STAR BRIGHT AND THE LOOKING GLASS is Jonathan Luna‘s first solo creator-owned work after wrapping up THE SWORD (with brother Joshua Luna). In STAR BRIGHT, to be published in November by Image Comics, Luna departs from his superhero and science fiction comics, and works in the dreamy, fantasy-tinged aesthetic of his fine artwork to create a tale of beauty, vanity, and friendship., “After the conclusion of The Sword, I took a two-year sabbatical, but I was always creating,” said Luna of his break from comics. “I played with photography and film, and I learned how to paint with oil, acrylic, and watercolor. I finally decided I wanted to do a fairy-tale picture book.” The end result was STAR BRIGHT AND THE LOOKING GLASS, which tells the story of a wild young woman who discovers her own beauty when she finds a mirror in her forest home. The awakening of Star Bright’s consciousness of her own loveliness also opens her heart to vanity. But when a wicked sorceress steals Star Bright’s beauty Star Bright will learn from her woodland animal friends what the true virtues in life are. “Everything I’m doing with Star Bright and the Looking Glass is so different from what I’m used to. It’s my first time writing alone, and prose for that matter,” said Luna. “I can’t really pinpoint what led me to do a fairy-tale picture book. There’s definitely been a certain kind of imagery in my head that I’ve been dying to put on paper. I’ve been into pop surrealism…
This time out the boys wax nostalgic with tales of Nintendo. Just how much does Dave love Excitebike? Did Matt beat Mike Tyson? Why won’t Ian eat Cookie Crisp? Find the answers to all these and more, plus the usual antics of what the nerds have been up to. http://traffic.libsyn.com/nerdherders/EP_12_NEStalgia_Your_Podcast_is_in_another_castle.mp3
Matt: With the release of 40K 6th ed I decided it was time to paint up my Space Wolves. I always find when doing an army that it’s extremely beneficial to do a test model first and write down how you paint certain things that are going to be consistent across the army. This lets you make sure you like the scheme before you’re halfway done! I tried some new things with this guy including battle damage and weathering using Secret Weapon Miniatures weathering powders. I’m pretty happy with the result and I’ll post more images as the army comes together. Without further ado….
Ragnar calls into the show from within the warp (sounds that way anyway!) to discuss Games Workshop Warhammer 40k Sixth Edition rule set. We dig deep into each segment of the new rules from missions, movement, shooting, assault, and all the special rules. Ragnar is an accomplished 40k player and member of an international judging panel supporting 40k tournament play. His love of the game is infectious and we’re pretty sure you’ll learn a few things from him. We briefly review our happenings over the past two weeks and the things we’re looking forward to. Strap in, this is a long one, two hours of Nerdherder goodness! Check out this episode
This is Ian checking in. Matt and I (along with our buddy John) went to see Amazing Spider-Man last night. It was really good! It felt like a Spidey movie should. Andrew Garfield was excellent as Peter/Spidey and Emma Stone was a perfect Gwen Stacy. The action was good and the scenes of Spider-Man swinging through NYC were awesome. Four thumbs up!
SPECIAL ALERT: Please check out our Nerdherders project on Kickstarter! In this episode, the boys are all over the place with talk about vampire-killing presidents, guilty pleasure movies, naked Easter eggs, RC cars, a new RPG in the works, a cool Kickstarter project and of course, more comic books. Check out this episode Roll Call: 1:58 Radar 16:08 ThunderDome 29:25 Utility Belt 55:54 Dig It 1:05:26 Wrap Up and Contest 1:15:12 Bonus Clip 1:32:19
Here’s one of my favorite models, The Butcher of Khardov! This took about 6 hours total to paint, 7 layers of armor highlights, glazes, washes, but I am very pleased with the result. I tried to imitate the Warmachine art and give his eyes a blue glow. I’m not quite sure I’m happy with the results of that but then again I think the artist always notices what he’s not happy with!
Ah, Wednesday. New comic book day! But what’s this? Double Midnight has acquired some “new” (as in new to the store) second edition AD&D books? First up, the Domains of Dread hardback for Ravenloft. For $18? Score! I’ve been looking for this one and it goes for more than that on ebay, so this was a nice find. Also, a Complete Thief’s Guide for $3. Ok, I have one, but for $3 it’s nice to have more than one so I can lend them out. And…a Monstrous Manual (black cover reprint version) for $3? But Ian, you already have two of them and don’t need it. Ah, but it’s in great shape and only three bucks! So, yeah, the second voice in my head won out and I bought it. The AD&D stuff was a nice bonus to a good week of comics as well, including The Walking Dead #99…what will Kirkman unleash for issue 100? — Ian