Category: Movies

Ryan Cody Sets His Sites on Barney Ross

This week Ryan Cody is back with Sly from The Expendables.

I usually try to space out the work of the artists that I spotlight, but Ryan is running such an unbelievable sale [where you get a free sketch with every purchase. That’s right. Buy Volume 1 of his sketchbook for five bucks and get a free sketch. Same if you buy Volume 2 or the Icarus Convention Issue] that I want to help him promote it.

So far I’ve ordered both sketchbooks [accidentally ordered Volume 1 twice] and 2 copies of the Icarus convention issue. If you want to see more of his art then check out Ryan’s blog and his DA site.

Thanks to Ryan! – Craig

Rare Marilyn Monroe + Nate Heller

Would you like to see some rare photos of Marilyn Monroe taken in 1953 when she was filming [my favorite] Monroe film, River of No Return [with Robert Mitchum]?  Thanks to The Huffington Post, you can.

If you have any interest in Marilyn Monroe and/or  historical fiction you should check out Bye Bye, Baby by Max Allan Collins.  It’s one of my favorite Nate Heller books and they are all excellent.

 

Krayola Kidd Treats Us to a Sly Pun

Mike Torrance aka The Krayola Kidd is back and he brought Sly dressed as The Punisher.

You can see more of Mike’s art at The Daily Sketch with The Krayola Kidd and his Deviant Art site. Mike is available for commissions and his prices are very reasonable. You’re also going to be happy to know that once a month Mike has a contest for someone to win a free sketchcard! That is how I came to own this cool piece. I won the contest [Halloween Edition] and told Mike to pick a Sly character. He chose Sly as the Punisher and I salute him!

Ryan Cody & a Lord of Flatbush

Ryan Cody is back with Sly from Lords of Flatbush.

Ryan is running an unbelievable sale where you get a free sketch with every purchase. That’s right. Buy Volume 1 of his sketchbook for five bucks and get a free sketch. Same if you buy Volume 2 or the Icarus Convention Issue.

I jumped on board for a sketchbook [accidentally ordered Volume 1 which I already had] and the Icarus convention issue [the sketch that came with it will be posted in the coming weeks]. Now I’m going back for Volume 2 and another Stallone sketch. Until then check out Ryan’s blog and his DA site.

Thanks to Ryan! – Craig

Fun and Games with Duane Swierczynski

I’m a huge fan of Duane Swierczynski.  His novels are  fun, full of twists and never follow a familiar path.  Fun & Games is the first in his Charlie Hardie trilogy and although I just finished it a few days ago, I’m already chompin’ at the bit to read Hell and Gone.

Hardie makes his living as a house sitter.  There’s not a lot of dough in that line of work, but as an ex-cop with baggage, it’s been a good way to spend the last couple of years.  All that changes when Hardie finds a semi-famous actress hiding in the house he’s supposed to be sitting.  Is she crazy or could there really be a hit team coming to kill her and everyone in the house?

If my description makes Fun & Games sound like your typical ex-cop coming to the aid of a hot but endangered woman, let me assure you that it’s not.  Give  Fun & Games a read and if you don’t like it I’ll buy ya a Diet Coke or a Mocha Frappe.  If you do like it, you owe me nothing.   Deals don’t get much better than that, amigo.

So why do I have “A Texan’s Motto” post card along with my praise for Fun and Games?  Read on, friend.

In the interest of full disclosure [and the fact that I’m always happy to hear from people whose work I admire], I want it to be known that received a post card from Duane Swierczynski this summer.  He sent a personalized card to all of his fans who had pre-ordered Fun & Games.

How do I know it was personalized?  Well, do you think he wrote every fan of his calling them a fellow Stallone fanatic?  Yeah, I didn’t think so either.

How do I know Duane Swierczynski is a Stallone fan?  Well, Duane is from Philly and everybody there [or from there] loves Sly.  Oh, and Mr. Swierczynski used a couple of quotes from Sly as chapter headers.  Only a true fan would go THAT far.

Ryan Cody Faces Jack Carter

This week Ryan Cody is back with Sly from Get Carter.

Ryan is running an unbelievable sale where you get a free sketch with every purchase.  That’s right.  Buy Volume 1 of his sketchbook for five bucks and get a free sketch.  Same if you buy Volume 2 or the Icarus Convention Issue.

I jumped on board for a sketchbook [accidentally ordered Volume 1 which I already had] and the Icarus convention issue [the sketch that came with it will be posted in the coming weeks].  Now I’m going back for Volume 2 and another Stallone sketch.    Until then check out Ryan’s blog and his DA site.

Thanks to Ryan – Craig

Traveling the World w/ Rocky

I recently heard from Cynthia Shomberg

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Hi Craig,

Hope all is well with you and that you had a great summer.
This link is about a story of a couple who sold everything to travel the world in one year.  The fun thing about all this is that they are taking their ROCKY sculpture with them to be photographed with them at their various destinations.  It’s a great story!  Hope you will be able to post it on your website.
Also, there is going to be a “ROCKY Event” at the Philadelphia Museum Steps this Saturday and Sunday.  The main event will be a race up the famous steps at 11:00AM on Sunday the 16th, as well as a “Rocky” Look Alike Contest following the run to celebrate “Rocky” movie 35th Anniversary.   Hopefully, your website can spread the word.
Thank you once again,
Cynthia
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It’s always nice to hear from Cynthia.   That is a cool story about the couple who sold everything they owned to travel the world with their Rocky statue.  We’ll have a report in the coming weeks about the Rocky events going on in Philly this weekend. – Craig