Week Fifty Two

22 Feb 2007

Posted in 2007 Archives by sarahbakerhansen on 23 February 2007

— When I was younger, my sister and I rabidly read “X-Men” and “Red Sonja” comics. So when I heard Bemis resident Dane Watkins created an online, animated comic, I was all about learning more. “The Call of the Dead” is a 22-part, animated, black-and-white comic strip, a new “episode” premieres daily at eatmydata.co.uk (click on the skull). The story is one of “zombie love” and the work is basically a series of skulls, animated in line drawing. The animation spans three paneled strips, and skulls in each strip “communicate” via flying balls, catapults, gears, conveyer belts, pulleys, mechanical arms and human hands.

The tone of the piece is slightly sentimental. It’s about love, but with a sort of seedy underbelly — after all, these are lovelorn zombies. The pieces continue running online through Feb. 25. The final episode will be unveiled at a closing party Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Bemis Underground, 12th and Leavenworth. Online viewers can sign up for a daily email reminder to check out the next episode of the strip during its run. Also, take a look at the link that gives instructions on how to apply a temporary “eat my data” tattoo. The pictures are a trip.

— If you have a blank space that needs immediate filling, check out the Lincoln Print Group’s sale Feb. 22-24 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The sale features original prints from UNL faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in all sizes and media. The sale features a benefit raffle featuring some framed pieces, proceeds going to support the group. The sale is held on the UNL campus, Richards Hall, Room 121.1. Hours are 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb 22; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. For more information, call 402.472.5522.
— Sarah Baker

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  1. lindsey said, on 2 March 2007 at 7:24 pm

    i would also like to add that i created a number of fine “red sonja” frame reproductions, painstainkingly inked and filled over a magazine rack with an internal light and frosted glass top (i.e. my makeshift tracing table) in my parents’ dining room.


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