A nice little book of sketches and roughs by the man himself, Frank Frazetta. It’s a small sized little sketchbook-type thing with loads of lovely loose drawings, color roughs, scribbles and coffee mug rings. Other than an introduction, there’s not much in it text-wise, but as an artist it gave me some nice insights in the way Frank works/worked:
Frank Frazetta – Rough Work
Shaenon Garrity, creator of Narbonic & my collaborator on ‘The Librarian’ is selling off some of her original art to raise money for Altzheimers. Why is she doing this you ask? Well it’s because famed comedic fantasy writer Terry Pratchett was recently diagnosed with early onset Altzheimers disease. He donated a million bucks to Altzheimers research and a number of other artists and creators are aiming to match this.
Why do I care? Because I love Terry Pratchett & you should too. He’s slowly getting bigger in the US these days, but has been on the best-seller lists in the UK for a good 20 years now. His appeal is across board and he is frequently compared by serious literary jornalists to other great British humorists such as P.G. Wodehouse or Douglas Adams. He’s managed to take fantasy way beyond it’s typical restrictions of genre and is extremely widely read over there. He has loads of great ideas and is very funny.
Pretty much all his books are self-contained, but they are all set on the Discworld. Major characters in one book often pop up as minor characters in another, and he has a few favorits like Commander Vimes of the City Watch — those books read like detective novels. Then he has a series aimed at youger kids about a young witch on the Discworld – I read them too – still excellent. There is an ongoing chronology and continuity between the books, but you can pretty much start anywhere.
These days I generally listen to his books on audiobook – the readings by Stephen Briggs available at audible.com are truly excellent. I particularly recommend the more recent ‘Going Postal‘.
Or perhaps I’m preaching to the choir here?
I wanted to post a link to my old pal Travis Hanson‘s work. You might already be familiar with his art as he’s been doing fantasy comics on the web since way back when. He used to do a strip called ‘The Bean’ which has now migrated to being a series of illustrated novels.
I was fortunate enough to have the adjacent table to him at the Alternative Press Expo in SF last year. We’d me once or twice before and have known each other online for years. He mentioned to me then that he was now having much more success from producing & selling large-format full color prints as opposed to individual comics, and he was certainly doing very well with it at the show.
He recently posted in his journal at DeviantArt.com (where he has had a lot of success selling prints and building community) that he’s decided to shelve all his comics work in favor of just doing prints & illustration.
The fact is that you can sell one large print for more than a whole bunch of books would go for. I’ve asked him to stop by and be a bit of a ‘visiting wizard’ and hopefully tell us a bit more about it.
I’ve been a big fan of Morcheeba for a long time, but this video is one I just had to share here:
I love this little music video & think you will too:
I’ve been a fan of Elfquest for a very long time. It was back in the day when you’d only hear rumors of comics that existed outside of the spandex clad “Big Two”. I remember wandering into a head-shop back in 1979, drawn in by the electric neon glow of a Led Zep black light poster. As I wandered through I noticed a comic section. Ladies and gentlemen, if I tell you that my world changed that day, I’d probably be understating the fact. It’s here where I discovered the Underground. I found Robert Crumb and his brother’s in arms. I found that Richard Corben had his own piece of the comic book pie instead of short, 4 page epics in the pages of Heavy Metal and Creepy magazine. It was here that I also discovered Elfquest and the magic of Wendy and Richard Pini. My reason for this little diatribe is to tell you all that you can now read the Elfquest epic online. I’ll leave the details for you to discover on your own but, this is a great thing. Personally, I love holding the yellowed-pages in my hands and have recently purchased DC’s hardcover collections, (4 volumes) of the “Original Quest”, which I highly recommend. For those unaware or reluctant to dive into this world; this is a great opportunity to give it a try.Play Nice, Wolfriders.