I was really sad yesterday when I learned that actor Chadwick Boseman passed away from cancer. I'm a huge fan of the Marvel movies and thought he did a kick ass job portraying T'challa, aka the Black Panther, in four different movies. And although the Black Panther solo film was not my favorite of the series it was by far the most culturally significant movie in the Marvel universe, and cinema in general, for the way it portrayed the primarily African American cast of characters. I remember hearing about people taking classrooms full of children of color to go see the movie when it came out for the opportunity to see themselves as the hero on the big screen. Fans loved his character and we were all looking forward to seeing Chadwick return for the sequel. It really sucks losing him right now in the middle of the pandemic and civil unrest due to racial injustice.
Last night I started reading Lord of the Flies again. I had to read it in middle school or high school as an assignment but I don't remember much besides the general story of a bunch of young kids getting stranded on a deserted island and becoming savages. What I'll never forget is a scene from the 1990 movie where they kill the character named Piggy. He was a dorky fat kid in glasses and I saw myself in him cause I was/am a dorky fat kid. I think that scene scarred me for life. It's a short book and I'm 3 chapters in right now. When I'm done I'm gonna rewatch the 1963 black & white movie and the 1990 color version.
After posting this on Instagram someone commented about a real life "Lord of the Flies," where 6 Tongan schoolboys got shipwrecked and stranded on a deserted island for 15 months in 1966. Their story was a much happier than this book by William Golding.
Just went thru emails, updated my calendar, made a couple phone calls, worked out at home, walked for a few miles, and rented Jojo Rabbit. Tomorrow I go back to work on this sumumabitch.
Redux on the left. Original artwork on the right.
When I printed the EMN shirts with the original artwork, a lot of the smaller details were washed out or blurry. Now that I'm going to print more I decided to redo the parts of the image that weren't so sharp. I printed the original artwork in black & white on paper then highlighted the parts that came out blurry on the t-shirt. I then digitally made some of those lines thicker and redrew others completely. This should result in a better looking print on the next batch of shirts. I feel like I did what George Lucas did to Star Wars when he released the Special Edition versions of his original trilogy.
I crossed these things off my to-do list today: