Links


This section last updated on
*** July 21st, 2011 ***



I've compiled a list of web sites that represent a lot of my interests, current and past, reflecting what molded me into what I am as a person, as well as what inspires my artwork/writing. I've tried to use the "official" websites whenever possible, but some things are so old there are only "fan sites" out there... If any of these links are broken, please email me! And even if you're not the least bit interested in what makes megalomaniacal ole me tick, I wish you happy surfing anyway! ^_^

Animation

Animation has always been a very big, very VERY important part of my life. It's what's made me such a geek, the first thing I was really into! I even wanted to be an animator, once upon a time. Anime and manga (Japanese animation and comics) were the next step in my animation-obsession, and exposed me to new culture (I've even been learning the language — sloooooooowly). And now I write reviews for animaton (among other things) professionally.



Toons

www.cartoonnetwork.com: : What a godsend this station was for me for a while! I got to see the episodes of Sailor Moon that were originally dubbed for Canadians only, and finally got to see the anime of Inuyasha, as well as see all sorts of old friends (Thundercats, He-Man, etc)! I love how they mix characters from dif shows for commercials and Harvey Birdman! Adult Swim used to keep me companmy while I worked on projects late at night. It was almost the only station I watched for a while ....

The Ultimate G.I.Joe Cartoon Website: A fan site, but a very thorough one. Snake Eyes, Timber (of course), Scarlet, & Shipwreck were my faves...I've covered this topic for my column, Tart Time Machine...

He-Man.Org: An incredible fan site for all aspects of He-man, as well as She-ra. Teela was my fav from He-man. I liked the Adam from the newes series, too, much more than the original. It's too bad that the newest show got cancelled before they could ever get to She-ra. I loved She-ra, as well as Swift Wind, Sea Hawk, Hordak, & Catra. One of my best friends, Lynx, did a pic of Catra that got in the mag! ... I've covered this topic for my column, Tart Time Machine...

Jem Unlimited: a great reference fansite! I still have a tape with most of the songs, as well as most of the dolls ^_^...I've covered this topic for my column, Tart Time Machine...

Rainbow Land!: A fan site. All right, so it seems hokey now, but I loved it as a kid! Starlight was cool, I liked Patty O'Green, Stormy & Thunder too, & there was a doll named "Moonglow" I never saw as a character, but she looked cool. And I still have the x-mas album...

The Enchanted World of Rankin-Bass: The creators of all those great x-mas specials (Rudolph, The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus), The Thundercats, The Last Unicorn movie... I've covered this topic for my column, Tart Time Machine...

The Ultimate Thundercats Web Page: A great fan-site. I loved Wily-Kat — he reminds me of Skywise from Elfquest. Who wouldn't love a show about cat-people?... I've covered this topic for my column, Tart Time Machine...

Anime & Manga

Viz Communications, Inc: distributers of such fine anime and manga as Ranma 1/2, Inu-Yasha, Maison Ikkoku, Nora: The Last Chronicle of Devildom, REAL, Stepping on Roses, Here is Greenwood, Nana, and Revolutionary Girl Utena.

The Anime News Network: tBreaking news, as well as thorough reviews (an excellent resource if you need international production info on a series — much better than IMDB for anime) ...

Rumic Worldn: a great fansite for fams of Rumiko Takahashi-sama, master mangaka of Ranma 1/2, Inuyasha, Maison Ikkoku, Rin-ne, the Mermaid series, Urusei Yatsura, and more!



Hollyweird




I always wanted to be an actor, but I get awful stage fright. Still, my facsination with Hollyweird has always been strong. Geting to visit there was the fullfillment of a life-long dream, and I really hope to go back someday!

TV

Stargate on SyFy: I came late to SG-1 show, alas — I didn't have HBO or SyFy at first. When I finally got SyFy (well, The SciFi Channel back then), I eventually ended up watching it once say with my mother, and was immediately fond of Daniel (well, he was already my fave character in the movie, after all!). Then Vala was brought in, and proved to have such a captivating relationship with Daniel, I was hooked — hard! I didn;t like Stargate Atlantis at first, but got hooked there in the third season, thanks to a couple iof Rodney-centric episodes. I can to ship McKay and Sheppard as hard as I do Daniel and Vala ....

