“Rambo: First Blood, Part II” Limited Edition Print by Francesco Francavilla

Above we have Francesco Francavilla’s art for a Rambo: First Blood, Part II limited edition print available from Mondo.  There are two versions available. The print shown above is limited to just 85 copies and there is another version with a run of 250.  If you’re interested in a copy for yourself, I wouldn’t wait!  

 

Rambo by Matthew Harrower

I hope you did this Rambo drawing by Matthew Harrower as much as me.

Matthew is an freelance illustrator and character artist. He’s influenced by his love of comics, transformers, mechs, John Woo movies and most things from his childhood. Matthew is currently studying for his Master’s Degree in Character Animation.

If you’d like to see more of Matthew’s art you can follow him on his Twitter or his Instagram account.

“The Last Days of American Crime” Trailer is Here! (Plus the 17 Year Journey to Make It)

Below we have the trailer to The Last Days of American Crime.  If the title sounds familiar it could be because I’ve been talking about The Last Days of American Crime for almost 17 years.  Yep, 17 years.  I’ll explain after the trailer.

As a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. Graham Bricke (Édgar Ramírez), a career criminal who was never able to hit the big score, teams up with famous gangster progeny Kevin Cash (Michael Pitt), and black market hacker Shelby Dupree (Anna Brewster), to commit the heist of the century and the last crime in American history before the signal goes off. Based on the Radical Publishing graphic novel created by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini, The Last Days of American Crime is directed by Olivier Megaton, written by Karl Gajdusek, produced by Jesse Berger, p.g.a., Jason Michael Berman, p.g.a., and Barry Levine, with Sharlto Copley also co-starring.

Watch The Last Days of American Crime on Netflix June 5

Okay.  Let me tell you about those 17 years…

Way back in November of 2003, I posted Meet Rick Remender.  Rick was a comic writer and artist I met through my buddy, John Beatty.  John was inking Rick’s pencils on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Rick also had an idea for a comic mini-series he called The Last Days of American Crime.  I loved the art, title and idea for the story.

In 2007, I met Rick at HeroesCon.  Not only did I get hang with him for a bit, Rick also did a Stallone sketch for my collection.  Rick said that The Last Days of American Crime was still in the works. Rick had so many projects going (Fear Agent, Sea of Red, and Strange Girl just to name three) that I had started to think that he’d never get to it.


In March of 2009, I posted the art above and the news that  “The Last Days of American Crime” would premiere later that year in a three issue [48 pages each] mini-series with art by Greg Tocchini.  Yea!  The wait was nearly over.  And how about Greg Tocchini’s art!

In April 2009, we got a look at Tocchini’s The Last Days of American Crime preview cover made for Comic-Con.

In August 2009, CBR.com ran a 17 page preview of The Last Days of American Crime.

In September 2009, CBR.com gave us another preview.  The anticipation was building…

In November 2009, the news was Sam Worthington had signed on to produce and star in a big screen adaptation of Rick Remender’s The Last Days of American Crime.  Wow!  We’d probably see The Last Days of American Crime movie in a year or so, right?

In December 2009, we got another preview of The Last Days of American Crime mini-series.

In September 2010, I posted The Not So Last Days of American Crime. Rick had announced that he had ideas for more tales set in the same The Last Days of American Crime universe!

And now nearly 17 years after that first post and almost ten years after my final post about The Last Days of American Crime we have a trailer for the movie.  How long until someone starts calling Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini overnight sensations?

“First Blood” Prequel, Anyone? (Updated)

Paolo Cubadda created the very cool art above.  I saw it at Sylvester Stallone’s Official Sly Stallone Shop on Instagram.  Here’s what they said about the art…

Amazing fan art of what a FIRST BLOOD prequel look like called Baker Team. Who would love to see the origins of John Rambo?

I think a First Blood prequel could work under the right conditions.  It would be easier as a novel but I would want to see David Morrell return to his creation.  A movie would be tougher since Sly Stallone is so associated with the character.  One thing I’ve learned over the years though is never say never.

Thanks to SZoner, Bruno Leon for providing Bruno’s name!

“Big Trouble in Little China” by Rich Kelly!

Check out Rich Kelly’s poster for Big Trouble in Little China!

If you’re a fan of ole Jack Burton and his Porkchop Express, or you like John Carpenter’s cult classic or you just think that Rich Kelly’s poster is the bomb, have I got news for you?

Why, yes, I do!  You can see a bigger version or even buy a limited edition print of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA by Rich Kelly at Mondoshop.

Howard Chaykin and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Study in Scarlet”!

The art above is a plate from Howard Chaykin’s 1976 portfolio illustrating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet.   You can see a bigger version of the art above and the other illustrations from the portfolio if you click over to The Bristol Board.

Wow!  What great memories this brings back. Artist portfolios were really popular back in the 70’s and into the 80’s.  It was always a thrill when a new one was announced.  And truth be told, I was thrilled to see The Bristol Board posting Chaykin’s Sherlock Holmes portfolio.

“Pippo” – a CGI Animated Short Film by Chris Keller

Check out Pippo a CGI Animated Short Film by Chris Keller.  Here’s Keller with an short intro…

In a bleak world that has lost its sense for joy and wonder, an old clown reminisces about better days.

Pippo is primarily a mood piece and a cinematic metaphor for how I increasingly feel about our world. The film’s unique style was achieved by combining miniature photography with CGI.