Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Adventuregallery: The She-Bear Knows!

I'm getting ready to head out of town for a long Independence Day weekend (more on that later), so posting will be light between now and then. Not that there's a whole lot going on anyway.

Your 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Picture of the Day

By Anton Otto Fischer.

The Forty-Fathom Doom!

By Howard Purcell.

Rima vs. the Imp

By Joe Kubert.

The Cownt

By Paul Taylor, who also happens to be illustrating one of the stories in the comic.

Space Girl

By Mike Maihack. More space girls at DrawerGeeks.

Enter a Pilgrim

By John Schoenherr.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Adventuregallery: To Me, My Leopards!

Your 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Picture of the Day

By Anton Otto Fischer.

Mysteries of the Sea!

By Russ Heath.

Extreme Prejudice

By Leo R. Summers.


By Jeremy Vanhoozer.

Safari of Death!

By Joe Kubert.

The Dungeon of Doom!

By Jim Steranko.

Bond Girl

By Michelle Gorski. (More Bond art at DrawerGeeks.)

The Cownt

By the wonderfully grotesque Andrew Ritchie. By which I mean that his work is wonderfully grotesque. Andrew himself is awesome and very nice, but not grotesque at all.

Tin Man

By Sam Nielson.

The Rocket's Blast

By R. Kline.

Jo-Jo the Congo King

The Comic Book Catacombs has a story about the worst-named jungle hero in the world.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Music Meme: 1996

Continuing my list of favorite albums from every year I've been alive.


Squirrel Nut Zippers: Hot

I can see from the Singles below that I was starting to - if not warm up to - at least make my peace with '90s Alternative. It's still pretty slim pickings for music I like from this year though.

And it's telling that my favorite album of the year - perhaps spinning out of the previous year's discovery of Smooth Jazz - isn't an Alternative release, but by a Swing Revival band. I really got into that whole Swing Revival thing. Still would be probably if it had stuck around.

Beck: "Where It's At"
Butthole Surfers: "Pepper"
Soul Coughing: "Soundtrack to Mary"
The Wallflowers: "One Headlight"
"Weird Al" Yankovic: "Gump"

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Quotes of the Week: Somber Edition

Over the past few days, following the fraudulent Iranian presidential “elections,” the entire world has been witnessing the uprising of the freedom-loving people of Iran against deception, injustice and tyranny of the rulers of the Islamic Republic.

The Iranian people have been demonstrating their outrage against their repressive rulers by the millions and in epic levels throughout Iran. After 30 years of oppressive and despotic rule by the clerics, the great and heroic people of Iran are now determined not to allow their intelligence to be insulted any longer and have decided that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and are unequivocally calling for an end to the tyrant rule of the clerics in Iran.
--The writers of this petition asking for the United Nations and the rest of the free world to take a stand against the current, oppressive regime in Iran. I hope you'll consider signing it.

...you could find empty patches of concrete everywhere. Wizard’s own booth was deserted all day Friday. Saturday it was empty except for a security guard posted in front of the oddly displayed WATCHMEN covers, and girls who found the mostly vacant booth a fine place to sit down, rest and read comics. It was a fitting metaphor for the fortunes of the Wizard empire — an audience they once actively excluded has now taken over squatter’s rights on their abandoned real estate.
--Heidi MacDonald, reporting on the eerily vindicating atmosphere (my words, not hers) at WizardWorld Philadelphia. (I should probably acknowledge that Dirk Deppey liked the exact same quote enough to pick it for Journalista! the following day.)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Adventuregallery: Dirty...

The Cownt

By Grant Gould.

The Tactics of Mistake

By Kelly Freas.

Your 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Picture of the Day

By Anton Otto Fischer.

Found It

By Jeremy Vanhoozer.

Secret of the Coral Creature

By Russ Heath.


By Craig Rousseau.

Island Air

Both by Matthieu Forichon, who draws places I want to live.

Queen La

By Gene Gonzales. There's also a great John Carter and Dejah Thoris picture in that link.

Jungle Vengeance

By Joe Kubert.

And a Jungle Queen is Born!

By Jim Steranko.


By Cliff Chiang.

Giant Monster vs. Giant Robot

By Jeremy Vanhoozer again. More Giant Monsters at DrawerGeeks.

Drake's Fortune: The Movie

I don't play a lot of video games and I'll tell you why. You may have noticed that my posting has been a little behind this week. Well, on Saturday I had to go to the Apple store to pick up some software for my newly fixed laptop and sitting right next to it on the shelf was the Mac version of Sid Meier's Pirates: The only thing I miss from when I had my old PC. So I had to buy it.

