Tuesday, June 26, 2018

OSI74 Patreon & Cinema Insomnia - S03E04 - "American Werewolf in the Philippines" from OSI 74 on Vimeo.

Today I became an OSI74 patron via Patreon. I'm already a card carrying member of the Sleepless Knights of Insomnia, a fan club and sacred order of the amazing  long-running show, Cinema Insomnia, hosted by the ever amazing Mr. Lobo

So why did I choose to become a patron? Well, I just really enjoy the programming from OSI74, and I believe in what they do. They're strange and wonderful artists, and that's something I admire. Patreon makes supporting stuff like this so easy, I kinda love it. I mean what else am I gonna buy with $2? Two losing lottery tickets? Nah, I'd rather spend that money towards something more worthwhile, and honestly, if I could, I would donate more. 

If you'd like to become a patron and help support OSI74, click here

In other somewhat related news, I will be taking a trip in a few weeks to the Philippines. This trip has been in the works for a long, long time now, but I'm finally getting around to it. It's a short 13 day trip, but it'll be fun I'm sure. I'm somewhat prepared for my stay there, but I feel like I should do more to prepare myself. Luckily, this episode of Cinema Insomnia was recently posted and is chock full o' amazing information! What divine synchronicity! 

Will Mr. Lobo get his soul back from the dastardly Dean Slithers? WILL HE?! Watch and find out!!!

Cinema Insomnia - S03E04 - American Werewolf in the Philippines from OSI 74 on Vimeo.

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Axe Body Wash Secret Society Cult: The Order of the Serpentine!

There have been a few parody cults in media, most recently with the Taco Bell "Belluminati" promotion. I think there was one with Sprite a few years ago called "Sublymonal", but my first experience with a fake product placement cult was The Order of the Serpentine way back in 2006. 

The Order was formed around the thesis of "THE WALK OF SHAME ENDS HERE", and by using Axe Snake Peel body wash, you could be reborn by washing away your awful hook-up decisions. Personally, I think the musclebound lady on the pamphlet is very attractive, but this is supposed to be propaganda I guess so I don't want to think too much about what their message is. 

So from what I can remember, there was a website set up where you could receive coupons to buy Axe products and be part of a mailing list. So I signed up, thinking nothing of it (which is probably how most cults function anyway) and left it at that. A few weeks later a package arrived in a plain brown envelope and my initiation was done. 

The kit contained all the items seen below (a pamphlet, a membership card/certificate of acceptance, and a really uncomfortable wristband), but there were also small sample packets of the Snake Peel body wash included, which I of course used. 

And that's really it. I believe the official website had like desktop wallpapers and maybe a novelty screensaver, but I don't remember too well. I just wanted some coupons and free samples, and I ended up with a full initiation kit. The promotions didn't last for too long. I'm sure there are conspiracy theorists who look down on this like they do on the Belluminati stuff, but I think it's fun. Definitely not to be taken too seriously. 

I guess I'll go out and by some Snake Peel now. It's been a while since my last Daily Scrubbing Ritual. 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

My doodles and drawings from class (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

With the semester behind me I've decided to do some cleaning and throw some stuff away. Mostly papers I no longer need. And before I threw these away I though I'd share some pictures of my doodles from my various classes. I was never much of a student, and very often I stop caring about whatever lesson is going on and I just start drawing. 

When I was a boy I wanted to grow up and become a comic book artist. The industry changed so much though that when I was finally old enough to understand what was going on I no longer wanted any part of it. After a while the dream of doing any sort of creative works professionally slowly dissipated into the ether. There is though still to this day a part of me that would very much like to put together at least one thing, but I can't for the life of me come up with any decent ideas. 

This guy reminds me of the Demon from DC Comics mixed with that rock monster from "Never-Ending Story".

Some sort of balding middle-management worm-man. Also, there's a friendly old rocker with too much hair floating beside him. Perhaps some sort of guardian angel?


Toxie looking cleaner than usual.

Behold! The true face of God! He sort of looks like Bubs from "Homestar Runner". 

I drew this little guy who just seems to be J. Wellington Wimpy's nose come to life! And he stole Wimpy's hat!

This guy was inspired, I think, by the "Unique Individuals" in the "Basket Case" sequels. There's no one in those movies who looks like this, but I think this guy would fit in well with them.

No idea. Some sort of Elder Thing.

I ended up creating this character, "Captain Elder God", during one of my philosophy courses. I thought it'd be funny if there was a super-powered human being who had all the unholy, mind-bending, reality shattering powers of all the Elder Gods from H.P. Lovecraft.

"Captain Elder God" ruins "Mr. Sanity". Ridiculous, but it was fun to draw. Mr. Sanity will never be the same again...

I'm sure I'll draw more stuff like this in the future. I keep saying I'll draw a little comic someday, but in all honesty, there's no time for that right now. Too many responsibilities forced upon me by The Conspiracy. One day though, when I truly master Time Control, I will try to come up with something to unleash upon the world. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

So I watched "Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen" (1981) and it was alright


I love these yellow-face detective films from the 1940's. Charlie Chan (various actors portrayed this character), Mister Moto (Peter Lore), Mr. Wong (Boris Karloff), The Mysterious Mr. Wong (Bela Legosi; not a detective, but a villain) are all wonderful characters from wonderful films. It's a shame though that these movies will likely be buried because of their politically incorrect undertone. It's also a shame that these roles couldn't have be filled by actual Asian actors. I think Charlie Chan was only voiced by an Asian actor in the Hanna-Barbera animated "The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan" cartoon series. 

"Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen" (1981) was, as far as I know, the last hurrah for the Charlie Chan character. It's almost a spoof actually, but it's still trying to be a Charlie Chan story. As a comedy it's not as funny as I hoped it would be, and it's not even that interesting of a mystery. It falls apart on both ends, but I still find it likable. What saves it all are the performances of the cast, who seem to be really trying to keep this thing together. Peter Ustinov plays Charlie Chan in this so once again we're back to a non-Asian playing an Asian character, but he somehow doesn't lay it on too thick with the accent or the performance, and like previous actors in the role, Ustinov tries to portray Chan as a man of reverence with a sly and dry sense of humor. So it works I guess, but I feel like his performance would be better suited in a better movie; it felt like he was playing it too straight for this slapstick like flick.

So hey, if this is the last Charlie Chan film to have ever been made, it could have been worse. I enjoyed it enough to go back to it someday, but if you want to watch a great Charlie Chan flick watch any of the original films. This Charlie Chan movie is just a novelty in the series.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Comics and Cigars

Admittedly, I've been out of the loop with comics for maybe ten years. I was shocked to find out that most comics cost $4 now. I mean seriously! I remember there being a big fuss way back when they were $3, but I get it, times change and the economy will carry on like some sort of messed up sine wave. 

More recently I've been trying to get back into comics, but nothing really pops out to me anymore. I've been a Marvel Comics fan all my life, but their current line doesn't really do it for me. Same goes for DC. Even the indie comics scene seems to be long dead. So instead of dwelling on what's not around anymore I decided to take a look at the stuff that is. 

I picked up "The Gingerdead Man meets Evil Bob" from Action Lab Danger Zone and Full Moon features. It's pretty funny. The art style is cartoony enough to fit the tone of it's ridiculous premise, and the story seems to be headed someplace even weirder so I'll have to keep an eye out for the rest of the series.   

"Fighting American" from Titan Comics is pretty amazing. It's not often a first issue can get you so hooked on a series. In this, Fighting American and his sidekick are launched from a conservative 1940's or 1950's era to our time where no one gives a shit about what they stand for or who they are. It's pretty great.

Below are some comics I'd like to pick up when I get the chance.

I'm an unapologetic Rob Liefeld fan. His artstyle and creations basically shaped my time in the comic shops as a kid, and "Bloodstike" was one of my favorite titles. I think I have most of the original run in a box somewhere. I follow Liefeld on Facebook and I've witnessed the development of The Pouch, Liefeld's newest creation, come to life. A hero made of pouches, with weapons made of pouches, with a gun that is a bunch of pouches that shoots yet even more pouches. I adore this new symbol of extreme justice. 

So Dynamite comics has a bunch of amazing licences, and the legendary "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle" is one of them. I don't know what this series is about, all I know is that it involves my deep and disturbing interest in "jungle girls" so I suspect I will pick up every issue from now until the end of my life. 

And speaking of jungle girls, Frank Cho is putting out a book called "Apes & Babes" and that's all I really need for the moment. I mean, I do hope giant monsters are involved as well, maybe a few killer robots, but for now this might be the most perfectly titled book in existence. 

So my girlfriend got me into the television series "Riverdale", which is a noir-teen-drama version of Archie and his pals, and in that series the classic Archie superhero "The Black Hood" was re-imagined as a Zodiac Killer-like serial killer. Now, I'm not sure if this series, "The Black Hood" by Dark Circle Comics is about a serial killer going around gutting people, but I would absolutely read that. I suspect it will be more of an anti-hero, Punisher-like type of hero, but I kind hope it's about a mass murderer. I'll read it either way. 

I finally placed my order for Lava Lamps Comix first issue of "Hikikomori Nation" by the incomperable Isabella Acuña. I've seen some of the pages of this book but I've mostly kept myself unspoiled when it concerns the plot and story. The style is definitely very reminiscent of the works of Rumiko Takahashi, creator of "Ranma 1/2" and various other works, so I'm already a fan. I look forward to reading this new book, and I'll give my reflection on it after I've read it.

If you would like to order your copy of "Hikikonomori Nation", it's currently on sale via eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hikikomori-Nation-1-Mint-Brand-New-Lava-Lamps-Comix-2018/173256066656?hash=item2856ddc660:g:75YAAOSw2M5azrRq

In other news, one of my all-time favorite wrestlers and WWE Superstars, The Brooklyn Brawler, recently came out with his own line of cigars.

Through a partnership with Hoboken Premium Cigars in New Jersey, the Hoboken Brawler Cigar is currently up for pre-orders on their website.

Now, I love a good smoke. Usually I just smoke cheap tobacco from my even cheaper pipe, or the occasional cigar or cigarette, but I can't say I have any real skill at telling you the quality of a good cigar when compared to a cheap one. If I can get a hold of a Hoboken Brawler cigar I promise to write a bit about the experience.

There was never any Brooklyn Brawler merchandise for fans when I was growing up aside from some trading cards. These days there have been at least one action figure, and a bunch of shirts. These cigars might be the quirkiest collectible for any fan, in that, I don't think you could hold on to these forever. I mean, eventually you'd have to smoke them or they'd go to waste, right? Cigars have always been a part of the Brawler's motif, even on his trading card it was part of his logo. Maybe eventually we can get The Undertaker branded tombstones and urns?