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Month: August 2011

Breaking Bad Paper Dolls

Posted in Art, Crime, and TV

Two of my favorite things are 1] the tv series Breaking Bad and 2] art.  Combine the two and you could come up with Breaking Bad art for paper dolls.  Illustrator, Kyle Hilton did.  They’re pretty cool.  And this is coming from a guy who normally would say that about paper dolls.

You can check out Kyle’s art at his blog [and he does much more than paper dolls].

Jack “The King” Kirby

Posted in Art, and Comics

Today Jack “The King” Kirby would have been 94 years old.  It’s our loss that he’s no longer with us.  Yet, he created so many characters universes that we will always have plenty of his art/stories to enjoy.

When I was a kid, I loved Jack Kirby’s work on Captain America, Rawhide Kid and especially Mister Miracle.  Then when I got a bit older, I stopped enjoying Mr. Kirby’s output.  I had moved on to more mature comics… or at least that’s how I looked at it then.  Now I see I was missing out on the work of a legend.

Mark Evanier posted a nice remembrance and video.  Bleeding Cool put up a cool Kirby art gallery.  It’s nice that Jack Kirby continues to inspire so many.

Kelsey Shannon: Sly as Captain America

Posted in Art, Celebs, Comics, and Movies

The amazing Kelsey Shannon makes his return to the SZ Gallery. Kelsey has worked in comics, animation, and film. He can pencil, ink and color. Kelsey plays a mean game of hacki-sack and he’s one of the nicest and most talented people that you could ever meet. Kelsey surprised me with his take on Sly as Captain America. How cool.

I got my first piece from Kelsey, back in 2002. He also surprised me with it! Then I actually got to meet Kelsey at Heroes Con in 2004. At that show he did me, this cool take on Sly as Jack Carter. It’s still one of my favorites riffs on Sly as Carter. I think we’re going to have to get Kelsey back to MegaCon or Heroes and bribe him for more sketches. If I bring big blocks of cheese it might work.

You can see more of Kelsey’s amazing art here.

UFC 134 Results

Posted in MMA

UFC 134 results are in.  They say, “Two out of three ain’t bad” and that’s the best I could muster with my picks…

  • Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami
    Thoughts: Okami was the last man to beat Silva. He should have rested on his laurels.
    Prediction: Silva by KO
    Result: Silva KO’d Okami
    in round 1
  • Mauricio Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
    Thoughts: Griffin won the last time they met, but his prefight talk about not getting any better as a fighter has me concerned. I hope Griffin wins, but don’t feel confident about it so…
    Prediction: Rua via decision
    Result: Rua KO’d Griffin
    in round 1
  • Brendan Schaub vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
    Thoughts: The fight doesn’t always go to the younger, the faster and the stronger, but that is the way to bet
  • Prediction: Schaub via TKO
    Result: Nogueri KO’d Shaub
    in round 1

Final thoughts…

  • My hats off to Nog for scoring the upset win.
  • Forrest Griffin needs to get his head on straight if he’s going to continue fighting.  His prefight talk indicated that he thinks he’s stopped progressing.
  • I want to see Silva fight Sonnen again.
  • Next card: UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou – Free on SPIKE


UFC 134 Predictions

Posted in MMA

UFC 134 is tonight.  Let’s go right to my picks…

  • Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami
    Thoughts: Okami was the last man to beat Silva.  He should have rested on his laurels.
    Prediction: Silva by KO
  • Mauricio Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
    Thoughts: Griffin won the last time they met, but his prefight talk about not getting any better as a fighter has me concerned.  I hope Griffin wins, but don’t feel confident about it so…
    Prediction: Rua via decision
  • Brendan Schaub vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
    Thoughts
    : The fight doesn’t always go to the younger, the faster and the stronger, but that is the way to bet
    Prediction
    : Schaub via TKO

    Results tomorrow!

    Jerry Lewis & the MDA: Winning

    Posted in Celebs, and TV

    I’ve always had mixed feelings about Jerry Lewis and the MDA telethon.  It really surprised me to find out that the MDA basically dropped Mr. Lewis without so much as a fare-thee-well.  But love him or hate him, don’t you think that after 130 years as the host, Jerry Lewis should be allowed to go out in style?

    Mark Evanier came up with a plan that would do just that plus raise a ton of money for the cause.  Let’s hope someone with pull reads Mr. Evanier’s blog.

    Robbi Rodriguez & Machine Gun Joe

    Posted in Art, Celebs, Comics, and Movies

    Robbi Rodroguez did a Rocky sketch for me at last year’s Heroes Convention. When I saw that Robbi was going to be at Heroes again this year and was taking commissions early, I asked for an iconic black and white piece of Sly as Jack Carter. Robbi knew exactly what I was looking for and came through like a champ with this piece. I was totally blown away.

    So I requested another Stallone piece, this time totally of Robbi’s choosing. He decided to go with Sly as Machine Gun Joe Viterbo from Death Race 2000. It was a unique choice that I quickly got behind. Robbi not only drew Machine Gun Joe standing in his race car with a smoking machine gun, but threw in Joe’s co-pilot as well. I can’t say enough great things about Robbi’s commissions except that I want another!

    You can see more of Robbi’s art here and here… and definitely again here at the SZ in the future.

    Torrance, Tango & Cash

    Posted in Art, Celebs, and Movies

    My buddy, Mike Torrance aka The Krayola Kidd is back. This time Mike brought a couple of friends with him. That’s Gabriel Cash on the left and Ray Tango on the right. Mike created the cards for me as reward for winning one of his free monthly sketch card contests. Love the movie, dig the art.

    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. And don’t forget that once a month Mike has a contest for someone to win a free sketchcard!