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This isn't so much a journal entry as it is... well... NOT a journal entry.
Everyone knows how writers sometimes get writer's block. Well for about the past month, I've had "draw-er's" block. I just can't seem to get excited about drawing anything. It's happened to me before, and I'm sure I'll get over it soon, but it's frustrating. How about you, Fellow Deevers? Has this ever happened to you? Where you'll sit down to draw something, and can't really figure out what you want to draw? Or maybe you don't even see the point? If so, what helps you get out of this rut?

The life of a fan-artist sure is fraught with woe, amiright? ;)
I can't wait to get home and watch my stories I MEAN READ my stories! I wonder who will be smooching who this week!
One of the many many things I love about Star Wars is the artwork. Here is some amazing concept art by Ian McCaig of Jar Jar Binks. I love these drawings and have analyzed them over and over again, having my mind blown each time. Such wonderful posing and expression!
A lot of people have a huge beef with Jar Jar, but the problem is definitely not in his design.
Just for fun, I recently posted a journal entry about casting a possible Justice League movie. Some believe that after the success of "The Avengers" and other Marvel movies, that DC needs to step up their game and follow suit.

I just watched "The Dark Knight Rises" and say that if DC is making movies like this, they shouldn't care in the slightest what Marvel is doing.

My short and spoiler-free review: THAT was an amazing movie! Turn off your computer and go see it now!

Yep! I'm going there!
Warner Bros. recently announced that they want to go forward with a Justice League movie. They've been talking about this for years now, but since "The Avengers" made so much money, I wouldn't be surprised if they actually go through with it this time.

Whether or not this movie should be made is a subject for another post. Right now, I thought it would be fun to fall in line with the rest of the World Wide Web and do a bit of dream casting for this new film.

I am by no means an expert at this sort of thing. For example, I would never have picked Heath Ledger to play the Joker and, as it turned out, he was the greatest Joker of all time. So yeah, shows what I know. But whatever! This is just for fun. Here's what I got.

Brandon Routh as Superman.

I don't know yet if Henry Cavill makes for a good Man of Steel, but I for one, loved Brandon Routh in "Superman Returns" and am a little disappointed that we won't see him don the red cape again.

Zachary Quinto as Batman.

Maybe I'm wrong about this but it seems like I heard Christian Bale, at some point, say he wouldn't want to play Batman once Nolan was done directing. In that case, I think Zachary Quinto has the perfect balance of dark and light to take over as the Caped Crusader. Not to say that Zachary Quinto is just some sort of second choice that I'd settle for with a shrug… but yeah. He's my second choice. Christian Bale is awesome.

Olivia Wilde as Wonder Woman.

This one was a tough one for me. I think Wonder Woman needs to be played by someone who's not only good looking, but has some hard-core acting chops. Wonder Woman is a tough no-nonsense kind of hero, and after watching her in "Cowboys and Aliens," I think Olivia Wilde is more than capable.

Chris Pine as Green Lantern.

This one's kind of weird since I've already got Spock in this movie, but I've always thought of Hal Jordan as a real frat-guy kind of "bro" and for whatever reason, Chris Pine fits the bill on that one… but, you know… in a good way.

Max Greenfield as Flash.

This is the one that I am absolutely 100% sure about. I really enjoy watching "New Girl" on Fox, and after cracking up every week at Max Greenfield as Schmidt, it really isn't that hard for me to picture him as the Flash. He's athletic and has perfect comedic timing, both key elements in depicting the "every-man" of the League.

Orlando Bloom as Aquaman.

Aquaman sort of fills this little gap between epic and lame. I think Orlando Bloom is both of those things. Moving on.

Djimon Hounsou as Martian Manhunter.

I think that the Martian Manhunter needs to have a sense of unfeeling coldness about him but with a comforting warmth underneath... sort of like the Lt. Cmdr. Data of the Justice League. I LOVE Djimon Hounsou and, as with Max Greenfield as Flash, am 100% certain that he'd be perfect for this role.

