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Dragoncon 2016

Several years I’ve gone down just to take pictures, but as the event has grown, security and the fire marshal have become more of a drag for free roaming. So I told myself the next time I was in the country over Labor Day, I’d get the pass and do it right. And even cosplay!

Steampunk Jedi

Uncle Iroh finds the missing piece

Staying at my friend's in nearby People'sTown, I biked down each day. I only dressed on Saturday, and in addition to people thinking I was Uncle/General Iroh, which I was, people also guessed Kung Fu Panda and Raiden. Saturday was the main party night and I was well rocked. Over the course of the con I saw Battlebots fight (smaller/lighter versions than on the show: #Season 3) and went to panel about that show, one on space colonization, the history of Sci fi, effective writing of SF, a collection of animated shorts, two panels on Hammer Horror films (one just the 70's), one on metal and horror, a short Korean film, and a live reading of a lesser known Tolkien work.

anime character with huge gun

DSA girls take aim

Shining Twins

The entire event has grown, the merch area now taking two full floors of the Merchandise Mart. I got a few goodies at the end, D+D artifacts and small movie posters. It was a blast and I'll do it again right if I'm in town next year. And also start my costume a bit earlier, so I'm not running to CVS hours in to try and save it with safety pins. Shout out to the Cosplay repair squad who hooked me up.

Jonathan Boam

In the last few months I’ve networked with this English illustrator and want to give a shout out here, spread the word on him as I like his stuff. There’s a definite rye sense of humor at play. He’s posted some animation too, one case using what sounds like vacuous millennial dance nonsense to me, not his music. But this short bit suited my taste better.

Docs on two Bakers

Both junkies, irresponsible fathers and husbands, bad with money, and both essentially jazz musicians. These films came out decades apart, but I by chance saw them within a few months of one another and must recommend each.

Let’s Get Lost follows the life of trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker, whose music often seems to contradict his debaucherous lifestyle. It was made in the late 80’s, has mysterious moments with a young Flea, and some captivating beatnik girl who I think was actually one of Chet’s daughters.

Beware of Mr. Baker came out last year and follows the more iconoclastic life of Ginger Baker, known from rock acts such as Cream and Blind Faith, but who thought of himself and was more a jazz drummer. The film making too is more rowdy, as Jay Bulger lied his way into the gig and took more abuse, including at one point a cane handle to the face, to chronicle his subject.

Each is an enjoyable doc in it’s own right, but I especially enjoyed the animation bits in the second, though I will say animation is a bit cliche, and “go to” in docs these days. But if it’s well done, why not?

Ginger was the more intentionally ground-breaking of the two, exploring Africa for rhythms and adventure a decade before it was done by more known seekers such as Stewart Copeland, Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon. And breaking the mold by embracing the bourgeoisie sport of polo. From what I saw, he will most likely die in Africa. Chet died a year after Let’s All Get Lost came out. Let’s hope Ginger gets a little longer than that-

Greg Irons

I saw a book on this guy a few years ago, didn’t pay attention to his name and had to do much research to rediscover Greg Irons. But how can I not help but feel affinity for a guy who worked in Underground comics and actually on one of my favorite films The Yellow Submarine, before reinventing himself in the world of tattoo? As for his death in BKK Thailand, soon after receiving “magic” protection tattoos: after seeing some cynicism expressed about this, may I offer an alternate view that perhaps the ink was only a final step before passing from this realm. Anyway, a great and interesting guy while he was here.

Flying Lotus animation

I heard about Flying Lotus from my younger British/South African roommate while living in China. Appropriate then that this video showcases the Chinese zodiac.

Dali + Disney = Destino

I went to the High Museum yesterday to see some of the Dali exhibit. I shot some clandestine stills, didn’t have as much time as I’d like to – helping my niece check out Toddler Thursday, and catching up with other friends. But I did learn of the existence of this project, started in 1945 and completed in 2003: Destino.

hallucination, vision

Atomic Age, Freudian Age

*Also want to note two additions to the film link here: Love Train of the Tenebrous Empire,which I’ve been following for a while; and the amazing UbuWeb, which I’m still exploring and will certainly be reposting from in the near future*

David Nenow of Platige Image

Got this off Twitch yesterday. Dog fights + great animation = brilliant. One wishes they could have gone a little ballsier with the music (though I’ll bet someone though this WAS rawkus), but I’ll definitely check out this film. Here’s another clip from a 2006 project from Damien Nenow.

PATHS OF HATE long trailer from Platige Image on Vimeo.

Chinese animation

It’s a difficult topic to write about. On the one hand you have Chinglish filled articles like this Xi Ya Ya expose. On the other, there is a lack of info from western sources. For example, passing a shop window in Beijing earlier this fall I saw some of the very cool Calabash Brothers mentioned here, but then can find no info on IMDB, and it’s only from ’87. Something tells me there are many holes from that source with international films – at least for now. I’ll stay with it though and report more when I can.

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