Hello Everybody, today I am honoured to say I have been nominated for the “Sunshine Blogger Award” by a very kind young lady named Annlyel from Annlyel Online. Annlyel has an awesome site covering a whole plethora of pop culture subjects. Whether you like blockbuster movies, artwork or fashion you will find articles written covering it and there are even Star Wars posts too. Longtime regular readers of my blog may remember Annlyel from a post where I designed a lightsaber for her named after her favourite lipstick….Moondust.
To follow the guidelines of the Sunshine Blogger Award I need to thank and acknowledge Annlyel and provide a link to her site (done^) and answer the 11 questions posed by her. Next I will need to nominate and link to 11 further bloggers and ask them 11 questions in return. However as I will explain below I might not be able to do that, instead I will make some recommendations of some other great sites. So I had best get on and answer some questions…Ok Annlyel first question please…
A: If you can, which movie is your favourite of all time?
FT: Well apart from my life story which I’m working on, I guess it would have to be the Star Wars saga. Technically I know that the question asks which movie is my all time favourite but I see the story in SW as a whole and it covers more than just the one film.
A: Have you been to Disney World? If so, what’s your favourite park?
FT: No sadly not, since Disney bought out Lucasfilm there are a lot of Stormtroopers and even Kylo Ren sneaking around the parks and they don’t like Jedi types like me much!
A: Who’s your favourite Star Wars character?
FT: It probably doesn’t come as big surprise if you know me but my favourite is Qui-Gon Jinn. He was a great Jedi who didn’t always stick vehemently to the rules but he always bent them for the best reasons.
A: Who’s your favourite Marvel superhero?
FT: Spider-man. Peter Parker and Spidey have been my favourite since I was a youngling wall crawler.
A: Who’s your favourite DC Comics superhero?
FT: That title goes to Batman for this question. I was fortunate enough to get to read quite a few of the original comic books where Batman was much grittier and relied on his martial arts skill and brains rather than gadgets. The characters were also very complex especially if you look at the personal lives of people like Commissioner Gordon etc….far from clean cut.
A: What’s your favourite guilty pleasure, pertaining to food?
FT: I quite like 1/4 pounder beef burgers with cheese and relish (and of course side salad) but I have read that they may not be the healthiest food on this planet. However they do taste so much better than the food capsules the Jedi quartermasters issue and I only have burgers now and then, not every day!
A: What city is on your bucket list to visit?
FT: I need to visit New York/Gotham City…..I know Batman quite well and he lives in New York/Gotham and does a great job running his YouTube channel.
A: What’s your favourite pastime activity?
FT: Some people may know that I am a keyboard player and have performed live on stage. I toured around the UK and even travelled to Poland to perform I also helped teach music technology to younglings in my neighbourhood.
A: Wakanda, Coruscant, or Hogwarts; which of these fictional worlds would you love to visit?
FT: Well, I have been to Coruscant so between Hogwarts and Wakanda, hmm, probably Wakanda. I am a fan of technology but at the same time I like the natural environment too so seeing all the desert, dunes and landscapes merging as one with the tech would be an experience.
A: What’s your favourite novel of all time?
FT: I read “Sherlock Holmes – Hound of the Baskervilles” when I was young and it has stuck with me.
A: What’s your favourite sporting event?
FT: I really love watching MotoGP motorcycling, how people like Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso can control a 200mph motorbike without the benefit of the Force is amazing to me.
Now I have to nominate 11 fellow bloggers for the award, however I know from past experience that most of the people I would nominate have been voted for already or would be too busy to participate. So to get round this problem I will just post a few recommendations for sites you might like to visit.
I have a couple of artistic themed recommendations for two sites, the first is a blog that highlights the world of street art and is run/produced by a young lady named Resa. The site is named Graffiti Lux Art and More. There you will find an explosion of colourful street art photography and Resa has recently started to post fictional writing inspired by the artwork on the streets of Canada.
The second is Darksider Confessions and a young chap named Xen. Now normally I wouldn’t recommend folks visit a Sith minded individual but Xen has just taken his first steps into the larger world of graphic design and started studying an online course. It would be great if you could go and give him some encouragement. He edits images and makes animated versions of the originals (including Jedi character pictures hence why I am adding his site!).
And as I have been nominated by Annlyel…I should also give a shout out to her extremely talented sister Uzuri who also has a blog, named Uzuri Art. Uzuri has recently posted a series of Star Wars inspired images and her Princess Leia portrait is shear perfection. So please go check Uzuri’s fantastic site too.
If you are a fan of reading then you may like to visit the The Beachy Reader which is a book review site that is run by my longest blogging friend Gigi (though to me Gigi will always be a Princess 🙂 ) Gigi reviews a range of genres so there should be a book recommendation for you somewhere on her site.
And now I will introduce you to my good friend and collaborator TheVintageToyAdvertiser and his sidekick Wooof! TVTA and Wooof! run a blog dedicated to all things advertising, be it adverts for Scandinavian kitchen suites, LEGO sets, action figures all the way through to comic book covers and movie poster artwork. All meticulously scanned and presented with a great sense of humour. I also have to mention this duo as it is TVTA and Wooof! who challenge me to come up with lightsaber designs based on various pop culture themes such as Charlie’s Angels, Starsky and Hutch and have provided me with fantastic feedback and crticism to help me improve my designing. Thanks guys!
My final two recommendations are for two young ladies who are big Star Wars fans. They are Kiri and Mei-Mei, who both write great articles about the “Galaxy Far Far Away” and they also have a long running art project where each lady colours in a Star Wars Mandala image and compare their results with each other.
Kiri can be found at starwarsanon.com
Mei-Mei can be found at JediByKnight
Oh, and I very nearly forgot two more ladies I know of who have a great site dedicated to graphic novels. Nancy and Kathleen run the site Graphic Novelty2 and as you may have guessed write articles reviewing comic books and graphic novels. They range from Marvel and DC Comic favourites all the way through to more obscure independent artists and writers such as Jeff Lemire. Nancy and Kathleen are also fully fledged librarians so they know their stuff!
Again I apologise that this post doesn’t adhere to the Sunshine Blogger guidelines but I hope you enjoyed my answers and have fun checking out my recommendations. As a treat I did add a few never before seen images from my virtual saber collection that I have been working on recently. Thanks again to Annlyel for my nomination and don’t forget to visit her site. Now I have to get ready for this weekends’ post and will have to leave you….busy, busy, busy! Thanks for checking this post out. Till next time….
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