Thursday, July 31, 2008

Oddest Yeti Costume Ever?

Look at the costumes on display in this flickr set.

Yes, they're supposed to be yeti. And no, I don't know why they all chose to dress like that.

Seriously odd.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fout Yeti

If you guessed that Sam Fout drew this, then you either knew that already, or you are really, really good at deduction...and I mean really.

Nice goin', Sherlock (I mean this sincerely; that was impressive).

Not sure if this is a t-shirt design or what, but I think he made it for the recent NY comic-con.



Is it related to this blog?

It has some nice yeti art, like this 1, this 2, and this 3. Oh, it hasn't been updated in over a year, so it's probably not connected. Sorry, Sam.


I am tagging this with a new label: UNDIES. If anyone knows of any other depictions of yeti wearing underthings, let me know! And what will I do with that information? NOTHING SINISTER, I assure you.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Art Jumble: Week 67

Art Jumble is a sketchblog where artists can submit a piece about that week's topic. On Week 67, the topic was "Abominable Snowman". Here are a couple from that:

By Tina Kugler


By Craig Wilson


Previously yeti-loved Greg Ham submitted as well.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Heavy Metal Yeti

Yeti and Heavy Metal go together pretty darn well, don't you agree?

Note the burning yak skull t-shirt. Yeti would totally have a burning yak skull t-shirt.

I wish I knew who to give the kudos to (not the cooties! the kudos!).

Friday, July 25, 2008

Not Yeti Friday - Snow Goblin

Is this a yeti wearing armor wielding a stave???


NO! It's a Snow Goblin.

From "The Dungeons and/or The Dragons"!!

I am happy to educate.


(But seriously, if you took that armor off - made him naked, removed his stave & shield, threw him in a cave maybe, he'd be like a little yeti, right? I mean, let's just face facts. No use denying.)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Lewis Yeti

Pat Lewis of Lunchbreak Comics is the one who drew this.

He is also responsible for this mini-comic:

And I realize I also posted about his button before.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Astroboy yeti

Astroboy was a television series in Japan in the 1960's. It's the first anime to hit the U.S.

In 1963, Episode 40 of the black & white cartoon featured a villain named Sam Caesar. Sam was a brilliant madman who recreated the Roman Empire inside a mountain cavern using robots, setting himself up as the emperor.

The title of the episode is "The Abominable Snowman" despite the fact that a yeti plays only a minor role in the plot. At the beginning of the episode, an Abominable Snowman captures Astroboy's friend which leads them to the cavern. Later, it's revealed that the yeti is in fact a robot, one of the creations of Caesar. Side Note: Could this be the first example of the "Yeti is Actually Robot" trope, seen most famously in the 1970's Dr. Who?

One wonders why they went with the title "The Abominable Snowman". Other more obvious options could have been "Empire of Robots", "Roma Robotica", "All Roads Lead to Robots", "My Plot to Recreate Ancient Rome Using Robots", or something similar.

Ah, I've done some research and the original Japanese title was "Neo Caesar" (which makes oodles of sense), and the American one is "Abominable Snowman". It's almost as if the English translators only got as far as the first scene before titling it.

Anyway, here's what the yeti looked like:

This is exciting to see because these were the early days of Yeti Depiction. If you'll recall my time-line, there had been only a handful present in the popular culture (Tintin and the Bugs Bunny version being the most notable). Bumble from the Rudolph special was still a year away. Coincidentally, the same year as this cartoon, the Japanese public got to possess an actual robot yeti of their very own: the Marx Yeti, which I blogged about here.

This Astroboy yeti is decidedly ape-like and has the brown fur and conical head (inspired by the Pangboche Scalp) of the Tintin version.

I'd love to see the Astroboy episode but couldn't find a clip online. One can purchase the entire run of the original 1963 series, but its very pricey.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hawkman vs. Yeti

Volume 4 # 10 (February 2003)...

Hawkman and Hawkgirl travel to Tibet and battle Yetis in order to rescue Kendra's uncle.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Ittie the Yeti

Ittie is a character from the Critter Splitters series of toys. The physical parts of Ittie can be separated and interchanged with other characters. So for example, you could give Ittie the head of a fish or that of a tree.

Jesse Ledoux is the artist behind the Critter Splitters.

Ittie comes with a hat.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Not Yeti Friday - Karmans

The Karmans are a faction in AT-43, the table-top miniature war-game notable for its minis arriving pre-assembled/pre-painted with interchangeable parts.

This alien race resembles white gorillas and likes to wear big armored battle-suits. Their society is focused around the concepts of karmic debt, environmental awareness and a warrior ethos. They're sort of like New Age Klingons.

Interestingly, the Karmans have chosen the names Yeti and Wendigo for some of their infantry groups. This either means they are self-aware of their resemblance to these presumably now ancient folkloric entities - or it's just what the human factions call 'em.

I really don't think it gets that much better than yeti in armored battle-suits wearing goggles and aviator caps. And just knowing they're obsessed with karmic debt takes it over the top.

If any of you all can beat this with something else, I'd like to see it.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Not Yeti Friday - Bigfoot Er, Is Yeti

I wish it was Not Yeti Friday. But it's not not yeti. Not yet anyway. It's Thursday. And it is therefore yeti. What you gonna do?

The cartoon above, which you should click on to see bigger, is by Mike Jacobsen of See Mike Draw.

I like it a lot. But it is the antithesis of Not Yeti. You know what they say: 'Tomorrow is only a day away'. Sigh.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Superman No. 266

Who is the toughest and roughest of Superman's foes?

If you guessed the yeti, you'd be right! He can withstand Kryptonian super-punches like they're nothing!

This August 1973 issue reveals the truth: Yeti has Abs of Steel. No, not steel... Diamond.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Qee Yeti (without those ears)

This just in! Gama-Go yeti figure! Now available to consumers.

Previous versions had Mickey Mouse ears. I am pleased a bona fide yeti bereft of such inauthentic extremities has been produced.

I believe one can get one here for $9.95 before they sell out.

Note: The is an example of Qee.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Role Reversal

This French parody of the Tintin comic book by Daniel Goossens appears to feature the yeti as the star and central protagonist. His quest in the book is to find the elusive Abominable Tintin.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Not Yeti Friday - Totoro

The 1987 anime movie "My Neighbor Totoro" featured a creature named Totoro, a forest spirit that was sort of a cross between an owl and a cat. According to the wikipedia page, his name is a little girl's mispronunciation of torĊru, the Japanese pronunciation of the English word "troll".

The popular Totoro is not a yeti. But it occurs to me he may very well have inspired many modern representations of yeti.

Before Totoro, yetis were monsters through and through: ape-like and skulking, with menacing eyes, fangs and claws (Even Rudolph's Bumble fit the bill). In the two decades since Totoro, however, there has appeared an entirely new kind of yeti on the scene. This one is less ape-like and more fat and cuddly. The depiction is abstract and stylized with a wide mouth, round eyes and a friendlier, cuddlier appearance. It's more like an imaginary friend than an abominable monster. More like a Totoro.

Here is a sampling of the possibly Totoro-inspired breed, but there are TONS more out there:

Totoro could be the missing link!

Check out Totoro Forest Project, a charity foundation to help save a forest. Artists create works for auction and many depict their own yeti-like beings.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Felt Mistress Yeti

Louise aka Felt Mistress makes plush creations of the monstrous persuasion and posts them to her blog and flickr page. Her latest series (example above) is based on her husband Jonathan Edwards' sketches.

This one-eyed, horned politician isn't the only yeti in her oeuvre. She also made this yeti plush as gift for a friend.