Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Just another example of ZONErs being ahead of the pack!
Monday, February 26, 2007
Today Barba's best friend, Amanda Coluccio was quoted in The Star-Ledger of Newark as saying, "The really bad ones aren't her. I've studied them. It's not her nose. She's never had (acrylic nail) tips (like the woman in the photo) in her life. She's the least slutty person I know."
If that is the case, Ms. Barba has probably dodged another bullet.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Today I found video of a wrestling match that took place in the early 70's pitting The Blackjacks [Mulligan and Lanza] and their manager "Pretty Boy" Bobby Heenan against Dick the Bruiser, his cousin The Crusher and midget wrestler "Little Bruiser." What makes this match so appealing to me is that in addition to it being over 30 years old, and featuring my favorite wrestlers of the time, I actually saw this match live!
Well, maybe I did. See, I did see these same guys wrestle each other in Indianapolis live, but they probably wrestled against each other around the country and the video may have been from one of those matches. Either way, it was still a hoot seeing it after all of these years.
I'll continue searching out Youtube for cool videos. I'd love to find intros to "T.H.E. Cat" [I can't imagine that it was good as I remember it being] and "Garrison's Guerillas." Hey, and if you find any cool videos, post the links here. I'd love to see what gems you've come across.
Friday, February 23, 2007
I don't know the cause of Britney's problems, but I do know THIS is well done.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Anyway, seems like I'm not the only one enjoying Huston's work. Already Dead has been optioned for a potential movie franchise. You can read the full story here.
Just another example of ZONErs being ahead of the crowd!
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
For my money, these three are probably the MOST famous robots in the world. There's 3CPO from Star Wars, the robot from Lost in Space, and Robbie the Robot.
Given my pick, I'd take the Lost in Space robot. Of course, I grew up watching Lost in Space. If I was a child of the 70's, I'd probably want 3CPO and someone a bit older than me would want Robbie.
Would a child of the 80's want KITT?
Monday, February 19, 2007
After lunch Chris and I headed over to hang out with the guys from Tsunami Studios [Gary McKee, Mike Torrance, and Jason Walker]. "The James" has been friends with the guys for years, and I've hung with them since I started doing shows again. They'd prepared a studio sketchbook. It was a bargain, especially since they all drew small headshots free with every purchase. I'll post up mine later this week.
Matt Halloub hung at the table for a bit. He picked up some great additions to his collection. Hawaiian Dave visited and shared some of the great pieces that he scored at MegaCon. John Higashi would suddenly teleport in, and then just as quickly be off again. "The James" rounded up all the sketches that he'd set up. I had come to the show hoping to set up one sketch with Darwyn Cooke. I'd been able to, but the show was almost over when...
...word got back to me that Darwyn was working on a drawing of Sly! I swung by his table and it was ready! I thanked [and paid] him. I then made my way back to table Tsunami. After just a few minutes the end of show announcements started. Before we said our goodbyes, Chris snapped a photo of us. That's Gary looking proud of his pencil, and Jason to our right. I'm behind Gary, and Mike Torrance is behind me. Hawaiian Dave is directly behind "The James" who seems to be putting the Vulcan grip on Jason.
Before I go... let me leave you with a shot of Darwyn and his take on Sly as Jack Carter!
Saturday, February 17, 2007
I took a look at his list and compiled my top ten favorites [ranking could switch depending on my mood]...
"Wonderful Tonight" Eric Clapton
"You Are So Beautiful" Joe Cocker
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" Roberta Flack
"Killing Me Softly With His Song" Roberta Flack
"(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" The Righteous Brothers
"When a Man Loves a Woman" Percy Sledge
"This Guy's in Love With You" Herb Alpert
"The Long and Winding Road" The Beatles
"How Deep Is Your Love" The Bee Gees
"Just the Way You Are" Billy Joel
So ZONErs... do you agree?
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
It's time for our hourly "300" update...
Newsarama is reporting that "300" producer Gianni Nunnari, was asked about other comic projects is working on and he responded by saying Frank Miller's Ronin!
Ronin was a six issue miniseries published by DC after Frank's initial run on Daredevil. It's the story of a young Ronin in feudal Japan who seeks to avenge his master who was killed by a demon.
If the story pans out and the producer can get a director with the same passion that Zack Snyder has shown in translating "300" to the big screen, we could be in for another great ride. To check out "Ronin" click HERE. To get the full details from Newsarama, click HERE.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Before I tell you about the amazing ending to one of the best comebacks ever, let me tell you that it was a perfect evening. My son is a Magic fan and for Christmas I got him tickets to see them play against San Antonio. Our drive to Orlando was smooth and we arrived exactly at the planned time. I had pre-purchased a parking ticket for the lot directly across from the arena. We drove right in [despite the game and all parking lots being sold out]. Before the game we were able to go down almost courtside and watch the players warm up. It's easy to forget just how BIG these guys are in real life. At half time, they brought out Chris Leak, the Heisman-winning quarterback for the National Champion Florida Gators [which just happens to be my son's favorite college team].
Now back to the exciting climax... Despite being down as much as 20, and behind most of the game, the Magic tied it up with less than a minute left in regulation. Then when Tim Duncan's attempt at a winning shot was rejected by Dwight Howard, the Magic grabbed ball and called a time out. They had 8/10's of a second left on the clock to win the game. They didn't even need that much time. Hedo Turkoglu lobed the ball towards the goal and Dwight Howard soared over Tim Duncan and slammed home a one-handed dunk to give the Magic the lead and the win.
