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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Samuel Adams: Old Fezziwig Ale


Looking to warm up this winter? Than grab a cold Sam Adams Old Fezziwig Ale out of their winter warmer variety pack and enjoy. Not only does it have an awesome name and great label image but it tastes great and has just the right amount of hoppiness. It manages to toe the line between bitter and sweet, I just had one and could go for another...I just might.

The Zombie Diaries/Movie Review



The Zombie Diaries is a film by Kevin Gates and Michael Bartlett, with a cast of unknowns. It has been very well received in many European territories and has only recently made it to the states as of November 2008. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this flick; to say I was eager would be an understatement. The film is broken into three video diaries that chronicle the events of three separate groups that are inexplicably linked by a worldwide infestation of the undead. The story (stories) are great, they are solid little character studies and for the most part are acted out well enough. The handheld filming is on par with that of The Blair Witch, and Diary of the Dead but to be honest I’m getting a bit sick of it, it works well within this movie, and to great affect in certain scenes, but overall I’d like to see a return to more traditional filming techniques. The locations captured in TZD truly set the feel for the film, and feel like places that I would find myself if such an event were to take place, I was really impressed with the locations knowing that the film was done on a tiny budget. This movie just goes to show that you don’t need a lot of money to make a great movie, just some creativity. The effects were also top notch, the few zombies the film had looked great. The ending was excellent, and my only real complaint would be that the movie seemed too short, and a few scenes were very dark and hectic, though that could’ve been the intention of the filmmakers. I’d say without hesitation to go check this out, it’s easily one of the best new zombie films I’ve seen and I think it’s one that will stick with you a bit after you’ve seen it. On another note I reached out to the filmmakers to get an interview—so, hopefully they can find the time to do it and I can share it with you dogs and dames, but we’ll see.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Art Attack! One more for the road.


Here ya go, probably the last one for 2008, for this series at least. I forgot to mention that these were done with spray paint on illustration board.

Art Attack! More leaf paintings.



Yep, Like I said, scratching the itch. I posted a painting going back a few weeks and wanted to do more just like it--a whole series in fact, so, here are some more.

Art Attack! The Gold Girl/acrylic painting


So, I've had quite the creative itch lately and I've been trying to scratch it, this helped a little, but I feel like I need to create constantly, hence the Art Attack post title. This is acrylic on illustration board, I used a gold paint for the first time and think it adds a nice touch, it got a little lost in the transition to digital but oh, well.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Creature Concept Sketch


Here's a quick little creature concept I sketched up in Photoshop. I really like how this one came out, maybe I'll get around to doing some more soon.

Double Feature: Night of the Demons 1&2



Night of the Demons sets up 10 teenyboppers hell-bent on partying it up at an abandoned funeral parlor, Hull House. It’s pretty standard fare full of 80’s cheese, awkward fashion, stereotypes and all the nonsense that made the 80’s great. This is the type of movie that depends on ones nostalgia of it, whereas my nostalgia of similar films from the time (Return of The Living Dead, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, etc.) gives me a greater appreciation and fondness for it/them. My first time, and so far only time, watching Night of the Demons (as well as part 2) suffered from a lack of nostalgia, I don’t know how this movie slipped past me when I was a youngster but it did. Regardless, I still enjoyed it and I’m sure I’ll revisit it. It’s certainly a great party movie that has a ton of campy humor, corny dialogue and even some gross bits. Night of the Demons 2 is more of the same. Amelia Kinkade returns as Angela and serves as the springboard to bring new characters back to Hull House. It’s a good follow up and basically follows the same formula, but manages to bring the demons outside of Hull House. I think it could have and should have been bloodier, but it was just as much fun as its predecessor. The Nun is extra kick-ass, and you can see Christine Taylor in one of her early roles as Terri. These movies would make a fun double feature night, but don’t expect anything other than 80’s cheese. I thank The Cadaver Lab for convincing me to move these movies up in my Netflix Queue, cause they did an awesome podcast on the flicks. Check them out here: http://www.cadaverlab.com

Friday, December 19, 2008

Vigilante #1/Marv Wolfman Interview

As some of you may know, I'm lettering Vigilante right now for DC Comics, and love it, I think the book has great potential--I'm lettering issue 2 so it's early on, but it's off to a great start and from what I'm hearing the Vigilante plans on sticking around the DCU for awhile on something big. But don't take my word for it, check out what Marv Wolfman has to say about it over at newsarama: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/110810-Vigilante.html
as usual, you can click the title of the post and be taken directly to the link.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Could Jack the Ripper have been an artist?

