Thursday, February 28, 2008

He Ain't Heavy...

I gotta admit that THIS TRAILER made me chuckle even though you can see the jokes coming from a mile away. Maybe it's because I can imagine Beatty and I playing the lead roles. And Big John knows which of the brothers that I'd be.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Criminal Thoughts

ZONErs have heard me repeatedly talk up my love for Criminal by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Click HERE and see what Sean Phillips has to say about his work with Ed Brubaker on the award-winning series [Coward, Lawless, Second Chance in Hell].


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

One Step Closer!

Congrats to my brother, John Beatty and Bella who are one step closer!


Monday, February 25, 2008

Good Vibrations

THIS TRAILER for "Street Kings" is givin' off a "Training Day" / "LA Rex" vibe. And that's a very good thing.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sketch Society

Yesterday, the February Sketch Society meeting was held. Although I'm not an artist, I enjoy hanging out with friends who are. Big John Beatty [in the corner] was there working on a really nice Doctor Strange commission. He also showed me progress on a Modok piece for a fan that really rocks. Rob Smith drove over and brought work with him. Rob travels the state, seems to know everyone and is always fun to hang with.

Sean Shaw [left] and Mark Dail [right] made the meeting. Both guys live in Daytona. It was a blast hanging out with everyone. There were a lot of laughs as the discussion ranged from art to politics to movies to... well, just about everything. The next meeting is scheduled for March 29th. More details will be posted as we get closer to the date. Hope you can make it!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

So Who's the Crybaby?

1. Brian’s Song (1971) - Yes.
2. Rudy (1993) - Nope.
3. Saving Private Ryan (1998) - Yep
4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) - Kind of.
5. The Natural (1984) - Never saw it.
6. Shawshank Redemption (1994) - Nope.
7. Shindler’s List (1993) - Nope.
8. Old Yeller (1957) - Yes.
9. The Pride of the Yankees (1942) - Nope.
10. Terms of Endearment (1983) - Never saw it.
11. The Iron Giant (1999) - Close…
12. Philadelphia (1993) - Nope.
13. Big Fish (2003) - Nope.
14. Million Dollar Baby (2004) - Yeah.
15. Life is Beautiful (1997) - Never saw it.
16. Love Actually (2003) - Never saw it.
17. Rocky (1976) - No, but when Mick dies in “Rocky III”…
18. The Pianist (2002) - Never saw it.
19. Mystic River (2003) - No.
20. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) - No.

So, you've read the list. Who's the bigger crybaby?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

MegaCon is Coming!

If you can make it to Orlando, March 7th through the 9th, you might want to check out MegaCon. There will be a bunch of media guests on hand signing autographs. A ton of artists will be there sketching and selling their originals. And there will be panels, gaming and much, much more.

If you can make it, swing by John Beatty's table and say, "Hi." I'll be the guy not drawing.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Electric Church

The Pitch: “Blade Runner” meets “The Dirty Dozen”

The Overview: In the near future the two most powerful organizations on the planet are the United Federation of Nations and The Electric Church. The United Federation of Nations controls the population through the use of their brutal and corrupt System Security Force [think elite military police]. The Electric Church is a new religion growing at an exponential rate due to its promise of salvation through eternal life [as a cyborg]. Avery Cates is a “gunner” - hired muscle available for a price - trying to stay under the radar of both groups. When he mistakenly kills one of the SS cops he finds himself given one option for survival: break in to the stronghold of the Electric Church and assassinate it’s leader.

The Good: Jeff Somers' writing. Avery Cates and his band of outlaws. The story moves. The cover illustration by Jae Lee.

The Bad: What happens to converts to The Electric Church.

The Ugly: The way most of the population lives.

The Summary: My guess is the The Electric Church will make my list of Best Books of 2008. I can’t wait to read its sequel, “The Digital Plague.”

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Lurch on My Mind

On Monday, Mark Evanier posted THIS VIDEO on his site. I haven't been able to get the song out of my head. Maybe now it'll leave me and head over to you.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Abbott Tanks

Kimbo Slice knocked out Tank Abbott last night in about 43 seconds of the very first round. You can see the fight on Youtube for free. I don't think that anyone was surprised by the outcome. Not even Tank.

