Art giveaway

All righty! Let’s do this thing.

On July 1st, I’ll give a random commenter a free commission, a $25 value. Just leave a comment answering my question below.

Rules:

  • If you win, but don’t reply within three days of my attempt to contact you, I’ll select another random winner.
  • I won’t draw porn. Aside from that, I’ll take a crack at drawing anything you want.
  • Giveaway ends June 30th, 11:59 PM PST.

And now, the question you must answer:

What’s the best book you’ve read/movie/TV show you’ve watched lately?

Go!

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25 thoughts on “Art giveaway

  1. You’ve ever heard of Act of Valor? It’s a awesome movie. Honestly, it’s really touching. The soundtrack is amazing (I already have the whole score), the plot leaves you on the edge of your seat, and not to mention that it really makes you feel sorry for the soldiers in the movie. They go through a serious test of honor, courage, you name it. I like the fact that it really connects to the wars we’ve had in the previous years of the world, like WWII. I think the main morale of the story is “With no sacrifice, there’s no peace.”

    Or something like that. I sink at understanding the morale of stories.

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  2. Oooooh shoot. ;w; I haven’t read/watched much of anything lately… I did see the hunger games when that came out into theatres… was pretty good, but I wouldn’t say it’s one of the omgbest things I’ve ever seen. But in terms of “lately”, probably the best. XD I also read the book, and that was the first book i’d read in a long time.

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  3. Sounds fun. πŸ™‚

    My favourite book as of late is actually a series – the Pip and Flinx adventure series by Alan Dean Foster. You have to be into sci-fi, but the author puts quite a bit of thought into alien culture (one species resembles praying mantises and uses hand gestures to display how it’s feeling since it can’t display facial emotions like humans) and tries to use a decent amount of factual science, though he delves into a lot of hypothetical science as well. Helps that the characters themselves and the plot are fairly interesting (though the ending to the series could have been a bit better). He also has some other books from the same universe which are pretty good as well.

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  4. The best TV show I’ve seen lately has been Game of Thrones. It sticks beautifully to the source material without going too far off. Plus, the characters are all grey and no one is strictly good or evil. Everything is kept on a realistic level and NO ONE is safe. Be prepared for a lot of favorite characters to get killed off. D: Yikes!

    As for books I haven’t really read too many this year. I’ve got a few I’m looking forward to reading soon. ‘The book of Lost Things’ and ‘The Child Thief’ to name a few.

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  5. I haven’t read any particularly amazing books recently, or seen any particularly amazing movies.

    But TV shows…well, do cartoons count? Because if that’s the case, I’m currently loving the Legend of Korra…sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender.

    There’s plenty of reasons for it. The animation is superb, and they really show the fluidity and power of the martial arts styles they’re replicating wonderfully. This sequel is a little darker than the original ATLA, but still very intriguing, especially because even in a fantasy-world where martial arts shoot elements, there’s still this powerful feeling of realism to it. Things happen in the city the story takes place in, and you can instantly make connections to our own history, know that the characters are making mistakes or sympathize with the various groups making power plays or whatever. Character design is interesting and it seems there will definitely be plenty of room for character development, which is always nice–who likes stagnant characters? And the setting is lovely–a strange but entirely fresh-feeling Asian-setting-meets-roaring-twenties-meets-steampunk mix, which is delightfully entertaining without beating you over the head. In today’s era of cartoons, in which things are frequently just weird or bizarre and nothing lasts more than an episode, it’s really refreshing to see a genuine STORY. It’s nice to see that at least ONE set of creators still remembers that cartoons can be an art form and a wonderful storytelling medium, instead of just ‘for little kids.’

    Yeah, I’m definitely in love with this cartoon right now. πŸ™‚

    ~VelkynKarma

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  6. The best movie I’ve seen is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, although I don’t think I need to tell you what it’s about. πŸ˜›

    By far the best television show I’ve seen is Adventure Time, this cartoon about a sword-wielding, twelve-year-old boy (Finn) in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world… which is a nod to Dungeons & Dragons and the like. He goes adventuring with his brother, a talking dog with magic powers (Jake). Finn is the last human, and was adopted by Jake’s family as a baby when they found him in the woods. It’s off-the-wall and not exactly a “little kids’ cartoon”, but it’s in better taste than, say, Invader Zim. It’s pretty much the only thing on TV I watch.

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  7. *looks at the other comments* Sheesh, we have to go into detail on it? x_x

    The first thing that comes to mind for me is The Avengers movie. I really enjoyed it, and it was the first movie in a long time that I was willing to go to the theater more than once to see. I think it was also the first time Rich and I went to the theater since the little one was born.

