ComicBookResources.com has an interesting little piece on George "Night of the Living Dead" Romero. Be advised that the article does contain some words that would earn it an "R" rating if it was a movie!
Tom Snyder, best known for his late night talk show, Tomorrow (which aired at 1am after The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson), died yesterday at the age of 71.
Younger ZONErs may not know of Tom Snyder, but I fondly remember staying up late to catch his show during the summer when I was in junior high and high school. At the time, Snyder seemed like no other talk show host on television. His sets were minimal, but his guests and topics more than made up for the lack of showbiz glitz. He was cool, but not hip. Most of all, Snyder seemed like a real guy, not a tv show host. I enjoyed the hours I spent watching his programs and the memories that remain.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.
And speaking of Steve Niles [as we just were], he must be absolutely loving how the movie adaptation of his classic "30 Days of Night" graphic novel is coming along. Over at the "30 Days of Night" movie website, they've just added an "R" rated trailer and additional scenes from the movie. This is NOT appropriate for all ages, but those who are of age and enjoy this type of movie are going to dig it.
We have over 2 million people locked up in US prisons. Conditions are usually tough. Gangs, violence and drugs are rampant. Everyone cries out for a solution and yet no one really knows what should be done... until now.
It seems that a prison in the Philippines has a program that all inmates enjoy and participate in. I give you the 1,500+ inmatesof the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Cebu, Philippines in their version of Michael Jackson's Thriller.
Rucka has a new Atticus Kodiac novel, Patriot Acts, coming out next month, but until then, check out his interview at ComicBookResources where you can not only hear Rucka's plans for the series, but check out some of the art as well.
Fritz Lang directed stars Glenn Ford and Lee Marvin in screenplay by Sydney Bohem. Lang, Ford, Marvin and Bohem all brought their A-games to this project. Although some don't consider "The Big Heat"a true noir film, no one can deny it's a classic hard-boiled crime drama that deserves a spot in any movie lover's library!
When I was a kid, I loved"Dark Shadows". For a time it was one of my favorite shows. Barnabas Collins was the man!
Johnny Depp has just signed to play tv's coolest vampire in a movie version of "Dark Shadows".Depp is an excellent choice and here's to hoping that the big-screen versions of Barnabus and "Dark Shadows" live up to the legacy started on the tube.
Nearly four years ago issue #1 of The Walking Dead hit the stands. I bought it and really dug both the art and story. I soon discoveredthat I wasn't alone. A lot of people were buying and loving it!
Before longThe Walking Dead was my favorite comic. After the first six issues, artist Tony Moore left the regular art chores and Charlie Adlard took up the slack. The book remained my favorite regularly published comic.
ComicBookResources.com posted a report today that Image comics will be expanding their take on "Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer" into several series based on other Frazetta paintings. As I read the piece, I started thinking, this could be very cool if done correctly. Then I read...
"The Silver Warrior" is a four-issue mini-series by Fotos, Nat Jones and Joshua Ortega. One-shots include Rick Remender on Frazetta's "Creatures," "Swamp Demon" written by Joshua Ortega, Steve Niles handling "Dracula Meets The Wolfman," and Mark Kidwell doing the same for "Dark Kingdom."
Rick Remender, Steve Niles and Nat Jones and everything is run by Frank Frazetta for his approval. Yeah, they're doing it right. Check out the full article HERE.
Today I thought we could take a look at Six of the All-Time Best Movie Fights. First, some parameters... let's limit the fights to people [no King Kong vs T-Rex], let's limit the special effects [no Neo vs Agent Smith], and let's try to limit the weapons.
Okay... here are my six...
6. L.T. Bonham [Tommy Lee Jones] and Aaron Hallam [Benecio Del Toro] in The Hunted. [This fight would have rated higher, but they didn't limit the weapons.] ; )
5. Nada [Roddy Piper] vs. Frank [David Keith] in They Live
4. Chaney [Charles Bronson] vs. Jim Henry [Robert Tessier] in Hard Times
3. A Number 1[Lee Marvin] vs. Shack [Ernest Borgnine] from Emperor of the North
2. Rocky Balboa [Sylvester Stallone] vs. any opponent in Rocky - Rocky Balboa
1. Lee [Bruce Lee] vs. everyone from Enter the Dragon So what did I forget?
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are tearing it up with their series, Criminal. I know I've mentioned my love for their work a time or two, but it was Phillips' stunning cover above that reminded me to spread the word a bit more. So check out the larger version posted over at Sean's blog... and don't forget to pick-up the monthly issues or the first trade paperback.
