Ray Harryhausen passed away last week. This has been noted by people more qualified than I to discuss the master of stop-motion magic—Rick Baker, Adam Savage, Todd Masters, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and more. The superhuman talent and perseverance evident in a Harryhausen effects sequence can easily be seen in countless visual effects artists since he first brought his creations to frame-by-frame life on the big screen. That makes sense. So how can I really say anything of worth when I say that I was also profoundly influenced by the artistry of Ray Harryhausen? With modesty, and a story about Clash of the Titans. Continue reading…
Scientists hooked a squid up to an iPod. This is what happened.
It’s not quite the way many cultists had hoped to see Cthulhu on CNN, but it’s still pretty good. Cthulhu and the Lovecraft profiled on CNN. (via Bonnie Burton)
Sy Montgomery has a lovely piece up about octopi, intelligence, consciousness and, maybe, friendship. (via @hudsonette)
Ben Templesmith’s luminously tentacular comic, Welcome to Hoxford, is now a luminously tentacular short feature film by Julien Mokrani and Samuel Bodin.
Every April at the Gutter, the editors write about something outside their usual domains. This month Comics Editor Carol Borden writes about movies. This is not even close to a full retrospective, because while Minoru Kawasaki doesn’t have a huge number of films, many of them are not available with English subtitles and I don’t [...]
“Spectacular, spectacularNo words in the vernacularCan describe this great event.” –Moulin Rouge! (2001) That song went through my head while reading both volumes of Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse. Actually, the song went “Tentacular, tentacular.” Ben Templesmith can draw some tentacles and Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse is either a showcase for his spectacular tentacular ability or he’s damn [...]
Sharktopus is now a film, but my heart is still with Bearsharktopus.
Check out Night of the Cephalopods, Guerilla Gardening: Seeds of Revolution, Balloonists and more fun by Spooky Squid Games.
Kraken rum has some nice little videos about Krakens. Is it a new age of artsy-fartsy corporate patronage? Is it just us or does the narrator sound like the guy from Deadliest Warrior? The videos are fun.
We are enjoying the unspeakable today. Gentry with tentacles. A deck of forbidden knowledge.
A Doppelganger. A Giant Carp. A Tengu. The Curated Object has more images from “Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters: Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.”
The Japan City in New York City has posted a gallery of images from their current exhibition, “Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters: prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.” There’s a cephalopod with what looks like a naginata. There are samurai and a giant skeleton. If you can’t make it to the exhibit, see some of it here. (via [...]
National Geographic reveals the secret eating habits of sperm whales in a series of 5 photos by Tony Wu. Okay, it’s no secret they eat giant squid, but National Geographic has pictures!
Jane Austen, co-author of the popular, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, has a new novel that details more than love or manners in the Regency Era. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters reveals shocking and tentacled attacks on respectable society. Click through to the book trailer.
Giant animals square off in Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. You might think Minoru Kawasaki is behind it. But you’d be wrong–Deborah “Debbie” Gibson’s behind it all. (Thanks, Steven!)
Who wants to play Velociraptor Offroad Safari or Minotaur China Shop or Blush, where players are neon attack squids? I do. Gamasutra interviews indie game designers, Flashbang. (via Make It Big)