    The most recent show I’ve seen that I liked was MLP: Friendship is Magic. We don’t have any TV channels, so any shows we watch are on Netflix/Youtube/Hulu. Or on a specific station’s site, like with Once Upon a Time (ABC), which I also enjoyed watching.

    I can’t say as I’ve read anything new lately, which is rather sad now that I think about it. The newest, I think, was from Christmas time with The Tehran Initiative, by Joel Rosenberg. I’ve tried re-reading some of my favorites, but it’s hard to find time to read with the little one running around (and me napping when he’s napping). Rich is trying to get me to read Harry Potter so he can speak freely about it (he doesn’t want to give anything away).

    So, that’s it. Nothing particularly interesting or original. πŸ™‚

    ~Lisa (Mishael)

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  8. Ooh, that’s a tough one. I’ve always loved reading, and movies are fun, too.

    Right off the bat, for movies I would have to say “Hugo” or “Wall-E”.

    I just saw “Hugo” last night, and I already love it. The characters are amusing and fit their parts incredibly well – Hugo Cabret, the orphan with a sense of duty and and uncontrollable curiosity who longs for his deceased father, or any kind of family, really; the forgotten George Melies who grieves over his bright, lost dreams and past; and the Station Inspector. Holy biscuits and gravy, he’s the best – comedy relief in the form of a handicapped policeman who takes his job way too seriously, and occasionally comes off as cruel, though one can’t help but sympathize with him and his lovestruck tendency to attempt to impress the local florist. The one aspect of the film that really hit home with me was Hugo’s statement near the end, that to live without a purpose or to be incapable of fulfilling one’s purpose is like a broken machine – it can be fixed. I was really touched by this movie. I would see it again in a heartbeat.

    “Wall-E” is in a class all its own – I rewatch it all the time, it never gets old. The poor little garbage-compactor robot in the devastated future of Earth who meets his first fancy-shmancy girl robot. Ah, memories… Wall-E is just the cutest. Not to mention the graphics are amazing and the mini side-plot with M-O the floor-scrubber is adorable.

    Book-wise… eh, I don’t know. I like too many of them to pick a favorite. Recently, though, I had to read “The Poisonwood Bible” for my English class. Good book, that – it’s very deep and mysterious, although the changing perspectives can be a little disorienting at first. Rachel Price’s is the most entertaining – her spoiled, somewhat “valley-girl”-ish attitude is so unlike those of her mother and sisters, but it’s not so over-the-top as to turn people off. It’s subtle, amusing. Every chapter holds great significance in this book, and it’s close to (if not over) 1000 pages long.

    That’s my two cents, hope it’s not too large a post ^^;

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  9. Just finished the Book of Job, which is my all time favorite book. I read it at least once a year, and never get tired of it. It fills that need to kick those people who have a quick insipid answer to deep spiritual problems. If I want a quickie nostrum, a bit of religious pablum, a fine cliche to post on facebook, I can always go to the latest Chicken Soup for the Stupid anthology, but if I want something with meat to chew off the bone, some ideas worth wrestling with, then I go to God, and He confronts me with answers that I don’t like, but I love.

    On the other hand, I’ve also just finished up Dances with Dragons, the fifth in the Game of Thrones series. I’m still enjoying the book, and he mentions the game of cyvasse a little more and I think it would be really awesome if some enterprising game maker made the pieces and wrote up some rules. Part chess, part stratego, part Blitzkrieg.

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  10. Well, I’d have to say the best movie I’ve watched lately was The Hurt Locker. It was about the technicians of a bomb squad in Iraq disabling bombs. It was riveting and extremely tense, especially realistic both bomb-wise and with the psychology of the characters portrayed. A new favorite of mine, but Twelve And Holding was really good too . . .
    Well, best book recently was “A Voice In The Wind” by Francine Rivers, a love story between a Jewish slave and a handsome aristocrat, compellingly told in about . . . 70ish years after Christ’s death. The trilogy was VERY good and are my absolute favorite books to date. There was seriously so much intricate plot that I can’t really summarize it well (even the summary on the book flap was awful) but I am SO glad I went for those books!
    As for TV shows . . . pfft, I dunno, I don’t watch much TV, but the last show I watched was the Cosby Show which never fails to make me laugh even with a re-run. ^^
    Well, there’s my answer. Long. But maybe you’ll like it πŸ™‚ I wasn’t expecting that question at all XD

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  11. The movie that I’ve watched most recently that I’ve enjoyed the most was “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” Of all the movies, this one is my personal favorite. I personally loved the book myself because it felt it focused more on the emotions and drama of the characters rather than connecting the book to the overall plot (which it ended up doing anyway obviously). As far as the movie goes, it was awesome to actually see the different sides of characters come out, provoking the characters to be seen in a new light. For instance, the character of Draco Malfoy. In the previous books, he was a snob and a bully. In this book/movie, we see the frightened side of him, even to the point where he cries in the bathroom before Harry confronts him. I love it when I see characters being shown in a different light when they are under a lot of pressure to do something, where there true self begins to emerge.