That's Brenna Barry surrounded by Keith Mallow and Wild Bill Black. For some reason the guys seem much happier than Brenna. I wonder why? That photo and those that follow were taken yesterday at Collector's Comic-Conin Fort Pierce, Florida. Keith puts on the show and brought in Brenna, Bill and John Beatty as special guests. Keith and Big John always invite me along and since I enjoy their nonsense, I always make an effort to attend.
That's Aleissa [hope I spelled that correctly] and her boyfriend. Aleissa is one of John's returning sketch customers. This time she opted for a Batman and Beatty came through in style.
Jesse "Cadre" Hansen was set up selling prints and sketching!
Wild Bill Black brought in a bunch of his movies and showed us the latest trailer [which features me, Big John Beatty, James "The James" Howell, and John Higashi in a cameo - where's our IMDB listing?] for "The Ghost of Garganta." Bill also talked about plans for future movies as well as a possible syndicated horror movie package complete with a horror host [the excellent Lon Midnight]!
Big Beatty was sketching away and each one was a winner. He was in the ZONE [and I don't mean this ZONE... although he IS in it as well]. The Punisher sketch below got a lot of attention from fans, but it was the final sketch of the day, a Joker piece, that won the Best Beatty Sketch of the Show Award.
As always, Keith's shows are a lot of fun. His next one is scheduled for late October. If you can make it, you should!
JoBlo.com scored an advance look at the poster for "No Country for Old Men" which is based on Cormac McCarthy's novel of the same name [which I have sitting in my to be read pile].
Llewelyn Moss is out hunting when he comes across a pickup truck surrounded by dead men. In the truck he finds a stash of heroin and two million dollars in cash. Moss takes the money and "sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence" that results in more murders and Moss on the run.
The screenplay is by Joel Coen [who also directed] and Ethan Coen. "No Country for Old Men" stars Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Woody Harrelson. You can see the full poster HERE and the movie when it opens on November 21, 2007.
Mike Wieringo is one of the nicest and most talented artists you could ever meet. Soft spoken and humble, but oh man, what an artist!
Mike did this drawing of Rocky Balboa for his blog [which I read daily and suggest you do as well]. Mike knew about my Stallone art collection and told me it was mine for the asking when I commented about it.
Check out Mike's Blog when you have some time to spend. You'll be amazed and impressed with the amount that he's posted [but his insightful comments will also be part of what brings you back]. ___
My buddy, Andy Smith whipped up this cool rendition of Rocky Balboa. Andy is mostly known for his penciling and inking work for DC and Cross Gen comics. But I like to tell people is that when it comes to dynamic drawing, Andy wrote the book. You see, he truly did. Really! You can check it out HERE! You can also check out Andy's site by clicking HERE. - Craig ___
Mike Wieringo's drawing of Jack Carter is one of my favorite pieces from this year's Heroes Con. I not only love the look and attitude of the piece, but I was able to watch Mike sketch it!
Mike was selling his latest sketch book and if you bought a copy, Mike threw in a head sketch for free! Talk about a great deal. I was worried that because Stallone isn't a character that Mike had drawn repeatedly, it might be more difficult and therefore he might decline my request. Boy, was I wrong. Mike proceeded to sketch it out in no time and like I said, he really captured the look and attitude of Sly as Jack Carter.
Hard to believe, but it's been almost a year since the last regular issue of The Goon appeared. That's about to change as Eric Powell, Goon creator, writer, and artist explains to ComicBookResources.com.
William Shatner, one of the stars of ABC's "Boston Legal" [which is on my "Must See TV" list] has agreed to host a celebrity-interview show for the Biography Channel. "Shatner's Raw Nerve" will be a 30 minute showcase for Shatner to interview guests ranging from politicians to actors [now there's a stretch]. So how will this differ from other interview shows? William Shatner "will explore life's most intriguing questions and unearth his guests' strange and unknown stories." Thirteen episodes have been ordered and will begin airing in 2008.
I gotta tell ya, I'll tune in just to hear Shatner's view on things. So beam me aboard.
What do you do?... when one of your favorite comic book creators [Matt Wagner] loves a character [Zorro] so much that he contacts the company that has just gotten the rights to said character [Dynamite - the same company bringing us Clint Eastwood's The Man with No Name] and offers them his services as cover artist for the series?
What do you do?... when the company [Dynamite] counters with an offer for the creator [Matt Wagner] to not only provide the covers, but to come on board as the art director for the series and to write the first storyline?
