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RIP Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light [message #185591] Wed, 11 April 2012 16:43 Go to next message
Doug Elrod is currently offline  Doug Elrod
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I don't know if he was ever mentioned on MST3K, but at one point,
perhaps in a fever dream, I imagined that one might make an
interesting host segment in the Castle Forrester era involving him....

Pearl hires T.K. to redecorate the castle, and the Great Room ends up
with small cozy cottages nestled on every ledge and walkway, candles
peeking out of every window! (a line of oh-so-cute cottages with wisps
of smoke wafting up from their chimneys on the mantle of the Great
Fireplace? It's ODD!)

Punchline: Naturally, this results in an "infestation of
HOBBITS" (cue the top of Kevin Murphy's head, in a curly wig, walking
through the lower part of the frame).

-Doug Elrod (dre1@cornell.edu) ;-)
Re: RIP Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light [message #185593 is a reply to message #185591] Wed, 11 April 2012 22:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Doug Elrod" <dre1@cornell.edu> wrote in message
news:f9b92e9e-acf1-46ed-853f-7666e7b4d287@w5g2000vbv.googlegroups.com...
> I don't know if he was ever mentioned on MST3K, but at one point,
> perhaps in a fever dream, I imagined that one might make an
> interesting host segment in the Castle Forrester era involving him....
>
> Pearl hires T.K. to redecorate the castle, and the Great Room ends up
> with small cozy cottages nestled on every ledge and walkway, candles
> peeking out of every window! (a line of oh-so-cute cottages with wisps
> of smoke wafting up from their chimneys on the mantle of the Great
> Fireplace? It's ODD!)
>
> Punchline: Naturally, this results in an "infestation of
> HOBBITS" (cue the top of Kevin Murphy's head, in a curly wig, walking
> through the lower part of the frame).
>
> -Doug Elrod (dre1@cornell.edu) ;-)

And Bob Ross was only a mere "painter of pigments".

Good news is that the value of his paintings go up, until Tilt-shift
Gingerbread House Photography (Minature-Faking) catches on and obliterates
the legacy of Thomas Kinkade. Happy little trees. Happy little cottages.
Happy little cottage trees.

HAPPY COTTAGE CHEESE DAY!
Re: RIP Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light [message #185596 is a reply to message #185591] Sun, 15 April 2012 21:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Doug Elrod" <dre1@cornell.edu> wrote in message
news:f9b92e9e-acf1-46ed-853f-7666e7b4d287@w5g2000vbv.googlegroups.com...
> I don't know if he was ever mentioned on MST3K, but at one point,
> perhaps in a fever dream, I imagined that one might make an
> interesting host segment in the Castle Forrester era involving him....
>
> Pearl hires T.K. to redecorate the castle, and the Great Room ends up
> with small cozy cottages nestled on every ledge and walkway, candles
> peeking out of every window! (a line of oh-so-cute cottages with wisps
> of smoke wafting up from their chimneys on the mantle of the Great
> Fireplace? It's ODD!)
>
> Punchline: Naturally, this results in an "infestation of
> HOBBITS" (cue the top of Kevin Murphy's head, in a curly wig, walking
> through the lower part of the frame).
>
> -Doug Elrod (dre1@cornell.edu) ;-)

Dark Portrait of a `Painter of Light'
Christian-themed artist Thomas Kinkade is accused of ruthless tactics and
seamy personal conduct. He disputes the allegations.
March 05, 2006|Kim Christensen | Times Staff Writer
http://articles.latimes.com/print/2006/mar/05/business/fi-ki nkade5

It's not just Kinkade's business practices that have been called into
question. Former gallery owners, ex-employees and others say his personal
behavior also belies the wholesome image on which he's built his empire.

In sworn testimony and interviews, they recount incidents in which an
allegedly drunken Kinkade heckled illusionists Siegfried & Roy in Las Vegas,
cursed a former employee's wife who came to his aid when he fell off a
barstool, and palmed a startled woman's breasts at a signing party in South
Bend, Ind.

