Wednesday, May 8, 2013

RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!! R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen

Today at Drawbridge (the drawing blog I am a very occasional contributor to) we honored recently departed stop-motion guru Ray Harryhausen, the special effects whiz behind such classic movies as Jason & The Argonauts, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, and Clash of the Titans (I'm talking about the 1981 original-- the recent remake was an execrable pile of something unspeakable).
Release the, uh, me!
Ah, Clash of the Titans, you're not that bad a film.  I enjoyed you as a child, even though I was driven nuts by the scads of mythological inconsistencies.

The top thing that drove me nuts was the Kraken. The Kraken is not Greek!! It's a Norwegian monster, from, like, two millennia later. In the original Greek Myth, the sea monster that jeopardizes Andromeda is Cetus, a giant whale monster. As an adult, I now know that the reason for the substitution was that  Harryhausen thought that a giant squid monster like the Kraken  would be more fun to animate than a giant whale.

In recent years the catchphrase of "Release the Kraken" has become something of a meme. And it is fun to yell-- I especially recommend shouting it while in the stall of a crowded public bathroom. I decided today to draw Harryhausen's Kraken to honor the man and his work, even if it wasn't Greek ;)

Bonus image-- Here's my retelling of the Perseus rescuing Andromeda myth from Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess. I restored Cetus to his proper mythological position. But, somehow, "Release the Cetus" doesn't have the same ring to it.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Come celebrate Free Comic Day with me at Bergen Street Comics

This Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 4th, at 5 PM I'll be signing at Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn. I'll be doing a Poseidon-centric presentation detailing my own troubled relationship to the God of the Sea with live drawing (and one lucky fan will get to go home with the original art). To read more about it, click here.