Sunday, May 28, 2017

In Space, No One Can Hear Lovecraft Scream (Cont.): Creative Platypus

I was dissatisfied with my first attempt at creating a creature from Alien. Here is my second attempt using only black pen. I've tried to pull toward the Egyptian elements of some of the original artwork that keep the world of Alien close to its lovecraftian roots.

Friday, May 26, 2017

In Space, No One Can Hear Lovecraft Scream: Creative Platypus

Alien Covenant has just come out and I thought I would make a small contribution here with a quick bit of fan art. The art of Alien puts teeth into H.P. Lovecraft's tales of forgotten extraterrestrial civilizations or Clark Ashton Smith's journeys of interstellar doom. They are the consummate horror stories for a secular age.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Return of Summer Reading: The Platypus Reads Part CCCXI

Summer has returned, though you wouldn't know it in Texas right now. Whatever the weather may be doing (and it's appreciated), school is out and that means that it's time for a new "Seven Heavens of Summer Reading". Stuff has been piling up on the shelves, so there's lots to work through.

In the comics department, Valiant Comics is leading the field with Divinity, XO Manowar: Soldier, and Britannia: We Who Are About to Die. All of these are absolutely excellent middle-brow fair.

Historical reading finds me following up last summer's A Storm of Spears with Christopher Matthew's new ANZAC salvo on all things hoplite Beyond the Gates of Fire. We'll see if Matthew's team can send old V.D. Hanson's Western Way of War running for cover by showing that their models of hoplite battle can shed new light on the well trodden sands of Thermopylae.

In the Fantasy genre, my wife and I are taking a second trip through The Last Unicorn after spending time with Y.A. titans The Hunger Games and The Giver. The Last Unicorn is a consummate work of art and a reminder of all that was good in late twentieth-century America.

That's what's on the docket so far. Puritans and New Englanders will undoubtedly find their way on to the list along with some other surprises because that's what summer reading is all about: the freedom to be surprised.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

For Those Who See: Creative Platypus

For Those Who See

Those who See
Echo Divinity
Crucified on the World
And for the World
In the burning dream
of William Blake
Painted with Autumn leaves
Summer sunsets

There is meaning in the
Fall of a sparrow
or the expiration of a flea
Did you have courage
to stand there when Life
Passed out of them in gasps
and a spasm?
Then you are like your Creator
Who hung stars and suns
as Eyes that do not shut
Burning Seraphim