Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Oddford 20: Glitter Abuse

Biggest cure for boredom in Oddford: tease Sarah Williams.

About where Wes is working. I was once employed part-time at a suspiciously similar retail chain that carries little girls' clothes and will host birthday parties for the clientele. Part of our jobs at a party was to give all the girls glitter-heavy makeovers. Cannot tell you how many times I've wanted to do this to one of the girls.

Wes- psuedo Goldman
Sarah- Froud and Henson
Matilda- Dahl
Oddford- me

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Oddford 19: Ladies Doth Protest

You get a group of girls in one room watching a movie with an ensemble of guys, this will happen. I guarantee it. At least with me & my girlfriends.

Yay for tag-team denial. Keeps the fan-comic industry in business. If we could make money off this. Which we don't. Or I wouldn't have to work retail.

The inspiration for this page was actually when I found out that Jennifer Connelly is married to Paul Bettany (who plays Chaucer) in real life. Go Google Image a picture of him & tell me there's not a slight resemblance to you-know-who-in-the-tight-pants.

Sarah (c) Henson
Helena (c) Henson
Wes (c) psuedo-Goldman
A Knight's Tale (c) not me
Calria, Oddford (c) me

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Oddford 18: Blessed Cynicism

In which Oddford gets more surreal as Sarah finds out she is not the center of Mr. Jareth Marline's universe (supposedly). Also the end of the church arc. Though God may still be present in more pages of the comic. (He often does that in life as well).

Sarah, Jareth (c) Henson and Froud
Calria, Oddford (c) Me

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I have no idea about soccer but,

The Spanish have amazing animation!

A few days ago I stumbled across the small and sadly under-marketed film Nocturna from Spain's Headless Productions. It is officially my favorite animation of 2010. The 2D film has an excellent story, beautifully whimsical design, Adorable characters, and the animation is to die for. I haven't seen such clean lines or gesture since Kells! (I wonder if I could study abroad in Ireland or Spain ;).) Here is the trailer. I had to use the magic of the internet to actually get it (result of that unfair marketing), but hey, totally worth a look.

In response to that awesomness, I've been practicing my animation. Here is the beginning of my poor excuse of a demo reel:

And speaking of the World Cup, I'm not much of a sports fan but the music to come out of this event is phenomenal.

I think this is what Heaven will sound like.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Oddford 17: New Church Family

Having Oddford set down here in Mississippi I don't think would be as relatable to others elsewhere. So I'm putting Oddford somewhere in the South Carolina/Northern Georgia general area, which seems a little more neutral to me. Atlanta is the nearest metropolis I could think of.

Guide for those unaccustomed to church culture:

New members- In the Southern Baptist Churches I'm used to, whenever a family joins the church family, they are called to the front of the church after the sermon so the rest of the body can welcome them on their way out. I was about four when we joined our current church and still remember meeting everyone.

Personal backstories: The story of how a person comes to Christ is called their testimony. At my church, a person's testimony is told during their baptism, or as part of a service to give the sermon context. I put a testimony here, because A) We needed to know vital info about the characters' relationship with God & B) it's nice to know where a person stands when you meet them.

Missionary dating- A term used in youth groups to describe dating a non-Christian under the excuse of "I'll bring him/her to Christ by dating them" Term often used with the Scripture reference of "do not be yoked with an unbeliever". It is not reported to work well, as it is easier to pull a person down than pull them up.

Thanks for sitting through the churchyness. If you want my explanation for why Fae royalty is in church, look here: [link]

Sarah, Jareth, ect. (c) Jim Henson
Calria, Caleb, Oddford (c) me

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Oddford 16: Every Knee will Bow

And He is, you know. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess, no matter what country (or reality). Yes, a solid chunk of the Oddford cast is Christian. So what? I'm not preaching; they just are. If you don't like it, up on the top left is a back button, and clicking it won't hurt my feelings. Sorry to sound so abrasive, but the last thing I want is a philosophical debate on something that's supposed to be fun.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Oddford 15: Unforseen Problems

So for once, Sarah isn't the one in denial, and she has leverage. P.S.- I totally claim monkey-elf as a descriptive term. And yes, it is THAT Lydia with the odd friend.

A note to the kiddies: Sarah and Calria are being bad. ALWAYS wear your seatbelt. Thank you.
Sarah (c) Henson
the outfits inspired by Baum and MacGuire
Calria and Oddford (c) me

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Procrastination is one of my better qualities

I'd blame school for not being consistent but school ended three weeks ago. So I'm not a consistent blogger; C'est la vie. As an apology, here's the rest of the New York trip in mostly cartoons:

Day 4- March 14th
Got up early and was nearly run over by two half-naked Japanese boys on the way to the bathroom. (ahh hostels)Spent a lovely morning walking around the Village. Was a little culture shocked to see everyone out walking their dogs instead of going to church.
Had the best cupcakes in the world at Magnolia Bakery and bought absinthe gumballs in Urban Outfitters. (Most common question- Do they have actual absinthe in them? Me- *shrug*)
Got a touch annoyed with postmodernism at the Whitney.
Note: The folks in this photo happen to be my drawing professor on the right & his daughter, Leigh of the amazing blog Marvelous Kiddo. Go check it out sometime.
Funny thing happened though. A man and his wife were discussing a piece, and the husband was explaining all the deep subtext of putting a fly in one corner. The wife simply blew on the painting and the fly buzzed away. That woman is my hero.Spent the night in.

Day 5- March 15th

Spent the morning shopping with my friends and, being a large girl, felt like an absolute cow trying on clothes. (Got a cute shirt on sale in H&M though. Booyah!)

I did have fun practicing my contact juggling in Urban Outfitters though.
We got to the airport that afternoon. I with the last of the group to get to the shuttle platform when I saw the train pull up. I am rather proud of my momma hen/drill sergeant moment where I got everyone in my group on the train.
We had several hours layover in Atlanta where we talked and looked around.
But one of my friends did not look and see the great big sign she ran into.

That's finally it for the NYC recap, and in other news, Oddford starts back tomorrow! (& I mean tomorrow this time!) It's back by popular demand, so stay tuned. :D