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Month: May 2010

Heroes Con Countdown

Posted in Art, Comics, and Con Report

In just about exactly 72 hours, I’ll swing by and pick up my best bud, John Beatty, and we’ll be off to Heroes ConJohn will be a guest there, sketching and signing autographs for his fans.  Although I’ll hang out at his table and help keep the good times running, I’ll also spend time on the other side of the aisle as a fan, visiting other artists to get books signed and some new sketches for my collection.

Heroes is always a blast.  I can’t even begin to imagine how much fun it will be this year.  The guest list has never been bigger.  In addition to all of the regular comic superstars that always attend, this year we’ll also get to see folks like Tim Sale and Mike Mignola for the first time.  As LittleJohn312 said today, “The guest list keeps growing, but my budget doesn’t.”   Amen to that.  My plan this year is the same as last: get the most bang for my [limited] buck.  So I’ll be looking for sketchbooks with head sketches and avoiding the superstars.

If you’re going to be at Heroes, you can usually find me hanging out at John Beatty’s table [#721 in artist’s alley].  If I’m not there, I’ll be the guy looking to score some Stallone sketches.  Either way, I’m not too hard to find.

Mark Pennington’s Jack Carter

Posted in Art, Celebs, Comics, and Movies

Mark Pennington graduated from the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in 1985. Upon graduation Mark became a toy designer at Hasbro. Mark created designs for the G.I. Joe line of action figures including a Rocky Balboa GI Joe that never saw production! Mark’s first work as an inker in the comic book industry was for SQP on Judge Dredd!

When I started collecting original sketches of Sly, Mark was one of the first artists that I approached. I was excited to get this Rambo head sketch from him. Earlier this month I posted Mark’s take on Sly as Rambo.

Today we have Mark’s take on Sly as an older Jack Carter. Although we’ll never get a sequel to Get Carter, and it is not a perfect film, Get Carter remains one of my favorite Stallone movies. Sly was perfect as the “bad brother” — the man who knew that he’d taken the wrong path and saw a chance at redemption by finding his brother’s killer and keeping his niece and sister-in-law safe. So I thought it would be cool to get Mark to draw Sly as Jack Carter, but with some more years on him… sort of like Clint Eastwood’s performance in Unforgiven. I couldn’t be happier with the result!

UFC 114 Results

Posted in MMA

UFC 114 was last night on pay-per-view and SPIKE had the pre-fights for free. Here are my predictions and the actual results:

Waylon Lowe vs. Melvin The Young Assassin Guillard

Prediction: Guillard by TKO.

Result: Guillard won by TKO (referee stoppage from strikes) at 3:28 in the 1st round

My predictions for the night: 1-0

Dan The Upgrade Lauzon vs. Efrain Hecho en Mexico Escudero.

Prediction: Escudero by TKO.

Result: Escudero won by unanimous decision

My predictions for the night: 2-0

Dong The Stun Gun Hyun Kim vs. Amir Sadollah.

Prediction: Kim by decision.

Result: Kim won by unanimous decision

My predictions for the night: 3-0

John The Hitman Hathaway vs. Diego The Nightmare Sanchez.

Prediction: Sanchez by decision.

Result: Hathaway won by unanimous decision

My predictions for the night: 3-1

Jason The Hitman Brilz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Prediction: Nogueira by early TKO or submission.

Result: Nogueira won by split decision

My predictions for the night: 4-1

Mike Russow vs. Todd Duffee.

Prediction: Duffee wins by 1st round KO or TKO.

Result: Russow won by KO at 2:35 in the 3rd round

My predictions for the night: 4-2

Dan Miller vs. Michael The Count Bisping.

Prediction: Bisping by unanimous decision.

Result: Bisping won by unanimous decision

My predictions for the night: 5-2

Rashad Suga Evans vs. Quinton Rampage Jackson.

Prediction: Evans by decision.

Result: Evans won by unanimous decision

My predictions for the night: 6-2 [75%]


Final thoughts:

  • I’m not sure what to think about Diego SanchezDana White, after last night’s fight, said Diego needs to go back down to 155.  Perhaps Dana’s right.
  • Although Little Nog barely beat Brilz, there are many who think Brilz won the fight [including one of the judges who scored that fight].
  • Mike Russow was a fighter that few [including me] thought had a chance to win last night.  Yet, Russow never gave up and in the 3rd round knocked out Todd Duffee with one shot.  Way to go, Russow.
  • Rashad Evans earned the win over Rampage Jackson with a unanimous decision.  I thought it was interesting that Jackson will a co-star in this summer’s A-Team movie and Evans wore trunks promoting The Expendables.  That made me doubly happy that Evans won.  ; )

UFC 114 Predictions

Posted in MMA

UFC 114 is tonight on pay-per-view and SPIKE has the pre-fights for free.  Here is how I think things will go:

Waylon Lowe vs. Melvin The Young Assassin Guillard. I’m not a Guillard fan.  With that said, he’s just going to be too much for Lowe

Prediction: Guillard by TKO.

