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Month: March 2009

Killer of Demons Kills

Posted in Art, Comics, Horror, and Humor

The Pitch: “Frailty” plus a sense of humor meets comic books as presented by writer Christopher Yost and artist Scott Wegner.

The Overview: Dave Sloan wakes up to see actual demons from hell are living among us.  Only Dave can see them.  Well, that‘s not quite true.  The little heavenly cherub angel can see ’em and, between puffs on his cigar,  is telling Dave to kill them all.

The Good:  Wegner’s art works really well with Yost’s story.  Demons and humans, seen through Dave’s eyes as they go about their daily activities.  The ad for “Old Scratch.” The last page.

The Bad: What happens if you look like a demon to Dave.

The Ugly: The second issue isn’t available NOW.

The Summary:  Killer of Demons is a lot of fun.  Yost and Wegner have created a winner!

Six About Me

Posted in Misc.

I’ve been tagged by Rick at On My Mind.

The Rules
1) Link to the person who tagged you.
2) Post the rules on your blog.
3) Write six random things about yourself.
4) Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5) Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6) Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

So here are six random things about me that you may not know:

1.  I’m a high school Assistant Principal.  My Principal and three Assistant Principals who work with me all graduated from the same high school!  One AP graduated in 74, the Principal in 75, another AP in 76 and me in 77.   So at one point we were all at the same high school as students with no idea that 30 years later we’d all be together again at another high school as administrators.

2. My wife and I met and began “dating” in junior high. I actually told one of my buddies “That is the girl I’m going to marry” the first time I saw her… and that was VERY unlike me.  We dated on and off through junior high and high school and then again when I was about to graduate from the community college.  We got married in 1980.

3. I once caught a guy who had robbed a motel. He was armed with a knife and the cash he’d stolen.  It’s a funny story that I’ll save for a future blog post.  [I also had a guy try to pull a gun on me but disarmed him.  — Another story I’ll have to share in a future blog post.]

4. Due to the popularity of my StalloneZone website, I was contacted by Sylvester Stallone and asked to run the Official “Rocky Balboa” movie blog. I agreed and my buddy, John Beatty, joined me in the project.

5. I am quoted as an “expert” in Jake Kalish’s book Santa vs Satan: The Official Compendium of Imaginary Fights. If you’re so inclined, you can find me on page 235 weighing in on “Rocky vs Rambo.”

6. Although I’ve “met” the following celebrities Paul Newman, Sonny & Cher, Greg Allman, Richard Petty, Kyle Petty, James Brolin, Mike Singletary, Vince Carter, Antonio Tarver, Bobby Bowden, Buster Davis, and others… I’ve never met Sly Stallone.

Now here at the people that I have tagged.

John of John Beatty  Although he’s my best friend since junior high, I have no idea if he’ll participate or not.  If he does, I can guarantee it’ll be worth reading.

Evan of Evan Bryce.blogspot.comEvan is one of the good guys… and an artist to watch!

Ivan from ThrillingDaysofYesterdayIvan is my go-to guy on old time tv and movies!

Chris from Atomic Pulp and Other MeltdownsChris is an editor and writer.  He also created one of my favorite crime comics Gravedigger: The Scavengers.

Rob of Rob Smith  I’ve known Rob since high school.  He’s a political cartoonist, art collector, and all around great guy.

Ed of Hall  Ed is a political cartoonist who isn’t afraid to take a stand.

Mike Torrance, FX w/ Beatty & Killer of Demons

Posted in Art, and Comics

Today I posted a sketch that I got from Mike Torrance back in 2007.  Mike, Jason Walker and Gary McKee had joined together to create a sketchbook and they were offering free head sketches to anyone who purchased one.  Talk about a great deal!

The FX Convention is a week closer.  Man, I am so looking forward to the down time.  It’ll be great to hang with my bro, John Beatty.  He’s a blast to be around — you never know what he’s going to say or do — and he’ll be sketching too.  John has created his own Big Beatty Stimulus Bucks Coupon which gives fans a discount on any art purchased from him.  If you’re going to be at FX, drop me a line.

Anyone reading Killer of Demons by Christopher Yost and Scott Wegener?  It’s a lot of fun and even better than I thought it would be… and I thought it would rock.

I’ll be watching you at the FX-Show, too! My eyes are always on you…:eyepopping:



LOL!… Remember the quote: “If you can see me, it means I can see you. If you can’t see me it means I could be about to attack!”

Oh, sorry… that’s not me the quote is about, it’s Chuck Norris!

We’re going to have fun at the show, Mr. Beatty!

– Craig


  • Mood:  Joy
  • Listening to: My Life by Billy Joel
  • Reading: Batista Unleashed by Batista
  • Watching: Hell’s Kitchen
  • Playing: Fast and Loose
  • Eating: Salsa, Ham & Cheese Omlette
  • Drinking: Diet Coke

Shutter Island Tease

Posted in Books, and Movies

RopeofSilicon,com posted a frst look at the Shutter Island teaser poster.  I like the art for the hardback book (posted above) better than the teaser.

I’ve read (and loved) Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island novel and am excited to see how the big screen treatment with Martin Scorsese at the helm turns out.  If it’s even half as good as the novel, we’ll have a winner.

Remembering Dan Seals

Posted in Celebs, Music, and RIP

I just read today at Ivan Shreve’s blog that Dan Seals has died after a long bout with cancer.  If you didn’t recognize the name, perhaps you knew him better as “England Dan” of the popular 70’s recording duo England Dan and John Ford Coley.

