Archive for July, 2010

Eagles Attack

Saturday, July 31st, 2010
Eagles AttackWhile in California I was extremely lucky to have gotten a chance to meet the amazing Nicky Moss! She was a super cool gal, and taught me the fine art of ‘parawaiting’. It was quite frustrating, because I wanted to get up in the air! Not sit on sand all day. We were losing hope on day two of more ‘parawaiting’ but the gods must have wanted me in the air because the wind started kicking the right direction and off we went!! I was flying tandem with a super cool dude and after a couple false starts and dirt eating we were in the air!

It was AWESOME! Although it was more chill than scary. It only got scary when I was up there long enough to start thinking about the logistics of things. There was literally just two hooks that kept me on the glider. So if those hooks unhinged.. bye, bye. While airborne Nicky started telling me about the attack she experienced in the air from a couple of eagles! It was absolutely INSANE! I don’t know how she kept her wits about her, to be able to get out of that situation. She’s like a real life action hero! Hats off to her!


Take a look at a quick comic strip I did of it to help us work out how the Monster Bird targeted it’s prey:
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New Mexico Monster Bird

Thursday, July 29th, 2010
Monster Bird

Monster Bird

New Mexico surprised me. I was prepared for the heat, the sun, and just the general dryness of the desert. I actually wasn’t looking forward to it. But I was surprised at how awesome it was! I absolutely LOVED it! Learning to ride a horse that day was a task and a half but once I got a handle on it, I just wanted to keep riding! The feeling I got riding full speed in the desert towards Ship Rock was unbelievable. I felt like freaking John Wayne!

Aside from the awesomeness of Ship Rock, talking to the native archaeologist made me realize how spiritual a place it was. To the Navaho people this wasn’t simply a rock, this place was sacred and a place to be at one with nature, and the spirits. Luckily no Monster Bird in site, because if there was we’d be dead meat. Sitting ducks. No place to hide in the barrenness of a desert. You’d have to have the skills that the Warrior Twins had along with their weapons to survive. I had neither. Good thing the skies were clear.

On the trail of the griffin

Sunday, July 25th, 2010
In Germany to find out the size of our Griffin. We looked at Cave Lions, as our start. We were quite privileged to get a chance to handle the bones of a Lion. I’ve looked at books before to learn the skeletal structure, and life drawing as well to aid in my studies to becoming a better artist. But I’ve NEVER laid out a set of bones on top of paper and drawn the “muscles” around them. Surreal. Not

Sketch of the Griffin

Sketch of the Griffin

many artists can say they’ve done that. At least no sane one can.

Going into the cave, was awesome. It was actually quite fun going through the small crevasses and rapelling, and every obstacle made it feel like I was in a real life videogame. What was even more unreal was imagining the battle that went on in there! The Lion vs. The Bear. That must have been a freaking bloodbath. Just think about it. If I stood in that very spot hundreds of years ago. I’d be dead within a few seconds. Scary stuff.

Swimming with the fishes…

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
Megajaws Sketches

Megajaws Sketches

The shark expert was an absolute riot! He really got into the thick of things and got us exactly what we needed. The contraption he made to test the senses, while it had a few missteps, worked like a charm in the end. It’s pretty amazing to see all those senses in action. I mean those senses, basically lead to something being killed and eaten!! With all those abilities I don’t know how anything can get way from that.

Jumping in the water with the sharks was completely UNPLANNED! Not only were we not prepared, Scott kept letting go of a tube that sprayed my leg with fish blood….which attracts the sharks!!  What the heck was he thinking? I think he was trying to get me killed! I basically jumped in the water after seasoning my leg with extra flavor for the sharks!

Megajaws Attacks!

Megajaws Attacks!

Luckily though they were pretty full, but they were still pretty dang curious! They got all up on our face! I couldn’t believe how close they were getting. As scary as that was, the clarity of the water was AMAZING! It was literally a whole new world down there. I felt like an astronaut, and all of the life down there, alien. I was just frozen by the beauty, and at the end didn’t want to leave! Note to self: learn to swim so I can learn to scuba.


