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Sketchbook Fun: Jurassic World by KaijuWithNoName
Sketchbook Fun: Jurassic World
NOTE: AFTER LAST WEEK'S SUBMISSION, I HAVE REALIZED THAT MAYBE I SHOULD GO BACK AND MAKE SURE I DON'T HAVE ANY MISTAKES ON MY SKETCHES. SO AGAIN, I AM SORRY FOR MESSING UP LAST WEEK'S SUBMISSION BY MISSPELLING I THE NAME OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS.

For three weeks Jurassic World has been #1 in the box office (and beat The Avengers's box office opening record) and well, I can totally see why. Its awesome!

When I was a kid, I loved Jurassic Park. The movie still holds up today for its great visuals and excellent storytelling. I am currently reading the novel by Michael Crichton and I am surprised by how much was different from the film (thankfully the film holds up on its own). The sequels just kept getting worse- The Lost World: Jurassic Park, despite its inclusion of Jeff Goldblum, was lackluster (though I did like the scene where the T. Rex went on a rampage to get its kid back, kind of like what happened in Gorgo). I loathed Jurassic Park III. Say for Sam Neil's portrayal of Dr. Grant, I cannot stand it. Most of my hatred for the film stemmed from the fact that it made the T. Rex lose in a fight against a Spinosaurus, which not only is an insult to paleontology but also an insult to people's basic tastes.

After Jurassic Park III, I didn't want another Jurassic Park movie for the fear it would get much worse. For years I kept hearing that they were making Jurassic World and had dread. Cut to the present- say for Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mad Max: Fury Road, it was a dry spell for summer movies. I originally thought that Jurassic World would be among the films that would be a disappointment.......boy was I wrong. Before that movie, I had not been so eager and excited to see a dinosaur film repeated like that since Jurassic Park. This movie admittedly has its problems (for example, how the heck could those kids fix an old jeep from the first film, even though the tires would have been by that time flat and the gasoline would have dried up? How come the Mosasaurus is that big? Though I guess you could argue its the park's doing to make it bigger...), but it still is fun. I love the two against one fight with the T. Rex (who by the way smashed through a Spinosaurus skeleton) and Velociraptor going up against the cross-spliced Indominus Rex (which I suspect they got the idea for from the old Jurassic Park Chaos Effect action figures www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGkWRb…; ). Oh and as for the cast, lets just say that this film further emphasizes why Chris Pratt works as a leading actor in these movies. Overall, please continue to support this movie because its awesome!

Jurassic World- copyright Universal Pictures, Legendary Pictures, and Amblin Entertainment
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Sketchbook Fun: Robby the Robot by KaijuWithNoName
Sketchbook Fun: Robby the Robot
This is my first time submitting a piece from my sketchbook. Much like my Sketch Dump, this is a work I did in pencil and no editing from Photoshop. I hope you will enjoy this. (Note: I realized after I scanned this picture I misspelled Robby. I apologize for my embarrassing goof-up.)

When I was hanging out with Firiel-Archer :iconfiriel-archer: a month or so ago, I not only showed her my tribute to Teen Titans. I also showed her how I did my art-style after being inspired by seeing her do an awesome fanart (which I hope to see on deviantart soon). In this case, I decided to do something based on one of my all-time favorite movies Forbidden Planet. I have watched this movie countless times to the point that I could easily pull a quote from it at anytime. I decided to draw one of the most famous elements of the movie, Robby the Robot.

For its time, Forbidden Planet has one of the smartest plots for a 50's sci-fi film (its so smart that I won't dare spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet). Some people have compared this movie with William Shakespeare's The Tempest. I sadly have yet to read it, so I cannot confirm it myself. But what I can confirm is that Leslie Nielsen was in this movie, before his comedic roles. He actually did a good job in this film. Fun fact- Trekkers like myself may notice alot of familiar elements of this film with TOS (such as a crew of interstellar travelers belonging to a bigger organization encountering something strange, laser pistols and rifles that disintegrate their targets, cerebral styled storytelling, the commander having a relationship with the beautiful woman on a planet, a medical officer who's best buds with the commander, etc.). The thing is Gene Roddenberry has stated that he drew inspiration from this film for his show (heck, he even had one of the actors from the movie guest star in an episode- By Any Other Name). It also inspired a couple of Irwin Allen works- The Time Tunnel (with the design of the Time Tunnel complex) and Lost in Space (Robot B9, the Jupiter, an invisible monster, heck- Robby himself popped up in an episode of the show). And yes, a serial of Doctor Who called Planet of Evil.

There are also talks of a remake of this film, which I think they should not do. If they do, they should get someone who loves the original film to direct it and I'm throwing this out there, perhaps cast Liam Neeson as Dr. Edward Morbius?