Between 1976 and 1979, England Dan and John Ford Coley had six top 40 singles [“I’d Really Love to See You Tonight,” “Nights Are Forever Without You,:” “It’s Sad to Belong,” “Gone Too Far,” “We’ll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again,” and “Love is the Answer”] with four hitting number one on the charts.

Dan Seals’ older brother, Jimmy Seals was half of the extremely popular recording duo Seals and Crofts.  Not wanting to cash in on his brother’s name, Dan went with his nickname, “England Dan” which was given to him as a child because of his love for The Beatles.  In 1980, England Dan and John Ford Coley broke up, and Dan went on to have a successful career as a country singer.

Although I’m a huge fan of England Dan and John Ford Coley [I almost posted a link to this video less than a week ago], I didn’t know about Dan Seals’ country career.  After seeing/hearing his cover of “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight” I’ve decided that I’m going to have to correct that.

Our thoughts and prayers go out the family, friends and fans of Dan Seals.

Are You Ready for Red?

Posted in Art, Comics, and Crime

I’ve been singing the praises of the Warren Ellis/Cully Hamner mini-series for years.  It’s got a cool story and great art by CullyRed has even been optioned for the big screeen.

So why am I writing about Red today you ask? (And I’m glad that you did.)  Because on June 9th, for the first time ever, it will be released as a standalone graphic novel!  It will also include the Warren Ellis’ script to the first issue and never-before seen development art by Cully!  You can pre-order your copy by clicking here.

A Whole Lot of Walking Dead

Posted in Comics, Horror, and Zombies

If you’re a Walking Dead fan… or if you’ve been waiting for the right time to jump on board one of the best regularly published comics in recent history…  or if you’ve been hoping to score some back issues but just can’t find them or they’re too expensive… then you may want to pre-order a copy of The Walking Dead: Compendium One.  This big boy is 1,088 pages reprinting The Walking Dead issues 1-8 in one massive trade paperback edition.

Talk Like William Shatner Day!

Posted in Celebs, and Humor

Today is William Shatner’s birthday.  He’s 78.  Wow.  Hard to believe that Captain James T. Kirk is pushing 80Denny Crane, yes; Captain Kirk, nope, not possible.  But it is.

So in honor of the Shat’s birthday, I suggest we all participate in the first annual TALK LIKE WILLIAM SHATNER DAY!  Not to worry, here are instructions on how to talk just like Willam Shatner.  Once you’ve listened and learned, jump right in.

Oh, and… Happy… Birthday! [SHORT INHALE and SHARP BREATH] Mr. Shatner!

Jason Walker, Frank Miller, Watchmen & FX

Posted in Art, Celebs, Comics, Con Report, and Movies

I got the Jason Walker quick sketch that I posted today, two years ago at an Orlando Con. Jason, Gary McKee and Mike Torrence had joined together to do a sketchbook. All three were giving free head sketches to anyone who picked up a copy. Since I consider all three guys friends (and I dig their art), of course I was down for a copy. I’ll post Gary and Mike’s quick sketches soon.

Anyone here caught any of the History Channel’s new series, BC Battles? It’s really well done, but Frank Miller should be getting a kickback on every episode. Not only is the action made to look like scenes from the movie “300” but the type face on logos and any lettering looks just like Miller’s from the comic. Well, we all know what they say about homage and all that.

I’m a bit surprised at how fast “Watchmen” dropped at the box office. I liked the movie a lot. Of course, I’m a comic fan and don’t think that the graphic novel is the “be-all, end-all,” so I’m probably the perfect audience for the film. Still, I thought it would do better…

I’m really looking forward to the FX show. Beatty and I always have a blast and the guest list is really packed. If you’re planning to be there, post a comment and let me know.

Mood: Glad

Listening to: Can’t Get Enough of Your Love by Barry White

Reading: Patient Zero by Jonathon Mayberry

Watching: BC Battles on the History Channel

Playing: Catch-up

Eating: Salsa & Cheese Omlette

Drinking: Diet Coke


Looks like I’m still watching you! ;)


Yeah, and I kind of like it.

Matt Hughes Toys with Crazy Idea

Posted in MMA

On May 23rd, Matt Hughes will finally get a chance to fight Matt Serra.  Although neither fighter is in his prime, this is a match that I’m really looking forward to.  These guys truly don’t like each other and have wanted to mix it up for a while.

The weeks leading up to the battle could be pretty entertaining and I have no doubt that the fight will be as well.  I think that Hughes will win and may even be able to do it via a submission or ref stoppage.  Serra may surprise us though.  Look what he did to GSP — and Matt Hughes is no longer on that level.  That’s what worries me.  Because if he wins his fight with Serra, Hughes says:

“I’m toying with the idea of moving to 185 to fight Silva.”

Is Matt Hughes nuts?  He’s lost 3 of his last 4 fights at his [lower] weight class.  What makes Hughes think that he can go up in weight and take on the best pound-for-pound fighter in the game?

For the full article click here.

The Face of Evil Lookin’ Old

Posted in Crime

I’ve always considered Charles Manson to be the poster boy for “The Face of Evil.” That may have to change because…

California corrections officials released a photograph taken today of aging convicted mass murderer Charles Manson, replete with receding hairline, fading forehead Swastika carving and a thick, heavily graying beard.

Manson is 74 years old and won’t be eligble for another parole hearing until 2012, but since he’s been unsuccessful in 11 other parole bids, I doubt 12 will be his lucky number.

You can read the full LA Times piece by clicking here.