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Apologies for falling behind on some work--a cooking marathon this past weekend pretty much took up most of my time and energy (but I at least had the chance to make meatloaf).  Since no one has gotten sick from my cooking--not yet, anyway--it looks like it was worth it.  But some things had to be put aside, so Sneak, Tiffany is almost done, but she'll have to be posted early this week.  One cannot split time between working on a computer and working over a hot stove and oven! :)

Christopher Nolan's new film Interstellar is set to open this week; it's a return to science fiction from Nolan.  The film follows a group of astronauts as they make one truly giant leap for all mankind--they travel through a stable wormhole to find a suitable planet for humanity to migrate to, since Earth is dying.  The most recent trailer and a featurette on the film are here:……

Back in 1984--thirty years before Interstellar--a manga in Japan also explored mankind's giant leap into space and its effects on humanity.

That manga was Yukinobu Hoshino's 2001 Nights.   Beginning in June of 1984 and running until June of 1986 in the comic magazine Monthly Super Action, 2001 Nights  presents a series of stories all linked by humanity's drive into deep space, beyond Earth....and certainly far, far beyond Earth.

For me, 2001 Nights is the best science fiction comic I've read.  Of course, if someone dropped a copy of Moebius's The Airtight Garage in my lap, I may change my mind.  But for now, Hoshino's series is number one.  Drawing from Western and Eastern sources--the SF stories of Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey, Rendezvous with Rama) and James P. Hogan (Inherit the Stars, Code of the Lifemaker) in particular--Hoshino crafted stories that could stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of written SF.  In what has to be a strange twist of fate, Hoshino has also adapted three novels by Hogan--Inherit the Stars, the cerebral but action-packed The Two Faces of Tomorrow, and Thrice Upon a Time.  There are several homages to the film 2001 present as well. 

Hoshino backs up keen writing with incredible artwork. Some examples:……………

Someone once remarked that they found Hoshino's work "old".  I don't know whether to give them new glasses or unscrew their heads against the threads.

Some of the stories are truly remarkable--one story in particular follows a character that is trying to figure out "Who am I?"  "What is my purpose?".  The character turns out to be a planet.  Yet the best story has to be "Lucifer Rising", which follows a Vatican priest (who is also an astronomer) as he joins an international crew that is investigating the mysterious planet Lucifer, which lies right outside our solar system.  But Lucifer has dark secrets that tests the priest's reason and faith...and there's also a killer aboard the spaceship.  "Lucifer Rising" navigates the battle of science and faith without resorting to heavy-handed nonsense; at a time when this battle is occurring again--a squabble between two camps of fundamentalists, according to a real Vatican priest/astronomer--this story still packs a punch.

In fact, 2001 Nights still maintains its power even after 30 years.  Hoshino also never forgets the spiritual side of things--as we move further out into space, how will that affect us in terms of mind, body and soul?

Think of 2001 Nights as a complement to Interstellar (just mind the 30 year gap).  The entire manga was translated into English years ago, but one can still find it at a good price.  An animated adaptation of the manga was released in 1987:…

And two stories were recently adapted as part of the CGI feature TO:…

Hoshino also released 2001+5,  a collection of stories that were originally slated for 2001 Nights but were not included.  It hasn't been officially translated into English, but you can find a scanlation out there.

Don't be put off by the age of 2001 Nights.  As a work of science fiction, it should stand among the greats.  That most SF fans haven't heard of it is a shame, but not a surprise.

Interstellar opens on November 7, 2014.  I'll definitely try to see it--after I've re-read a few issues of 2001 Nights.

"I sell my soul, but at the highest rates."
    --Harlan Ellison
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: BT-Satellite
  • Reading: Berserk Vol. 5; Echo
  • Watching: Claymore Vol. 1; Gundam 0083
  • Playing: Grand Theft Auto 5; The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Hot chocolate


Marc McKenzie
United States
Current Residence: Hillsborough, New Jersey
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Favourite genre of music: Hard rock, movie soundtracks, jazz
Favourite photographer: Annie Leibowitz (sic)
Favourite style of art: Manga-influenced, science fiction and fantasy
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Favourite cartoon character: Daffy Duck
Personal Quote: "Every drawing has to be struggle if it is going to be any good."--Robert Fawcett

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Elfyah Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your support!
SneakyLizard Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I see ya just uploaded the Tiffany turnarounds. What'll be after that now?
slawyn Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks for the fav and watch!
RedShoulder Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
You're welcome!  You've got a lot of great work, keep it up!

"I sell my soul, but at the highest rates."
     --Harlan Ellison
SneakyLizard Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, RedShoulder. How much percent of the next Tiffany pic is done so far now?
SneakyLizard Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, RedShoulder. I'm excited for the Tiffany turnaround prelims.
RedShoulder Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
I've started on the actual turnarounds, but I'm going to post the color versions on the weekend--hope you don't mind me not posting the pencils and going straight to the color version!
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SneakyLizard Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's okay. Does this mean there's still a chance for the Johann spectral piece to be uploaded around Halloween?

And BTW, can ya make one of his poses similar to this?…

One thing to note about Johann is that he often displays symptoms that are commonly associated with individuals possessing dissociative identity disorder. Therefore, he suffers from a mental illness that is Bipolar Disorder.

In the pose, one side of him (his good and innocent side) tries to suppress the darkness within him, whereas his other side (his demonic side, with the Slender Man-like face) forces him to kill innocent people, among other bad things.

What do you think of this idea for the Johann spectral piece?
JACAC Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014

h e l l o . Marc:wave:

t h a n k . y o u . f o r . t h e . k i n d . :+fav: . =)


i . h o p e . m y . o t h e r . p h o t o s . a r e . a l s o . i n t e r e s t I n g

i f . y o u . g e t . t h e . c h a n c e . i . w o u l d . l o v e . t o . r e a d . a l s o . y o u r . c o m m e n t s


s m i l e . s u m m e r . i s . o u t s i d e . =)=)

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