Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Boy and his Turtle... or The Legend of Turtle Boy

Parents... this might be a good time to have that "talk" you've been meaning to have with your children...
Good friend and artist Jonathan Hansen have discussed the idea of doing a book featuring artists from the Worcester County and New England area doing their own interpretation of Turtle Boy.

Much like Narragansett Beer's slogan "If you're not drinking Narrgansett, you're not from New England" similar could be said about Turtle Boy "If you don't know what the heck Turtle Boy is, you're probably not from Worcester".

Turtle Boy is our own little oddity. The actual name of the sculpure is The Burnside Fountain. But it was given the affectionate nickname Turtle Boy by the locals. The original intention was suppose to be very mythological in origin with a nude young boy riding a sea turtle.

However, given the positioning of the lad and the expression on the turtles face some people are given the impression that... well... you do the math.

That aside, the idea is to feature 50 artists or so with the proceeds from the book going towards funding visual and performing arts in the city of Worcester. My lofty idea would have been to somehow fund reopening the much missed Foothills Theatre as both a working shared studio and performance space for both art shows and theatrical productions.

But I think that ambition might be a bit out of reach and I'm not sure if the Foothills building met with the wrecking ball when they finally got rid of that eye-sore known as the Common Outlets. Nonetheless, the money made WILL go towards visual and performing arts (and artists) in the city.

A formal application is in the works as well as formal announcement. So stay tuned.

My suggestion for a new Animated Batman series...

There have been quite a few Batman animated series's since the 1990s as well as several one off animated movies in recent years. Some of which I've enjoyed. Some of which I feel missed the mark. But I feel like its high time DC Comics and Warner Animation did a modern adaptation of Carmine Infantino's "new look" Batman from the mid-1960s.

I'm serious. If it wasn't for both Carmine Infantino's redesign of the Caped Crusader as well as the success of the television series starring Adam West, Batman would have most likely been cancelled and possibly been long since forgotten.

I think it's high time we give both their well-earned respect as either a television series or a one off animation the way they did Year One and the Dark Knight Returns.

I'm well aware some of you might say, "But didn't they already do that with Batman: The Brave and the Bold". Which, quite frankly, was a television series I greatly enjoyed. But the answer to that is NOPE!

Although there are nods to the Adam West series, the character design of Brave and the Bold is closer to the Dick Sprang/Sheldon Moldoff era of Batman. Dick Sprang's influence is apparent in the series's design of the Joker.

I would welcome a series that both took Infantino's design of the Dynamic Duo as well as adapted many of the stories which were written during that time period. It worked really well when they adapted The Laughing Fish for Batman: The Animated Series. They even managed to effortlessly add elements from an earlier Batman story The Joker's Five Way Revenge.

Perhaps if they were to do an animated series or movie of this nature, they could get Adam West and Burt Ward to reprise their respective roles as Batman and Robin.

Come on DC and Warner Brothers! Make this happen!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Renewed my website domain today

I was a bit mystified that had already been an entire year since I first set up a website and domain name!! Which meant it was time to renew everything. And the sooner the better.

From what I've been told is there is some scumbag lurking out there on the Super Information Highway like that sleazy guy in an equally as sleazy dirty Ford Econoline Van who just waits for people's domain names to expire. Then he swoops in and steals the domain. Usually your site ends up becoming a link sites to various porn sites that will most likely give your computer a virus.

He then tries to sell you back your domain for a ridiculous amount of money.

Seeing that it's only $14 bucks to register, I thought it would be best to get it out of the way before I lost my domain and had to start from scratch.

So, you can visit my site at the same name and the same address for another year. However, I did give it a slightly new look with a brand new image (as seen above) just to commemorate a whole new year.

So, come and visit me anytime!!