In 2007, Bill Hanstock (progressiveboink.com) published The 40 Worst Rob Liefeld Drawings, a scathing review on the art of one of the 90’s most popular comic book artists. Rob Liefeld is credited for characters such as Youngblood, X-Force, and the recently resurrected Marvel character Deadpool (thanks Ryan Reynolds). As if 40 weren’t enough, Hanstock wrote the followup 40 More of the Worst Rob Liefeld Drawings in 2012.
If you love the work of Rob Liefeld, then I suggest you don’t read these. Personally, as an artist myself, these two articles are freaking brilliant and funny as Hell. I’ll honestly admit too that I hate drawing feet as much as Rob Liefeld does; the difference is that I’d draw them until I get them right, where Rob Liefeld would just not. I digress. These are fantastic reads and I know I have a bunch of friends who love these just as much. So, because I like pretty things and I like to read things on my iPad, I decided to reformat these two articles into nicely polished PDFs. I wasn’t sure how Bill would react to them, but I got official Twitter confirmation today by him by getting a “like” and a retweet. By the way, follow Bill on Twitter at @sundownmotel.
Click here to download a .zip file of the two articles and show Bill some love and tweet him, telling him how great these are.
Months ago I shared my iBook version of The Autobiography of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper. With the recent updates of the iBooks Author software, Apple has removed the option to have an iBook be both portrait and landscape orientated. Even loading my previous file which had both versions is now only in landscape (the original template selected). It seems now you can only have one or the other, not both. And let me tell you, landscape looks horrible in portrait mode. Needless to say I’m not too happy about this. I hope in future releases they will bring that option back. Looks like I’ll have to go and make a portrait mode version now. The good thing is that iBooks Author-created books can now be viewable on iPhones with the latest iBooks app.
I had so much fun making Planet of the Levels (2013) that I decided to make a mashup for each of the original five Apes films. I am not a musician or an expert in this category—I am simply a fan of POTA, EDM, mashups, and playing on my Mac.
If you’d rather skip all of this making-of stuff and just listen/download the song, just scroll to the bottom of this post. If you even remotely care about how this came together, then read on.
As my close friends can attest, I am a big Twin Peaks fan. I was only 10 when Twin Peaks first aired on television in 1990 and I had no real interest in it at the time. It wasn’t until college that I was really re-introduced to it and became hooked immediately. Being a tech person–and also because in 2011 I lost a lot of books and artwork when our basement had flooded–I now buy eBooks whenever I can. Yeah I still miss that tactile feeling of a real hardcopy in my hands–it’s almost nostalgic anymore–but the lack of shelf space it takes up and the fact that it won’t mold and have it’s pages stick together because it can’t get wet is a good enough sales pitch for me.
I own physical copies of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (2 actually; gave one to a friend) and The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes, but now really want them in eBook format. The problem is, only Laura Palmer’s diary is available, not the other. Well, this is the perfect opportunity for me to dive into the iBooks Author software to create an iBook. I tested this software when it was first released over a year ago and found it extremely frustrating and pretty much gave up on it. But since the release of version 2, I’ve had a yearning to try it out again to see if it got better with age.
I can honestly say that it was a decent experience creating an iBooks version of Dale Cooper’s autobiography with very few hiccups. Now, I didn’t go in real media or widget heavy, as I really just wanted to recreate the book as it was originally printed. I did however create some new cover art for it.
As one Twin Peaks fan to another, I really hope you find this iBooks version useful (especially since you can only find out of print copies on eBay or some used bookstores). I also exported it as a PDF in case there’s some folks out there who do not own an Apple device. So, enjoy, and I can’t wait for more TP in 2016!
The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes
Not really related to any of my work displayed on my site, but because of my love of Planet of the Apes and technology, I have made my own iOS alert and ringtones (sorry Android and WIndows phone users). And with Pack 1, I even threw in my POTA vs. Avicii mashup I did last year.
Feel free to download the zip file for your pleasure. Just add the .m4r files to your iTunes Library and they will automatically be organized in your Tones (or Ringtones) area of your Library. Once you connect your iOS device, you can then go under the Tones area of your device, check which tones you want to sync and then click Sync. It’s really that simple.
Click the link here to download the zip file: POTATonePack1.zip (24MB)
Pack 1 tones:
- Chimp 1 (sound effect from GarageBand)
- Chimp 2 (sound effect from GarageBand)
- A Madhouse (POTA – 1968)
- A Man Acting Like an Ape (POTA – 1968)
- Beware of the Beast-Man (POTA – 1968)
- Damn Dirty Ape (POTA – 1968)
- Do We Want Some Sugar Old Timer (POTA – 1968)
- Howl (POTA – 1968)
- Human See, Human Do (POTA – 1968)
- Man Has No Understanding (POTA – 1968)
- Shut Up You Freak (POTA – 1968)
- The Hunt [clip] (POTA – 1968)
- The Searchers [clip] (POTA – 1968)
- Return to the Planet of the Apes (Return to the Planet of the Apes animated series – 1975)
- Rule the Planet Remix (POTA – 2001)
- Help Me Dr. Zaius (The Simpsons)
- Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius (The Simpsons)
- Finally Made a Monkey Out of Me (The Simpsons)