Doctor Who: The official BBC website. I grew up with the series, Tom Baker being my fave but also fond of Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy, and I even thought the American TV-movie was decent. But I have a new fave now — Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper's Rose have phenomenal chemistry!! (Add Jack, and you have one faboo OT3! ^_~) .... I'm also quite fond of David Tennant, shipping Ten/Master as fiercely as Nine/Rose, and of Matt Smith!

Red Dwarf: The official site for the British scifi-comedy about the last human adrift in space with a psychotic android, humanoid cat, and a hologram of possibly the most obnoxious, pathetic man to have ever lived (as well as a few more characters down the road ...) This show is hySTERical!!! I love Lister! Possibly THE funniest show EVER!!! If you like britcoms & haven't seen it.. SEE IT!!!!

PythOnline: The Official Monty Python Website, run by the Python players themselves. Watched them on Sun nights with Dr Who & Dave Allen at Large. (Yes, my parents let me stay up untill 2am-ish when I was only 6 ....) Eric is my fave Python, and I adore Gilliam as a director.

YCDTOTV.net: "You Can't Do That On Television". I loved this show! It was hysterical, & it was aimed at teens! It aired during Nickelodeon's early years (back when the station ROCKED, now it SUCKS — this show is where the trademark "slime" came from...). Alanis Morrisette was in it for a while... Anyway, I always thought Christine McGlade was really talented!

Supernatural on the CW: Hot guys? Check. Cool fantasy/horror/mythological elements? Check. Biting humour? Check. Great music? Check. Oddly enough, as much as I love the Winchesters, my fave character on the show now is Castiel ....



Actors/Directors/Producers/Studios

Tom Hiddlestone Online: I'm completley smitten with Hiddlestone's Loki, form the movie Thor. This site is run by a gal on tumblr, who I encountered after starting my own blog there dedicated to Trickster figures in general and Tom's Loki in particular ....

HENSON.COM: Official website for Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Seasame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Muppets, The Storyteller, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Teenage Mutan Ninja Turtles: The Movie... Need I say more? ... I have covered the works of henson and his studio in my column, Tart Time Machine...

The Tim Burton colective: a fansite for the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice,Batman (1&2), Edward Scissorhands, & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, Big Fish, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, and more!

Johnny-Depp.org: I first saw him in the TV show 21 Jumpstreet, and was instantly enamoured. I loved Edward Scissorhands, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Finding Neverland, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Sweeny Todd, and Pirates of the carribean!! (ooooh, those period costumes!*bites lip* YUM!)

www.jamesmarsters.com: James Marsters played Spike, my fave character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel: The Series, and Brainiac on Smallville. What a phenomenal actor, and a sweet guy! (I've met him a few times *cough*) He's hysterical, and even when he was a baddie, you felt for him ....

dGeek.com: Official site of David Hewlett, aka Rodney McKay on Stargate Atlantis. He was in the cult-classic sci-fi thriller Cube, and Nothing, a quirky indie comedy from the same director, Vincenzo Natali, and which Hewlett co-wrote. I'm one of his "Squirrels" (that's what his fans are called). You can check out my fansite for his film A Dog's Breakfast, wich he wriote, directed, and starred in, here. Law-Less.org: A Jude Law fansite. I first saw him in Gattaca, which I was seeing because of Ethan Hawke. Hawke was good, but Law stole the show! I liked Enemy at the Gates, which had a really hot, ntense love scene, and very effectively showed the hardships and atrocites of war... My fave role of his yet is his Dr. John Watson, in Guy Ritche's Sherlock Holmes movie.

Matthew Broderick: From Here to Infinity: He's starred in a couple of my fav movies, Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Chicago kids love having a "Ferris" hookey day, going to all the places he went) & The Lion King (voice of adult Simba)... He's adorable and very funny!

Baltarstar Blog: a blog dedicated to James Callis, aka Baltar on the Battlestar Galactica reboot. Baltar was my fave character on the show by a very wide margin, and meeting him was the absolute best celebrity encounter of my life so far!

Claudia Black Online: the premiere fansite for the lovely and immensely talented actress who played Vala MalDoran on Stargate SG-1, and Aeryn Sun on Farescape! I've had the pleasure of meeting her twice; she's wonderfully sweet and kind!

Michael Shanks Online: an official-*seeming* fansite for fantastic actor who plays Dr. Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1! He's really a stunning talent — there's an episode where his character was possesed by something like twelve people, and he pulled off the differences beautifully!

Josh Holloway Fan: a fabulous fansite for the actor behind the terribly sexy rogue, Sawyer, on Lost, a character after my own redemptionistra heart! :D ...

