Sunday, May 3, 2015

May rez Posted

read the May issue of rez in Issuu:




















Harry Bailey (aka The Perfect Gentleman) has always had a weakness for a nice pair of legs.  This month he revisits his past in the first of a two-part SL spoof on the 30s crime noir genre, tackling a murder most foul in Murder: Rated PG.  Believe me, you'll never look at the 4" heels on a pair of Bax boots quite the same again.  With his Girl Friday, Friday Blaisdale, keeping Harry centered (how she endures the smoke from Harry's Havanas, I'll never know), they're on the case.  It won't be solved until next month's issue, but this is an exciting first chapter.  Speaking of excitement, Art Blue will be opening his long-awaited art project at LEA14 this month called Moonrezzer.  It's safe to say there's never been anything remotely like Moonrezzer before, nor will there be in the future (and Art knows a thing or two about the future).  As an added bonus, Art opens reveals a "big lie" popularized on The Simpsons. We're used to Hitomi Tamatzui finding one SL gem after another, and this month is no exception. Hitomi chats with two of the brightest stars in the SL art metaverse, Misprint Thursday and Gracie Kendal, who also have exhibits at LEA this month. LEA, it seems, has definitely stepped up its game.  And we know about Hitomi's photographic prowess from prior months. This time, she really brings these dazzling artists' works alive.  Our newest addition to the rez writing staff, Cassie Parker, asks probing questions about the performing arts in both RL and SL, having been captivated by the dance productions of Chrissy Rhiano.  We look forward to many, many articles on the arts (as well as some short stories if we get lucky).  Crap Mariner reveals another of his fetishes (of which there are many) this month in his 100-word piece of microfiction, Kissing Booth.  And bringing the issue to a close is one of our very favorite poets, Zymony Guyot, who shares with us his passion for Picasso in his stellar work, Picasso in the Cloudy Afternoon.

Friday, April 3, 2015

April rez Posted

read the April issue of rez in Issuu:




Welcome to the spring issue of rez Magazine, wherein we introduce the second installment of Art Blue's The Moonrezzer: The Springfield Bet on the Moon.  Art makes a wager that he already knows he's going to win. How? Because he knows more about one thing than anyone else:  the Future.  And joining Art this month for the first time is his AI, the wise owl with bookish good looks, Neruval, who chimes in with an observation about computers and their capabilities and their souls in Cloudrezzer.  Crap Mariner is troubled about something this month: cat hair on his favorite shirt. Find out what he proposes to do about it. This month, Jami Mills examines just how Relay For Life operates here in the virtual world, and elsewhere. Much to her surprise, she finds that avatars are generous givers to charity, especially one so worthwhile as The American Cancer Society. Jami focuses on one particular team, CDS Hooters Philanthropic Society, who, together with all the other virtual teams over the years, has raised over $2,000,000 (US Dollars, not lindens) for a very deserving cause, the battle against cancer.   Emily Hamelin has kept us on the edge of our seats for several months now. She gets inside the mind of a cunning, beautiful, and introspective assassin, going about her business.  This, the third and final episode, throws us a curve we weren't expecting, leaving us breathless. Hitomi Tamatzui takes her camera in tow and actually enters an exciting virtual photography competition, PhotoHunt, where photographers of all stripes congregate and have one hour to submit a photo (no PhotoShopping or even cropping).  As only she can do, she takes us along for a typical evening's fun, and we're glad she did.  Elysienne returns to our pages with a heartfelt and passionate Quebeckers, a recitation of the joy and conflict of being a Quebecker with deep Cree roots.  Elysienne speaks honesty and directly from the heart.  Her piece is still with me to this day. Thank you for taking a peek.

Monday, March 2, 2015

March rez Published

read the March issue of rez in Issuu:




















