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The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

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This book got my attention in October of last year, and I only shared one image.  I was looking through my Flickr set today and found the rest of the photographs that made me feel like a young boy again.  I think you will like them as well, dear reader.  Enjoy!  Above, Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) gives Princess Leia (Carrie Fischer) a lift.

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Model Muse: The Joy Of Jolie, The Passion of Pitt

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I am an avid fan of models, dolls and those in between.  In this new feature (which will appear every now and then as the Muse strikes) I take a look at models in whom I find inspiration.  I have always had a special place in my heart for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as the two of them are simply amazing actors and I love to keep up with their work on and off the movie screen.  In July of 2005, W magazine and photographer Steven Klein featured Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in a portfolio entitled, “Domestic Bliss.”  Though they are from a few years ago, the results are quite amazing and I thought they deserved another look.  Allow me to share my favorite three images from that shoot with you, dear reader.

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Mantis by Adam Hughes

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Former Avenger, Celestial Madonna, and current member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, the telepath/martial artist Mantis has a complicated history and Adam Hughes certainly knows how to depict this Marvel Comics heroine in her most sexy and serene aspects.

Sacred Superhero Bookshelves

Superhero Bookshelf by STORM (stormantic)

STORM presents two Sacred Superhero Bookshelves, comic book collaged pieces of art furniture featuring the X-Men!

The first bookshelf is completely made of wood, collaged with archival matte medium, painted with acrylic paints, and sealed with two coats of clear acrylic.  Dimensions: 18 inches across, 35 1/2 inches tall and 9 1/2 inches deep.  Each shelf is 10 inches tall.

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Living the Lyrics: Woyaya by Book of Love & Love and Longing by stellastarr*

I’ve been home for a few hours after performing this evening at The Out Far Bazaar at SupperClubSF.  Swankety Swank and an awesome crew of many of our featured designers were featured in A Swankety Swank Fashion Faerie Tale penned by Yours Truly!  I got to perform two lip syncs to start the show and then I narrated in between fierce fashion runway moments by some of the most innovative handcrafted clothing artists in the Bay Area!  Everyone who modeled brought their best runway character for the fairy tale, bursting with creative energy as they worked the catwalk!  Many folks who saw the performance asked me to reveal the names and bands of the songs to which I performed and I thought this would make a great Living the Lyrics post.  I also think it would be fun to share the fairy tale that I wrote up for the event, even though it might lose something in translation from live performance to blog post.  The songs alone are worth sharing.  I will post the script and music relatively soon (hopefully with some pictures–mayhap a video?).
For now, here are the two songs I performed back to back last night.
The Book of Love song has been a favorite of mine for years.  In fact, Book of Love is in the deepest core of my heart thanks to encountering “Boy” and “I Touch Roses” during adolescence.  I learned about them the same year that I found Classic X-Men #3 on a comics spinner rack in a Kroger grocery store.  They are my favorite band ever.  No matter how bad a mood I am in, they make me smile.  Without fail.
The stellastarr* song is much more recent, perhaps it came to my notice a year and a half ago.  I wanted to perform in dandy circus ringmaster drag, so it was important that the songs feature male vocalists.I first heard a stellastarr* song last year when I worked at the Wak Shack Salon and we let our musical enjoyment be dictated by the whims of Pandora.  So, I guess that this shows that sometimes that can work out okay.  I like the Love and Longing song because I think it speaks of heartache and loss, but also to the nature of compromise within a relationship.  It’s hopeful in a strangely passive way.  Your mileage may vary.

Woyaya by Book of Love

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We are going, heaven knows where we are going,
but we know within.
and we will get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
but know we will.
yes we will get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
but know we will.

It will be hard we know
And the road will be muddy and rough,
But we’ll get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
but we know we will.
woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya

We are going, heaven knows where we are going,
but we know within
and we will get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
but know we will.

It will be hard we know
And the road will be muddy and rough,
But we’ll get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
but we know we will.
woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya,woyaya
woyayadiyaya, woyaya,woyayadiyaya,woyaya, woyaydiyaya,woyaya,woyayadiyaya.

