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March 28 2008

"Worlds of the Alliance" - a new limited edition Serenity print. Those smart cookies over at QMX are bringing out a stunning guide to the planets of the 'Verse. It was created by Serenity graphic designer Geoffrey Mandel.

They're also trying to sell this. Ahem.
The poster itself is lovely, but I'm getting the feeling that Mandel didn't use a Chinese language consultant on the pictograms surrounding the image. The first few characters on the right of the image are "three," "up," "down," "stool," "tree," "give," which in my admittedly-limited Chinese doesn't quite make sense (unless you're perhaps talking about giving away the ending of an old Shel Silverstein book). Maybe someone who can read Chinese better than I will correct me...
They're also trying to sell this. Ahem.

As the comments say, a Fox ? That has to be a piss-take surely (it is nearly April 1st, maybe they're just getting an early start ;).

The print's quite nice though, prettier than most fictional "reference" tie-ins.
Shouldn't that be sold through store.mozilla.org as a Firefox mascot?
Well, even IF the Chinese is boned...still pre-ordered the sucker right after I found out about it. My Chinese is fei hua anyway;)

And come on! The fox is an April Fool's gag! Let's look at QMx and their offerings pre-vulpine vacuousness...and now compare it to the "Spirit Animal." Pretty obvious, isn't it?
The poster itself is lovely, but I'm getting the feeling that Mandel didn't use a Chinese language consultant on the pictograms surrounding the image.

IIRC, the text on the Fruity Oaty Bar artwork is actually Japanese, so I wouldn't be surprised if the poster is wrong too.

And I wonder what the thing in the middle of the top line of the Worlds of the Alliance posters is. It looks like a flag, but it's not the Alliance flag from the series.
That fox takes the cake, for sure *shuddering*
Want. Perhaps when my tax return gets deposited...
Every time I see that planet image...it's such a tease. All the worlds we never got to see, a few of them mentioned out loud in the series. The biggies like Londinium and Sihnon (sp?)...

As nice as it would be as a reference poster, I'm pretty sure that image is contained in my Serenity movie companion book. Too many other things to spend $40 US on.
Yeah there's a smaller (but still - barely, to my eyes ;) - legible) copy of it in the "Brief History of the Universe" section on page 12 of the visual companion.

It's nice looking but it's just not postery enough for me to put on the wall - don't have ship's schematics on the wall either, even though I think the design of the Enterprise D (for instance) is very pretty.
tmhsiao said:
The poster itself is lovely, but I'm getting the feeling that Mandel didn't use a Chinese language consultant on the pictograms surrounding the image.


The Chinese characters on this poster, on Young River's data screen, on the Cortex screens on the ship, and all but the "Lilac" on the Lilac security monitor are just random Chinese characters--the same ones over and over.

Gag Halfrunt said:
IIRC, the text on the Fruity Oaty Bar artwork is actually Japanese, so I wouldn't be surprised if the poster is wrong too.


I think the use of Japanese katakana here was intentional. Someone wanted to broaden the use of written languages in the movie to include Japanese, Arabic, and Hindi.

But they aren't really Japanese, nor are the katakana on Young River's data screen. Like the Chinese characters, they're just random characters. (Though the first three characters by the mouse do make up the word kohaku, "amber.")

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