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!
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
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.
As promised, a bit more in celebration and anticipation of the upcoming release of Peace Talks, the 16th book in the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. Only 13 more weeks to go!
~ A DRESDEN FILES TIDBIT ~
All of the fabulous covers for this series were done by my favorite cover artist, Chris McGrath. Chris does some of the best fantasy covers out there, and his model for Harry Dresden (John Paul Pfeiffer) is on many of them, including Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series, D. B. Jackson’s Thieftaker series, and more. John Paul is also the face I imagined for my own male “lead” in my Wake-Robin Ridge series. (I can dream, can’t I?) You can see more of Chris McGrath’s work HERE.
~ A DRESDEN FILES MINI-QUIZ ~
Which of these answers is correct?
Harry Dresden lives with three pet animals:
His dog, Mister
His cat, Mouse
His parrot, Beelzebub
(Note: Sorry, no prizes for this one. Just a fun way to see who’s been paying attention, who hasn’t, and who really doesn’t give a flip. 😀 Feel free to answer in the comments.)
And that’s it for today’s Countdown Post. I’ll be back next Tuesday with a few more images and tidbits for your browsing amusement. (And mine. Okay, mostly mine, probably. 😀 )
UNTIL THEN, REMEMBER:
For those who don’t know how much I love the Dresden Files series, let my current header be a small indication. I do. Or maybe I just love Harry Dresden. Either way, I have followed this series for years.
Here’s the thing. I’ve been beating myself up figuratively (the slam on the head was NOT intentional!) for the two-year delay between my last novel and my soon to be published one. Two years! Between hurricanes and other disruptions, it has taken me far too long to get this one done. But then I realized that it has been FIVE years since the last Dresden File book. Five. Years. And the last one left us hanging about several issues that are of great importance to Dresden fans.
If any of you live near Jim Butcher, could you please go light a fire under him? Or smack him on the head with a rolled up newspaper? Or at least scowl in his general direction? I’d like to find out what happens next in the life of my favorite wizard while I still have wits enough to READ. Just sayin’ …
The good news about this is I feel a lot better about my two-year delay, and I’m going to TRY to give Jim Butcher the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps he’s had hurricanes of one sort or another in his life, as well. I just hope he’s hard at work again, and that we really do get the next book very, very soon. I miss Harry!
In the meantime, the header above will have to do.
Write on, Jim Butcher. Write on!
Just thought I needed something a bit more “protective” in my life right now, so I’ve assigned Harry Dresden and his brother, Thomas, to stand guard. If he so much as sees a whisper of storm winds kicking up outside, there will be fire and fury and other wizardly doings to keep us all safe! That’s my story, an’ I’m stickin’ to it!
Forzare! Harry’s on the job!
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