Tuesday, December 28, 2010
ZOMBIE RELATED: The Horde REVIEW
DIRECTOR: Yannick Dahan, Benjamin Rocher
The Horde is another well made zombie entry from France, this time mixing a crime face-off, with impending zombie uprising, to mostly good affect.
Monday, December 27, 2010
TRUE GRIT fan art!
And you can see my review HERE
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
ARTWORK: sketch cards on eBay
I just put a big batch of custom sketch cards up on eBay for sale (at low prices), check them out HERE
UPDATE 12/17: Two have sold, but if you use buy it now, put notes in the payment and I'll include a copy of my 2010 sketchbook for free (or some other item if you have the sketchbook already).
Friday, December 17, 2010
Meanwhile at the Movies... Green Hornet early review!
So, how was the movie?
First off, as you likely know if you’re around the movie/comic websites, or Comic-Con etc, this is a bit of a reimagining, and not a straight adaptation of the source material. With Seth Rogan in the lead, a notable comedic actor usually attached to subversive anti-hero type roles, and Michel Gondry, the offbeat French director of such films as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Be Kind Rewind, Science of Sleep) directing. Also, Stephen Chow was at one time attached to direct and play Kato, then just play Kato, and then was no longer involved at all. Plus there was also some talk of reshoots or at least a rescheduling of some sort, leading to speculation the studio wasn’t too keen on the final product, with speculation (again) being, that it was perhaps too much of a skewed take on a superhero film for mainstream audiences (especially in light of the woeful performance of comic book movies that weren’t big budget made-for-the-masses adaptations in 2010 - not that this is really a comic book movie per se).
Now, I don’t know if the film was ultimately meddled with, or if it remains true to the Rogan/Gondry vision, but, being familiar with the creative flourishes of Gondry’s past works, Green Hornet plays pretty much like you’d expect a big budget Hollywood PG13-type superhero movie that aims to be different from the traditional comic book blockbusters. That is to say, it feels much more like a Seth Rogan film, with off color humor and antics, with Gondry supplying a visually solid foundation, that only occasionally takes to unique approach. Overall though, Green Hornet the movie is more of a character study than action film, and the combination of Rogan and Gondry bring enough of their styles to make that work.
So it’s the typical super hero origin story, with Rogan in the role, as actor, of Downey Jr. - playing against type for what’s normally an A list alpha male role, and, as character, Tony Stark/Bruce Wayne - wealthy playboy with limitless cash and toys, to use for his own heroic ends. And GH does relatively well mining that Tony Stark/Downey Jr territory, as does the film, with Rogan a capable comedic actor with plenty of charisma in his own boyish, buffoonish way. Where it really shines, is where it difers from that template, and that is in the partnership that is formed with Kato, the estate’s mechanic and coffee maker, who’s really a jack of all trades that excels in particular at kung-fu, and mechanical design. And, with the original TV series being remembered almost entirely for this role, as portrayed by the legendary Bruce Lee, it’s here both in terms of the story, and casting, where Kato is again key. Because Rogan’s Britt Reid is nothing without his partner Kato, and the role of Kato, or the Green Hornet film itself, is nothing without a star turning performance form it’s Kato, and I must say, Jay Chou is amazing here in the role. He’s quiet cool, connects with the audience, and truly shines. You want your very own Kato to be "shon-di" or "brothers" with, and all the cool cars and toys that go with it. The only downside to Chou being, you don’t get the sense that he’s a bad ass martial artist, just that his character is in the film. So that’s either a credit to the filmmakers for making it mostly work on screen, or a failure on their part for not showcasing his skill more. I’m not saying the fight sequences with Kato are bad, there are plenty of them, but they’re just mostly reliant on post production gimmickry, that ultimately works fairly well (to both explain and illustrate his superhuman fight abailities), but the direction or editing keep things a bit murky whenever action ramps up in general, and Kato’s skills are lost to this somewhat too.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Meanwhile at the Movies... True-ly Grit-tastic!
Who doesn’t love Jeff Bridges, and while he got the Oscar last year, this is a performance, reunited with the Coens (Lebowski anyone?), where he can shine in a role and movie the masses can see and enjoy… the hell out of.
But he may not even be the best actor in the film, the thirteen year-old girl is really the lead, and she absolutely owns the role… and Matt Damon, in a change-up role here, is just fantastic (not to mention Josh Brolin's brief turn). The characters are so alive, and that’s the Coens adapting the screenplay, and their direction, elevating the top flight cast in a showcase of a Western epic of a tale, that, on the screen, is everything we love about movies.
