Saturday, December 31, 2011

It's proud uncle time!

I don't have any kids (which is why this house is so quiet all the time) but I take incredible pride in my fantastic niece and nephew who live out in Arizona (I live in a state of misery, I mean Missouri sorry about that). They're both awesome and my niece is quite the artist. I've always wanted to be able to draw. I go to a lot of comic conventions and I marvel at the artists' ability to put their thoughts in a visual form. She's channeled her love of Manga into these really nice pieces. I'm trying to get her to draw me a Captain America or Superman, which if they're anything like these beauties, I'll be quite the happy camper. In fact I'm quite the happy camper when it comes to those two anyway.
Fantastic job Wednesday!!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Alien Vault

One of my favorite Christmas presents was this definitive chronicle of the making of the scariest movie of all time, Ridley Scott's Alien. It's chock full of behind the scenes info, pictures, storyboards, and all sorts of things that helped to make this movie the masterpiece that it is. The actual covers of the book are particularly striking. The alien still gives me the creeps even after all these years.
The book also comes with these neat reproductions of different things from the movie. I really like these repros of the storyboards, called Ridleygrams, Scott did of the famous chestburster sequence, which defined the movie for many people.
It also has repros of script sections and continuity Polaroids (how I miss them by the way) that are very cool.
And finally, there's this awesome sticker of the crew patch of the ill fated Nostromo. This baby definitely would have been on my notebook back in high school.
The book is really fascinating and is a must for any Alien fan. Here's the link from Amazon. You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Classic Military Postcards

A year or so ago, my dad and I visited the National World War I Museum. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed seeing all the neat artifacts from the first World War. In the gift shop they had these cool postcards recreating the popular military themed posters of the time. Since I collect postcards, these were a must buy. I really like the art on these beauties.
They even had this cool WWII era Marine postcard.
Even though these are fairly new postcards, they're some of the favorite ones in my collection. It capped off a great museum visit. If you're ever in the Kansas City area, check out the museum. You won't be disappointed.