i have been meaning to tell another person about this for over a year now and am just now getting around to it….

I am sure that everyone familiar with the Iron Maiden album Number of the Beast has noticed that among the sinners burning in the flames of hell along the bottom of the artwork are some people having sex. That might have been kind of cool when I was 12, but it is pretty tame by today’s standards. What is much cooler, however, is the ALIEN warrior hidden in the bottom corner of the full-sized artwork. I looked it up online, but couldn’t find any mention of it anywhere. Here’s a picture of from my poster!

number of the queen

Derrick Riggs, the creator of Eddie, hid several ‘Easter eggs’ in his Maiden work. I read an interview in a graffiti magazine a long time ago in which he claimed to have detested the band’s music, loathed being known for Eddie, and that when he painted the first album cover he had envisioned it being used by a punk band but no one wanted it. It sat around in his portfolio for awhile before the band came across it, and the rest is history.

When I was really young my dad won me a cheap cardboard framed Stranger in a Strange Land picture at the carnival, but I was too afraid of it to display it in my room even though it is easily one of their least dreadful covers. It just sat in my closet, haunting me. Every few months I would take a look at it and get really queasy, then hide it in a different spot.

Moving on, here is the ultimate Iron Maiden album art collection!

Which is your favorite?

3 posts in 1 night! 4 posts about posters in 3 Days!


Foreign Movie Posters

January 29, 2009

Cracked.com has a top 10 insane foreign movie posters list that is worth checking out. Poland had some of the best graphic designers in the 1980s! Here are a couple of samples, but go here for the full list. You won’t regret it.

Weekend at Bernie's?!?!?!

Weekend at Bernie's?!?!?!

Such an effective poster, you don't even need to see the movie

Such an effective poster, you don't even need to see the movie

Yes You Cat!

January 24, 2009

Obama fever has been sweeping the nation of Japan for awhile now, with silly novelty products, comedians doing impressions, lots of black-face  and this:


An 11 year old student of mine drew this on my whiteboard today. Here, cats say nya instead of meow, so read it as Obameow. Pretty clever for a little kid! Throughout the class, all of the students were dropping Obama references left and right. The teaching point was ‘I want to….’ , which got responses like “I want to live in Obama’s house” and so on, but the best one was “I want to walk on the moon [with]Obama!”

I am really happy to have people from other countries, especially here, viewing America in a positive way again.

Link Dump

January 15, 2009

I hate to keep posting links here with no actual content, but I really haven’t done anything in the last week and these links are hard to resist.

Do you like monkeys, dogs, cosplay and oil paintings? Do you have 50 bucks?

dd-050-080610-tg01-20x24It’s a shame that international shipping costs double the price of the paintings.

In celebration of FINALLY getting these (thanks mom!):
Pushead Dunks!

I give you Septic Death!!!


Love H.P.

January 5, 2009

lovecraftA friend of mine has been riding me to get into H.P. Lovecraft for years now, but I  never really dug him that much due to the dragging, convoluted narration. As I am a huge fan of several movies based on his stories and hold said friend’s opinion in high regard, over my X-mas vacation I purchased several of his books (of which I never got to read 90% of; see last post). After reading the first story, my imagination was running amok. I instantly felt an urge to draw out the monsters and cosmic horrors described in his short stories. Despite his shortcomings in verse, he is unparalleled when it comes to weaving alternate realities, dreadful mysteries and tales of the occult. I even named this blog after one of his stories (a movie called Dagon was made based on it as well). For anyone who might be interested, here are a few cool Lovecraft related links:

A 5 part serial dramatization of A Shadow Over Innsmouth featuring Harlan Ellison
(Jeremy this is mainly for you since you are into audiobooks lately)

Dozens of Lovecraft stories free online!

Re-Animator in its entirety for free! 13 parts