Love and Longing by stellastarr*

Goodnight,
Tomorrow morning isn’t far.
I will be interesting
When you’re alone and feeling bored.
I watched a city cry,
I thought I lost you in the fall.
I thought of everything…
I cannot lose you anymore.

So won’t you stay?
I’m drowning in the rain.
Darling say the words
And I will stay.
I’m drowning in the rain.
Darling say the words
And I will…

Stay the night.
I’m just the trouble that you need,
I’m just a year away
From when the future swallows me.
And when you’re left behind
It takes a lifetime to be seen.
’cause something happened here,
Somehow we’re younger in our dreams.

So won’t you stay?
I’m drowning in the rain.
Darling say the words
And I will stay.
I’m drowning in the rain.
Darling say the words

And I will stay.

You’re different
And all the rest are the same
Oh, you’re different
And all the rest are the same
Stay the same.

Now something happened here
It’s not a worthless cause
And I said so I can,
So I can stay…I’m drowning in the rain.

Darling say the words
And I will stay.
I’m drowning in the rain.
Darling say the words
And I will stay.

So, whatcha think?  Did you like the songs?  Are you already familiar with Book of Love and want to share your secret love for them?  Know other stellastarr* songs that you think are totally more awesome than Love and Longing?  Holla at me in the comments!

Living the Lyrics: “Rules for Living” by Blondie

Oh, Debbie Harry.  I keep finding new reasons to love you.  This song has been haunting me ever since I learned about it (full disclosure insists I must reveal that this was only last month).  I love the parts about “maybe we believed there was anger in the storm” and her “dream of Egypt.”  Those parts really spoke to me, but the whole song speaks to a natural cycle of life and love, of god-like immortality and human expression.  Brilliantly poetic pagan witchcraft.  You’ve been here before and you’ll be here again.  Play this on repeat.  You’ll thank me later.

Rules for Living

In another life
When the gods were crazy
And the measurement of time
Were the ending seasons
And maybe we believed
There was anger in the storm

Sometimes the sky reminds me

And if you think that’s wild
There’s my dream of Egypt
And the colour of the Nile
You’re a Roman Soldier
It’s small world after all
But it’s older than you think

Sometimes your eyes remind me
Don’t know why
I’ll wait a lifetime ’til you find me
There are times

Mmmm I’ve been this way before
Mmmm and I’ll come this way again
So many things remind me
So many things inside me

Sometimes your eyes remind me
Don’t know why
I’ll wait a lifetime till you find me
There are times

Mmmm I’ve been this way before
Mmmm and I’ll come this way again
So many things remind me
So many things inside me

In another life
When the gods were crazy
And complaining all the time
And the people look at me
The volcano wants a bribe
And I’m still afraid of fire

Sometimes your eyes remind me
Don’t know why
I’ll wait a lifetime till you find me
There are times

Mmmm I’ve been this way before
Mmmm and I’ll come this way again
So many things remind me
So many things inside me

Mmmm I’ve been this way before
Mmmm I’ll come this way again
So many things remind me
So many things inside me

Storm Sunday: Mark Brooks

Mark Brooks X-Treme X-Men Storm
I met Mark Brooks for the first time at Wonder Con in 2008.  He was super friendly and we had a great conversation about the X-Men and Storm and he showed me some of his X-Men art, including this piece which depicted everyone in the X-Books from 2006.  He also had a great Rogue piece that he had enlarged as a banner for his booth.  At the time, Storm wasn’t really in any X-Books and we talked about how we wished that wasn’t the case.  Mark drew me a cool Spider-Man sketch and I promised to stalk him on MySpace.    Above:  Mark Brooks sketch of X-Treme X-Men Storm from 2005.
Mark Brooks Mohawk Storm
I kept in touch with Mark and his lovely wife Lisa on MySpace and they both remembered me when I saw them in San Diego for Wonder Con 2008.  Mark graciously drew mohawk  Storm in my sketchbook (his personal favorite version of Storm).  Above, a gorgeous mohawk Storm sketch by Mark from 2007.
Ororo Before the Storm by Mark Brooks
Mark drew the cover for the first issue of Ororo: Before the Storm, a four issue mini-series depicting Storm’s early childhood years as a thief in Cairo.
Mark Brooks Ororo Before the Storm Sketches
Here’s some awesome preliminary sketches for the cover for Ororo: Before the Storm #1.
Mark Brooks Ororo Before the Storm Sketches
Here’s two more!   Click on any image to see them larger.

