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, October 28, 2013

The Comic Critic Reviews Maniac from 1934

You might be thinking that I’ve reviewed Maniac already. Well, I did review a Grindhouse classic from 1980 by the same name, but this Maniac is a black-and-white exploitation film from 1934. Being independently produced, this Maniac was not chained to the Hays Code standards to which the studios were enslaved. It also lacked the studios’ wealth of talent. Some of the actors didn’t receive screen credit.  Others were gathered from the vaudeville circuit and apparently realized a chance for an oversized performance on film. Maniac is extremely weird. You can see it as either humorously bad on an epic scale, or as a brilliant work surreally delivered. It seems at times to diagnose itself as schizophrenic. Following the premise of Maniac is like trying to follow a bean in a carnival shell trick. I finally settled on the definition, “It’s so bizarrely awful, it’s entertaining.” And you have to wonder if an independent sex exploitation film from the ‘30s can pass the Bechdel Test, what’s keeping modern Hollywood from reaching the same high bar?

The Bechdel Test

1   1.     Has to have at least two women.
2   2.     Who talk to each other.
3   3.     About something other than a man.

I promised you photos from the pumpkin carving contest last week. Here they are:



And below is my pumpkin.
And how it looks at night.

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Return of Stickman #1514

This was a real thing. Besides spider venom there was also scorpion venom, and other poisons.

In other news, this will be the first weekend that I'll be spending the entire weekend at home. Then I only have one show in November and one show in December. I've lost count of the number of shows I've done, but I'm confident it's over a dozen. I have enough information now from the last three years that I can make a chart and establish which shows are the ones that I need to give priority. But, before I do that, I need to finish working on my next book and get it shipped to the printer.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Comic Critic Reviews Matango aka: The Attack of the Mushroom People

I can’t help but wonder if Matango inspired Gilligan’s Island. You have a small crew of people with different roles in society cruising the high sea for jollies when a storm comes up and shipwrecks them. In Matango, the island on which they are shipwrecked has barely anything edible on it. Most of the movie is spent revealing the various crew members’ truly cruel and selfish natures as they struggle to survive starvation. It’s a dark and uneasy story compared to the kindhearted Gilligan’s Island, where everybody cheerily works together on their island rich in its bounty: bananas and coconut radios. It’s Matango‘s dark, brooding atmosphere that makes it so creepy. And also creepy is that the mushrooms’ poisonous nature is known, but never truly accepted (except towards the end of the movie). The mushrooms are more than an obvious physical metaphor on human society. Or maybe it’s the evil of peer pressure. Or it might be a bit of both.

Tonight I will be participating in a Pumpkin Carving Contest hosted by the CLAW. I'll be sure to post photos of the various pumpkins later.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Return of Stickman #1512

I'm doing one last strip on this theme because I forgot to send new scripts to my copy editor and this strip only took one sentence I knew I could get right.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Comic Critic Reviews Ginger Snaps

Horror movies have been exploiting hormonal teenagers from the very beginning. The number of sex-themed horror movie tropes is immense—and legendary. What gave Ginger Snaps its box office kick and subsequent legs is how it openly embraced the parallels of the onset of puberty with lycanthropy. You don’t want to talk to your parents, who are at best “lame.” You’re a social outcast morbidly focused on death because you’d rather be dead than be living in high school. So, you’re stuck fumbling for information from such questionable sources as old-wives’ tales, the Internet, and some student nurse. And desperately trying to keep it all together before people notice – the rising body count. This isn’t an “I was a teenage werewolf” movie; it’s an “I was an angst-riddled teenage werewolf” movie. And that twist saves it from being another fly-by-night werewolf film.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Return of Stickman #1509 & #1510

My delay in posting these strips I attribute to getting a cold at QZ con and bed rest before heading out to the Bellingham Comicon Last weekend. The conventions season is not over either. Next weekend it's Geek Girl in Seattle. You can find me the the Artist Alley room.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Return of Stickman #1509 & Logo for Tacoma Games

I hope you're enjoying getting acquainted with Stickman's family.

Here's my fall schedule of events:
Rose City - Portland
Report: I had a great time playing shuffle the artist as the convention staff found my correct place in the order of things. Great dinners out with the gang. The drive to and from was a lot of fun too.
QZ Con - Tacoma
Report: Tacoma worst weather in years! The torrents of rain made for road closures and highway traffic nightmares. The attendance was very low as a result.
October 5-6 24 Hour Comic Challenge - Tacoma
October 12 Bellingham Comic Con - Bellingham
October 19 Geek Girl Con - Seattle
November 2 Jet City Comic Con - Tacoma

One of my projects in September was creating a logo for a new gaming store opening up in Tacoma called Tacoma Games. I came up with three really great ideas that both the client and I loved. We were all happy choosing this one as the winner.