Friday, 16 December 2016

Saturday Morning Cartoon's Greatest Hits.

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The Saturday Morning Cartoon Show Tunes Cover Collection.
Drew Barrymore hosts this quickly put together nostalgia show featuring the music from an album full of early 90s s Indy bands, with exception of the Ramones.
Most are faithful to the originals, which would be wise because the originals were basically hook filled addiction pills of songs.
While it's just clips of the bands performing clips with Drew and her cronies saying and doing stupid stuff, the unnecessary talking over the clips (only occasionally) does get annoying.

  

The song list:
Mathew Sweet- Scooby Doo (where are you)
Sublime- Hong Kong Fooey
Butthole Surfers- Under Dog
Ramones- Spiderman
Wax- Happy Happy Joy Joy -The Ren and Stimpy Show
Frente- Let The Sun Shine In - The Flinstones
The Murmurs- H.R Pufnstuf
Face to Face- Popeye The sailor Man
Collective Soul- The Bugaloos
Toadies- Goolies Get Together -The Groovy Goolies Show
Mary Lou Lord and SemiSonic- Sugar Sugar- The Archies
Tripping Daisy- Friends- Sigmund and The Sea Monsters
Sponge- Go Speed Racer- Speed Racer
Helmut- Gigantor
Liz Phair with Material Issues- Tra LaLa Song- The Banana Splits Adventure Hour
Juliana hatfield and Tanya Donelly- Josie and the Pussycats
Reverend Horton Heat- Johnny Quest/Stop That Pigeon- Johny Quest Show
Violent Femmes- Eep Oop Ork Ah-Ah- The Jetsons


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

ALL THE KING'S MEN

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All The King’s Men is a 700 page science fiction anthology edited by Shane W Smith, the author of The Lesser Evil, Peaceful Tomorrows, The Game, James Flamestar, and Undad. All The King’s Men takes a look at the lives of those on the periphery, ordinary people struggling to make sense of their lives and dreams in a galaxy torn apart by civil war. Each of them is fleeing something different, but they've all come to the same place. When their ship is marooned in deep space, they pass the time by sharing stories. Things that have happened to them, events they've witnessed, rumours they've heard...

Shane W Smith has done a wonderful job creating a coherent story around over two dozen contributions originally with only the barest links if any.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign to help promote the book as of today 5th December 2016 the book and download of ALL THE KINGS MEN are now officially launched.
Of course, this all blatant self-interest to myself as I have a 12 page story PARADISO V as part of the anthology and here is a sample:



Thursday, 24 November 2016

BRUCE the series

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BRUCE the series.
Co-written by Game of Kings supporter Mat Blackwell (he supplied the soundtrack)
Mat is also responsible for the hilarious sci-fi novel BEEF. We at DVN61 are proud to flog his wares here.  :)

Bruce is a gritty black comedy set in an ordinary Aussie share-house that just happens to be a prison tent in Sydney Cove, 1788. Bruce Williamson, a thoroughly modern 18th century convict is stuck in a tent with irrepressible bogan Garry Smith, who claims to be Bruce’s “best mate" and great with the chicks. Add to this Mick, a well-read, philosophically sensitive monolith of a man who is also a serial killer... or is he?

Written by Mat Blackwell (Good News Week, The Glass House) & Warwick Holt (The Project, Good News Week), co-created and directed by Tony Rogers (Wilfred, How To Talk Australians) and produced by award winning producer Jason Byrne (Sucker, How To Talk Australians), Bruce has been funded by Screen Australia, along with a select group of ground-breaking original series set to hit online platforms in 2016.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

HOBBITS ON THE MOVE

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Hobbits on the move.

 The Como Gardens biannual open house week end is a major event on the local calendar these days. Every Autumn and Spring George and Pat Hetrel open up their unique property to raise monies for various emergency services. It is an act of kindness usually rewarded with huge crowds attending every event. It’s a wonderful place that has something for every age group and all are catered for. Along with the beautiful gardens and walking tracks, there is a miniature railway, a lake and activities including live bands and plays, a visit to the Como Gardens web site reveals how complete a day out it is. I, of course, have been there almost religiously every year and while sitting in my own back garden sipping a cup of tea admiring my newly mowed lawns I got to thinking how much of a nightmare it must be keeping the gardens at Como so perfect.

As I was pondering this train of thought I was staring at the Hobbit house sitting in a shady spot in a private corner of my yard and it occurred to me. “That lovely little piece of architecture is being wasted here”. If you aren’t aware of what I’m talking about you can read about it in the BBCN Issue 229 December 2014.
In a nut shell, the house was originally started by a friend and completed by me in 2014 to much media madness before quietly going back to a little monument to a quieter gentler place. I made a decision there and then that after I finished that cup of tea that I would ask someone if they were willing to take the Hobbit house and give it a new home where it could be enjoyed by much more than I was ever willing to allow in my back yard.
So I emailed George and Pat Hetrel of Como Gardens and asked if they would be interested in putting it in their garden ( mind you after all my visits I already had the perfect spot picked out) and awaited their answer. I only had to wait a couple of days with George emailed back accepting the offer and thanking me for the generous donation. He didn’t realise how excited I was they would graciously take the house and put it in their amazing garden.

