Art Of The Week: The Garage Kits At Wonder Festival

I’ve been trying to get to Wonderfest  in Japan for over ten years now and have been blocked for a number of reasons. Still I am amazed at the sculpting level of some of the garage kit makers year after year.

Here’s some examples from this year’s winter wonderfest.   All from Nekomagic.com

More here:
http://www.nekomagic.com/?cat=1526

many of these are NSFW, so don’t look unless your sure

Thanks to Nekomagic.com for the pics:
http://www.nekomagic.com/

The Wonder Festival wiki page:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Festival

The official Wonder Festival page(Japanese)

http://wf.kaiyodo.net/

 

Some video.

The show runners have set up special licensing deals with the anime producers so that figures made from anime can be made and sold without special licensing deals.  So many of the figures made and sold at these shows are anime related.  Many others are original work.  This is only a sample of the works at a typical Wonder Festival.

 

Art Of The Week: Danny Elfman’s Music.

The art of the week this week is Danny Elfman’s soundtracks.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Elfman

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Elfman_discography

Elfman’s soundtracks have a movement and a bounce that say, John Williams soundtracks do not.  While a Williams soundtrack will tend to make you think of grandiose and large scenes, the imperial march, for instance, an Elfman score will bounce.  Here’s a playlist so that you can listen for yourself.

Enjoy.

Art Of The Week: Schlock Mercenary

About 17 years ago I ran into a quirky science fiction webcomic where the main character looks like a pile of poo.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schlock_Mercenary

http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-06-12

One would think that something like that would be, well, a pile of poo and disappear fairly quickly. Yet the humor and storytelling overcame the rather poor art.  The comic has been a long, long stream of humor, interesting story telling and even stranger characters and backgrounds. The fact that the story has been able to keep going for seventeen years is an achievement in itself. Being able to maintain the quality of the storytelling makes Schlock truly a great work.

http://www.schlockmercenary.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Howard-Tayler/e/B009P6RAYE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1491582420&sr=8-1

After all, how many writers would turn Christmas elves and ninjas into wargame  icons.

There’s a LOT more like this in Schlock Mercenary.