Popol Vuh: The Hero Twins


About 20 or so years ago I spent 2 years learning to read the hieroglyphs of the Maya. I had already spent countless years becoming illiterate in Egyptian hieroglyphs so it made since to look into this other great dyslexic friendly writing system. I put in the time and the brain sweat only to find that when I got to the point where I could just start to read the literature that I was totally turned off by all the religious bloodshed, horror and flaying of living humans. I had the key to open the door but did not like what was on the other side. So I quit my studies and almost all of it drained out of my head. One of the few things I got from that time is a lasting love of the Popol Vuh. My next project is the brothers One and Seven Blowgunner and their ball court on the top of death's domain.
Outline of Popol Vuh Action





I have been studying the ball court and the armor of the ball players and nobody really knows. So I decided to look at it in a more practical vain. What kind of practical gear would I want protecting my body if a 16 pound hard rubber ball was zooming toward my cross eyed body at 50 mile per hour? I would want something to protect my head, something to protect my chest, something to protect my hips, legs and arm. I would want something on any area that was likely to come in contact with the screaming rubber missile of death. Then I designed from there. At least no one can prove that I am wrong.




Working on 1 Blowgunner puppet.


I have had to redesign the ball court now that I know more about the nature of the game. All courst have a free through area where only one team can control the ball a try to score. Once it falls out of the free area it is a fight for control of the ball so that the team can get it back into their free throw / slap / kick / hip bump area. There seems to be 2 main forms of the game; one form is hips and feet onlywith the Rings lower to the floor, the secdond form allows the use on one padded arm and has higher hoops. All of them are really hard to get the ball through. I am designing the second try of ball court just because it will animate better.


Moved past the protype on the light bar. How cool is this lighting to scale. Last day of my Junior High Stop Mo Class today.


Saturday night was the art auction for "All The Arts For All The Kids". It was fun and a good cause.

Really cool mini light at Daiso. The Dollar Tree had something like this but they only stayed on it you pushed the button. Useless, but I did do a send up of the Pixar luxo lamp. The scale and the on off switch makes this a new ball game. Light rail in scale. Light gells the whole package.

Still putting off striking the old set. Shame on me. It's not like I don't have tons of other things to do but I need to jump in on this one or I well not move forward to the fun parts.


Just found this completely clear clay by a company called "Crazy Aaron's". Very excited! I have a formula for a clearish clay made with corn starch, corn syrup and salt that is animatable and works well with color, blood and pee etc. but it is not completely clear so it doesn't work perfectly for standing water like an unmoving glass of water on a table. But then I could use hot glue puppetoon replacements to get this effect. But still like this as another tool in my kit.


I have been meaning to get around to procrastinating. The next step is to strike the old set on my back porch. That is a whole lot of work followed by a whole lot more work. And then I prep the whole area and start the build. No maybe I need more planning?




Hell of a week. The grant writing got insane. One of the non-profits I was working with dropped out the day before the grant was due (Trump fear, they work with immigrant children victims of trafficking). It was madness itself getting another group and finishing the grant. Not sure if the grant I turned in makes any sense. But you do your best.

Tom Yeates, Prince Valiant, was down for WonderCon and stayed with me. Tom is an old friend from the Kubert School daze and the best man at my wedding. The parking was being torn up at the Anaheim Convention Center. Parking for the Con was not good. Settle buses from the Honda Center 7 miles away.

My stop motion puppet workshop was the first thing Saturday morning and I feared the parking madness would cut down my numbers. I had a full room. It went well and lots of good people interested in Stop Mo.

Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. and Dark Horse have just reprinted Yeates' "Tarzan, The Beckoning". I did some translation work for the scenes in the Proto-Egyptian secret city. One of the few times I have been able to use my glyph knowledge. The Burroughs people took us out to eat. And of course we talked about monkeys. I was the only person at the table who had a personal relationship with a monkey. So I ended up telling stories about Max, the Spider monkey, who use to model for my life drawing class and was a very good friend to me when I was running the animation program at ROP Orange. I miss him. He was good people.

Starting to turn my samples from the stop mo puppet class into the Hero Twins for Popol Vuh.


It has been a full week since I have posted here. It has been a rough week. I had the bad-ass-wish-to-die flue for 3 days. I have been working on an add campaign for the film festival I run. I have been writing a grant. And I finished the graphics for my WonderCon Stop Motion Puppet training session. Oh and I finished an art piece for the up coming "All The Arts for All the Kids" art auction. Like I said it has been a rough week. A little thing called "Frog Grophic".

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