Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sinclair Yeti

Bella Sinclair made the above for a holiday card contest.

I like the idea of yeti as a mount with Santa jousting on its back wielding an Xmas tree. Fun!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Not Yeti Friday - Monsters on Cereal Boxes

I just found this blog called Monster Cereals Will Rise Again, and it does what I do for the yeti - except for those General Mills cereals with monster mascots like Count Chocula, Boo-Berry and the wolfy Fruit Brute.

Sadly, they never made a yeti one. NOT YETI. :(

Nate Wragg, thank goodness, came to the rescue for us all and envisioned what a yeti one might actually look like. I blogged about it here.

Also, I just like saying "Fruit Brute"!

Fruit. Brute. Fruit Brute.

International Cryptozoology Museum

On November 1, 2009 the first ever open to the public International Cryptozoology Museum will be unveiled for you to visit in Portland, Maine!

It's very exciting!

Congratulations are in order for Loren Coleman for achieving this. Be sure to visit his page to learn more about it and give support.

Dowman Yeti

Mark Dowman writes:
Months ago, I created an illustration for a 4 year-olds birthday present. She loves the Littlest Petshop toys, so I created a Yeti in that style.

The image was uploaded to my Zazzle account, and a bunch of products were created.

I contacted Loren Coleman, from the International Cryptozoology Museum, and am donating half the profit to the facility.

I say: Excellent!

There aren't nearly enough depictions of cute, feminine yeti in the world.

Thanks, Mark!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bartlett Yetis

Scott Bartlett, aka cronobreaker, needs his own tag on this blog. So I'm makin' one.

I've posted about his yeti here, and I didn't even know I was posting about him here.

Here's some more of this guy's yeti love:

Thanks, Spencer M.!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Finally, yeti plays music, stores data, and looks pretty

What is Mugo?

It's an MP3 player + a USB drive + vinyl figure.

And that's right - one of 'em is a yeti.

And it's designed by the incomparable Tougui.

Coming mid-October and only $40 pre-ordered.

Get. Out. Of. Town.

I blogged about Tougui here and here.

Plastic and Plush with the scoop.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Everybody loves a Cake (and also, a Yeti)

The famous Threadless t-shirt "Everybody Loves a Yeti" by Scott Bartlett (previously blogged about here) has been given homage in the medium of cake as part of a contest where bakers and non-bakers alike turn their favorite Threadless t-shirt designs into amazing cakes. Woo! That's a mouthful.

These three folks chose Bartlett's design as their inspiration. Click their names to see their cakes, as well as how-to's and making-of pictures!

1) Erica Hansen

2) Daniel Renfrow

2) Maggie McNally

Friday, September 11, 2009

Not Yeti Friday - Werewolves

Werewolves are about to get really big. And I don't mean because the moon is particularly full this month. I mean big as in popular. People are sidling on over from their beloved vampires into the furry arms of the vampires' ancient foe, the wolf-people.

There's gonna be movies, tv shows, comic books, you name it. Who let the (were)wolves out? Get ready to get sick of them!!!

As you probably know, every culture on Earth loves a wild man covered in fur that lives all alone and might kill you. The yeti is one, and the werewolf is another.

I personally think werewolves are especially popular because of their association with vampires - who are super-big and have struck a chord with human cultures since like forever - far more than any hairy wild dudes. This association between vamps and lycans is probably due to the fact that wolves used to frequent graveyards looking for food. People at first assumed that the vampires were turning into wolves - but later decided that they were probably battling them in a secret endless war like the Montagues and Capulets except everyone wears black leather and looks like they're in a music video.

These are pretty decent werewolf plushes. The above one actually transforms.

There's actually a site devoted to all things werewolves called I Love Werewolves.

And Bob Powers has written "The Werewolf's Guide to Life" and has a blog about it.

Did you know? The yeti killed the Werewolf?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Flanders Yeti... (with Hulk!)

On his blog, artist Scott Flanders shows the steps he went through to make this Hulk VS. Yeti.

This is one of many mock promotional posters he made up for his students at the Boys & Girls Club who worked on a comic book story project with him.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

So long, Giant Abominable Snowman statue...

Shed a tear because this week the giant Abominable Snowman statue that graces the entrance to a ride at the Miracle Strip Amusement Park in Panama City Beach, Florida might be DESTROYED.

Details of its eminent destruction here.

