Thursday, August 28, 2008

Not Yeti Friday - Robots Named Yeti

Look at this fantastic giclee print by illustrator AdultBraces.

Yes, yetis and robots fight all the time.

But only if yeti isn't a robot himself (See Doctor Who and Astroboy).

But when yeti isn't a robot, then the Battle is On.

Here are some robots that are named yeti. I believe their secret purpose is to infiltrate the yetis and shoot lasers at them at a specific synchronized time. Like the robot mastermind would send out "ORDER 13" and all the robots hidden among the yetis would shoot their lasers, thereby committing a thorough yetixtermination.

Whose side are you on? Me, I'm a mammalphile, so....

Yeah, I figure, if we made the robots, we can unmake them. Think on that, robots.

Here are the robots named yeti:


You can get this YETI Walking Robot Kit and learn about how a robot can walk.

But just look at that guy. If it isn't about to shoot lasers at woolly anthropoids at a programmabled moment after blending in to their ice clans, then I don't know what I'm talking about!


A student team at Dartmouth's Thayer Engineering School is building an autonomous robot that will be used to perform Ground Penetrating Radar surveys in Antarctica.

They named it the yeti.

They've posted some videos on YouTube of it in action.

Go student team at Dartmouth's Thayer Engineering School! Get those Ground Penetrating Radar surveys robo-autonomously performed in Antarctica!

(But we all know your real purpose is ensure robot victory over the yeti via covert infiltration and "Order 13" Laser Response. *WINK*)

Curster Yeti

Curster has a yeti. And you can get one for $25.

You can change the face up.

Hellman Yeti

I loved this webcomic, "A Lesson Is Learned But the Damage is Irreversible".

The fourteenth strip featured a wise yeti guru.

The artist David Hellman is making the news these days. He is responsible for the worlds and backgrounds for the recent, critically acclaimed arty video-game Braid.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Robotronic HORROR menacingly waist-rotates

This is an animatronic you too can own. Some of its features:

  • bloodstained white fur
  • rotation of the waist in a "menacing way"
  • the holding of a human head in the hand

    Found here, it looks a lot to me like the yeti version of the costume used in the recent Bigfoot hoax.
  • Chiu Yeti

    Bobby Chiu of of Imaginism Studios made the painting.

    And according to the above photo from the 2008 Comic Con, someone else made a figurine of it. Will it one day be available to own?

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008

    Dudnik Yeti

    A design by Tatyana Dudnik for BarCamp Portland, "an unconference for the Portland tech community."

    Here is another of her designs featuring the same yeti riding a rocket ship above a flaming mountain. Yes, it's awesome!

    Everyone keeps calling it a sasquatch, but readers of this blog know how wrong this is. Let's remember to look at history and not make the same mistakes.

    Obama Nibble Snowman

    Brennan sent me the following pun:

    Or, if you prefer...

    Thanks, Brennan!

    Monday, August 25, 2008

    Yeti Crab Update

    I am still holding the torch aloft for Kiwa Hirsuta, aka the Yeti Crab.

    Here is all that's new on the Internet regarding this exciting new species:


  • OMG! Photo shows a Super Close-Up of their Claws!

  • And someone else made a plush version with monkey arms.

  • And finally some artists on deviantart still have it as their muse:

  • Kiwa Hirsuta by ~Pigglesworth on deviantART

    Hirsuta Kiwa by ~basehead on deviantART

    Chan Yeti

    This Original Finger Painting is by Ivan Chan and was inspired by Japanese prints. He also made a companion piece depicting the Sasquatch.

    Friday, August 22, 2008

    Not Yeti Friday - Wampa

    The Wampa from Star Wars is probably why many subsequent visualizations of yeti are given horns.

    You already know everything there is to know about the Wampa. So I don't need to expound on its numerous attributes.

    More Wampa on Flickr!
  • Some fine art
  • Nice homemade costume
  • Early production art
  • Neat statue you can hug, also here
  • I Second That Yay

    Check out these rad sketches:

    Yay For Battle Yetis Fighting Dragons

    I previously blogged about Seamas Gallagher and his love of yeti here.

    Keep it up, Seamas.

    Thursday, August 21, 2008

    Phil the Yeti

    Phil the Yeti by sugarskull is available for sale on Etsy.