Dan The Upgrade Lauzon vs. Efrain Hecho en Mexico Escudero. Oddsmakers have Escudero as a huge favorite.  I think they’re right.   

Prediction: Escudero by TKO.

Dong The Stun Gun Hyun Kim vs. Amir Sadollah. This should be a closer fight than the two previous match ups.  Sadollah is a likeable guy, but that’s not much help in the cage. 

Prediction: Kim by decision.

John The Hitman Hathaway vs. Diego The Nightmare Sanchez. I really thought that Diego was going to be able to do more with BJ Penn in their fight.  Despite the fact that Penn dominated, Diego kept coming.  That’s one of the reasons that Diego is one of my favorite fighters.  This should be a close, tough match tonight.  I think the edge will go to Diego because he won’t quit looking for a way to win. 

Prediction: Diego Sanchez by decision.

Jason The Hitman Brilz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. So we have two “Hitman” fighting on the same card.  Unfortunately for Brilz, I’m predicting a loss for both Hitmen tonight.  Nogueira is just too tough. 

Prediction: Nogueira by early TKO or submission.

Mike Russow vs. Todd Duffee. Don’t go for snacks on this one. 

Prediction: Duffee wins by 1st round KO or TKO.

Dan Miller vs. Michael The Count Bisping. I think that this one will go the distance in a fight controlled by one fighter. 

Prediction: Bisping by unanimous decision.

Rashad Suga Evans vs. Quinton Rampage Jackson. The fight the world has been waiting for.  Most folks who are in the know think it will be Rampage by KO or TKO… and it very well could be.  I think that Evans‘ speed, wrestling and ability to take a fighter out of his game plan combined with Jackson’s inactivity in the cage for the last year will all come into play.  This is a tough one to call.  I’m going with my heart and not my head. 

Prediction: Evans by decision.

“The Walking Dead” Speak

Posted in Comics, Horror, TV, and Zombies

I’ve been a fan of The Walking Dead comic since shortly after the first issue was pulled off a printing press.  The Walking Dead is the best comic series being regularly published today.  I’m especially excited about the new AMC tv series that will bring the comics to life.

Quint over at AICN recently posted an interview with The Walking Dead creator, David Kirkman.  Here are a few tidbits…

AMC is giving us a huge deal of support and they have already shown that they have a lot of confidence in the show just by immediately picking up the six episode first season without ever even starting to shoot the pilot…

I’m actually writing the fourth episode in the six episode first season…

…Frank Darabont… His vision for this show is so unique and the pilot script is so strong that I think that that’s why AMC got behind it so quickly. I think Darabont’s hand in this is the thing that is driving it. I think that he’s going to turn this into a pretty awesome television show…

To read the entire interview, simply click here.

“LOST” Answers Found

Posted in Trivia, and TV

I’m happy to say that I started watching LOST with season one, episode one and never missed a single show.  When the series first started I was intrigued by the mysteries of the characters and the island.  Somewhere along the way I began to think that we’d never get all the answers we’d want, but I was still enjoying the ride, so I went along.

Unlike many, who felt the final episode was a let down because we were left with questions unanswered, I felt that the finale was a fitting ending to a series that was always more about characters and questions than storyline and answers.  But for those who still want answers, USATODAY provides some for the big questions and SciFi Wire talks about 119 things LOST did [and didn’t] answer.  If you want to read a really cool account of what the LOST finale means [supposedly written by someone who actually worked on the show] then click on this link to’s repost of a piece that originally ran at Dark UFO.

Comics on the Fringe

Posted in Art, Comics, and TV

If you’re a regular viewer of Fringe, then you know all about the alternate universe which is very similar to ours.  It’s an interesting concept and fun to see how things are just tweaked a bit and yet those tweaks make all the… I would say “all the difference in the world,” but I guess I should instead “all the difference in the universe.”

One of the characters on the show likes comics books and so several slightly different prop comics were created for the alternate universe.  Bleeding Cool compares the alt. reality comics with those from our universe.  Slightly tweaked comics can be seen here.

The Killer Inside Me Almost Out

Posted in Crime, Horror, and Movies

I’ve been looking forward to the movie adaptation of Jim Thompson’s classic The Killer Inside Me since it was first announced back in 2002.  As you can see from the poster above, our wait is almost over.

I really like the vibe that this poster gives off.  You can see a serial killer-sized version of it over at  You can also see the creepy [and I mean that in a good way] trailer here.

TV’s Most Shocking Moments

Posted in TV

Recently TV Squad ran a piece called the 50 Most Shocking TV Moments.  So using just their list, I came up with my top ten [beware, there are spoilers, but my guess is you already know them]:

10.  Snakes and Rats – ‘Survivor’ — ‘Season Finale’ (Aug. 23, 2000)
Sue Hawk’s rant was the talk of Survivor fans and helped make the show must see tv.  It shocked viewers and still is considered one of the “highlights” in the show’s history.

