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Comics & Graphic Novels
Don't Go Swimming...
Tuesday, January 31, 2006 6:14 PM
Don't go swiming if you don't want to get wet.
It never fails to amaze me when people know that if they take
a particular course of action that the end result is going to
displease them, and yet they take that course of action. Shouldn't
that be the definition of insanity?
If people from the Jerry Springer show call and invite
you on as a guest, the ONLY logical response should
Everyone who has ever seen even one episode of Springer
knows that guests aren't going to be treated as guests and more
than likely are going to be repeatedly insulted and even physically
attacked. EVERYONE KNOWS THIS... and yet, Springer
continues to find people who are willing to show up and learn
[along with millions of strangers] some personal secret that is
guaranteed to shock, hurt and embarrass them.
"Yeah Craig," you say, "but the people
who appear on Springer are uneducated folks who don't know
better." Ok then, what about the folks who go on the Dr.
Phil show, or any of the "reality" court shows.
They know that they're going to come off looking foolish, but
still they line up to be guests.
I guess they want to get wet.
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Blue Belle Scores Two
Monday, January 30, 2006 6:33 PM
While thinking about some of my favorite
comic book covers yesterday, my mind switched gears and began
to ponder about some of the covers to novels that I also
The first one that came to mind was the art
on the hardcover to Andrew Vachss' Blue
Belle. The jacket design is by Carol Devine Carson
and the photograph is by William King.
This was the first Andrew Vachss novel
that I ever read and of course he quickly became one of my favorite
authors. I don't know what it is about the cover that I love so
much. Maybe it's the noir-mystery vibe that it gives off.
My guess is the cover would still be a favorite even if the novel
Splash That Left No
Sunday, January 29, 2006 12:15 PM
Christopher Mills is currently posting
some of his
favorite comic book covers on his forum. Never
let it be said that I don't know a cool idea when I see it. I'm
going to adapt Chris's idea a bit so that I can bring in
interior art like the cool
Paul Gulacy splash page to Master of
Kung Fu #29.
I was already a fan of Doug Moench's
work on Master of Kung Fu, but when Paul Gulacy
came on board it was obvious that something magical was taking
shape. Paul had pencilled several issues before #29
rolled around, but with that issue Paul was also able to
do his own inks.
Now there was no doubt that this was a series
How 'Bout Some Free
Saturday, January 21, 2006 9:58 AM
Remember last week when I was telling you about
how cool Stephen King's new novel, Cell,
sounded? [If not click you can click HERE.]
Anyway, if you think that Cell
is something that you MAY like, then you might want to pick up
the current issue of Entertainment Weekly [the 2006
Preview issue]. It features the first two chapters of Cell
with some cool illustrations by Tomer Hanuka.
My guess is if you're interested enough to read
this far, you're going to love the novel.
Despite the Weird Hairpiece
Thursday, January 19, 2006 6:52 PM
I'm a huge Bruce Willis fan. Same goes
for director, Richard Donner. Let's not leave out actor,
David Morse, who I think is one of the most under-rated
actors in Hollywood.
So, yeah, I'm real excited about "16
Blocks" which will feature this trio working together
to bring us thrills and chills.
Don't believe me?
Then check out the
one sheet poster and the
Now, what do you say?
Yeah, you're right. Bruce Willis does
look kind of weird with that hairpiece and mustache. Still, I'll
bet the movie rocks.
Some Things Defy Explanation
Sunday, January 15, 2006 5:18 PM
Some things defy explanation. Some things need
Check out this video HERE
HERE and you tell me. Peace out!
RIP Shelley Winters
Saturday, January 14, 2006 10:45 PM
Academy Award-winning actress Shelley
Winters, who appeared in over 125 movies during her career,
died today at the age of 85.
I'm not the biggest Shelley Winters fan
in the world, but I did admire her ability to morph throughout
her career so that she could continue to act well into her 70s.
Before making it in movies, Winters
worked as a chorus girl and on the stage. When
Winters first came to Hollywood she roomed with
another future star by the name of Marilyn Monroe. Although
Winters started out as another blonde bombshell,
her best roles and recognition came when she worked as a supporting
Not content to just act, Winters also
wrote two popular biographies in which she talked about
her intimate affairs with many of Hollywood's leading
men, including Sean Connery, Errol Flynn, William
Holden and Burt Lancaster [among others]. Shelley
was a playa before the term was invented.
My two favorite Shelley Winters roles
occured in movies that were made 17 years apart.
In "Night of the Hunter" Shelley
played Willa Harper who falls victim to the wonderfully
evil preacher, Harry Powell [Robert Mitchum in perhaps
his greatest performance]. The scene of Winters dead and
strapped in a car at the bottom of a lake... with her hair floating
in the currents is one of the most haunting images ever.
In 1972, Winters was no longer the young wife, now
she was the aging overweight wife, Belle Rosen, whose ultimate
sacrifice [she dies of a heart attack after a long underwater
swim to save Gene Hackman] allows others to survive. Looking
back now, I find it somewhat strange that she dies in both of
my favorite roles and ends up underwater.
Shelley Winters died today. She leaves
behind many wonderful family members, friends, fans and movie
Chuck Norris is a Bad
Wednesday, January 11, 2006 5:40 PM
Chuck Norris is a real life tough
guy. Of course, he also plays one in movies and on
tv. Here are a few facts that show just how tough
* Chuck Norris ordered a Big Mac
at Burger King, and got one.
* Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC,
claiming Law and Order are trademarked names for his left
and right legs.
* Chuck Norris can touch MC Hammer.
If you want to see more Chuck Norris
facts, then click HERE.
Stephen King and Zombies
Tuesday, January 10, 2006 9:42 PM
Civilization doesn't end with a bang or
a whimper. It ends with a call on your cell phone.
So begins the book description for Stephen
King's latest novel, Cell,
which will be released later this month.
talked up Cell
last August. At that time I posted:
King describes Cell
as "a violent piece of work, which comes complete with zombies
set in motion by bad cell phone signals that destroy the human
brain. Like cheap whiskey, it's very nasty and extremely satisfying."
Stephen King and zombies! Count me in.
This is the first Stephen King book that
I've been excited about in years. I can't wait to read this bad
Stephen King and zombies. Why
that's a combo right up there with M&Ms and peanuts.