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10
Jan

Monsterland

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This is a bar & restaurant located in Mesa, AZ. I had heard about it and seen some pictures of the place but never made it a point to go see. That was until this week when they announce they were closing their doors after being open for less than a year. Horror, animatronics, good, and drinks!? This place sounded like an adult version of Chuck E. Cheese pizza. I invited some friends who were regulars of the place to meet us up there today and finally went with my whole family.

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After entering the front doors you enter into a short monster maze. Animatronics and interesting things look at are here. After snaking right around the corner along the castle looking stone walls you come to a mummy tomb on the wall.

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Afterwards, the maze opens up into a room where this caracul is there to greet you, alone with Frankenstein on a table and an old pipe organ (not pictured).

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This room opens into another room, still not inside the restaurant area itself, where a demon oversees all who enter alone with some bat looking creature below.

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Then there is a grand gate and entrance into the bar and restaurant area itself, with a dragon peering over all who enter. To the right of the gate in this picture is a huge stone golem that stands up.

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More of the restaurant area, here you can see Freddy Krueger in the corner and Pumpkin Head standing under a crumbling castle tower about to fall. Lots of classic monsters are here.

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I sat down at a table next to the Grim Reaper with two kobold looking demons at his side. He was on a timer and ever so often would stand up and swing that scythe around, while chanting.

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His minions at his side would move as well and blow smoke.

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The place also had this nice tomb structure inside the restaurant, which exited out onto a patio area for outside dining. I’m glad I didn’t wait  too long until the place closes next weekend on 1/19/2013. The Swamp Water drink I got was great as was the interesting food items served all with horror names. I’m hoping someone else will step in and buy the place as it’s certainly a place I’d like to return to again and see.

Tonight, I decided it was time to grab all the photos from my “Lil’Monsters” polymer clay figure series and post them in their own gallery here.

Lil’Monsters – http://www.jonray.net/?page_id=2081

A few of these are still for sale if anyone would like to buy a One-Of-A-Kind sculpture.

1
Sep

Drawing A Day – Day 244

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Throne of Retribution. He who can sit upon the throne can judge. He who is not worthy shall soon burn to embers. The magical throne itself decides who is just and worthy to serve as judge.

2
Jan

Drawing A Day – Day 2

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I didn’t feel like drawing another cartoon so I just started drawing a mountain range and came up with this image from my head, no references. It’s a castle and keep on the edge of a great forest where two mountains meet. Two small banner stands can be seen in the foreground on the roadside flying the colors of the local Lord and ruler of these lands. My techniques for this drawing were a #2 pencil, shader, and eraser.

21
Dec

2010 Lunar Eclipse

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Although I have to go to work in a few hours, I stayed awake tonight to catch a glimpse of a total eclipse, which caused the moon to turn red. The main image with the small moon in the center is the best picture I could get through the clouds. Was mostly cloudly tonight here. The smaller clearer image in the upper left is a screen capture from USTREAM tonight 12/21/2010. Although there are many eclipses, this one happens to be a once in a lifetime event. For more information Click Here.

22
Sep

Obtaining my own domain name.

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JonRay.com was taken by squatters, so I picked the next best thing – JonRay.net and thus this site was born. I’ve always had need of a place that properly represents me and my multitude of interests. If you do not know me or rather know me by one of my other personas, this site represent the real me. I’m a filmmaker, game developer, artist, musician, sculptor, gardener, and writer type of guy. And with that, we’ve only just scratched the surface.

Greetings…