The Home of the Creative Mind
Welcome to PooBahSpiel, the online voice and home of the creative mind of Mark Monlux, Illustrator Extraordinaire. Prepare yourself for an endless regaling of art directly from the hand of this stellar artist. And brace yourself against his mighty wind of pontification. Updates are kinda weekly and show daily sketches, current projects, and other really nifty stuff.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
1997 was a fantastic year for movies. There was barely a dull moment as one highly entertaining film after another was released. I challenge you: Go and take a look at what came out in ’97, and I’ll bet you’ll have seen all of them. If you didn’t see them in a theater (which is too bad), then you’ve definitely seen them on television or DVD in the decade since. And if somehow you did miss any, you must go back and watch them. Among a crowd of great films, The Fifth Element made the top ten. I think it holds up over the years due to the efforts of its creative professionals’ production of this romping, futuristic, fantasy sci-fi yarn. It’s become a staple of the sci-fi geek diet.
Monday, April 9, 2012
This film has none of the clichés that other movies use to create excitement. There are no explosions, flashbacks, montages, or car chases. This is a room full of people, educated people, who spend the whole day in a living room tossing around a singular topic. The drama comes from the circumstances of conversation, how logic and faith are fallible, how truth, lies, gullibility and trust can be stretched, ignored, dismissed, or dangerously reconsidered. A lot of folks don’t find that kind of movie interesting or entertaining. Initially, The Man from Earth didn’t impress me, but my mind keeps going back to the questions it raised during the discussion, and how the characters expressed their reactions. Once I realized that I was running the movie over in my head, I also realized that the movie, whose goal was to have these questions mulled over, was a success. Well, as much of a success as a bunch of professors hammering all day on one subject in a living room can be a success.
Friday, April 6, 2012
I'm looking forward to spending my lunch hour in downtown Tacoma at Frost Park to take part in the chalking. The Mayor has declared April 6th at Frost Park Chalk Day. Here is a short video of the presentation and folks involved. And before I forget, here is the new item that inspired today's strip.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
I was so busy talking about ECCC 2012 that I forgot to post the new story that inspired yesterday's strip. Here is the news story that inspired today's.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
I had yet another stellar year at the Emerald City Comicon. There were a lot or requests for another book, so I'm just having to make another one. I'm trying to decide to do a Return of Stickman book, which is long overdue, or another movie review compilation, or maybe both. I look a lot of photos from the table of folks in cosplay and fans who had me draw sketches of them in their book. I was deeply honored when Christopher Baldwin, creator of Bruno, Little Dee and Spacetrawler picked up a copy of my book.
If you would like to see what I drew in his book, he posted it here. As you can see below, the grand and glorious Mr. Baldwin was kind enough to do a quick sketch of an "Eeb" inside my copy of "Spacetrawler".