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November 27th, 2007

Beat up by sleep again. -.- Woke up with a massive headache ... thanks to Advil supplied by the lovely and gracious laurie_robey I am now just shambling around like a zombie, instead of shambling around and moaning like a zombie in agony.

I guess all that fast living of listening to graveyardgreg, doing a little drawing, and playing some DDR last night is taking its toll now. ¬.¬

-The Gneech

...and Gigantic Melancholies

As they've been coming out, I've been collecting the Dark Horse reprints of the old Marvel Conan the Barbarian comic series, written mostly by Roy Thomas, and have just finished volume twelve, which includes the end of the "Queen of the Black Coast" series.

Cut, in case it's possible to spoil a story that was written 80 years ago and illustrated 33 years ago.Collapse )

The other thing that impresses me about the Roy Thomas works is the respect and attention to detail he pays to Howard's work. In just this one volume there are several examples of Howardian lore being used to drive or at least inform the story, such as the introduction of the sign of Jhebbel Sag (an offhand comment in Beyond the Black River that Conan learned it from a kushite inspired Thomas to devote a whole story to the event during this time with Bêlit raiding the Black Coast).

Of course, Roy Thomas then went on to co-write the train-wreck of a script that is Conan the Destroyer, which to a REH purist reads like someone took several works of Howard, de Camp, Lovecraft, and Chronicles of Gor, tossed 'em in a blender, then threw out anything that required too much thinking or would get an R rating. (With the exception of the horrible "drunken campfire" scene, it's an enjoyable movie -- but other than name-dropping has absolutely nothing to do with Conan.) I'd be very interested to hear what he had to say about that.

-The Gneech
Some years ago now, in a heated reaction to an at-the-time fledgling furry convention going out of its way to call itself anything but a furry convention (which was itself an unfortunate reaction to the various hack jobs the furry fandom had received in the press and elsewhere at the time), I dashed off the Proud to be a Furry page, including the logo thereupon. Every once in a while, I come upon that logo in random places, including once hearing about it being made into a piece of jewelry without the person so much as asking my permission. (Le sigh!)

However, this evening I happened upon this post in rikoshi's LiveJournal, which uses the logo exactly as intended. Besides making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, this also serves as a reminder about what it is I love about the furry fandom to begin with. Like yesterday's dose of The Graveyard Shift, this is exactly the kind of thing I need to perk my out of my art slump, and I'm very happy to see it.

Keep on being awesome, all! :D

-The Gneech


Bedtime Roundup

From jimvanpelt: A nifty writing exercise.

Also from jimvanpelt: Real Robotic Exoskeleton for Soldiers. Here come the starship troopers!

From galish: A Nuclear Reactor That Fits on a Truck. They can use those to power the exoskeletons.

From oceansedge: Undercover Restorers Fix Paris Landmark's Clock. No doubt after watching National Treasure.

From YouTube: Comic Party Allstar. Just 'cause there aren't that many good Comic Party AMV's.

-The Gneech

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