Saturday, August 6, 2011

Maquette, statue, bust, action-figure

Okay.. for the purpose of using the lingo herein, let me differentiate between action figures and "imagination dolls" - Imagination dolls (like barbie) are about the clothes and accessories and lifestyle reams. Action figures are about the adventure and conflicts and weaponized accessories.

Now, I've got a couple of G.I.Joe's.. those're action figures.. multiple points of articulation, weapon accessories, and little stands on which I can pose them.
I recently picked up some - what I understand to be - maquettes. Basically PVC statues, but we'll differentiate actual statues as being made of something more sturdy, i.e., it won't melt if left in sunlight/a heated area for a few hours.  Because of the price, I passed on buying a very sweet, from-just-below-the-nipples-and-up bust of Harley Quinn, who, as some of you may know, is easily one of my favourite Villainess'.

So, instead of my own art, I'll be posting some images of the 3 maquettes I have, with some comments on them.

First up, the Ame-Comi version of Robin.
The first time I ever saw Robin as a girl was in Frank Miller's the Dark Knight. Very kick-ass, in my opinion, and from that moment on, I wondered why Batman didn't have a female Robin from that point out. I really enjoy how she's wearing these huge, padded (if not armoured) gloves, and the redesign of the outfit to be more acrobatic singlet with some flare around the hips. Not entirely certain how I feel about that utility-pouch belt around the thigh, but it certainly adds something.
While I don't have an overly accurate measuring option right now, I *do* know that the distance from the tip of my thumb to the tip of my middle finger is approximately 8 inches, and the Robin and Duela Dent maquettes are clearly a solid 9-inches+. I couldn't get a decent in-focus back-shot of Robin, and plans for the night are marching along steadily, so I have to be as quick as I can, despite rambling here.

Now we've got Duela Dent as a Steampunk Joker:

Unfortunately, on the back-image of Duela, the flash blocks out the acid-level, which is a nice touch, clearly 2 pieces put together, one as a level, the other as the cover. Her arms move at the glove-line, as well as her head, which is nice. I saw this maquette and wanted to buy it, but held off for a while, as I did with the Robin maquette. After a quick google-image search for 'Duela Dent', I came across what appeared to be an old comic cover, of Harvey Dent/Two-Face holding a gun to what I immediately thought was a drawn Tim Curry-as-Dr. Frank.N.Furter... but it was Duela Dent. Man, I mean this was a spitting-image comic adaptation face of Tim Curry from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
After a little more research, it seems that Duela Dent was part of the Teen Titans for a while, claiming to be the daughter of each of Batman's 'greatest villains' (Joker, Penguin, Two-Face, Riddler) and it was eventually told that she's actually Dent's daughter, with, golly gee, a personality disorder.

Now up is a relatively tiny (almost half the height of Duela, who is a bit taller than Robin) Ame-Comi Batgirl, at a mere 5-6inches.
I really should point out, that while this was made in china, and I hate buying things from china.. knowing that it was made in china, I shouldn't have been surprised at a) the severe angle of the mould - look a the side-shot and how far back she leans -completely off the centre-of-gravity, and 2) I had to take my Dremel tool out and 1)enlarge and B) deepen the hole in her boot to fit on the peg of the small circular stand.

These gals now sit next to my laptop, which is under some great pin-up art from Lar deSouza, and add a little more charm to my abode.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I need a Hero

Actually, I don't.

"Heroes" are just people like ourselves, only we get to see the awesome that they do, not the dirty nitty-gritty of their everything-else.
I can't remember who said it, but someone is quoted as saying the someone should never meet their heroes... and I think it's because they never live up to the ever-growing expectations their fans have of them.

I've been listening to The Heavy's "Short Change Hero", after seeing it used for the teaser video of Batman: Arkham City.. it's a song, and used really well with the footage, and helps bring home the idea that part of Gotham is really, really screwed, Batman or no Batman.

So here's some rough shaded work of a place that, while it needs a hero.. is no place for a hero to be.
..or Heroine.. because they kick just as much ass as heroes do.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Long Weekends

Long weekends.. most of us like them... and while I don't know about you, I tend to dislike at the least one thing about them: The really mess with my work schedule.

Today is Wednesday. But it feels like somewhere late Tuesday while it should be early Friday.
If that makes sense.

It's like suddenly my week-day clock is fighting with my week-end clock and there's never a clear winner, other than that the whole week is just all kinds of wonky on me.. and then I usually do something silly like stay up way too late and mess with my sleep-clock, which tends to fight everybody right afterwards.

So.. some quick (10minute) quick lines of some brawling:

Monday, August 1, 2011


Kind of weird, sometimes I think, that we live in the present, plan for the future, and fondly remember parts of the past, while simultaneously wishing we could forget other parts... and while as kids we'd look forward to things, like birthday, as we get older, some of us, want to sweep them under the rug. And then there's things that we mark on our calendars, or the calendars in our heads anyhow, and we count down the days to.

For example, I've got the release of Dead Island and Batman: Arkham City on my calendar. I know vaguely when they're coming out, more the time of the month they're being released in rather than the exact day. That's why it's on my calendar, so I don't have to remember the exact date, and if I forget, it's there written down.

I also count down to things I'd like to go to, but probably won't. Fan Expo is an example.. and of a greater importance (I went to fan expo in 2010, did NOT like how it was. Am only about 30% interested in ever re-attending), the Nerd Girl Burlesque thing that's going on.. it happens to be taking place on another significant date for me.

But I run into this problem: I don't want to go by myself, but none of my friends are a)into comics and such, or 2) into burlesque. The thing on point-2 is that they see it as porn, and this pisses me off, because only at it's worst is it possibly porn. When it's bad, it's just stripping. When it's good, it's art..and when it's great, it's a wonderful art-of-the-tease performance piece.

I've also got this awkward scenario dreamt up in my head where I'd run into someone and it would be a `you?-you!` kind of scenario that could go either bad or good, depending.
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