The little Hobbit house had come a full circle, its original purpose was to be installed beside a creek bank in Belgrave as part of the Jamin Swaneveld’s WillowWoods property, which sadly no longer exists. I always hoped that the house would eventually find a home where it could be enjoyed as it was originally intended.
Moving the unit to Como Gardens meant arranging transport and a little bit of maintenance before it could be shifted. The main aim was to be completely installed and operating before the Spring Open Day which was the week end of 15th and 16th of October.
As anyone who has a pulse and lives in Melbourne will know that this spring has been very wet and while that is great for the dams and the flowers it made moving large rectangular objects that weight just shy of 150 kilos a bit difficult.
Our original date was abandoned when a week’s worth of rain had saturated the lawns at Como. Pat Hetrel- who was co-ordinating the move- was worried any attempt to move the structure from the driveway to the where its new home was would severely damage the lawns.
Of course, her concerns were warranted any vehicle would rip divots so deep and in the process eventually get bogged. So all we could do was wait. As we come to the end of September there was a brief period of mild weather but it was forecast that it would be followed by a longer run of inclement weather including rain, so Pat moved another scheduled planned move forward and hustled up some man power for the move to happen Saturday morning.






The Long Haul
New Interiors




Construction Time
ME and Pat Hetrel



I organised my end roping in a couple of my sons to transport all the fascia, fittings and furniture that bolt onto the unit that makes it a Hobbit house. Luckily Saturday, like the preceding Friday was a glorious sunny day with warm winds, hopes were high for an easy shift. It was a sight to behold when the transport arrived, Petite Pat with two burly guys in a Mercedes Sports pulling a 6x3 trailer. I felt guilt filling the boot with 15 inch pavers that we were using as a foundation. The load up went smoothly and it was off for the short drive to Como Gardens.
Pat had told us not to get too excited about an easy move, though the lawns look green, short and luscious underneath was a river of water and when you walked on the grass you could feel it shift under your weight as your foot sunk. Pat revealed the area she planned to put the Hobbit House. It was perfect, a little shady grotto that had the creek banks as its backdrop. The only problem was it was a good 200 metres from the trailer and the most direct route was across the lawn. We would have to carry the unit by hand. Even a trolley would get us a fraction of the way, so lucky there were five of us, we all grabbed a hand hold and lugged it while trying not to sink too far into the ground. I’m happy to say we did it with little fuss and in one quick albeit unsteady shuffle, the added bonus of the grotto being virtually dry was a welcome relief and we could move all the ancillary parts and begin reconstructing of the Hobbit house.
It was satisfying setting up and knowing the house was going to be enjoyed by much more people than sitting in my yard. After we had completed the initial build Pat gave us a quick peek around the gardens and some of the projects she was setting up for the Open Day.
You have to love a garden where one of the problems you have is that the foliage of some of your plants is being eaten by wild deer.
I believe the little Hobbit house had found a wonderful new resting place.

Post script. 

The next week. Well, the spring rains kept on coming and with the big weekend fast approaching the Open Day had to be cancelled. The saturated grounds would need more time to drain. Going ahead would mean safety concerns and lack of mobility not to mention a few thousand people ripping up and destroying the lawns. The good news is the Open Day was not canceled only postponed until the 12th and 13th of November. Still, a great event to look forward to.
Now with added Hobbit house.
Thanks to Pat and George Hetrel of Como, Kris of All Good Electrics and Jamin of Last Frontier Tattoos and Museum for making the move possible.

In situ on the day




News go out that something special was happening. Knox Leader 2-11-2016

Originally published in the Boronia and the Basin Community News No. 250 November 2016

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

DAVE DYE - The ANZAC Legend Graphic Book

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Dave Dye’s The ANZAC Legend


Recently at the AMC Expo – a convention that caters for all things Geeky, such as comics, movies, collectibles and lots of normally sane people dressing up in rather elaborate and crazy outfits- It is also a great place to meet other Australian artists and writers. I was fortunate to catch up with author/artist Dave Dye. Dave is responsible for the ridiculously well researched history book told in graphic novel form: The ANZAC Legend. Dave’s passion for the project comes from his 28 years served in the Australian Regular Army where he obtained his Diploma of Visual Arts and where he worked amongst other areas in the Intelligence Battalion. Dave’s work as an illustrator was varied including signage, education and propaganda. This work even led him to a stint in Iraq before he retired to concentrate on his Magnum Opus. The ANZAC Legend is novel as it is told in sequential form (as in comic book) and makes it more accessible as the reader follows the events that led up to, include and go beyond the Gallipoli landing. On his retirement Dave spent three years and over 5,000 hours preparing the book which includes detailed maps drawn from Dave’s first-hand view of the area after taking countless photos on his trips to the peninsula. In writing the book Dave has tried to keep it historically accurate and clearing up certain myths that grow over time due to conjecture and short cuts in storytelling. While not a complete history of Australia and New Zealand’s involvement in the Great War, the ANZAC Legend as Dave puts it: ”The book was created to act as a record of the events from the declaration of war, through those leading up to an including the landing on the 25th of April 1915 at Ari Burnu by the ANZAC’s. It also records the events of the first week and a half after the landing….The story is presented in a manner which makes it easier for the layman to understand why, who, where and what took place.” I believe he has done a sterling job in presenting a comprehensive and easy to read history that is compelling and suits all ages.

