Sunday, January 30, 2011

What I'm Reading

I’m reading “Night of the Living Trekkies” by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall. I was loading up on urban fantasy and science fiction books at DragonCon when on a whim I added this one on the pile. I bought such a huge amount of these genre books because DragonCon seemed the only time I’d find so many titles to choose from. I picked up “Night of the Living Trekkies” based on the hilarious cover.

I wasn’t expecting much when I finally got around to reading it. I didn’t know anything about the authors, nor did I realize that the publisher, Quirk Fiction, was also responsible for “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” What I expected was something slightly better than amateur fan fiction. The concept was great- zombies at a Star Trek convention- but great writing doesn’t always accompany great concepts. I was delighted to discover that the Anderson and Stall wrote a damn good book. The characters are well defined. The pacing is perfect. The premise is wonderfully goofy. This is a very entertaining read.

I like Star Trek, but I’m not a trekkie. I learned a lot about Star Trek trivia from the book. I especially love that the chapter titles are taken from Star Trek episodes.

If you like your zombies with their undead tongues firmly embedded in their cheek, I suggest you pick up this book. I suggest you also check out their book trailer.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

3 X 3 Sketchbook

These are sketches from my 3 X 3 notebook. As some of the dates show, it's been awhile since I've posted sketches.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Leftover Action Figure Photos

I was into doing action figure photos for calendars, but because I spent so much time coming up with situations to pose the figures in and then creating the shots, that I had to take a break. Here are some leftover photos that never made it into calendars.

On some of these, I don't remember exactly what I was going for. On others, the intent is pretty obvious. Rather than try to explain, I figured I'd let the photos stand on their own.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Vanity Fair

Check out J's big news about her appearance in Vanity Fair. I'm so gosh darn proud of her.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Pointing Fingers

I knew better. I turned on the Sunday talk shows knowing the main topic of discussion would be the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords. Already the finger pointing and responsibility dodging has begun. The Left blames the Right. The Tea Party immediately defends themselves and points out that the shooter was NOT one of theirs. Sarah Palin’s gun target graph is mentioned ad nauseum. I haven’t heard anything from the NRA, but I’m sure they will complain how people will try to use the tragedy to force a debate about gun control.

I knew this was how both sides would react. There are political points to be gained and political face to save. The only thing missing was one single person ready to accept blame in any way.

For me, there are two who are responsible for this atrocity.

The first is the shooter. He was probably mentally unbalanced to the point that he didn’t need much reason to attack a group of innocent people. He just needed a physical target to direct his personal rage.

The second is all of us. We are all responsible for the scorched earth mentality that has come to define political discourse in our country. Nowadays to even hint that your political opponent may have a legitimate point is considered a weakness to exploit. Compromise equals betrayal.

Anger may win elections, but it doesn’t provide answers. As soon as someone even hints at using violence or a pointed gun to make their point has already lost the argument because it means they didn’t have strong enough reasons to win a rational debate. And anyone who dismisses someone else’s passion as signs of being unstable isn’t playing fair either.

I would like to see one person with any political affliction to have the balls and decency to stand up at this painful moment and say: I am responsible. I contributed to the hate and the anger, but no more. I will continue to make my opposition known, but I will do so with respect for those who disagree. I will not point fingers at anyone but myself.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Times They Are A'Changin'- Not So Much

Hippie Liberal

Angry Conservative

Angry Conservative

Hipster Liberal

Tuesday, January 4, 2011