9. Mama of Anarchy – ‘Sons of Anarchy’ — ‘Albification’ (Sept. 8, 2009)
Sons of Anarchy has had a lot of shockingly brutal moments, but the rape of Gemma at the hands of white separtists was brutally shocking.

8. A Family Affair – ”The Shield’ — ‘Family Meeting’ (Nov. 25, 2008)
Shane and his family had been on the run and it was clear that there wasn’t a good ending waiting, but the fact that Shane killed his wife and kids and then himself was a shocking end to a character who had been on the show since the first episode.

7. Sinéad O’Connor Declares War – ‘Saturday Night Live’ — ‘Tim Robbins/Sinéad O’Connor’ (Oct. 3, 1992)
Sinéad O’Connor killed her career with her misguided act of protest.  She’d have better off to go on Oprah and jump on the couch.  O’Connor’s act of tearing up the picture of the Pope was and is so shocking that it’s only been seen on tv once since it happened.

6. Jumping the Couch – ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ (May 23, 2005)
Tom Cruise was a box office superstar who could do no wrong… well, not counting that Brooke Shields incident… and then he started jumping on Oprah’s couch.  Again and again.  Faster than you could say whacky, Tom’s career was hurting and he was the butt of jokes everywhere.  Shocking then and even more shocking that his career still hasn’t fully recovered.

5. A Kiss Is Not Just a Kiss – ‘Star Trek’ — ‘Plato’s Stepchildren’ (Nov. 22, 1968)
I had just turned ten years old and still remember the first interracial kiss on television and how controversial it was.  At the time  didn’t understand the hoohal.  I mean Kirk was kissing all kinds of aliens, so why the big deal about kissing an attractive human?  Still, public reaction makes this a shocking moment.

4.  Two for the Death of One – ‘Lost’ — ‘Two for the Road’ (May 3, 2006)
When Michael shot and killed Ana Lucia I was shocked. Then Libby suddenly walked in, and Michael had to shoot her to cover up shooting Ana Lucia (which was done to cover up his release of Henry).  Well played, Lost writers.  You shocked us!

3.. Rocker Shocker – “American Idol’ — ‘Elvis Presley Week’ (May 10, 2006)
Many, myself included, thought that Chris Daughtry could win it all.  Everyone, including Daughtry himself was caught by surprise when he was voted out in the fourth spot.  After finding out he was leaving, Daughtry told Ryan Seacrest,”I’m a little bit in shock.” Who am I to argue with Daughtry.  Shocking it was.

2. “Chloe … Edgar …’24’ — ‘Day 5: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.’ (March 6, 2006)
Some folks are expected to die on “24” but who would have thought that CTU geek Edgar Stiles would bite the bullet?  He was such a popular character, a love story seemed to be blooming and he worked in the CTU headquarters.  Who could be safer?  Definitely shocking.

1. Boob Tube, The Sequel – ‘Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show’ (Feb. 1, 2004)
I remember watching the half time show and thinking that Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson would put on a good show.  When the, ahem, “wardrobe malfunction” happened, I remember thinking, “Did I just see that?”  Everyone else in the room had the same look.  Shocking indeed.

Here are a couple of other shocking tv moments that didn’t make the TV Squad’s list, but should have:

  • At the end of the first episode of the very first season of The Shield when Vic Makey kills the undercover cop.  That action completely changed the tone of the show and set into motion all the events to follow.
  • Season 19 of Survivor finale – Russell does not win after dominating the game, finding idols with no clues and completely out playing, out witting and out lasting all ofther contestants.

It would be shocking if I forgot to thank Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine for the link.

Hawaii 5-0: Tweaked and Ready to Book ‘Em

Posted in Music, and TV

The other day Chris Mills posted that there is a new version of Hawaii 5-0 coming to CBSThe new show stars Alex O’Laughlin, Daniel Dae-Kim, Scott Caan and Grace Park.  The new  Hawaii 5-0 has tweaked a few things and looks interesting enough for me to give it a shot.

The one thing that I wish they hadn’t messed with was the theme song.  Nothing beats the original version when it comes to Hawaii 5-0.  Don’t believe me?  Chris Mills posted the new theme along with the original [and even a third riff on it for a show that never made it to series].

Giacondino’s Jack Carter

Posted in Art, Celebs, Comics, and Movies

Nic Giacondino is an artist with a unique style that I really like. So when Nic offered up ten dollar bust commissions, I had to get on board. Posted above is Nic’s take on Sly as Jack Carter. How cool is that? Very cool, I say. So why not take a few minutes and check out more of Nic’s artwork and keep an eye out for his new comic, The Sisters Grimm?

American Vampire: A Cover Story

Posted in Art, Authors, Books, Comics, and Horror

Are you enjoying the American Vampire mini-series by writers Scott Snyder and  Stephen King with art by Rafael Albuqerque?

If so (and even if you’re not), you might get a kick out of this post by Mark Doyle over at the Official Vertigo Blog.  In it, Doyle takes us through the steps and changes that went in to the creation of the cover to American Vampire #3.