Minimalist Star Trek: The Next Generation

Next Generation Minimalist copy

So this is the second in my series of minimalist characters, and I think it is freakin’ fantastic. It’s amazing how iconic each of the characters are without any facial features except for some facial hair and some forehead ridges. (Actually, Worf would still be really recognizable even without the ridges because of his sash). Besides the aforementioned features, you’ve got Wesley’s ugly-ass sweater, Troi’s weird unitard, Picard’s lack of hair, Data’s skin, Crusher’s coat, Geordi’s VISOR and Guinan’s big-ass hat. (I’m really proud of Guinan’s hat. I didn’t expect it to turn out so well without being able to put in more detail).

Also, as a general note, they’re in relative order of rank starting from the inside out. Troi is the exception, of course, because she’s like a lieutenant commander (and then commander?!?!?) or some such nonsense when she’s just a counselor. What? So she outranks Data for no reason but that she took a bridge officer’s test? Dumb. I mean, Geordi runs all of Engineering (and is fantastic at it, by the way) and he’s only a lieutenant commander on the show (and that was after he was already in charge of Engineering).

Some art notes: So I chose Troi’s purple outfit because I think it’s her most iconic. She has a green dress she wore a lot in the later seasons, but…ew. And after she takes the bridge officer’s test, she actually wears her uniform, which isn’t iconic at all. All of her other outfits are not seen as often and are less recognizable. The same debate went on in my head for Wesley. He wore the striped sweater for much of the show, but when he was an acting ensign, he wore a gray pseudo-Starfleet uniform which is pretty iconic, but not as recognizable as the ugly-ass striped sweater. He was also in his cadet’s uniform or a full-on Starfleet uniform for episodes here and there, but I think he would have just looked like season 1 Riker when minimalist (yes, I know the cadet uniforms have reversed colors from the regular uniforms).

Anyway, I hope this isn’t the last of the minimalist stuff.


Related Posts:
Minimalist Snow White
Worf’s Hair
Totally Awesome Things I Didn’t Make: Star Trek Edition, Part 1
Totally Awesome Things I Didn’t Make: Star Trek Edition, Part 2


Obligatory Copyright Notice: Star Trek: The Next Generation and its characters are copyright Paramount. This is a work of fan art. No copyright infringement is intended.


Pride and Family Guy

Yesterday, I had “Slumber, Dear Maid” stuck in my head (see here for the clip–skip to 5:15 for the song, 7:30 for the relevant bits for this post), so instead of watching the entire 6 hour miniseries of Pride and Prejudice, I came up with this:

Shut up, Mary

I think it’s probably some sort of cardinal sin to combine Family Guy and Pride and Prejudice, but I just had to. The more I think about it, Mary is definitely the Meg of the Bennett family.

I’m not sure if anyone who likes Family Guy cares about Pride and Prejudice and vice versa, so maybe this crossover is a lost cause. Let me know in the comments!

Relevant Posts:
The Case for American Dad
Applied Cryogenics at the Turn of the Millenium


Obligatory Copyright Notice: Family Guy and Peter Griffin images copyright of Fox and Seth MacFarlane. Pride and Prejudice image copyright BBC, original book by Jane Austen. This is a work of fan art. No copyright infringement is intended.

Totally Awesome Things I Didn’t Make – Star Trek Edition, Part 2

ACK! Another week’s gone by and my new content isn’t finished! (I’ve got the art done but the accompanying story isn’t!) So instead, here’s some more Totally Awesome Things I Didn’t Make.  Another Star Trek edition!

Various Star Trek Memes:

Credit: Various sources (cited in and agregated from Diply)

Riker Googling:
I don’t use Twitter, but this account might actually be the thing that makes me finally cave in.

