Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy Thor's day (Þórsdagr) Thor: Hammer Of The Gods

I just found this today, and I haven't done a Thor's Day post lately so, enjoy!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Anne McCaffrey, 1926-2011



As a 12 I remember buying a copy of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight at a Walden Books.  Now Walden's is gone and so is Anne.  Thanks for all the memories....

Ivar The Boneless

I watched an interesting documentary about Ivar the Boneless, Viking conqueror of England, which supposes that he suffered from brittle bones disease.  After watching it I feel that it is more than likely that he did, rather than being a reference to impotence or being an ironic nickname.  I guess it's an issue where we will never know for sure because a thousand years of history has to be sifted through but it is an interesting theory.

Friday, November 18, 2011

More Edgar Allan Poe Book Pages


 From the book title page, I just really wanted to do a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe.   And the bottom image is from the title page of The Fall of the House of Usher.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Tell Tale Heart



This is an illustration that I did on the title page of A Tell Tale Heart.  I've been doing these for a few years and I really like the way this one turned out.  Poe is in my top 10 favorite authors so I guess it was about time that I did one based on one of his stories.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Countdown To Halloween 2011: Happy Halloween!!!

My October has been a bit hectic lately with starting a new job and what not, sorry for the infrequent posts.
I wanted to be sure and wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!!!  And who better to do that with than Michael Myers!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Countdown To Halloween 2011: Happy October 10th, Nosferatu (Eine Symphonie des Grauens)

Probably the first horror movie I ever purchased as a kid.  I remember reading various horror magazines and books from the library, pretty much every time we went to check out books.  The first time that I saw Max Schrek as Count Orloff, I knew right away that I had to see this movie.  Probably the most horrific vampire in the history of horror films!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Countdown To Halloween 2011: Happy October 8th, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari

A great German expressionist film!  Doctor Caligari and his somnabulist minion, Cesare commit a series of murders in a German village.  Everything was going right for the good doctor until Cesare falls in love with a German beauty.

I did this illustration as a 2.5x3.5" artist trading card.  I haven't done one of these in a while and had forgotten how much I enjoy them!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Countdown To Halloween 2011: Happy October 7th, Universal Monster Cards

I've had a hard time keeping up with the postings so today's post is a bit lazy.  Here's some older illustrations I did of the classic Universal Monsters!

Countdown To Halloween 2011: Happy October 6th, Invasion of the Saucermen

This movie in my opinion, epitomizes the B.E.M. (Bug Eyed Monsters) style horror film.  And they are one of my favorite alien designs and lot of fun to illustrate!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Countdown To Halloween 2011: Happy October 5th, The Robot Monster

I know what your thinking, that's just a guy in a gorilla suit with a space helmet on.  But you'd be wrong, this is The Robot Monster!

Okay so maybe the studios cut some corners by recycling some costumes, and the dialogue is bad, and the whole premise of the movie is bad.  But I think The Robot Monster deserves a place in accidental hilarity and movie history.  Plus there's something Jack Kirby-like about the creature!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Countdown To Halloween 2011: Happy October 4th, Preacher From The Black Lagoon


I decided to do an illustration that was a bit more humorous. But I am still a big Gillman fan! Ever since I was 6 years old, the Creature has always fascinated me. When I was 8 I was able to go to Universal Studios in California, I enjoyed seeing the Battlestar Galactica attraction, Jaws, Psycho House, and standing on a giant chair that was used in The Incredibly Shrinking Man. But I absolutely loved the Universal Monsters attraction! That was almost 30 years ago but it's still burned into my memory.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Countdown To Halloween 2011: Happy October 3rd, The Mummy


Ardeth Bey (aka Imhotep, aka the Mummy), is my favorite Boris Karloff character! More diabolical than Dracula (actually his character is based off of Dracula) and with more speaking parts than Frankenstein!


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Countdown To Halloween 2011: Happy October 2nd! I Was A Teenage Werewolf


Acne is the scourge of teenagers everywhere, but combine that with lycanthropy and you've got the crisis of a lifetime! The role of a lifetime that put Michael Landon on every family's television set for the next three decades! Okay, maybe that was a different show, but I Was A Teenage Werewolf must be a close second.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Countdown To Halloween 2011: Happy October 1st! The Crimson Ghost


The Crimson Ghost wasn't a horror icon in the strictest sense, mainly he was a criminal mastermind from a 1946 movie serial called "Cyclotrode X". But this iconic figure brings along the sense of horror and the macabre that's perfect for the first day of The Countdown To Halloween! And yes, this is the same guy you see on all of those Misfits t-shirts.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

My Favorite Independent Movie: Alien Factor


I can't say enough good things about this movie, it's a perfect B-movie! I first saw it on television in 1983 on some late horror night show, and it's been a favorite ever since. It's a typical alien invasion movie and the acting wasn't the best but the creature design is just great! Check out the whole thing on Youtube!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Grindhouse Classics: This Man Can't Die


I just watched this one the other day, and then found it on Youtube. It's a pretty good revenge story!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day

I hope everybody in the U.S. celebrating today has a happy and safe Independence Day! Those not in the U.S. have a happy and safe 4th of July! Today we celebrate the 235th birthday of the nation, it's important not to get distracted by a lot of self serving political noise and just focus on what's important. I always liked the way School House Rock summed up American History, so enjoy!