A true journey in every sense.
I loved it! Just a joy of a film.
People will be quoting, and watching this new classic for generations to come.
So, as ol' Rooster Cogburn would say, “Fill your hand,” (with the movie ticket), “you son of a bitch!!”
Thursday I'm going to an early screening of GREEN HORNET, which should be... interesting... and then hopefully TRON on Friday!!!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
New Blog - Zombie Related
Everyone loves ZOMBIES.
So I've started a new blog, ZOMBIE RELATED, where I link to anything to do with zombies, post zombie film reviews, and basically just share in the love and mania of the undead...
So you know, it gives me an excuse to validate some of the many movies we watch, plus of course, I've been putting together my own zombie comic for some time now. What really drove it home though, that I wanted to do something more with zombies, was exhibiting at ZomBcon and meeting George Romero.
So, what the hell. Check it out and follow it if you're a zombie fiend too. I've already got three zombie movies reviewed, and I'd love to see you there.
Zombie Tramp, and maybe something more too...
ZOMBIE RELATED: Deadgirl REVIEW
DIRECTOR: Marcel Sarmiento, Gadi Harel
Disturbing and audacious, Deadgirl is a twisted trek into some dark territory... the evils of teenage boys brought to life by a shackled zombie girl!
Friday, December 10, 2010
ZOMBIE RELATED: Aaah! Zombies!! REVIEW
DIRECTOR: Matthew Kohnen
A zombie movie from the zombie's point of view??!!
That's certainly an original (and amazingly simple) idea, but does the movie work?
Thursday, December 09, 2010
ARTWORK: P'ups Master Set sketch cards
Here are my cards, and you'll notice, all of them are chihuahua puppies, since we have a chihuahua, and artists had to work from a list of breeds on the regular cards (only being allowed to draw one of each breed)...
I also have one additional card available for sale for $75.
Email me if you're interested - email@example.com
(Or it's on eBay HERE)
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
ARTWORK: Vampirella commission
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Flash Gordon is love
But I didn't take a moment to argue the merits of Star Wars over Empire (although I could, at length), no, I'm talking about another cherished sci-fi blockbuster from the Gen-X lexicon, I'm talking about a bolder, louder, stranger, crimson colored, gold plated gem... the one and only Flash Gordon.
And just like the merits of episode four over five, I could go on and on about dear Flash... how I still recall the first glimpse of the trailer on our old black and white 12" TV and proceeded to rave about it to my parents, even describing the color of Ming's crimson guards, despite only seeing them in gray scale... the jaw dropping moments of hilarity and fun upon first watching at theaters... and sharing the love of the film with friends on cable (as only pre-teen boys could enjoy and share in such a wondrous work of pre-teen fantasy brought to life)... Max Von Sydow's Ming is pure genius, the green blood, the tree stump, the death duel with Hawkmen, the perfect crescendo of a climax... but where's the time for that? I just wanted to pop in and give a quick mention of the milestone, and link to a page that's been making the rounds, a Flash Gordon fan page on YouTube... HERE
While there's not a terrible amount of content there, it is well done and interesting, comparing some differences from cable to DVD, and scenes with the final (and much cherished/maligned) Queen soundtrack, versus what was intended as a full orchestral score. Just an interesting spot for fans of the film, with hopefully more to come.
If anyone knows of more content/pages out there, be sure and let me know!
Now here's some old Flash Gordon fan art...
ZOMBIE RELATED: Mutants REVIEW
DIRECTOR: David Morlet
Basically French zombies, that's Mutants.
It's a French film, in French, with subtitles, but the subtitles aren't a problem as the dialogue is light, and really, aside from the dialogue, the film doesn't feel overtly French or foreign.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
The event was held just outside downtown Seattle at the Seattle Center, which is a large area that houses the Space Needle, Music Experience museum, Key Arena, Opera House, convention/exhibit centers, parks and more...
Having just been there last month for the first ever Jet City Comic Show, it's a good location, but also a bit odd, in that it neighbors the Opera House/Ballet center, so you get a wild mix of crowds, and also, the main hall of the Seattle Center (or at least the one that housed both Jet City and ZomBcon) is a bit of a dive... being a sub level hall, that's old and dingy... fitting for a zombie convention perhaps, but still rather uninspiring. However, on the plus side, there's parking across the street and many restaurants and bars nearby, and for the tourist inclined, you can't beat being beneath the Space Needle. Then back on the flip side again, for ZomBcon, many of the events, panels and activities lined up, were not actually in the same building as the convention hall, which is a bit odd, and caused traffic to dip and peak wildly as different events took place either on site, or off.
