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Monday, March 30, 2009

A baby monkey for Drunken Zombie's Crazy Uncle Randy.

Podcaster Crazy Uncle Randy has a sketchbook/art collection of monkey drawings. Many moons ago I told him I'd do one for him and never got around to it. He ordered a few of the Karen Cooper/Night of the Living Dead shirts I did, so I figured that would be the perfect time to send him one under the radar. He expressed his love for the shirts and the sketch, here's the sketch.

Sometimes.

There are days, good and bad.
There are days full of numbing boredom.
There are days I feel nothing at all.
There are days I feel the earth underfoot.
Sometimes I write shit thinking that any of it means more than nothing.
Usually it means nothing.
Sometimes I want to end the world just to see if I'd survive.
Usually it means nothing.
There are nights I look at the sky.
Nights that are clear.
I feel humbled.
I feel small.
I feel like dust.
These are the greatest of moments.
The time in between seconds.
The time we never have.
We're so busy doing something.
Usually it means nothing.
Sometimes I repeat myself because I've already said everything I need to.
Sometimes I don't know what I'm saying.

The Midnight Meat Train: Movie Thoughts


So, I'm a pretty big fan of Clive Barker, his writing, his artwork, his philosophy on life, blah, blah, blah. When I first heard there was going to be a movie adaptation of The Midnight Meat Train I lost my shit, I was so excited. It didn't get a wide release, so I had to wait till last night when I watched it on dvd. I was initially disappointed that Barker was not directing it, but I got over that quickly. I really enjoyed the film from start to finish. The acting was pretty strong, bad ass on Vinnie Jones' behalf, cinematography was gorgeous, the story pacing was pretty good and I could've sat through a longer, slower version as well. The sound design was decent, most of the time it was very effective but as a whole I found it to be lacking. The film did a very good job with lighting and making good use of shadows; which is an element I find missing in a lot of films nowadays (it seems like most filmmakers rely on color being the only element of contrast). With most things Barker does there is a mythology weaved into the narrative and this film does a good job of keeping that feel and actually expanding on the mythology (or at least fleshing it out). I could certainly revisit this and will be adding it to my film vault so that I can.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

When Disaster Strikes!

In need of supplies to stock up your fallout shelter? Worried about zombies? Need a flare gun? Then look no further, this site is your salvation! check it out: http://www.mredepot.com/servlet/StoreFront or you can click on the title post. I seriously may be getting some of this shit.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Lettering for Oracle: The Cure #1 of 3

This week on the comic stands you can find Oracle: The Cure #1 of 3, a book I lettered, here are two preview pages I yanked off of IGN's site, here's a link to the there preview: http://comics.ign.com/articles/964/964664p1.html you can also click the title link.



Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave


Let's not call this a review, how about a quick thought--honestly it's not worth a review, it's not even worth watching. If you thought Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis was bad then hold no hope for this one. It's terrible. Awful. It's movies like this that make me believe I can make a movie. Don't waste your time, you will not get it back.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wolfman Color Sketch.

I watched Frankenstein meets the Wolfman a few days ago, and it inspired me to do a Wolfman piece, here it is, the colors are flat and pretty much just thrown in there but I dig it.

This weeks stack o' comics.

So, every week, we get a stack of comics that we put out (DC, Vertigo, Wildstorm) most of which I honestly don't read--there's just too many of them, and I'm more of a trade reader, the one issue at a time nonsense is reserved strictly for the crack-cocaine. This week the only things I'm interested in are: Tiny Titans 14 (it's the coolest looking kids book ever), Mysterious The Unfathomable 3 (which has been a good read but the art is what sucked me in) and Vigilante 4 (a book I lettered and am quite fond of). Most of the trades we got are pretty cool, I'm pretty excited about Resident Evil: Fire and Ice and Tor: A prehistoric Odyssey, by the legendary Joe Kubert.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

This guy ruined my day!

So, I subscribe to Google alerts, and today I was alerted that another blog was saying this about my lettering: What the hell is Steve Wands the letterer up to? He puts big speech bubbles over background-character’s faces when there is loads of blank space around them! What’s his problem? Does he have a ‘beef’ with Pete Woods? It’s crazy madness! Knock it off Steve! Needless to say, this fellow and his blog knocked the wind out of my tattered as is sails for the day. I explained to this not too nice fellow in the form of a comment to his post that the decision to cover the art was an editorial one, not mine. Hopefully, this fellow will not be so quick to judge next time and has become more aware of the process of printing the funny to the pages. Sorry, to rant, now I'm off to ruin another comic--it's actually the second issue of Superman and the World of New Krypton, maybe he can rip me a new one after this one comes out.

The original post is linked in the title link of this post.

Friday the 13th Show @ Chasers: sydbarret, When They All Fell, Abacinate, Up in Arms, and Kali-Ma.

And, finally, the last set of pics, these are of When They All Fell, and were taken by my friend Scott, check 'em out (eventually, I will get around to putting these all up on the myspace)...





Monday, March 16, 2009

Friday the 13th Show @ Chasers: sydbarret, When They All Fell, Abacinate, Up in Arms, and Kali-Ma.