Credit: Riker Googling (@RikerGoogling on Twitter)

Away Mission:

Credit: Foxtrot by Bill Amend

Picard with Different Facial Hair:

Credit (and more): Whoviantrekkie on Imgur (Reposted on Tastefully Offensive)

The Trouble with Peeps:
I’d like to say that the people who did this had way too much time on their hands, but then again when I was in high school, I made a diorama with clay snakes colored according to the DS9 uniforms that I entitled “Deep Snake Nine.” This was not for a project.  I seriously had too much time on my hands.

Credit: Unknown (Reposted from George Takei‘s Facebook page)

Collection of Star Trek Facepalms:

Credit: Unknown.  (Reposted from George Takei‘s Facebook page).

Related Pages:
Totally Awesome Things I Didn’t Make – Star Trek Edition, Part 1
Worf’s Hair

Apologies if work didn’t get cited correctly.  I track it back as far as sites continue to source each other to try to find the original artist, but the nature of the internet makes this difficult.  None of the images belong to me and no copyright infringement is intended.

George R. R. Martin vs. Spelling

As promised, here’s my newest (and belated) cartoon!

Westeros Spelling Test copy

This has bothered me ever since first watching Game of Thrones (and then even more so when reading it).  George R.R. Martin cannot spell.

I’m kidding, of course.

GRRM actually does a great job of making his character names (mostly) pronounceable by tweaking already familiar names, such as the ones above.  There are even some names from mythology, though not common names themselves, would be recognizable, most notably Cersei (pronounced like Circe from the Odyssey) and Oberyn (very similar to Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream).  This hypothetical spelling test could have gone on ad infinitum, not just because of the number of weirdly spelled names but because of the sheer number of characters in the books, a lot of whom did not even make it into the TV show.

Naming fantasy characters is hard.  You don’t just want to name them things like “Mary” or “Tom” because they’re too familiar.  But some authors go a little too far in trying to gussy up their fantasy names, thus making them unpronounceable.  X’th’meg’d might look like an awesome name for a goblin warrior or an alien species, but your readers won’t know how to pronounce it, let alone spell it.  If they’re anything like me, they’ll probably just start calling them “X” in your head.

Take a character from the Harry Potter series, for starters: Hermione.  Yes, it’s a real name, both in mythology and in real life.  [[It’s actually a much more common name in Britain than here in the States, where it’s almost unknown (as is Neville).  Check the credits for any British movie or TV show if you don’t believe me.  Not sure, but I think there’s even a Hermione in the crew of one of the Harry Potter movies…]] Anyway, J.K. Rowling said she receiving so many letters and questions about how to pronounce Hermione’s name that she actually put the pronunciation of it in Goblet of Fire.  (For those without an encyclopedic knowledge of Harry Potter, it’s in Chapter 23: The Yule Ball.  She teaches Viktor Krum how to say it right. In Viktor’s defense, I also pronounced it Hermy-own until that point.  Same with Hagrid (Hay-grid = wrong) and Dobby (Doh-bee = also wrong).

I’m not saying GRRM’s system is flawless.  Because the names are often too similar to the real thing, people can often mishear them.  This can lead to friends ignoring other friends’ incorrect pronunciation so they don’t make those friends feel stupid or ignorant, or they can point it out and be a a total spelling jerk.  Sigh.


Related Posts:
Jaime Lannister is a Dynamite Dancer
Totally Awesome Things I Didn’t Make – Game of Thrones Edition


Obligatory Copyright Notice: All characters and books belong to George R.R. Martin and his publisher.  The artwork is mine.  Please don’t steal it without citing it!

Totally Awesome Things I Didn’t Make – Game of Thrones Edition

Just to let everyone know… I’ve got a crazy few weekends coming up (plus some other stuff that I really should be working on instead of spending hours in Photoshop), so there’s not going to be any of my own content for a couple weeks.  There will definitely still be a post every weekend as usual, but it will be the work of others, not me.  So, without further ado (well, there’s a little ado)…

Here’s another edition of Totally Awesome Things I Didn’t Make.  As the title suggests, I didn’t make any of these awesome things, and I’ve tried to credit where I can.  Also, since Game of Thrones is a touchy issue where it comes to spoilers, here’s a ginormous…



Do not read on if


you have any wish


of not being spoiled


in any way!!!


