Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

It's About That Time...

CRUMBS line-up
Ticket purchase.

Entrance to Old Market Square 3

That's right. FRINGE TIME. I do believe I love it more than Boxing Day, and that's saying something. There's a heady air about the Fringe that nothing in the world can match, which will keep me locked to Winnipeg no matter where life takes me.
Sarah and I will begin our marathon run of shows on Friday. We're planning on seeing 15.
At least 15.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

April Flores: The Girl Can't Help It

Unlike most of the stuff, I link to, the following links are DEFINITELY NOT WORK SAFE, a-ight? You've been warned.

A flickr photoset by the world famous Coop:
The subject, April Flores, one of the sexiest women on the planet; star of Alter Ego, Belladonna's Evil Pink 2 and an upcoming Vivid Alt. feature with Kimberly Kane.
Breathtaking beauty, captured by a man who knows a thing or two about depictions of full-figured ladies.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Random Thoughts: July 4th, 2007

Empowered #1
Ominous Clouds Over the Vendors
Meg n' Jack

Top: Empowered #1. Adam Warren is so good, he sickens me. See for yourself.
Middle: A wet, but fun Canada Day.
Bottom: The White Stripes at MTS Centre, July 2nd.

  • I shouldn't be up, but here I am.
  • The Stripes show was great. My fandom is renewed. The Jason Stollsteimer incident bugged me a bit, but hey, who hasn't been in a dust-up now n' then, huh? Icky Thump is a great listen, too.
  • Frank Kozik has 46 (!!!) toy designs coming out this month. Holy shit!
  • My iPod is brain dead. The living room of my apartment is in shambles due to my rooting about for CDs.
  • I did mention how gut-wrenchingly good Adam Warren is, right? I've been reading Empowered #1 over and over for months now, and I'm constantly blown away how great it is in both its script and artwork. Every panel appeals to me on both a technical level (the whole fucking thing is in pencil. PENCIL! Fine, don't believe me? Here's his process.), and on a very base one (Adam draws ladies quite nicely). I've been digging his work since he used to illustrate the "tech" column in Spin, and I was immediately taken by his ability to take manga traits and make them palatable for a North American audience, and this was when manga was still pretty foreign. Now that a lot of us are more attuned to Japanese comics, the signifiers he uses in his artistic blend are that much more entertaining when they're employed. On the writing end, Adam continually skewers comics and pop culture in general. In one chapter, a number of Empowered's "Superhomey" associates recount their origins...standard comic book fair. The twist is that they all got their powers via irresponsible sexual liaisons. Another chapter deals with Emp and her friend Ninjette giddily reading slash fan fiction on the internet about themselves and their cohorts. That's a fuckin' brilliant premise.
  • While I'm talking about talented folks, let's shine a light on a French dude named Yves, better known as Balak. I got a deviantART membership only so I could freely comment on his work (which is lovely, and a little pervy) and Adam's. Plus, it allows me to be privy to some of their naugtier work, too. Y'all know how I roll.
  • Other than that, there ain't a whole lot of reason to have a deviantART account, unless yer really into the anthropomorphic thing. I'm not.
  • Fellow and flickr user Frank Sparrow (that's his pen name, actually) has a set of illustrations going, and I've been entertained by each one so far. Check 'em out.
  • I'm going to bed.