More pics from the show, here's a few from Up In Arms...





Friday the 13th Show @ Chasers: sydbarret, When They All Fell, Abacinate, Up in Arms, and Kali-Ma.

More pics from the show, here's a few of Kali-Ma...





Friday the 13th Show @ Chasers: sydbarret, When They All Fell, Abacinate, Up in Arms, and Kali-Ma.

Here's some pics of sydbarret from the show. I'm still cleaning up the files of the other bands, unfortunately I didn't get any good ones of Abacinate but check these for now...





Friday, March 13, 2009

Nocturnal: A FREE podcast novel by author Scott Sigler


Here's the synopsis I copied directly from Scott's (click the title link to visit it) site:

SYNOPSIS:

Something lives deep beneath the streets of San Francsico. Something that has been there for centuries, something that comes out at night ... to feed on the dregs of society. A sub-culture, with its own myths, its own legends of leader named The King that will lead them out of bondage, and their own demon, a hunting shadow known only as Savior.

But the legends of Savior's brutality have faded, the fear passed into stories told to frighten the young ones. When The King finally appears, just as foretold, the Nocturnals know their time has time -- the time to come out from under the streets and hunt humanity in the open.

It took me a little over a week to listen to this, not continuously of course,and I think it was very good. It's the second of his podcast novels I've listened to and I think my favorite of the two. I think Scott does a great job of creating unique characters and tense situations. His podcasts are very well produced and easy to digest. Some of the elements remind of Cabal and Nightbreed, and is what really drew me in. Give it a listen--it's free and extremely entertaining.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pin-Up Jam Session.


So, Corey Breen and myself decided to do another jam piece, I colored one of his pin-ups of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Here it be...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Phantasm Vector Art: The Flying Balls of Doom!


Well, after listening to the latest episode of Bloody Good Horror, and being a huge Phantasm fan, I decided to do some vector art (which I don't do often enough) of the flying orbs.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Stay Dead: The Stranger & Tunnel Rats Free Desktop Wallpaper!


Measuring 1280 x 1024 this Free desktop wallpaper should fit most screens. Just click the image and drag it to your desktop or save the image, either way enjoy. If you have difficulty downloading it send me an email and I will send you the file.

Bride of Frankenstein Sketch


I know I've been slacking lately with the doodling, but it's for a good reason, I've been working on a trading card set and just don't have the time, but I made the time for the bride so here she is. Done in photoshop, a little sloppy but that's how I roll.

Monday, March 9, 2009

H2O: Nothing to Prove 2008


H2O's Nothing to Prove was released in 2008 by Bridge Nine Records and is the bands first album in over 7 years. Admittedly I was never a huge H2O fan, I always kinda liked them and respected them, but I never found them to be my flavor. With Nothing to Prove I can honestly say that this album has made a fan out of me. It speaks to me on a number of levels, the lyrics on "Sunday" have especially hit home for me being that I will be a father soon, it actually chokes me up. The songs are well crafted and catchy as fuck, I can't help but sing-a-long to every song. It boasts some excellent guest vocals by big guns like Roger Miret, Kevin Seconds, Matt Skiba and a few others that escape me at the moment as well as Toby's son. "What Happened" closes out the album and sums up exactly how I feel about the state of music today, I see this as an instant classic and a rallying call for the days of old. This album can pick you up if you're feeling down, so do yourself the favor and check it out. I've played the shit out of this and still haven't gotten tired of it, this is one the best punk/hardcore albums I've heard in years.

Click the title link to visit H2O's page on Bridge Nine's site or copy and paste this: http://www.bridge9.com/h2o

Stay Dead: The Stranger & Tunnel Rats Book Cover


For those of you who've kept up with my Apparatus Revolution endeavors you'll know why AR's site (currently down and in construction) was named staydeadrev.com. Years ago I began writing this epic sized zombie tale. It started off as an idea for a graphic novel that I was going to put out under AR. However, this was before I started working for DC, so, once I started working for DC, I couldn't put out comics due to a conflict of interest. So, I had to reconsider my options. And from that came the idea to write a novel or a novella, I know, I know--real original, but that's what I did. And I'm still writing the novel, but I wanted to do some short stories as well, so I did a few of those and feel it's time to release two of them; The Stranger, and Tunnel Rats. Why the wait? Well, the intent is to put out regular tales, serialized fiction, much like a comic, after all that's what this started out as, and I want to have a few in the bag leading up to the larger work. They are both being proofread for the second time and I will keep you all posted on it's progress. I'm thinking of getting them read by a few folks early on so I can put some quotes on the back cover and hopefully stir some interest from that. So, in the meantime I'm very proud to show you all this, the cover with the logo and title treatment. Please let me know what you think, I'm very proud of this and it's been a long time coming.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

How do you prefer to buy music?

Alright, since most of you nice folks decided to ignore my survey on the right side of this here blog, I had to extend the closing of it! All you have to do is click an answer, so, please take part in in this, I'm trying to gather information in preparation of a new music project and would like to know what folks are buying, so help me out. If enough of you participate perhaps I'll set up some free limited downloads of AR's releases.

Thanks in advance.