Random Tuesday on Wednesday: WATCH ALMOST HUMAN & Other Random Things

'Tis the season to be flakey and eat a lot of pastries, right? Can I use that as my excuse for randomly going missing for days at a time and eating loads of sweets? Anyway due to family and work committments, I've been lacking in blogging time and reading time. Woe is me.

So you get random things on Wednesday because random Tuesday on a Wednesday is the best sort of random.

First of all EVERYONE NEEDS TO WATCH ALMOST HUMAN! The initial ratings were okay, but I NEED MOAR ROBOTS! Even if the robot makes me sad... So more people should watch it so it stays on the air for ten seasons and I get all the robots I could ever want. And Karl Urban.

Don't you want more Karl Urban in your living room every week? (Gif found via the all GIF giving Tumblr, this time from ©WHICHISNONE)

Moving on. Someone over at io9 has much more time to watch old Doctor Who and lacks my fear of impending disappointment from watching old school DW, so they decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary by ranking EVERY EPISODE of the series that hasn't been lost or destroyed. That's a lot of television.

I'm a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but if they finally are able to do an adaptation of Sandman and don't cast Benedict Cumberbatch as Dream, I may have to revolt. (from /Film)

Someone on Twitter named @WaterstonesDorking went through the five books in The Song of Ice and Fire series and flagged every page with a character death in it. Kotaku has this picture as proof of the bloodshed spilling from those pages. Considering I just started book 5, I'm a little hesitant to move forward knowing how many more deaths are ahead of me. (from just about everywhere, but initially from Tor.com's Facebook)

Entertainment Weekly's tournament of YA books is down to the final four and I'm genuinely surprised at some of the books still in the game, though mostly by what is missing. It's Harry Potter versus To Kill a Mockingbird and Perks of Being a Wallflower versus The Fault in Our Stars. Who do you think should win?

The best friend from Orphan Black (Jordan Gavaris) is narrating the next edition of The Bane Chronicles and for some reason this really makes me want to listen to it even though audio books generally lessen my enjoyment of books. You can listen to a sample at Entertainment Weekly. It comes out December 17. Felix!!

 

And seriously, GO WATCH ALMOST HUMAN! You will laugh, you will empathize with androids and you'll get to watch Karl Urban be awesome snarky and be nice to children. Don't you want that?!

Found via Tumblr AlmostHumanGifs

Random Tuesday: Comic Art, Bookish Things, Sandman & More

Oh Random Tuesday, you strike once again. What random things do you have for me today? Anyone want to take bets on how long I can hold out before a Benedict Cumberbatch gif shows up?

I should know by now that there is a Fyeah____ Tumblr for just about any subject and yet I was still surprised to find this one for my ultimate OTP - Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon. Yes, I'm a giant comic book Batman nerd. If you didn't know that, you must be new around here. 

And speaking of comics, I came across this fantastic piece of art by Tumblr user Jasric of a gender swapped Trinity and I want it for my wall. You can see other great pieces by Jasric on her DeviantArt page. She also does Supernatural art that is gorgeous (see later in this post).

From Huff Post, the 7 unconventional reasons why being a book addict is good for you

The Business Insider put together a map of the most famous book set in each state. I haven't brought myself to read any Cormac Mccarthy, so I haven't read the Texas one. Have you read the one for your state?

I stay pretty far away from all the Goodreads drama, but I was surprised to find this article about it on Slate.

If diving into the epic 10 volume Sandman series is a bit daunting to you, The Mary Sue came up with a list of 11 Sandman stories you can read and understand without spoiling the entire story

Here's one of the Supernatural pieces by Jasric. She sells prints of some of her pieces on Society6.

This seems appropriate with Halloween being Thursday - the 6 Best Psychopaths of Film and Books on Work In Progress

Speaking of Halloween, if you don't already have a costume prepared, io9 has some suggestions on how to create a last minute costume.

Noomi Rapace will be playing septuplets in a dystopian film called Whatever Happened to Monday? We'll see if she can match Tatiana Maslany's portrayal of clones in Orphan Black (which is amazing if you haven't seen it). (From TheMarySue.com)

And because you honestly didn't think I'd get through an entire Random Tuesday without him...