It was an amazing ending to one of the most exciting basketball games I've ever had a chance to witness. More importantly, my son said it was the best game that he'd ever seen and he saw it in person. Talk about a Magical night...
Thursday, February 08, 2007
This morning John boarded a plane that will fly him from Orlando to Detroit to Japan to Manila. Whew! That's one heck of a trip. Big J says that he'll e-mail when he can, and update his blog if possible.
Let's all wish the big guy a safe trip. If he doesn't scare off Bella when he meets her after spending all those hours on the plane, this thing may just work out!
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
You've heard me talking about "Grindhouse" a lot. Want to know where the term "Grindhouse" came from? Ok, but what if you were hearing it from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez? Yeah, I thought that might change your mind. So click HERE.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
FX, Day 2, got off to a much better start. I was able to breeze right in. John Higashi was already there and we met at Jason Palmer’s table. Then it was over to Matt Wagner. Matt said that he had finished my Jack Carter sketch, but wasn’t happy with it and wanted to re-do it. I told him that I didn’t want him to have to do double work, but he said it was no problem.
John and I decided to walk artists’ alley. We visited with Andrew Robinson, Mike Perkins [I set up a Judge Dredd Stallone sketch], Gene Ha, Whilce Portacio, Billy Tucci, Andy Smith, and others.
I swung by Miguel’s booth where I met up with some Stallone fans that were familiar with my site. Miguel and I talked about the Rocky Balboa card sets that he’s putting together. Stallone / Rocky fans are going to love them.
I saw that Matt Wagner was getting ready to have Q & A session and headed over. The 45 minutes flew by as Matt talked about his career in comics. It was interesting to learn that Matt postponed doing Mage when he learned that DC was doing a take on King Arthur with Camelot 3000. Then after seeing what they had done, Matt decided that Mage would still be a new spin on the legend… and the rest is history. It’s hard to believe that Matt has been in comics for 25 years. It’s cool to see how his style has changed and he has matured as an artist. It’ll be interesting to see where the next 25 years takes him.
After the Matt Wagner panel, I swung by Steve Niles' table to get a couple of books autographed. Steve said that the “30 Days of Night” movie is going to make a lot of fans happy. Of course, I can’t wait to see it! Then I made my way to Mike Higgins' table to pick up my Stallone Judge Dredd sketch.
Joe Pekar and I shot the breeze over a couple of Cokes. Joe’s a guy to keep an eye on! I hope to get a Stallone piece from him at some point.
Higashi and I met up again. We stopped by to talk to Andy Smith, Gene Ha, Bill Tucci and others. Although Bill is best known for his creation Shi and drawing the female form, he showed us a cool Sgt. Rock piece that he created for a proposed series. We stopped in for a visit for Dave Johnson and then back over to Matt Wagner’s table. Matt had started the second attempt on the Jack Carter sketch, but wasn’t happy with it and decided to take a third stab at it. Higashi agreed to pick up the piece for me since I wasn’t coming back on Sunday.
Then it was over to Miguel’s booth again to touch base. The "Rocky Balboa" card set will be out in March featuring 72 cards from the movie. Originally, the card set was going to cover all of the Rocky movies, but after seeing how well received “Rocky Balboa” was, Miguel worked out a deal for two separate card sets. The second set, out later this year will cover all five Rocky movies. Each will be sold as complete sets in custom binders. I’ve seen mock-ups of some of the cards and the binders. Stallone / Rocky fans are going to love them! I’ll premiere the items and post updates on the SZ as they become available.
FX 2007 was a worthy show. It had something for everyone. If they can get back artists like Dave Johnson and Matt Wagner, I’ll return next year. And who knows, maybe by then they'll have the opening day kinks worked out.
Monday, February 05, 2007
My next stop was Matt Wagner’s table. Matt, like Dave Johnson, is one of my favorite comic creators. I’ve followed Matt’s work since his Comico days. Mage remains one of my all-time favorite graphic stories. I knew that Matt’s sketches were out of my price range, but I still wanted to meet the legend. Matt was as down-to-earth as Dave Johnson. We talked for a bit while I was looking at his pre-done con sketches. They were all sweet. Of course there weren’t any of Stallone. ; ) During the course of our conversation though, Matt agreed to do a smaller Jack Carter sketch that would work with my budget.
Getting a sketch from both Dave Johnson and Matt Wagner made my show. I wouldn’t be looking for more sketches despite the fact that it was a slow day for the artists. Still, I did make my way around the show to visit with Miguel at his Rocky Balboa booth, Andrew Robinson, Joe Pekar, Andy Smith, and the guys at Cadre’s Corner. In fact while I was talking to Cadre another guy came up and had a couple of pictures taken with some of the crew. As the guy was telling them how much he enjoyed their work, I realized that it was William “The Greatest American Hero” Katt! He must have noticed me looking at him because he reached out to shake hands and say, “Hi.” Surreal.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Drink and Draw Social Club founders Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian and Jeff Johnson will be joined by LeSean Thomas, Josh Middleton, Felipe Smith, Jim Mahfood, Tragnark, Michael Avon Oeming, Kat Von D and many others.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
- why John is flying half-way around the world
- about a comic book signing that John is doing
- how he got the name "Big Beatty"
- why he's no longer than man behind "Big Beatty.com"
Who knows what other vital info you'll learn just by clicking HERE.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
One of their recent efforts involved recruiting over 80 comic book artists [and even a writer or two] to draw a custom sketch on the blank cover of a specially produced issue of Ultimate Spider-Man #100.