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March 31, 2018

darth_vader_by_al_lau

My brother is a big fan of Star Wars, as am I. And he recently had a baby boy. I drew a cartoon as a homemade card to send to him. What do you think of it?

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Only one more week until The Last Jedi! Set your phasers on stun. Which starship or character are you excited to see in the upcoming movie?

drawing: star trek

September 9, 2016

star_trek_enterprise_by_al_lau

Dear fellow trekkies and adventurers of all kinds.

I can’t let this week beam by me without doing a little drawing in honor of the Star Trek universe. The tv show (namely, the original series, The Next Generation and Voyager), and the movies have inspired my imagination for so many years.

My sketch shows the classic Enterprise traveling at warp factor 9.

Happy 50th Anniversary, Star Trek!

photo: comic con

October 16, 2013

As always, New York Comic Con was a blast, be it a crowded venue. Suprisingly to me, as a casual gamer, there were no booths for Microsoft Xbox, Sony Playstation or Rockstar Games like previous years. Nintendo did have plenty of representation with stations featuring their Wii U, DS, Mario and Donkey Kong lines. Still, with less video gaming stuff, that gave me more time to browse comics, toys, collectibles, meet other artists and take photographs. Here are some pics I want to share with you.

enterprise

star trek

man of steel

game of thrones

gandalf

raven

cartoon: no signal

August 7, 2009

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star trek collectibles

May 12, 2009

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If you’re a fan of Star Trek, then Burger King is the place to go for stuff from the latest remake directed by J.J. Abrams.  Burger King has four drinking glasses – Kirk, Spock, Nero and Uhura themes.  About $1.99 each.  There are also 16 toys – 8 characters and 8 Trek ships and gadgets that make sounds when a button is pressed.  Check out their commercial too.  They say you can get a toy with the purchase of a kids meal, but for the most part, it depends on the cashier or the manager.  Most of the time, you can just ask for the toy and not have to eat the fast food.

As for the movie, I give the Star Trek film my seal of approval.  It appeals to both the avid fans and the new-comers to the Star Trek universe.  A job well done, J.J., for breathing new life into what was an aging franchise.  In fact, it feels more Star Wars-like, except with a much better delivery in character development.  It has lots of action – laser guns, aliens integrated into society, etc.  And some crazy shaky camera angles a la Battlestar Galactica.  Don’t worry no spoilers here.  Just go see it and have fun.

In memory of the great Stan Winston, the special effects, costume and make-up guru of many of our childhood fave movies, we geeks salute you. He is most known for his work on Terminator, Jurassic Park and of course, Aliens. He made our hearts pump with fear and excitement, not to mention, pop out of our chests! Most recently, his team created the awesome suit for this summer’s superhero hit, Iron Man. Personally, I will remember him for his work on one of my all-time-favorite sci-fi/horrors, John Carpenter’s “The Thing”. And, I quote a friend of mine who commented on Stan’s monsters, “He has some imagination!”

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