The exhibit hall itself is pretty small, and ZomBcon didn't even use the full floorspace, so it made for a fairly small convention floor. But with such a micro focus, zombies, the floor still offered a wide variety of exhibitors, and plenty to look at when not in line at a signing or at an event. I'd be surprised though if attendees didn't get their fill in one pass through, so there's still plenty of room to expand on what was offered...
In addition to the big three movie guests, the con also hosted a couple huge literary names, Max Brooks (World War Z), and Chuck Palahniuk (of Fight Club fame). Both of which my wife was excited and tickled to see. And with the con being relatively as small as it was, it made for great access to the guests. For instance, when she went to get some free zombie make-up applied, she wound up talking with Chuck Palahniuk who was checking out the process while they worked on her.
Another big difference between this convention, and the comic book shows I've always done (this was my first non comic book convention), was that the fans were mostly in full zombie gear... Sure comic shows have tons of cosplay, but it's different to see all the costumes skew to one theme!
See you next year!!!
Friday, October 29, 2010
ZomBcon this weekend!!
In a mere couple hours I'll be taking the fully loaded SRG-mobile up the highway to sell the first copies of the brand spankin new Zombie Tramp graphic novels (due in shops next month kids), as well as ZT shirts and prints (one of which is the special one we did for the show, pictured in my last post) at ZomBcon in the Seattle Center.
Not to mention, I've created a life size Janey, the Zombie Tramp, for kids and grandfolks to get their picture with as they buy all these undead goodies!!!!
And although nearly all my time of late has been Zombie Tramp related, I'll try and do some zombie slash good girl art this weekend myself, and maybe show off this snazzy new WIP promo (with fabulous line art by John Fortune) for my upcoming GN, Con of the Dead?!?!
Plus, the wife and I will be hitting the Zombie Prom (aka Halloween party)...
Oh, and, BONUS ROUND! I also get to pick up the copies of the book, just released from customs (after being delayed since last Monday, 10/18), which are also in Seattle, while at the show (to turn around and ship to Diamond upon my return to Portland Monday!)
Whew!!! I'm tired already!
Sigh, if only I could get some rest first...
See ya there, or on the other side!!!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Hack/Slash sketch cards available!
All five cards are pictured above.
Cards 3 and 5 from the picture have been sold (the middle and final cards pictured), and all cards are $50 each. Email me if you're interested in any of the remaining cards!
Monday, October 18, 2010
ZomBcon on Halloween weekend!
I'm thrilled to be a part of the event, as I'm a HUGE zombie fan, and it's also the perfect place to launch ZOMBIE TRAMP... a zombie convention?? on Halloween weekend??!!
Also, while Zombie Tramp creator Dan Mendoza can't make the show (he's exhibiting at Long Beach Con the same weekend), we've created a special one of a kind print featuring brand new artwork to offer only at the show!
The Super Real Graphics booth at ZomBcon will be the only place you can pick up the print, and to also snag a copy of the book before it's available in stores!
I'll also have some of the other SRG catalog of books, as well as more zombie prints and artwork!
If you're a zombie fan too, hope to see you at the show!!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
ARTWORK: Hack/Slash sketch cards
Here's a sample card of mine, the title character from the comic, Cassie Hack, the serial killer, er, killer...
Monday, October 11, 2010
Meanwhile at the Movies... 2011
More inspiring music videos...
Underworld - Always Loved a Film: Brilliant fun had with a simple twist...
Yeasayer - Madder Red (with Kristen Bell): Effects/creature driven WTF...
Broken Bells - The Ghost Inside (with Christina Hendricks): Sci-fi movie goodness...
MGMT - Congratulations: More creature driven oddness...
And lastly, it's just awesome to see this storyboarded version of the latest Gorillaz!!!
Friday, October 08, 2010
Zombie Tramp and Super Real Graphics updates
To that end, for those who've seen me promoting Zombie Tramp over the last year, you probably know I'm officially publishing that book by my friend Dan Mendoza, as a graphic novel collecting his entire series, and that it's due out in the next month (most likely in comic shops in early November). I can report that the book is printed and came out looking great! I'll be sure and update the sites once we have the release date more firmed up.