Here's what you do: 1] You post the info on your blog with a link to the interview at Newsarama where you learned the info. 2] You post a link to Matt Wagner's website where they can see the full Zorro drawing that he did long before learning about the new gig. 3] You tell your local comic shop owner to keep his eye out for the new Zorro series coming from Dynamite and Matt Wagner and 4] You promise to quit asking so many questions.
Unfortunately the mini-series was delayed. When we next heard about Rumble in La Rambla it had turned into a graphic novel with a new name [Crimeland] and a new publisher [Image]. It still had the same story by Felipe Ferreira and Ivan Brandon with art by Rafael Albuquerque. So all things considered, this worked out to an even better deal for us readers!
The Man with No Name aka Clint Eastwood's character from "A Fistful of Dollars," "For a Few Dollars More," and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" is finally making his way to comics. The new series will be published by Dynamite and written by Christos (Stormwatch PHD, Annihilation Conquest: Quasar) Gage with an artist to be picked later. You can read Newsarama'sMatt Bradyinterview with Christos by clicking HERE.
Done correctly, this could be a very cool comic with appeal to everyone from teenagers to retirees. John Beatty [because of his love for the films and not because he's my best friend] would make a great inker on the series. Let's continue the dream and get Mike Zeck to do the covers [and I can't even imagine in a dream that he'd take on the interior art as well]. So who should pencil the series?
I finally got a chance to post up some of the art that I picked up at this year's Heroes Con. Let's take a look...
Sly Stallone by Rick Remender. I've been a fan of Rick's work for years. He's that rare talent that can write and draw and he does both very well. Check out his bio and you'll be amazed at all of the cool things that he's worked on. Check out his site and you'll become a fan [if you're not already]. Now if Rick could just find time to get around to The Last Days of American Crime!
Rambo by Megan Ruiz. Can you believe that Megan just turned 14 and she can already draw like that? Of course her dad is Alberto Ruiz so we know where she gets her talent. Not only can the young lady draw, but she is one of the nicest and most polite people you'll ever meet. It was a true pleasure to get a drawing from her.
Rocky Balboa by Kyle Baker. Kyle Baker is an amazing talent with a wicked sense of humor, mad drawing skills, storytelling that just sucks you in... let's simplify life and call him a genius. Check out Kyle's site and you'll get a taste of what I'm talking about.
Rocky Balboa by Andrew Robinson. Andrew Robinson is an artist's artist. When he starts to draw or paint, other artists gather round. I met Andrew years ago through my good buddy John Beatty. It was obvious then how much talent Andrew possessed... and he just keeps getting better and better. Andrew will have an art book coming out soon. Save some coin, because it's a "must have" item. Until then, here's a link to his site to hold you over!
I was never a HUGE fan of "Get Smart". Sure, it had it's moments, and I can see where "Get Smart" could really work as a movie.
Despite the fact that "Get Smart" has been well cast with Steve Carell [Maxwell Smart], Anne Hathaway [Agent 99], Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson [Agent 23] and Alan Arkin [The Chief], I'm not convinced that it's going to be a winner. This teaser trailer didn't change my mind [although I did chuckle at "You did underestimate me and the element of surpraaaahhh - "
Alright, let's take a look at the results of last night's UFC 73: Stacked.
The first fight of the night was Heath Herring Vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. I thought that this would be one of the easiest picks of the night. Although I was correct that Nogueira would win, it wasn't easy. From the start Nogueira had his way, taking Herrring down and peppering him with blows. Herring managed to get to his feet, but it appeared to be just a matter of time since Nogueira was stalking him and landing punches and knees at will. Suddenly Herring landed a wicked head kick and Nogueira was down and nearly out. Herring was too cautious about going to the mat after Nogueira and this gave Nog additional time to slowly stand up. Time ran out before Herring could close the deal.
Round Two started and Nog was still wobbly. Herring, perhaps fearing that Nog was trying to lure him in, elected to stay back and it wasn't until Nog regained composure and started pressing the fight that any real exchanges took place. Nog takes Herring down and lands some punches. Herring gets to his feet and Nog starts stalking him again.
Round Three is more of the same. Nog takes down Herring who escapes and then is stalked by Nog. The fight ends and Noguiera wins a decision. Herring did much better than I would have guessed. In fact he could have won the fight in the first round had he not been overly cautious. That will probably haunt him for quite a while. I do think that Herring's showing was good enough to get him another top fight in the UFC.
