Archive for February 2011

Me from A to Z

Here are my answers to a fun little personal quiz that’s making the rounds…

A – Available/Single? Nope.  Married for 30 years.
B – Best Friend? Not counting family… John Beatty, but he’s like my brother, so can I count him?
C – Cake or Pie? Depends on the cake or pie and if ice cream is involved.  Most likely pie, though.
D – Drink Of Choice? Diet Coke, water and McDonald’s Frappes!
E – Essential Item You Use Everyday? My computer.
F – Favorite Color? Depends on my mood and the item.
G – Gummy Bears Or Worms? Worms, but the Gummy Squids ain’t bad.
H – Hometown? Terre Haute, Indiana but I now call Port Orange home,
I –  Indulgence? My Sylvester Stallone themed art collection.
K – Kids & Their Names? Mike and Chris.
L – Life Is Incomplete Without? Laughter.
M – Marriage Date? June 28th.
N – Number Of Siblings? 3
O – Oanges Or Apples? Oranges if we’re talking juice.  Apples if we’re talking keeping the doctor away.
P – Phobias/Fears? None.  Although I am pretty jumpy at movies.
Q – Favorite Quote? “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”
R – Reason to Smile? The new season of “Justified” has started.
S – Season? Yes, the new season of “Justified” has started.
T – Tag Three or Four People? I stopped playing tag in grade school.
U – Unknown Fact About Me? I can moonwalk.
V – Vegetable you don’t like? Beets
W – Worst Habit? I sometimes bite my nails.
X – X-rays You’ve Had? Teeth, chest, abdomen, hand.
Y – Your Favorite Food? Ribeye Steak.
Z – Zodiac Sign? Libra – I’m all about justice and Justified.

Robert Blake Gets the Boot

This weekend, despite being a scheduled guest, Robert Blake was kicked out of a Hollywood Stars Show.  If you’ve never heard of it, The Hollywood Stars Show takes place every couple of months in Burbank, California.  Celebrities such as Ernest Borgnine, Larry Hagman, Corey Feldman, and others show up to sign autographs and pose for photos with their fans for a fee.  This weekend was Robert Blake’s first and most likely last appearance at the show.  Let me explain.

The Hollywood Stars show ran on Saturday and Sunday.  When Mr. Blake arrived on Saturday he requested and received a private side area for his photos and autograph signings.  After a short period of time, Mr. Blake became upset because his line was much shorter than some other celebs in attendance.  After a shouting match with the show’s organizers, Mr. Blake left.

Then on Sunday, Mr. Blake returned unannounced and unexpected.  According to both sides, Mr. Blake wanted to sign autographs and photos for free.  According to both sides, that was going to happen despite the chaos it caused and the fact that it upset other celebs in attendance who were charging.  At some point everything went south and Mr. Blake was asked to leave.  Before he was escorted out, he stood on a chair telling his fans that he would be out in the parking lot signing for free.  You can imagine the problems that caused.  He was escorted out of the building and then asked to leave the parking lot.

Mark Evanier comments on the incident here.   TMZ has video of the incident.  Here’s a link to the ABC interview that was taking place in the last part of the TMZ coverage.  And here’s an “open letter” from The Hollywood Show explaining what happened.

Robert Blake is such a talented person, but he’s always been a bit out there.

Jim Ivey and Rob Smith

A little over a month ago my wife and I planned a “breakfast get-together” with Jim Ivey and Rob Smith.  Both Jim and Rob are old friends that I don’t get to see as much as I’d like.

Our meetings start as get-togethers for breakfast, but without fail turn into “gift” exchanges, sketching, reminiscing and a whole lot of laughing.

Jim and Rob just before they break out the sketch pads and throw-down.

Rob breaks out the smart phone to video Jim as he works his magic.

Jim may not have a smart-phone but he was mentally recording his former student’s every move.  Here’s a look at Rob’s creation.

You know, looking at these pictures makes me think it’s about time for another get-together.

Chris Z Runs His 1st Half Marathon

Last weekend my son Chris, ran his first half marathon.  He was joined in the race by his girlfriend Mikala, and her mother.

