Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas music

I worked a Wal*Mart back in 1995 and 1996. So, I don't really have a fondness for Christmas music. I really don't care for John Lennon's Happy X-Mas (War is Over) and I like all the various remakes that seems to be cropping up of late even less. Be creative and write your own protest song people!!

And don't get me started on Paul McCartney's Christmas tune.

HOWEVER, I do like this rendition of Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth featuring Bing Crosby and David Bowie. So, Merry Christmas one and all!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Comics in Worcester Magazine


Image borrow from Andy Fish's blog

I won't hide the fact that this is somewhat a life long dream realized. Well, sort of. When I was a kid I wanted to be a comic stripper professionally when I grow up. A phrase coined by Berke Breathed in Bloom County. I loved the comics page and I looked forward to reading the comics every Sunday when I was over my Grandparents. I drew my own comic strips and even had my own long running character.

This was back in the days when comics like Calvin and Hobbes and the Far Side ruled the newspaper. I did for a short time do a series of strips my last couple years of college for the student newspaper. But over time I ended up becoming more interested in comic books rather than comic strips.

However, I did try to submit my college strip to Creators Syndicate. And got flat out rejected.

So, when Andy Fish asked me to contribute to the upcoming issue of Worcester Magazine which will feature comics by some very talented friends of mine I immediately jumped at the chance. Each of them have created comics which capture a certain news story which took place right here in Worcester MA.

The artists include Andy Fish, Veronica Fish, Derek Ring, Adam Fish, Alison Cowell, Mike Briggs, JJB Buckmasker, Christopher Whitehead and myself.

It also features an artist new to me Aloysius Jones. He's someone Andy knows and quite frankly I like his work!! Reminds me a bit of John K. from Ren and Stimpy fame as well as classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

I don't think we've seen the last of Mr. Jones.

I also gave a very stumbling interview for a Behind the Cover video of the Comics issue. So, I apologize to everyone in advanced.

The issue is on newsstands now. And did I mention it's FREE!! You can also see smaller versions of the comics online by clicking the link below:

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Boston Comic Con 2011


I am very pleased to say that I WILL be taking part in Boston Comic Con 2011!! After missing out last year, I have been itching to go back. Now they have it in a bigger location with the Hynes Convention Center and this year boasts some guests I'm really excited about!!

The list includes Joe Kubert (Sunday only), Frank Quitely, Adam Hughes, Darwyn Cooke, Art Adams, Frank Cho, Tim Sale, and Matt Wagner.

But not only that!! One of my favorite artists TERRY MOORE will be appearing at this year's show!!

I don't keep it a secret that I really liked Terry Moore's work back in the day. He was someone else that really got me into pen and ink art with Strangers in Paradise (or SIP as it is affectionately called by fans). But not only that. What got me hooked on the series is he was probably one of the few artists who drew women fairly realistically.

This was at the height of the time where most artists drew women with a massive chest and the waist the size of one of my drawing pencils. Which makes you think that these women would HAVE TO have super powers. Because if they didn't they'd be spending most of their time in a wheelchair because their waist was waaaaay too thin to support their ridiculously sized busoms!!

But as a young comic reader, I enjoyed the story lines and quirky offbeat sense of humor Terry Moore offered in SIP. I stopped following the series only because I really stopped collecting single issue comic books somewhere around 1998 or 1999.

I did break fast on a couple of occasions recently. The first time was with Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's run on Batman and Robin. The second was an issue of Neal Adam's Batman: Odyssey.

But Alterna, Sydney and myself will be packing everything up and hitting the convention floor on Sunday morning May 1st!! The shows are always a lot of fun so I hope to see you all there!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

An owners guide to FAILURE!!


I had a really great professor in college named Mark Kneece. I think on the first day of our Comic Book Scriptwriting class he came into the room, looked at all of us and then pointed his finger around the room and said "FAILURE"!! Which he followed by saying "Failure is good! You will all experience failure in your lives".

And I think it was the best bit of encouragement I could have ever got as a young artist.

Flash forward to around 2008/2009. I just finished working on Sherlock Holmes: The Painful Predicament of Alice Faulkner. I had decided before ultimately submitting the project to Alterna to try and apply for a publishing grant through the Xeric Foundation.

