Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

I was sorry to hear about the passing of Leonard Nimoy this afternoon. William Shatner was always one of those people you either loved everything about him or couldn't stand him for the ego he was reported having earlier in his career or the over-acting.

That just wasn't the case for Nimoy. I don't confess to being a fan of Star Trek, but I always found myself both liking Leonard Nimoy and his character of Chief Science Officer Mr. Spock.

I even got the chance to see some of his photography when it was on display in Northampton Massachusetts.

Nimoy even left this plane of existence with one last tweet on Twitter which I imagine will most likely be remembered with some of the great last words:

“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.”

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Wang Rong Rollin Chick Chick



 Back in a previous life I was a huge fan of Bjork's music. To be honest, I really haven't listened to her on a regular basis in a very long time. The last album I bought of hers was VOLTA back in 2007 which was seven years ago now. The last album I enjoyed by her was Homogenic back in 1997.

Most of my music listening these days is sporadic at best. I still love Shonen Knife after all these years. I can never get sick of them. Their tribute to the Ramones is one of the best rock albums out there!

However, I'm a sucker for what other people might deem to be "bizarre music". So, for your listening pleasure here a number from China by Wang Rong Rollin...

...and yes! I do blast it in my car.

A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin





I'm enjoying the book (soon to be a major motion picture) immensely. An older Sherlock Holmes living in Sussex Down tending to his bees is not a new concept. The talented Laurie R. King has written about it in her wonderful Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell series. It was originally conceived by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself. After popular demand brought the great detective back to life, Doyle would later have Dr. John Watson mention in passing of Holmes's retirement in Sussex in later stories.

In fact, THE LION'S MANE takes place during Holmes's life in Sussex. It is the only Sherlock Holmes story I am aware of that is written from Holmes's perspective.

And it's a decent tale to boot.

On a side note, PG Wodehouse would do the same with his Jeeves series having one tale told from Jeeves's perspective. Jeeves would also confess a fatherly fondness for Bertie Wooster and not just tolerating him.

But I digress...

I am enjoying Mitch Cullin's take on a 93 year old Sherlock Holmes who is dealing with his one great mind beginning to diminish with age. Not just sticking to his surroundings in Sussex, the story concerns a previous case as well as Holmes traveling to Japan post-World War II.

It deals with Holmes as though he continued to live beyond the era of hansom carriages and gaslight. It also has Holmes giving his opinions about films made about his adventures with Dr. Watson and how Watson is portrayed in films.

I'm looking forward to seeing the film treatment starring Sir Ian McKellan when it is released (as pictured above) and I cannot think of a better choice for Holmes. Either John Hurt or the Late John Neville or Peter O'Toole would have been admirable choices as well. Hurt still being with us would have been my second choice in the title role.

I  highly recommend you pick up the book. It's a really great read!!

The clip from the movie looks pretty good too:



Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mr. Holmes (2015)

 
This is a concept I've actually wanted to see done... or perhaps do myself... for some time now. An elderly Sherlock Holmes living in retirement tending to his bees in Sussex. However, novelist Mitch Cullin beat me to the punch with his 2005 novel A SLIGHT TRICK OF THE MIND.
 
Which I just ordered a copy of.
 
I always envisioned John Neville, who had portrayed the great detective in one of my favorite Holmes films A STUDY IN TERROR playing an older Holmes. Sadly, John Neville who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease passed away back in 2011.
 
However, I think the choice of Sir Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes is excellent!!
 
 
They even have Nicholas Rowe, who played the character in YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES, making a cameo appearance as a "Matinee Holmes". So I imagine he's portraying a very Basil Rathbone version of the character.
 
I'm looking forward to seeing the film. I imagine it will still be better than watching ELEMENTARY.
 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MASSIVE Holiday Art Sale!!

THE BAT-MAN VS. THE PENGUIN 9x12 Pen and Ink Artwork. Just one of the many pieces available to bid on!!
In an attempt to make holiday shopping easier for you,  Bunny and the Badger is having a MASSIVE Holiday Art Sale on E-Bay!!

I've listed over 25 illustrations. None of which is over $5.00!! Some even lower!! This will be the only time I will be having an auction like this of any kind. Once the holidays are over THAT'S IT!! So take advantage and get some last minute shopping done!!

Click on the link below!! Happy Holidays and Happy Bidding:



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Out Now!! I LOVE YOU, BUN BUN!

 
Although I have illustrated two YA series's, The Ninnies for Paul Magrs and Loogie the Booger Genie for N.E. Castle. This is my very first book for very young children.

Meet Bun Bun. He's not just a toy. Find out how he is the most important bunny in the world to one little girl. And how sometimes our best friends can be stuffed.

It should be up and running both in print and for download on Amazon.com in a day or so. However, if you can't wait that long you CAN purchase a copy from Createspace today by clicking the link below:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Popeye (1980)

 
 
I confess. POPEYE starring Robin Williams is one of my favorite films. I loved it when I saw it as a kid in 1980 and I love it now. It was one of Robin Williams very first starring roles. Actually, it may have been Robin Williams very first starring roles. He did a great job as my favorite one-eyed sailor. And I felt as far as the actors they chose to fill the roles of the characters created by E.C. Segar THIMBLE THEATRE, it was very well cast.
 
Heck!! It's even directed by Robert Altman!!
 
Although I think my favorite bit of casting in the movie was Ray Walston as Poopdeck Pappy. Popeye's long lost father. Perhaps because he might actually remind me of my own Dad.
 
 
Cartoonist Jules Feiffer writes his own introduction story for the character that does not really borrow much for Popeye's own first appearance.
 
However, to be fair Popeye's actual first appearance seems like an afterthought. However, the character was not the original star of the strip and was only intended on being a used for a few weeks before he was dropped. But Popeye proved to be so popular with readers that they had no choice but to keep him.
 
Which I really didn't mind as a kid that they didn't use the original first appearance as part of the story line because I really didn't know about it.
 
And it still doesn't bother me. I think Feiffer wrote an enjoyable script filled with all the quirks and nuance's of E.C. Segar's strip and even the Max Fleischer cartoons. And I found this introduction of Popeye just as acceptable.
 
The movie also includes a fantastic soundtrack by the late Harry Nilsson who seemed born to write music for Popeye.


 
Even his song Gotta Get Up fro 1971 seems like it could have fit into the soundtrack of POPEYE.
 
And he did some songs I really liked in the movie like this ditty:
 
 

 
For someone like me who doesn't care for movies with musical numbers, this one I don't mind. I think I like the fact that the songs and the singing is somewhat rough around the edges. Which go very well with the characters Segar created.
 



I think it's a movie that people really need to give a second chance. If you watch it as nothing more than harmless fun, you'll enjoy it.