On to New Zealand

Saturday, July 17th, 2010
My impression of the Kraken

My impression of the Kraken

New Zealand was an absolutely blast! From seeing a Colossal Squid, to sailing on the Sorren Larson. But swimming with the seals really took the cake. See, I don’t know how to swim. So the fact that they got me in the water…good on them. But those wet suits are awesome!! You just float right up! Maybe I should take one to the pool with me next time.

Anyways down to business. Based on the legend, and the physical evidence that we’ve found here, the Kraken is easily the BIGGEST beast we’ve ever built. The size it had to be to take down a tall ship is just phenomenal! The weaponry, it had on its tentacles was just vicious. The testing we did with the weapons was brutal…imagine a tentacle with spikes coming at you that are sharp enough to chop your head right off! The only thing that would have made it better is armour!! However I do have to concede to science. When I was in the water trying to keep up with the seal, it made me realize, speed is key down there. If you compare the seal to a whale, and me to the Kraken… There was no way I could catch it.  Speed is high priority down there. That said I’m sure somewhere in the animal world we could have found a fast lightweight armour for our Beast. Right?

Last Day In Vietnam

Monday, July 12th, 2010
Depiction of what the soldiers saw

Depiction of what the soldiers saw

Based on what we’ve gathered here from the witnesses, I’m quite surprised at how consistent it is with the description from the US soldier who fought in Vietnam. Well aside from the guy whose description sounded like a man who hasn’t bathed, or shaved in years.

The initial drawing I did, didn’t really change much based on the descriptions. BUT, based on my experience in the jungle, the terrain gave Steve and I a few ideas on how this Beast would live, how it would move. Which directed us in making a few modifications to make this Wildman walk like us but be at ease and able to move around quickly and undetected in this thick jungle.


Vietnamese Jungle Trek

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Full body Wildman Sketch

The jungle was absolutely insane! Trekking through it, I felt like I lost 20 pounds! It’s thick, and dense, and slippery as hell! Every branch in the way is just out to get you and prevent you from going to where you needed to be! I got scratches all over my arms from the spikes on the branches! Who’d have thought that the biggest thing I need to be wary of was the plant life. That said, it was absolutely amazing in there! I felt like I was in Jungle Book. Steve was right, knowledge truly is power in there. Because I had no idea what would be in there, all I could think of was what could be there.

Later at night when we settled for camp the medic was snoring like crazy!!! I tried putting my headphones on to sleep, but I wanted to hear the noises of the jungle. When will I ever sleep in a freaking jungle again!? That evening when I got up to do some “business” I thought I was tripping out, because a lot of the plants were glowing!! I kept rubbing my eyes, to double check. And yup… they were glowing. Steve told me next morning, that some plants are luminescent and emit light in the dark. How cool is that!!


Arriving In Vietnam

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Initial Wildman Sketch

It’s hot, it’s muggy, it’s crowded. But also full of life! The city is vibrant, and beaming with energy, but the long flight here has left nothing in the gas tank for me. I’m not sure what we’ll find out from the locals, but we’ve been told there are a few eye witnesses here.

It’s going to be interesting seeing a different perspective. I wonder how different it will be from the account we have from a Vietnam Vet who saw it?


Beast Legends: Wild Man Of Vietnam Premiere

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The first episode of Beast Legends airs tonight at 10PM EST on History Television Canada.

Wild Man of Vietnam follows the Beast Seekers across the remote, unexplored jungles of Vietnam in search of the Wildman, a giant, hairy, bloodthirsty beast similar to North America’s Bigfoot or Sasquatch.

Don’t Miss It!

Just setting off…

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Excitement and trepidation is what I’m feeling right now. I’m not sure what to expect from the jungle. I couldn’t feel more like a fish out of water right now. I’m a city boy, who works from the comfort of home. So this should be quite an experience.