lonely Mcwhimperpants", an anonymous someone who I imagine has nothing better to do than to repeatedly write me to voice his dislike for my site, though he apparently has no idea what he does not like. He only knows that the mere thought of my site not being designed specifically for him, makes him curl up in a fetal position and wet his official Justin Timberlaketm panties whenever he compulsively visits it... time and time again.
I will actually have to find some way to switch to a lighter scheme, while still using colors that traumatize his fragile mind as easily as those colors I currently use; It would be wrong of me to take away his futile attempts at getting the internet to conform to whatever he likes to pretend is a browser, because everyone needs *some* reason to live - even those who probably shouldn't.
Stay tuned, don't close that browser! The new artwork for Vernian Process will be released in Late January. The new children's book should have a preview up by February.
There will be a lot of art in between as well, some new assemblages, and of course I will continue to point you towards weird, insane, dumb, and interesting things whenever I am goofing off.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
- 11x14 Metallic "H.M.S. Gadreel" Limited Editions Hand Embellished and Hand-Signed Prints.
- 11x14 "The Rescue" open edition
- Original Artworks
- Comic Books
- Any prints that are unsigned, unlimited, and do not come with Hahnemuhle certificates of authenticity.
These Items need to be ordered by 4:30 PM Monday December the 15th:
-Any Limited Edition Giclees
-Any Limited Edition Prints that are not the Gadreel
These items always need a minimum of 8 days for processing for all the shipping, receiving, signing, certifying, and repackaging involved in the process.
If you really really want to give one of the limited edition giclees as a gift this season:
I can ship an 11x14, free of charge, with a note saying that the giclee will be following. I can also throw in another such print for the buyer, as a token of my thanks. The ordered Giclee will then ship January 5th or 6th, when I return from visiting family.
You may have noticed that sale prices are still in place. They will remain so through the holidays. The shipping cutoff, is however important to remember if these are to be shipped as gifts.
Beth and I leave December 22nd, and return January 3rd. Any orders received during this time will ship the week following our return. Please keep this in mind when ordering during this period,
and Thank you.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
There is now a preview available.
Not having seen it before publication, I must admit, I was slightly concerned about what caliber artists I might find myself mixed in with, other than Brom. Brom, Bajema, and Santerineross are why I was so incredibly thrilled to be in this piece.
I am pleased to say there are a good number of really amazing works in there - making me feel all the more privileged for being a part of it.
Were I not already getting a copy for free, I'd definitely buy it.
Beth and I are on pages 19 through 21, and the preview starts at chapter 6, so unfortunately we are out of the web preview, all the more reason to check it out (you could see my stuff here) - plenty of interesting artists to look through.
Link: The Preview (PDF)
Friday, December 12, 2008
You may remember them from some of the better gothic collections - not those samplers where everyone sounded like Black Tape for a Blue Girl, not those samplers from the mall store with the fat pants, but actual gothic music compilations such as The Black Bible and Unquiet Grave Vol.1.
They are an amazing band with a beyond fantastic sound. You really, really should give them a listen:
Thursday, December 11, 2008
The filming of this piece was so incredibly good, and so well-synched with the music that you could have put any subject matter in there and it would be fascinating.
"I couldn't decide if what I created was a music video or a
short film", says T. Bias, frontman of the new incarnation of Batcave Brit band Specimen about this latest work, which I believe is the perfect formula for such a striking, viral, and memorable music video.
"If I can get enough interest, I may be able to make more films,
if I can get a hold of more video gear. I have more ideas...", he adds.
Well, I would love to see him get more interest, and do more things like these, and especialy if it encourages him to do more with his audio.
You *Can* view this video below, but I highly recommend viewing it in higher resolution HD at 720 dpi wide by clicking here. Doing so will support his efforts, and lend much-deserved incentive to do more these sort of projects.
Kandid Fullfrontal Consumption from T.bias on Vimeo.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I am revamping the page for Some Ghouls Wander by Mistake. So, if you were linked to the old preview, you may want to update your links.
If you have not yet been there, it is a dark comedy project, and a rather insane one at that. If you haven't been offended in the past by South Park, JHTM, or Lenore ...or if you like being offended, it might be something you'd like.
Please take the time to check it out, and please share the link with others. I am doing this myself without a publisher or any commercial marketing behind me - my online friends *are* my marketing, and I could use your help.
Not only does this mean reduced pricing on most every print, but it means that I will be throwing a lot of originals on the table for a limited time, and also at a reduced price.
Now is your best chance to acquire many of these prints for the lowest prices, as well as the chance to own (or give) original works, and buying before December 10th assures that I can ship these in time for gift-giving purposes. (cutoff Date on most items is the 15th)