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“updated” cartoon Beatles

Posted in artwork, music, television with tags , on May 5, 2010 by reccaphoenix

A little experiment where I drew the late-period Beatles in the style of the Beatles TV cartoon.

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Guns n’ Roses Songs: A Chart

Posted in artwork, music, shameless parody with tags , , on December 15, 2009 by reccaphoenix

Inspired by Dan Meth’s Early Beach Boys Song Topics Chart (from his series of geeky pop culture charts, which are totally awesome), I created this chart of Guns n’ Roses song topics.

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I know it’s not exhaustive; despite being a huge Gn’R fan in the past, I never accumulated their entire discography.  So I’m working with what I know.  It’s not perfect, but I find it amusing just how many songs of theirs fall into the “sex and women” category.  I could have simplified this in the interest of a funnier chart but I wanted to get everything in there somehow.  I hope you enjoy it.

And Happy Holidays.

My “mandala” for The Who

Posted in artwork, mod, music with tags , , , , on October 1, 2009 by reccaphoenix

I made this several years ago, and recently re-discovered it on my computer while cleaning out my art folder…

(c) 2008 Recca Phoenix

(c) 2008 Recca Phoenix

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It’s a “mandala” of sorts for my favorite band of all time, The Who.  The way much of their music and albums are organized sort of lends itself to the mathematical and geometric organization here, I guess.  4 (band members) is such a nice number, and it plays into many of their works.

Now for the explanation.

Obviously, the overall background motif is a British flag….because the Who were British and it has at least something to do with them.  Which leads me to the next feature, “MOD” at the center in a mod symbol, the R.A.F rondel.  The Who came out of the mod subculture and were originally sort of a “modsploitation band” called the High Numbers who wrote songs about mod stuff.  Moving outwards from the center, we have the blue ring of the rondel, the 4 band members as expressed by 4 songs showing the 4 personalities of Jimmy, the main character of the album Quadrophenia.  These songs are the “themes” of each of the band members: “Bell Boy” (Keith Moon), “Is It Me For A Moment” (John Entwhistle), “Helpless Dancer” (Roger Daltrey), and “Love Reign O’er Me” (Pete Townshend).  The red bars radiating from the center contain the names of the band members.  The “records” represent 4 of the Who’s most well-known/representative songs, “Baba O’Riley,” “I Can See For Miles,” “My Generation,” and “Who Are You.”  The lyrics of these 4 songs are written on the diagonal white bars that cut through them.  Finally, the 8 triangular blue sections in the background are the 8 best albums by the Who (which is obviously a matter of opinion, but most would agree with me): A Quick One, My Generation, Quadrophenia, Who Are You, Tommy, Live At Leeds, The Who Sell Out, and Who’s Next.

So that’s my little “fan art” for my favorite band.  Hope you enjoyed it.

Eerie Photos of Post-Bubble Abandonments of Japan

Posted in anime, artwork, cinema, japan, reviews/opinions with tags , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2008 by reccaphoenix
I hope this post makes up for my past and pending long absences, as it has several links to sites with LOADS of interesting things to look at and read.

Like one of my favorite blogs of all time, Web Urbanist, I have a poignant interest in photographs of abandoned buildings.  I especially love abandoned entertainment centers like malls and theme parks. There happen to be quite a few of these in Japan, remnants of the “bubble” economy of the 1980s.

Anyone who’s seen Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is familiar with this situation – In the beginning of the film, Chihiro’s father mistakes the “abandoned” resort they come across for one of these post-bubble abandoments.  It’s a haunting, beautiful, fascinating sequence, accompanied by Joe Hisaishi’s ethereal, soft piano score.  Seeing the scene in the theater gave me chills.  You can watch it for yourself here (the scene I am referring to starts about halfway through the clip).

A similar feeling comes over me when I look through photos of other post-bubble abandoned entertainment spaces in Japan, which I found on this website.  The site is all in Japanese, but that’s what Recca is here for, yes?  Not really….but I am going to discuss some of the most haunting and profound of these locations.

And one last note: Most of these places are not listed by their “true” names on the Japanese website.  I have designated these “code names” with quotes.  Also, the geographic locations the website gives for them are very general.  This is to prevent vandalism and/or legal issues (many abandonments are legally “no tresspassing” areas that, despite their derelict status, are not supposed to be visited).

“M Land” (Gifu Prefecture)

The caption for this photo read “boldly kicking up dirt.”

These poor decaying unicorns seem to be smiling eerily at us.

“Theme Park T” (Northern Honshu)

The collection of photos from T Park shows rusted-over ferris wheels and roller coasters rising out of the mist.  The mood reminds me of a horror video game, or my old high school campus, which was on a mostly-abandoned naval base.  It had a rather “post-industrial wasteland” feel to it.

The caption for this photo said (roughly) Suddenly I turned around and saw a charming ferris wheel

The caption for this photo said (roughly) "Suddenly I turned around and saw a charming ferris wheel"

“G Kingdom” (Yamanashi Prefecture, near Mt. Fuji)

Perhaps the most startling due to the prevalence of near-mint fairy tale-like locales and figures from various cultures.  It reminds me a lot of Spirited Away, even though the Continue reading

Mock inspirational poster from “if….”

Posted in artwork, cinema, shameless parody, Uncategorized with tags on June 22, 2008 by reccaphoenix

Here’s the first of what could very easily become its own series…..non-inspirational posters using images from Lindsay Anderson’s awesome film if….(click for full size)

Poor, poor Mrs. Kemp.

I’m putting out an open call for more of these!  Sometime or another I’m going to be posting a crapload of screenshots from the movie too, so you can use those.

Coloring Books!

Posted in anime, artwork, comix, disney, fun stuff to do, merchandise, nostalgia, television, video games with tags , , , , , , , on June 15, 2008 by reccaphoenix

I stopped coloring in coloring books for fun around the age of 9. The only coloring I ever did after that was on my own drawings, or with kids I was babysitting. But, after reading a hilarious post at X-Entertainment devoted to “Sh*tty He-Man Coloring Books,” I wanted to color something. Something nostalgic. From my past.

And lo and behold, I found an awesome site with all sorts of COLORING BOOK scans from cartoons, video games, and anime of the past. I did a nice picture of Super Sailor Moon (which, on second thought, has WAY too many complexities to be colored by a kid….) but that was unfortunately lost. So, lacking anything to color with at the moment, I will present to you my Corel-Paint-Crayon-Tool-colored masterpiece, “Bauhaus Mondrian Pony” (click for full size):

Happy coloring! And feel free to link to your own colored page (only 1 please) in your comment!

The “Wright” Stuff

Posted in artwork, merchandise, Uncategorized with tags , on May 14, 2008 by reccaphoenix

I really like Frank Lloyd Wright’s art and architecture. This is a little something I drew (one of my first attempts with a vector graphics program) inspired by his style:

the wright stuff.

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Thought about using it for a tshirt design, but decided against it. Let me know what you think!