The Flea Library

Library Books! Spooky Tricks, Bigfoot, Choose Your Own Adventures
Library Books! Spooky Tricks, Bigfoot, Choose Your Own Adventures

The last few flea market excursions, I’ve been rummaging through piles of old library books trying to find some of the treasures from my past. For just a few quarters I’ve been able to find some pieces of the past. Things that I’ve forget and things I’ve wanted to give a second chance.

This weekend I found Spooky Tricks sitting on top of a pile of books. I have not thought about this book in decades. I still remembered a few of the tricks, but I never thought about where that knowledge came from. Finding this book again, I recalled just how much I loved this book as a 3rd grader. I mainly loved the illustration and design of the book. I spent hours tracing the images and just thumbing through the pages as a kid.

The Choose Your Own Adventure books, I lucked out and found a guy selling library copies 3 for a dollar. I had to have some! I’ve been wanting to re-enjoy them for awhile now. I would really love to find a copy of Dungeon of Dread, the first in the series, but finding a copy of the Gamma World adventure, Light on Quests Mountain made up for the fact it was not in the bargain bin. I loved the Gamma World Role Playing game as a kid. That is something else Id love to find. A nice, complete copy of the game.

I’m not going to reveal where the Bigfoot book came from, far too incriminating and I really don’t want to have the library police after me. But, it has been in my possession for decades now. Bigfoot: Americas Abominable Snowman by Elwood Baumann kept me sleeping under the covers as a kid. Some of those ‘true accounts’ terrified me. I would read them at night, far away from windows (I didn’t want a rogue Sasquatch breaking the glass and grabbing me!) and scare the crap out of myself. I always loved a good scare, even when I was 100% positive monsters did exist.

Lobster Man

Lobster freak show vintage poster
Freak show Lobster man

Since I am an unemployed graphic artist, I have more time to work on personal projects. Not a lot of time, job hunting eats up most of my time, but I’m working on a t-shirt design for a fellow designer. I’m really enamored by vintage freak show posters and I wanted to do one myself. I think this is missing something. It looks too clean, despite the distressing. I think it’s close but I can’t get it quite right. Any advice or suggestions?

Adventurers 2.0

Adventurers Poster!
Adventurers re-do

Now that I’ve had a bit of time to sit on this piece, I came to the conclusion I wasn’t happy with it. It needed a bit of work. It was too ‘grungy’, the typography was close, but not close enough and I just felt it needed a few more tweaks. I had a bit of free time the other day, so I made some updates. What do you think now? Better, worse, or makes no difference?

ADVENTURER TIME!

Adventurers, Be Your Own Pet Adventure Time poster
Adventurers, Be Your Own Pet Adventure Time poster

Here’s a poster I’ve been working on now and then. I was influenced by the song ‘Adventure’ by Be Your Own Pet, the show Adventure Time and my two kids. They love to go on ‘adventures’ in the woods behind our house. And we do have a scary troll in the woods, but that’s another story.

I’m tired of working on it for now, so I’m going to let it sit for awhile and see what I think when I come back to it in a few weeks.

New Website!

My wife's new website!
My wife’s new website!

I just finished (well sort of finished) the website for my wife. I’ve been meaning to update her site for a few months now, but I finally got the time.

For her new site, I had a few new ideas that I wanted to implement. Mainly, images of her work right on the front page. Watching my analytics I see a lot of bounces on the front page and I’m hoping that putting her work on the home page will get visitors to stop and take a look. Plus, I wanted to have links from her site to mine and links to our Skreened and Cafe Press pages. Never hurts to cross promote, right?

BTW, the items on Cafe Press are selling quite well! I was a little shocked when I received a commission payment! So, if anybody reading this bought a shirt, THANK YOU! That’s awesome.

Anyway… back on topic. Yvonne wanted less art and more art of similar styles. She really wants to focus on finding an agent to represent her and she feels less is more. I agree, but it would be nice to show off some of her other illustrations and products. I did recommend starting a WP site for her personal projects and needle felting.