Which means that Monday and Tuesday nights were spent cruising around the Caribbean; stealing from the Spanish and killing other pirates, while trying to rescue relatives from evil French noblemen. Wednesday night was spent catching up on sleep from Monday and Tuesday nights. Thursday I had to catch up on everything else that I'd been neglecting all week long. So that's why I don't generally play video games.

But if I did play them, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune would be exactly the kind I'd check out. I have no idea if it's any good or not, but according to /Film, "The story features Nate Drake, a descendant of Sir Francis Drake. Nate is being shadowed by journalist Elena Fisher as he searches for the coffin of his forefather. When found, the object contains a diary that seems to point to El Dorado, and Nate and Elena are soon involved in a run and gun tale featuring pirates, lost gold and mutant humans." Mutant humans are boring (unless they're the X-Men), but the rest of it sounds fantastic.

Fortunately, they're making a movie out of it so that I can continue to have a life. Just as soon as I retire from pirating.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Adventuregallery: Vikings on Skis

The Cownt

By Patrick Gleason.

The Yngling

By Kelly Freas. Yes... those are Vikings on skis. This is the single greatest piece of art ever produced.

Your 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Picture of the Day

By Anton Otto Fischer.

Lion Pirate

By Kleston. Found thanks to Brother Calvin. More lion pirates here.

The City in the Sea

By Ed Emshwiller.

The Curse of Neptune's Giant!

By Russ Heath.

Jungle Girl and Monsters

By Jim Steranko.

Three Go Back

If Golden Age Comic Book Stories isn't even sure who did this one, I'm sure not.

"Giant Rat" is a relative term.

By Adam Gustavson. More Mother Goose art at DrawerGeeks.

Night Gundam

Remember that life-size Gundam that Japan made? Told ya it lights up.

Not quite giant

But he sure looks it from that angle. By Boris Dolgov.

Next Stop the Stars

I'm not sure who did this one either, but I want that robot.

Astro Boy's Giant Robot

By the creators of the Astro Boy movie.

Adventurenews: Bad Things Would Happen

Flash Gordon Riding Dinosaurs

I talked about Alex Raymond's original Flash Gordon strips in this week's Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs.

"That’s the most idiotic thing I think you’ve ever done..."

Mightygodking listens in as Batman questions the events of Superman (1987) #5-6.
BATMAN: So to sum up, you fought a giant battle robot that claimed to be made from an Earth-native intelligent race that conveniently managed to predate humanity and invent starship travel - but not moderately advanced medicine, despite their ability to supposedly digitally transfer souls into machinery - without leaving a single trace of their civilization behind for us to discover. Then it behaved in a manner contrary to all the laws of computing that we know, unless it’s completely consistent with those laws. And you barely managed to destroy it.

SUPERMAN: Well, that’s the thing, see.

BATMAN: …what?

SUPERMAN: I couldn’t quite destroy it by punching it or anything.

BATMAN: Why didn’t you just throw it into the sun?

SUPERMAN: …look, sometimes you forget these things in the heat of the moment.

BATMAN: So what did you do?

SUPERMAN: I pretended I was defeated and figured that if I left myself open for possession, they’d all try to possess me at once and bad things would happen.

BATMAN: You did what?

SUPERMAN: Well, it worked.

BATMAN: That’s the most idiotic thing I think you’ve ever done. Counting the whole glasses thing, which I still don’t believe works.

Click the link to hear Batman's alternate theory. The whole coversation's awesome.

Burton's Alice pics

These have been making the rounds, but in case you haven't seen them yet, here are a bunch of images from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland movie. It looks very Tim Burtony, but not at the expense of being Wonderlandy. In fact, a lot of it reminds me of John Tenniel's classic illustrations.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Adventuregallery: Is She Beast or Human?

Your 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Picture of the Day

By Anton Otto Fischer.

Your Rima the Jungle Girl Cover of the Day

Siskoid kindly reminded me why Joe Kubert's so awesome. This isn't the Rima cover he posted, but when I started thinking about Kubert's Rima covers I decided to just go ahead and post them all, in order. Sadly, there are only seven of them.

Black Canary

By Cliff Chiang.

The Cownt

By Darla Ecklund.


By Scott Hallett. (More yeti at DrawerGeeks.)

Damn Apes

By Sam Hiti.


By the designers of the video game for James Cameron's upcoming film Avatar.

The Pirate

By Kelly Freas.


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