Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Third Time a Charm?

Two out of three ain't bad... and that's just what I'm hoping for.

See, I didn't care for Blade, but really, really liked Blade 2. Blade 3 aka Blade Trinity will be released later this year and I'm hoping that it will be as fun as Blade 2.

Wesley Snipes is back and that's a plus. This time around they've added two new supporting character's. Abigail and Hannibal King. Both of them look pretty interesting and I'm sure that the studio is thinking spin-off .

Check out the just opened Blade Trinity site and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Twilight Zone Marathon

You just know I love SciFi's 4th of July Twilight Zone Marathon. No matter how many times I've seen some of the episodes... they're like old friends whose stories you've heard before but love to hear again.

I always recommend "To Serve Man" [1PM and 11PM] and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" [believe it or not, it doesn't look like they're showing this classic episode], but you might also want to check out "Will the Real Martian Stand Up?" [8:30 PM] or "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" [Midnight].

The cool thing is that the marathon runs from 9AM on July 4th to 6PM, July 5th. So even if you just tune in for a bit here and there you'll probably catch something fun.

Monday, June 28, 2004

Only in America

Mike Tyson has earned over $300 million and is bankrupt.

I guess I shouldn't feel bad for him, but I do. Tyson should have been on top of the world at this point in career... if he was even fighting. When he was in his prime nobody and I mean nobody could beat him. He was on track to break Marciano's record of wins without a defeat.

And then Don King came into his life. And we know what happened after that.

The sad thing is, Tyson is suing Don King for $100 million... but it looks like he'll settle for a lot less... a whole lot less.

And I'll bet you that after it's all said and done, Tyson will end up fighting for Don King again.

Only in America... only in America.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Free Comic Book Day

Comic books are one of the few truly American art forms. So it's strange that most American kids go through a comic book phase, but as they get older turn their back on the art form. I guess it's because of the perception that comics are just for kids.

Sure, it's true that many comic books are geared to kids. It's just as true that there are as many types of comics available as there are interests. And comics AREN'T just for kids.

If you liked the Spider-Man or X-Men movies, then you should check out the Spider-Man or X-Men comics. Same with Alien and Predator... or even Alien vs Predator. If you're a fan of hardboiled crime stories then check out Frank Miller's Sin City and 100 Bullets. If horror movies are your thing then take a chance on The Walking Dead or Steve Niles' 30 Days of Night. You say you loved Gladiator and Troy? Well, what'd you think of 300?

Trust me. There are comics out there that you'd like. And here's a cool incentive to get you to take a look. On July 3rd, comic book companies across the US will have comic books available for FREE. You read that right, FREE.

Now not every comic will be free and not every comic book shop will participate. But I bet that one near you will. This is the third year for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY and publishers want people to check out their titles, so some really cool books will be available. Click HERE and you can get the full details.

And then I'd love to hear what comics YOU'RE reading!

Friday, June 25, 2004

Jason Pearson's Redbird

Jason Pearson is one of the most popular comic artists working today. His Body Bags series is considered a classic example of what a writer/artist can do when left to his own creation.

I was fortunate enough to meet Jason at Heroes Con earlier this month and was even able to get a Stallone sketch from him. Jason had some of the pages for his new series, Redbird, on display... and man, did they look sweet!

You can read about Jason and Redbird by clicking on THIS LINK... and then we can meet back here tomorrow.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Rex Steele, Nazi Smasher

Rex Steele, Nazi Smasher just oozes cool.

Believe it or not, Rex Steele started out as a student film. Now it's winning all kinds of awards and positive reviews. And for a good reason...

Everything about this project appears to be perfect from the animation to the story to the score! I'll be watching for more news of the dvd release and hopefully a compilation of the comics.

Check out the trailer and tell me you aren't ready to jump on board the Rex Steele bandwagon. I know I am. Let me know what you think...

Rex Steele, Nazi Smasher rates an A

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Zack Snyder Looks to 300

As most of you know, I really enjoyed the Dawn of Dead remake. Much of that enjoyment was due to Zack Snyder's direction. Snyder's next project is to direct the adaptation of Frank Miller’s 300.

