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Derek Kirk Kim’s TUNE BOOK 2 : Still Life is hilarious claustrophobia

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Derek Kirk Kim seems to have come into his own on this second installment of his TUNE series. Although, more first person, the lead character Andy Go’s, inner monologues and conversations with Dash (the zoo recruiter turned art aficionado) is well worth the read.

Maybe it’s because I am morbid or maybe it’s because I watch too many movies, but I kept thinking this story of imprisonment is going to take a turn for the worst, changing it from a light-hearted comedy to a straight up science fiction horror. It doesn’t and not to my dismay. It’s a relief and a bit cathartic reading the banter between these character’s, especially Andy, who begins to understand what life is really all about.

In the second installment of the TUNE series of graphic novels, our hapless hero Andy Go is settling into life in an alien zoo…as one of the exhibits. It’s not so bad: the food is good, and his environment is a perfect copy of his house back on Earth. But everything falls to pieces when Andy realizes he’s been tricked: there will be no weekend visits back to Earth, as he was promised, and his contract doesn’t last one year…it lasts a lifetime.

The odds are stacked against this lazy art student and hopeless romantic as he paces the confines of his cage/parents home. Everything that Andy’s comes to represent, while on Earth, comes into question as the reality of what’s happening to him begins to sink in. No longer do the things that mattered to him back home matter. It’s a return to basics “somewhat” and that’s when Still Life turns into a self help book. Strange?

It’s an artists read, this book, touching on such topics as ambition and love, one can’t help, while reading, to examine one’s own life and place him or herself in Andy’s shoes. The book does all this self analysis, but without becoming the authors dream journal. Just enough to pepper the whole story with heart. It keeps all the zaniness and fart jokes and although I found it a bit trite at times, I understand.

Tune Book 2: Still Life plays out like a sitcom. The half house immediately jettisons the reader to the set of Facts of Life or Different Strokes and then gives the whole thing an odd Planet of the Apes vibe. The whole story would be terrifying if Derek wasn’t a genius at keeping it light and for this I am grateful. Not everything has to be an exercise in dread.

Watch The Green Ruby Pumpkin and know what Halloween is!

It is because films like this that I love Halloween! Directed by CGI animators Miguel Ortega (Jack The Giant Killer, THOR) and Tran Ma (Alice In Wonderland, G.I. Joe) The Ruby Green Pumpkin is a delight in that way that years from now you’ll be asking yourself “remember that one Halloween story…yeah that one. Wasn’t it awesome!” The story is a cleverly woven limerick about a woman/witch who lives in this wondrous world and gives candy to all who come to her door, dressed mind you. She dispenses these goodies from her ruby green pumpkin year after year. The story goes on to show all sorts of folks coming to her door for goodies and dressed in their Halloween best. It’s all pretty cheery until the three boys arrive, now I won’t spoil it for you, but that’s where the Tim Burton light heartedness kinda wanes, but still stays beautiful. My hopes is that every kid in the world gets a chance to see films like this, cause they are just plain good and filled with that level of simple story telling that’s hard to find nowadays.

The Green Ruby Pumpkin is a magical and fun short film that captures the enchantment of Halloween. It was a passion project that was created by two Senior visual effects artists. Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma. This Entire project was shot in the living room. watch the making of HERE

Currently Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma are working on a Lovecraft-esque feature called The Ningyo.

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Description

A 1909 period film about cryptozoology. The search for mythological or unproven creatures. A Faustian tale about loosing oneself in the process of achieving our goals.

A Ponce De Leon type adventure involving deep sea diving and underwater caverns.

Dr. Marlowe, a paleontologist and professor, finds a piece of a map pointing to the place where the Ningyo, the mythical Japanese creature, could be found. The legend claims whomever consumes its flesh will attain remarkable longevity. He presents the project to his peers, who mock and dismiss him as a fraud. He decides to risk everything and go after the Ningyo on his own in hopes to bring to light what could be one of the greatest contributions to science. What he could not anticipate is that, in his search, he is confronted with a choice that puts the very foundations of his morality to the test.

For more information on The Ningyo checkout their facebook website for the latest.

You can see our other visual effects work MONSTER SCULPTER


The Making of The Green Ruby Pumpkin from miguel ortega on Vimeo.

The Green Ruby Pumpkin from miguel ortega on Vimeo.

Amazing art by illustrator Nate Hallinan featuring the X Men in the middle ages

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Funny, the things you come up with when your talented and you’re a fanboy. Artist Nate Hallinan has been working hard on this series of images, featuring the X Men set in the middle ages. Of course some of these images he took liberties with to accommodate the backdrop, but quite frankly it’s the most tasteful set of alternate universe illustrations I’ve ever seen. Very well done and now I want to see this movie!

Wanna know more about Nate Hallinan check out his art site where you can purchase these amazing prints. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

MITNGTV Episode 4

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This week on MITNGTV we’ve got some new clever graphics for ya, showcasing two new spots on our program…The Kickstarters (where we focus on a Kickstarter we are excited about) and Underground Mondays (where we showcase some up and comers to the music scene). Course we will be highlighting all the stuff we’ve been talking about all week Mezo and Dj Micro Connected Remix, IDW’s Locke and Key coming to the big screen, Tom Morello’s work on the Pacific Rim soundtrack, the art of Nicola Verlato and much much more. Be sure to watch and subscribe to our channel or face the wrath!!

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The Creators Project talks film, art and getting real with pop artist Takashi Murakami

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During my stay in New York I was fortunate enough to have gotten the chance to see Takashi Murakami‘s work at the Brooklyn Museum. I even ran into the Super Size guy Morgan Spurlock…whaaaa? Anyway, I can’t began to describe the feelings you get from looking at TM’s stuff, his work is Japan on acid. Erotic, visceral and fun, but that was kinda then and this is now. Takashi has taken a slight departure from fountains of sperm and poop to focus on something more serious like the effect the 2011 Tsunami inTakashi Murakami Private Preview And Dinner At Blum & Poe, Los Angeles Japan had on him. In this latest episode by The Creators Project he’s seems to have morphed that experience into his feelings on Japan as a whole and how that relates to his relationship with the U.S. or Western culture. It’s a real interesting video that sheds some light on the often times misunderstood phenomenon, that is his work. I’d often heard from my fellow Japanese friends that in Japan Takashi doesn’t receive nearly as much press as we give him in the states and that could be because they think his work is trite, but in my opinion there’s no denying the mastery involved in some of his more complex pieces. One could understand, with that level of animosity that one could become bitter about his home, a home which he explains has essentially lost it’s identity. I don’t necessarily agree with that assessment, I think Japan is rich beyond comprehension with history and identity, but what’s happen to TM is what happens to most who become easily bored a.k.a Artist, for the most part. You become fascinated by other things and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, you just can’t get to a point where you believe there’s no level of magic to be had at home and I think the recent disaster in Japan brought that realization home for him. I’m getting deep aren’t I? Sorry. Enjoy the video.

The Creators Project
Takashi Murakami
Brooklyn Museum

 

 

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