Now that that’s out of the way… Here we go!


Charts Only People Who Live In Westeros Will Understand:
Check out more of them in the link below!

Credit: (and for more charts) Buzzfeed (Citations given under images.  There’s way too many and I’m lazy.)


All of My Friends Are Dead:

Credit: Unknown.  Reposted from George Takei‘s Facebook page.


George R.R. Martin probably doesn’t get invited to weddings anymore, either.

Credit: Unknown.  Posted on I Heart Chaos


If you aren’t reading this comic, you totally should be.  There’s a rather epic subset of comics with an anthropomorphized brain, heart, gallbladder and other organs that’s just fantastic.

Credit: The Awkward Yeti


Daenerys at Starbucks:

Credit: Notkatniss on Tumblr.


Guess Who:
I really want to print this out and make one for myself.  (I actually still have Guess Who from when I was a kid).  Also, it’d be fun to have this on display while watching and just tick down people who end up dying.



Why Hodor Can’t Play Scrabble:

Credit: Unknown.  Reposted from George Takei‘s Facebook page.


House Stark:

Credit: Glockgal on Tumblr.


Other awesome stuff that I can’t repost but you should totally check out:

A glorious, amazing, fabulous auto-tuned Game of Thrones song.  Credit: Melodysheep. Reposted from Sploid.

Game of Thrones Season 4 Blooper Reel.  Credit: HBO.  Reposted on Tastefully Offensive.

The Science of Game of Thrones.  Credit: Joe Hanson and It’s Okay to Be Smart.

Jaime Lannister is a Dynamite Dancer

Jaime Lannister cartoon

I think of this every time I hear this song.  I’m reading the books (A Song of Ice and Fire) and I’m officially caught up with the Game of Thrones TV show.  Woot! I’m officially spoiler-proof! Take that, HBO!

On another note, this is my first piece of art with my new toy! I bought a drawing tablet for my computer.  Not sure if it’s actually faster than drawing with a mouse, but it has the illusion of being better, so I’m calling it a win.  Strangely enough, I had gotten so used to using a mouse that I was actually extremely good with it, so maybe it’s really a step back.  Whatever.  I’m keeping it.


Other Comics:
The Home Despot
Worf’s Hair
Dalek Beauty School

Worf’s Hair

I finally finished my next comic.  Here it is!

Worf Hair Panel 1

In fact, most (if not all) Klingons on screen from Next Generation (even some of the movies) onward have curly hair.  One exception is B’Elanna Torres, who is only half Klingon.  Yet even she went through a season of Voyager with wavy hair (the sixth season, if memory serves).  Since one of her struggles has always been to be less Klingon, I imagine that this post and the conclusions I draw can also apply to her.

Worf Hair Panel 2

In the early seasons (and actually, the picture on the left is actually from one of the later seasons), Worf has short, usually straight hair.  It gets a bit more crimpy once he grows it out to ponytail length, but that’s mostly on DS9 and the movies.  For the show it’s pretty much straight.

Worf Hair Panel 3

Worf Hair Panel 4

Once you see it, you can’t unsee it.  Worf straightens his hair.  I just imagine on those days when it’s just a little wavier than usual, it’s because he was woken up by a red alert and forced to just slap some relaxer on it on his way out the door.

The only other explanation is that Worf actually does have straight hair (for whatever reason) and he crimps it.  Or maybe he goes down to see Mr. Mott the ship’s barber and gets a perm.  Mr. Mott lets him take a look at it after he’s done and says, “What do you think?” and Worf says, “It’s is a warrior’s perm.”

Better yet, what if he decided to go one step farther and lose the Klingon brown and go for something in a blonde/redhead style? “Today is a good day to dye…my hair.”


Related Posts:
Totally Awesome Things I Didn’t Make: Star Trek Edition