Heroes Over Wizards
Saturday, July 23, 2005 1:57 PM
regular ZONErs know, it's become a Zablo family
tradition to attend the annual Heroes
Convention in Charlotte. I start talking
up the show each year as the date for the convention
gets closer and new guests are announced. Usually
my hype begins about six months before the
This year I'm starting a bit early.
WizardWorld [a big company that puts on conventions
all over the US] has purposely scheduled
their convention in Atlanta the
same weekend as Heroes.
Coincidence you say? Nope.
You see, Shelton has made it an annual tradition
to announce his next convention
date a year in advance [and his show has always
been held in mid to late June].
This year, because there were rumors that Wizard
was looking at Atlanta, Shelton wrote
them to find out the date that they were looking at.
Shelton even offered to support their show
as long as their schedules didn't fall on the same weekend.
You can imagine everyone's surprise when Wizard
announced that their Atlanta convention would fall
on the same weekend as Heroes. You can read
Well, I'm happy to say that pros and fans
have rallied around Shelton's show.
Casey Jones, Tony Harris, Bryan Hitch, Greg Rucka, Joe Pruett,
J. Michael Straczynski, Cliff Chiang, Mark Bagley
and Ethan Van Sciver all quickly
announced that they'd be at HEROES and NOT
the Atlanta convention next year. Additionally,
Cully Hamner, Brian Stelfreeze and Karl Story
who live in Atlanta
have announced that they will be at Heroes
Heroes 2006 may end up being the best Heroes
ever. My hope is that the folks
running the Wizard show will reconsider and
reschedule. They've already
started a bit of backtracking...
At any rate, if Wizard changes their date or not,
I'll be at Heroes in '06.
Hopefully you will too!
A Really Creepy Moment
Thursday, July 21, 2005 6:49 PM
Last night I watched "Hide
and Seek," a psychological thriller
DeNiro and Dakota Fannning. The movie was pretty
good, but that's not the point
of this post...
In the movie DeNiro keeps waking up at 2:06
AM. The first time that this happens,
he discovers his wife has committed suicide. As the
movie progresses 2:06 AM
becomes a significant plot point and the audience
is left wondering [until the
resolution] why DeNiro wakes up at 2:06 AM.
It was pretty creepy. Especially late in the movie,
as Deniro searches for a killer
in the house and suddenly Dakota holds up a child's
clock set to 2:06 AM. Now
THAT was very creepy, but it's still not the
creepy moment I'm leading up to.
Overall the movie was a fun way to spend a couple of
hours and I really enjoyed
how the dvd set up the alternate endings [there were
several]. Ah, but I digresss...
so on to the REAL creepy moment...
Later that night I woke up feeling the need
to go to the restroom. Now most nights,
I sleep through until the morning. Occasionally I'm compelled
to get up in the middle
of the night for a trip to the john, so it's not totally
unusual that this would happen.
Last night when I woke to go, I looked to see
what time it was... and you guessed
it... the digital clock read 2:06 AM.
Now THAT was creepy!
Mariahs's Fake Abs - You Make the Call
Sunday, July 17, 2005 10:03 AM
when I told you that I thought that Mariah Carey
looked like she had painted on her abs for her 4th
of July Macey's performance?
I thought it was just a funny little item and was
surprised when it was picked up here,
here, and a
bunch of other places.
The July 25, 2005 issue of US
Weekly even has the story in it's This Minute
You Want to Know About section.
The piece, Did Mariah Fake Her Six-Pack? brings
everyone up to speed: "Sure, Mariah Carey's
back on top of the charts, but who knew her stomach
muscles were also making a comeback?" The author
then asks a make-up expert and a rep for Mariah
Carey to weigh in on the subject.
make-up artist [Sally Blenkey-Tchasova, owner
of one of the places that started the whole "spray-on"
craze] was quoted as saying, "It looks like she
was helped by make-up or air-brush tanning. Even if
a woman is really ripped, abs are generally not that
You're probably as surprised as I am [meaning not
very], that Mariah's rep denies that the
abs are fake without every really saying their not.
"This is ridiculous. She has been eating right and
working out for three hours a day. Mariah has never
looked or felt better.
The picture to the right was taken about three
weeks before the one at the top of this post. So, ZONErs...
what do you think?
