And now for something completely different: More Harry Dresden and Crew! 😀 What, you were expecting me to move on to another addictive series? Don’t worry. There’ll be plenty of time for that another day. Be afraid. Be very afraid. 😀 Okay, just kidding. While there are many series I love and will surely mention here and there, none has ever come close to this one. You’re safe from any future countdown posts. Probably. 😉
Before we begin with the last few Dresden images and memes I’d like to share, let me just toss out one interesting tidbit, for those who may not have realized this. Nowhere in any of the Dresden Files books is Harry ever mentioned wearing, taking off or putting on, or even so much as owning a hat. Nope. And in fact, in one instance, he adamantly states, “I don’t do hats.” Yet, because of the gorgeous cover work of Christian McGrath, I will never be able to imagine Harry going out to do his Wizard Thing without one. And I fully approve.
More villains, including one of the few images I could find of John Marcone, or Gentleman Johnny, as he’s known. (Yeah, I know it’s not a great one, but he came with the set.) Lara Raith and Lasciel are just plain evil, and Harry’s Godmother, the Leanansidhe is creepy as hell, but a bit more complicated to understand.
This one is more the way I picture Marcone, who’s a wonderfully worthy adversary for Harry. Evil in all the right ways, but with a weakness that makes him less of a cardboard villain and far more interesting.
Okay, Bob. Here you go. While I’ve mentioned Bob the Skull before, I couldn’t possibly end our Countdown Posts without another image or two. He wouldn’t stand for it. (Get it? Stand? Oh, sometimes I crack myself up!) Here’s Bob at Harry’s house.
And here he is at mine.
And yes, I dress him up for the holidays, much to his dismay.
Found a few more illustrations of Murph out there, and while they aren’t exactly how I picture her, they’re fun, so I’m sharing them, too.
I recently came across more images of Harry’s brother, Thomas Raith, as well, and am including them for your viewing pleasure. (Maybe it’s just me, but this guy is a real treat for the eyes. No wonder he’s a card-carrying member of the White Court. 😀 )
I have to admit, I’m a sucker for a pretty face, and for me, this is simply a perfect image of Thomas, just as I picture him. (That rarely happens). I also admit, I have a soft spot in my heart for Thomas Raith, and since I can’t remember half of the plots in these books I read so long ago, I’m always in agony, wondering what will become of him. Arrggh.
While living with Harry, he became the offcial cook.
Note the t-shirt. 😀
I also decided to share a couple of scenes between Thomas and Harry as they are first getting to know each other. (Long story. You’ll have to read it. 😀 )
And now for a few more images of Dresden himself because, well–Harry!
A Graphic Novel.
(Sometimes I’m sorry I kinda outgrew comic books.)
Another “Fuego!” Moment.
The only McAnally’s Bar image I could find.
Not my favorite, but we can’t forget Mac!
Gonna Wrap Up with A Few
Funny or Profound Memes and Quotes
Alert: May Contain Some Slightly Off Color Language!
(Nothing too dreadful, though.)
(Yeah, I know–pretty wordy for Mac.
That just goes to show you how much trouble
Harry was about take on.)
Murphy to Harry, About Harry & his Quest.
Harry in Action
And finally, how this series will come to an end, if I get my wish!
Team Murphy, all the way!
Yep, you read right! Only one more week until the six-year Dresden Drought is OVER! Today is our last countdown post, which I’ve broken into two parts for ease of scrolling, and I decided to go with “And All The Rest.” Pictures, memes, miscellaneous characters, and whatever else I can find in my files that I haven’t already shared. Browse away, and I hope you see some things to make you ooh and aah, or at least smile a bit. Enjoy!
I’ve talked about Michael Carpenter before, but as you can see by this image, Michael hasn’t been the only Knight of the Cross featured in this series. There were three, Michael, Shiro, and Sanya. Not saying anything specific about Michael or Shiro right now. But this is the only representation I found of Sanya, the Russian knight, and I wanted to include him. He’s truly a fun and interesting character, and adds a lot to the later books.