300 is the classic epic of how 300 Spartans went up against an insurmountable Persian army which was marching across the known world conquering countries and killing any who attempted to stop them.

If the movie is even half as good as Miller's graphic novel, then we're in for a real treat!

Monday, June 21, 2004

Days Turn to Weeks

It looks like there may be a sequel to 28 days later which was one of my favorite movies of 2002.

Tentatively titled 28 weeks later, it probably won't be directed by Danny Boyle [who helmed the original] or written by Alex Garland [who wrote the original... although both may return as producers.

I'm a big fan of the original film so I'd be interested in seeing what happens next.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Heroes Con 2004 Report

Shelton Drum's Heroes Con 2004 was a blast.

I arrived at the Westin, [truly one of the finest and most reasonably priced hotels anywhere thanks to the Heroes Con rate] at 10:30AM on Friday. The show opened at 11 and I was anxious to get in.

As we were unloading the car I saw Cully Humner and Casey Jones who were also getting ready to head over.

Big John Beatty was able to get me a guest pass since I was helping him with his art and thanks to Shelton, my son, Mike and I were able to get right in. John's table was next to tables occupied by Craig Hamilton, Neil Vokes, Michael Avon Oeming, Arron Lopestri and Andy Smith. We were in good company.

Mike and I took a quick trip around the con to get our bearings and ran into several fans including Steven Lee [who was wearing a StalloneZone t-shirt! Thanks Steven!], James Howell, Hal, Robert Jewell, Kwan, The ComicDude and others. I saw that Tony Harris was setting up and took him a StalloneZone shirt since I ran out before he completed my sketch at AtlantaCon. Gus Vasquez told me that he'd have my Stallone piece on Saturday.

I then made my way to Jason Pearson's table. Only two other people were ahead of me so I felt pretty confident that I'd get a sketch if Jason didn't mind drawing Stallone. Jason was running late, but luckily "The Big Man" had his portable dvd player and entertained us with a history channel dvd on comics. Jason arrived and when it was my turn I asked him about doing a Stallone piece. Jason said that he wasn't real good at likenesses, but I explained that I wanted HIS take on Sly. He said he'd give it a try and that I should bring back my reference material at the end of the day since he wanted to work on it in his hotel room. Cool!

Next was Michael Avon Oeming's table. I picked up his sketchbook [a bargain at five bucks]. Michael had already turned out a couple of cool sketches and I asked if I could get on his list. He said that he wasn't real good at likenesses [where had I heard that before?] and I told him that I wanted HIS take on Sly. He looked at my portfolio of Stallone sketches and said he'd like to give "Nighthawks" a shot and that I should check back in an hour or so.

Then it was back to Beatty's table where he was working on a Punisher commission. Craig Hamilton had arrived with his lovely lady,and he was sketching. Craig's amazing. Not only is he a super talented artist, but he puts a lot of thought into his work. For each of his convention sketches Craig draws roughs and really thinks about the character. Not just what the character looks like or what kind of costume he/she wears, but how they would sit or stand and what kind of attitude they would project. I loved hearing Craig talk to fans and having the opportunity to watch him sketch all weekend. Craig has a broad knowledge and appreciation for all types of art. You just know I had to ask to get on his list! Craig said that he'd like to draw Sly from "Oscar" since he has a real affinity for the time period [and he really liked the movie]!

As Friday was winding down I picked up my sketch from Michael Avon Oeming who did a great job [and I think that it does look like Sly] and dropped off my reference material for Jason Pearson.

Several of us, actually about 20, had decided to walk over to Uno's for dinner. My wife and two sons, Big Beatty, James Howell, Steven Lee, Robert Jewell, Gary McGee, Jason WalkerGary and Big Beatty... and believe it or not Gary was wilder. It was about 10:30 when we finished up with dinner so it was back to the hotel for a little visiting and then to the room for some sleep. and others made the trip. Because our group was so large it took a while for them to get us in and even then we were split into two groups. And of course my group was the rowdy one thanks to

As the con was gettting ready to open on Saturday I found myself in line for some breakfast at the concession stand with Michael Avon Oeming. He said that he met several StalloneZone fans on Friday [they saw him working on the Sly sketch]. Michael offered to buy me breakfast! I thanked him, and instead offered to buy his breakfast! As it ended up, we both bought our own eats, but what a cool guy. I'd heard good things about Michael and he lived up to his rep of being "one of the good guys."