However, for those who've picked up the series from us at conventions, in single issues, many are looking for the third and final issue of the book in that format. If you don't want to double dip and pick up the entire series in one book (with extras), that's certainly understandable. So, if you are in need of issue 3, we now have that available from the SRG store in digital PDF download for only $1.99.
And with the third book being 36 pages of sexy zombie chaos, that's some pretty good value for your money!
If you must hold a copy of the third single in your hands, hold out a bit longer, and Dan will have those available via ComiXpress (and again, I'll update the sites with that info as well).
Stay tuned for more updates, including developments with Super Real Digital!
Monday, October 04, 2010
Viva le double!!
He even includes a nice gallery of double page splashes that are a visual feast HERE
I know a lot of people are detractors of the splash page, but for me comics are an art form, and are art first and foremost, so limiting it's potential canvas is worrisome, so as much as I'd love to see comics expand their reach digitally, I hate that it comes at a cost.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Jet City Con this weekend!
I'll be in artist alley space 48, with prints, new sketch cards, books, and whatever else I think to bring!
The show is located at the Seattle Center, and runs from 10AM to 6PM.
Come by the show, it should be awesome!!
I WATCH ANIME: Redline!
Monday, September 20, 2010
While I was leery about taking our cast of teenage aliens in the undercover high schooler direction, the first episode all works brilliantly, and shows Genndy still has his touch. Any fan of animation, comics, anime, and the like, should give this one a shot!
Friday, September 17, 2010
I WATCH ANIME: cool anime stuffs!
Hey look it's Gurren Lagann... The Movie: The Lights in the Sky are Stars - Second compilation
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (Gainax) - This looks like an insane mash-up of Genndy Tartakovsky, Junko Mizuno, and Jhonen Vasquez!!!
RoboGeisha - Finally gets a domestic release on Blu/DVD in November
Lion Force Voltron USB flash drive anyone?
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
ARTWORK: Ambush Ladybug commission
The person who captured it (and on the money) requested artwork by me of the DC Comics character, Ambush Bug, a cult favorite who launched a tongue-in-cheek mini series in the early/mid 80's (with a few follow ups over the years)...
However, they also requested that I draw the character as a girl (but otherwise unchanged). So, I thought it'd be fun to do a new female version of the first book's cover, and here you go...
Monday, September 13, 2010
Machete fan art finished
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Machete fan art
More to come!
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Recent sketch cards
These cards were some quick ones donated to the March of Dimes charity auctions Steve Frank (of 5finity) is hosting on eBay starting this Saturday!
And these were a couple of commissioned artist exclusive blanks from the recent Pulp Girls card set of mine (via 5finity)
And here's a couple more...
I still have Pulp Girls AE blanks available, please email me for info!
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Meanwhile at the Movies... Machete Kills!
So yeah, went to see Machete Friday afternoon at the new Living Room Theater downtown (Portland)... which is part of a new chain I guess (though it looks like there's just one in Portland and one in Florida) - cool smaller theater with six screens that show mostly indie movies, and the theaters have big recliner seats and food/drink service, with swanky style food, and alcohol, for the price of regular theater concessions... which seemed the perfect way to view Machete, with cerveza in hand!
So the movie?
Well, anyone who was a fan of RR and QT's Grindhouse were a shoe-in to rush to Machete, with it's fake trailer being one of the highlights of that glorious cinematic effort. And not just because the idea of Danny Trejo as a Mexi-CAN out to settle a score via no-holds-barred violence is a slam dunk, but also, to see just how Rodriguez builds a movie around something originally crafted as a two minute highlight reel, with awesome cast (plus mondo additions) in tow.
And well, if nothing else, the frenetic opening prologue scene to the film, is a glorious note perfect accomplishment. From there though, things quickly settle into a much more measured and expansive direction. Therefore, the opening is a bit of a tease, giving us the visceral pace that never let up in Planet Terror, along with the faux grindhouse projection, only to diminish that flavor, once the opening title hits. Leaving us with a more pure representation of the genre, and not the everything all at once thrill ride send-up we perhaps expected. All the gore-tastic fight sequences are there, all the cool characters, the bug nuts casting, the raunchy flourishes, the demented cool of unhinged storytelling where nothing is sacred or out of bounds (shooting pregnant women, swinging from intestines, nailing Cheech Marin to a cross)... it's just not strung together faster than you can comprehend here... it's unspooled instead of unleashed.