The Jessica Steen page: a fansite. The best little-known TV actress, she played Pilot on Captain Power (I cried when Pilot died!) and was on Homefront, among other things. She was even in Armageddon ....

Dave Allen at Large - Again!!!: A fan site for the hysterical Dublin-born comedian. As I mentioned in another link description, I grew up watching him on Sunday nights with Monty Python & Doctor Who...




Books and Art


Authors, artists, and works that have inspired my own ...

Authors

It may interest you to look at my press section, as I have interviewed the seven authors listed here after Rowling ....

Official J. K. Rowling: The personal site of the critically acclaimed author of Harry Potter. She's truly an inspiration for authors everywhere — my dream is to reach as many people with my stories as she has, and as positively!

Moon and Unicorn: The personal site of the fantasy-writer. Merideth Ann Peirce. Her Firebringer TrilogyBirth of the Firebringer, which is one of the most influential books of my life.

Jim Butcher: The personal site of the Urban and epicn fantasy writ6er, The Dresden Files are funny as hell and also deliciously angsty, and the Codex Alera books are great high fantasy fun. Rob Thurman: The personal site of an urban fantasy writer who defies convention! I love her Cal Leandros series!

Charles De Lint's Homepage: The personal site of the urban fantasy/horror writer. Memory & Dream, Wolf Moon, Trader, Someplace to be Flying, and The Onion Girl are my fav books from him.

George R. R. Martin: The personal site of the fantasy writer/screenwriter. His "Song of Ice and Fire" series is just breathtaking! I love Tyrion! Martin also wrote for the TV series "Beauty and the Beast".

Margaret Wies: The business the fantasy writer/game developer who helped create the world of Dragonlance. Her book The Soulforge is my fave of the Dragonlance franchise, focusing on the early life if my fave character, Raistlin Majere.

Christopher Golden: The personal site of the fantasy writer/comic writer. He writes Buffy novels & comics, as well as original fiction and for other comic series. He also wrote the first three X-Men novels, the Mutant Saga trilogy ...

Anne Bishop.com: The personal website of fantasy author Anne Bishop. There's something about her Black Jewels books, especially the first three, that really enthrealled me, deeply investing me in the world and its characters — particularly Damon Sadi. I've read the trilogy at least three times.

Logston's Lair: The personal website of fantasy author Anne Logston. I LOVE the "Shadow" series, & Firewalk was really good too...

Hi Piers: The personal site of author Piers Anthony. Xanth is a great place to visit, but "The Immortals" series is his masterwork

Tamora Pierce's Web Page: The teen's fantasy author's personal site. I was looking for Meredith's books when I discovered her, & bought all her books at once. Don't be scared by "teen", it's very well written...

Neil Gaiman: Official site of the fantasy/horror author/comic-writer. Good Omens which he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett, is one of the funniest novels ever written! And his "Sandman" series from DC/Vertigo is briliant and imaginative. Not to mention he wrote that most excellent of Doctor Who spisodes, "The Doctor's Wife", and the sweet, funny fantasy film Stardust was based on ne of his novels. Neverworld, both book and TV series, are great fun as well, and I quite enjoyed his novel American Gods ....

Publishers

Scholastic Animorphs: Official website for the series by K.A. Applegate. It may be an internediate-level series, but it's VERY well-written. I would wring my hands in anticipation, waiting each month for the next... Excpet that the end disappointed me greatly. Read this seres, do, but stop with like the last ten books or so.

Firebird Books: A division of Penguin Putnam, editor Sharyn November, a very nice woman, has set about republishing old faves from great authors, such as Charles de Lint, Meredith Ann Pierce, Nancy Springer, Lloyd Alexander, Robin McKinley, & more!



Comics

Sequential Tart: the webzine I write for that is devoted to comics and related media ...

elfquest dot com: Official site of Warp Graphics. EQ was a MAJOR influence growing up. (Wolves, fantasy, comics— am I seeing a connection here? ^_^) Skywise is my fave character.

Marvel.Com: The Official site of Marvel Comics. They got me into comics full force, back when all I would read was EQ. X-men is my fav, Rogue & Gambit...

The Official TMNT Website!: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I still have my vast collection of comics (Mirage Studios AND Archie) and toys ....

Chicago Comics: ... is the store where, when I was still in Chicagi, I would usually get my "fix". Nice setup, cool employees, good slelection of books & toys. And my comic will be sold there someday soon...