Forbidden Planet- copyright Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
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50 Years of Turtle Meat by KaijuWithNoName
50 Years of Turtle Meat
"The last hope: Gamera; We bestow it to the cradle of time. May it awaken alongside the shadow of evil: Gyaos."

In 1965, kaiju films were plentiful. Toho was at the top of its game with its Godzilla series. Daiei Studios, a film studio that was famous for its phenomenal Zatoichi film series, created their own kaiju star to rival the king of the monsters. This kaiju was so successful that his films were to the Godzilla franchise what Pepsi was to Coca Cola- Gamera. Most people are aware of Gamera through Mystery Science Theater 3000's riffing of the Sandy Frank dubs, but I became aware of him through the MST3K-less Sandy Frank videos. This year is the 50th anniversary of Gamera and I felt that I should share my thoughts and experiences with this franchise.

The Showa era of Gamera films (1965-1980) consisted of Gamera, Gamera vs. Barugon, Gamera vs. Gyaos, Gamera vs. Viras, Gamera vs. Guiron, Gamera vs. Jiger, Gamera vs. Zigra, and Super Monster Gamera. A lot of these films were aired on UHF stations and five of them were featured on MST3K. As a kid, I enjoyed the films as much as I did the Godzilla films. But as I got older, I noticed the visible faults in these films. These faults included annoying kid characters, the effects not being as good as Toho's films, one kaiju having a name similar to another Toho kaiju (even though Baragon existed a year before, they named Gamera's first rival Barugon!), gaps in logic (how is it that Gamera could fly through space like Superman and be just fine?), and Super Monster Gamera (just, Super Monster Gamera...I'm not dwelling on that subject much). But I still like them, probably for the same way that I like Adam West's Batman series. Its goofy but still enjoyable.

Later in my life, I experienced the Gamera trilogy from the 90s (Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, Gamera 2: Attack of Legion, Gamera 3: Revenge of Irys) and consider them to be very influential to the kaiju genre. There were no annoying kid characters, the effects by SFX artist Shinji Higuchi (who is currently working on the 2016 Godzilla film) were fantastic (I am still amazed by the effects for Legion), the story's definitely darker than the original, excellent direction from Shusuke Kaneko (who would later direct Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack), Gamera got a more original introduction rather than rehashing the origin from The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, and is accessible to the general audiences. Overall, my description of them probably couldn't do them justice- so check them out!

In the 90's, Dark Horse Comics published a four issue mini-series called Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe. It was made as a sequel to Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. I haven't heard anything about these comics on any major kaiju websites. The cover art for each issue is awesome. The interior art style was decent, but was nowhere near the quality of Art Adams. These comics had some strange changes to the Gamera mythos such as Gyaos spitting fire rather than using its famous cutting laser, an alien that speaks Earth slang, and altering Viras to the point that it was not only a human made monster instead of an alien but also having a natural mind controlling abilities and shooting bolts of energy from its head....did I mention this was my first experience with Viras? But the overall story was decent. I wonder why they were never collected into a trade paperback format.

In 2006, Gamera was rebooted again for a second time with Gamera: The Brave. Although the film was more or less like the Showa films, at least the story managed to have actual characters for the kids. The best way I could describe this film is not a boy and his dog/alien/whale/giant robot but instead a boy and his Gamera. This film did have some awesome nods to the original films such as Toto (Gamera's son) shooting a fireball at a kitchen knife and Zedus having the extension tongue like Barugon. Speaking of which, I digged the design for Zedus. It was like a feathered Jirass from Ultraman. I was disappointed that his son Toto didn't have the classic Gamera roar.  This movie is a decent flick worth checking out.

It is unclear about what the future holds for the titanic terrapin since say for a March 2014 article on Anime News Network that said Gamera would return, it is not likely that we will get something for his 50th anniversary. Hopefully we will get to see this turtle battle a kaiju again in another movie sometime. But for now, I am glad that we got twelve films and some decent comics (also, it was awesome seeing a Gamera cameo in the original Dragon Ball manga). I hope you'll enjoy my tribute to the Gamera franchise.

Gamera- copyright Daiei Motion Picture Company and Kadowaka Pictures Inc.
Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe- copyright Daei Motion Picture Company and Dark Horse Comics
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Slade Victorious by KaijuWithNoName
Slade Victorious
A couple of weeks back, my friend Firiel-Archer visited me and a couple of our friends. :iconfiriel-archer: We hung out, discussed general fandom stuff, and shared each others' works. We each admired our different art styles and shared each other our pieces. I showed her a couple of pieces that I might upload onto this site later after I did some work on them....this was one of them.

