The Launch of “Eating Disneyland”

52031420072Hello Everyone! I added a new tab, Eating Disneyland, on my blog which focuses on the food at Disneyland. I will review the food, post pictures, and hopefully provide you with some good insight. Look out for updates and be sure to check the tab! Our next trip to Disneyland is in July, so look for more updates after!

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Calling All Artists!

Jack & Sally SketchHere is my in-progress sketch of the iconic scene from Disney’s Nightmare Before Christmas. I am using oil pastel for the background and I’m not sure what to use for the characters. Oil pastel may not be detailed enough to define the characters, so I’m thinking colored pencil, then outlining in marker. I want the characters to stand out from the background and love to implement mixed media. Artists, what do you think? I started this before I moved to California and I would love some suggestions for the direction I should go in.

Book Review: Ozma of Oz

Rating: 5 out of 5 (Perfection!)

Ozma of OzBeware the Wheelers! However, you shouldn’t beware of this whimsical and wonderful adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s third Oz classic novel. Ozma of Oz, written by Eric Shanower and illustrated by Skottie Young, is a graphic novel written for the young adult audience and everyone who enjoys anything related to the Wizard of Oz. This is the third installment in Marvel’s Oz series. I was quite excited to find this graphic novel due to an assignment for one of my classes in library school.  I love anything Wizard of Oz (except the “King of the Forest” song…I fast forward that part of the movie, so annoying) and the idea of making this into a graphic novel sparked my intrigue.

The Skinny

Making their way to Australia on the high seas, Dorothy and Uncle Henry must survive a tumultuous storm that threatens to send them overboard. Dorothy finds herself separated from Uncle Henry and while searching for him she is swept off deck into the stormy sea.  She finds a chicken coop to use as a makeshift boat and falls asleep to pass the time.  When she wakes, she meets a talking hen named Billina and finally reaches the Land of Ev. Convinced she is “not in Kansas anymore” (considering this hen can talk and only in magical lands can animals talk), she embarks on a journey through this mysterious land to try to find her way back home once again.

My Thoughts: Don’t Mess with Dorothy

Deep blues and purples make the moon almost glow from the page

The glowing moon jumps off the page.

This was my first time reading a graphic novel and I have to say I see why they are appealing and addicting.  The first thing that caught my eye was the amazing artwork. The illustrations are Tim Burton-esqe invoking an edgy and dark tone, but still colorful and eye pleasing.  Due to some of the dark themes and content, such as murder, beheading, and war, the artwork complements the plot providing a seamless and blended reading experience.  Graphic novels are mostly artwork and illustration so it is extremely important ensure a continuity between that and the story.  This artwork inspired me to create something based on these illustrations which I will begin to work on soon!

The story itself is fun, interesting, and engaging. The quick pace of the story keeps the reader engulfed into the story and allows the reader to finish the book within an hour easily. This is what makes graphic novels so appealing to young adults, because they can be finished quickly and do not need a large time commitment.  This graphic novel is great to use to attract reluctant readers and provide them a fun and entertaining story to sink their teeth into. Another great thing about this graphic novel is the character of Dorothy.  In the movie, she is polite, proper, and cheery which the graphic novel expands and makes Dorothy a more complex character. In the beginning of the novel, she is scared and dependent upon others; however, she makes a great transformation into an independent and fierce female by the end of the book.

I love this story because it reminds me of the Disney movie, Return to Oz, which is very similar to the plot of Ozma of Oz.  The movie  translates the dark and sometimes creepy images and themes to life.  Return to Oz features most of the characters in Ozma of Oz with addition to characters that are featured in the other Marvel Oz series.  Let me just say that this movie is not a typical Disney movie.  To a kid, it will be terrifying, especially the characters of the Wheelers.  Check out the trailer and see for yourself!

Overall, I really enjoyed this graphic novel and found it to be a well done adaptation of a literary classic.  I highly recommend this book for people who love Oz, artwork, comic books, and graphic novels.   Be sure to check out the other books in this series from your local library: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Book 1), The Marvelous Land of Oz (Book 2), and Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz (Book 4).  Reading them in order is not necessary because each story stands on its own. There’s no place like home!