Hermes Franca Vs. Sean Sherk was the best fight of the night. It went five full rounds and although Sherk dominated throughout the fight, Franca was never out of it. From the opening it was action with Sherk going in for a takedown and Franca countering with aguillotine choke. Sherk escapes and the fight is on. Each round went pretty much the same way, Sherk would shoot in, Franca would land a huge knee [that would have knocked out most fighters] and Sherk would shake it off and dominate from the top position. Sherk wins a unanimous decision and looks amazing doing it.
Rashad Evans Vs. Tito Ortiz was probably the most anticipated fight of the night. Tito begins with a quick takedown but is unable to do any real damage. Rashad gets up and the two exchange blows without either gaining much. Tito does get cut, but it appears that it's from a fingernail. Round one ends with the nod to Tito.
Round Two is more of them going at each other without either gaining the upperhand. Near the end of the fight Rashad goes in for a takedown and Tito grabs the fence [for the second time] to avoid going down. Tito is penalized a point as Rashad finally gets Tito to the mat. Tito reverses and gets Rashad in a guillotine choke. Although Rashad is in trouble, time runs out. Since Tito lost a point, I call the round even [and later I learn the judges do as well].
Round Three starts and although Tito begins to press the fight, it appears that he's gassed! Late in the round it is obvious that Rashad is in much better condition and he begins to take the fight to Tito. Rashad gets a big takedown and begins raining huge elbows on Tito. Luckily for Tito the bell sounds to end the round which goes to Rashad.
According to my scorecard the fight should end in a draw. I'm wondering if the judges feel the same... but they do and the fight ends in a draw. I'm sure that this will lead to a Ortiz vs Evans II.
Nate Marquardt was a huge underdog against Anderson Silva. I felt that if Marquardt could avoid Silva's knees he would win. I was wrong. Marquardt was able to take Silva down, but couldn't gain enough of an advantage to do much. After they were stood up, Silva clocks Marquardt who immediately tries for a takedown. Silva cracks him again with a right and Marquardt goes down to the mat and the fight is stopped. Silva wins via technical knockout.
UFC 73 provided us with 4 good fights. I don't know who is out there that will beat Sherk or Silva. Herring isn't done in the UFC and Nogueira isn't the invincible warrior that we were led to believe. Neither Tito nor Rashad convinced me that they're ready for a title shot.
Next up is UFC 74 which pits Randy Couture against Gabriel Gonzogna and George St. Piere facing Josh Koscheck on August 25th. You just know we'll be talking about that as the fight date gets closer!
Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane is a novel on my "to read" list. The only other Lehane novels that I've read are Shutter Island and Mystic River and I loved both. Now this trailer starring Casey Affleck, Ed Harris and Morgan Freeman comes along and Gone, Baby, Gone is on my "to see" movie list.
I just learned today that Jim has gone up to Washington, DC where he [along with Hy Rosen and Jim Lange] were honored at the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists 50th-anniversary convention. Jim was quoted as saying, "I'm delighted the AAEC is still going." Jim also noted that the organization could also be called the AAPC [American Association of Political Cartoonists] and that he hopes those initials never mean the "American Association of the Politically Correct." Yeah, that's definitely something that Jim would say!
You can read the full article HERE and learn even a bit more HERE. Congrats to Jim! - Craig
Saturday's pay-per-view, UFC 73, is called Stacked for a good reason. It features four fights that all [well, at least three for sure] that could headline any MMA card. Of the four main fights,three are tough to call, but I've given it my best shot. "X" marks my predicted winner.
Heath Herring Vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is the easiest prediction of the night. Herring has lost to Noguerira twice before and I don't think Saturday will be any different. Nogueira will get the win and maybe by knockout.
Hermes Franca Vs. Sean Sherk should be a very good fight... maybe the best of the night. Franca is on an eight fight winning streak and has wicked jiu-jitsu skills. Sherk's conditioning is unmatched... maybe his strength too [pound-for-pound]. Will Sherk's wrestling skills, conditioning and strength be enough to defeat Franca? I think so. I see Sherk retaining his lightweight title by decision win.
Rashad Evans Vs. Tito Ortiz is perhaps the most anticipated fight of the night. It means the world to both fighters. Evans needs a win to keep his undefeated streak alive and to earn him a title shot. Ortiz has to have a victory to show everyone his best days aren't behind him. This is a tough one to call. Evans is undefeated, has excellent wrestling skills and has knocked out his last two opponents. Ortiz is bigger. He's been in the spotlight before. He knows what he needs to do to win. If he can take Evans down, Ortiz could win by stoppage. If he can't Ortiz is in for a long night. I'm going to give the nod [a slight nod] to Ortiz.
