So You Think...
Comics & Graphic Novels
It's Not Your Dad's
Wednesday, February 08, 2006 4:34 PM
Up until a few minutes ago I don't think I'd
ever even heard of Running Scared. No,. it's not that
old Billy Crystal movie, this "Running Scared."
is being released on February 24th and stars Paul Walker.
It's not that I'm a big Paul Walker fan
[although I did like him in The Fast and the Furious].
It's not that I'm a big Wayne Kramer
fan [although The Cooler did get very good reviews].
What it is, is... I thought the trailer
looked pretty interesting and the
website even better. Let's hope that the movie
doesn't let us down.
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby,
Tuesday, February 07, 2006 5:23 PM
My buddy, "Wild" Bill Black is
a writer, penciler, inker, editor, publisher, chief cook
and bottlewasher for AC Comics, an independent comic
company that he created over 20 years ago. Bill
has been favorably compared to Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and
Roy Rogers -- and that's just the comparisons that Bill
uses when talking about himself!
Okay, okay... all kidding aside. Bill has
been running AC Comics [the company that he really created]
for over 20 years, but now he's bringing his comic creations
to the silver screen... or at least your tv screen... if you have
a dvd player.
to read all about it.
I guess now Bill will add Roger Corman
to his list of comparisons!
Grizzly Man: Questions...
Sunday, February 05, 2006 5:46 PM
Last night I watched a riveting
Man" which is running on the Discovery
Channel. For thirteen years, Timothy Treadwell
spent his summers living among Alaskan grizzly bears. Treadwell
went in armed with just a camera and no backup. The footage that
he captured is amazing. What's even more amazing is that quite
often Treadwell was within feet of the bears
as the rested, fought, and ate. On more than one occassion Treadwell
would reach out and touch them.
As I said, the footage was riveting. Knowing
Treadwell's story takes it up another notch. You see, he
and his girlfriend were killed [and eaten] by a grizzly.
The documentary makes this clear from the very start. It also
lets you know that the deaths were recorded [audio] but that you
would not hear the sounds in the documentary. [You do see Werner
Herzog, the man who created the documentary listening to them
-- and that is quite enough for your imagination will do the rest.]
Treadwell's story is compelling and
Herzog doesn't sugar coat the man. Treadwell had issues,
and definitely was a bit off center, but he lived and died doing
what he loved. And that is where the controversary begins...
Should he been allowed to follow his dream?
Was he violating the law? Was he helping or hurting the animals
that he so dearly loved?
I'd love to hear reactions from anyone who has
seen the film.
RIP Al Lewis aka
Saturday, February 04, 2006 8:21 PM
Al Lewis [born Alexander Meister
], who was best known as Grandpa Munster, died yesterday
at the age of 95.
I can remember watching Lewis on "Car
54, Where Are You?" and later "The
Munsters" when I was very young. Lewis
seemed old then... but as the years passed he didn't seem to age.
Another benefit of growing older was that with each passing year
Lewis seemed to get more and more popular. He was always a
LIVELY guest where ever he appeared.
Lewis is survived by his wife, three
children, four grandchilden and generations of fans. Our thoughts
and prayers go out to everyone of them.
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Who is Keyser Soze?
Friday, February 03, 2006 9:18 PM
The February 10, 2006 issue of Entertainment
Weekly is a special double-sized issue which looks at the
Academy Awards. That's not why I'm suggesting that you
check it out though. The
reason that I think that you might want to pick
it up is for the article that tells the story behind the making
Chris Nashawaty's excellent article takes
us back to the very origins of the screenplay and then sheds light
on the process that brought it two Academy Awards. Part
of the fun is Nashawaty provides us with little tidbits
that fans of the movie will love. [Did you know that Keyser
Soze's name was based on a real person? That Christopher
Walken, Tommy Lee Jones, Jeff Bridges, Charlie
Sheen, James Spader, Al Pacino and Johnny
Cash [Johnny Cash!] turned down role offers?]
Reading Nashawaty's piece not only reminded
me how much I enjoyed "The Usual Suspects" but
makes me want to pull it off the shelf and watch it again.
A Hamner Trifecta
Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:43 PM
Today's comic book cover features the work of one of my
favorite comic artists, Cully Hamner.
Probably best known for his excellent work on the Batman
miniseries Tenses, my personal favorite Hamner artwork
can be found in the Red
miniseries that he did with writer Warren Ellis.
I absolutely loved Red... so much so, that I'm going to
give you a look at the covers for each of the three issues [ 1,
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.
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