Over 200 pages of finely detailed work.
From students to history and war buffs. Dave hasn’t ruled out going beyond this book and continues to tell more of the involvement of the ANZAC’s in World War One, but at this stage it’s one book at a time. The book itself produced by Dave’s own publishing house Wotsleft Books was originally released in 2014 and contains over 200 pages detailed pages. It has been well received winning ComicOz “Best Australian Original Comic Book of 2014” as well as being short listed in the 2014 Ledger Awards – the Oscars of Australian comics. Dave works as a freelance illustrator these days operating out of Mildura. You can find out more about Dave and purchase the ANZAC Legend at www.wotsleftbooks.weebly.com

Dave Dye (Left)

Friday, 4 November 2016

Comic Covers Meet Classic Rap Stars.

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CLASSIC MARVEL COMICS COVERS REMIXED TO SHOWCASE OLD SCHOOL RAP LEGENDS
Original article via Dangerous Minds web site HERE


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

My Curiosity Cabinet

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My Curiosity Cabinet.

Inspired by the recent Guillermo Del Toro exhibition At Home With Monsters (basically his Bleak House memorabilia on the road) and Jamin Swaneveld’s Last Frontier Tattoos and Museum. I decided to build my own little Cabinet of Curiosities with whatever stuff I had collected or had lying around at home.
A Cabinet of Curiosity can be a very personal thing consisting of found objectss that recall moments and memories or it can be a collection of antiques such as medical ephemera, old toys or household items. Ideally it should be an assortment of marvels that make the viewer take a closer look and maybe quell the urge to touch.  Whereas I have made a rather small (medicine/ bathroom) sized model, the term Curiosity Cabinet can and does refer to larger furniture and also houses and museums. An example of the different types and styles can be found here and you can begin your own search into the marvelous oddity that is a Curiosity Cabinet.
I hope to add more and more as time moves forward, who knows I might even throw in a few themes on the way.

 

AN UPDATED PHOTO






A sample of Last Frontier's Cabinets of Curiosity

A few shots piece of the building process.
 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Cheech and Chong animated music videos

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Cheech and Chong animated music videos
Seriously these guys have been doing this for decades.

BASKETBALL JONES with George Harrison on guitar and Billy Preston on Keyboards 1974



Marijuanna from the Cheech and Chong's Animated movie 2013



WEed Are The World  2013



Earache my Eye. A slower version of the original from 1974's Wedding Album- Also from the 2013 Animated Movie.
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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

FOEKILLER JONES

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FOE KILLER JONES AND THE VORTEX OF DOOM
story by yours truly art by CARLOS ANGELI
a snippet from the retro Sci Fi Old time science fiction tale" Foekiller Jones and the Vortex of Doom"
part of the anthology RETRO SCI-FI Volume 3 Available through DarkOZ

Monday, 11 July 2016

The Night before Christmas

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This is a five page short from DECAY No.20 2015 written by Myself and drawn by Carlos Angelli. There is a link to his other work on the right hand side of this blog.
I'm quite proud of this. Pat Mills of 2000AD fame even thought it was a nice piece. Refer here
Low quality for obvious reasons.






Wednesday, 8 June 2016

OLD T SHIRT DESIGNS

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Between 2007 and 2011 I was quite active on the art site Red Bubble, back before it became a major POD site for all things from phone cases to pillow cases it had a vibrant community. But back then it was mainly Australian residence flogging T shirts and photography. That doesn't say there wasn't any talent there, the opposite applies it was bursting at the seams of people who encouraged and inspired myself and others to do things you only dreamed about. It led me on path that 10 years ago I never thought I would tread down again.
This collection below is from my time on Red Bubble when I thought I could design any old T Shirt and post it. I never intended to sell any, I used the medium to show off my ill conceived ideas and talents. Heavily influenced by Banksy and 80s and 90s British comedies all these designs had a place in what was going on in my life at the time. Some even sold a few shirts.
If you want to see more go to www.redbubble.com/people/danny 
Buy some, give me some money.

The Bravery of Being Out of Range
Quoth the Raven - "Whatever"
Inspired after being trolled for the first time
Ditto
Martyrs 
massive seller 1
Massive Seller 2
Massive Seller 3
Massive Seller 4