Art Blue brings us the feature story this month in his most ambitious effort to help us all understand the one thing we've never before experienced: the Future.  Call him a futurologist, computer historian, patron of the arts, Art Blue has a passion for virtual worlds and the creative forces that drive them.  Not content to protect the virtual art of the best creators on the grid, Art now ventures forth with his own exhibition, Moonrezzer, sponsored by Linden Endowment for the Arts.  I assure you, nothing I can say can prepare you for Moonrezzer.  You simply need to see it for yourself. Stargazer Daylight has struck gold again in the fashion world, this time capturing a few moments with Bai Nightfire, a model relatively new to the virtual modeling scene, but who has certainly found her calling.  Stargazer has a way of bringing out the best in her interviews, and her chat with Bai Nightfire is another example of her fine work.  We include a poem by Will Blake, Say, River, probably one of the finest voices in any world, in any medium.  Let Blake's words flow over you, and don't be surprised if they're still there tomorrow. Emily Hamelin has written a trilogy called The Silence After, and her second installment appears in this month's issue.  Emily writes with a smart, easy-flowing style that particularly suits this story of a female assassin with a brain to match her seductive charms. Sailing the Virtual Seas is this month's contribution by Hitomi Tamatzui, who not only finds the most fascinating locales to write about, but she accompanies them with her dazzling photography, making us always look forward to her next adventures.  Myra Wildmist comes back to rez this month with an eye-opening look at the Medici University, an artist colony immersed in a postmodern environment.  Myra's images and descriptions of the history and mission statement of Medici University certainly make us want to go back to school, this time willingly.  Harry Bailey (aka The Perfect Gentleman) goes back to his strength:  music from yesteryear.  Who would you rather explore the 50s sim, Runaround Sue's, with than one of the most knowledgeable people of that era.  And how much fun is it to see all the poodle skirts dancing to Buddy Holly?  And to bring this month's issue to a close, Crap Mariner had trouble sleeping.  And when that happens, you can be assured that someone is going to pay.  Please enjoy this month's issue.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February rez Posted

read the February issue of rez in Issuu:




















This month, our fashion correspondent, Stargazer Daylight, scores an interview with the busiest model in the metaverse, Eleseren Brianna, who was just crowned Miss Virtual World 2015, one of the most prestigious modeling competitions around. And you will be heartened to discover in the course of this far-ranging interview that Eles isn't letting her celebrity status go to her head. Far from it. This fascinating lady give us refreshingly unpretentious insights into modeling in the virtual world. Next, Jami Mills tells us in pictures about MayfairIdle Rogue's latest production of the Anne Rice tale of witchcraft. Mayfair had a short one-week run at the end of January to sold out houses. Chryblnd Scribe produced and directed a large and extremely talented troupe of actors, dancers, animators, scripters and set builders in this one of a kind production. This show follows up on the success of Le Cirque de Nuit and establishes Idle Rogue as one of the leading dramatic ensembles in the virtual world.  Our own Art Blue peers 100 years into the future with 2115: The Perfect 10 in Elysion, perhaps his finest piece yet. It is nothing short of miraculous how he time travels with such ease, but I'm sure his AI owl, Neruval, has something to do with it. What a man will put himself through for The Perfect 10. First time contributor Emily Hamelin brings us the first of three installments of The Silence After, a thriller that explores a cold-blooded seductress/assassin who contemplates her first kill. Hitomi Tamatzui, who has shared with our readers so many of her wonderful photos and seems to always find something captivating, focuses this month on zoos in the virtual world, mixing in some interesting facts about wildlife and protecting their habitat. And no issue would be complete without some microfiction from our maniac in residence, Crap Mariner, who has 100 words of caution about strong, unpredictable weather events in his story, Stormy.  We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January rez Posted

Read the January issue of rez in Issuu:




