It probably would have ended sooner, but the ref pulled Kimbo off Tank after Kimbo repeatedly punched Tank in the back of the head after the first knockdown. The ref walked Kimbo to the other side of the cage and allowed Tank to stand up and regain some composure. Then when the ref started to allow them to fight again, Kimbo's mouthpiece was found in the center of the ring and the ref once again held up the action. Kimbo threw his mouthpiece into the crowd and the fight was again started. Three more quick knockdowns followed and the fight was stopped.

So what did this fight prove? Not much. Maybe two things: 1] Kimbo can put fans in the seats. The 7,000 seat arena was sold out and the place went crazy when Kimbo entered. 2] When Rick Flair retires from professional wrestling Tank Abbott can take his place because he definitely has Flair's patented "front fall" down pat.

Until Kimbo fights a ranked fighter, we're really not going to know how good he is or how good he can be. My guess is that Ken Shamrock [as old as he is] would have given him a much better fight. I'd really like to see
Kimbo enter the cage with Brock Lesner. I'd even pay money to see that.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Sketch Society is Coming!

Next Saturday is the next meeting of Sketch Society. The festivities will be at Java Junction Donut and Coffee. Big Beatty is going to roll in between 12:30 and 1. I'll probably get there between 2 and 3 [hopefully earlier]. For more details click HERE and I hope to see you there!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Kimbo vs Tank

Kimbo Slice fights Tank Abbott tomorrow night on Showtime.

Kimbo is a youtube legend thanks to his quick knockouts of big and mostly tough [but unskilled] backyard fighters. Kimbo has had one official MMA fight which lasted all of 19 seconds. He had [what is now being called] an exhibition fight where he chocked out Ray Mercer [an old boxer] in less than one minute.

Tank Abbott fought in MMA fights back when the Earth was just starting to cool. Less rules and less skills needed then. Tank would come out swinging and if you weren't knocked out and could last until Tank gassed [which usually didn't take too long] odds were you could beat him. Still, Tank was popular with the fans. Much more popular than his 9-13 record would lead you to believe. Tank's had 6 fights in the last 5 years [losing five of them and none going past the first round].

Looking at their records and who they've fought it's hard to imagine Kimbo vs Abbott as a main event. But I gotta admit that I'd tune in if I had Showtime.


What's Happening?

Click HERE if you want to see the second trailer for M. Knight Shymalan's Happening!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Indy in Glorious Quicktime

If THIS TRAILER doesn't make you want to see the new Indiana Jones movie, you're either too young [or too old] to remember how cool he is.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Lot Can Happen OVERNIGHT

"Overnight" is a documentary that covers the rapid rise and fall of Troy Duffy, who in 1997 scored a million dollar deal to direct his screenplay, "The Boondock Saints" for Harvey Weinstein's Miramax pictures. Duffy's story was the stuff of legend. He was a bartender and part time musician who had written a screenplay that was getting lots of notice. When the dust settled Duffy was given over a million dollar deal that included his band getting to do the soundtrack for "The Boondock Saints," Duffy getting to direct WITH FINAL CUT and the bar that Duffy worked at purchased for him.

Most people in this position would count their blessings and hope that they could live up to the hype. Not Duffy. It was amazing to hear him talk down to his friends and family. To hear Duffy tell it, his talent was going to take them all to the top. He thought nothing of making sure that his mother knew that HE was right and his brother would have to listen to him now. Duffy made sure that everyone in his band understood that he was in charge and thanks to him they would be able to make a living with their music. He was ego gone mad... burning bridges and destroying friendships. And before too long Duffy alienated the man who made it all possible, Harvey Weinstein.

Soon the movie deal was dead in the water... same with the soundtrack. To Duffy's credit, he regrouped and found some backers to finance "The Boondock Saints" which he directed [at a greatly reduced rate]. And his band did get an album produced. It sold 690 copies... TOTAL.
"The Boondock Saints" was made but when Weinstein and Miramax passed on it, so did every other company in Hollywood.

"The Boondock Saints"
was never given wide theatrical release and eventually made it's way to cable tv and video. Where a funny thing happened... it's popularity began to build. Word of mouth spread and it became even more popular. Unfortunately the deal that Duffy agreed to in order to get the film made did not provide him any compensation for video or dvd. Duffy's advance from Miramax was long gone as was his payment for "The Boondock Saints." To this day he's never gotten another project made.

