30 DoT: Day 2 - Your Crush
Wow, this thing just cuts right to the chase, don’t it?
I don’t think I really have any major crushes lately. I’m not going out as much, not meeting many new people… Meh. I have a small one that has been going for a while, but it’s sort of off and on, not really one I think I’d try to act on. The last major crush I had…well, let’s just say that every major crush I’ve had with a boy who wasn’t famous has never worked out. Ever. I have a romantic scorecard in the negatives, and I’ve been keeping track since about the sixth grade. I just kind of fail at it. And the last major one stings worse than others because I’d actually broken from my normal routine. We had a reasonably good audible connection. He was pretty much perfect for me.
It’s no secret I have a type. This last major crush fit my type and then some. So I should’ve known it was doomed worse than any couple on a Joss Whedon show—except those guys all got to hook up at least once!
But anyway. To take this out of the depressing realm, I present my art crushes—aka, those people whose art or music makes me swoon.
Gerard will not be on this list. My art crush on him is already a huge given, I think, yes? For the same reason, I’m not listing Amanda Palmer, either.
But I will list this guy! XD You’ve heard me ramble about him, before. Lead singer of Kaizers Orchestra. Intelligent, articulate, charismatic, a huge ham on stage, and way too damn talented for his own good. The man fronts KO, yes, but he’s also got his own self-titled CD and he’s written family-friendly musicals. The aesthetic he cultivates with the band is just this wonderfully bizarre, fun, dreamy world. I really wish it was a real place that I could magically visit on a regular basis!
^ Stormtroops Advancing Under Gas, 1924
I admit, I only really got into Otto Dix’s work recently, during an art history class I took this spring, but in a way I have Girl Apocalypse to thank for bringing his name to my attention. He was an artist who had originally enthusiastically signed up to fight during WWI. Though he earned the Iron Cross for his war services, the experience left him very much a changed man. For several years following, his work focused on the horrors of war and the suffering endured by soldiers in the aftermath.
If anyone knows where I can find an inexpensive Dix art book, let me know.
If you don’t know who Ben Templesmith is, I’ll give you a hint:
Aka, “The 30 Days of Night Guy”, although that title could just as easily go to series writer Steve Niles as well. (Dark Days is the second volume of the trade collections.)
I can’t appropriately explain why he’s awesome. You kind of just have to pick up one of his comics or one of his art books (I highly recommend Tommyrot) to really get it. His use of color is amazing, and I absolutely adore the wispy, smoky way he does things. If Kaizers Orchestra ever wanted to tell a story via comics, I’d probably nominate Gerard Way and Janove to team up on writing and Templesmith to draw. It might seem like it’s too out there, but I’m almost fully convinced it would be an awesome match-up.