Posts Tagged ‘dinosaurs’

DIY Diploducus

Published October 12, 2009 by Molly

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It’s a lamp. It’s a dinosaur. It’s totally RAD.

Combining several good ideas (light, DIY, prehistoric beasts) into one package, ThinkGeek offers their DIY Dinosaur Lamp in Triceratops, Diploducus and T-Rex models. The kit comes with a bundle of supple white plastic sheets which, with the aid of an instruction sheet and you, transform into luminescent dinos.

Although the project initially appears fiendishly difficult to assemble, it is actually pretty easy to figure out. There are holes and slots, and one goes in the other. Do this a bunch of times and pretty soon you have a light-bearing dinosaur to call your own. Or to give as a gift. Also makes a nifty centerpiece for your next triassic-themed party.

Carson Ellis x Her 3 Year Old

Published September 15, 2009 by Graham

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Doleful romance, antiquated daydreams and rococo beasts characterize the lovely work of illustrator Carson Ellis, The Decemberists’ resident artist and wife of frontman Colin Meloy. A flair for the fantastic must run in the family: the above sketches are awesome collaborations with her three-year-old son Hank, drawn while they traveled on tour with the band this summer. “Hank dictates and I illustrate,” writes Ellis on her blog, noting that their shared travel journal seems to focus on everything but travelling.

Mika Miko’s Totion

Published July 14, 2009 by Graham

Reasons to love this music video:

1. Great band (obvs.) and great song
2. Dinosaurs drinking apple juice
3. The masks
4. Wardrobe by Brian Lichtenberg
5. Shot at the Cabazon Dinosaurs, from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (they’re now a creationist museum)
6. Songs that end with explosions/asteroids are always good

The clip’s director, Steven Andrew Garcia, has a blog called Brain Sheer where he posts rad behind the scenes photos along with portraits of people and bands we love, like Where The Wild Things Are graphic designer Geoff McFetridge, Kim Gordon, Abe Vigoda– and whaddya know, he’s even got a couple nice pictures of Spike! Here’s a shot of Mika Miko minus the dinosaur masks and one of Geoff proudly showing off his bike:

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Winsor McCay: Rebel Cartoonist

Published June 11, 2009 by Graham

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Let’s list some stereotypical qualities of cartoonists whose work is indelibly artistic: they’re bookish, shy, quirky, bespectacled–perhaps even a tad anti-social. Winsor McCay, the O.G. of high-low cartooning, was none of these things. Despite his demure day job blowing the mind of kids everywhere with his elegantly surreal comic strip Little Nemo, McCay moonlit as a vaudeville performer. Taking to the stage in the early 20th century, McCay acted out a “speed drawing” routine for dazzled audiences and “interacted” on stage with his groundbreaking animated film about a sassy Diplodocus entitled Gertie The Dinosaur (which, incidentally, singlehandedly established many of the techniques for animating that are still in use today). McCay was so charismatic, he became something of a celebrity–much to the chagrin of his micromanaging dick of a boss, William Randolph Hearst. In character at least, McCay was the kind of cartoonist Savage Steve Holland could only dream of.

Even divorced of his unusual personality and his contributions to the art of animation, McCay was a remarkable man. Have you ever seen a full-sized page of Little Nemo? That shit is bananas. McCay built an elaborate fantasy world around the cruel premise of sending a pre-adolescent boy on a sisyphean quest to meet (literally) the girl of his dreams. The volume of rococo flair and indulgent detail worked into each panel is staggering. The narrative structure of each panel is so beautifully delirious, you question your own sanity. While Little Nemo strips have been widely available in condensed collections for years, the recent releases by Sunday Press Books are the only way to really experience McCay’s comic: printed in its gloriously gigantic 21″ x 16″ original newspaper format, and bound in a book that no Ikea shelf can restrain.

Check out Spike’s post about the influence of Winsor McCay on Maurice’s Little Nemo-esque In The Night Kitchen for more on the subject!