What is the Xeric Foundation, you ask? Well!! The Xeric Foundation (as stated on their website) is a private, nonprofit corporation established by Peter A. Laird, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Planet Racers.

The Foundation offers financial assistance to committed, self-publishing comic book creators and qualified charitable and nonprofit organizations. The geographical consideration for comic book artists is the United States and Canada. You must be a citizen or permanent resident currently living in either country.

I had never heard of Xeric myself until I read something about them on my good buddy Andy Fish's blog. I thought I'd give it a try. Not that I was unsatisfied with Alterna in any way. But I had never taken a chance like this so I thought it was worth a shot.

So, I read the submissions guidelines closely and did all the necessary things stated in the rules. a traditional cover letter, a creator's statement of purpose, a traditional resume, a financial statement and presentation of the work to date.
I had to collated items #1- 6, then Separate the six copies of my application into folders or envelopes so that each Xeric reviewer will have a complete packet. Then mail them together in a larger envelope or box.

All of which came out to around $60 total to make all the copies and mail it to Xeric. It may seem like a lot of work and a lot of money. But those were the rules and I felt at the time that it was worth the expense to take that risk.

I must have done everything right because I never got a notice telling me that my submission wasn't be considered for being incomplete.

I applied for the grant in March 31st and had to wait till May 1st for them to review it. And then I had to wait till June 15th for a response.

And I actually got that response a couple weeks before June 15th as a matter of fact...

...they rejected my proposal. How did I handle this obviously crushing defeat?

Did I write a very long blog cursing out Peter Laird calling him a no-talent hack and ripping the Xeric Foundation to shreds and making snide comments about the books that were chosen crying and complaining they were no better than my work and demanding they refund me for what I spent in printing? Nope!

Did I write a long and angry letter to the Xeric Foundation chewing them out for wasting my time and money submitting my book which I could have had published in the time it was waiting for them to respond? No sir, I did not!!

Did I go on my blog, one of the various comic book messageboards, Facebook, Myspace, Comicspace, deviantart, Twitter (was Twitter around in 2008?), Linkdin or some social networking site that I can't think of or hasn't been invented yet and chew out Xeric and spouting a geyser of obscenities as well as screaming how they wouldn't know talent if it stabbed them in the eye? Just because they didn't accept my work?

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! AND NO!

Why? Because you don't burn bridges. Maybe my work was just as good as the work they chose. Maybe not. Ultimately, it's their choice and I had to respect that. And to sit there and to cry and scream over it calling these people every name in the book doesn't make me look professional.

This kind of behavior can really come back to haunt you. I'm trying to make my mark as a professional artist. And an online hissy fit won't help me.

I'm 34 years old (well, 33 when I submitted it) and quite frankly to sit there and name call and cry and scream online what jerks these people are for not accepting my proposal seems very immature.

Sure, it's disappointing. But if you keep burning your bridges and acting like that nobody will take you seriously anymore. It's something a 19 year old might do. But for someone in their 30's or older to behave like that is unacceptable.

And very unprofessional. You keep behaving like that and after a while people will stop taking you and your work seriously. Because you never know. Just because something's rejected you don't know if this person might become an invaluable connection you didn't have before.

As for the money I dropped on printing and mailing, I knew there was a risk I might be $60 in the hole if they decided they didn't want to accept the project. But again, I thought it justified the risk.

In the end I knew it wasn't the end of the road if it got rejected. I submitted the project to Alterna for December 2009 release and now nearly one year later Sherlock Holmes is entering it's third print run.

And this time it's being distributed by Diamond!!

That's because instead of sitting around crying my beer and taking shots at everyone, I moved forward and found another avenue.

The thing is we all have a tendency to become infatuated with our own legend sometimes. Maybe our work is good but to think we're beyond criticism is the worst thing you can think.

