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Bullet Sunday 271

Posted on Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Dave!Don't touch that dial... Bullet Sunday starts... now!

   
• Visionary. I was sad to learn that genius illustrator Ralph McQuarrie passed away this week. As a mega-huge Star Wars fan, one can't help but admire the conceptual designer who designed Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO, and loads of locations throughout the film. It was his visuals that helped sell the film in the first place so, in many ways, anybody who loves Star Wars loves McQuarrie...

McQuarrie Darth Vader

McQuarrie C-3PO and R2-D2

McQuarrie Millenium Falcon

McQuarrie Imperial Walkers and Speeders

Still amazing. You will be missed.

   
• John Carter. My favorite science fiction novels of all time are the "Barsoom" books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Starting with A Princess of Mars, the series is packed with action and adventure that set the benchmark for a lot of sci-fi that was to follow. After decades of waiting, we finally get a movie. It looks promising, even though Disney seems to be dropping the ball with the advertising. The latest trailer is pretty good though...

And if you're REALLY ambitious, there's a 10-minute chunk that's been posted online that shows John Carter before he was transported to Mars...

Oh yes. I want to see this one pretty bad. Arrives March 9th... mark your calendars!

   
• Television. If you're not watching NBC's latest show, Awake, you're missing out. There's nothing I didn't like about the premiere episode starring Jason Isaacs as a man who can't discern between dreams and reality after tragedy strikes...

Awake Promo Poster

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Thursdays at 10/9c... and if you missed the first episode, you can get it from iTunes FREE!

   
• Whore. Apparently all Rush Limbaugh knows how to do is lie and attack people. And why not? It's built him a huge audience and made him a millionaire many times over. But, seriously... what a gaping asshole.

Bad Monkey Rush Limbaugh

   
30 DAYS DRAWING CHALLENGE: Draw Your Favorite Place...

Lil' Dave and Bad Monkey in Maui Doing the Hula

This was a difficult challenge, because I have dozens upon dozens of favorite places on this earth. But I am always wanting to go back to Maui. Especially now when it's cold outside. The nice thing about The Valley Isle is that I've been there many times, so there's no pressure to see or do anything. I can just park myself on a beach somewhere and kick back. What more could you want for a happy place?

Comments

  1. Kailyn says:

    Glad to hear about the thumbs up on Awake. Kept seeing the ads and added it to my DVR line-up. Still haven’t watched the first episode yet though.

  2. Lee Sargent says:

    The Ralph McQuarrie artwork is so amazing and what a legacy to have left behind!!

  3. I always loved that Ralph McQuarrie’s conceptual C3PO looked like the robot from Metropolis.

  4. martymankins says:

    Who knew the same post would include one of your favorite places and one your most disliked people.

    RIP to Ralph McQuarrie. His work will forever be appreciated by this sci-fi fan.

  5. Sybil Law says:

    I’ll totally go to Maui with you. A beach sounds fabulous right now!

  6. kapgar says:

    I just found A Princess of Mars is FREE in the iBook store! Woo!

  7. Patty says:

    I used to live in Kihei on Maui. Really miss it sometimes….especially when it’s winter in Wash n rainy. I envy you for sure! But I will get me some sun in Palm Desert later this month.
    Have a great trip!

  8. Invader_Stu says:

    I remember getting a book of Ralph McQuarrie art work once for my birthday. It’s so sad to hear he passed away.

  9. Avitable says:

    I’m just now getting caught up on blogs. Gah.

    Awake is good. I worry that the only resolution is that either he’s dead or he’s in a coma and both his wife and son are alive. That would be too cheesy and obvious. Jason Isaacs is great though.

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