Leo and Diane Dillon

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s weird that I have yet to gush over the illustrations created by the husband and wife team Leo and Diane Dillon before this. One reason might be due to the fact that I only became aware of them a year or two ago after randomly discovering the book The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Nancy Willard.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a completely re-imagined and slightly gender bent version of the popular public domain book by the same name. The story written by Willard is great but the illustrations… oh my goodness… the illustrations are fantastic!

img_3165What I love is that not only is every other page illustrated with an amazing piece by Leo and Diane Dillon, but every single page has a detailed  illustration in the corner as well!

These smaller illustrations really help flush out the world Nancy Willard created, sometimes even showing what happens immediately after what Leo and Diane created in the larger illustration on the page! Simply amazing!

I am still discovering their art,and below are some of the really awesome book and album covers that I discovered from this blog: http://leo-and-diane-dillon.blogspot.com/

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Stan Lee rushed to hospital

Stan The Man LeeThe 95 year old co-creator of Spider-Man was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday night. He apparently was suffering from shortness of breath, and an irregular heartbeat. According to TMZ, Lee’s condition currently is stable.

Stan Lee’s wife, Joan Lee died last year at 95 after suffering a stroke put her in the hospital.

I know our time with Stan Lee on this Earth is growing shorter with each day, week, and year… Expect Next February to be Comic Book month in honor of this great man, with a lot of it of course leaning towards Marvel and Mr. Lee himself.

Taco Bell’s Nacho fries

Today my roommate who was supposed to have no money, had money, and asked if we could go to Taco Bell. Surprised, I agreed and we went on what would become one of my most cheesiest adventures yet.

I ordered the $5 cravings deal as it’s the only way to get The Cheesy Gordita ($3.19 crunch and a medium drink ($1.89) economically… and hey, cinnamon twists ($1) plus a taco and a beefy buritto whatever that I do not care about. Well, the woman behind the counter asked me if, for free, I wanted some fries… which I of course said yes. BEHOLD!

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They are a little spicy, come with queso, and would have cost… according to the receipt… $2.49! My roommate thinks that they should have cost maybe a dollar… but queso! Come on! Let’s take another look…

20180124_123634Oh yeah… are you thinking what I am thinking? This does not look nearly as good as the Loaded Fries Supreme they were trying out in 2016 that the receipt indicated they would be. Instead… they are just, I assume, seasoned fries. For a pic of the loaded fries see below, as well as a video review from Peep THIS Out!, go here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8MbwfzshpM4T4miBkhqx5A
loaded fries supreme

Now, Taco Bell did this exact same thing in the 1990’s but I do not remember how those tasted. The seasoned fries that I ate at Taco Bell? Eh… they were too lightly seasoned. I could see eating them on the $1 menu, and if we get the loaded fries as well? Sure. I’d pay $2.50 for that. All that being said, I think I would rather just have some chili cheese fries at say… the bowling alley or something, but maybe that is just me?

I miss the sophistication of video game magazines

Tips_Tricks_Volume_IV_Issue_1_1997-01_LFP_USBig hitters like Nintendo Power and Tips and Tricks are no longer around. EGM I think came back, but in the years since it’s rebirth and before, everyone gets their news from the internet, and sometimes… they even go to sites like Kotaku. Now, my main two problems with Kotaku are the fact that they sometimes show an ad for a store that sells sex toys and that they also talk about some sexual stuff from time to time.

The reason I’m writing this article, is because Patricia Hernandez wrote an article about fellatio, 2K sports, and twitter. It seems like at least once a month she either writes something about sex [The Year in Video Game Sex, 2017] or says something vulgar in a title [Fuck Pikachu].

NP028I feel like these articles do have merit, and they should exist… but maybe not on Kotaku? I remember when g4 was still on the air, and watching Adam Sessler while the marque under him kept saying things like ‘on Kotaku,’ so back in my GameStop days I used to use their site in addition to Game Informer Magazine and refer customers to their site. I just… would not even suggest it these days.

*sigh*

I know I’m acting like an old man here. It’s just…  *sigh*

blood rayne magazine coverRemember awesome magazine art? Covers, illustrations, etc? There were some bad things in them, such as sexist lists like ‘top 10 video game babes’ and the like… It’s just, I feel things have gotten worse.

I am just getting old. I can’t even sigh hard enough… because I’m sick.

 

DC mermaids

Four months ago, reddit user artyartface shared two beautiful pictures of DC characters turned mermaids… and I love them so much. That being said… is Harley’s head piece part of her body, or is it like… latex? The face markings are beautiful.
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The second one is of Wonder Woman, and this one is important to me because she has not been a mermaid since she was Wonder Girl… which is weird seeing as Batman has been though.

Wonder woman mermaidJust stunning. Anyways, I hope everyone is having a wonderful Mer-Monday!