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Agent Orange (0)

5:30 AM by , under

I've got to stop letting supervillains in.

This week, Larfleeze (the Orange Lantern) stopped by, clutching a stack of prints from Sinestro's shoot. "These! I want these!"

My assistant, Reflector, pointed out that he already had them. Right there in his hand.

"...I want these but with me in it."

Oh dear. Here we go again. Just getting him in to the studio was an ordeal. "What's that?" That's a chair, Larfleeze. "I want it." When he saw the equipment he nearly went berserk. "What's that?!" That is the remote for the lights. "Ooooo....." Everything he saw, he touched. Like a kid in a store, except kids don't make everything all glowy orange as if their fingers were covered in radioactive Cheetos dust.

I asked what he wanted to do with the lantern battery and he just hugged it and rocked back and forth. "Mine... Mine... Mine..."

Model: Heroes of the DC Universe - Larfleeze the Orange Lantern Bust


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The flashes seemed to snap him out of whatever was going on in his head. "Thank you for the cameras." Don't you mean prints? "No!" All of the equipment he touched that was all glowy orange stood up and followed him out the door.

I've got to stop letting supervillains in.

Be good,

I feel like I'm in a blocked state of mind
Am I getting through?

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Sinestro of Korugar (0)

5:37 AM by , under

In blackest day, in brightest night,
Beware your fears made into light.
Let those who try to stop what's right,
Burn like my power... Sinestro's might!

I used to have some simple rules in the studio. 1) No weapons. 2) No supervillainy.
Seems straightforward enough, right? But no. Some people just have a problem following the rules.

Sinestro sauntered in while I was in the back working with another client. I heard Reflector (my assistant) arguing before the studio door was blown off it's hinges. My client, a high schooler, ran away screaming while I just stared open-mouthed at where my door used to be. "I require my visage to be captured by your camera. Prepare your equipment."

Model: DC Dynamics Sinestro by DC Direct

Now, I've had my share of bad customers and have gotten better at being assertive and standing up for myself, but the second I opened my mouth to protest a giant yellow spider landed right. in. front. of. me. I have a thing about spiders.

Sinestro waved the spider away. "I am prepared. We shall go on three?"

"...yes sir." UGH. Giant spiders freak me out.

"Excellent. 1-2-3." Click

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Be good,

Stuck in my bedroom with nothing
But a voice in my head

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Johnny Mo (0)

6:05 AM by , under

Ok, ok. Ok! Oh. Kay. Put the swords away and I'll take your picture! Just stand over there. Yes, where the X is. What are you looking for? The big X on the floor is where you need to be. Wha- sir, there is nothing up in the ceiling. No... I do not have any hidden assassins or booby traps. You know, I don't think I caught your name.

Johnny Mo is the leader of O-Ren's personal army, the Crazy 88. Johnny Mo is most prominently featured in the "House of Blue Leaves" scene. After The Bride kills Gogo Yubari and O-Ren Ishii's six bodyguards, Johnny Mo, armed with a pair of shōtō, arrives with an army of Crazy 88s. He is a more proficient fighter than the rest of the gang, nearly tipping the scales in their favor and holding his own against The Bride for several minutes alone while fighting her on top of a balcony railing. She eventually chops off both of his legs, and he falls into a pond from that second floor balcony and is presumed dead thereafter. *Wikipedia

Fine. Yes. Have a henchman stand there first. That's fine.
See? No death. It's just tape on the floor to help me with the lights. Will you please stand there now? Thank you. Turn to face me. Look up, just over my shoulder. That's perfect.

Model: Kill Bill's Johnny Mo by NECA Toys

Hold that for just a second, ok?

3...2...1... Click
Johnny Mo
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-Be good,

I could break into a million pieces

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Independence Day (0)

6:04 AM by , under

"They say that the best weapon is the one you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree. I prefer the weapon you only have to fire once. That's how Dad did it, that's how America does it, and it's worked out pretty well so far."

To be perfectly honest, I'm not a huge fan of this armor. Even though Iron Man is my favorite character, this new suit just doesn't do it for me. Until I got my hands on the action figure of it, anyway.

Model: Marvel Universe Iron Man - Modular Armor by Hasbro
Backdrop: Gothic City Ruins by Pegasus Hobbies
Special Effects created by waving Sparklers in front of a desk fan.

Now that I've played with it a bit and snapped a few shots of it (there will be another post in a few weeks about this armor), I'm a fan. More easy to photograph armors, please!

Independence Day
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If you'll excuse me, I need to go put out the fire I started in the studio because I was setting off fireworks indoors.

Be good,

You leech off my desire

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