So, the next time you receive a crushing defeat don't act like it's the end of the world. Or that the people who rejected you are somehow out to get you. Explore your options. Maybe this door has been closed to you. But if you're patient, another might open. But you're not going to do yourself or your career any good if you constantly burn your bridges and cut off your nose to spite your face.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Gothic Peanuts (9x12 pen and ink artwork)


Illustrated in Pelikan Black Drawing Ink with Crow Quill Pen on Canson Smooth 9x12 Bristol Board.

An idea I was toying with over the last couple of days and I thought I would sketch it out to see what it would look like. The results is if Charlie Brown and the gang were somehow directed by Tim Burton. Available to bid on.

Click on the image above to start bidding!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sherlock (9x12 pen and ink artwork)


Inspired by my new favorite series starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and produced by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss who are the brains behind the current Doctor Who series.

Illustrated with Pelikan Tusche A Black Drawing Ink with Crow Quill Pen and Brush on Canson 9x12 Smooth Bristol Board.

Available for purchase on E-Bay. Click on the image above to place your bid today!!

The acting range of Jack Black

I really don't hide the fact that I cannot stand Jack Black. I just don't care for his movies. He really annoyed me in High Fidelity, Orange County or Saving Silverman. Although I have to admit, I did tolerate him in Anchor Man. But I think that's because he was on screen all of 15 seconds or less.

Needless to say, I was almost horrified to discover they had entertained the thought of casting him as the Green Lantern. Just for a moment, try and imagine JB trying to squeeze into that form fitting costume they have Ryan Reynolds wearing in the movie.

Okay, you can go wash your brain out with bleach now.

I had set up an easy to follow up guide below to show the wide depth and range of Jack Black's different facial expressions. Enjoy:

Friday, November 26, 2010

Winter Classes at WAM

My Winter Classes are up and running on the Worcester Art Museum's website. This Winter I am scheduled to teach my very first Teen Intensive Animation class starting January 13th from 5pm till 8pm and I will be teaching Art of Cartoons 8 - 10 Years on Saturday mornings January 15th from 10am till 5pm!!

Links to those classes as well as my December Workshops are located on the on the left hand side toolbar of my blog. Click on the link to the class you want to sign up for today!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Which Apocalypse Would Be the Most Fun?

"The next installment of CRACKED: AFTER HOURS is up and running. This episode is all about the Apocalypse!!"
You should never lose sight of your priorities, even during the apocalypse.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New print


I just finished up a brand new cover print based on the Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear illustration I completed a couple years ago.

The original is currently on display down at the Center in Hardwicke MA.

I will be making copies of it in a couple days and unveil it at the upcoming stART at the Station show taking place at Worcester's historic Union Station in early December!!

Jim Moriarty


I love the series Sherlock! Despite what I have said countless times in the past about my dislike towards modernizing Sherlock Holmes both Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss won me over!! They created a thoroughly enjoyable series that is fast-paced while still retaining everything I love about the original Sherlock Holmes stories.

And the cast is great. Benedict Cumberbatch IS Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman is an excellent Watson. I've also enjoyed show co-creator Mark Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes. Not quite as corpulent as the stories describe him. But he works well in the role.

However, they did not win me over with their re-imagining of Professor James Moriarty.

Okay, not entirely true. I liked their concept of Moriarty until the very last episode. I enjoyed how they had him lurking in the shadows only communicating through either instant messages or using his innocent victims as his unwilling mouthpieces to convey his cryptic messages to Sherlock Holmes before they met a terrible end.

I actually found that to be very frightening and a really good concept...

...that is until they introduced Moriarty in the flesh.

I haven't seen enough of Andrew Scott to make a fair judgment on his acting skills. So, my critique remains solely on the portrayal of Moriarty rather than the actor playing him.

I just do not like the irritatingly cocky/arrogant way they represent "Jim" Moriarty in this production. From a writers perspective, I think I understand what they're trying to do.

They want you to hate Moriarty (mission accomplished) and therefore they are making the character ooze with arrogance as he delivers his lines in this jokey/taunting manner blending in lines from The Final Problem with a modern twist to them.

That way you've been hooked because now you will tune in when the series returns hoping to see Sherlock Holmes lay the smackdown on Jim Moriarty's punk ass.