Josh Clark, a writer for the website "How Stuff Works" (http://www.howstuffworks.com/), wrote a really interesting article called "Could Jack the Ripper have been an artist?". The basis of the article is the statement of Patricia Cornwell's novel: "Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper -- Case Closed", where the author states that Walter Sickert, an artist, is in fact the Ripper. The article raises many interesting thoughts and ideas and is worth checking out, here's the link: http://history.howstuffworks.com/european-history/jack-the-ripper-artist.htm

or you can just click the title of this post, which will take you right there.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

THEM (ILS): Movie Review



Similar in many ways and often compared to The Strangers, THEM, in my opinion, is a superior film. It released in Europe in 2006, and hit the US in 2007, I got around to seeing it a few weeks ago and wished I saw it sooner. This movie blew me away, hands down one of the best horror movies in years, with the exception of a few forgivable flaws--I won’t mention them because they are easy to miss. The main characters, Clem and Lucas, are perfect, they’re characters are great and the filmmakers took the time to develop them properly, they feel like real people. The plot is simple but well crafted, with a few awesome reveals, I won’t call them twists, cause they really aren’t. The movie is well paced with a good setting (although I feel Clem and Lucas live in way-too-huge home) and has great cinematography. The score/sound design is a bit weak but isn’t bad; it’s typical if anything. I don’t want to spoil any part of this movie but I do want to say I highly recommend this film, so, go and get a hold of this today, it’s worth buying outright, and if you have Netflix you can watch it streaming online or via Xbox.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Zombie Head Sketch


Felt like drawing a zombie. Nothin' fancy, quick and dirty, wonky and in general just not that good, but I don't care, cause I'm posting it anyways.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Vigilante #1/Rick Leonardi Interview


A new Vigilante series will be hitting shelves shortly, I'm glad to say I lettered the first issue and plan to stay on it as long as I can. The book is gorgeous and reminds of old John Romita Jr work from The Punisher War Zone days. It's got such a classic look and old-school vibe, that only Marv Wolfman can write. I haven't checked out the colored art, and don't care to see it colored cause it looks great in black and white. Anyway Newsarama did an interview with Rick Leonardi which you should check out here: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/120811-Leonardi-Vigilante.html or you can just click the title of this post which is linked to the page.

Zombie Rampage/Zombie Game


Awesome Zombie shooting game, just played--very fun, very simple, highly addictive.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pose Maniacs/A great resource for artists.

So, my friend Dezi suggested I check out this site www.posemaniacs.com and I did, it seems really cool. I haven't really delved into but I certainly plan to. It has a ton of anatomically correct poses from various angles, of which you can manipulate. It's free, so check it.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

ZOMBIE ZOMBIE/ The Midnight Podcast's video of the day



This is just pure awesomeness, I saw this awhile back and forgot about it till I checked out The Midnight Podcast's Video of the Day. Check out their site here: http://midnightpodcast.com

The Zombie Chronicles: Escape/a new podcast novel series


The Zombie Chronicles: Escape is a new podcast novel series by author James Melzer. I must say this guy beat me to the punch-this is exactly what I wanted to do, guess I don't have to anymore! Maybe I will anyway, but till then I'll be listening to this series--cause it rocks! You should go download this now! Click the title link or copy this www.thezombiechronicles.net and paste it. Spread the word. There's also a cool interview with the author by Corey of The Midnight Podcast (http://midnightpodcast.com/)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Diary of the Dead: Debra Sketch



I've now done a sketch for every one of Romero's Dead flicks, for Diary I decided not to do a zombie but to do one of Debra. I kept the colors very flat and simple and used more of a comic look in comparison to the others. Let me know what ya think by leaving some comments!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Hellraiser Double Feature: Deader and Hellworld Movie Reviews



I won’t waste too much time on these two, so consider this a quickie! I think it’s safe to say that the Hellraiser franchise has been beaten to death. Deader and Hellworld are prime examples to that. From what I gather, both films were originally non-Hellraiser related and were shoe horned into the franchise. Deader had a good idea behind it and some very creepy elements, the characters were paper thin and some of them just laughable; especially the weirdo in the subway car. The movie itself felt padded and was ultimately boring. Hellworld on the other hand was not as interesting as far as the story itself but I felt it to be much more entertaining. It didn’t waste time fleshing out characters that you wouldn’t care about anyway, and it moved along at a nice pace. It had the opportunity to delve into the Hellraiser mythos and history but sorely failed. The two highlights to Hellworld were Lance Henriksen and Katheryn Winnick, the latter being very easy on the eyes. For fans of the Hellraiser films you’re going to want to suffer through these no matter what, as I did, but for you folks who are not so hung up on the franchise, stay away! These are not good movies, they are watchable, but when the credits roll, you will want your time back.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Podcast of Note: Bloody-Disgusting Radio (Podcast)


The official podcast of Bloody Disgusting.com, your #1 source for all things horror (their words not mine). Sit down and get bloody as they discuss all the latest horror news and rumors, feature exclusive interviews, and discuss the latest happenings in the horror genre (again, not my words). I hate to bag on anyone, or any podcasters that put themself out there, but I got to say that Bloody Disgusting Radio/Podcast is just not for me. It's not that bad, but the main host, I believe his name is Tex Massacre, just ruins it for me. He comes across as being way too cocky, not just an elitist but also an "I rub elbows with best" sort of attitude. Which is a shame because the other two guys are a bit more down to earth and seem to be into what they're doing. The content is okay but a bit underwhelming, I was expecting more in terms of interviews and intelligent talk and a whole lot less snobbery. For fans of the website you may find this worth listening to, but don't get your hopes up--I'll still be listening but this one is at the bottom of my list, if they keep doing good interviews like the one with director Darren Lynn Bousman and writer Terrance Zdunich about REPO, maybe I'll move them up a bit.