“Kings”… I’m hooked!

There’s a new series on NBC, called “Kings” with Ian McShane (Deadwood, The Great Escape) and Chris Egan (Eragon).


Set in the modern day but in an alternate reality, familiar and yet not, “Kings” is a modern retelling of the David and Goliath story, from the point where “David” meets “Goliath” onwards. In this case “David” is David Shepherd (Chris Egan). “Goliath” is a huge tank belonging to the Gath enemy army. After defying orders and crossing into no-man’s-land in order to rescue captured comrades (including Jack, the son of King Silas), David becomes a reluctant hero to his homeland, Gilboa, in the mistaken belief that he was responsible for the destruction of the tank and the saving of Jack. In fact, he was in the act of surrendering when a stray grenade did the destroying for him.

In gratitude, King Silas (Ian McShane) gives him a desk job he doesn’t want (he would rather be at the front with his comrades) and which causes a rift between Silas and his own son, Jack (Sebastian Stan) and leads to Jack’s turning against his father.

Add to this, the machinations of Silas’ brother-in-law, William Cross, whose megalo-corporation (Cross Gen) maneuvered Silas into power and has a vested interest in maintaining a war (cough “Dick Cheney” cough “Haliburton“? cough…) and the Reverend Samuels, literally God’s voice on Earth, who sees the writing on the wall, and you have powerful drama.

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Also featuring Wes Studi (Dances with Wolves, Last of the Mohicans).


My new toy!

Product Photography

I watched a film called “Mirror Mask” the other evening and was so inspired by the artwork of David McKean in it that I wanted to get back to doing something creative. However, I knew that in order to do some of the things I wanted to do I would need an art tablet.

Using the mouse just doesn’t give me ability to do fine work and accurate lines or shapes I need. Unfortunately, I simply wasn’t going to be able to afford one for some time.

Imagine my surprise, then, when Christmas morning, I opened my gift from my sister, brother-in-law and niece and found AN ART TABLET!

I will still have to wait until I can get necessary the files copied from the accompanying DVD to my hard drive in order to use the appropriate art programs. Still, just using it with the freebie software I have been using for several years the stylus made it possible to do much finer and accurate work than was possible with the mouse.

It ain’t much, but the following it the first little bit of artwork from scratch using the tablet and my old software…



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