It was built in 1963 at the height of the yeti's first rise in popularity.

The park officially closed in 2004, and certain rides have been moved to other locations.

But not the giant Abominable Snowman statue. It will be destroyed, unless someone maybe buys it on Craigslist or eBay.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Arcane Legions Yeti

Arcane Legions is a table-top miniature wargame.

One of the armies you can play is the Han Dynasty, which has a Chinese culture theme.

The Yeti are a character in the game. Here's what the yeti ultimately looks like as a figure:

This isn't the first time that yeti has been associated with Chinese culture as a kind of representative - where someone said, "China?", and the answer was: "Yeti!".

The two examples that leap to mind are:

* The film The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
* DC Comics' The Great Ten

I wonder if people from Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, etc. mind?

After all, the Chinese have their own yeti: The Yeren!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Management's Collection

This is my personal collection of yeti figures.

Yes, one of them is a Wampa. And yes, one of them is a Bigfoot spraypainted white. And I think there's like a walrus in there.

But anyway, I think the effect gets across.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Not Yeti Friday - Son of Kong

There once was a giant ape-beast twice the size of a man and covered in white fur. He was one-of-a-kind and lived all alone. One day some explorers stumbled into his home. Was he dangerous? No. Despite his bestial appearance, he turned out to be quite affable and playful. When the humans ran into trouble, he did everything he could to save their lives.

Sound familiar? It could be a story of our conception of the yeti today.

But it was actually the 1933 movie, "Son of Kong", the sequel to King Kong.

Yes, King Kong had a son. He was much smaller in size, albino, and far friendlier than his father.

One can't help but wonder if this film had an effect informing our conception of the other famous Ape Man in popular culture.

Here he is, the Son of Kong... Just put some snow on the ground, and we're not far from depicting an Abominable Snowman.

For anyone who's ever been a furry, mythological snow-beast...

Ugly Yeti! A spoof on Ugly Betty.

Sennwald Yeti

Illustrator Aleks Sennwald created this for an article in Plan Sponsor magazine. The yeti is meant to metaphorically represent a suspended 401(k) match. Note the burning lava. And the yeti's imminent demise.

Here is Sennwald's post about it, which contains a preview of the full article.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Brodahl Yeti

This is a painting entitled Raging Mountaintop by
Drake Brodahl. Here is his blog.

Note the tree used as weapon. This is a nice tradition. I think I will try and go back and add the "Tree-as-Weapon" label to depictions that contain this.

Zombie Yeti

It's really tough to get him to show up, but in the game "Plants vs. Zombies", there is a yeti zombie.

I mean it is so tough that they don't widely advertise that it exists. And you have to play the game in like a certain way to unlock him. And it takes a long time.

Just like real life!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Kiwa Hirsuta, We Love You

One of the purposes of this blog is to occasionally remind the public of the existence of the yeti crab, or as those Latin-loving scientists like to call it, Kiwa hirsuta.

It's easy to forget the yeti crab because only something like, I don't know, twenty? people have seen a living one, and it was just this one time in 2005. Who remembers 2005?

Plus, it lives way down in some deep, hydrothermal vent in this one specific spot out in the middle of the ocean. Really hard to drop in on it and say hi.

But it's there. We found it. Think about that. The yeti crab reminds us that we might still find something new in the future. There is more to this world than we think.

Yes, even albino lobsters with hairy arms.

Not everything is cataloged. We can go out and find new things. Also, the yeti crab is incontrovertibly real. How refreshing!

Thank you, Kiwa Hirsuta, for being there for us.

I'm not alone in my appreciation. Some artists on deviantart are showing their own yeti crab love:

The Abominable Snowcrab by professorfandango

yeti crab by =elize

Yeti crab by Cloven-Hooves

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Halloween Reminder

On the site Fantasy IRL, Amanda posted about her friend Caylin Ellowitz and her yeti make-up:

I was surprised to see them give a shout-out to this very blog, so thanks, Amanda & Caylin! And great job on the disguise.

And I hope this is an inspiration and reminder for all of you to portray a yeti for Halloween this year.

(Still working on a catchy name for Yeti Halloween '09. Please post suggestions in the comments.)

Yoon Yeti

Found on Snacks and Naps, the artwork of Andres Rafael Salaff:

** A painting of a yeti getting abducted by an alien in a suitbot. **

The yeti part (seen above) was made by Sunha Yoon.