Two sweet little guinea pigs sitting in a hat.
I have seen Avatar twice at the cinema, both times in 3D. The first time I found the 3D distracting, probably because I am not used to it. True, the three-dimensional effect is not ‘in-your-face;’ it is used to enhance the movie and create greater immersion, a feeling of ‘being there;’ however there are a few scenes with soldiers milling about and I had to keep checking that this was part of the film and not people walking around the cinema itself! Yes, the 3D is that good! It makes you believe you can reach out and touch things (the illusion only ruined when you try)!
The CGI is groundbreaking in itself; the alien race, the Na’vi, are so convincing, so realistic, the only way to tell them apart from real people is… they’re blue. Likewise the terrain, plants and animals that make up the planet of Pandora are breathtakingly realistic. You could not do better if you dropped a man off on an alien world with a video-camera.
I was interviewed about Epic Fail on Y2CL Radio and you can listen to or download the podcast here. Aside from me talking about fascinating things you can hear some great music by Sam Letts (my sister) and Dave Letts (my Dad).
A quick warning – it’s 18+ and deserves that rating.
Yeah, I’m still copying Guinea Pigs off my Calendar. This one’s sooo sweet with his little dice.
LINT follows the journey of Sangwine Schloeffle, an exiled elven prince, whose family has been murdered and kingdom usurped by the evil Fang, Overlord of Darkness!
LINT is, and will probably always be, one of my all time favourite comics. I started reading it when it was still in pencil and the fact that it started out from fairly basic artwork and developed into something much more beautiful is a great inspiration. For me it is part of the comics charm and those early drawings should never be replaced.
The plot, too, advanced from a light-hearted adventurers jaunt into a complex, well thought out, emotional experience. Later on the tone becomes more serious, but it still has a sort of tongue-in-cheek irreverence to it. It has made me laugh and it has made me cry. The juxtaposition of humour and drama works to heighten them both. That’s a style I admire and would like to do something similar in my own work.
I’m writing this now because, after five years, the story of LINT is complete. It’s sad, because I will miss reading it, but also wonderful. There is satisfaction in completion. Heaven knows I have experienced the frustration of webcomics that have ended half way through a story! And hopefully the author, Colby Purcell, will go on to create other things.
"Sometimes a noble failure serves the world as faithfully as a distinguished success." -Edward Dowden