It just doesn't work for me. And instead of being scared of Moriarty, I just find myself annoyed by him. And the frightening lines like "That's what people do" after Sherlock says "People died" and "I will burn the heart out of you" really lost their punch.

I still think they are great lines though :-)

For me, the best portrayals of The Napoleon of Crime is when it's subtle and subdued. Eric Porter from the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes series is still my favorite portrayal of Professor Moriarty:

I will be eagerly waiting for the return of Sherlock. But sadly, I found the introduction of Jim Moriarty to be a bit of a let-down to what has been a really fantastic new series. And a fantastic twist on Sherlock Holmes. I'm not going to completely write off a series just because I found only tiny element of it to be less than satisfying.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Lennon Naked


I've only seen a very few really well produced and thoughtfully written docudrama's. And very rarely have I ever seen a really decent one made for television. The only excecption to that was a biop titled Not Only... But Always which starred Rhys Ifans very believably as Peter Cook.

Recently I saw on PBS that they were going to be showing the latest in a long line of docudrama's about the Beatles titled Lennon Naked which stars Christopher Eccleston in the title role as John Lennon.

I like Christopher Eccleston as an actor. At a young age he greatly impressed me with a very deep and emotional performance as a simple-minded teen sentenced to death row in Let Him Have It. Even at a young age he really held his own in that movie.

I've only seen a few clips of him as John Lennon in this upcoming production and I'm not particularly taken by his performance. I don't think his acting is bad. I just don't believe him to be John Lennon.


I guess I'm too fussy when it comes to details. For me Christopher Eccleston is too tall and too old for me to believe him to be John Lennon. Who was in his late 20's when this movie was supposedly taking place. Even with the long hair and glasses, his features are too severe.

And even though Paul, George and Ringo are incidental characters in this particular story. Why can't these productions find actors who look and sound closer? It just annoys me to listen to Paul talking in the press conference scene and hear him sounding like one of the Gumbies from Monty Python!!

The only time they ever seemed to get the casting as far as the Beatles are concerned is the movie Backbeat. Both Ian Hart and Gary Bakewell were excellent as John Lennon and Paul McCartney. To be honest, I think it's been the only time the casting has been spot on.

I'll probably end up watching it this coming Sunday. But from what I've seen thus far. I can't say I'm terribly impressed.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Narragansett Tie Design Contest

I have submitted the image below to this year's Naragansett Father's Day Tie Design Contest. This is my third year giving it the old college try. Last year I got an honorable mention. And like the previous years, I continue to incorporate my own artwork in the design of the tie.

The artwork is very much inspired by Ed Benedict. The animator famous for creating character designs for Fred Flintstone and Yogi Bear for Hanna-Barbera as well as countless other characters.

Cartooning is pretty much like riding a bicycle for me. I never really forget how to do it. And it comes in very handy to be able to flip the switch and be use these techniques in my classes at the Art Museum.

Once again, I wanted to evoke the character design from the vintage Narragansett Beer commercials for my design.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pre-order Alice Faulkner today!!

Sherlock Holmes: The Painful Predicament of Alice Faulkner goes into it's THIRD PRINTING in December to a nationwide release!! With a brand new cover designed by Alterna head honcho Peter Simeti and myself.

I am planning on doing a signing at Worcester's own comic book and pop culture emporium That's Entertainment on the day of it's release (more info to come hopefully soon) but if you're not able to make it out to a comic book shop or you don't have one near you, you can also order your copy online by clicking the link below:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Holiday Art


I have a couple shows coming up in the month of December. stART at the Station which I have taken part in practically every year as well as another Indie Art Market at Beatniks in Worcester. With December it means the holidays and with the holidays it means people are looking for gifts to give their family or friends.

Which means I'll be spending the month of November creating Holiday Art. But I try to stay away from what holiday art has been stereotyped as over the years.

My idea is this. When I'm doing art for the holiday season I try to stay away from a lot of the Winter scenes or happy little Christmas scenes. Mainly because I don't want this to be art that people take out JUST for the holidays.

I want this to be art people can hang in their living room or in their child's bedroom ALL YEAR ROUND.

So, I tend to go with classic literature when creating my small work for the show. Primarily classic children literature like Winnie the Pooh, Wind and the Willow and the Hobbit.