So that's my casting. What do YOU think, fellow Deevers? What characters would you have in the Justice League? And who would you pick to play them? What about the movie's villain? OR... DC Universe in general – who would you cast as who? If you've got a sec, leave a comment and let me know.

It'll be fun. :)
I really enjoy the new Thundercats series...

BUT

Lion-O runs like a sissy!


"Yippeeeeee!!!"
Wow! No sooner does Muppet Madness enter Round Three and I post a ridiculous journal entry that matters to no one, than Round Four begins! So here's another journal entry that matters to no one.


In the final four, we have Walter vs. Neil Patrick Harris and Kermit vs. Rowlf. I'm voting for Walter over Mr. Patrick Harris. I'm not really a big fan of Walter, but I'd rather go for the muppet over the man. I love Kermit the Frog, but so does pretty much everybody, so I'm voting for Rowlf in this one just because I love a good underdog story. No pun intended... what am I saying? It was intended.

Click here to cast your vote. muppetfans.com/tournament/

Also, apparently the Muppet Madness bracket is in an actual bracket of brackets. www.theatlanticwire.com/entert…
It might not hold much weight coming from me, but that's a little ridiculous.
Wow. So I was pretty far off with my picks for Round Two of Muppet Madness. For Round Three, instead of sharing who I predict will win, I'll just let you know who I plan to vote for.


Maybe I'm in a minority here, but I wasn't the biggest fan of Walter. He wasn't a pain to watch or anything, but I think the Muppets have been hurting for more female characters for some time now and to use the opportunity to introduce a brand new player in the Muppet lineup with someone so milk-toast and generic just left me with an overwhelming sense of Meh. I do, however, love the 1980's and 80's Robot says things like "Gag me with a spoon" and "New Coke" so he'll be getting my vote in this one.

When I was in the sixth grade, my class had to draw a picture of our heroes. Some drew Presidents. Some drew family members. I drew Gonzo. And as much as I love Kermit the Frog, my vote goes to the weirdo on this one.

As I said, I wasn't much of a fan of Walter. I also didn't really understand the celebrity chosen to play him as a real man. I guess Jim Parsons plays a good fanboy on The Big Bang Theory, but Walter was a different type of fanboy. Ah well. Neil Patrick Harris never fails to make me laugh so this vote goes to Doogie.

This last one is the hardest. If I understand correctly, Rowlf was Jim Henson's favorite Muppet to perform just as Scooter was for Richard Hunt. Both characters rank pretty high in my book but Scooter is definitely my favorite of the Muppets so I'm voting for him. Either way, I hope the winner of these two go on to win the whole thing.

So there you have it. My picks for Round Three. It's fun being so serious about something that doesn't matter at all. I guess that's why folks like sports so much.

If you're like me and actually give a crap about all of this, cast your votes here muppetfans.com/tournament/.
I am by no means a sports fan. Not in any sense of the word... or words.

Every year around this time, when my peers are going on and on about what basketball players are doing for their Sweet 16 party or whatever, I find myself blankly staring off into space thinking about more important things like the perfect voice cast for a new Care Bears movie, or if it would really be possible to remake the Star Wars prequels.

OR this.


FINALLY! A bracket that isn't lame!

This tourney for Muppet fans has made March much more tolerable for me over the past couple of years. This year, I unfortunately missed the first round but am here to give my late entries for bracket that can hack it!

In the "New Characters" division, I see it coming down to Walter and 80's Robot in round 3. I would like to see 80's Robot win it, but I'm guessing Walter's going to be triumphant.

In the "Celebrities" division, I really couldn't care much. I'm pulling for Mickey Rooney to win the whole thing, just because his one line in the new movie filled me with so much What the Crap gladness. Random Comedy GOLD!

As far as the "Classics" go, I think Kermit is going to beat Fozzie to go against Gonzo in round 3. But I'm pulling for Gonzo to go to the final four.

The "Old Favorites" group is a real tough one. The nostalgia factor is at work with all of these guys making it quite difficult to pick a favorite. I'm going to guess Rowlf wins over Uncle Deadly and, even though Scooter has always been my favorite of the Muppets, that What the Crap part of me really wants a famous puppeteer's one line in the movie to go all the way. So I'm calling Jerry Nelson's voice for that division.

