Friday, May 18, 2007

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Illustration Friday: Sign

"Look, Muad'Dib- worm sign!"
(If you don't get it, ask your parents to explain.)

King Otto: All right! Tell the leader that we are ready to die for him the moment he gives the sign!
Brian: What sign?
King Otto: The sign that IS The Sign! THAT shall be The Sign!
(Deleted Scene from Monty Python's Life of Brian)


Jen, Joe & I watched one of the greatest science fiction epics of all time tonight, Star Trek II, The Wrath of Kahn. (Mandy wasn't interested.) All was well until Spock died- then suddenly poor (nine year-old) Joe began wailing uncontrollably and wouldn't stop. I asked him why it upset him so much, since he'd seen people die aplenty in movies before. "I know," he sobbed, "but Spock was so GOOD, and died for his friends!" I tried my hardest just to listen to him and understand what was upsetting him, rather than just give him the usual bullshit of advice parents come up with. Eventually Jen & I calmed him down. I promised him we'd watch The Search for Spock tomorrow. I always thought it was a big cop-out when they decided to bring him back to life- (and apparently so did Director Nick Myer to the point he almost took his name off the movie,) but now I thank God they did! Poor kid- traumatized by Star Trek. The Legacy of the Geeks passes from generation to generation...

TTFN
-Tony

26 comments:

Craig J. said...

But good sir, didn't Nimoy himself direct The Search for Spock?

Tony LaRocca said...

(Wow! That was quick- I just posted!) Nick Myer directed the Wrath of Kahn. After completing the film with Spock dying- that it's full stop DYING- Producer Harve Bennet had extra footage shot (the "remember" scene and the shot of Spock's torpedo casket on the Genesis planet) Juuuusst in case they wanted to bring him back. Nick Myer was furious, saying on the DVD commentary that he felt the movie was strong because it actually was a movie, and that Paramount had just basically turned it into another big-budgeted TV episode.

Aravis said...

Oh, poor Joe! Like father, like son. Yes, at least he'll be able to take comfort in Spock's revival.

But wow! I haven't seen that movie in over 20 years, I think...

Raising him on the classics. Good for you! *G*

Rayne said...

Oh, poor Joe!
But you guys handled it so sweetly. And it says so much about his character, how he recognized the sacrifice and oh, all of it.
Let us know if he feels better after watching the next one.

steve said...

Ha ha! I'll have to check both of those films out again--it's been too long. Perhaps they made Spock come back to life especially for little folks like Joe. It reminds me of one of my favorite fantasy series Star Wars (so many people call it sci-fi--yeah, right!). I felt as if the new trilogy was geared towards much younger audiences (hey, Lucas must've known there was a profit o be made off them toys, though funny enough, it was mostly twenty and thirt-something guys hanging out in the Satr Wars isle at the local Wal Marts, including myself on occasion). Anyhow, this was a great little read and you did a fine job on your sign!

Ginger*:) said...

I felt the same way when Spock died.... and also when little 'Jonny One Eye' the dog in a movie I saw with my Dad when I was about 8. I'm with Joe. It's hard to take when someone so good has to go. Glad you could get your hands on the sequel.

Your sign is also quite memorable.

ValGalArt said...

i think that is cute as hell that he was that chocked up about spock! Very sweet and touching and i'm glad you can bring him back to life for him. It reminds me when I saw movies when I was little and sad things happened & i cried and cried. Love your signs!

VallyP said...

Aww Tony, poor wee Joe. maybe that's why they brought him back! Perhaps there were so many kids who were devastated by his death it was almost compulsory!

Love the sign! That's brilliant!

PsThanks for coming by again too, and for the kind words.

Anonymous said...

Your sign is graphic, realistic and dramatic ... just like when you have to worm the whole family :)

bookbabie said...

cute story and I like the illo, but I don't get it, maybe a little brain dead though after a tough week, tried to heat my coffee in the cupboard this morning:(

juan said...

