Knocking Off the Universe! The Insane MotU-KOllection of Ben David Krete
“Knocking Off the Universe” isn’t just the title of a book that I’m dreaming of - a book focussing on the endless subject of MotU-KOs. These’re also the words that describe the feelings that I had in the best way, after my KOllecting friend Ben sent me recent pictures of his man cave. Ben’s been in the KO game for about 5 years. I got to know him through trades, and endless online chats concerning our hobby. Within a handful of years, he put together one of the most definite MotU-KOllections out there. It covers pieces of pretty much everything that has been exploiting the 5.5 muscle action figure genre in the 80s, 90s and probably early 00s. From “common” stuff like Galaxy Warriors and Combo, to uncommon specimen like Defenders of the Planets, End of Time and Turly Gang, to rarities like Speclatron, Space Patrol II, and Sun Man - it’s all there! Prepare to get blown away.
Tumblr'dan yüzlerde bu ay tek satırlık betimlemeleri zahmetsizce narin çizgilerine ve geçirgen renklerine yediren Özlem Özkaya (ozlemoz) sorularımıza içtenlikle yanıt verdi, merakımızı giderdi.
Merhaba Özlem, öncelikle teklifimize olumlu yanıt verdiğin için Ekip olarak teşekkür ediyoruz. Dilersen seni biraz tanıyalım. Nerelisin?
Nereli olduğuma ben de karar veremiyorum. 83 Ankara doğumluyum, Bursa'da büyüdüm, İstanbul'da yaşıyorum. Dünyalıyım.
Neler yapıyorsun peki, hayat nasıl?
Güzel yaşamaya çalışıyorum. Hayatı pek ciddiye alamıyorum. Hayata gelme amacımızın keyif almak olduğuna inanıyorum. Ne kadar keyif alırsak evreni de o kadar mutlu ediyormuşuz gibi geliyor bana. İçimdeki yetişkinle bir türlü tanışamadık.
Blogun ve çalışmaların illüstrasyon etrafında dönüyor, tasarım mı okudun?
Reklamcılık okudum, birkaç sene. Hayatla bağlarım kopana kadar ofiste çalışıp sonunda hayata geri dönmek için sevebileceğim bir şeyi denemeye karar verdim ve aşçılık eğitimi aldım. Bir süre mutfakta çalıştım, şimdi de uçan şef olarak dünyayı geziyorum. Hayallerini gerçekleştirmek için adım atınca hayat da diğer hayallerini sana hediye ediyor sanırım.
Çizmek benim için mutlu olmanın, bir de garip fikirlerimi ifade etmenin bir yolu.
Çalışmalarında sessiz sakin bir mizah var hep. İllüstrasyon hayatına nasıl girdi?
İlk aşkımı Pıtırcık kitaplarındaki Sempé çizimleriyle yaşadım. Sanırım absürd espri anlayışımda da o kitapların çok etkisi var. Sıkı bir Sempé hayranıyım.
Hep elimde kalemle nereye gittiği belirsiz karalamalar yapardım ama resim yapmaya güzel sanatlar sınavlarına hazırlanırken başladım. Sınav baskısı ve kurallarla çizmek bana hiç çekici gelmedi ve iyi de çizemiyordum zaten. Güzel sanatları kazanamadım ama kendi eğlencem için dijital çizimler yapmaya başladım. İnternet sayesinde illüstrasyonla tanıştım, insanların işlerini paylaşmalarından cesaret alıp ben de paylaştıkça çizmek daha keyifli hale geldi. Yıllar sonra Sevil Tunaboylu ve Erkin Gören'den illüstrasyon dersleri aldım, Erkin bana suluboya öğretti, ne kadar keyifli olduğuna inanamadım.
Sevgi çok nadirdir. Bir insanın gönlüne ulaşmak büyük bir devrim yaşamaktır; çünkü eğer bir insanın gönlüne ulaşmak istiyorsan, o kişiye de senin gönlüne ulaşma olanağını sunman gerekir. O zaman savunmasız olursun, tamamen açılır ve korunmasız kalırsın.
Bu risklidir. Bir başkasının gönlüne ulaşmasına izin vermen riskli ve tehlikelidir çünkü o kişinin sana ne yapacağını bilemezsin. Bütün sırlarını öğrendikten, bütün gizlediklerin açığa çıktıktan, kendini tamamen açığa çıkarttıktan sonra diğer insanın ne yapacağını asla bilemezsin. Korku oradadır. Zaten o yüzden kendimizi hiç açmayız…. OSHO
Based on the action figures “Sun-Man and the Rulers of the Sun” developed by Yla Eason and Olmec Corporation in 1985. Story modified from the “Rulers of the Sun” booklet written by Michael Brown which came with the 1986 version of the Sun-Man action figure.