Friday, June 3, 2011

Joel Rosenberg RIP

I just found out today that author Joel Rosenberg passed away on June 1st. He was best known for his Guardians of the Flame fantasy series, which is a fun read and I highly recommend it. And he was a great champion of our constitutional liberties. I had just become friends with him on Face Book about a week ago, and was happy to see he was still living in the Twin Cities, which is only a few hours from me. This is unfortunate news and I wish his family well.

Here's an article on Hot Air.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Dolores Fuller RIP


I wanted to pay homage to one rockin' gal. Dolores Fuller, Ed Wood's girlfriend and partner in his early movies passed away yesterday at the age of 88. You can read the obituary here.

Along with acting in some of Ed Wood's movies she also wrote many songs for some the Elvis movies and helped launch Johnny Rivers' career.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Grindhouse Classics: Hero Of Rome


"In ancient Rome, the people finally oust their despised king, Tarquinius, and declare the city a republic. Tarquinius makes an alliance with the Etruscan king, Porsenna, to take back power in Rome, but a Roman general, the heroic Mucius, sets out to stop him."


I quite liked this film! It was a good action movie that didn't get bogged down in historical accuracy but still remained enjoyable. I was glad that the Etruscans were used as the bad guys, you don't see them in movies about rome very often.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ray Bradbury Saturday! The Chrysalis


Ray Bradbury's "The Chrysalis" is a short story in the collection called S Is For Space. It takes place after World War III, a group of scientists are trying to figure out a mysterious illness that has afflicted one of their colleagues.

Click Chrisalis Movie for more information about the film.


Friday, April 29, 2011

Micronauts


One of the toys from my childhood was the Micronauts by Mego! These were so original and cool, I wish they had been more popular. I had a few of them and I usually used them with my Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and Fisher Price figures. My favorite was the Pharoid figure that came with an egyptian type sarcophagus and the Baron Zemo figure with magnetic limbs.

It would be great to see these re-released, but then again I don't need another thing to collect.



Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ray Bradbury Saturday! The Pedestrian

This is a great story, originally in "S Is For Space". The Pedestrian is a story about non-conformity in a police state where everyone is under surveillance and forced to stay inside their houses and watch mindless television (Ghost Machines), on man dares to go outside for a walk.

I can identify with Ray Bradbury's reason for writing this. I too was stopped one time by police, just for walking at night, no other reason. They left me alone after I proved that I wasn't up to anything but it angered me to be harassed like that. I guess that's all police have to do in a small town, harass the citizenry and forget about the real problems going on in town.

Now this episode seems a bit long for the story, it's only about seven pages long. They do take some liberties with the story to flesh it out for an episode. The main character is alone in the short story, but the original concept still remains.



Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ray Bradbury Saturday! Ray on the Moon Landing.

Tom Snyder interviews Ray Bradbury on the night of the first Lunar Landing!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ray Bradbury Saturday! Illustrated man

Thanks to Retrobites for posting this video! Filmed during the making of The Illustrated Man movie, Ray Bradbury shares some of his philosophy on writing.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Paranormal Tuesday! Ancient Astronauts

Okay, so it's not really Tuesday but I forgot to post one. Here's another great episode of In Search Of, actually it's the first episode.

Was humanity really a colony from another galaxy who began mankind's civilization? I say no but it makes for an interesting story!






Monday, March 7, 2011

Grindhouse Classics: Django The Last Killer

A young man, Chico (George Eastman) is driven to revenge after his father is murdered by the henchmen of cattle baron, Barrett (Daniele Vargas). Chico inadvertently saves hired gunman Django (Dragomir Bojanic) and takes a bullet. Django helps Chico and trains him in the ways of the gunfighter. Will Chico get revenge, and will he have to face Django at the end...

It's a pretty decent revenge film with good actors and decent production values. The story isn't too original, but it has enough of a twist to the revenge angle to keep it interesting.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Grindhouse Classics: Massacre Time

A great Spaghetti Western by the Godfather of Gore, Lucio Fulci. It's not really your typical western, it's got some intrigue and a lot of fist fights, I don't think I've seen so many fistfights in a western before. The fight choreography is pretty good except for the trampoline acrobatics, and the sound effects are pretty typical for the period.

The film is set in 1866 in New Mexico, a young prospector, Tom Corbett (Franco Nero) receives a letter calling him back home to his family. He arrives in his hometown only to find the whole place is being run by a wealthy robber baron named Jason Scott (Guiseppe Addobbati) and his psychotic son Junior Scott (Nino Castelnuovo). Tom stays with his drunk brother Jeffrey (George Hilton) and plot to overthrow the Scotts criminal enterprise, but Tom is about to find out something shocking...

It's a fun movie, and a very underrated film in the Spaghetti Western genre.



Monday, February 7, 2011

Packers! (Shameless Crowing)


A friend of mine got this tattoo when they made it to the play-offs. So in honor of the Packers bringing the trophy back to Title Town USA, here's Black Flag!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

Just a repost on my other blog, My Decade. In memory of the Challenger crew.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Punk New Wave Extravaganza - The Riptides


Hailing from Brisbane, Australia! From 1979 - 1983 (Quite possibly the best era in pop music) the Riptides really kicked out the hooky surf inspired power pop jams. Unfortunately they never really hit it big in the U.S. but had quite a following in Australia. Read a short history of the Riptides here.

Just check out these videos!




Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy Birthday Professor Tolkien!

Happy birthday to the founding father of High Fantasy! Check out this great reading of The Hobbit!