Rune Works would like to carve out a message: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Catherynne M. Valente's novel "Palimpsest" creates an altered state of being in the reader wherein pleasure and pain dance across a city that dissolves the very idea of utopia and gives birth to a monstrously real and wonderful well of experiences. The very notion that a work can tear itself up into subtle and stark minutiae and, from that, form such intricately woven and rapturous stories, like the palimpsest process, is truly remarkable.
Valente's innovation: the city, tales, lives, waters, ink and war of Palimpsest; to craft such an original vision through such formidably real, addictive, desiring and afflicted characters is utter genius. To gain entrance to the mystical city of Palimpsest, a place of dreams where colors, tastes and worlds merge brilliantly, is to pay a price. The initial cost of immigrating there is to have sex with someone who has been there. Ink tattoos a section of map that will forever mark the immigrant who desires, above all else, to get back to the contrasting hideously beautiful city that is Palimpsest.
Valente addresses many issues that are rank in the world, through this book, and the author asks an important question of all who read this: what price would you pay to achieve your deepest and darkest desire?
Leslie Ditto, the modern surreal artist, had an entrancing display of her skilled artwork on hand at the New York Comic Con in October, including three limited giclee prints for the occasion.
Leslie's work catches the eye and further envelops the mind invoking sharp feelings and thought. There is certainly a modern - never before seen - tone to Leslie's work, as there is also a certain throwback to classic art, inside and outside of the surrealist genre. Read more about her in the Impulsive Review Here.
The Ninth Volume in The Bootleg Series is a historic release titled Bob Dylan The Witmark Demos: 1962 - 1964. Not only have more than 20 of the 47 songs never been released in any form, but all but four of the tunes are presented in an unreleased version here!
Quality is key and the Witmark sessions are simply stunning in their clarity and sharp resonance. Bob Dylan spent the magical time after the release of his first studio album writing and playing as much as humanly possible, and these recordings were taken from the best possible recordings that he made at the Leeds/Witmark studio for artists getting down songs for publication and music write-ups.
The genius is sitting in a tiny professional studio on the guitar, harmonica and, at times, piano putting down an incredible amount of traditional folk/blues melodies with new words and new music crafted with his sensational lyrics. Dylan is shown growing, chronologically, in this set unlike anything that has been released to date.
"Hard Times In New York Town" tells the story of the 18 year old's struggle upon moving from Minnesota to New York City and is moving, as well as catchy. The included version of "Blowin' In The Wind" seems to be good enough to be the album version, or a great live recording, and the coziness of the studio is evident when one can hear Bob cough between verses.
Simply put: Wow! This two-disc set is a must have for any fan of the great writer/singer/song writer/legend that is Bob Dylan.
Filling the entire Javits Center, the 2010 New York Comic Con became a city within a city last weekend. Walking the streets of New York City, anyone could glance over and see various visions of Spiderman, Anime, Watchmen and vast custom made weapons! The NYCC (NewYorkComicCon.com) costumed fun officially exploded on Saturday when random walks on the show floor brought movie-prop quality Predators to battle with Spiderman, or the Riddler joining with Harley Quinn, the Joker and the Scarecrow to pose with the Batman!
This year, the main floor contained myriad pieces of art, television, movies, video games, books, card games, comics and anime. The new 007 James Bond game, "James Bond: Blood Stone" (Bloodstonegame.com) was playable and I was able to take part in a driving board, while Ben Ward - Studio Communications Manager of Blizzard - explained how the storyline, featuring Daniel Craig as Bond, was meant to be an in-between movie-story to help bridge "Quantum of Solace" with the next film. The hand to hand combat is amazing and unlike any game before! The driving scene that I played was too real, as the snow poured down on the Russian industrial city highway I dodged attacking vehicles, traffic and near-constant explosions! It was like being in a 007 film!!!
Leslie Ditto, the modern surreal artist, had an entrancing display of her skilled artwork on hand at the NYCC, including three limited giclee prints: Alice in Wonderland, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and a third Gaga woman with a city titled Princess of Pop. See the amazing breadth of Leslie's work at her site here (LeslieDitto.com). Her work catches the eye and further envelops the mind invoking sharp feelings and thought.
The swag was excellent this year, as "LOST," the "Wheel of Time" and 1st Print Kenyon (the authors were there signing) hardcover books were given away, along with "Wheel of Time" bumper stickers/maps, dozens of Bite Me type buttons and of course Comics! Tons of books, samplers and full novels like Kenyon's newest (which was not even out yet) were being given away to loyal fans and it was to the point that you had to choose what to take based on how much you could carry.
The gaming industry really stole much of the show, as Nintendo featured a gorgeous booth and two player games, the new "Donkey Kong Country" and the new "Kirby" game, both of which were incredibly fun and visually supreme for the Wii. Capcom had the much anticipated "Marvel Vs. Capcom 3" (MvC3.com) and it did not disappoint! The game had half of the characters available to play and the graphics and intricate moves resembled MvC 2 Squared! "Red Dead Redemption Undead" looked frighteningly fun, as did "Dead Rising 2."
The Blu-ray release of the movie "Alien: Anthology" was represented with a full sized Nostromo ship stasis setup for four members to go and lie down in. Inside the hibernation chamber were screens featuring a frightening collection of images from the movie to scare the bejesus out of those cramped in the small space with alien face-huggers and worse. Those who made it inside got a free t-shirt too!
Though the panels were lacking, Seth Green was on hand to deliver a brilliant "Robot Chicken" event. He showed a solid 10+ minutes of upcoming footage from the new season and the "Star Wars Episode III Special." Funny. Very funny, it was.
The NYCC was a blast this year! There was so much going on, between the cosplay-inspired fans, the art, the games, the swag, the stars, toys, contests and comics that it was impossible to take it all in. It was a pure adventure and no one could go through the NYCC with the same tales! Next October is already looking like Christmas!
This site has found a new peak. There were 603 visits to RJHUNEKEWRITES.com on 10/12/10!!! Thank you all! Please continue to enjoy the words and Rune Works!
I love to emphasize how kool certain dates or times are, and 10/10/10 (October 10, 2010) is no slouch! Wow 10 10 10! I feel like I am living in a LOST episode today!
I would like to send out heartfelt condolences to the Menke family and Quentin Tarantino in light of the passing of one of the world's great film editors, Sally Menke.
Sally Menke was one of the single most important forces responsible for helping launch the career of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. She edited "Reservoir Dogs" into a dramatic display of suspense, violence and dialogue the likes of which has never been seen. She and Quin collaborated on some of the most rare and innovative works of art, as she worked on each of the genius writer/director's flicks including "Pulp Fiction," "Kill Bill" and the Oscar nominaee for Best Picture "Inglourious Basterds." This is a sore departure and the world will be much grieved at the loss of one of its finest and brightest. Sally was an insightful genius. Sally you will be missed.
Sally Menke had a history of seizures and is believed to have succumb to heat stroke while hiking during the record heat wave in southern California on September 28, 2010. She was 56.
I have turned the tide and started on my journey. Words and Worlds hang in the balance and I am writing it all down before the RJ Tower! Read about my newest novel on CyberwarSeries.com