August 8th, 2006


Silly Fandom!

Today's "Cake Portfolio" piece is probably the most deliberately "sexy" piece of art I've done for SJ, and I'm still getting "Aw, c'mon Gneech, take all her clothes off! You don't have to give her nipples or anything..."

I can't comprehend the gripe at all. Why would "nudity that didn't show anything" be better than "clothing that doesn't show anything?"

Fortunately, one of the other commentors on the piece totally gets it -- concealment creates the notion of there being "something to be revealed." The whole point of the pic is that Comfort is going to be more dressed in the pool than she is in everyday life, and that as she takes off her shirt, the viewer, whomever it might be, gets a glimpse of what little of Comfort's body we never see.

Thus, tantalizing.

But once the shirt is gone, well, the jig is up so to speak. Not to say that Comfort couldn't be sexy at that point -- I'm sure Dover would have a lot to say on that subject -- but it would require a lot more explicit kinds of poses/situations than I am willing to put the SJ cast into. As it is, the whole notion of the "Cake" portfolio took a lot of "coming around to" on my part because I don't want sex to be what SJ is about. Not because I'm a prude, so much as because sex just isn't really that interesting a topic.

Oh well. Fans are weird. :)

-The Gneech
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Plug! :)

NeverNever has been running for a month now with our new artist, Sue Rankin, and it's better than ever! :)

NeverNever by John Robey, art by Sue Rankin, color by Keith Dickinson

So I figured I should give it a quick plug. ;) Come by and check it out!

And if you're already a NeverNever fan, please help spread the word!

-The Gneech
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In a Hole in the Ground...

Since coming back from Comic-Con, I've been rereading The Hobbit, which I certainly remembered fondly but had not actually read since something like 1992 or so. Coming at it fresh, now that I'd read and assimilated Lord of the Rings (and seen the Peter Jackson films), read a lot more stuff both in and out of the fantasy genre, and written a few (unpublished) novels of my own, was almost like a completely new experience. :)

The first thing I noticed was that there is some truth to Moorcock's snarky referral to The Hobbit as basically being House on Pooh Corner with elves. Not always, but every once in a while, Tolkien does get into this kind of "Oh dear isn't Bilbo in a tight spot now, little children?" mode. He also does a lot of summarizing. For instance, Bilbo's first stay in Rivendell -- which I remembered as being this beautiful chapter describing the perfect sort of cozy country house -- is more or less brushed over by saying "Weariness passed quickly in the house of Elrond, and then they were off again."

The story still has depth, and the writing still has depth, but a lot of it is sort of glossed over and left for the reader to work out on their own. Collapse )

Still, it's worth a read, and even better, worth a re-read. But it was good to remind myself of what the book actually was, because for quite some time, I only had in my mind the book as I remembered it being. The two things are not always the same!

-The Gneech

PS: Oh, and yes, I want to see Ian Holm, Ian McKellan, and Andy Serkis in the film version. 'twould still rock, although it might require some extrapolation.