I’ve also mentioned Harry’s friend, one-man-polka-band and medical examiner Waldo Butters, and I wanted to share a couple more images of Butters . He’s been fun since the beginning, but really comes into his own in Book #13, Ghost Story. You’ll love him and his determination to help Harry, even after his first glimpses of what’s “out there” terrified him. Zombies, anyone?
As White Council Wardens go, one of my very favorites is Carlos Ramirez. He’s vastly amusing, always ready for a fight …
and totally full of himself–but he’s also always there when needed. (Seen below with Molly Carpenter, Michael & Charity’s somewhat wayward daughter, and Dresden’s apprentice wizard.)
Here’s another rendition of Molly. As Harry’s Apprentice Wizard, she’s also known as Grasshopper, Padawan, and several other Dresden-style nicknames.
One More Look at Molly as she’s described in later books.
The White Council’s executioner, Morgan, is essentially an honorable man, but convinced that Harry is not, and determined to catch him using forbidden Black Magic. He’s been the bane of Harry’s existence for almost all of Harry’s life.
Once in a while Morgan almost succeeds in his desire to prove Harry guilty of breaking the Council’s most sacred laws.
Toot-Toot the Fairy is an unforgettable little guy, tiny in stature, but big on courage, especially if there’s pizza being offered as a reward.
And I ask you, who other than Jim Butcher could make the three Billy Goats Gruff scary? (Maybe not up there with demons and Nicodemus, but still … Scary! 😀
I’ll wrap up Part 1 of today’s Countdown Post with this,
but I’ll be back in a bit with Part 2.
We are really getting down to the wire, so I thought this might be a good time to focus on the star of the Dresden Files, namely, Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, himself. So, here are some of my favorite Harry pictures and memes for you to enjoy, all in one handy place at the same time. 😀 Let’s call this indulgence “I’m Just Wild About Harry,” shall we? 😀
I’m gonna get the show rolling with one of my very favorite pictures of Harry, taken right from the cover of Welcome to the Jungle #2, cover design by the fabulous Christian McGrath, with cover model John Paul Pfeiffer.
Though this my personal favorite version of Harry Dresden, there are a lot of other representations out there. Out of all the rest, my favorite takes on Harry are paintings by Mika Blackfield, such as this next one. Therefore, art by McGrath and Blackfield are the images I’ll be focusing on, with a few interesting exceptions. And, surprise! I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking today.
Notice that in this one, Harry seems to be enjoying
some very interesting reading material.
Errrmmm…The Butcher Files??
Now how about a few action scenes just to mix things up a bit?
And Last, a Few Chuckles Before You Go
And that’s my offering of visual treats for today. Hope you enjoyed taking a look at some of the art that this series has spawned. And guess what? Next Tuesday will be the last countdown post BEFORE the release of Peace Talks the following week. Can you believe the end is almost here? Why it seems like no time at all since I started these posts to pass the time until I could get my hands on a copy of Peace Talks, yet here it is. Almost upon us! Woohooo! See you guys next week! 🙂
I apologize for being late with this post today. You can imagine how crazy my week has been for this to happen, but here it is, ready or not!
Only THREE more weeks until the arrival of Peace Talks, and today, I want to share some of the amazing merchandise this series has spawned. We should all be so lucky as to have some of these things on store shelves for our own books! What things, you ask? Well, let’s take a look.
How About a new Cover for Your Cell Phone?
It this one doesn’t appeal, you can find many other options out there.
I’m partial to this one!
And as you might imagine, t-shirts abound.
Possibly by the hundreds. Here are a few I liked.
And on, and on, and on.
Now you’d expect t-shirts for sure, but how about jewelry?
Anybody brave enough to wear the coin of a
Blackened Denarius around their neck?
Or on their cuffs?