And then there is Kinkade's proclivity for "ritual territory marking," as he
called it, which allegedly manifested itself in the late 1990s outside the
Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

"This one's for you, Walt," the artist quipped late one night as he urinated
on a Winnie the Pooh figure, said Terry Sheppard, a former vice president
for Kinkade's company, in an interview.

(Which is definitely not the expected behavior toward a character named
"Winnie the Poo")
Re: RIP Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light [message #185704 is a reply to message #185591] Sun, 15 April 2012 22:01 Go to previous message
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"Doug Elrod" <dre1@cornell.edu> wrote in message
news:f9b92e9e-acf1-46ed-853f-7666e7b4d287@w5g2000vbv.googlegroups.com...
> I don't know if he was ever mentioned on MST3K, but at one point,
> perhaps in a fever dream, I imagined that one might make an
> interesting host segment in the Castle Forrester era involving him....
>
> Pearl hires T.K. to redecorate the castle, and the Great Room ends up
> with small cozy cottages nestled on every ledge and walkway, candles
> peeking out of every window! (a line of oh-so-cute cottages with wisps
> of smoke wafting up from their chimneys on the mantle of the Great
> Fireplace? It's ODD!)
>
> Punchline: Naturally, this results in an "infestation of
> HOBBITS" (cue the top of Kevin Murphy's head, in a curly wig, walking
> through the lower part of the frame).
>
> -Doug Elrod (dre1@cornell.edu) ;-)

Of course, the really sad news happened a month ago.

Legendary French artist Moebius, the man who made The Abyss, Alien, and Tron
even weirder, is dead at 73
March 10, 2012
http://io9.com/5892148/legendary-french-artist-moebius-the-m an-who-made-the-abyss-alien-and-tron-even-weirder-is-dead-at -73

Today is an incredibly sad day for fans of comic books, concept art, and
downright anything science fiction. Artist Jean "Moebius" Giraud, who
provided some of the most stunning scifi and fantasy art ever to grace a
page, has succumbed to illness at the age of 73.

It's pretty hard to overstate the hand Moebius had in some of science
fiction's most phantasmagoric cinema. You know his work even if you've never
realized it.

In addition to providing preliminary designs for such films as Alien, Tron,
The Abyss, Masters of the Universe, The Fifth Element, and Willow (which
were awesome albeit unused), the artist provided concept art for El Topo
director Alejandro Jodorowsky's never-realized Dune adaptation, which was to
star Mick Jagger and boast a soundtrack by Pink Floyd.

Jodorowsky was a frequent comic collaborator with Moebius. Together they
worked on the must-read, gloriously nutbar space opera The Incal (which was
chock full of evil space eggs and virtuous giant jellyfish) and the
screwball divine pregnancy tale The Madwoman of the Sacred Heart.

The Incal and his fantasy comic Arzach were slated to become a cartoon in
the 1980s, but neither project sadly panned out (the latter was later
adapted for European television in 2004). Moebius' other seminal works
included the western Blueberry, artwork for Heavy Metal magazine, the
futuristic detective story The Long Tomorrow (which provided Ridley Scott
cues for Blade Runner and William Gibson inspiration for Neuromancer), and
Stan Lee's Silver Surfer miniseries Parable. As you can see below, Giraud
drew a fantastic Galactus.

If you need testimonials on how ridiculously influential Moebius was, here's
a BBC documentary on the artist from a few years back, wherein some of the
biggest names in comics heap praise on the man like candyfloss. The artist
was also pals with Hayao Miyazaki, for goodness' sake. You can also peruse a
ton of his comic work and design at The Airtight Garage fan site. And for a
look at how Moebius was faring in his final months, here's an illuminating
interview with The Los Angeles Times from April 2011, in which the artist
pishposhed his celebrity:

"They said that I changed their life," Giraud whispered in amazement. "'You
changed my life.' 'Your work is why I became an artist.' Oh, it makes me
happy. But you know at same time I have an internal broom to clean it all
up. It can be dangerous to believe it. Someone wrote, 'Moebius is a
legendary artist.' I put a frame around me. A legend - now I am like a
unicorn."
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