It's a cliche by now. People say that certain songs make them think of a certain event or time in their lives. I always thought that to be sentimental rubbish. Until it happened to me the other day. I was at work, innocently chugging along with my daily work when "Wind of Change" by the Scorpions came on. I know it's corny to like the Scorpions and really, this is the only song I like by them. But I was suddenly seized by a nostalgic rush that made me think of my time living in Germany during the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It makes me think of Ramstein Jr. High School, our house in Niedermohr, Germany and my bizarre (at the time) infatuation with 80's hair metal music. And smoking cigarettes with the dumbest kids alive at the playground across from school. And the girl I had a crush on in my history class. And my brother's weird interest in clothing by Starter (jackets, sweatshirts, hats etc.) And then there's the fall of the Wall, itself. The younger set these days won't ever understand what a monumental event the fall of the Wall was. The end of Communism, the end of the split between east and west Germany. I don't know if I'm explaining it well but there it is.
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Today's comic was a bit screwed up. I stretched it when i was framing it. And I forgot to post it until about 5:30. So I'll fix it tomorrow. That being said, I was happy to draw the characters from Monsters Inc. I love that film. Even amongst the pantheon of brilliant Pixar films I love this film. Love, love, love. They should do a sequel to this before they do a sequel to Cars. Sadly, that won't happen. Though I like Cars too.
I almost forgot to blog today. Nothing much to say. Except that my birthday is coming up and I really hope I get money to put towards a 3ds. Or a Pez display cabinet. Or a framed picture of Johnny Cash giving the finger.
While reading a recent issue of Fangoria it occured to me that there are several actors/actresses who appear primarily in the horror genre that I love. Here are five favorites:
– Sid Haig- Most notable as Captain Spaulding/Cutter in 'House of 1000 Corpses' and 'The Devil's Rejects'. Briefly met him and got his autograph.
– Katherine Isabelle- Appeared as Ginger in the 'Ginger Snaps' movies and got killed in 'Freddy vs. Jason'.
– Bill Moseley- Started in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" but shines best as Otis in 'House of 100o Corpses' and 'The Devil's Rejects'
– Angus Scrimm- Though appearing primarily in the 'Phantasm' films, the guy gives me a chill every time I see him.
– Robert Englund- Obviously best known as Freddy Krueger but has appeared in numerous other films. The man is an icon.
I just watched a new trailer for X-Men:First Class (albeit in Russian) and I'm looking forward to it. It's set in the 60's and shows the early friendship/partnership between young Charles Xavier (played by the Scottish guy from 'The Last King of Scotland') and Erik Lensher (played by the British film critic guy from 'Inglorious Basterds'). Not only do we get young Beast and Mystique but incredibly hot Emma Frost and the teleporting goodness of Belasco (who is the father of my favorite X-Man, Nightcrawler). Should be turtleneck-wearing 60's goodness.