Anyway, onto my general discussions. I love comic books....a lot. My favorite stuff was the stuff that was published by DC (before they made the New 52, which was one of the worst things that could happen in comics since Avengers #200). In 2003, when I was watching Cartoon Network they aired Teen Titans, which at the time I had no knowledge of the team in discussion. I instantly loved the show and began seeking out the comics that these characters appeared in. This show not only drew me in with its characters, but also with its anime inspired style of animation (it also kind of helped me get more invested in anime). Although its last episode was a terrible way to end a show (probably worse than when Star Trek: The Original Series ended on "Turnabout Intruder"), it made up for it by having an awesome feature length story "Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo". My opinions on "Teen Titans: Go!"? Well, the voice-over acting's good...and sadly that's about it. I just couldn't get into it.

The thing that caught my attention the most with this show was one of its recurring villains, Slade Joseph Wilson- Deathstroke the Terminator. This character was just completely awesome. He was almost always one step ahead of the heroes each time he showed up in an episode and it made me tune in just to see if he'd make an appearance again. Another reason why I probably liked the character was that he was voiced by one of my all-time favorite actors, Ron Perlman! In fact, even though I liked the portrayals of Deathstroke in other versions like in Arrow (Manu Bennett), Injustice: Gods Among Us (J. G. Heltzer), and Batman: Arkham Origins (Mark Rolston), I consider Perlman's portrayal as the best since he nailed the character down.

Since I wanted to do something based on one of my all-time favorite bad guys, I figured I ought to do something based on the show that introduced me to him. With this piece, I decided to emphasize Slade's ability to one-up the Titans nearly every time he encountered them and decided to take it up a notch. I hope you guys will enjoy it.

Teen Titans- copyright DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Cartoon Network, the WB
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Big O- SHOWTIME! by KaijuWithNoName
Big O- SHOWTIME!
"Cast in the name of God, Ye not guilty."

A while back, I decided to watch Queen's music video for Radio Ga Ga. www.youtube.com/watch?v=t63_HR… It was a fun video to watch, with scenes from Fritz Lang's silent film masterpiece "Metropolis" incorporated in it. However, during the video, I was reminded of one of my favorite anime series- The Big O!

One of the creators of this awesome show was Kazuyoshi Katayama, who worked on the OVA masterpiece "Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still". And it kind of shows influences from Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Giant Robo manga by Roger Smith not only using a watch to call the titular Megadeus, but by the fact that there were three Megadeuses for land (Big O) like GR1, sea (Big Fau) like GR2/Torozon, and air (Big Duo) like GR3. This series happens to take heavy influences from tokusatsu shows, which this video from Scifi Japan TV detailed. www.youtube.com/watch?v=51efiP… Another influence I noticed in this show, much like Radio Ga Ga, has its obvious homages to Fritz Lang's material. Speaking of Queen, even though the first opening visually is similar to Ultraman and Ultraseven's openings, the opening song sounded similar to Flash Gordon's theme. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv7HNA…; www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7_Od9… The story is also worth mentioning the homages to classic noir films and Isaac Asimov's works.

