Posts Tagged ‘magic’

‘Enchantée!’ — “Eerie Cuties”

One of the more fun web comics I fol­low is “Eerie Cuties” about a trio of sexy super­nat­ur­al teenaged girl­friends and their equal­ly super­nat­ur­al friends. (Ace, below, is actu­al­ly a were­wolf.) All the tropes of typ­i­cal car­toon teenagers com­bined with all the tropes of typ­i­cal car­toon super­nat­ur­al events. I this case, its dating.

But what do you do when you’re dress­ing for a date and one of the oth­er ‘cuties’ is mak­ing moves on your guy? Espe­cial­ly since appar­ent­ly this is not the first time (or the sec­ond, or the third … ) that this has happened?

ec20130114a Why, you get spell­cast­ing Moth­er to do some­thing about it.

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Appar­ent­ly this is not the first time this has hap­pened, giv­en the almost casu­al way she casts her spell, and most like­ly with the same person.

“Dungeons & Dragons” — The Hypnotic Side

When Dave Arne­son showed Gary Gygax the new game he and his friends were play­ing, it prob­a­bly did­n’t occurr to either that they were on the brink of cre­at­ing not only a new game but an entire­ly new type of game, result­ing in a rev­o­lu­tion­ary new gam­ing industry.

Dave Arne­son took the tra­di­tion­al minia­ture game, where minia­tures rep­re­sent­ed groups of indi­vid­u­als and start­ed using them to rep­re­sent indi­vid­u­als. He also added the ele­ments of char­ac­ter class­es and expe­ri­ence lev­els, allow­ing for char­ac­ter spe­cial­iza­tion and growith. This was a rev­o­lu­tion, in that play­ers could project them­selves into the char­ac­ter, devel­op­ing them over time and play. Since both he and Gary Gygax were avid mina­ture ship game play­ers, he shjowed Gary his game and togeth­er they cre­at­ed Dun­geons & Drag­ons.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing ““Dun­geons & Drag­ons” — The Hyp­not­ic Side”

The Doctor (Maybe) in the House (Movie)

Word is that Mar­vel Comics, fresh off the suc­cess of such movies as Iron Man and Thor is now look­ing at anoth­er char­ac­ter for a pos­si­ble movie. That char­ac­ter is Doc­tor Stephen Strange, oth­er­wise known as Doc­tor Strange, Mas­ter of the Mys­tic Arts and Sor­cer­er Surpreme.

Image by Frank Brunner

Doc­tor Strange is one Mar­vel’s less­er-known (which puts him in the same class as Iron Man and Thor, come to think of it) and old­est (Strange Tales #110. July, 1963) char­ac­ters, cre­at­ed by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko. Doc­tor Strange was once Doc­tor Stephen Strange, a suc­cess­ful but arro­gant sur­geon, until an acci­dent dam­aged his hands such that he could­n’t prac­tice. His only hope was the mys­te­ri­ous fig­ure known as the Ancient One, but Doc­tor Strange soon real­ized his path was away from his sur­gi­cal prac­tice and instead the prac­tice of the mys­tic arts. The good Doc­tor has sur­vived many changes and many tri­als in his com­ic career, and giv­en his back sto­ry, could make for a good movie.

And that is appar­ent­ly what is hap­pen­ing. Accord­ing to the Twtich Film web­site, here, Mar­vel already has a script in hand, from screen­writ­ers Thomas Don­nel­ly and Joshua Oppen­heimer, who were respon­si­ble for the recent Conan reboot movie, and are report­ed­ly in the process of con­tract­ing a direc­tor and seek­ing the right actor to play the part. (Of course, there was a Doc­tor Strange movie, a MFTV pro­duc­tion from 1978. We won’t talk about it right now.)

I for one would love to see the good Doc­tor on the big screen, prop­er­ly done, of course. I’ve been a fan of the char­ac­ter for many years, and many of the sto­ries (and some of the art­work) is clas­sic mate­r­i­al. That he has a num­ber of hyp­not­ic spells in his arse­nal, not to men­tion his amulet, the Eye of Agg­amo­to, which has the pow­er to hyp­no­tize, only adds to the appeal.

“Magic Knight Rayearth”

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In “Mag­ic Knight Rayearth”, three Japan­ese high school girls are trans­port­ed to the fan­ta­sy realm of Cephi­ro on a mis­sion to save it and res­cue Princess Emer­aude from the grasp of the evil High Priest Zagato.

Except its not that easy, nor is it that cut-and-dried. Zaga­to has a host of fol­low­ers to attack and divert the three girls on their mis­sion to gain the pow­er they need to com­plete their task; in addi­tion, there’s anoth­er sto­ry behind the one before them, one that will result in pain and suf­fer­ing for all involved.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing ““Mag­ic Knight Rayearth””

“Favorite Stories of Hypnotism” by Don Ward, editor

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Back­ground: When I grad­u­at­ed from junior high school to high school, I con­tin­ued to be a stu­dent vol­un­teer in the library. Again, I would be dis­ap­point­ed (but not sur­prised) that the school library did not have any books on hyp­no­sis. (As opposed to the coun­ty library, where even some­times the mobile library van that would come around the neigh­bor­hood every Fri­day dur­ing the sum­mer would have one or two.) How­ev­er, I was sur­prised to dis­cov­er, at the very end of the sto­ry col­lec­tion shelves, a hard­cov­er copy of “Favorite Sto­ries of Hyp­no­tism” (1965) edit­ed by Don Ward. The black cov­er with its shad­owy female face, con­cen­tric cir­cles radi­at­ing out from her left eye, is just so stereo­typ­i­cal but to my mind back then, so demon­stra­tive of hyp­no­sis that, of course, I had to check it out. I was not dis­ap­point­ed in what I found, and even today, many of the sto­ries are still worth­while, though dated.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing ““Favorite Sto­ries of Hyp­no­tism” by Don Ward, editor”

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