Grimm and other Folk Tales

Here are some illustrations made by Cory Godbey about some fairy-folk tales. I like the style very much, and hope you enjoy it too. My faves are The Princess and the Dragon from The Four Clever Brothers and The Troll from the Three Billy Goats (which oddly was one of my favorite stories from preschool.)

The Prince in the Tree from the Old Woman in the Wood

The Glass Coffin from Snow White

The Princess and the Dragon from The Four Clever Brothers

Little Red Riding Hood from Little Red Riding Hood

Hansel and Gretel from Hansel and Gretel

The Nine Peahens from The Nine Peahens

The Death and Life of the Beast from Beauty and the Beast

Ivan and the Fire Bird from Tsarevitch Ivan, the Fire Bird and the Gray Wolf

The Troll from The Three Billy Goats

Daga and the Trolls from Dag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain

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Hiatus Over.

So, I have neglected my blog for too long, I think. The problem is, I took 5 courses last term and was psychologically in a tough spot so I hardly had any time, but now I promise I will update much more often. I love the new theme of my blog, and I have a banner under construction :D

More updates to come!

Legend of Korra

Fans of Avatar: the Last Airbender yesterday rejoiced with the announcement of “Legend of Korra” which will be the sequel to the original series. The series takes place 70 years after Avatar: The Last Airbender. Korra is the next Avatar after Aang, “a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl” who is hotheaded, independent and “ready to take on the world”. Korra comes from the Southern Water Tribe, and Aang and Katara’s daughter Tenzin is her Airbending teacher. One of the story’s settings is Republic City, a “metropolis powered by steampunk-type technology,” “inhabited by people from all nations.” Here Korra must deal with rampant crime and an anti-bender revolt.

Although the creators of the show had planned an ending to the show, the success of Avatar: The Last Airbender caused Nickelodeon to ask for more episodes. The creators then came out with this new idea of the next Avatar, this time a girl named Korra. They decided upon a female Avatar after the large audience of females of the original show, and felt it was time to have a big action franchise with a female in the lead instead of the traditional male role.

The show will be darker and more mature than the original show, though the creators are not trying to target a new audience (saying the original was filled with adult themes), with more mature themes, but will also try to balance it out with a similar sense of fun and adventure of the original series.

So, I can say I’m very VERY excited about this! I am a big fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I’m sure the Republic city will be very interesting since I guess the water and fire nations along with the metal-bending of the earth nation will come together. And the non-bending revolt must be very interesting. Rumor has it that “Aang is featured in the series in the Spirit World, as Roku and past Avatars were to Aang in the Last Airbender.”, and if this is true, that is very sad because in the end of the original series, Aang was only what, twelve? So, 70 years later he is supposed to be like 82, but he dies much longer before that because Korra is a young woman. Remember, the Avatar ability is passed after the previous Avatar dies. So that is very sad. I wonder if we will see any of the older characters, I really hope that Toph and Katara are alive. I’m sure Iroh is dead already though, and that is one of the saddest things too because I really did love him as a character. Interestingly enough, we know that Aang and Katara’s daughter Tenzin will be Korra’s Airbending teacher… So at least airbending is not dead? There are a lot of things we don’t know yet, so bring on the theories! I hope this will be as good as – or even better than the first series!

Planetarium plagiarized?

I was really surprised when I found out that one of my favorite songs, プラネタリウム (Planetarium), from the 花より男子 (Hana Yori Dango) soundtrack by 大塚 愛 (Ai Otsuka) was accused of being plagiarized. More to add to my surprise was that it was accused of being ripped off from another of my favorites, 素敵だね (Suteki da ne) – the theme song from the Final Fantasy X game developed by Square Enix, sung by 中野 律紀 (Nakano Ritsuki – more commonly known as Rikki).

The two songs have very similar melodies and lyrics. The videos also share similarities. Although it is not clear if this was intentional, though I seriously doubt after watching both the music videos that it could be unintentional, it is commonly believed that Ai Otsuka used this song as a homage to Rikki.

Here is Ai Otsuka’s Planetarium video being compared with Rikki’s video

iGoogle

I had mentioned iGoogle (Google’s customizable page) in one of my previous posts, when trying to find a layout style for keşfekeder, which was an unlaunched project for VA 301 suggested by my friend Ezgi.

I use the tea house theme for my own iGoogle, which I think is wonderful because it changes all the time. I love foxes and the illustration of this particular fox is amazingly cute. Plus it changes during the day. Check this out:

06:00

08:00

10:00

Noon

14:00

16:00

18:00

20:00

22:00

Midnight

02:00

03:14

04:00

You might have noticed the spirits there at 03:14 who eat the oranges which are offerings, they are some kind of a Yōkai which are a class of preternatural creatures in Japanese folklore ranging from the evil oni (ogre) to the mischievous kitsune (fox) or snow woman Yuki-onna.

Want to know a bit more about Yōkai? Check out this post on my blog named Traces of Visual History.

Nam

My friend Pınar İnci told me about Nam, which is a Japanese graphic collective.

According to their website, currently, over ten artists from various backgrounds are belonging to “Nam”. They are searching for possibilities in the world of visual arts, and exploring the art based on their theme “A fantasy in life”.

I think their work is captivating. See more in their blog.

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