Nate Marquardt Vs. Anderson Silva. Another tough one to call. This one's for the middleweight title. Silva destroyed Rich Franklin to win the title when Franklin elected to stand and trade shots. I don't think that Marquardt will follow that example. I'm going to pick an upset here and say Marquardt by decision.
I know that many of you follow UFC and MMA... so have I called it right?
When I was a little kid, the 4th of July was for family and friends to get together for trips to the park [or each others houses] and cookouts. Fireworks were always the capper.
Then when my boys were small we always had family over. My boys would play with their cousins [water fights in the yard, basketball and video games]. We'd grill or BBQ something. And then at night I'd bring out the fireworks. I'd get one of the huge sets from Sam's Club and the kids from the neighborhood would come down to watch the festivities. Once we'd exploded or launched or sparkled everything we'd head in and catch some episodes of The Twilight Zone marathon running on the SciFi channel.
A few years ago, I could tell my fireworks were no longer the highlight of the evening. My niece, nephew and sons were getting older and while they enjoyed getting together Roman candles and sparklers just weren't cutting it. Ah, how time moves on.
On Sunday, July 22nd from 10am - 5pm, the Collector's ComicCon is going to be the place to be in Fort Pierce, Florida. Not only will my best bud, John Beatty be a guest, but he'll be joined by Bill Black [artist, writer, publisher of AC comics, writer, director and producer of"GARGANTARAMA"] and Brenna Berry star of "GARGANTARAMA".
It's a fun little one day show. Click HERE for all the details. Hope to see you there!
They say, or at least I do in this post, that great news comes in pairs. Well, I have some great news for art fans everywhere. John Beatty and Kelsey Shannon have both started posting to their blogs again. Ah, life is good.
TVGuide.com posted a list of the All Time Top Cult Shows. And while I've got to admit that there were many on the list that I've never watched, there were more than a few that brought back fond memories. So, using just their choices, here's my list of my top ten favorite "cult" shows:
Star Trek (1966-1969) Although I'm definitely not a Trekker [or a Trekkie], I was a huge fan of the series when it originally aired. So from the time I was 8 - 11, Spock was THE MAN. Kirk was cool, but given the choice, I'd be Spock.
Twilight Zone (1959-1964) It's amazing how well many of these episodes hold up nearly 50 years later. I have so many great memories of watching the Twilight Zone when I was a kid. Thankfully, due to reruns, I was able to re-experience the classic episodes with my sons when they were young. And twice a year, I still tune in for an episode or two when the SciFi Channel does their Twilight Zone Marathons! [The next one starts tomorrow!]
Dark Shadows (1966-1971) It wasn't until Barnabus Collins was introduced on Dark Shadows [a daytime soap opera] that I tuned in. But like everyone else I was hooked. Soon enough the show was dealing with not only vampires, but werewolves [Quentin was the Man!], ghosts and time-travel. Unfortunately the movies weren't very good and like many fads just seemed to fade away.
Jericho (2006-present) I've been with Jericho since the first episode and have enjoyed how it has focused on the relationships of trying to survive after a nuclear attack. I'm glad that the show is returning and hope that it doesn't loose it's momentum. New Episodes start Friday, July 6th at 9pm on CBS.
Lost (2004-present) Lost is another show that I've been with from the start. Although it did seem to lose it's footing, the last few episodes of last season were definitely back on track. Now that a firm end date has been announced I plan to relax and enjoy the rest of the journey.
Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990) My wife and oldest son never missed an episode. He'd have only been 4 when it went off the air... and I have so many good memories of them snuggling together to watch each show. I enjoyed Beauty and the Beast, but it wasn't ever "Must See TV" for me [unlike my choices for shows 1-5].
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1989-1999) I enjoyed this when I watched it. But for the real MST3000 experience invite Big Beatty and Chad Hunt over to watch a movie and let them start commenting!
Pee-Wee's Playhouse (1986-1991) This was another show that I didn't watch much, but I did enjoy the movie spin-offs.
H.R. Pufnstuf (1969-1971) This one makes the list not because it was a favorite show, but because it brings a smile to my face thinking of how it drove my youngest sister crazy when we called her "Witcheepoo." I know, I know, but I was an 11 year old. It was my duty to mess with her.
The X-Files (1993-2002) This used to be my oldest son's favorite show. He loved it and I loved watching it with him.
I don't know why the "Wild, Wild West" didn't make the cut. It would have been in my top three for sure. At any rate, HERE is the full article.