    Anyway, that’s why I loved it so much. Wish I had the time to read more books, but I’m too busy writing my own fanfiction! XD

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  12. Funny you put this as your question. I was thinking it might have been you that recommended Athol Dickson to me–was it? I just finished “Winter Haven” and thought it was very good!

    And I just saw Snow White and the Huntsman the other night. Loved it!!

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  13. Book – Wool by Hugh Howey
    Movie – Summer Wars (Anime)
    TV Show – Re-watching last season’s Doctor Who – it’s amazing how much I’m enjoying this ride the second time around!

    πŸ™‚ Loved the character sketch you’ve already done for me, I use it as an avatar everywhere! Hope to get more work commissioned soon – whether I win or not!

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  14. Movie: Avengers. It lived up to the hype.
    TV Show: Probably Psych
    Book: Hmmm… So many… of the most recent… that are are published… I’ll go with Family Shephards, by Voddie Baucham

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  15. Hoo boy. Recently? That’s tough, as I’m already critical enough…

    Best Movie – Recently, I have to say The Avengers. Oh, I had my fair share of problems – such as its insistence on having humor in every single scene, which weakened some parts – but I had fun. Really, that’s what matters. The actors all did a great job; I _did_ laugh; and let’s be honest, the chances of them getting this movie right with that many characters to focus on was quite small. Not a groundbreaking movie or amazing story, but enjoyable and well-done.

    Best TV Show – I really, really don’t watch TV, so my choice goes all the way back to 2010: Human Target. Namely, the first season. _Only_ the first season. In a nutshell, think Indiana Jones-style adventure set in the modern day. This show was such an absolute blast to watch, and got so many things right. Character interaction and depth was fantastic, plot was solid, music superb, and most of all it was just a fun adventure show.

    The funny thing about the show, is that it’s incredibly cliche in a lot of ways. Especially plot-wise. But it somehow executes it just right, where they embrace the cliche enough to make it really work. In fact, it’s the execution which made it one of my favorite series, and I highly recommend you check it out. *cough* Just… stay away from the second season. Everything I said about execution was flipped on its back.

    Best Book – Hmm, that’s tough. I haven’t read too many books recently. However, for placing something here, I’ll put Catching Fire, the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy. Not for the book itself, mind you(much of it I found rather pretentious, actually), but for the conversations that followed. A couple of friends and I decided to read through the book together, and then had a group conversation once we were finished. We’ll go over anything from character development, to the setting, to the messages presented. It’s been really enjoyable, and that enjoyment does attach to the book itself, in part.

    Also, I really respect your choice up there, John DeVera, and agree with the sentiment. Too many people are fine with the cute and nice little sayings that are thrown around, when really digging in and struggling with the truth is where the real growth and meat is. Solid point.

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  16. Wow… paradoxically hard question.

    Book: Haven’t done much reading other than my own stuff as I get it ready for release at the end of the month.

    Movie: I’ve only seen 2 movies recently. One I didn’t care for. It was too disjointed. The other was the 1922 Douglas Fairbanks version of Robin Hood. Yep, that’s a silent film. It was a good one, too. Very silly in parts … and pretty cheesy in others … but I enjoyed it.

    TV: I don’t watch TV, except old series on DVDs. Lately, someone recommended I check out Dr. Who, so I watched a 196_ serial. I have another one waiting on my DVD player to watch. It was pretty amusing.
    I’ve also watched the 197_ episodes of Mission Impossible recently. Those were fabulous. I enjoy the plots and just how sneaky they have to get to catch the Bad Guy.

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  17. Hey Kessie;

    You draw gud, er well; very well, I like.

    “Act of Valor” is the most profound movie we’ve watched recently although “Magnificent Men in Thier Flying Machines” (yeah the old one with a young Red Skelton in it) comes in a comedic second.

    It’s hard to choose, we’ve seen so many good ones recently (I spend a lot of time at the library picking out titles).

    Books? Well I just read J.B.Larson’s “Star Force” series. That was excellent, can’t wait for the next book in the series. Another quite different type is the “Solar Clipper” series about the rise of a Merchant sailor through the ranks. It reminds me of the books my father collected about the US Merchant Marine (he was one during WWII) and their lives afloat. Once again I’m awaiting the next book in the series.