So, take a look and let me know what you think. There are still things to fine tune and add (gotta add more doodles!), plus I need to optimize the SEO.

Can’t forget the link! www.yvonneroshong.zxq.net

Truckin’ J-Pop, Shonen Knife Really Needs to do a Song About Dekotora Truckers

A tiny, tiny truck model
A tiny, tiny truck

I finally finished this little beast. It is tiny. I guess it’s a good size, but for my taste, it’s really small. It would be awesome to use for an HO scale train layout. I guess HO is 1/64, isn’t it? I could look that up, but I’d rather not do that at the moment.

You don’t know how frustrating it was putting on all of those tiny colored lights. The worst part was, there were no locating pins or positing marks for most of them. So, it took a lot of eyeballing to get there placement sort of right. At least they had a few extra lights on the sprue. I dropped and mangled quite a few of those tiny buggers.

As an added bonus, I found out CA glue does not like chrome. Not at all. It fogs up the chrome, grrr. At least I found this out on a $5 model kit.

Overall, it was a pain in the butt. I still like it, but I would rather do a much larger Dekotora truck. I’m still fascinated by them.

I wonder, are there any J-Pop truck driving songs? Something along the lines of Jerry Reed, Eddie Rabbit or CW McCall. I bet Shonen Knife could put out a kick-ass trucking song.

Throw Some More Paint on the Rancor

Since I was home with two sick kids, I managed to not only squeeze in a bit of Old Republic crusading (when the updated servers let me on that is), but I also managed to throw some more paint on the Rancor. It’s starting to really get fleshed out. I’m surprised how fast it’s coming together. But I still have lots to do. Paint and add the details, some dark washes, a little bit of airbrushing… And I still need to paint the Gamorrean Guard and build a base. So, I can’t get too excited. There is a lot to do.

Plus, I did a little bit of work to the Tie Fighter. Not much really, I just sanded down some of the filler. It’s still moving along and any progress is good progress.

Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars…


I’ve always been a Star Wars fan, saw the movies, owned the toys, read the novels, played the games… But my interest in the franchise took a big nose dive after the prequels. I didn’t lose total interest, but any visits I made to the franchise felt like a guest appearance rather than a recurring role.

That’s why it’s a bit surprising that I’m neck deep in Star Wars at the moment. Between the two models I have going, Disney buying up the franchise and promising new movies and playing Star Wars The Old Republic on a nightly basis, I’m getting daily doses of the Force.

First up, the Rancor model. It’s moving along nicely. It took a bit to get me motivated to sand a fill. Sanding filler is the worst job in the world. Even on a model that hides it’s seems well and really shouldn’t be that hard to fill, it’s a chore. But it’s done and I’ve airbrushed a base coat of brown and yellow, and I’ve started the painting process.

I have no idea how other figure builders do their painting. But I layer on different colors, by dry brushing and using washes. I found these style paint jobs just fun, relaxing and they kind of take care of themselves. No masking, just dab and swipe. There really isn’t anyway to make a mistake. But it does utilize everything I learned in color theory class.

I figure I would post pics as this thing evolves. It should be interesting checking out the before and afters.

Next up, Vader’s Tie Fighter. This is one of the AMT kits from the mid to late ’90’s. A reissue of the original kit from back in ’78. Damn, the fit on this thing is atrocious. It’s what I hated about building the American model kits when I was a kid. Huge gaps and panels not lining up. To be fair, this kit was built to be cheap. A disposable toy for the kids not luck enough to have the money to afford a Kenner Tie Fighter.

Another thing I hate about building plane kits. There are always pieces that need to be painted and assembled before final assembly. The cockpit on this kit is a good example of that. It had to be built, painted and assembled into the crappy hull assembly. Now I have to fill, sand and paint, without messing up the cockpit. Pain in the butt.

That’s all for modeling right now. Now on to gaming… If you haven’t tried it, give Star Wars The Old Republic a try. It’s a free to play MMO and really addicting. 🙂 If you do, look up CprlGiroro on the Shadowlands server.

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