Many times I find myself reworking several illustrations that were successful at past shows. But I've also introduced many new pieces I've never attempted before.

stART at the Station will be taking place December 5th 2010 at Union Station in Worcester MA from 11am till 5pm and the next Indie Art Market at Beatniks will be happening December 7th 2010 from 6pm till 9pm!! I hope to see you at one, the other or both of the shows!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Boston Donuts

I discovered Boston Donut three or four years ago. At the time it was going by the name Gourmet Donuts. I'm not sure why they changed the name to Boston seeing that they are located right smack dab in the heart of Worcester on Park Avenue. But they did. And thankfully the quality hasn't changed with the name.

I suppose what amused and intrigued me when I first saw it was 1.) It was doing business out of an old Dunkin Donuts and 2.) They were using a very similar font as Dunkin for their sign.

It surprised me that they didn't get into hot water over that. But maybe that's why the name changed. Dunkin might have seen it as a jab inferring that the donuts at this little shop are considered gourmet over Dunkin's. Boston is a bit more innocuous.

Still, the truth hurts Dunkin' ;-) Well, anyways...

I always prefer to have my cup of coffee at home in the morning but I haven't had time to brew a pot of late. So, remembering how great my last visit to Boston Donut was, I decided to reconnect.

Not wanting to stop at either Dunkin' or Starbucks, I went out of my way to Boston Donut get a cup of hot French Vanilla Coffee to have on my drive into work. French Vanilla is one of my favorites in the morning next to good old fashioned regular coffee.

There was enough of a crowd there that made me have to park in the Walgreen's parking lot next door. I began to worry I was going to be standing in line for an eternity to get my cup of Joe.

Not the case. I stepped inside and the two women working behind the counter were efficient at an almost inhuman pace. I mean it!! One moment I'm three or four people behind them. The next I'm standing outside holding a hot cup of coffee wondering if I just stepped into a wormhole and traveled five seconds into the future.

I'm not sure if I even paid for the coffee it happened so quick.

But I know for a fact fast doesn't always equal good. A McDonald's burger is fast. But it is far from being good. As impressive as the service of these two women were, if this coffee didn't taste good, I would be very disappointed.

My fears were quelled when I took a sip. It was just as good as I remembered it to be. I was impressed. The fact that they could move the line along and still maintain a level of quality to the coffee was very admirable. I was driving along enjoying a great cup of coffee while other people were probably still sitting in the drive-thru at Dunkin's.

I've seen the drive-thru at Dunkin's first hand. It never moves along. You'll be lucky you don't age like the villain from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade while you wait for your coffee.

I think if they put these two women in charge of the drive-thru not only would the line move along, but I think the coffee's quality would improve.

Maybe not.

I'm still not sure how Boston's donut's and breakfast sandwiches are. Sydney says the donuts are pretty good. And she's one that swears by Dunkin's. As for the breakfast sandwiches. I couldn't tell you.

All I can tell you is the coffee's great!!

I've also heard great things about Dippin' Donuts and Gonuts 4 Donuts (located on 517 Park Ave in Worcester. I'm not sure if their name has changed again too) from some very reliable sources and I may have to try both at some time. But it's going to be very hard to tear me from Boston Donut. They managed to drag me back in.

I highly recommend all my Woo-Town friends to take a break from your Dunkin routine and try Boston, Dippin' or Gonuts. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised by trying something new.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sherlock


For those who know me know I am a Sherlock Holmes purist. And I have mentioned in the past how I am not crazy about the Basil Rathbone series that placed Holmes and Watson in the 1940's or liking anything that takes the character out of the Gaslight Era. So, with a brand new series being produced by BBC Wales which plonks Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson right down in current day London (or Cardiff where it's filmed), you're probably thinking I'm going to proceed to rip this new series to shred complaining about the way they've modernized Sherlock Holmes.

Well, I'm not.

The new series Sherlock produced by Doctor Who show runner Steven Moffat and Doctor Who/League of Gentlemen writer Mark Gatiss which is currently being shown on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery! is great!!

