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Cthul Who?

The number of web comics that I regularly read has been steadily increasing over the past few weeks and now I find myself up-to-date with, and eagerly awaiting more from: XKCD, Nerf This, Axe Cop, Heroes Inc. and Tails. The last two are new and come on the recommendation of and/or sponsored links on the pages of some of the prior ones. All are quite different and seem to have enough story, humour and whatever else makes me tick to keep my interest up. All are very much worth checking out.
Seeing as how I’ve had a pretty quiet Sunday afternoon, I thought I’d turn my hand to a bit of slapdash… cartoonery? Cartooning? Either way, I’m not for a second suggesting that I will ever have anything on the artists responsible for the comics listed above, more that I was bored and fancied messing about. The joke’s a bit obvious and probably been done before, but it made me giggle.
(Click on the images to see them full size)

'Entrances' - Make a SAN check.

Believe it or not, amazing as you no doubt find my ‘artwork’ to be, I actually envisioned certain aspects of the strip being a little bit less simplistic. I actually sketched out what I thought it would like on my whiteboard (I love that thing) but then I ended up with really poor quality scans and photos and it seemed like a bit too much work to make it presentable. Here it is for reference, anyway:

More tentacles!

In sanity loss-related developments, I’ve ordered a copy of Masks of Nyarlothotep and am looking to start the campaign in about half a dozen sessions time, now that we have at least one (sort of) new player in our group. Binky’s back from university for the forseeable and there may or may not be another female joining us soon – we shall see! If anyone who has run the Masks campaign has any helpful hints or tips they’d be happy to impart to me I’d be really grateful.

The Robot King

“I am the robot king, I’m not made of tin
   I am the robot baron, my name is not Sharon” – InfernOtoriuM

ROBOT by Joshua Hoffine

So the other day Laura, ever a source of inspiring pictures, blogs, films, events, etc., pointed me in the direction of Joshua Hoffine’s personal website. He’s a pretty well known photographer specialising in horror shots – most of which are pretty gnarly (and some of which are almost certainly not work safe, in case that’s an issue). One of his most recent photos is the one above, entitled ROBOT. It’s a sweet shot and as I’ve been on a bit of a trip recently of 80’s classic horror and/or sci-fi films e.g. Blade Runner, Alien and The Thing  it should come as no surprise that I particularly liked this one (yes, I do know Alien was 1979, really, but it still falls into that same group of films in my mind). The actual robot also reminded me a little bit of IG-88.

Robot bounty hunter FTW

ThenI found out that he has a ‘behind the scenes’ blog, and has included a post about ROBOT that goes through everything from initial sketches, to the construction of the robot, from the prosthetics to the post-production. As I have, simultaneously to my film trip, also been getting steadily more and more interested in the whole world of special effects, this really captured me. You should check out Joshua’s blog detailing the full making of, his thought process behind creating the shot, etc. (it’s a WordPress blog, of course) over here:
http://joshuahoffine.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/making-robot/

Something Cool

A Yithian, as drawn by an 8yr old.

Here’s something cool that I found (again, pretty damn late) over at Comics Alliance, a Halloween art project run for a children’s choir in which the main focus was the stories of a one Mr. H. P. Lovecraft. An amazing selection of Yithians, Shoggoths, Elder Things and, of course, great Cthulhu himself. Click the link to see more of the same child-produced sanity destroying artwork!

Cosmic horror for kiddies, anyone?

The Thing

This past couple of weeks have been fuelled by images of the strange (predominantly the usual Lovecraftian madness) and welded to the processes of improvisational construction and modification. Later on tonight, I’m hoping to continue work on my thing in a jar over at Inner Sanctum collectibles (as well as some more miniatures for IABSM) but last night I watched The Thing, the classic 1982 sci-fi/horror (Lovecraftian cosmic horror, anyone?). I mean, John Carpenter directing, a score by Ennio Morricone and the magnificent Kurt Russell in the lead – who could ask for more?

Burn it. Burn it with fire!

As it happens, it doesn’t matter who, as we got more anyway. If you haven’t seen The Thing, then suffice to say it was absolutely groundbreaking in terms of its special effects – the majority of which were created by Rob Bottin (only 22 years old at the time i.e. the same age as me). Some of these effects have now become fairly legendary in shocking horror movie moments legend – such as the use of a double amputee for the scene in which a man’s arms are ripped off by a giant alien maw. Oh, spoiler alert.

In fact all the gribbliness of the film has not only helped spur on my own model-making project, but also given me some more campaign ideas for Call of Cthulhu. Actually, part of the reason that I decided to watch the film properly was on the recommendation of another keeper, a certain Mr. John Wick who wrote a monograph for Chaosium entitled Digging For A Dead God. The scenario focuses on a group of Nazi soldiers in 1939 who stumble across an unfathomable evil – as per CoC standards.

Continue reading ‘The Thing’

Hell Yeah

The gig that I’m (easily) most excited about going to this year just got better. Especially as the tickets were an early birthday gift from my beautiful girlfriend Laura. Can’t wait to get my free ep, either. If I had to describe it, I’d say it was the best.

Pretty sweet old school style flyer too

Disco Disco Disco Disco

I currently can’t embed this video, and I will be adding some photos to this blog as soon as they are available, so for now I will just leave you with this link:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/video/video.php?v=10150202356341978

Hellspawn

Much like the subject of today’s blog post, I am returned to the land of the living from the awesome weekend that was Chris’ stag do in the fine city of Nottingham. Had a fantastic time, and I hopefully I will have some, uhh… ‘content’ for everyone reading this very soon!

Dinner is served, bitches.

Today I picked up the complete Hellspawn collection (all of the issues, cover gallery, additional art, behind-the-scenes content, etc.) for a pretty reasonable £30 and so far it’s been excellent. It’s actually the first Spawn comic that I’ve ever owned, despite having read most of the origin story and being pretty familiar with the general gist of things mostly due to the popularity of the franchise back in the 90’s. I also recently started watching the animated series online and got to about episode 6 when I discovered that it had been cancelled after the third series (only 18 episodes) and thus nowhere near a conclusion. I regrettably dropped it after that, as I knew I’d never get any closure on that particular strand.

Aside: Talking of things that have been cancelled, I was pretty gutted to see this news piece about the progress of Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. Basically, Universal studios have refused to greenlight the film – a proposed $150 million live-action epic, with James Cameron as executive producer and Tom Cruise rumoured to be starring. The reason? Well, basically it comes down to the fact that it’s Lovecraft. Del Toro, and the story itself, need an ‘R’ rating in America, but the studio want PG-13 to reach a wider audience and make money back. Also, the fact that it’s a bleak tale of unimaginable horror with no happy ending or anything easily marketable to the masses probably didn’t help.

Still, there is hope out there. The studio isn’t completely ditching the project; word has it that he’s shopping it to other studios; and he’s also been attached to Pacific Rim as director (it looks like it could be pretty sweet – not Lovecraft, but sweet nonetheless). Hopefully we’ll see some cosmic horror on the big screen soon enough! Also, there’s a new Spawn animated series in the works, which we may or may not see this year according to various sources.


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