In Which I Brag About My Artist Alley Spoils - featuring Katie Cook, Grant Gould, and many others

One of my favorite things to do at San Diego Comic Con is wander through Artist Alley.  This is the part of the exhibit hall floor were artists set up tables to sell their own artwork. A lot of it is comic book artists with the type of art that sorta hurts my head - women with inflatable breasts and copious amount of backbreaking ass shots.  Those booths I walk right by.  Thankfully there are other booths with art more to my and Fernando's liking.

Last year we bought a few things, mostly dark, ominous superhero things, so this year my goal was to get bright, fun art and lots of superheroines.  My house needs more superheroines! 

Please forgive the terrible pictures.  They really don't do this wonderful art justice, but my photographer (Fernando) is a couple thousand miles away and won't be returning until Friday.  And Mandroid is all thumbs with a camera... which is odd since he doesn't really have thumbs.

Speaking of Mandroid, Katie Cook is awesome.  This is not the first time I've mentioned her and it definitely won't be the last.  If Katie Cook was hired to draw any superhero book, I would faithfully buy multiple copies of every issue.  Her art makes me so happy.  So when I found her booth, I asked her to do a quick sketch of Mandroid reading.  Actually, I asked for a robot reading because I didn't think she'd have any idea what a Mandroid was.  What seemed like five seconds later, she handed this back to me:

Before that terrible Steampunk Convention accident that took his eye...

Going into the Con, I really wanted to get Katie to do a commission (or five) for me, but I lost my nerve and bought a few more adorable sketch cards from her instead.

 

I fell in love with the cupcake at first sight.  Fern picked out Edward Scissorhands
and who could resist a panicked C3PO?

Next to Katie's table was a gentleman who drew awesome things.  We quickly dubbed him "The Cute Yoda Guy".  His real name is Grant Gould and he is also awesome because he draws Doctor Who.  Check his blog out and see some of the cast of Game of Thrones checking out his GoT art.  He's another that I might have to get a commission from next year if he returns.

Always trust the Doctor.  And cute Yoda.

There was one other artist that I had to visit, Lord Mesa.  Last year I bought a super cute picture he created of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman that is now hanging in my library.  He also does this thing where he draws 3D art.  It's really cool, but I don't know how functional it is within a home.  Either way, I had to return for more.  So I did, and got more cute superheroes.

I love how smug Wonder Woman looks here.

And then, to continue my task of getting awesome art of awesome superheroines, I got this print from an artist whose name I did not get.  Because I'm an awful person.  And I get so excited by the art that I forget to do things like, you know, ask important questions, like what's the artist's name?  Based on his signature, it's Peter something. It's Peter V. Nguyen and he has more awesome art on Tumblr.  Thank you, Google!

Either way, this Bat Family print makes me happy because Batgirl is the focal point and there are two Robins.

I mean, really, look at how AWESOME Batgirl is.  She doesn't even need those other guys.

 

Fernando and I wandered around some more until we found a guy, Oliver Nome, who drew an awesome Wonder Woman, and because everyone can always use more Wonder Woman in their lives, we purchased it.  Even though she's not wearing pants, I really loved the way this print is composed.  She doesn't have inflatable breasts, she looks strong and powerful, and the ominous semi-creepy background is a nice contrast to her shininess.  He also happened to have awesome HitGirl and Death prints, so we, uh, got those too.

This will go nicely with the Death print I got at our very first Comic Con, though I think HitGirl
is going to have to go somewhere my baby nephew can't see it all the time.

This is the point in the journey when Fernando turned to me and said, "No more.  We still haven't finished framing all the things we got last year."  I agreed because frames get really expensive and wandered back to the book booths.  On my way, I passed the Aspen Comics booth, where I was introduced to Lady Mechanika.  After searching a few other places, I managed to compile the first three issues of the comic, which are all equally gorgeous and apparently pretty rare, but I also impulsively bought this limited edition Lady Mechanika print.

I haven't read her comic yet, but I can already tell she's my kind of lady.  Or is that android?

This was the point where I physically removed myself from the exhibit hall before I could buy anything else and called Comic Con 2011 done.  I think I successfully completed my goal of more bright, fun art that feature lots of badass women.  What do you think?

