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.

Art Of The Week: Akihiro Morohoshi

Akihiro Morohoshi manages to fit model railroads and scenes into the smallest and oddest containers.

http://www.mostbreathtakingplacesintheworld.com/japanese-artist-akihiro-morohoshi-has-creates-incredible-miniature-worlds-by-using-everyday-objects/?Slide_num=0

http://tabi-labo.com/272973/omoro-design/

https://www.instagram.com/omorodesign/

http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2014/07/29/diorama-artist-creates-miniature-worlds-from-everyday-objects/

http://www.omorodesign.com/omoro_Site/Diorama/Diorama.html
Here’s a video of Morohoshi building a small Enoden module.

Grim Humor From WW1

An item in a newspaper clip has led me to explore something than most people have probably forgotten.  That is the humor create by and for the troops in the trenches.  Many people know about Willy and Joe, Bill Mauldin’s long suffering GI’s in WW2, but how many know about the mustachioed Old Bill who haunted the trenches in WW1?

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Art Of The Week: The Manga Of Hayao Miyazaki

 

It shouldn’t be a surprise that I am an admirer of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. I’ve posted about Miyazaki and Ghibli related things many times in the past.  Most people by now know about Miyazaki’s movies. Far fewer know about the various pieces of mange that he’s done over the years.  Which is sort of sad, because the mange is fun, has good, lighthearted stories, is where Miyazaki pokes fun at himself and is usually filled with pigs as characters. Here’s a list from Nausicaa.net.

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