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The Signs as Iconic Monsters From 1980s Fantasy Films

Aries: the Skeksis

Taurus: the Red Bull

Gemini: the Eborsisk

Cancer: Beetlejuice

Leo: Ludo

Virgo: the Ohmu

Libra: the Luckdragon

Scorpio: the Horrible Will Vinton Claymation Nome King

Sagittarius: the Horned King

Capricorn: That Beholder-Thingy Lo Pan Used

Aquarius: the Darkness/Tim Curry Satan

Pices: the Ray Harryhausen Kraken

Ophiuchus: the Rodents of Unusual Size


Ivory Tower visitors from THE NEVERENDING STORY (1984). Scenes like this one constituted a great movie for me when I was a kid. There had to be freaks, clowns, monsters, aliens. The many-faced woman in the second-to-last image looks like my aunt Netty.

Supposedly there are some Easter eggs among the Fantasians: if you look closely, you can see Yoda, two Ewoks, ET, Gumby, Mickey Mouse, and others. I couldn’t resist that playful urge either when I made my STAR WARS video, which also has all sorts of hidden background characters.

Whew! Okay so here’s a little scene that’s meant to be part of a larger sequence where Atreyu and Artax are searching for a way to cure the Childlike Empress and stop the Nothing. (Before they enter the Swamps of Sadness and Artax dies.)

I’m going to cut about 90% of this from the final montage, but it was fun to explore the creepy snakes! Also, I think I’m falling in love with snakes and horses. That always seems to happen when I do visual research on a new topic…

Anyway, I cheated a lot of the spatial relationships in this… It felt like a justified sacrifice for visual drama, but I’m curious if anyone finds it jarring or bothersome. Let me know!

I’ll be posting more thumbnails and rough boards on my instagram


New Business Cards. I couldn’t figure which title(s) to put on the cards so just threw the whole kitchen sink at it. I figured with all the roles I might as well have fun and try not to take myself way too seriously. I hope it will at least make people smile and will probably ward off folks with sticks in butt. I think my favorite part is “Part time Skeksis” in small under “Mystic.”