    According to his description:

    "Phil the yeti, needed a break from the cold so he came out here to the West Coast to catch some sun! Armed with nothin' but a smile and a pair of briefs, this guy is ready for anything!!"


    sugarskull's links:
  • Flickr photostream
  • Portfolio
  • Etsy shop
  • Lego Yeti

    Lego came out with an Orient Expedition (Mount Everest) Yeti's Hideout set, and here's the yeti from it:

    Someone has scanned the comic book that accompanied it, and you can read it here.

    Please add the following to the list of yeti quotes:


    Thank you.

    Wednesday, August 20, 2008

    Coming Soon: BIG Gama-Go Vinyl Figure

    Yes, I am excited about this.

    Like most things, I learned about it via Boingboing.

    Gama-Go has made a small figure before, but this one's supposed to be SUPER BIG and EXACTLY LIKE the Biskup paintings.

    I hope to get it for X-Mas.

    Yeti Bobblehead

    Mike Becker and Kirk Demarais made an animated short film named "Foot: Phantom of the Forest", which premiered at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con.

    At the Con, they sold bobblehead dolls of many hairy hominids, including the yeti!

    Stay tuned to Kirk Demarais' Secret Fun Blog for future details about how one can get a bobblehead of one's very own.

    Is that Yeti with those Nazis?

    This photograph was found online. I know absolutely nothing about its origin. What you see is what you get.

    Tuesday, August 19, 2008

    Debatable Beast

    The artist Sara Antoinette Martin has a project with the excellent name of "Debatable Beasts".

    The Abominable Snowman is one of her Debatable Beasts. She's made buttons and a mini-comic about its dating habits. Awesome.

    Here is her portfolio and shop.

    Without further ado, here is her Debatable Beast:

    Bob Hope vs. Yeti

    Got this cover of 'The Adventures of Bob Hope' comic book (which ran from 1950 to 1968) from Comic Coverage. They've found a consistent theme running through most of the title’s covers: "Bob’s insatiable appetite for romance".

    To quote their description of the above cover:

    "Regardless of whatever wooing techniques he applied, the most consistent aspect of Hope’s love for the ladies was his tendency to work his randy magic in wildly inappropriate or even dangerous situations…such as:

    The cold, dank and smelly environs of a Yeti cave…."


    "Adorable Snowmiss".... nice one, Bob!

    Monday, August 18, 2008

    Doppelganger Yeti

    This yeti wearing a hoodie was created by the artist Doppelganger as part of the free gift for an album of electronic music.

    Gorilla Men

    Mark Cofell has some very nice things to say about me and "I Love The Yeti" in this post on his excellent Gorilla Men blog, which celebrates "the art and craft of gorilla suit performance and construction."

    Our two spheres of interest occasionally collide, as exemplified upon viewing his post about the lobby cards from the crazy Japanese movie "Half Human" (previously blogged about here).

    Mark also graciously sent me the following images to highlight on this blog:

    Lobby card from another Japanese movie "Snow Creature" (blogged about here)

    And poster for "Man Beast" (blogged about here)

    People performing in gorilla suits, and the Yeti...
    The two paths sometimes converge.

    Thanks, Mark!

    Friday, August 15, 2008

    Not Yeti Friday - Solomon Grundy

    Solomon Grundy is a supervillain from the DC comic book universe. He is often an adversary of the Green Arrow.

    If he had a lot more body hair and went around naked, he'd totally pass as a yeti.

    But who is this Solomon Grundy? Why, he's the first ever strongman zombie. And probably the first ever zombie supervillain to be named after a 19th century nursery rhyme:

    Solomon Grundy,
    Born on a Monday,
    Christened on Tuesday,
    Married on Wednesday,
    Took ill on Thursday,
    Grew worse on Friday,
    Died on Saturday,
    Buried on Sunday.
    That was the end of
    Solomon Grundy.

    According to the rhyme, Solomon was 5 days old when he died - only an infant. But look at this guy, he's no baby! DC Comics failed to fact-check. Tsk! Tsk!

