Well that was fun to write… Modiphius is kicking things up with a kickstarter and a survey. Or a survey about their Kickstarter is really more accurate. It gives you an idea of products and costs coming up. I’m mostly interested in the figures and board game myself. Check it out at https://www.modiphius.com/john-carter-kickstarter.html
I was over at friends house a few days ago, touring his amazing/insane collection of toys and stuff. Lot’s and lots of toys. I think his goal is to have All The Toys. He has what I’d call ( now that I know ) The Ante Room which is amazing as it is, the Secret Room of Everything truly lives up the name I just made up for it. His collection leans heavily on Marvel Characters, Star Wars and too many other franchises to even start naming. It is truly a thing of wonder. (more…)
I just received an email from Modiphius about the upcoming John Carter of Mars game and it’s got lost of goodies. As I’ve mentioned, I’m completely Game Impaired ™ with only the occasional bamboozling because of beer and peer pressure. Okay sometimes it’s fun… (more…)
This is sort of weird. ERB fans are reading in the past, but I never had the feeling that ERB was all they read. I read a comment yesterday on Facebook that stated “any new books that I’ve tried to read in the last 30 years has been a great disappointment.” This wasn’t said by some 110 years old, maybe 40-50 ? This sounds like a bad case of high anxiety to me. I didn’t respond in any way. (more…)
You know how you can look back and say ‘what the hell did do all year ?’On one hand I did ( I’ll use shorthand) – dad/funeral/mom/hospital/senior’s home/funeral/clean condo/sell condo/estate estate estate/ crazy sibling/ curl into a ball under table.
And the other hand I have been arting and writing. I’ve been working with a publisher on a Space Colonists Crash on the WRONG Planet kind of project. (more…)
Modiphius has a new online magazine covering their products, as well as the creative process of getting there. Issue #1 of Modiphia has a detailed look at the sculpture of the John Carter figure from the upcoming game. I’ve clipped a couple images from the article. You can see that they have cast their net wide in collecting reference material ( but none of my John Carter art, damn ! ) including the image of Thark rifles to the left from the John Carter Movie art book. I’ve also attached a look at Carter’s accessories. You can download the whole thing HERE at their home site. I’m really excited about the game, or the figures anyways ( I’m seriously ‘Game Impaired’) but I really want a shelf full of John Carter characters. – Jeff
I’ve been chomping after these for a long time. I’ve been chomping for any John Carter figures really, but we all know that. Looks like I’m going to have bone up on how to paint really really small things instead of what I’m used too. (more…)
If you haven’t see these yet you’re in for a treat. Matt Taylor 0f Black Dragon Press does a lot of literary themed art, and he does it well . The prints are large 18″ X 24″ and printed on fine stock. They are available through www.edgarriceburroughs.com.com or his own site at http://blackdragonpress.bigcartel.com. – Jeff
I’m on the game testing list for the John Carter of Mars RPG which is hysterical since I’m clinically ‘game impaired’. I bought the John Carter game that came out in the 70’s (more…)
– but I got here. Life has been, involving….. I did see The Legend of Tarzan a couple of weeks ago. We did the big IMAX 3D nicey nice seats thing. Just trying to do it right. Right off the bat – I loved it. I was expecting it to be good up front (more…)
When I first saw this still from John Carter I had a niggle in the back of my brain that I’d seen something like it before. I had a fun summer as a doorman at a big downtown theatre showing Return of the Jedi ( and only Return of the Jedi) in 1983. I ended up standing in the back row of the theatre the first time I saw the movie. It was a sneak preview and (more…)
I don’t know how I missed this, maybe it was more “I’ll watch it later” than missed, but I’m glad that I finally caught up with it. Some of that would be reminiscing the good old times, but it was fun to hear a new take on the production as well. I still want my Woola stuffy, but I am grateful the movie exists at all. – Jeff
Perhaps it’s just accidental, but the iTunes movie page for John Carter OF MARS has a nice new banner. I know it’s from existing art we’ve seen but I thought it looked pretty good. If not Disney maybe someone at Apple did it. Either way I like it. – Jeff
Since I’ll most certainly be asked – we all know the Taylor Kitsch preview poster. I discovered the Dejah one online a while ago, I think it’s part of the original promo package but sadly never used. Tars seems a given to me as a character poster so I faked one up. It’s far from perfect and I really shouldn’t be taking the time to do this. But I needed to. – Jeff
Not that far off the word ‘Princess’ is it ? I’m going to download a sample tonight. But it does look pretty Sword and Planet. (more…)
- and that means a new ERB movie ! Images and a teaser poster are finally released on The Legend of Tarzan. I’m really looking forward to this. Yate’s Harry Potter movies were excellent, powerful and moving, so I’m expecting good things here. Skarsgård looks rather Taylor Kitsh(ish) in the poster between the hair and the eyes. As I’d mentioned on facebook, they did play brothers in Battleship. More from i09 – Jeff
There’s a real difference between my painted ‘realism’ and more my more art take on things. The realism takes a lot lot longer, and it’s like brushing a cat, just when you think you have it all, you’re nowhere near done.
I’ve always appreciated a more painterly approach, but it’s not something I do easily. Way back I could be pretty blown away by how ‘real’ a painting looked, and in some ways have been straddling that and ‘reality’ ever since. My interest in ‘high realism’ has waned greatly in the digital age. A couple of recent projects unleashed my freak in some unexpected ways. Trying to recapture that and bottle it, making it part of my usable tool kit lead me here. Spending time on a drawing didn’t make sense when I really just wanted to colour. So, since I had a printed version of this beautiful sketch of Dejah Thoris by Iain McCaig I decided to play with that. And that’s why I’m showing it here. I feel that I did what set out to do, set up a workflow that plays to my strengths instead of against them. My thanks to Mr. McCaig for making the experiment so pleasurable and easy. Now back to the drawing board, my own, drawing board 😉 – Jeff
Updated – There’s no real John Carter of Mars or other Sword and Planetish news other than some big space opera thing with flaming swords or something and it seems well covered. I’m personally recovering from the circus of my father passing away a couple of weeks ago. Why oh why oh why when these things happen do we have to organize a big party and dig for all those old papers ? ( Image to left , older cover art )
As always, there’s an ongoing debate between the Reboot John Carter and the Sequels Only crowds. I’d love to see Stanton’s Gods and Warlord of Mars movies. Maybe I’d finally get a Woola toy too. I strongly suspect that
the trilogy as whole would stand as a major accomplishment and success as opposed to John Carter on its own. That the shuffling of the pieces that Stanton has shown with John Carter wouldn’t be such an issue with a complete trilogy. Anyways, that’s not happening tomorrow and neither is a reboot, that we know of.
Abraham Sherman, a long time hardcore Barsoomian who has written and excellent ‘Princess of Mars’ screenplay (on spec) has had some things to say about the reboot/sequel thing that is good reading. You should check them out at Back to Barsoom and The John Carter Files.
My toss into the fray, separate of my wanting MORE is to suggest a step to the side with a film adaptation of Thuvia, Maid of Mars. Thuvia stands at the post trilogy point (more…)
You know I have to post this. It’s Mars. I read the book and liked it, the movie being big screen and colour and all will