Monsters in the Movies: The Dark Crystal Skeksis-to-URru Guide!

This is a repost from my old blog, but I was inspired to bring it over after seeing The Dark Crystal on the big screen last week with Steve and my old high school pal Stephanie. What a great time!

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Dear readers, if you’re as obsessed with The Dark Crystal as I am, you want to know all the names of both the urRu Mystics and the Skesis, and even moreso, you want to know who is whose counterpart.

Well, I made a guide. I apologize for the quality of the images. I could not make screencaps, so I took photos.

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My Weird Life: The Dumbbell Monster

My dreams are often quite vivid and I remember almost all of them. On top of that, I dream in both color and black and white, and in cartoons. My dreams often have some killer special effects, too. They are often hilarious, but some are definitely terrifying. Either of these scenarios can mean a dream populated with monsters.

Many years ago—I think I was still a teen— I had a dream that I was pregnant, and in the middle of  a miscarriage. I don’t know how old the baby was or who the father was or anything. All I can remember is delivering a baby that I knew was dead, and there was this awful beast at my bedside, screaming, “YOUR TIME IS UP! YOUR TIME IS UP!”

What did this beast look like? Well,I have drawn it pretty much crystal-clear from memory:
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My Weird Life: The Birdmen.

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This is a photo of my late grandparents’ backyard. In the spring, it was a colorfest of azalea bushes. This photo is from the 1960s, I think,because that stump in the middle on which that kettle is sitting was almost disintegrated by the time I was born in 1971.

But you probably notice something odd. The white patch at upper left, indicating possibly an overexposure, has a little scribble in it. Look closer and it may take on a dinosaur or birdlike shape.

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Flip this photo over and you will find a wild orgy of the brethren of the aforementioned creature.

I drew these things all over everything when I was small; no book, no piece of paper, and obviously not all photos were safe from my scribbling hands. I still have no idea what compelled me to scribble on a photo, though.

I think I even called them the Birdmen then. They had round heads, round bodies, bird legs and feet and what seemed like arms and hands.

One of these seems to have a hat, and I think another might be…pooping? The one at top right is in an awful hurry to get someplace.

I thought about what these beings might look like if I had started drawing them today:

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I don’t know where the Birdmen came from in my brain, but they are kinda fun. I feel bad that they’ve obviously lost their ability to fly.

 

Thanks for reading about the Birdmen!

Book Review: The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins!

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Clyde, my little dimetrodon pal, is here to help review a very beautiful children’s book that I spotted at Goodwill. It deals with a subject I was always fascinated about but never could quite remember the names of people involved and so it was always hard to look up.
Waterhouse Hawkins, a nineteenth-century artist, thrilled spectators in his native England  and later New York City with his life-sized models of dinosaurs–the very first.

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