    I kid. Their origin for the character is actually quite appealing. Wealthy Cyrus Gold was murdered and dumped in a swamp. Mysteriously reanimated fifty years later, his first order of business was to join a hobo camp. His memories are now gone, and he cannot recall his name when asked by the hobos. Striving to reconstruct his past life, all he can come up with is a mundane and negligible detail- that his birth happened to fall on a Monday. A clever hobo in attendance is reminded of the nursery rhyme and dubs him 'Solomon Grundy'. The zombie likes it and calls himself that forevermore.

    Yes, Solomon Grundy is the first ever strongman zombie supervillain to be named by a hobo.

    He was invented in 1944 which leads one to believe he may be the first ever zombie super-villain in the first place.

    A more recent version of Grundy from the animated show "The Batman" depicts him as more of an actual rotting desiccated corpse (Note: link does not actually go to a picture of an actual rotting desiccated corpse, just the new Grundy depiction from The Batman) and less like a hairless yeti wearing a ripped up suit.

    Thursday, August 14, 2008

    Viking Mount Yeti

    This image entitled "Harald the Viking" is by artist Rey Misterio (Juan Molinet).

    It is an excellent idea to incorporate a viking.

    The only other time I've seen someone combine yeti and vikings is this painting by Tim Biskup:

    Click to enlarge


    And yeti-riding (with a person on the back of yeti) is a rarely pursued subject.

    The only other time I've seen anything like it is in Dougal Dixon's bizarre book "Man After Man: An Anthropology of the Future", which proposes that humans will evolve into two different symbiotic species, one of which being a yeti that carries the other. Here is a page from it.

    Click to enlarge


    So congratulations, Mr. Rey Misterio (Juan Molinet), for pushing the field of Yeti Depiction into exciting new frontiers.

    Mystery Murphy Yeti Deck

    It's the deck for a skateboard. And it's made by Mystery Skateboards. And they have called it the Murphy.

    Besides Yeti, there are also Hell Hound, Flying Monkey, and Archosaur board designs as well (with names Smith, Lopez, and Lindsey respectively).

    Wednesday, August 13, 2008

    Morse Yeti

    The talented and prolific artist Scott Morse (blog, portfolio) is excellent, and I don't mind telling you.

    He made the comic book version of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps book "The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena", which had this original cover:

    The comic was published with two other stories in a compilation entitled Creepy Creatures.

    Here you can see Mr. Morse's version of the yeti:

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008

    Gold-Toothed Yeti like Soda Flowers

    This is the yeti from a commercial for Fanta soda, which you can view in its entirety below.

    When yeti is offered one to drink, it turns into a bouquet of flowers. Yeti is SHOCKED at first but becomes inexplicably pleased at the subterfuge.

    Please note its possession of a single, gold tooth.

    Monday, August 11, 2008

    Yeti vs. Vampire

    A comic book series is coming out in October entitled "Yeti vs. Vampire". Learn more about it at the blog devoted to it.

    News of this comic and other yeti related items of a contemporary nature are found at this excellent Cryptomundo post from the estimable Mr. Loren Coleman. It is a great round-up, and I encourage you to check it out for the skinny on all things related to recent abominability and the latest advances in modern snowmanship!

    Friday, August 8, 2008

    Not Yeti Friday - Ice Lodge Uglydoll

    What are Uglydolls?

    They are a collection of designer toys created by independent toy designers David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim. They are considered extremely stylish and hip. An attempt is made by the designers to explore the juxtaposition of cuteness with ugliness.

    For the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con, a special series of all white Uglydoll plushes was manufactured under the "Ice Lodge" product heading.

    They Might Be Yeti.

    If you think about it, most modern yeti depiction is often an artful exploration of ugliness mixed with cuteness.

    Here are a couple of the most yeti-ish of the Ice Lodge Uglydolls:

    Thursday, August 7, 2008

    A-Bomb of the Enigmas

    The Enigmas was an action-comedy comic book series. One of its protagonists was a yeti named A-Bomb.

    Kudos to the creators for thinking up that most perfect nickname for the Abominable Snowman... A-Bomb!


    Here are the details:

    "THE ENIGMAS is a creator-owned comic book series about Big Foot, The Loch Ness Monster, Abominable Snowman and an alien survivor of The Roswell Incident joining forces to prevent the Illuminati from replacing humans with a new dominant species. First published in Digital Webbing Presents #34-35. Written, inked and colored by Dustin Yee. Pencilled by Casey Maloney. Lettered by Ed Dukeshire."