(Not meeeee. I know too much!)
Other options abound, though.
How about your very own shield bracelet?
I think I could go for one of these.
Or maybe a key fob with a pentacle just like
the one Harry wears around his neck?
If jewelry’s not your thing, perhaps a blanket?
A spiral notebook or two?
Posters? Decals? Mugs? Plaques?
Raising a Little Dresdenphile at Home?
Or Maybe You Like Coloring for Stress Relief?
(Lots of these pages out there!)
Collect Action Figures?
Or Prefer More Realistic (Read: Expensive) Art?
So, as you can see from this array of photos, pretty much any type of Dresden Files collectible you’d enjoy is out there. I found many of these items for sale on a site called Redbubble in case you want to check it out, yourself. You can even get face masks there, should you want the whole world to know who’s really defending you against errant viruses of all types.
And because this post is so crammed full of images, I’m only going to leave you with one meme for the day–but it’s a good one.
And now that I’ve boggled your mind with all the merchandising this series has inspired, and maybe encouraged you to pick up an item or two for your own bookshelves, I’m outta here!
Okay, ONE more for you devoted fans of Bob the Skull, like me!
Yes, you can actually purchase one of these for yourself.
(I’m sooo tempted, except that honestly,
Bob doesn’t really have all the glyphs and things,
so I’m resisting.)
And now I’m outta here! (For sure, this time!)
Roll on, July 14, roll on!
The countdown continues as the Big Day draws nearer and nearer. Woo and also Hoo! I’ve been re-reading the entire series (now on Book 8, Proven Guilty) and it’s been even more fun than the first time. I started these books twenty years ago, and read each one as it was released, and my tiny little brain has lost track of many, many details. My knowledge of the main players is cemented in my head forever, but plot lines and individual villains Harry has faced over the years have gone pretty far astray. I’m so glad I decided to re-read the whole thing, and even more glad that authors Mae Clair and Harmony Kent are reading along with me. We have loads of fun talking about the various happenings and the many, many funny lines in these books–which brings me to today’s post.
I guess I could call this one, “In His Own Write,” if John Lennon hadn’t already beaten me to that title, because I want to focus largely on my favorite Dresden Files quotes today. I have some memes from around the web for you, and several from a new series I’m doing for my own pleasure. (When I can’t find the quote I want done up pretty, I make my own.) Hope you’ll enjoy them all!
Found these on Jim Butcher’s Website (jimbutcher.com)
And a Couple More From Various Places Around the Web
(There are thousands of these out there!)
And Here Are a Few I Made Myself from My “Riveting Quotes” Series
One more note for this week. Cleverly hiding
on my bookshelves, I found four additional anthologies that
contain Dresden Files stories for those interested:
My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding (2006)
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon (2007)
Strange Brew (2009)
Naked City (2011)
I forgot that I owned all of these anthologies in print. Doh! But I can attest to the fact that there are some excellent stories in them, well worth reading. Jim Butcher is as excellent at writing short stories as he is at full-length novels. It involves a whole different skill set, in my opinion, and he’s got it down pat! Most of the ones I shared last week and today are available in Kindle format on Amazon, and some are still available in print. You might want to check them out. 🙂
And that’s all for today, folks. Hope you got a chuckle or two from the quotes. Next week, I’m planning something very different, but I’ll let you wonder for now just what it might be.
Thanks so much for helping me pass the time until Peace Talks arrives!
Bob the Skull and I will see you in a week!
Happy Tewe’s Day, Everybody! Guess what? We’re another week closer to the release of the long-awaited and greatly anticipated Peace Talks, Book 16 of the Dresden Files series! Yep, only seven more weeks to go, and my doesn’t the time just fly by? Yeah. Like a kid waiting for Christmas morning! Tick …….. tock. Tick …….. tock. You get the idea. BUT, we are closer, so for that I’m going to be grateful. And I’m going to share some things with you that interested me. Hope you’ll enjoy them, too.