You see giant worms, too ? You should check this one:

http://en.creationarena.com/forum/topic5.html

I was lucky that day !

studio lolo said...

What sweet parents you guys are to Joe. I always knew you had in in you. Your secret is safe with me!
I like your worm sign but don't understand it. Some things just shouldn't be questioned...like where the bodies may be hidden, for instance!

imwithsully said...

I agree. How could they have a more without him? Nice work on the sign. How did you accomplish the look?

merlinprincesse said...

I cried so much when Spok died!!!! I'm glad they ressucitated him... And it was so funny to see him make his special pinch to the punk in StarTrek four...Hhehhehe. OK I'm a geek! Love your illo! I've read all Dune too.... And seen all the Monthy Pythons.... I'm a SUPER GEEK!!! :) *but i've not seen all Dr Who..moi... *

merlinprincesse said...

SPOCK? IT WRITES SPOCK?????

Tony LaRocca said...

bookbabe & studiololo & (Whoever else)

The desert planet Arrakis (otherwise known as Dune) is from the book "Dune" by Frank Herbert. On this planet are giant sand-worms. While the first book (Dune) is one of the great sci-fi classics, I just couldn't get into the sequels. None of them seemed to have the epic quality of the original. Although the Sci-Fi channel mini-series adaptation was far truer to the book (especially the ending) the 1984 David Lynch movie is a hell of a lot better to watch!

I made the image in 3ds max, the maps for the signs were made in photoshop. The sky is a regular blue sky re-hued orange :)

vfm4 said...

that's terrific! :-)

i love the Dune books - but not the movie..

french toast girl said...

I love the pic, and I agree with you about only liking the first book, even though I will now perpetually think of Sting when I read it.

As for Joe; he's a loving and good-hearted boy, just like his dad. Give him a smooch for me, and for Pete's sake, watch the next movie!

Caroline said...

What a great boy you are raising!

That's a good sign you know...

Tony LaRocca said...

Elena- "The spice IS the worm! The worm IS the spice!"

Thank you all for your kind comments. Joe is the sweetest kid in the known universe -though Hellcat would be happy to know that Amanda- on the other hand- will probably follow in her footsteps... :)

Jennifer Blake said...

great pic and great post...Nicely handled with your son too... :) .

I thought of the movie dune... and I thought of those worm digger machiney thinga ma bobbers they have for the oil tube tunnels .... (maybe Im totally confused) (yeah.. I am...) Great ill tho! ...

Studio Zuga said...

oh so ur sign is from dunes i remember the book and here i thought it was pertaining to that movie kevin bacon was in about giant earthworms under the ground out in Az. still great look to it where every the idea orginated. and about the spock issue uhmmm i can relate to ur son's feelings actully i forgot all bout tose movies til u brought them up this week now i remember how much i liked them and remember that scence of spocks casket beging shot towards genis planet. but there nothing lik eth original ST tv seris "beam me aboard scottie, aye captain"

Twisselman said...

Yes, Wrath of Khan was the best of the Star Trek movies. Toast to you and your signs.

ChristyMarcusLitster said...

love the sign! lol.
I think I cried when spock died too... when I was a kid that is.... haha

Larry Lee said...

Because we weren't allowed to go to the movies (church rule at that time), Khan was the first two movies I saw in the theater (my friends and I sat through two showings [only paid for one -- good to get that off my chest]). I too remember being rather sad that Spock had to die. For a long time, I couldn't hear a bag-pipe version of Amazing Grace and not think of Spocks funeral. He was the most {sob} human. Leonard Nimoy did direct "Search for Spock".

Some believe that the spice mines of Kessel mentioned in Star Wars refers to Dune. I've also read where the worm skeleton is also a nod.

Nice job on the sign. Love the realism. How do you afford 3ds?!?

HARDWAX said...

Oh, I love worm signs, and this is a beauty and Joe is a cutie. I miss Spock, even though he's alive apparently.