May 12th, 2010

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"Otherworld Art" at the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art

From 21 May - 5 June, the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art will be running an exhibit entitled "Otherworld Art," which will showcase a dozen of the finest science fiction/fantasy illustrators working today -- among them such award-winning talents as Bob Eggleton, John Picacio, Donato Giancola, Larry Dixon, Tom Canty, Bruce Jensen, Jim Burns, Cliff Nielsen, John Harris, Stephan Martiniere, Gary Lippincott, and more -- with more than one hundred pieces of their artwork displayed digitally on SGDA's screens. The exhibit is curated by international best-selling and award-winning author Keith R.A. DeCandido.

Yes, that's right, I'm a curator now. *grin* I assembled this exhibit, and I'm quite proud of how it's turning out. The great thing about displaying the art digitally is that we can display over a hundred pieces without having to worry about shipping and stuff, and you can still appreciate the work of some of the finest folks in our genre.

High-quality prints will be available for the duration of the exhibit's run, at prices ranging from $75-300.

The opening-night reception for the exhibit will be on Friday 21 May at SGDA at 6.30pm. For more information, go to SGDA's web site.

Also, for those of you going to SGDA's simulcast of the Nebula Awards this weekend a preview of 32 pieces from the exhibit will be showing on the gallery's screens during the banquet.
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Stupid History 11 May 2010

Welsh rabbit has nothing to do with rabbits. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the adjective Welsh meant something of inferior quality. So if someone couldn't snare a rabbit for dinner, he or she might have had to settle for Welsh rabbit--melted cheese on toast.
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Star Wars from a different POV

Over on Facebook, Adam-Troy Castro was trolling for examples of nonheroic behavior by theoretically heroic figures in TV and film. For example: "Tim Burton's Batman, strafing the Joker's gang with his batwing. (Least intrepid act ever committed by a screen superhero. And he MISSES the Joker!)" *

My favorite example in the comments came from a gentleman named Brian Siano: "Luke Skywalker. Aimless drifter from a rural area who joins up with a deranged fanatic, and blows up a government installation. Obi-Wan Kenobi: manipulates credulous yokel into terrorist acts with lies about his father and sister."





* I provided the example of the Ben Affleck Daredevil who sits and laughs and makes jokes while he lets a rapist get run over by the C train. What makes this despicable, murderous behavior even worse is that the reason for pursuing the rapist is because he "got off" for his crime. We saw this in a court case in which Matt Murdock was defending the victim. Which means it had to be a civil case, because in a criminal case the lawyer "defending" the victim is the DA, not a privately hired lawyer. In a civil case, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff. Which means this guy got off because Matt Murdock is a crappy lawyer, and Daredevil killed him for it.
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