Just as quickly as his star had risen, it fell... "Overnight."

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I Almost Forgot to Mention...

And I can't wait!

What Up, Raf?

Rafael Kayanan [Raf to his friends] is an extremely gifted artist to the second power.: See, he's an artist as in creating artwork, and an artist as in can kicking butt [martial arts]. In the comic field he's worked on everything from Conan to Star Wars. In the film industry he's done everything from storyboards and conceptual art to serving as technical adviser and fight choreographer on major films.

Click HERE and you'll get an interview with Raf and you can find out what he's been up to lately.

Monday, February 11, 2008

RIP - Roy Scheider

Roy Scheider died yesterday at the age of 75.

Although Scheider appeared in several dozen films over the course of his career, it is his work in three that is most remembered: "The French Connection," "Jaws," and "All That Jazz." He received an Best Supporting Actor nomination for "The French Connection" and a Best Actor nomination for "All That Jazz" but it was "Jaws" that made him a household name.

Chris Mills said it best with: "He was part of that last generation of character actors who could play leads, before the movie industry became obsessed with pretty boys and grunting beefcake."

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Citizen Soldier

I don't know how old the song is, but I saw this video playing before a movie a couple of months ago and it stuck with me. Well done video and song.


Friday, February 08, 2008

Perfectville 1 or 2

Perfectville.

Many of you probably saw THIS after the Superbowl. Ah, but what if the Patriots had won? Then you would have seen THIS. [Thanks to Mike Zeck for the original link.]



Thursday, February 07, 2008

007 Guesses Who is Back

I was a huge fan of the last James Bond film "Casino Royale." I thought Daniel Craig perfectly nailed the thugish qualities needed for the early Bond -- you know, the Bond he was before he became the ultra-cool superspy.

Of course I am looking forward Craig's next outing as 007 despite the somewhat blah title "Quantum of Solace" and the fact that a new director is at the helm.

I was surprised to see a teaser poster and a behind the scenes video for QoS today at AICN. Click HERE and you can be just as surprised.


Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Not Too Taken

Honestly, I'm not too taken with THIS TRAILER.


Monday, February 04, 2008

Tell Me What's Happening

It would appear, after checking out THIS TRAILER, that what is happening is M. Knight Shymalan is back on track.


Sunday, February 03, 2008

Thoughts on the Superbowl

The Patriots play the Giants today see who will be the Superbowl Champion. I really have no dog in this race.

On one hand I'd like to see the Giants win because they're the underdogs and I like to pull for the 'dog. On the other hand, the Pats have had an amazing run. If they win it today will finally quiet the Dolphins fans who keep yappin' about their perfect season 36 years ago.

Now don't get me wrong. I have nothing against the Dolphins and I loved the 72 Dolphins that set the mark. But what many Dolphin fanatics don't want to recognize is that the 'fins went 14-0 during their regular season, while the Pats went 16-0. Oh, I can hear the 'Finatics saying, "Well, don't blame us because the season was shorter. We'd have beaten anyone that year." Maybe, maybe not.

We really don't know. What we DO know is that year Miami only beat two teams with winning records during their regular season run [Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets], and both of those teams were just 8-6. This year the Patriots have beaten two teams that were 13-3 [Dallas and Indianapolis], one that was 11-5 San Diego, three that were 10-6 [Cleveland, the Giants and Pittsburgh] and one, Washington, that was 9-7. Talk about strength of schedule! Also remember that while facing these tough teams New England set a new NFL record for scoring 589 points!

So who do I want to win? I guess it's safe to say, let the best team win. If it's the Patriots, it will be a great capper to a great season. If it's the Giants, then more power to 'em.

Most likely the Dolpfanatics will keep yappin' anyway it works out.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Drive-Through Bartle Doo

There was a time [probably when I was in junior high] that I would have thought that THIS was really funny. I'm much more mature now.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Brock Lesner vs Frank Mir

Tomorrow night Brock Lesner fights former champ Frank Mir at UFC 81. It should be an entertaining fight. I'm leaning towards Mir because of experience, but Lesner is the real deal as an amateur wrestler. He's also a beast.

Raf, please weigh in.