    Speaking of really great series, Dave Webber’s “Safehold” series is outstanding (he’s a great writer IMHO) and for a change of pace from Space opera Taylor Anderson’s “Destroyermen” series is fantastic. Webber and Taylor work are close friends and collaborators. Destroyermen is about an old WWI style pacific fleet destroyer at the outbreak of WWII that get’s sucked into a parallel Earth where evolution happened very differently. It’s a good read even though I don’t believe in evolution per se, let’s say God was experimenting with a different mix of species and decided to add Humans to the mix. Safehold is all like Horatio Hornblower (yeah, sailing ships) with space ships and hi tech in the background.

    We don’t have a TV so I can’t talk about that.

    Write and draw on sis

    SGD
    dave

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  18. I’ve rediscovered “Airwolf” on Hulu lately. I used to watch it with my dad when I was a kid, but now I love it for other reasons. The music is awesome, despite being highly synthesized (1980s!!), and the action is a bit far-fetched, but the writing it top-notch! The episodes are well-written and it’s even got story-arcs, a rare treat for action shows from the ’80s. I love how the characters interact with each other. Stringfellow Hawk actually struggles with decisions (and grows!).

    Love your site, Kessie, and the artwork. Keep up the good work.

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  19. What’s the best book you’ve read/movie/TV show you’ve watched lately?

    hmmm… I haven’t watched a movie in three years…need to watch something beyond kiddie movies soon.

    book: recently??? Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl…

    I don’t watch T.V.

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  20. Kessie,
    I am finishing up Broken Angel by Sigmund Brouwer, and it was an exciting read! I will definitely be reading more of his work. The plot centers around a young woman who is trying to escape from a hardcore fundamentalist version of Appalachia, a region of the country that is separate from the United States. Her father, who has a sketchy past, tries to help her escape but soon falls into the hands of Appalachian agents. Caitlyn is not your usual protagonist. She is lightweight (but strong) with longer than normal limbs and has a severe hump in her back. So, this odd and sweet character is being chased due, of course, to her deformities and their implications for the Appalachian way of life.

    The story’s driving force is the myriad of interesting characters, especially her father and the others she picks up as friends along the trip. It is tightly woven, with great action, dialogue, and narration. Character development, as mentioned, is very good (evil characters have a reason for being evil, which I don’t encounter evey time I read a Christian fiction book), and the Tension is tight!

    I won’t give away the conclusion, but definitely an excellent read and an indication that Brouwer’s other stories are worth a look!

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  21. Best? I have to pick A best?
    Hard to choose, so I think I’m going to combine the “lately” requirement with “pretty darn good.”

    Book: I haven’t read too many print books lately, and those that I have wouldn’t go into the “best” category (they were good enough that I wouldn’t mind keeping them, though).
    So on to the Kindle library.
    Let’s see….How about One Good Knight, by Mercedes Lackey? It’s somewhere in the middle of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series, but each novel manages to stand on its own. In other words, it refers to other novels in the series, but I’m not struggling to figure out what the heck is going on. I picked this one to start the series with because of their take on the “dragon kidnaps virgin” scenario.

    Movie: X Men Origins: Wolverine
    Yes, I love the Marvel movies. It’s been a while since I’ve watched the other X Men movies, so I can’t say how this one compares, but it was great just the same.

    TV Show: Once Upon a Time…or Grimm. Take your pick. The first one has a fantasy feel, while the second (true to its name) definitely ventures into horror territory.
    But a fair chunk of the theme is the same in both: what if all of these fairy tales we’ve read were REAL?

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  22. Let’s see… I’m in the middle of reading a book right now, but it’s not fiction… It’s called “The Happiness Advantage”, and it turns the idea that “once you become successful, you’ll be happy” on its head! I’m quite enjoying it.

    As for fiction stories, I’m re-reading Fullmetal Alchemist, which is a graphic novel series, and it’s really amazing! It’s about two brothers who are alchemists and are searching for the philosopher’s stone–amazing characters, amazing plot, great action, incredibly FEELING-inducing… All-around fantastic.

    For TV shows, I’ve been watching Avatar: Legend of Korra, and have been enjoying it immensely! I already love the universe set by its predecessor, and seeing the way it’s developed in the new series has been really cool!

    Also… does Pokemon count? I’ve been totally getting back into Pokemon lately. I’ve been playing HeartGold, and it reminded me that I haven’t read Pokemon Adventures in AGES and I am just going to have to go crazy reading all of it. I am so excited about this, you have no idea.

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