Among his many and varied assignments (including statue design), Mark has worked on Ultimate X-MenCable & Deadpool, Araña and New X-Men.  Recently, Mark drew the covers for Deadpool: Origins, a Cloak and Dagger one-shot (in which Storm plays a supporting role) and Uncanny X-Men #522 (the return of Kitty Pryde).  His cover for X-Men Annual #1 is stunning.  I’m particularly fond of the cover to Dark Reign: Young Avengers #4 (featuring Wiccan).

Keep up with Mark Brooks on his Deviant Art account, Facebook, and on Twitter.  He also has a beautiful art book available for sale while supplies last.  Order instructions are on his Deviant Art site on the left hand scroll bar.
Mark Brooks Polaris
Bonus:  I simply had to share this lovely Polaris sketch by Mark even though this is a Storm Sunday post.  This is how I think Lorna Dane should look (a little demure and fragile, but also possessing inner strength) and the costume in which I like her best (there’s something about the headplate and skull that just works for me).  White Queen fans might consider checking out this lovely image.

White Queen Wednesday: Drink & Drugs

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome back, gentle reader, to White Queen Wednesday. This week I will touch on some of Emma’s experiences with drugs and alcohol, during her time with the Hellfire Club and as an X-Man. Emma is refreshingly honest about the subject and I feel it is an interesting topic worth exploring.

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First and foremost it should be noted that Emma is incredibly picky, in fact downright snobbish, about her champagne. Perhaps this is due to her having lived a life of such obscene wealth and privilege and her appreciation for the finest things in life, as well as her proclivity to splurge on such a decadent indulgence as expensive champagne.

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As the White Queen of the debauched Hellfire Club, essentially an exclusive S&M country club for the rich and kinky, every conceivable earthly indulgence was made available to Emma. And indulge she did. From her earliest appearances, Emma was frequently depicted with a flute of champagne or a cocktail or a goblet or snifter of hard brown liquor. But her drinking was never so much as mentioned, much less characterized as a problem.

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It’s interesting to me that Emma never completely abandoned alcohol, continuing to enjoy a drink in moderation to this day. This is in stark contrast to characters like Iron Man and Ms Marvel for whom their out of control drinking ultimately became an issue that threatened to destroy their private and professional lives, a powerful problem to be overcome. It simply doesn’t seem to be an issue at all for Emma.

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Substance use and abuse runs in her family, her mother was addicted to prescription tranquilizers and her gay brother Christian with whom she was quite close also used drugs before he tragically went insane. While she never specified exactly what drugs she used to do, I’m sure Emma sampled any number of narcotics at her own discretion during her time with the Hellfire Club. But I imagine she might have preferred cocaine, it just seems to fit her character best.

After Emma joined the X-Men and became a member of the faculty at Professor Xavier’s school, a new power enhancing drug called Kick swept the student population. Emma tried Kick, purely “in the interest of science”, in order to better understand what kind of a hold it had over her students. She described the experience as feeling “angelic and violently insane for five hours”. So she is still not above trying a new drug when it suits her.

I hope you enjoyed this examination of Emma’s attitudes towards drugs and alcohol, gentle reader, and I hope you join me next week for another White Queen Wednesday!

WonderCon Steals Storm Sunday. Posts To Follow

Marley Zarcone draws StormDear Reader, you have my sincere apologies for not posting this past weekend’s Storm Sunday.  You see, the entity experience that is collectively known as WonderCon weekend has deliciously destroyed me.  I look forward to sharing some of my favorite moments with you just as soon as I re-energize.  Until then, check out  artist Marley Zarcone drawing a sketch of Ororo Munroe for me.  The finished artwork will be featured in an upcoming Storm Sunday and you can check out Marley’s mad skills in an arc of Madame Xanadu (in May).

WonderCon Weekend: Pirates & Cowboys!

Tiki Tour with Dave JohnsonRead about this amazing event HERE!
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Get all of the details about this spectacular event HERE!  I’ll see you there!

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