“In the Beginning were the Suns, and the Suns are with Nature, and the Suns are Nature. The Suns are the true Stars, and the Suns are the Gods who Grew Nature into Universe Order”
In the center of the universe sits the sun, shining down majestic and warm, the source of all energy and life. The Sun People are a gentle, loving, rich, and strong people, who come from the land of the sun.
Thousands of years ago in Ancient Egypt, the Sun God observed that within the great kingdom of the Land of the Sun, there was a Prince who was fair and kind to his many workers, and they were able to build the great pyramid temples of the sun. This prince was named Prince Sunni Ali, and he was known throughout the land as one who ruled with dignity and intelligence. The great works of Prince Sunni Ali pleased the Sun God, and so, the Sun God adopted Prince Sunni Ali, as his very own son.
But evil also lurked in the Land of the sun. There was also a rich and villainous man in the land of the Sun, who was known throughout the land as a devious and spiteful lord who spread despair among his workers. He used his wealth to build torturous chambers in which to punish those who did not obey him. These evil deeds displeased the Sun God, and this evil man was transformed by the Sun God into a hideous creature, half-man and half-hog, and was forever to be known as, Pig Head.
One night, while Prince Sunni Ali slept, a beautiful fairy appeared to him in his dreams. She spoke to Prince Sunni Ali in a lovely voice saying, “The great Sun God is pleased with the fairness and kindness you have spread while building the great Pyramid temples of the sun. For this, he has made you his son, and you will forever be called Sun-Man. You, and all the Sun-People, will be granted immortality, and you shall live in happiness forever.”
Just then, the Fairy brought forth a shield which shined as magnificent as the sun itself, and in the reflection of the shield, was the image of a beautiful floating city, nestled in the center of the sun. Suddenly, the booming chords of the voice of the Sun God spoke to Sunni Ali, his chosen son, saying, “The sun is the most glorious force in the universe. You, Prince Sunni Ali, from the Kingdom of the Land of the Sun, you have been righteous and good to those who have worked for you, and you have been able to achieve great accomplishments and build great pyramid temples in honor of the sun. For this, I shall make you my son, and you shall be immortal. You shall live in, and rule over, a Kingdom which has been built for you and placed in the center of the sun. None of the sun’s fiery force shall ever harm you or the Sun-People, for within the warmth of the sun, there is a glorious paradise. But, to all those who use the sun to light their evilness, they shall feel its furnace." A great hand appeared, and handed Prince Sunni Ali a mighty spear. Then the Sun God spoke again, saying, "Sunni Ali, You have ruled justly. Your fairness and strength will be needed for humanity to survive the moon cycle and the days of wickedness to come. Beware of Pig-Head, for he is a mean, devious, and angry creature. He lives with one cold desire, and that is to bring dishonor and shame to everyone throughout the universe. He has trained his demons to follow his evil plan, and he and his followers will always lurk in the shadows beneath the sun, and never shall they dwell in the land of paradise in the sun.”
In that moment, Prince Sunni Ali became Sun-Man. The Sun God placed a small Sun within the solar plexus of Sun-Man’s chest, and told Sun-Man that whenever he is in need of guidance, he can call on the power of the Sun which dwells within him, to provide him with the strength needed to defeat the evil forces that will roam the earth during the moon cycle. The Sun God gave Sun-Man great etheric golden wings of the immortal Phoenix bird, which bestowed upon him the power to fly at the speed of light, and Sun-Man was also given the power to travel in, and out, of the sun at will. Sun-Man was given the power to become an Etherian, who can control and harness the power of the Sun and all stars throughout the Universe, because all stars in the universe are in fact suns. Using the Sun stars of the universe as star gate portals, Sun-Man is able to travel from Solar System to Solar System throughout the Universe at will. Sun-Man’s melanin rich skin was made invulnerable and indestructible so that no wickedness can harm him. Sun-Man’s magical melanin skin gave him unequaled, unlimited, and special super strength. Sun-Man’s skin could not be cut, burned, bruised, broken, pierced, stabbed, ripped, or removed. Many special powers were bestowed upon Sun-Man, allowing Sun-Man to fight for goodness, liberty, justice, and equality without fear, as he ushers in the return of the Sun cycle.
The Rulers of the Sun, Sun-Man and the Sun-People, continue to fight for fairness and righteousness throughout the universe. Sun-Man has allies around the world such as Holographo from Nigeria, Space Sumo from China, Digitino from Mexico, Bolt Man of the Cherokee tribe of Native Americans, Duplico from Ireland, Hypno from Haiti, Zap Man from Jamaica, Kikto from Brazil, and Queen Amina, also known as the super heroine, Butterfly woman. Disguised as Sonny Smith, Sun-Man lives amongst you on Earth, always protecting you, and always spreading the warmth of the sun, fighting for liberation, truth, justice, and equality. Evil doers beware, Sun-Man is able to turn evil into illusion. The Sun Cycle has come, and Sun-Man, the greatest Super Hero of them All, has returned.