Guh... I could stare at that Lady Mechanika print for hours.  So. Awesome.

 

To find out more about all these awesome artists, here are links to more of their art:

Katie Cook: www.katiecandraw.com

Grant Gould: www.grantgould.com

Lord Mesa:lordmesa.deviantart.com

Peter V. Nguyen: petervnguyen.tumblr.com

Oliver Nome: olivernome.deviantart.com

Aspen Comics & Lady Mechanika: www.aspencomics.com

 

 

If you're one of the artists and would like me to take down the picture of your art, please email me at workingforthemandroid at gmail dot com.  I'll be happy to oblige.

Comic Review: The Sandman: The Doll's House (Volume 2)

The Sandman: The Doll's House (Volume 2)
Written by Neil Gaiman

Art by Dave McKean (covers), Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli and Steve Parkhouse
DC Comics/Vertigo (1995)
234 pages
Comics / Fantasy / Horror

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Neil Gaiman is a twisted individual.

I’m almost tempted to stop there and make that my entire review.  It sums up this volume of Sandman the best way I could imagine.  It is twisted, disturbing, disgusting and all around horrific.  There were points where I nearly had to put the book down for fear of becoming physically ill.  I suppose that’s a testament to the artwork though, right?  They took Gaiman’s twisted imagination and created equally twisted images that reflected his ideas perfectly.  While it wasn’t to my taste, I can still see the artistry of it all.

Let’s start from the beginning: if volume 1 was the simple hero’s journey, volume 2 is the more complex deconstructing and determining the uses and purposes of storytelling.  Dream’s servant Lucien conducts a census of the dreamland’s inhabitants to find four “Major Arcana” are missing – Brute & Glob, the Corinthian and Fiddler’s Green.  By the end, all four have been located, but not before some of them do a lot of damage.  Lucien also informs Dream that a new vortex housed in a human girl has been found and could potentially destroy all of the Dreaming if she isn’t stopped.

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Comic Review: The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes (Volume 1)

The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes (Volume 1)
Written by Neil Gaiman

Art by Dave McKean (covers), Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, & Malcolm Jones III
DC Comics/Vertigo (1995)
234 pages
Comics / Fantasy / Dark

Purchase it from Amazon here

Warning: Neil Gaiman is quite possibly my favorite writer ever.  Neverwhere and Stardust started me down the path of reading both urban fantasy and straight fantasy when I was in junior high.  I have a nice little shrine for him in my library.  It’s a little crazy.  While this is a review, it is a very fangirl-ish review. 

With that said, I have never read the Sandman comics.  I am so ashamed of this fact that I use my general knowledge of the characters, storylines and Gaiman’s writing style to fake pretend mislead allow others to make their own conclusions on whether or not I have any idea of what I’m talking about.  I have Death, Delirium and Desire action figures.  I have Death, Delirium and Dream t-shirts (I think I’m up to six now).  And yet, I had never read the comics.  By the time I could afford to own the entire 10 volume series, I was too afraid that I had built up this series as something that the real thing could never stand up to.  I mean, ten years of imaging that the Sandman books are the BEST. THING. EVER. is really difficult to live up to in reality.

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Adaptation of Sandman by the Creator of Supernatural? Someone Lives in My Head

The Sandmand with his sister DeathNews came out earlier today via The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog that Warner Bros. television was attempting to buy off the rights to Neil Gaiman's epic comic series "Sandman" to turn into a televison series.  The man on the top of their list to run this adaptation?  None other than Supernatural creator and former show runner Eric Kripke.  So my favorite comic book adapted by the creator of my favorite show?  There could be nothing wrong with that, right?

Wrong.  Various entities have been trying to turn the Sandman series of comics into movies and telelvision shows since about the time Neil Gaiman finished his classic series in the mid-90s.  The closest an adaptation has ever come was a proposed HBO series that Gaiman was involved in behind the scenes (though only unofficially).  But still it fell through.

The more self contained comics involving Death – the Sandman/Morpheous/Dream’s sister – has been trying to get off the ground as a movie for years, and it has also been stalled.  Gaiman has a unique voice and the ability to twist together complex stories into flowing works of art, creating a pastiche with references to classic works, mythology and pop culture.

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