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Monthly Archives: June 2011
Thrilling Tales – new page update for The Lair of the Clockwork Book

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A new page has been published in the story The Lair of the Clockwork Book, at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual.

You can read it here. Please consider helping me to continue my creative work and deal with the financial aftermath of cancer
 
 
Get $5 off T-Shirt orders through July 5 from Saga Shirts, Retropolis Transit, and Hot Wax Tees

Filed under Works in Progress

Retro Future Art T-Shirts T-Shirts on sale! Celtic Knotwork T-Shirts - Thor's Hammer

From now through July 5 you can get five dollars off any order at all from The Retropolis Transit Authority, Saga Shirts, and Hot Wax Tees by entering the coupon code STARSAVINGS during your checkout. There’s no minimum order, so that’s five dollars off an order for a single shirt or, of course, thirty shirts, which you’re actually more likely to want.

Clockwork Book Airship T-shirtThis includes those brand new (and extremely flattering) Thrilling Tales T-Shirts from The Lair of the Clockwork Book which, once you own them, will be the envy of all your friends and neighbors. Be the first on your block!

 
 
Thrilling Tales – new page update for The Lair of the Clockwork Book

Filed under Thrilling Tales: Page Updates

A new page has been published in the story The Lair of the Clockwork Book, at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual.

You can read it here.
 
 
Thrilling Tales: The Attack of the Merchandise of Annihilation!

Filed under Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual, Works in Progress

retro future diner

Along with all the other things I need to do as I work on these illustrations, at the end of each batch of them I re-render a few in a higher resolution in order to slap them on archival prints, t-shirts, and other gimcracks as Thrilling Tales merchandise at my Retropolis web site.

This time I was more clever than usual, in one way, anyhow: I set up scheduled renderings for about five of the new Clockwork Book illustrations – so that when I got to this point I’d only need to do the Steampunk Airship T-ShirtPhotoshop work on them. That has helped. But these are likely to trickle out over the weeks since I’m also working away at the new illustrations for Part Two of The Toaster With TWO BRAINS.

For now, anyway, I’ve added a couple of T-Shirts – The Astro Diner shirt shown above, and another shirt with Osgood Finnegan’s airship. In fact there are also diner mugs and airship mugs, along with a poster and an archival print of Late Night At the Astro Diner.

Along the way I’ve noticed a subtle but annoying problem in one part of the Retropolis store. It’s not a problem for you – not functionally, anyway – but the breadcrumbs and sidebars aren’t doing the magical things they used to do. I have an idea why that is, but I can’t fix it at the moment.

But there it is: some new bits of the Thrilling Tales on neat things, presented almost neatly. More to follow, if on an erratic schedule.

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Thrilling Tales – new page update for The Lair of the Clockwork Book

Filed under Thrilling Tales: Page Updates

A new page has been published in the story The Lair of the Clockwork Book, at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual.

You can read it here.
 
 
Thrilling Tales: an airship, a quandary, and a resolution to cheat

Filed under Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual, Works in Progress

An Airship Sailing in the Future That Never Was

As you see, our friend Osgood Finnegan is sailing off in his airship and that, I have decided, is my cue to switch back to my work on The Toaster With TWO Brains.

I haven’t completely filled the Clockwork Book buffer – I’m constantly banging my head against Zeno’s paradox, here – but in order to do the next two illustrations (thereby to catch up) I’d have to create two new characters. Due to the length of time I’d spend on that, by the time I’d "caught up" I wouldn’t, in fact, have caught up. I’d need to do several more illustrations to make up that time in filling my ever-dwindling buffer of complete illustrations.

It’s just bad luck, really. It’s got to do with what I’d need to build right now. Over time the hours would average out, I’d be happily caught up in all actuality… while the birds sang, and the bees buzzed, and Osgood’s airship would sail on with its favorable wind.

But I’m tired of chasing the buffer. I’m going to swap over to my other story while I’m still two pictures short, and just take a week off The Toaster With TWO BRAINS at the end of its part of the schedule.

If I hadn’t had to model the airship I’d have been back on track this past weekend: but after that, the two new characters are just too much to bear.

This is my decree.

 
 
Robot Rosie and Americana, from Thomas E. Kyzivat

Filed under Found on the Web


Thomas E. Kyzivat's Americana

Here’s somebody else’s robot, called Rosie; she’s one of a cast of characters for Thomas E. Kyzivat’s project, Americana, whose eponymous heroine we see on the right. He describes the story:

… it’ll follow Americana as she travels across a retro-future America to find her destiny at The City of Tomorrow! Sort of like the Wizard of Oz crossed with Huck Finn, but on Route 66. And with more robots.

Which, you know. sounds pretty swell to me.

Apart from these character sketches Kyzivat doesn’t seem to have made available much information about Americana, either at his DeviantArt account or on his nifty, streamline moderne web site, Murderous Automation. So I guess we’ll just have to wait!

 
 
Thrilling Tales – new page update for The Lair of the Clockwork Book

Filed under Thrilling Tales: Page Updates

A new page has been published in the story The Lair of the Clockwork Book, at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual.

You can read it here.
 
 
Vintage Buck Rogers Toys on Auction at Hake’s

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Buck Rogers vintage toy auction

buck rogers rocket ship plan

Over at CoolandCollected.com there’s an article that links to several bits of vintage Buck Rogers mayhem on auction at Hake’s – like the Cocomalt premium Buck Rogers Cut-Out Adventure Book, probably my favorite. That’s where this incredibly buildable rocket ship design drawing comes buck rogers cut-out charactersfrom, along with a bunch of cut-out characters and scenes. Oh, to be a kid again, twenty years before I was born!

Also not to be missed: the 1934 wind-up rocket ship, with loads of neat box art. To see the whole article, just go here.

 
 
Thrilling Tales: the return of Osgood Finnegan

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Osgood Finnegan as an aged inventor

As you’ll see in (um, lemme do the math there, well, okay, I dunno)… a while*, Osgood Finnegan will be making his return in The Lair of the Clockwork Book: older, perhaps not wiser, but certainly more knowledgeable than he was when we last saw him.

This is the first time I’ve created an aged version of an existing, younger character. It was pretty interesting: more so, I guess, since I didn’t do what you might suggest by just retexturing his young head. I wanted to experiment with a new tool that has some nice features and in order to do that I had to start more or less from scratch. So far nothing’s exploded and I’m happy with the results. Fingers crossed.

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Okay, not a great idea to type with my fingers crossed. Life is so complicated.

My lateness in this part of the schedule means that in order to catch up I need to build a bunch of other new things; that will no doubt push me back even a bit later. Eventually, though, I’ll catch up. The good thing is that I’m doing all of this so far in advance that it hasn’t any effect at all on the publication schedule. The only thing that gets delayed is my temporary return to The Toaster With TWO BRAINS, which I really would like to be working on right about now. But that’s the way it goes.



* You know, that’s looking like about 13 weeks from now, or late September. But don’t quote me.
 
 
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