Category: Art

“Coded” (2021) / Z-View

Coded (2021)

Director:  Ryan White

Tagline: Look Between the Lines.

The Plot…

J.C. Leyendecker was arguably the most popular artist of his time.  He worked professionally the mid-1890s until his death in 1951.  Leyendecker is most famous for his run of Saturday Evening Post covers that covered a 44 year span.  He also was known for his Arrow Shirts commercial art.

J.C. Leyendecker was gay and although closeted (due to prejudice of the time), some aspects of his lifestyle came through subliminally in his art.  Coded explores Leyendecker’s career and subliminal messages in commercial art then and now.

Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…

Although I’m a fan of J.C. Leyendecker’s art, I didn’t know much about his life or career.  It was interesting that Leyendecker mentored Norman Rockwell who went on to be the next “Leyendecker”.

Coded gets my highest recommendation.

Coded (2021) rates 5 of 5 stars.

Conan by Patrick “Patch” Zircher!

Recently Patrick “Patch” Zircher announced that for a $100 donation (or more) to any homeless charity, he would create a pencil drawing for the person making the donation.  Zircher took on several dozen commissions.  The idea caught on.  Artists who saw what “Patch” was doing offered the same deal!  By the time Zircher called an end to the offer, over $10,000 had been raised for homeless shelters!

I got in.  Patch created his riff on Sly Stallone as Jack Carter for me.  I’ll post it once the original arrives.  In the mean time, Patch posted his take on Conan for a person who made a donation.  I love it.  If you want to see more of Patch’s art (as well as the commissions he took on for this project), you can here.

THE ENFIELD GANG MASSACRE by Chris Condon and Jacob Phillips is Coming!

THE ENFIELD GANG MASSACRE by Chris Condon and Jacob Phillips is coming.  We can get it on April 9th.  Here’s the lowdown…

A Western that is as haunting as it is thrilling, THE ENFIELD GANG MASSACRE tells the dark origin of THAT TEXAS BLOOD’s Ambrose County as only Jacob Phillips and Chris Condon can!

Montgomery Enfield and his gang of outlaws find themselves in the crosshairs of an aging Texas Ranger and a newborn county that’s hungry for law – by any means necessary.


FULLY LOADED by Jimmy Broxton Is Coming!

by Jimmy Broxton is a 100-page deluxe softcover.  Described as…

Blade Runner meets Sin City in a Neo-noir, Cyberpunk crime thriller. Art to die for, a story to kill for, and a shattering finale you wouldn’t see coming in a 100 years.

Here’s the synopsis…

Would you choose to live forever in a future where everything that’s cruel, criminal and corrupt is the order of the day?

Carson Blake certainly didn’t.

A former special forces operative turned gun for hire is lured out of retirement to save the family of a man who once saved his life. He must face his own demons as well as those around him as he’s drawn into a brutal web of deceit and betrayal, where the worst excesses of human greed and desire extend from the darkest alleys to the glittering palaces of the authoritarian elite.

It’s 2065, Carson Blake is 100 years old, fully loaded, and tired of asking nicely.

A 100-page deluxe softcover, written and illustrated by Jimmy Broxton. Published by Verity Comics in association with Scratch Comics Publications. Exclusively available from Zoop.

Will appeal to fans of: American Flagg, Sin City, Blade Runner, A Clockwork Orange, Mad Max, Tarkovsky and Roger Corman.

FULLY LOADED is crowdfunding on Zoop through March 22nd.