So, in terms of comparing Machete to it’s Grindhouse/Planet Terror roots, they are quite different, and Machete does not live up to that standard. All that being said, it does come quite close. Mostly where it falters, besides the pacing issues the film has outside the fast start, and a rather furious finish, is it starts to feel a bit too pastiche. As if Rodriguez and his co-writer cousin, are literally connecting the dots between the beats of the original trailer. And whereas in Planet Terror the expansive cast wove in and out of the story with ease, here it feels like there’s too much setup work into weaving each of the very many characters into Machete. It all feels a bit forced... but then Trejo gets cornered, shit blows up, bullets fly, and ass gets thoroughly, creatively kicked! So who fucking cares?!? That's all we really wanna see right? Because, the more I write this review, the more I realize how much I liked this fucking movie!
Sure some of the stunt casting isn’t maximized, and could be dialed up a bit more (Deniro plays it pretty cartoonish... so push him to go more that direction - Seagal is bloated, we know this, have fun with it!), but Jeff Fahey still rocks hard, and Danny Trejo assaults goons with a weed whacker (and hedge shears, and while eating a breakfast burrito)!!!
And sure the ending kind of fizzles and doesn’t surpass the start, but there’s a Gatling gun on a Harley, Michelle Rodriguez in a matching leather bikini and eye patch, and Steven Seagal committing seppuku…
So ya know, you can only put so much syrup on your flapjacks, but I like A LOT on mine... so I would've liked more than a few seconds of Trejo mowing down border vigilantes with a Gatling... I wish "She" didn't wait til the last scene to show up... I want more Lindsay Lohan in a nuns habit licking a revolver!!!!
Is that so wrong?!?
Machete’s not perfect, it’s not even that close, but it is a damn good bad-ass piece of cinema, with plenty of blade to spare! And had we not already had Planet Terror, or had the climax been as sublime as the opening, I'd probably appreciate the film as a whole, a whole lot more.
It definitely goes on my short list of favorites though, but you know, I like my shit big, loud, and crazy... so let's get a reshoot for the climax here (or edit down about 20 minutes), and set this one off right! :D
I can't wait for MACHETE KILLS, and MACHETE KILLS AGAIN (or maybe SHE KILLS??), but come on RR?!? You know you should have given us a damn preview for the sequel!!!! Sacrilege!!!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
MIA - Born Free
LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls
Insanity on film...
How To Destroy Angels - The Space in Between
Otherwise known as Mr and Mrs Trent Reznor...
I also recently discovered/explored some of the expanded music video channels on our cable... I was pleased to realize that MTVU is a fairly decent facsimile of the early days of the network (IE mostly cool tunes with hardly any commercials).
So while these videos aren't as cool to watch, here's some of my fave new sounds...
Dominique Young Unique - Show My Ass
Stoopid beats, and fresh rhymes...
The London Souls - The Sound
More then a little Kravitz, and more than a little heavy groove...
...then there's Die Antwoord, a category all to themselves...
Die Antwoord - I'm A Ninja
It's like if the Morlocks formed a b-boy crew...
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
PULP GIRLS sketch cards
1) I have exactly 10 unopened packs left, and have posted them on eBay HERE
2)And while I didn't get any return "artist exclusive" cards on the set, as all 50 cards I did went into the 600 pack circulation, I do have a limited number of blank AE cards available. You can get custom cards with any Pulp Girl character from me for either $20ea for full color bust, or $25ea for full color 2/3rd body shot (or a bit more for more involved cards).
Just email me - firstname.lastname@example.org
(Or, if you're looking to score cards from some of the dozens of other cool artists on the set, hop over to the DeviantArt Pulp Girls page and you can link to their respective pages)
Full info on the sketch cards and the hub for Pulp Girls goodness is of course available at PulpGirls.com!
Publising a new book, Zombie Tramp!
The book will be offered to comic book shops by Diamond Comic Distributors via their August Previews catalog, and is listed in the comics and graphic novels section on page 314 (just look for our half page zombie ad next to Mark Millar's CLiNT magazine!).
The book contains the entire 3 issue series that we've sold to much success at conventions over the last year. There's also a really cool newly painted cover by Lee Moyer (of IDW's Starstruck - whom I met at the Things From Another World FCBD event earlier this year).
Full (4) color
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: AUG10 1130
Dan's a big grindhouse/horror/zombie fan, and ZT is his comic inspired by that lethal combo...
Like all his stuff it's gory and/or dangerous, yet sexy and/or cute -- with zombie action, zombie outfits, zombie convicts, voodoo queens, and LAPD lowlifes!