Artists

DrewStruzan.com: The famous artist behind many movie posters and book covers — I am the happy owner of a copy of his Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone movie poster.

The World of Froud: offical site for Brian and Wendy Froud, and their son, Tobey. Brian is the 2-d artist of Lady Cottington's Pressed Faery Book fame, and Wendy a dollmaker. Both of them collaborated on the designs for The Dark Crystal and Labrynth ...

TyWilson.com: a commercial illustrator with exquisite gesture-lines. I have a small print of his "Passion". I'm also very fond of "First Date" and "Stroll"...




RPGs (Role Playing Games)

White Wolf Online: They make rpgs such as Werewolf: the Apocalypse. I don't really RP much, but the books make for very entertaining reading!

Wizards of the Coast: Home of Dungeons & Dragons, Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms ... These books & games have been major contributors to the fantasy community for YEARS...

Dragonlance.com: The official Dragonlance site, hosted by one of the licensees, Sovereign Press, a company owned by Margaret Weis (whom I've also interviewed for Tart), for which I have done some work. I am very fond of the series' morally-questionable wizard, Raistlin Majere ....




Music



The Official Queen Website: The world lost much when Freddie Mercury died, but at least we have the recordings. He had a voice like no other, & their music was out of this world. I'd love to do an animated musical of their songs

Savage Garden: The band's official website. I frequently listen to their albums, to relax, to daydream, to work on art. (I also like Darren Hayes solo.) I love "I Knew I Loved You" best of all...

RealPoe.com: The official website for the singer POE. I LOVE the album "Haunted". I had the privelage of meeting her at a signing, & hearing her perform. She is a truly beautiful and talented woman ....

The Official Barenaked Ladies Site: These guys are so much fun! Even their songs that should be depressing are often somehow sheering and hopeful! And I never get sick of them—I can listen to theri "best of" album (Disc One) for hours on repeat. I especially love the songs "Falling for the First Time", "One Week", "If I had a Million Dollars", and "Pinch me" ...

BryanAdams.com: The official website of the singer & his band. I know a lot of people hate him, but I LOVE his music, it inspires me a lot ...

sting.compaq.com: The official site of the singer Sting. One of my fav singers, I could listen to "Fields of Gold" (the album) for hours. he's a good actor to, & a great lyricist...

ICON - the Madonna Fan Club: I've been a long-time fan of Madonna. Her music is beyond music: it's a 3-dimensional experience in sight & sound. And her songs are so fun to sing!

The Elfman Zone: An un-official website for the highly-gifted composer who has probably done the soundtracks to quite a number of your fave movies, and is also a great singer...

Off Kilter: Fishdancin' the Night Away: The official site for this little-known but fab canadian-celtic new age rock band (rocked-up folk tunes w/bagpipes). I'm a bit of groupie...

Michelle Branch: Her official site. I confess, when I heard her play "Goodbye to You" on Buffy, I didn't like her — I seldom like live music. But we had a promo of her album, "The Spirit Room", at my work, so when it was taken out of thr rotation, I took it home, intending to give it to a fellow Buffy fan. I decided to take a listen first before looking for a new home for it. I completely fell in love with it, so now it has a prominent place in my CD collection — as do others of her songs!

Chantal Kreviazuk: Her official site. I first heard her album, Colour Moving and Still, at work, and just *had* to have it! Her voice is strong and powerful, her style alternatingly playful and heartwrenching ... And I think "Soul Searchin" fits Spike perfectly ^_~

Dar Williams: Her official site. Like Kreviazuk, I first heard her album, The Beauty of the Rain, at work, and bought my own copy immediately. She's folksy, but with a pop flavor (and yet not country ...)

Jesse McCartney: what an incredible talent! I love Beautiful Soul, it's one of the few albums where I can listen to the whole thing, and not skip any songs — and listen to it on repeat for hours on end, for day after day. I call it "my happy music" :). My very fave song of his "Because You Live".

Carolina Liar: Official site for the band. I heard their "Show Me What Im Looking For" when was listening to the radio while working on a painting, and the song fit the mood prefectly, so I looked them up. I listened to the saples of their other sonmgs and bough their entire first album immediately — which is something I don't usually do! I usually onl buy two or three mp3s from any given album ....



Moar Links!

These are links pages for my other sites ....

Harry Potter

Firebringer

My Little Pony

Ghostbusters

Harry Potter

David Hewlett / A Dog's Breakfast

Harry Potter

Joss Whedon