Saturday, 9 October 2010

New comics

Some people may already know that I have a few... obsessions. One of longest of which is comics. Pretty much as soon as I could hold one, I have been seen reading a comic. I love, Love, LOVE them. And for my birthday I was blessed with a few of them.

First off, My Love and her family got me the whole Scott Pilgrim series. Scott Pilgrim has been something I have been avoiding since about 2007-ish. Not because it was bad, but because I simply could not afford to be slavishly addicted to another series of books. I have too many to catch up on. Picking up a copy four years ago, I quickly had to put it down again, shaking my head at how I was almost hooked first time and vowing to come back to it at another time.

I saw the film with My Love and proceeded to have the top of my head blown off with the sheer awesomeness of Edgar Wright's vision. Mr Wright is just such a cool director.

Anyway, My Love says in the run up to my birthday I am not allowed to buy myself anything as I may balls up any "surprises". So, I restrained myself from buying anything (sometimes with her help in the form of her actually taking things out of my hand and putting them back on the shelves).

Good job, too, as I got these babies:


Also from my Wish List, I got the new Valérian by the legendary Jean-Claude Mézières & Pierre Christin book, published by 9th Cinebook, who are now publishing the time travelling series in English. The last to attempt it was iBooks (not Apple) in 2004. Valérian doesn't have a brilliant English-language publishing history, but they are so AWESOME! Over the years, scenes and design elements in Star Wars, Avatar, and even the taxi scene in The Fifth Element, have been based on these guys' work. I am not kidding, these books are where a lot of cool Sci Fi has got its ideas.

Here's a picture of The City of Shifting Waters:


Lastly, I got my birthday present to myself: book six of Empowered by Adam Warren. Adam Warren is almost single-handedly responsible for popularising the Manga style of drawing in the USA. If I am honest, Empowered Vol. 1 is the reason I didn't pick up Scott Pilgrim. Sad but true.

Here's the book:



Friday, 8 October 2010

Some interesting things

First new post in quite some time. And the first of many I hope. :S

So where to start?

It was my birthday recently and my lovely family, both old and new, contributed to me getting a Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch Medium. "What is a Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch Medium"? I hear you ask?

It's one of these:


This is one of the final components for me "doing more arty stuff" that I have been getting together over the last couple of years. I immediate drew a thank you self portrait using my Wacom in Photoshop, using layers and proper techniques and stuff, as advised by My Love, as she is a professional illustrator and knows what is what in Photoshop.

Here's the picture.

Thank you

Pretty basic and cartoony, but once I got going the whole thing just seemed to flow.

My birthday was sadly not all fun and games due to me getting something called vestibular therapy.

Why did I have vestibular therapy?

Well, about mid July I started feeling sick and then dizzy pretty constantly, like being horribly drunk without all the fun of getting drunk. The Doctor stated I had Labyrinthitis and should take it easy for a bit as it generally only lasts a couple of weeks max. and dually gave me some car sickness pills. Over the next month the Doctor kept apologising to me as she had never seen a case last for so long.

And after the constant symptoms subsided I was left with mild tinnitus, prolonged dizzy spells with a feeling that I can only describe as unpleasantly like being on drugs. During these episodes I tend to feel like throwing up and fall over, have panic attacks and an almost constant wobble.


Still I did manage to successfully tag over 9000 MP3's during that month, so mustn't grumble too much.

Anyway, I had vestibular therapy on my birthday, this consisted of a hearing test and then the specialist dropping me backward 3 or 4 times.

This last procedure has now left me with mild tinnitus, prolonged dizzy spells with a feeling that I can only describe as unpleasantly like being on slightly different drugs. Now, during these episodes I tend to actually throw up, fall over, have panic attacks and have a less constant wobble.


Still, been off work this last week due to the throwing up, which today has afforded me the time to play with Google Sketchup. In part inspired by
the talented Kev Lev's recent blog.

A couple of years ago, on a forum I used to go on, there was a discussion about Judge Dredd's gun, The Lawgiver. And based on that discussion and pictures posted there in, using PC Paint I made the following picture


It has both the Mk. I and my own version of the Mk. II. I have spent the afternoon arsing about with Google Sketchup with the following results.





Not finished but not a bad start. I have never used a 3D programme before but Sketchup is an awesomely easy programme to learn with loads of online help. Plus, the basic package is free. Anyway, thats it for now.