Sunday What: The Art of Michael T. Rea

IMAGE: Michael T. Rea’s Olympia

Michael T. Rea’sOlympia‘ is clearly a riff on Chewbacca. Nor is it the only familiar figure. To what end? Here’s what he told

Well motion pictures in general are a big source of inspiration for me. I have always enjoyed how people will quote lines from a movie. I like how for a few seconds the line between fiction and reality is blurred. I tend to like horror and science fiction films the most. I also like to think about time travel from time to time. Television is a big thing for me as well. I love inappropriate jokes, and I like to incorporate humor into a lot of my pieces as well.

Margaret Cho: Braiding of the beast

Popmatters asks comedian Margaret Cho the eternal question: Star Trek or Star Wars? Her answer:

Star Wars for sure. I have never seen anything Star Trek. I love sci-fi, but I’m more Star Wars-oriented. I’m totally obsessed with Chewbacca. He’s incredible.

I’m a bit of an insomniac, and so when I can’t sleep, I think about brushing Chewbacca, getting all the tangles out. I bet he is really tangled and needs some of that ‘no more tears’ spray. So I would use a wide tooth comb. I also think about braiding Chewbacca. Like two long, French braids on either side of his body. I bet he would look really good if his hair was braided.

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