Goofing around with color. Cuz if anything says color, it’s goths.
Welcome to a new weekly feature here at Wighthouse called The Ropes, as in “know ‘em”! As I do research for the comic, I sometimes come across interesting bits of trivia that I’d like to share with my readers. For example, did you know…
…the connection between lighthouses and Godzilla?
As it happens, 1954’s pioneering Gojira was based partly on 1933’s infamous monster movie King Kong, and partly on a 1953 movie called The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. Beast itself was (loosely) based on a short story by none other than Ray Bradbury.
Originally titled “The Fog Horn,” Bradbury’s story painted a picture of two lighthouse keepers, the younger itching to get back to land after three months on the job. The elder keeper related a tale of a hideous aquatic beast that rises from the waters once a year to answer the fog horn’s call. Unfortunately for the youth, that visit would come between now and tomorrow’s shore leave, with disastrous results.
One moment in Beast was particularly impactful, that of the creature coming face to face with its mimic, as shown above. That creature would go on to inform Gorija and, by extension, giant monster movies all down the line. But the original has its own special place in canon, inspiring Replica Co. Ltd to have a go at a more traditional remake of Bradbury’s yarn. Due to copyright problems it may never get released, but you can still enjoy the trailer and possibly lobby for an online release. I love the sketchy animation at the beginning, but could do without the song. You can also read “The Fog Horn” in its entirety here.
Join us next week when we explore a rather unusual Chicago burial place!
Ah, midsummer…when a young woman’s fancy strays to thoughts of ghosts. Okay, maybe it’s just me. :P
Strange as it seems, as fascinated as I am by ghosts and paranormal investigation, I’ve never been on a ghost-hunting tour or joined up with any local investigative outfits. Truth be told, I’m a little wary. Of course I like to get the biggest bang for my buck, not only fright-wise, but with solid research and proper respect. But when I missed a LivingSocial deal on a ghost-hunting tour in Naperville, I thought to myself: why aren’t I out there, mixing it up amongst the supernatural?
So I turn to you, dear readers. Do you know of any decent paranormal investigation societies in the Chicago region? Or, alternately, what are the best ghost tours around the city? Ideally I stay away from “kiddie” or “too much drama” stuff, though a dark sense of humor is right up my alley. Spill your guts in the comments!
My friend Marc brought this article to my attention: three Midwest lighthouses up for auction (the CHL not being among them, unfortunately), with 12 others being given away to qualified agencies. Yes, they actually do this.
If you have always wanted the tallest house in your neighborhood, here’s your chance.
The federal government is auctioning off three decommissioned lighthouses, and the bids are still pretty low.
At last, the dream can be yours! Just be aware of the crippling loneliness, the difficulties in getting back to land, the massive remodeling, the upkeep that goes with landmark structures…and in the case of Race Rock Light (possibly more), the spectral housemates. But then, I wouldn’t know anything about that…
By conventional standards, I went ahead and did something stupid on Thursday: I bought some brushes and an ink pot from Blick. I’d been meaning to do so for some time; I figured I’d start with a brush pen (preferably Pentel), get comfortable with that, then try the traditional materials. A tweet from Gordon McAlpin of Multiplex (for whom I did a guest strip last July) recommended jumping straight into brush inking; a trial by fire, if you will. Although I admire the hell out of people who can wield one, using a brush always scared the hell out of me. I was never good at painting, if I screwed up I was boned, spilled ink ain’t a fun time, etc. On the other hand, I’m never truly happy without a pigheaded challenge, so after diddling around a bit, here are the first real fruits of my labor! (Click for larger pictures.)
So far I’m digging it. It feels natural and flexible, like I could take it far with enough practice. Don’t look for any inked Wighthouse strips in the near future, but if I’m feeling punchy enough, you’ll probably see worthwhile experiments go up in the gallery!