First, I thought maybe it would be appropriate to talk about the man who created Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, Wizard Extraordinaire. That would be Jim Butcher, of course. I will admit that over the last six years, I’ve given serious thought to tracking Jim Butcher down and smacking him with a pizza so old and stale, even Toot-Toot the fairy wouldn’t touch it. However, I am too much in awe of his prodigious writing talent to do such a thing. Instead, I gnashed my teeth and bit my nails in silence, waiting, waiting, waiting for the day he would send forth the 16th installment of my favorite series of all time. And finally, that day is drawing near!
For those of you who haven’t read his work, or followed his blog,
or seen him at a signing, this is what Jim Butcher looks like:
Or maybe it’s more like this?
Unless, of course, it’s really more along these lines?
Hmmm. A man of many faces.
Well, one thing for sure,
Harry Dresden is obviously his alter-ego.
They could be twins separated at birth! See?
Here, he poses with a wizardly weapon,
and his genuine Foo Dog, Mouse!
Butcher wrote the first book in The Dresden Files—about a professional wizard, named Harry Dresden, in modern-day Chicago—as an exercise for a writing course in 1996 at the age of 25. Storm Front, the first novel in The Dresden Files, was picked up by Roc/Penguin Books for publishing. It was released as a paperback in April 2000. Fool Moon followed nine months later on January 1, 2001, and the third book, Grave Peril, was published in September 2001. Thereafter, the release schedule slowed, with Summer Knight appearing on September 3, 2002. The fifth and sixth books, Death Masks and Blood Rites, appeared in August 2003 and 2004, respectively.
For several years, you could pretty much count on a new Dresden Files book every year or so, until Skin Game (#15) was released in 2014. Then the drought began. Yes, I know there were graphic novels being written, and short stories (most of which are absolutely fantastic) appearing in various anthologies, and loads of other things going on in his life. (He is also the author of the Codex Alera series, a fantasy I quite enjoyed, and The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Book 1 of a new fantasy series that I hope will be continued.)
And those are all great things. BUT. Harry disappeared for a very long time. I thought perhaps–unbeknownst to his fans–my favorite wizard had been yanked into the Nevernever and left there to wander lost and lonely as a cloud until the end of days! Happily, as we now know, he’s back! Thus my series of posts wherein the countdown of the weeks continues and I dance around all excited, while generally acting like a looney tunes.
On that note, I’m moving along to share a new meme I made this week. Hope you enjoy it. It’s one of my favorite pictures and quotes, out of many!
AND HERE ARE A FEW MORE MEMES
FOUND FLOATING AROUND THE INTERNET.
Welp, that’s it for today, folks! I’ll be back next Tuesday with a brand new countdown update, more images and characters, and anything else I can think of you might enjoy! Hope to see you then!
Harry and Thomas Ready to Do Battle With Fiends & Villains Everywhere!
(I believe this is another great piece done by Mika Blackfield)
Wizard Alert! Harry Dresden’s latest adventure is looming on the horizon! Yes, only 9 more weeks until the arrival of #PeaceTalks. That may seem like a long time, but after waiting more than SIX YEARS–did I mention that before?–a mere 9 weeks sounds like an instant. A long, drawn-out instant for sure, but still an instant. Everything is relative, after all. 😉
Cover of the Week
Another Chris McGrath Beauty
Last week, I promised to share a bit more about other characters in the Dresden books. I think I’ll start with one of my personal favorites, Bob the Skull.
Bob resides on a bookshelf at Harry’s place, and gives out advice, liberally mixed with snarky comments. Of course, it isn’t really the skull, itself, chatting with (at?) Harry. It’s a vastly old spirit that has taken up residence in the empty cranium, as evidenced by the light glowing from the eye sockets. It can (and does) vacate the skull from time to time, swooshing out the door on errands for Harry, or whenever Harry rewards him by letting him visit places where he can read adult novels of dubious literary value.
