- Listening to: Bach
- Reading: Crucible of Gold - Temeraire Series
- Watching: Magi
- Playing: Pac Man on my Nook
- Eating: buffalo chicken
- Drinking: Blue Moon
Laughing beneath the tears.What do you do when someone who's always made you laugh...makes you cry?
And if that happens, can that someone ever make you laugh again?
Well. Yes. But there's a trick to it. Allow me to digress for a moment.
One of my favorite fantasy films is "The Wizard of Oz".
Perhaps one of the reasons so many love this movie is the poignancy of Judy Garland. Poignant, not just because of the incredible authenticity and sincerity of her performance of the earnest and innocent Dorothy Gale, but because of the tragedies that haunted the actress later in her life.
It's hard to watch her buoyant, effervescent portrayal of a simple farm girl lost in a bright, radiant be-careful-what-you-wish-for dreamworld without thinking of her dark struggles beyond the other side of the rainbow. But let's take a page from Doctor Who and get a little "timey-wimey" here. You can't see the light at the end of a tunnel if you're focused on the darkness surrounding it. You can't live
Laughing in the darkI remember the first time I saw "Ghostbusters". As I sat in front of my TV, laughing at Rick Moranis' geeky pursuit of Sigourney Weaver, and at Bill Murray's interaction with an apparition with an enormous appetite ("He slimed me!"), I wondered why scary stuff always makes comedy that much funnier.
I was already a fan of the old Abbott and Costello comedy-horror films. Films like "Hold That Ghost" and "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein".
A modern-day equivalent of that type of "laughing in the dark" comedy team might very well be Dipper and Mabel from the delightful "Gravity Falls".
But "Ghostbusters" created a new kind of horror-comedy - one where the protagonists don't just scream and run when encountering a phantasm (a formula the venerable "Scooby-Doo" has done to perfection - or perdition, depending on how you look at it) - but aggressively seek it out and fight it, even if that phantasm turns out to be
Happy Valentine's DayValentine's Day can be romantic, memorable, dream-fulfilling and fun. So no worries! Right? Get out there and have a blast.
It's the day AFTER you gotta worry about.
Let's be careful out there.
Goodbye, Mr. ChristmasArthur Rankin Jr., creator of the immortal Christmas TV specials "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman", has passed away at age 89.
Interesting...Rudolph was animated via "Puppetoons" - a stop-motion style of puppetry, while "Frosty" was animated via traditional 2D limited animation. Both were so well-done, that, 50 years after their debut, the two specials still get stellar ratings, according to the Hollywood Reporter:
(Rankin's) holiday specials air every year and always draw a crowd. In December, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which debuted in 1964, and Frosty the Snowman, which premiered in 1969, were broadcast by CBS and were the two highest-rated programs of the night.
The key to the specials' success is twofold - first of all, both were based on memorable Christmas songs. Secondly, the scripts of the two specials were top-notch - witty, insightful, poignant, and best of all, they didn't talk down to children.
It all begins wit
My first comic starring The Toonicorn!New year, new art piece! I've just posted a new comic featuring my avatar, the Toonicorn, in his first appearance as a full-fledged comics character. To me, he's the embodiment of my artistic penchant for fantasy and cartoons. It was a lot of fun to do, and I hope it gives you a laugh or two. Be sure to click on it to enlarge (wouldn't want to give my readers eyestrain). Do tell me what you think. There will be more Toonicorn comics in the future. Huzzah!
You are NOT just a misfitAn icy January blast tore at my coat as I hurried on my way to work. I noticed that the Christmas street decorations had been taken down, and in a way I was relieved. My wife was suffering from a long illness and I didn’t feel very festive.
I was glad to get inside the foyer of the Montgomery Ward building. In the elevator I leaned back and listened to the younger men eagerly discuss their work.
“And how are you starting the new year?” I glumly asked myself. Here I was, heavily in debt at age 35, still grinding out catalogue copy. Instead of writing the great American novel, as I’d once hoped, I was describing men’s white shirts. It seemed I’d always been a loser.
In the copy department a secretary called. “Bob, the boss wants to see you.”
What now? I wondered.
No, I didn't write that. The above was written by a person who's touched your life. You know who he is, even though you may neve
The truth about Walt
Yeah, I created the above memes to use on Twitter. As you may know, the movie "Saving Mr. Banks" has premiered, in which Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney. And as one might expect, the lies and slander about Walt Disney have begun to crop up again. See those words and pictures up there? All of the statements are true. Sarcastic, but true. They are facts. They were not created by Disney's PR department. They are not rumors. They are not wishful thinking. They are FACTS. Facts that are easy to discover if one does a little research through credible sources. The book "Walt Disney: An American Original" by Bob Thomas is the first and best place to start. Bob had access to Disney family members, the Disney vaults and archives, and many of Walt's employees, including the legendary Nine Old Men, Walt's
Thank you!Many thanks to the wonderful person who purchased a print of my painting "Spur Your Imagination"! It's my first sale here on Deviant Art (most of my sales have come from my site at Fine Art America). Best wishes, and I hope you enjoy it!
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Attention metalheads!!!DOUBLE EDIT: because I'm an idiot, and I just realised I didn't mention you have comment on the original post on facebook:
the picture below is a link that takes you there, but yeah.. I should have made it more clear ^^" sorry for that..
Anyway, thank you for all the nice comments! Means me a lot!
EDIT: aaah, I hope I'm not too late, but a few days ago Napalm Records posted this:
You can win a poster if you comment WHY you should get one there are going to be 10 winners, who'll be picked on the 12th of Dec.
also in case you would be interested, here are some WIP shots!
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Hello Friends New and Old!Hey gang! This entry's been a long time coming and I've got a lot of ground to cover, so let's just jump in!
First off, to whoever got me the core membership: THANK YOU!! Your kindness was a big factor in my decision to be more active on dA again. That was a wonderful present so much gratitude and hugs. Wow.
NEW FOLLOWERS (and curious onlookers!)
Welcome! Welcome! And thank you so much for your interest in my work. Regardless of what got you here, I really appreciate your time and energy. I've gotten a lot of questions about my work, views, and all sorts of other stuff. Since I've been away for a while, I'm gonna do an FAQ in a week or two to get you guys up to speed. I did want to give you folks a shout-out though since I know there's been an influx with some of my older work making the rounds again. I'm very grateful to have you here.
Now, to my longtime friends here: You're are probably wondering "Where have you been, K-Bo?" Wow. Where to start... Without getting into to
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Alas the weather is finally on our side however with Oakclan sheltering Cliffclan, and Duskclan sheltering Rippleclan the decision of how the weather or your new -temporary- clanmates is affecting you, is well entirely up to you to decide! These are trying times but will you make the most of it and let loose or will you let your feelings towards the other clan jade and annoy you? The choice is yours to make and yours alone.
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[Clutch Corral]"The freedom to play"
After working hard with your Pokemon by leveling, battling and exploring PKMNation, you had time to breed some new baby Pokemon. Maybe in hopes of a dream fighter? Or perhaps a beautiful and unique cross or a fusion to suit your ranch? But chances are there are more than one baby that you now have decided to find a new home for!
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[Evo Hall and Merch Usage]"The freedom to play"
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