Here are the characters I used in this piece-
Roger Smith, the Negotiator- "My name is Roger Smith. I perform a much needed job in this city of amnesia." This main character is an amalgam of Bruce Wayne, James Bond, and Daisaku Kusama.....and that just adds to the awesome that is the Negotiator. He is proof that good guys still wear black. He is voiced in the U.S. by Steve Blum (who voiced Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop).
R. Dorothy Wayneright- "You are a louse, Roger Smith." She is an android assistant to Roger Smith and I freaking love this character. Her dry humor is enough to make her so much fun to watch. I oftentimes wonder if she was inspired by Data's daughter, Lal. Also, I digged the subtle Asimov reference in her name. In the U.S., she was voiced by Lia Sargent (who voiced Cowboy Bebop's Julia).
Norman Burg- "Well this is getting us nowhere. Let's have more fun." The Alfred to Roger Smith's Batman. He is a master chef, a great mechanic, and the first line of defense at Roger's mansion. I was not exactly a fan of the recurring joke in the manga where he'd always ask for Roger to pay him and Roger avoided it. In the U.S., one of the two actors that voiced Norman was Alan Oppenheimer, who voiced Ming the Merciless in Filmation's Flash Gordon. [You cannot go any more pulp than that.]
Angel Rosewater- "So you can say sweet things, can't you?" This beautiful woman of mystery clearly fit the femme fatale archetype that is present in many noir movies. One reviewer said that she was a clone of Fujiko Mine from Lupin III, but I am not entirely certain of that. In the U.S., she was voiced Wendee Lee (who also voiced Faye Valentine.....there are a few voice-over actors from Cowboy Bebop).
Dan Dastun- "Vous-êtes si gentil." The Commissioner Gordon to Roger Smith's Batman (I have made alot of comparisons with Batman and the Big O, haven't I?)- I loved how irritated he gets when the Big O appears to stop the big bad for the episode. In the American version of the show, he was voiced by Peter Lurie (who voiced Chen from Wolf's Rain).
Jason Beck- "That Big O of yours, Roger Smith, is so archaic." I seriously cannot get enough of this guy. He is a villain that just got sillier each time he appeared from using the Dorothy 1 robot to the Beck Victory Deluxe. I loved how he even managed to use a machine that was a parody of the typical over-the-top anime mechs you would see in some anime. I've heard that he was a parody of Lupin the III and I totally see that in him. Beck was voiced in the U.S. by Bob Buchholz (who voiced Gene Starwind in Outlaw Star).
Schwarzald- "I'll show you my power- the great power of Big Duo. One of these Bigs has got to go." This guy was a reporter who clearly lost his mind. This is evident in the speeches that he gave in the show's run. I totally digged the Darkman-like design of him. He was voiced by Michael McConnohie (who voiced Norris Packard from Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team).
Alan Gabriel- "Heh! Hahaha! Which do you mean? The Union? Rosewater? Either way, I don't care. Hahaha! There's just one thing I have to make perfectly clear to you. I have to teach you that your unwarranted self-confidence, your arrogance in believing you could control machines is just a delusion by sending you to Hell. Big Duo- SHOWTIME!". This character creeps me out. He is a psychopath that has a sadistic hobby of killing androids and has an unknown agenda. In fact, he is such a psycho that even the Big Duo Inferno rejected him. That says a lot. The fiend was voiced in the U.S. by Crispin Freeman (who voiced Togusa in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex).
Alex Rosewater- "Hmph, Roger Smith- you're not the only one with a Megadeus." The main antagonist and the chairman of the Paradigm Group- he is a great anime villain. His contempt for the citizens of Paradigm City outside of the domes and having a God-complex really makes him a memorable anime villain. He was voiced by Michael Forest (who Star Trek fans will recognize as Apollo from the original series episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?").

I tried to emulate the look of a movie poster with this piece. I hope you enjoyed my tribute to one of my favorite shows of all time.

The Big O- copyright Sunrise Inc., Cartoon Network, and Bandai Visual Co., Ltd
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Well, fellow deviants- looks like I'm back. My schedule is starting to lighten up lately, so be sure to check in for some more submissions.

Anyway, onto a bit of news that I should address and admittedly have been slow in giving an opinion on - Godzilla Returns....to Japanese cinema. That's right - Toho is making a film series while Legendary Pictures focuses on making its Godzilla trilogy. The news came on March 30, which made me suspect that this was a faux article due to April Fools' occuring that same week. But, it was later revealed that the news was true. The source I learned this information from was the author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters: Defending the Earth with Ultraman, Godzilla, and Friends in the Golden Age of Japanese Science Fiction Film himself, August Ragone, on his blog "The Good, The Bad, and Godzilla".
augustragone.blogspot.com/2015…
augustragone.blogspot.com/2015…

As far as my thoughts are opinions, even though I am excited to see more kaiju material [especially since there's a live-action Attack on Titan coming up soon], I have mixed feelings about this. Yes, its great to see Godzilla return [especially with Shinji Higuchi, the visual effects master behind the Gamera trilogy, and Hidaeki Anno, the creator of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, attached to the project]. The teaser poster does get you excited for the upcoming movie. I am, however, worried that this might potentially hurt the Legendary pictures trilogy. But, it is entirely possible that I may be overreacting and might need to just relax and accept the fact that we're getting some more kaiju awesomeness in the near future. Overall, this will more than likely be an interesting experience for kaiju fans.

Abayo!

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hugeben Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey bro! Got a new book for you to look into. It's called, "Atomic dreams and the nuclear nightmare, the making of Godzilla 1954 by Peter H. Brothers" I've been reading it for a couple of days and it is worth having. I almost felt like I was there during production of the first Godzilla film. Good book so far. 348 pages, detailed information, at a great price of 19.54 plus shipping and handling. You can find it here if you're interested. :)
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KaijuWithNoName Featured By Owner 5 hours ago
Thanks for the heads up. I should check this book out. By the way, what do you think of that author's other work "Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda"?
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Onore-Otaku Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for faving Spider-Man Color & Bruce and Jen WIP. :peace:
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KaijuWithNoName Featured By Owner 5 hours ago
Sorry for the late reply. Keep up with the awesome stuff!
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JohnHughesArt Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the +fav on my artwork :happybounce: 
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KaijuWithNoName Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Anytime!
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Pieohpah69 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Thanks for the :+fav:
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KaijuWithNoName Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Sure thing!
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Greymaulkin Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thx for the fav!
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KaijuWithNoName Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Anytime!
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