I live in Oklahoma.
I am located not 15 miles from where this storm took place today. Back in 1999 on May 3rd a violent tornado ripped through the EXACT areas that the one today did and took 36 lives on that date in 1999.
All of my family members are accounted for, but there are many, many people in my state without homes, power, transportation, or anything that they’ve known for their entire lives. They are missing their own family and friends.
Moore, OK looks like an apocalyptic like warzone.
The associated press just posted: “State medical examiner’s office: 37 killed in Oklahoma tornado; death toll expected to rise.”
I hope that any of my followers out there that live here in Oklahoma are safe and well. These tornado outbreaks have also ripped through some of Texas and Kansas, so again for all of you living in those areas as well I hope that you and your family are safe and sound.
This tornado today, what they are saying is the worst one in history, ripped through neighborhoods, elementary schools, hospitals, businesses, and farms. The devastation here is unreal. There are so many children and people still missing.
Now, the point of this post. I am asking for help for my state. Please help. Not for me, but for my neighbors, friends, and for people who are in desperate need. Please.
The best way to assist families is to make a donation to http://www.redcross.org/okc or http://www.redcross.org or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. If you’d like to donate to Salvation Army instead you can text STORM to 80888.
Ray Harryhausen June 29, 1920 – May 7, 2013
He was a MASTER of Stop Motion. And he’ll be remembered forever.
One of the earliest group shots of the initial team of ARMSmasters characters, done as a banner for our blog. The character designs have evolved considerably since then but the essence of them all was getting more established at this point.
From left to right we have Rune, then Kongou, then Aeslyn and Riot in the middle followed by Tyr, Inari and Colette. The dynamics of the group and main story setup have changed considerably since this banner was created but they remain our initial ‘banner 7’ that the rest of the world spun out of, even if the actual group dynamics have altered.
Clean up and color here was done by Mel Miller.
More collaborative art between myself and Mike Winn for The ARMSmasters Project.
Happy 71st Birthday to Marc Alaimo - best known for playing Gul Dukat on Star Trek: Deep Space 9.
May 4, 1970: The Kent State shootings take place.
The shooting of unarmed students by members of the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University, was one of the most notorious domestic events of the Vietnam War Era. It took place in the midst of a protest which itself was a reaction against government policy; antiwar sentiment was widespread throughout the nation, particularly among young people, so when President Nixon announced in late April that the U.S. military was to conduct military operations in Cambodia in pursuit of the PAVN and Viet Cong forces (which seemed to contradict his policy of Vietnamization and détente), student-organized protests on university campuses across the country erupted. These student strikes eventually involved at least 400 campuses, although the National Guard was deployed to only twenty-one of them, one of which was Kent State University in Ohio.
The Kent State demonstration began on May 1; the National Guard was called to the campus on May 2 by Governor James Rhodes, who denounced the student protesters and claimed that they were ”the worst type of people that we harbor in America”, comparing them to Nazi brownshirts and the Ku Klux Klan. Many in Kent and across the nation agreed with the governor’s condemnation of student protests, but just as many disagreed, to varying degrees. When the shooting and killing of Kent State students made national headlines, the issue remained just as divisive, with many believing that the students had brought the violence upon themselves. On May 4, the tensions between the guardsmen and students heightened. Tear gas was used in the guardsmens’ attempts to disperse the crowd, and at some point in the confusion, for some still unknown reason, a little under half of the 77 guardsmen present began to fire into the crowd of students. The guardsmen later claimed that they had been shot by a sniper and were firing in self-defense; this claim was denied vehemently by the students, who admitted to throwing rocks, and also by the New York Times reporter who had been on the scene. The reporter also wrote:
As the guardsmen, moving up the hill in single file, reached the crest, they suddenly turned, forming a skirmish line and opening fire.
The crackle of the rifle volley cut the suddenly still air. It appeared to go on, as a solid volley, for perhaps a full minute or a little longer.
Some of the students dived to the ground, crawling on the grass in terror. Others stood shocked or half crouched, apparently believing the troops were firing into the air. Some of the rifle barrels were pointed upward.
Near the top of the hill at the corner of Taylor Hall, a student crumpled over, spun sideways and fell to the ground, shot in the head.
When the firing stopped, a slim girl, wearing a cowboy shirt and faded jeans, was lying face down on the road at the edge of the parking lot, blood pouring out onto the macadam, about 10 feet from this reporter.
Four students were killed, and nine were wounded (one was permanently paralyzed from chest down). Of the four killed by rifle fire, two had not been participants in the protest. According to eyewitness accounts, the students were shocked at the fact that the guardsmen had fired upon them and even more shocked that they had fired live ammunition instead of blanks. John Filo, the photographer who captured the Pulitzer Prize-winning image of Mary Ann Vecchio and Jeffrey Miller (pictured above), also believed at first that the guardsmen were firing blanks. President Nixon expressed regret for the killings, although he suggested that the students’ disruptive activities had “[invited] tragedy”, and, according to a Gallup poll, the public agreed - according to the survey, only 11 percent placed blame on the National Guard, while 58 percent blamed the students. Eleven days later, two black students were killed at Jackson State University during an antiwar protest, though these events failed to capture national attention as the Kent State shootings did.
So..addictive..can’t stop posting!
Another fun sketch in her signature style. This is Colette, a spunky dungeon delving adventuress in the world of ARMSmasters. Mel MIller (http://javadoodle.tumblr.com/) was instrumental in bringing her to life. Her she is in Mel’s wonderfully energetic and personality driven art style!
A quick doodle of a personal favorite character if mine from the ARMSmasters Project.
Early development art of Aeslyn by Mel Miller! Aint it cool? Back around this time we were still conceptualizing the story and the world and Aeslyn here is more of a sophisticated-older type. We ended up making her younger as her role in the story changed but our current look still has shades of this original and very cool and fun look.
Early explorations into Aeslyn’s color modeling for The ARMSmasters Project.