In my Final Four, I'm calling it for Walter over Mickey Rooney to go up against Gonzo over Jerry Nelson's voice. And then you have Gonzo winning the whole shibang! But now that I think about it, Gonzo's part in the new movie wasn't his best by far, and as a lover of all things random, I would really love to see Jerry Nelson's voice take home the prize. So strike that. Jerry Nelson's voice will win it over Gonzo and then go on to beat Walter. Gonzo can always win it next year.

So, yeah. Those are my picks. If you actually give a crap, then head on over to muppetfans.com/tournament/ and cast your votes. It's fun, takes next to NO time at all and, just like the basketball tournament, has absolutely no impact on life in general.

Laters!


If there's one thing I'm a sucker for, it's all of those little pop-culture vinyl collectibles out there. You know what I mean? Mighty Muggs, Mez-itz, ALL of those Funko Pop! things. I even found myself yearning for some of those Disney Pookalooz. I was able to convince myself that I didn't want them because they're "stuffed animals" when I hear that Disney is releasing vinyl versions of the same thing. So there's some more of my money gone.

Anywhoo, in the spirit of such things, I came up with this little idea I'm calling, "Penguin Suits."

Basically, all I do is draw little penguin-like creatures cosplaying as a variety of pop culture characters. Since I'm, as of yet, incapable of making my own vinyl characters to go on my already full shelf, drawing these little buggers is the closest I can come to satisfying this fanboy obsession of mine.

I'll admit though, the concept does have it's flaws. For one, the style I chose is a little too close to Jeff Smith's "Bone" for my taste. Also, I only recently found out about Disney's "Club Penguin" game. That too is just a little too similar. So who knows, I may refine this idea down the road or just drop the whole thing. (The latter probably being the most likely.) But, for now I'm having some good fan-art fun and sharing with all of you in hopes of any kind of feedback.

Later, Deevs!


If there's one thing I'm a sucker for, it's all of those little pop-culture vinyl collectibles out there. You know what I mean? Mighty Muggs, Mez-itz, ALL of those Funko Pop! things. I even felt myself yearning for some of those Disney Pookalooz. I was able to convince myself that I didn't want them because they're "stuffed animals" when I hear that Disney is releasing vinyl versions of the same thing. So there's some more of my money gone.

Anywhoo, in the spirit of such things, I came up with this little idea I'm calling, "Penguin Suits."

Basically, all I do is draw little penguin-like creatures cosplaying as a variety of pop culture characters. Since I'm, as of yet, incapable of making my own vinyl characters to go on my already full shelf, drawing these little buggers is the closest I can come to satisfying this fanboy obsession of mine.

I'll admit though, the concept does have it's flaws. For one, the style I chose is a little too close to Jeff Smith's "Bone" for my taste. Also, I only recently found out about Disney's "Club Penguin" game. That too is just a little too similar. So who knows, I may refine this idea down the road or just drop the whole thing. (The latter probably being the most likely.) But, for now I'm having some good fan-art fun and sharing with all of you in hopes of any kind of feedback.

Later, Deevs!
Lately, I've been watching Jim Henson's "The Storyteller" on Netflix. While the show has elements that weird me out on some level, overall I think it was a very innovative series. Jim Henson was way ahead of his time and he gave the world so much.

Recently, I found this inspiring little tidbit online and thought I'd share. Enjoy.

"When I was a child, my mother's family would gather at my grandmother's house. Fifteen or twenty people would be there, sitting around the dinner table, and my grandparents would have stories to tell - usually stories from their childhood. They would tell a tale, and somebody would try to top it. I've always felt that these childhood experiences were my introduction to humor - of my family sitting around the dinner table, making each other laugh.

As children, we live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues into adulthood. Certainly I've lived my whole life through my imagination. But the world of imagination is there for all of us - a sense of play, or pretending, of wonder. It's there with us as we live.