Niles and Jones Create a Giant Monster
Saturday, July 16, 2005 7:54 PM
Niles, Rob Zombie and Nat
Jones teamed last year to produce The
Nail, which was one wild ride.
Niles and Jones had such a
fun time working together that they're reteaming
to bring us Giant Monster, a 2 issue [@
48 pages each] mini-series from Boom
Giant Monster is the story of an
astronaut who, while in space, is infected with
a parasite and upon his return to Earth, uh...
runs into a few problems. ; )
Want to know more? Click HERE
to read a short interview with Niles.
More Body Bags Coming Our Way
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 9:52 PM
back in April, I posted an
item about the return of Jason Pearson's "Body Bags."
At that time Jason said if the
response to the reprints was good enough, we'd see the return
of Mack and Panda.
it was announced that two
new Body Bags projects are in the works.
In November we'll get Body Bags:
3 The Hard Way, which will include a new 20 page
story called Hit Da Switches,
along with two older short stories that will be re-printed
in color for the first time
ever. Then in January, Jason will follow
up with an all new 48 page Body Bags
Ah, life continues to be good!
Michael Golden Art Day
Monday, July 11, 2005 8:54 PM
Michael Golden art
day. No more words are needed.
Transporter 2 Gearing Up
Monday, July 11, 2005 4:58 PM
few days ago I made the statement,
"Sequels are rarely as good as the original."
And yet I, like many of you, love to see sequels.
On the weekend of September 2, I'll probably be
in a theater watching Transporter
2. The original was an unexpected toddy.
The Transporter not only did better at theaters
than was expected; it also was a hit with the dvd
crowd. So much so,
that a Transporter
Special Edition dvd is in the works.
I thought The Transporter would be an enjoyable
way to spend an hour and a half, but was surprised at just
how much fun it turned
out to be.
Much of that enjoyment was the result of Jason Statham
in the lead role and the
over the top action.
Well, I'm happy to say that both will be back in full force.
Check out the
then let me know your thoughts!
Heroes Con Sketches Posted
Sunday, July 10, 2005 2:10 PM
My recent trip to Heroes
Con 2005 was recounted here,
but now that I've posted my art pick-ups in my Stallone
Gallery, I thought that I should also provide links
not only on the SZ [for Stallone fans], but
also here in the ZONE for my blog and comic
My first piece posted, by Steve
was actually one that I got at MegaCon
2005 when Steve was sketching for the
Rick Leonardi was the first artist I
approached at Heroes 2005. I'm a
long-time Leonardi fan and was very
pleased that he agreed to draw Rambo
Walker surprised me with this
fun sketch of Sly as Lincoln
Over the Top. As a bonus, Brian even
through in [or is that drew in] Bull Hurley!
What a great gift!
Mike Ploog was an artist that drew
some of my favorite childhood comics.
I couldn't pass up a chance at a freebie
from Mr. Ploog and love
his take on Jack Carter.
I loved Nat Jones's work with Steve Niles
on The Nail. Nat was one of the artists
really wanted to try and get something from
at Heroes. You can imagine how happy I was
when he agreed to draw Cobra.
Gary McKee and I have been talking about
him doing a piece for my Stallone gallery for a
while. I was extremely happy when he agreed
to do me a water color piece. I was even happier
when I saw the
Let's cut to the chase. Casey Jones did
one of the finest Stallone sketches I have
yet to receive. He hit a homerun, raised the
bar, use whatever metaphor you'd like...
or just click HERE
and... see for yourself!
I knew that my sketch from Cliff Chiang was going
to be very good. How could it not be, it's Cliff
What I didn't know was that Cliff was going to follow
Casey Jones' lead and create one of my all-time
favorite pieces. Not only did Cliff add Adrian
to the mix,
but he also captured the essence of their characters. Wow!
If you've read this far, you're a true fan of Stallone,
comic art or both. Either way, let me give you a heads-up...
yesterday I received a piece of art for my Stallone
gallery from an artist whose work I've admired
for years. I never dreamed that I get something from him,
since he rarely goes to conventions or sketches
for fans. I'm still in shock. The piece was a
gift and is so nice. I'll add it to my gallery
in a day or two after I quit staring at it.
Anyone want to comment on my latest sketches or
take a guess as to who the mystery artist