I spent Saturday alternating between Beatty's table and walking around the show to talk to fans and pros. I was able to spend a bit of time with or at least say hi to Kelsey Shannon [Beatty's son!], Cully Hamner, Brian Stelfreeze, Jeff Parker, Adam Hughes and Allison Sohn, Phil Noto, Tony Harris, Eric Powell, Casey Jones, Tommy Lee Edwards and so many others.

Gus Vasquez was able to get me my sketch before he had to fly out to the set of Sin City! He gave me two characters [Rocky nailing Clubber Lang] and it was definitely worth the wait

Neil Vokes and I had fun conversations about movies [horror flicks, re-makes, B-movies], comics, and more. Neil is a cool guy and I had a blast hanging with him. Neil's project The Wicked West has the tagline "What would happen if Josey Wales rode into Salem's Lot"... it's a great concept and the art is right on. It's going to rock! In the meantime you might want to check out Neil's Parliment of Justice [with Michael Avon Oeming] or Black Forest. It was also cool to see Neil's apppreciation for other artists. Neil keeps a sketchbook and was excited when Eric Powell contributed a killer piece! [Michael Oeming also keeps a Lord of the Rings sketchbook from other artists!]

I checked in with Jason Pearson. He had sketched out my Stallone piece and had decided to do Rocky hitting the meat. It was looking great. The big beefy Rocky punching the beef! LOL!

Dinner Saturday night was at Fuel for some pizza or subs. This time it was Beatty, James Howell, Steven Lee, Hal and others. After dinner we headed back to the hotel and spent an hour or so in the lobby talking with fans and pros. Then a bunch of us headed up to James and Hal's room to look at their portfolios and latest acquisitions.

On Sunday Jason had my Stallone piece ready. Several people came up to me and told me it was done and looked great. When I picked it up I saw that they were right. Jason Pearson is such a talented guy.

Craig Hamilton was not going to be able to get to my piece before the end of the show. He offered to do a take home piece but part of the joy of Craig's work is watching his process so I decided to wait... I may be able to up to DragonCon later this year.

As you can see from this picture Craig and Big Beatty hit it off pretty well!

I had been by Tommy Lee Edwards' table. He was doing some really cool sketches and I hoped that I'd be able to get on his list. Luckily he could fit me in. Tommy and I talked about which character he would do... he wasn't sure and so I suggested Jack Carter if he couldn't decide on one. I went back to Beatty's table and told him I had the hook-up with Tommy.

Beatty was stoked. He's a big Tommy Lee fan and so we walked over. It turns out that Tommy likes Beatty's work as well. We all talked for a bit and then Tommy said I should check back in a little while. When I did, I found that Tommy had started to do Deke from "Nighthawks" but then remembered that I suggested Jack Carter and so he changed it to Carter. Man, I can't tell you how much I love this piece. The energy and colors and... just look at it! Beautiful!

The auction was a lot of fun. So many artists donated work to help support the con. Some of the highlights included Phil Noto's painting of "The Bride" from "Kill Bill," Brian Stelfreeze's painting of Mary Jane, Mike Wieringo's huge Fantastic Four piece, Craig Hamilton's Fairey [done in crayon -- you'd have to see it to belive how nice it was!], Alison Sohn's Harliquinn, and many others.

Believe it or not Big Beatty was even recruited to serve as one of the auctioneers with Tim Townsend!

As you can probably tell, if you've read this far, it was another great show.

We make Heroes Con part of our annua; family vacation -- it's that much fun. If you haven't ever attended you should give it some thought. Next year Heroes will be on June 24-26, 2005.

Maybe I'll see you there!