Monday, February 18, 2019

The Phantom 83rd year anniversary

The Phantom comic strip character celebrated a 83 year anniversary yesterday. "The series began with a daily newspaper strip on February 17, 1936, followed by a color Sunday strip on May 28, 1939; both are still running as of 2013. At the peak of its popularity, the strip was read by over 100 million people each day." (quote from the I Spy, Spy Show FB page). I actually have a professional connection to the Phantom. In 1992, I did style guide for King Features with designs for T- shirt and sweat shirts.

And even I design for a Phantom balloon for the Macy's Thanksgiving's Day parade.

How I wish that had happened.  Enjoy

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Ben Monder, Bill Frisell

For this week's Sunday Music Muse Day I offer the battle of the "Bs", the Ben Monder and Bill Frisell.  First, Bill Frisell Beautiful Dreamer present another tasty offing of his eclectic and off beat modern Americana music with a usually trio featuring guitar, viola and drums. Well worth a listen, as always.

Interestingly, my second selection, Ben Monder Oceana feature a guitarist who's artist biography on the site All Music by David R. Adler states: "Guitarist Ben Monder has secured his place as one of most identifiable and sought-after stylists on the progressive jazz scene, an heir to the ethereal yet edgy approach of players such as John Abercrombie and Bill Frisell."  This is high praise indeed, comparing him to two of my favorites. I definitely feel the spacy vibe in his music.  I'll have to seek out more of his work.

As winter continues, there is plenty of time to chill out and enjoy some tunes as the snow winds howl outside. Stay warm and Enjoy.

Winged Friday Feb 15, 2019 - Tale of the HBO and the B-17.

For Winged Friday. I pulled this out specially for my Derek Carter It was a preliminary sketch for presentation piece for HBO, in the final piece they made me change the B-17 to a generic plane. This look much better

Here's the revised final sketch. They asked to omit FDR too. Idiots.  I remember HBO's logic was not to lock down a specific era or subject. Like the FDR was changed to a a generic politician.

I think at some point I should finish the B-17 into a full color rendered piece. Enjoy

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - John Abercrombie with Kenny Wheeler, Jim Vivian

This Sunday Music Muse Day selections have a solid common factor, the late great jazz guitarist John Abercrombie.  First up, is Kenny Wheeler It Takes Two with Abercrombie, another guitarist John Parricelli, and bassist Anders Jormin. From the lineup and music you could easily assume this was ECM release, but it is from CamJazz. In statement from their webpage, "A refined jazz label, launched in the year 2000, dedicated to releasing jazz recordings performed by some of the most outstanding Italian and international jazz performers of our times."  This ranges from a cool laid back rendition of Love Theme from "Spartacus" to Avant Garde  free improvisations.  If CamJazz other releases are of this quality, I'll definitely put them on my watch list.

The second selection is Jim Vivian Sometime Ago.  John Abercrombie  joins the Canadian bassist and leader as online reviewer Stuart Broomer states, "This session, led by bassist Jim Vivian, was recorded in Toronto in 2016 following a series of performances at Jazz Bistro. Five of the tracks are trio performances with drummer Ian Froman; three tracks add tenor saxophonist Mike Murley. It’s eminently listenable music, low-key modern jazz that possesses depths and details that reward close attention. Abercrombie, Vivian and Froman weave complex webs of subtly inflected lines, often on jazz standards."  I totally agree with the review. Again, the international appeal of jazz shines through.  I hope to visit Toronto soon, and plan to pay a visit to the Jazz Bistro, if it is still there.

Today had nice enough weather for us to take a walk in the park, and it was nice to return home to an afternoon snack, while enjoying these two CDs.  Hope you find time to enjoy some good tunes, also.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Dime-A-Dozen Project #8 Joppa of Khad - Blaickwolf Part 2 - The Saga.

[Dime-A-Dozen Projects is so named from a conversation with creative friends of mine as we lamented that when we were working full-time for someone else, we get these (in our minds) original "million dollar" ideas, that would, somehow, turn into "dime-a-dozen" ideas when we were out of work and on our own.]

Here's part 2 of the Joppa of Blackwolf post, Presented here is the overview outline of the Blackwolf Saga.

Here's the video overview:

I plan to revise and insert the "Scale of the Guardian" story here.

 This color page is a hint of Blackwolf's introduction to the Brotherhood of the Red Ring.
 Above is the the latest drawing of Vallia, the Barbarian Queen.
 My latest drawing of Blackwolf.
The Blackwolf Saga...TO BE CONTINUED,