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Archive for December, 2011

Ashton Kutcher Caught Canoodling With Ancient Disc Made Of Pure Evil

I wish I woke up to news like this every morning. It looks like Ashton is going to some pretty extreme measures to win back Demi.


The Drabblecast ~ #226 ~ The Heroics of Interior Design, by Elise R. Hopkins

Episode Art By Skeet Scienski

This week we are saved by the powers of The Drabblecast as we capture episode 226, “The Heroics of Interior Design”, by Elise R. Hopkins. Things look pretty good this week all around. First up with the drabble, “Imaginary Runner” by Tesseract McCrea, a great short short that reminds me that sometimes imaginary friends aren’t so imaginary. The feature story, “The Heroics of Interior Design” by Elise R. Hopkins, in which we discover that every once in a while we want to stand out and be remembered for the things we’ve done. And when that desire is never fulfilled and we are left wanting any sort of attention we act out against the grain of the world to embed our mark on our own merits. That’s something to think about, is it necessary to take action into your own hands and leave your mark, or is it best to earn the respect and build a reputation that may someday become your legacy. I give this episode, 3 out of 5 starts in alignment.

I know I say it a lot, but I really liked this one. The Drabblecast is an efficient machine that may have its glitches every once in a while, but for the most part do a great job of pressing out fine audio fiction on a semi-regular basis. Cheers to Norm and Bo Kaier, and the rest of the denizens of Drabblecast land. Check them all out and drop them a donation if you like the work they do.

Oh and before I forget I jumped by Norm’s kickstarter page to check out the results and it looks like he surpassed his goal. Hang tight for some awesome tunes crawling your way soon!


Oh No There Goes Tokyo, HO HO Godzilla!

Nothing brings more joy to residents of Japan than venerating a radioactive monster that has repeatedly destroyed their cities, and terrorized them since 1954. Since 2000, there have been sightings and photos of Christmassy Godzilla constructions. The above picture was taken in the Odaiba Aqua City shopping mall during the November 2000 Godzilla Festival. This is the usual photo that people come across while searching for the Godzilla Christmas Tree, but along my searchings I came across a few more jolly ol’ photos depicting the holiday spirit for destruction.

 

 

This big guy was created and has been on display every so often during the yule tide in Takashimaya Times Square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one, like its original predecessor, was set up right outside of Odaiba’s Aqua City mall in 2007. Looks like he’s really showing his joy for Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And last but not least, I found out this bulkier Godzilla was presented back in 2004 at the Osaka Business Park

 

 

 

 

 

Well there you have it. I wish the states would be a little more creative, but I don’t think we will be seeing the Rockefeller Center Godzilla Christmas Tree Lighting Special anytime soon. Bummer. 


A Lovecraft Dream – Animated by Michele Botticelli


Just a little treat for your Wednesday! If I had dreams like this every night, I would probably kill myself. Enjoy!


The Drabblecast ~ #225 ~ Trifecta XIX

Art by Steve Santiago

My apologies for missing a post for episode #224 folks, but here we are at #225 of the year. So far that means that we have been blessed with 31 episodes so far this year, and hopefully we get a couple more to round it out. I know for sure we’ve got one more coming up for christmas thanks to Tim Pratt. Yes, Thanks to Tim Pratt, Drabblecast is running a holiday contest. The gig is to post any thing anywhere Drabblecast is featured (example: Facebook, Twitter, DC Forums, Donations, Donating to Norm’s new CD “The Esoteric Order of Sherman“, things like that) and if you’re the lucky winner your name will appear in Tim Pratt’s new Christmas story commissioned by The Drabblecast. Awesome, my only question is how are we to know that Norm wont just make up a name, and send it along? Well we trust good ol’ Norm here, and I think its safe to say that “Unspeakable Gibberer” wont be a likely choice. *Sigh* Oh well.

I am especially excited for this weeks episode, mostly because I need my weekly fix, but also because our pal Steve Santiago (the creator behind the creepy thing you see at the top of this page) did the episode art. But before this great artwork was created, three excellent stories were written and placed so perfectly together. As it is a Trifecta, there is a theme to this weeks episode and disturbingly enough its child abduction. Not tales about drunken perverts, or sadistic serial stalkers (Which by the way is my band name for the week.) but ones with unexpected outcomes and enough whimsy to balance the uncomfortable feeling of nefarious forces that seem to always be pursuing children. Our stories are: “David is Six” by Amanda C. Davis, “The Best Boy, the Brightest Boy” by Megan R. Engelhard, and “Broken” by Steven Saus. Get ye over to The Drabblecast or ye’s closest podcast provider for this one kids.

No drabble this week, but a very appropriate twabble by Chris Monroe: “Jesus Christ!” Mary yelled when she saw the muddy sandal prints across the living room, “What were you, born in a barn?”

 He he, that rascal Jesus, always leaving doors wide open, and leaving his tracks all over everything, and I mean everything. Don’t forget to donate children, and if you’re a good boy or girl, santa might bring you something in return for your generosity. Like I said I really liked this episode so were giving this one: 5 out of 5 stars in alignment, ooohhh nooo!!

 


Steve Santiago – Genius? or Bored Psycho with Art Supplies?

