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chalkboard drawings: the “i don’t think we’re in kansas anymore” edition

Posted in chalkboard drawings with tags , , , , , on January 22, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

The first full week was Wizard of Oz themed. I’m less a fan of the 1939 musical than I am the original L. Frank Baum novels… and less a fan of the first, more famous book. I started with The Marvelous Land of Oz and moved through the rest of the series in that way. In fact, I’m not even sure I ever read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz all the way through.

That being said, I went with the movie interpretations of the characters because they are the best known. Also, John O’Neill is WAY too good an artist for me to try and imitate. He’s incredible.

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odds and ends

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , , , on October 28, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

A grad school friend of mine sent me this link to Thirty Books Everyone Should Read Before They’re Thirty. I’ve never seen one of these list-articles I’ve ever entirely agreed with, but as I turned 30 this year, I thought this rated a look a look.

According to my own reading and the link above, I have read 21 of the 30 books worth reading before one turns 30. Of those nine misses, four of them (The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine, The Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau, The Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin, and The Prince by Machiavelli) are all books I’ve read bits and pieces of in various college classes. It may not count, but goshdarnit, it should.

As with any “list” type article, there’s tons of room for debate. I would argue that The Wizard of Oz belongs on this list over The Wind in the Willows… but seeing as that’s exactly the type of conversation these things should inspire, I was glad of it.

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Last night, a couple of friends and I went and saw Ghostbusters on the big screen. The movie’s been rereleased and has been playing in select theaters throughout October.

If you read this blog for two weeks, you can be assured a reference to Ghostbusters. It’s a cornerstone of my childhood and I’ve easily seen the movie over 100 times on video, HBO, basic cable, and God only knows where else… but I have never seen it in theaters! In these woeful financial times, I was a little reticent about ponying up $10 bucks to rewatch a movie I know by heart… but I was pleasantly surprised!

Honestly, it was like seeing a whole different movie. The subtleties of the main actors’ work played SO much better projected on a huge screen. Even the smaller laughs were bigger. The next time I hear about a movie I love being rereleased, I’m not going to rationalize myself out of going to see it with owning it on DVD. Movies are meant to be seen that big.

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One final link: If you’re a child of the mid 1980’s/1990’s, I highly recommend going over to X-Entertainment and getting yourself in the mood for Halloween with the Halloween Countdown. Every year, Matt Caracappa spends the month of October gleefully pouring over the memories, the marketing, and the fun of Halloween in a daily blog which is required reading. X-Entertainment gives Christmas the same treatment and it’s become a yearly tradition for me.

sketchbook: the world of oz

Posted in sketchbook with tags , , , , , , , on June 2, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

A few years ago, I took a week off from drawing comics to draw some characters from L. Frank Baum’s Oz series of books. Most folks only know The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, either from the book or the movie.

I’ve NEVER read the first book in the series, instead immersing myself in the thirteen Oz books that Baum wrote after Wonderful Wizard‘s success. They were some of my absolute favorite books when I was growing up, so I took a couple of days to draw my favorite characters.

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