Friday, September 24, 2010

Jet City Con this weekend!

I'll be jetting up I5 with some compadres tomorrow, oh so early, to exhibit the brand new Jet City Comic Show. Jet City is a new show in Seattle Washington that's put on by some of the folks that promote the incredible Emerald City Comic-Con, so I expect good, if much smaller, things :)

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!!


Redline is still looking to be... quite possibly the coolest thing ever!!!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sym-Bionic Titan

I really dug the new Genndy Tartakovsky show on Cartoon Network, Sym-Bionic Titan. Genndy of course is behind such hits and quality works as PowerPuff Girls, Samurai Jack, and the original (and epicly awesome) Star Wars Clone Wars micro mini-series. The man is an animation master, who happens to work in a crude and deceptively simplistic style. Here, with Sym-Bionic, he cribs from giant robo anime, to much success.

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!

I haven't watched anime in forever... half way through Gurren Lagann, from like a year or two ago... but haven't seen too much new stuff that's enticing. Here's some enticing anime and related stuffs though (pulled from the AICN anime column)!

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

I recently had the good fortune to pass the 100,000 view mark on my DeviantArt gallery page, and as is customary, I shared the love by offering a free commission to the lucky (unlucky?!?) person that captured the 100K screen (or closest to it).

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...

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Machete fan art

Here's a MACHETE fan art I'm working on... of Michelle Rodriguez's character, She!

More to come!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Recent sketch cards

Having finished prepping Zombie Tramp for publication, it's back to the drawing board, and the various spinning plates that had all but fallen and broken...

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!!!