“Slowly and in silence, the innumerable majestic worlds careering in their orbits throughout the boundless realms of space under the dominance and guidance of an almighty principle of unity, are progressing and approximating to one Divine center, so that unified and conjoined in harmony, they may form an universal temple wherein all souls may worship”

- The Zohar

ofmyownpack replied to your post:[pm] Why would a banshee wear sunglasses? Are they…

[pm] Yeah, apart from when it’s sunny. Thanks. [pause in typing.] How are you?

[pm] You’re welcome. But it wouldn’t be all the time. It’s usually just for a few minutes. 

Darn it, I was just about to ask that! How are you? Are you feeling better? 

I’m completely and utterly totally fine! Wait no I don’t really want to lie to you

How do I say this casually

I’m about as well as you’d expect from someone who has a vampiric assassin looking into them?


Hey guys! I’m actually not dead if you were wondering… Anyways, I attended VANCAF this year, not as an artist with a table, but just a regular attendee. Congrats to all my friends that finished up their comics! I’m looking forward to making it next year–since this year storyboarding has ate up all my time, I literally had no extra time.

I’ve been moving onto paper for thumbnailing out chapter 1/volume 1 for Robust Heat. I’ll be editing them on the computer later to make revisions and then will rough it out and then clean it up. I’m finding it faster to do it this way. :)

ofmyownpack asked:

[pm] Why would a banshee wear sunglasses? Are they sensitive to light?

[pm] Do you know how often people from the ACPD ask me about Banshee? Because it’s really suspiciously often. You mean apart from when it’s sunny? Uh, no, not that I know of. But their eyes sometimes change color? To completely black, which is pretty obvious, so if you don’t want people seeing that then sunglasses would sorta cover that. Also if she got into a fight

There’s something I should probably tell you


Mad Max (2015) dir. George Miller 

Have you ever watched, listened, or witnessed something that is so incredible, so awesome (in the traditional sense of the word), and so insane that no amount of wordplay could ever hope to capture its brilliance? 

That’s essentially how I feel about Mad Max Fury Road, the fourth film in George Miller’s Australian dystopian action film series. All of the elements from previous Mad Max films are there: the endless desert, the psychotic gangs that rule the wasteland, tricked-out cars that shouldn’t function, and the titular character’s single-minded quest to survive at all costs while still trying to do the right thing. One of the main differences here, however, is that it seems as though George Miller and co. now have all the money they could ever ask for to fully realize Miller’s insane vision, and holy shit did they succeed in that endeavor. 

To put it briefly, the entire film is nearly one long sustained “car” chase that only rarely takes a few moments to breathe (or, as is most often the case, to dump water on an overtaxed engine). There is no piddling around to set up the universe of the film other than quick news snippets as Miller brings us into the world. Within 30 seconds, we’ve got all that we need to situate us into the action, and then film puts the pedal to the metal. If you’ve seen any of the trailers to this film, you’ll more than likely have noticed the giant sandstorm/fire tornado that engulfs what seems to be the entire desert. Whereas most films would use such a bombastic set piece for their climax, the sandstorm here occurs within the first 20 minutes of the film, and it is far from being the most impressive action scene in the film. 

Despite reveling in the cacophonous action that takes a majority of the screen time, Mad Max Fury Road still manages to develop its two main characters Max (Tom Hardy) and Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and their relationship, which evolves so effortlessly and natural throughout the film. I seriously cannot recommend enough that you see this film in theaters on the biggest screen possible, and I am honestly not sure if there is/will be any other action film this year to compete with it. Fast & Furious needs to take some notes because Mad Max Fury Road just rewrote the book on how to do vehicular action. 

“Without opening your door,
you can open your heart to the world.
Without looking out your window,
you can see the essence of the Tao.
The more you know,
the less you understand.

The Master arrives without leaving,
sees the light without looking,
achieves without doing a thing.”

— The Tao Te Ching


The Secret of Kells (2009) dir. Tomm Moore & Nora Twomey

Written by Mason

I have always been a huge fan of animated films, thanks in part to my voracious consumption of Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon during my childhood. Lately, I’ve grown a little bored, however, with the current landscape of animated films. It’s not that films such as Big Hero 6 or How to Train Your Dragon are “bad” per se, it’s just that they are all starting to look the same to me. Most animated films these days tend to be created entirely with CG, and while CG has certainly allowed more animated films to be made, I don’t find myself as visually enchanted by them as I used to be. Fortunately, this film, Tomm Moore & Nora Twomey’s dazzling little film about the origins of Ireland’s greatest national treasure, reminds me of the visual splendor that animated films are capable of.

To reflect the actual Book of Kells immense beauty, the directors of this film spared no expense in recreating the majesty of that book’s illuminated pages, creating one gorgeous image after another, and often dramatically changing colors to situate us in new locales. From wonderful arrays of greens found in the forest, to the deep blacks and blues found in Abbot Cellach’s chambers, and to the fiery reds and blacks that characterize the invading vikings, at no point does this film ever become “boring,” at least visually. Some viewers might bemoan the film for not focusing very much on its narrative, but fortunately (or unfortunately if you’re like me) it doesn’t outstay its welcome, lasting only 75 minutes. If you’re a fan of animated films, if you like to be overwhelmed with jaw-droppingly beautiful images, I cannot recommend this movie enough.

Here’s IMDB’s plot synopsis:

A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers.

Here also is the film’s trailer, in case you need a little more convincing:

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La Belle et la bête (1946) dir. Jean Cocteau

Written by Mason

I’m currently taking a class on French Fairy Tales at my university, and we recently watched this adaptation of the classic story from French director Jean Cocteau. Out of every fairy tale we’ve read in that class, La Belle et la bête is by far my favorite, but even that couldn’t get me too excited for a 1946 black-and-white adaptation of it. However, it didn’t take the film very long to pique my interest, and I soon found myself enraptured by Cocteau’s beautiful, sumptuous imagery.

Every single frame of this film seems to be immaculately composed, as if Cocteau was attempting to take the perfect photograph (and what is a film but a series of quickly changing photographs?). Playing with shadows, light, slow-motion, and a healthy dosage of surrealist imagery, Cocteau creates a film that works for both children and adults. Children will find that the film sticks fairly close with the original tale while adding a Gaston-esque romantic subplot (sorry Disney fans, Gaston himself is wholly a Disney creation), and adults will marvel at the exquisite images on display.

If you interested in checking it out, here’s a fairly new trailer from Criterion that’ll give you a good idea as to what the film is like. 

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