Monday, July 14, 2014

Blade Runner Analysis & fan art

Found this on the web, you might be interested:

And some fandom stuff.  I'll admit, I'm a fan, a nerd or whatever you wish to label me about science fiction.  And no, I do not like The Big Bang Theory.  If you enjoy it, that's fine with me, it's just not my cup of tea.  I know many that do enjoy it.  I just don't care much for sitcoms in general.

This is a painting from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds.  The anime is written by Hayao Miyazaki.  I've got a copy on VHS, and it's one of my favorite animes mostly due to the art and world building, but I like the ecological message as well.  The film tells the story of NausicaƤ (Shimamoto), a young princess of the Valley of the Wind who gets involved in a struggle with Tolmekia, a kingdom that tries to use an ancient weapon to eradicate a jungle of mutant giant insects.  NausicaƤ must stop the Tolmekians from enraging these creatures.

A painting by Morris Scott Dollens from Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom or John Carter of Mars.

Here is Dollens at his workspace.  I'm not real familiar with this artist, but I'm impressed with his artwork. 

This is a painting from  Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.  I remember seeing this Disney film at the theater when I was a kid, and still enjoy watching it today.  Gregory Manchess is the artist, and wow, what an artist.  I've only recently discovered his artwork, but quickly became a fan of his art. 


At 6:26 PM, Blogger Roman J. Martel said...

Whoo Hoo Nausicaa! A classic for 80s anime that is for sure. Miyazaki never really did large scale epics too often but this one and "Princess Mononoke" were both really impressive.

Miyazaki also wrote and drew a four volume manga series based on Nausicaa. In it he delves even deeper into the world, various cultures and the larger scope of the conflict. He covers the movie, but it is pretty much only one volume of the whole series. A lot of other things occur afterward. It really is worth checking out if you enjoy graphic novels.

At 12:20 PM, Blogger El Vox said...

Roman, I agree about both animes, they are worth watching. Like a lot of anime taken from manga, I figured Nausicaa might have been just part of that storyline. Sometime back, I picked up the first part of the manga. Some comic company (I forget who) was printing them into smaller story arcs, this was before they put out the larger collected graphic novels, and I didn't get around to collecting much beyond the first two books of that. It would be interesting to read them however.

Another older anime that shares that example is Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix Saga. It's gotten (I think) to be sort of a obscure video/movie, which is a shame because it was his life's work. I have about the first three or four manga of that, and like Nausicaa was just the tip of the iceberg of the story.

The manga were complex (not that they were hard to understand), but in how he told the stories merging a futurist look at mankind with the past and prehistoric, and also adding in reincarnation, and other themes. Maybe I'll review it at some later day. I've never seen the updated DVD of it, but have an old copy on VHS called Phoenix 2772, also known as Space Firebird.


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