Well, Seaside didn’t win the Threadless contest, but it won the hearts of some. I really thought I was in it with the good comments, but alas, it scored slightly lower than my previous entry. That’s okay; Threadless losers beccome Zazzle winners! Hop on over to my Zazzle store to buy this new design…(click on the picture)
Anyway, I finished another Threadless submission – this one entitled “Seaside.” It went through several critiques and evolved to what you see here now. The original was classy. The finished version is less anatomical design, and more “killer t-shirt design.” The idea I’m conveying here is that pirates were the original gangsta’s. Bling, booty, and thugs; the seafaring cast had it all. If you want the oppressive land crab to hearken your love for the uneasy sea life, buck up and wear this old flag proud. Seaside forever!
Oh yeah, and you’re going to have to vote high to make this shirt a winner over at Threadless.com. There will probably be 1200 votes when the week’s over, so make sure you and your friends make up a big part of those in $5!
I have my August Threadless design up a little late, but I put together three sketches when I started this one, so I have two others I can flesh out. I had originally wanted to get “booty” into this somehow, but my wife said it might be too much going on. I also have optional pieces ready for this design should the critique lead me into that direction. I have cross bones to go behind the skull, as well as a patch to adorn the pirate skull. Go out and give me your critique so I can make this the best it can be!
Threadless Critique: Pirates Were the First Gangstas
Clear your calendars for 2010. Tim Burton is making an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland beginning in May 2008. It’s currently scheduled for release in 2010, so it may actually be too early to put together solid plans.
I haven’t heard much, but I know it’s supposed to be animated 3D – not quite like Beowulf. Synthespian is the term I believe they’re using. The main character(s) will be realistically animated while the others are much more cartoonish. The idea being that this will give the realistic characters more believability because of the contrast between styles. It sounds stylistic to me. I’m all for creative ventures in the style department, I just hope it doesn’t mean less time is spent on the actual story and acting.
Tim Burton will be working with Disney to create the piece. I would have otherwise been worried about the duo, but Disney’s films are taking a more “edgy” quality to them as of late. The recent Pirate’s of the Caribbean trilogy makes me think that Disney’s production studio might be able to handle the macabre nature of Burton’s imagination. Though, I’d really be intrigued if Paramount and Mandalay were involved such as their contribution to Sleepy Hollow.
Upon arrival at DragonCon Friday evening, I was met by a frantic Jeff at the Hyatt hotel. It would seem that the hotel doesn’t actually guarantee two beds in reserved rooms. A curious approach, as we had booked the room for quad occupancy. To make matters worse, the room presented to Jeff had a window between the main room and the bathroom. Even if this room were used for an individual, It can’t justify a large window into the bathroom. So Jeff put the manager to task on finding us an alternative…and another bed. The hotel was out of beds, so after some time we made do with what they provided. It was actually a nice enough deal, though the time it took to straighten everything out took several hours. They did finally find another bed, but it was a single (small) roll-out bed and not incredibly useful to us. The ladies, arriving later than Jeff and I, picked up an air mattress on their way and saved the day.
Having spent the next couple of hours working around impetuous security personnel at the Hyatt hotel (you’d think it would be a little easier for actual guests to check-in), Jeff and I had fully unloaded three cars worth of supplies and costumes. It was a grueling effort even though we were parked only two blocks from the hotel. Finishing that, we had time enough to grab a quick dinner before the wife and I hit the DragonCon drum circle scene. I usually enjoy this very much and this was my inaugural jam to start the weekend off. As such, it was a little lame. The circle was in full force, but diametrically opposed. There was a small niche on one side that seemed to be taking it upon themselves to run the group. This is all well and good, except that they had formed a sub circle of their own – one that was not large enough to accommodate any dancers. That, and the other side of the room was cut-off and unable to hear their rhythm through the throng of dancers in the room. So they attempted to follow along only to create a contrast to the rhythm. It was also proving difficult running the circle on the star drummers that had taken the lead. Burn-out drummers, I can say. The type that crank up a really great sound up front, but drive everyone else to play faster. It just creates a chaos in the end that is destined to burn out. The larger the circle, the more definition needed to highlight the rhythm distinctions. The group that puts this on is in discussions on the subject for next year.
DragonCon in general proved to be more than the three hotels could manage under heightened security measures. Security was tighter than in years past and the con suffered for it. Despite there efforts however, some people did manage to slip through and attend the panels they had paid to see. We didn’t manage to see many panels ourselves, but only because we were busy doing other things. We did catch the Star Trek Reunion panel in which the audience asked some questions that the celebrities didn’t answer. Some of the questions were kind of lame, but the three cast members of Star Trek attending the con this year should have made more of an effort to answer the questions. Humor the geeks, mkay. If they do something like this in the future, the coordinators should really work up some questions before the panel and present them to the talent beforehand. That way proper answers can be prepared, and good questions often lead to more.