Winter is Coming!

Are you ready?  Tonight is the premiere of the highly anticipated season 3 of Game of Thrones and I am extremely excited!  This season will be the most bloody yet and filled with shocking moments.  When we last saw the Stark’s, Lannister’s, and the rest of the gang, war broke out on all fronts across the land and the struggle of power came to a bloody confrontation.  The last scene we were left with finally unveiled the infamous and mysterious White Walkers (a cross between zombies and the cursed pirates from Pirates of the Caribbean when they are in the moonlight) that will sure to play a large role continuing forward.  Jog your memory by watching the last scene from season 2 below!

Opposites Attract

I was searching the web for interesting art related to Games of Thrones and I stumbled upon some gems that I thought you guys would enjoy.  Since I am such a Disney fan, I wanted to see if anyone created art mashing up Game of Thrones and Disney.  Even though Disney and Game of Thrones are pretty much polar opposites, it’s interesting to see how they go together.  I found some great ones, enjoy!

Pretty sure she would rule all other Disney Princesses

 

Here is Daenerys Targaryen as a Disney Princess and her Disney dragons including, Pete’s Dragon, Maleficent in dragon form, and the Epcot dragon Figment.  Mushu from Mulan would have been a good inclusion; however, there are only three dragons in the show so I understand his absence.

 

 

 

Poor Wendy has no idea...

Poor Wendy has no idea…

Can you guess the Disney characters and match them to their Game of Thrones’ counterparts?  My favorite here is Phil from Hercules as Tyrion Lannister (one of my favorite characters in the show and books).  I like how he is by himself calculating the situation and the scene captures his personality perfectly.  Who is your favorite character from the show and does it fit the Disney counterpart?

 

Don't mess with Scrooge McDuck

Don’t mess with Scrooge McDuck

 

Duck Tales takes a serious turn when Scrooge McDuck becomes insane with power and eliminates potential heirs that could threaten his throne.  This art isn’t for kids obviously, but I thought it was very creative and captured the brutal tone of Game of Thrones.  There is also humor with the tagline, what do you think of it?!

 

If you have never watched the show I highly recommend it, you will not be disappointed!  You can rent season 1 & 2  and check out the books from your local library!  Otherwise, if you are all caught up all you can do is wait a few short hours till winter comes!

Interpretation is in the Eye of the Beholder

What do black roses and nineteenth century New Orléans mansions have in common?  Nothing at first thought; however, I used these seemingly unrelated objects and translated them to correspond through photography.

This black rose was one of many I received for my birthday from my boyfriend Frank.  The black rose is significant because when we started dating he bought me a fake black rose with the thought of finding them one day for me.  Well he did find them and they are gorgeous!  “Black Magic” roses are actually a deep red and not jet black.  If you see jet black roses, they are either dyed or fake because they do not grow in the ground.  I love these roses because they remind me mostly of Nightmare Before Christmas and a little of Beauty and Beast.  I would imagine that these would be the flowers that Jack would give to Sally.  I used Pixlromatic for iPhone to add the effects and I added some extra “Disney Magic” with the sparkle.  It keeps the dark/gothic tone to the image, but adds that small interesting twist.

Maybe Jack consulted the Beast as to where he got his rose…

The mansion is actually the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland and not from New Orléans.  I’ve actually never been to New Orléans, but would love to go and do ghost tours.  I used Pixlromatic for iPhone to edit and add the effects.  I tried to make it look like an old photo and make the tourists look like ghosts caught in the photo.

Do you dare enter…I do I love Disney!

It’s interesting to see what you can do with a simple camera and relate seemingly unrelated things into a cohesive story based on my own interests and feelings.  Interpretation varies from person to person based on their emotions and feelings giving credence to the cliché saying, “a picture is worth a 1000 words.”

“…We can gaze into the stars and sit together, now and forever.  For it is plain, as anyone can see, we’re simple meant to be.”

~Jack & Sally