This month, Crap Mariner starts us off with his 100 words on awareness ribbons for a variety of worthwhile causes.  No surprise, Mariner latches onto one he might wished he hadn't.  We've included in this issue (and will continue to do so in each monthly issue in 2015) a tribute to Bryn Oh's 2015 Immersive Art Calendar, the real life project of virtual art archivist (and regular rez contributor), Art Blue.  Each month we will feature a month from Bryn's calendar, which was designed and created by Jami Mills and Ziki Questi and printed in the real world by Art's non-profit art trust. Each calendar month features a shot from one of Bryn's varied works.  Jami will also share a few of her thoughts each month about Bryn's work.  In this month's issue, we bring you January: The Singularity of Kumiko. Molly Bloom is the focus of our feature article this month, also gracing our cover with a close-up shot of her amazing work, Back to the Garden, one of a surprisingly eclectic range of new pieces now appearing at The Rose Galleries. What is exceptional about her show, Depth Perception, is Molly's "breakout" from the confines of two-dimensional art, bringing her subjects right into the exhibition space itself. Molly's keen eye for classic themes, whimsy and satire are on full display in this one of a kind exhibition. In the finale of her masterful futuristic cyber-thriller, The Beginning of Life: Closure, Sedona Mills draws this action-packed serial to an exciting conclusion. Sedona gives has given us quite a bit to consider about how computers and humans will interface in the not too distant future. She's definitely left us wanting more and we hope that will be forthcoming in the months ahead. Hitomi Tamatzui continues to capture images from some of the most exotic places in the metaverse, this time with A Day at the Races, where she does an in-depth study of virtual horse rearing and racing. Hitomi brings her usual photographic skills to bear with some dazzling images of thoroughbred racing at its most exciting, and includes along the way some fascinating background information from horse breeders too.  No issue would be complete without the latest musings of Art Blue. This time we hear about his longing for the perfect woman.  The trouble is, it's 100 year in the future. 2115: The Perfect 10 in Elysion is the first of a two-part series where Art comes back to present day to tell his tale and engage our readers with his thought-provoking ideas about the cyber future. And finishing this month's issue is another gut-wrenching anti-war poem from Zymony Guyot called Fabulous Monsters. Zymony's dark, weighty themes don't depress us, they uplift us, by reminding us of what humanity should be all about. Please enjoy this month's issue of rez.  

Monday, December 1, 2014

December rez Posted

Read the December issue of rez in Issuu:


On most days, we see a variety of clouds and never really give them a second thought. Well, paula cloudpainter does, and she translates her passion for clouds onto her canvases. This month, we celebrate clouds in all their manifestations...cumulus nimbus, cirrus..all the fluffy stuff that jazzes up the skies. And paula cloudpainter personifies dedication to an ideal: clouds in a myriad of shapes and sizes. Cat Boccaccio enticed Toysoldier Thor into answering her daring 14 questions and we're glad she did. One of the most thoughtful responses (he obviously accepted Cat's challenge with gusto). Sedona Mills doesn't let up one bit in her futuristic espionage thriller, The Beginning of Life. This month is the first of a two-part finale of this magnificent and thrilling work. The Dream Machine was concocted by Art Blue.  He imagines his dream woman who, given the dashing persona of the author, Art Blue, spins a dream of her own. The Perfect Gentleman takes us shopping this holiday season and reminds us of why we keep coming back - - the friends we cherish so much. With the assistance of Friday Blaisdale, the PG takes us shopping and ends up the evening in style - a fine dining experience at the Lobster Claw and a night of dancing. Crap Mariner makes the same mistake over and over again in Mistake. Hitomi Tamatzui, who recently brought us the breathtaking Key to Golden Hills noir serial, dazzles us with her description of the Wild West sims in SL, and augments her piece with stunning photos, her trademark. Adrian Blair gives us a thought provoking poem of bewilderment and heartbreak, The Holocaust Dress.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

November rez Posted

Read the November issue in Issuu:




















This month’s issue features SL’s beloved Bryn Oh, who has brought us so many wonderful works of art over the years, including large scale installations, such as her Retrospective at LEA9, or her most recent offering, The Singularity of Kumiko, which is now showing at Immersiva, or smaller sculptures.  The Retrospective is more of a reunion with some of our favorite pieces than a retrospective, which I think of being the domain of gray hairs.  Cat Boccaccio is back from hiatus and  snags SL machinima virtuoso, Iono Allen, who accepts Cat’s challenge to answer her 14 leading questions.  Art Blue leaves “nothing” to the imagination…literally…as he asks important questions about the importance of invisible things.  Sedona Mills brings us the seventh installment of her heart-pounding story of greed, power, and bytes in her futuristic thriller, The Beginning of Life.  This month’s installment is called Enlightenment and we’re on the edge of our seats. Stargazer Daylight was lucky, indeed, to entice SL fashion innovator and contest creator, Flora Raven, to reveal some wonderful insights into the fashion world, modeling, and the unimaginably talented artists that surround us all here on a daily basis.  You will remember the stunning images of Hitomi Tamatzui from her work on The Key to Golden Hills.  Now she’s branched out on her own, this time exploring the fall season and the beautiful builds of Medil and Maethoriel Laiquendi.  And what issue may I ask  would be complete without some Crap Mariner microfiction?  This month we offer Crap’s own brand  of dementia in Drag the Kids Around, a cautionary Halloween tale.