Here are a few memes featuring Bob’s snarky (and often corny) comments and jokes.
And one more just for PURTY! (If you have a weird sense of what purty is!)
Those of you who are up to date on the series might be as worried about Bob’s welfare as I am, but I’m trusting Jim Butcher to right all wrongs and take good care of him for now. (Don’t make me come UP there, Jim!!)
Next week, we’ll focus on another of my favorite characters, Michael Carpenter. In the meantime, let’s let Harry have the last word:
Stay tuned, Folks and keep counting the weeks! And remember, when it doubt:
Pre-Order Peace Talks HERE
Pre-Order Battle Ground HERE
Still counting the days until Peace Talks is in my hot little hands! I know some of you are, as well, so I thought I’d share some pretty things today to make the time pass more quickly.
Though my personal vision of Harry is the one I “met” with the very first book, as depicted by cover artist Chris McGrath, he’s by no means the only version floating all over the internet. Many artists have been inspired by these books, and I’m hoping none of them will be insulted by my sharing some of their work with you today. I will happily add attributions to each picture if I find them, but there are so many in so many places, tracking down each artist is pretty hard. That being said, I will also remove any pictures if asked to do so. Here are a few of my favorites for your viewing pleasure.
Can’t decide if he’s about to yell “Fuego!” or “Forzare!” in this one. But he looks like he means business, for sure.
Harry and Thomas (brothers with a troubled background,
given their very different natures.)
An interesting take.
And a wonderful montage by Mika Blackfield.
From left to right, Billy, Butters, Murphy, Harry, Thomas,
Michael Carpenter, and Molly Carpenter.
We’ll be talking about some of these other characters in the upcoming weeks.
A Meme or Two For Your Amusement
And on that note, I’ll let you get back to your regularly scheduled programming. Just keep repeating: only 10 more weeks, only 10 more weeks, only 10 …………..
Me, basically. Except for, you know … the really skinny part!
Welp, back again, folks. Still counting the weeks until the release of Peace Talks. We’re down to eleven now, and before long, it’ll be SINGLE DIGITS! Woo and also Hoo! It’s getting closer every day, and I have big news to share with you! The cover for Battle Ground has now been revealed, too! (Thanks for the heads up, Jeanne!) And it’s a real winner. Honestly, I like it much better than the strange blue/pink/lavender wash on Peace Talks. This one just screams action and adventure, don’t you think?
Of course, at this stage of the game, I wouldn’t much care if the cover was blank, just as long as I can get my hands on the books. (Okay, that’s a bold and blatant lie. I LOVE cover art with a passion, especially Chris McGrath’s cover art, and double especially Chris McGrath’s Dresden Files cover art. But you get my drift.) Battle Ground will be available on September 29, in case you want to go ahead and pre-order. I did. (Surprised?)
Fun Memes of the Day
Harry as a Much Younger Wizard
(Same cover artist: Chris McGrath; Same model: John Paul Pfeiffer)
Last week, we talked about Mouse, Harry’s Foo Dog. Foo dogs are a huge dog named for the Chinese guard “dogs” of old, which were actually statues of lions outside their temples. Not sure if “foos” are an accepted registered breed or not–topic for another day–but there ARE pictures of them online, and here are a few I found, along with this wonderful artist’s rendering of Harry and Mouse.
Don’t know about you, but whatever its origin and no matter what it’s called, one of these guys should deter just about any threat. 😀
To wrap up this week’s posts, I have a little gift for anyone interested. A 1920 x 1080 pixel desktop wallpaper I created, which will save at full size. Enjoy! (NOTE: If this doesn’t save at full size, let me know and I’ll send you the file.)
I’ll see you next week as the countdown continues. We’ll be talking other Dresden Files characters and how they fit into Harry’s world, and featuring artwork by various folks who seem inspired by this series. See you then.
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