As I've grown older, I've been attracted to fairy tales and folk tales, and the rich quality of these stories - grown richer as they have gone through generations and generations of telling and retelling. They're important - for the flow of information, and energy, and entertainment from the storyteller to his listeners as the storyteller calls upon them to meet him halfway, to create the story in their own minds.

It is our responsibility to keep telling these tales to tell them in a way that they teach and entertain and give meaning to our lives. This is not merely an obligation, it's something we must do because we love doing it.

- Jim Henson"
Here's a quick little rant.

Most Super Bowl commercials are edited down to air after the night of the big game.  These condensed versions get rid of most set-up and comedic timing, mutating what was once somewhat enjoyable into a deranged and twisted shadow of its former self.

(Sort of like Jessica Lange.)
What up, Deevz?

So here's the thing... I'm a sucker for fan art. Literally EVERY day, I think of something to draw that would fall into this category. Whether it's Star Trek characters, or the Muppets, or some sort of mashup of the Muppets AS Star Trek characters. Ooh. That's a good one. Sweetums could be Lt. Worf and... Bah! THE POINT IS I enjoy fan art, as do many of my new fellow deviants, I'm sure.

But as hard as I try to make my fan art "my own," with different artistic styles or whatever, I can't help but feel that it's never TRULY my own. The core of the work, be it the Muppets or Harry Potter etc., will always be the property of someone else and I ask myself constantly if I will ever really go somewhere as an artist if this is, for the most part, all I do. And yet, day after day, I hear that tempting little voice in my brain, "Draw Short Round... and then Sallah... ooh no wait, Steampunk Danger Mouse!"

On the other hand, I hesitate to post more original work for fear of being ripped off. If someone tries to pass my fan art off as their own, it wouldn't necessarily hit me as hard because the "rights" or what have you never really belonged to me in the first place, and no one would be able to take false credit for creating the Muppets, etc. anyways. But with my original stuff, it's different. You can't really own and copyright an idea. Someone could easily take my work and pass it off as their own, going in all kinds of directions that I might or might not have ever thought to go, and no one would ever be the wiser.

Then again, if I just keep it all to myself, I still wont get the credit because no one will ever see it and I will go no where as an aspiring artist.

So... yeah. This is my dilemma.

All of that being said... I hope you enjoy my fan art. :)
I just uploaded all of my Disney Star Wars characters that I drew about a year ago, and went over well with a lot of people. If you haven't seen them until now, then I hope they go over well with you too.

Laters.
Having this journal option, I feel the need to say something meaningful from time to time. But since I can't think of anything meaningful at the moment, (or, for that matter, anything having to do with drawing even) I'm just going to write about whatever random nonsense is on my mind.

And at the moment, it's Star Wars: Episode III. Sure, many would agree that this film is riddled with faults, but the particular fault bugging me at this instance is the death of Padme. Here's a character that we're made to believe is strong and resilient. Definitely not your damsel in distress. Yet, what's her cause of death? A broken heart! She's lost the will to live!! This strong minded individual is lying there bringing two children into a world where she knows their father is evil, and yet she doesn't have the will to endure. Here is a person who is so steadfast, that when she was a teenager, she refused to sign some meaningless treaty even when robots pointed guns at her head and the big green Transylvanians threatened a holocaust of her whole race! Her favorite Rose Byrne was killed right in front of her eyes! She battled a freaking nexu with nothing more than a hairpin! Yet when faced with being a single parent in a galaxy engulfed in turmoil, this courageous individual simply gives up.

This is because either a) Padme's really nothing more than a selfish deadbeat, or b) (and this is what I believe) the filmmakers spent more time figuring out how the plot would allow for Obi-Wan to ride on a dinosaur than actually developing their main characters to have proper closure. What the creepy midwife droid should have said was, "She's dying because the script needs her to."

In the words of Gob Bluth… "C'MON!!!"
So after years of looking here, I am finally a deviant... No. That doesn't sound right. Ah well.

I'm still not really sure how this all works, but I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually. In the meantime, I'll be uploading my art and rambling about whatever in this journal.

If there is anyone following, I hope you enjoy.