Of course Chris’ mom and I were there for moral support.  [I'm the guy behind the camera.]

Before the race Mikala and Chris are all smiles.

In fact everyone is smiling…

Once the race starts Chris moves from smiles to all out laughter!

At the halfway point and he’s still smiling.

Chris about to pass the older couple in the blue.  ; )

My wife is terrible at taking pictures.  She always cuts off heads.  Perhaps in a past life she was an executioner.  Mikala and her mom are also all smiles at the halfway point.

Chris coming in for his final lap!

Mikala and her mom finishing the race!

Jesse Munoz Rocks Rocky

Jesse Munoz is back with his riff on Rocky. I discovered Jesse though his DA site and his website. This is my second Stallone piece by Jesse. You can see the first, Rambo, here. I’ll show you the others soon. Until then, why not check out Jesse’s sites?

I Saw the Devil

The only thing creepier than the title, I Saw the Devil, is the poster.  [Via IMPAwards.com]

Steve Niles Shines the Spotlight

Steve Niles, best known as the writer who created 30 Days of Night, has started a weekly column at CBR.com called Creator-Owned Spotlight.  If you like comics, you should check out what Steve has to say.

Justified Rides Again

Justified returns tonight and if you’re a fan, you’re probably excited to see the new season get under way.  If you’ve never watched Justified, tonight is a good place to jump on board.  Simply set your dvr [or tune in] at 10 pm est to FX.  I feel Justified in saying, you’re in for some fun.

Look! Up in the Sky!

If you haven’t seen Robb Pratt’s “Classic Superman” animation, go ahead and view it now.  It is slightly less than two and a half minutes of pure fun.  [Via RobbPratt.com]

Sly Stallone Scores a Headshot

  • Way back in October of 2008, I posted about a French crime comic called “Headshot” that had been optioned by Warner Bros“Headshot” was about a hitman and cop who, when their partners are killed, form an uneasy alliance to get revenge on the powers that set them up.  At that time, I said that I’d love to see an American edition of the comic and that I’d keep an eye out on the progress of the movie.
  • Today I’m happy to report that “Headshot” is moving forward with Sylvester Stallone playing one of the hitmen and Wayne “Running Scared” Kramer set to direct.
  • Here’s how /Film describes “Headshot”… In the film, Stallone’s character “teams with a young NYPD detective in a high-stakes investigation that leads from the dingy back alleys of New Orleans all the way to the power corridors of Washington, D.C. The unlikely duo, brought together by two vicious murders, take on all who stand in their way, and are willing to sacrifice everything to exact revenge.”
  • IM Global [the company making "Headshot"] CEO Stuart Ford said… Headshot is exactly the type of fast-paced, universally themed project that suits our business model. Sylvester Stallone is an international icon and we’re really excited to be in business with him.”
  • “Headshot” is set to being filming in May and I couldn’t be happier.

Jesse Munoz Rocks Rambo

I’m a fan of Jesse Munoz’s art. I discovered him though his DA site and then a web search to his website. Recently Jesse ran a contest where the person who could send him a screenshot of his DA site the closest to hitting the 25,000 page view mark would win a 3 card sketch set.

I watched as the days went by and the hits got closer to 25,000. I hoped to be around when the number was hit. I had been sick with a bronchial infection and woke up in the middle of the night coughing. I decided to get up and check my e-mail. Then I decided to check in on Jesse’s site. Guess what page view number I landed on? Unreal.

Jesse came through in flying colors with three cool Stallone themed cards. This Rambo piece is the first. I’ll show you the other two soon. Until then, why not visit Jesse’s sites and show him some love?

Fast Five is Subtle?

Here’s a nicely designed poster for “Fast Five.”  It’s subtle — no big photoshopped Vin Diesel or Dwayne Johnson heads, muted background colors and yet the flash lines of color on the cars make it pop.  [Via IMPAwards]

The Art of Lesnar vs Velasquez

Want to see a summary of the recent Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez fight told anime style?  Sure you do, so click here. [Via Mixed Martial Arts.com]

You’ve Been Served… Soviet Style

You’ve been served…. Soviet Style.  [Via Miss Cellania]