Masquerade this year was really good. Grant and Kari hosted the annual costume ball this year. They did a good job together. Grant was showing off his over-the-top nerd trivia. The guy knows his Sci-Fi! Spazz and Fox were also in the masquerade this year. A first for any of us! They dressed as the Duct Tape Pirates – also a first at DragonCon as far as any of us know. Their costumes were perfect! When they first entered the stage, the crowd gave them complimentary “oooohhhh’s” to the detailed description of their ornate costumes. Feathers, ornaments, lace, etc. At the end – we planned the description just right – they dropped the duct tape bomb on the crowd. It was smooooooth. They went wild. It was one of those roars of excitement that can only build from thousands of people. The girls got kudos everywhere we went that night and they deserved it. If not for the fantastic effort they put into their costumes, then for walking around in uncomfortable duct tape costumes while smiling for their adoring audience.
There’s too much for me to get my mind around, so I’ll just close this up with a link to the pictures. This year, Flickr really exploded after the event with DragonCon photos. If you want to see thousands more, check the tag dragoncon2007.
Saturday morning marked two firsts for us. One was that we were in Atlanta for DragonCon early enough to actually see the parade. The second was that we were actually in the parade! Not only that, we were part of the debut of drumming and dancing in the parade’s attendance. We got up at 7:00am to get ready – Jeff and I had an ultra-expensive breakfast in the hotel – and get out the door by 9:00am to walk to the parade starting point. It was an awesome expanse of Star Wars characters, pirates, anime, superheroes, and things I couldn’t quite explain. For 7 blocks, Atlanta became a nightmarish spectacle of everything good and evil about science fiction, fantasy, and the geeks that love it. We headed up the parade with loud drumming and louder costumes (the dancers) like a high school marching band. Good times – I hope to do this again next year.
Later that morning we arrived at MARTA to pick up Balthazar and treat him to day at DragonCon as well. He had to nap almost immediately upon arriving, so he and Amy took care of that while Jeff and I (he as Boba Fett) strolled around the con. We met up with Bob (Vader Painter) and his wife, Kristen (Sith Vixen). They took us on a celebrity strole to meet David Prowse and others before Boba Fett and I split. By the time Balthazar woke up, Jeff was Willy Wonka and I was Superman. We gathered up the family and took them down for some costume walking. Balthazar really wanted to see the monsters and he got a good eye-full. He was so excited to point them all out to me. Everyone was very kid-friendly too, so we were able to reinforce that “monsters are our friends.” That’s something we tell him to help push away the in-grained childhood fears of monsters in the dark.
We stayed in costume long enough to get some pictures made, meet and greet, and sweat a healthy bit. After that, it was off to dinner in the hotel – a bad choice. We thought it would be convenient and quick. We were dead wrong! It took us nearly three hours to get fed and of course it cost an arm and a leg. Three hours is waaaay to long to expect a 3-year-old to be patient. By the end, I was tempted to just allow Balthazar to do whatever he wanted to do in the restaraunt. Joshua had joined us for dinner, though he didn’t eat anything they had. We had good conversation between the four of us, and we taught Balthazar some tricks he could play on his friends. He had a pretty good time playing them on all of us, including Joshua whom he had just met.
We are crashing relatively early tonight because we have the boy and because we’re just plain tired. Tomorrow, we take Balthazar back out to MARTA to join with the grandparents again and we’ll be childless parents for our last day at DragonCon.
That’s it…I’m quitting my job and joining Team Ryouko for proper ninja training. These guys are out of control! I’ve rarely seen such a collection of martial artists as these. Just check out some of their demonstrational videos and discover for yourself who pwns whom – pirates or ninjas.
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“‘The execution of today’s warrants disrupted an extensive peer-to-peer network suspected of enabling users to traffic illegally in music, films, software and published works,’ Attorney General John Ashcroft said in a statement. ‘The Department of Justice is committed to enforcing intellectual property laws, and we will pursue those who steal copyrighted materials even when they try to hide behind the false anonymity of peer-to-peer networks.'”
If the DoJ is attempting to further spurn the economy by scaring folks into legally attaining inessential goods, they might be surprised by the ultimate effect. On the other hand, perhaps they’re interested in updated budgets for detention institutions. By getting a lot of white collar cybercriminals queued into system, they can build newer, high-tech prisons. If they get all the P2P’ers locked up, maybe an interesting blog will show up from those on the inside.