Beyond Fear

In some of Lovecraft’s greatest tales he refrains from describing the horror itself in hopes that the reader’s imagination will take over and create a terrifying monster for him. However, we as humans must SEE the horror to confirm our thoughts are accurate in conceiving something so blasphemous that we love to think about it, yet pray to the gods that it really doesn’t exist. Luckily for us there has been a huge influx of artist whose psyche has been nurtured by the words of weird authors growing up, thus raising a new generation of visualists. Visualists who in the fashion of Goya, yet armed with digital pencils and photoshop, have begun to create compelling art that make most people uncomfortable when they get a glimpse. We like that stuff, and that’s why we like Steve Santiago.

I came across Steve while looking for a disturbing icon that I could call an unspeakable gibberer. I found one of his images entitled “Hybrid Horror” (click that link to see it), and inquired about using it. Turns out some of his work is locked, or need permission for use because of the stock photos used to create the image, and this was one of those. So, instead of waiting for the ok, Steve offered to create something for the site personally. Then wallah we were blessed with one of the creepiest damn things I’ve ever seen. Steve and his family dwell in Fresno, California where he is a graphic designer by day, and a father of 3 by night. He has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and has been lucky to work in the field for over 15 years. This guy knows his stuff and is one of the friendliest people I have had the pleasure to chat with. I wanted to do a little bio/interview post for Steve because things have been blowing up for this guy lately; with upcoming projects with Drabblecast, and work with the Lovecraft eZine Issue #8, I realize this guy is going places. I decided to post a couple of interview questions to help some people realize that Steve is not as crazy as you would think from looking at his work. After the Q/A are a couple of pieces Steve has previously completed. Enjoy!

Who is your favorite artist/inspiration? The first name that comes to mind is Frank Frazetta. The way he captured motion and used color still amazes me. Also the old master, Vincent van Gogh, and for a modern artist I would have to say Dave McKean for his mixed media style of perfectly blending illustration with photos and sculptures.

Who is your favorite author? Wow, to single out just one would be a crime! Growing up I had many. Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Robert E. Howard, Jules Verne and of course, H.P. Lovecraft all fueled my young mind with thoughts of adventure, terror and Sci-Fi. I would then try to draw scenes from the pages I read or the covers but would fail miserably. I have to admit that I’m not much of a reader anymore. My sacred spare time is spent drawing or photoshopping for fun or competitions. But over the past year or so I have been brushing up on my Lovecraft and rediscovering his works all over again. Thanks in part to the H.P. Podcraft Literary Podcasts.

What got you into Lovecraft or weird fiction in general? My older brother and I grew up watching shows like “Kolchak the Night Stalker” “Night Gallery” and “In Search Of…” We were fascinated with ghost stories, UFO’s and creepy folklore. I was a teenager when my brother and I discovered the Michael Whelan illustrated covers that collected Lovecraft stories. That was our first experience with Lovecraft and I thought those were the most disturbing stories I had ever read, I loved it!

What is your favorite Lovecraft story? At the Mountains of Madness.

Do you have any hobbies? I’d have to say that since 2006 my hobby would be entering photoshop, illustration and logo contests that started on Worth1000.com and now on deviantART.com. It is very competitive and addicting! But it has been a great way to improve my skills. Always something new to learn.

Work/piece your most proud of? I’m never really satisfied with anything I do. I keep thinking I could have done better but I do like your web banner! I also like the cover I did for an upcoming Drabblecast episode. It incorporates 3 stories into the cover which wasn’t as easy as I thought it might be.

Do you have any goals or dreams to fulfill? I just had one fulfilled by having an illustration published (online) that has something to do with Lovecraftian fiction (The lovecraftzine.comissue 8 illustration for “The Time Eater” written by Adam Bolivar) and to do a cover for The Drabblecast which I have been a big fan of for quite some time. My Drabblecast cover should be out soon. So my new goals now are to continue to contribute art for The Drabblecast and be asked to create the cover for a future issue of the Lovecraft eZine. A long term goal would be to illustrate a book. I can dream can’t I?

With the work you’re doing for DC (Drabblecast), I’m curious if there is a story, or even an episode art that stands out most to you? Episode #206 entitled “Creature” that caught my eye and turns out to be one of my favorite Drabblecast stories. Excellent cover too.

What got you into DC? My love for podcasts lead me to find some really good anthology sites. Although when I first started listening to DC, I never imagined I would get the opportunity to do cover work for them. Thanks Bo!

Any future gigs you wish to get into/continue? To continue illustrating and photoshopping art for The Drabblecast and the Lovecraft eZine. They both have a great platform and continue to grow their fan base and I’m happy to be along for the ride.

As I write this now I see that Steve’s episode art for The Drabblecast #225 Trifecta XIX is out! good stuff, and to see that swing over to The Drabblecast’s new fancy site, or stay tuned here for a little review of this weeks episode. Below are some pieces of work that Steve has so nicely decided to share with us. For mor of these awesome pics, and to get know Mr. Santiago a little better, check out his stuff at http://www.quest007.deviantart.com.

Time Eater

Chupacabra

Midnight Swim

Needless to say Steve Santiago gets 5 out of 5 stars in alignment.