Michael Joseph – RIP

I received an e-mail from Bill Pruitt saying that fellow artist and friend, Michael Joseph, passed away on December 8th at the age of 43Michael’s art had appeared on the StalloneZone before and received a lot of praise.  Bill thought that SZoners would want to know.  Here’s a link to Michael Joseph’s site.  He was a talented man and will be missed.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans. – Craig

Insignares Takes Us Back

Miguel Insignares is back with a new e-mail and another cool scene from a Stallone movieMiguel says:

Hey Craig-

Here is a new StalloneZone world exclusive ROCKY drawing from the first fight with Spider Rico at the Resurrection Gym.

Thanks and I’ll be sending you more artwork in the upcoming weeks!

Miguel — thanks for sharing your Stallone art here at the SZ.  You picked another cool scene to illustrate.  I can’t wait to see more of your Stallone art here at the SZ as well as your The Rufnex: Island of the Dead comic [www.islandofthedead.com.

“The Expendables” Makes the Grade

On December 9, 2009, Canada.com posted a list of Ten Films for 2010.  It included the ten films that critic Jay Stone is most looking forward to seeing next year and included: “The Book of Eli”, “Shutter Island”, “Iron Man 2”, “Toy Story 3”, “The Expendables” and more.  Here’s what he had to say about “The Expendables”:

The Expendables: A bunch of mercenaries take on a job in South America, and if Stallone and company aren’t enough, it also features Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, and Arnold Schwarzenegger (hey, who’s managing the California budget overrun?) This could be a classic of its type, and if they weren’t all in such good shape, we’d be tempted to call it The Expandables. But we can’t. (Aug. 20)

You can read the full piece here.

Diego Sanchez Inspired by Sly

Diego Sanchez, referenced Sly when talking about preparation for his title fight with BJ Penn Diego said:

“I flip the switch and when the switch flips, its just like that movie ‘Over the Top’ when he (Sylvester Stallone) turns his hat back,” he added. “There’s no looking back. I don’t see the crowd, I just see B.J. Penn and I see my cage. And I’m the king of this cage. It’s my territory.”

Sly Shark Jumping?

On December 8, 2009, Art.com posted a pretty cynical piece titled “Has Art Jumped the Shark” by Charlie Finch who takes a shot at many artists working today.  Of course considering that Finch is the author of a book titled, Most Art Sucks, we shouldn’t be surprised.  You can read the whole article here.