Friday, July 31, 2009

Safety Switch Animation from Pete Mullins on Vimeo.

...another one day wonder animation effort.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

'History is more or less bunk.'

I have always had a fascination with history, particularly military history. From the Battle of Thermopylae to the Tet Offensive, human conflict has repeatedly marked turning points in civilization. I absolutely abhor violence of any kind and yet war has a habit of not only showing the 'darker angels of our nature' but also a great distillation of the best of our humanity.

'When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way....'

Each period of history has it's own particular fascinating story for me. As an artist I am astonished by the incredible array of imaginative paraphernalia that accompanies the military historical time line. When I heard that the local historical societies got together once a year for an all-out history-a-thon, I couldn't resist taking my eldest lad and his mate along to soak up the atmosphere.

This guy had to ask the wife..."Darling you know that recent
windfall we had, could I use it to buy an armoured car?'

Luckily, the young boys really were fascinated by everything they saw and I was impressed by how the people in the armor etc. were only too eager to educate inquisitive young minds.
Imagine, two young boys being taught by a French grenadier to say 'Vive l'Empereur Napoleon!' while he cooks his Sunday roast over an open fire.

Man...this is how history should be taught!

Today the part of Napoleon will be played by Josephine

I remember back to my childhood when I almost had my love for ancient history expunged from my brain by the repeated dry dronings of pathologically disinterested teachers.
I desperately wanted to put flesh and blood to the names of the people that filled my historical texts. Television shows like the BBC's adaption of Robert Graves' splendid 'I Claudius' helped propel my fertile imagination past the grey landscape of high school history classes.

My boy now can tell you that during the American Civil war many of the Southern soldiers went into battle without shoes. He has felt the weight of chain mail, seen a viking encampment and understands that Redcoats were red because the dyes were inexpensive.

He also knows that those words in the textbooks were once of flesh and blood.

Only in the 21st century....

Thursday, July 23, 2009

All Mimsy were the Borogoves...

During lunch I try to escape the air-conditioned, computer screened environment of my work and go for a walk out there in the real world. Luckily, nearby is the city's largest Botanical Gardens. This place really is great for the body, mind and the spirit; I never tire of my walks there.

Amongst all of nature's wonders there's a growing number of public and private sculptures nestled in alcoves and detours. Some are quite delightful.

When this one (below) was being installed the day I walked past, I honestly thought it was a creatively mellifluous version of a park bench. In actual fact it turned out to be a musical instrument.

I'd like to think it could be both.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


' looking for a needle in a haystack and finding the farmer's daughter.'
Julius H. Comroe

Thursday, July 2, 2009

I stumbled across 'When Comic Books Ruled the Earth' by Joel Bryan the other day. Those old B/W POTA comics obviously had the same corrosive effect on his psyche as they had on mine. This is a seriously funny article and a great blog. Hey, anyone who celebrates (or even remembers) the work of Doug Moench and Rico Rival has my attention!!