I wasn't able to catch the first episode, but my fiancee Sydney and I were able to catch the second episode. And we really enjoyed it!! Both Mofatt and Gatiss have done a really great job not only modernizing Sherlock Holmes but also giving the episode we watched a fast pace while still maintaining a level of mystery.

Something that was lacking in the Robert Downey Jr./Guy Ritchie film. Imagine that!! Here I am a Sherlock Holmes snob who loves a contemporary Holmes while disliking a period piece. It's like I've stepped into a parallel reality. Ha ha!!

That's the other thing. Benedict Cumberbatch is an upgrade at Holmes. Not on a Jeremy Brett level, mind you. But apart from his Tom Baker hairstyle, I find him to actually be very good as Holmes.

I wasn't completely convinced of his performance when I first started watching. But by the end of it, I found myself really taken by his performance. And his voice which I was wracking my brain throughout the entire episode trying to think what he sounds like.

"Alan Rickman!" Sydney suddenly said as we were watching. My eyes brightened and I said aloud "You're right!" as I listened to his voice again and he did indeed sound like one of my favorite actors out there right now.

That was one of the things I always liked about Jeremy Brett and even Robert Stephen's performances as Holmes. They had interesting voices that weren't like how most people portray Holmes. And I'm finding that's what I like about Benedict Cumberbatch's performance. The Alan Rickman sounding voice really fits this version of Holmes.

And that's what I like about the Holmes Moffat and Gatiss are presenting over what Guy Ritchie is. They found the right actor instead of a big name actor to fill the role.

As I said in the past, this is in no way a knock against Robert Downey Jr. as an actor. I like him a lot. He's brilliant and a talented actor. He's just NOT Holmes for me.

If he's Holmes for you, that's fine. Don't ever let my opinion jade your enjoyment of that film. Save your angry responses because I'm not knocking anyone for having their own opinion.

And I'm getting the distinct impression since Steven Moffat is the producer of Sherlock, this could possibly mean he's grooming Benedict Cumberbatch to be the next Doctor on Mr. Moffat's other show Doctor Who when Matt Smith decides to hand over his TARDIS key and hang up his bow tie.

There has been a history in the past of the current producer hiring on an actor they worked with in a current series. In the 1980's then-producer John Nathan Turner hired Peter Davison. Someone he worked with on All Creatures Great and Small. And in the current series, former show runner Russell T. Davies hired both Christopher Eccleston and David Tennent. He had worked with both actors on past series's of his. Eccleston with the miniseries The Second Coming and Tennant on Casanova.

So, it would not surprise me in the least in the next couple of years if I happen to pick up a copy of Doctor Who Magazine and see Benedict Cumberbatch IS The Doctor! on the Doctor.

He seems to have all the right qualities to play the Doctor. Not to mention the most unique and distinctive voice I've heard with the Doctor since either Tom Baker or Sylvester McCoy!!

But since I am enjoying Matt Smith as the Doctor right now and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, I don't mind if something like that doesn't happen anytime soon!!

Well, with all that said I give a big thumbs up to Sherlock!! If you have not caught the series just yet I highly recommend you check it out!

Andy Fish's Dracula available for download

My good buddy, the recently married Andy Fish has signed a deal with Alterna to distribute his new graphic novel DRACULA digitally!! What sets the digital version apart from the printed version is the digital one is available IN GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOR. With colors brilliantly by his new wife and long time creative partner Veronica Fish!!

As much as I like the black and white version (being an aficionado of old movies and such), the color version of this books is absolutely stunning!! It just gives the work an added edge. And the colors are perfectly chosen to fit the feel of the book!

Not only that, Andy has also given the book a much more dynamic cover than the earlier print!! Dracula just looks more menacing. Like you took the best of Max Schreck, Béla Lugosi and Christopher Lee and somehow through the miracle of modern science found some way to combine the three!!

Book One of the series is available for download. Click on the link below to check out page samples and download your copy today:

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Indie Art Market at Beatniks

I will be doing Indie Art Market at Beatnik's Bar again this coming Tuesday from 6pm till 9pm!!

If you missed the previous two, I highly recommend you check it out. Beatnik's a great little place down on Park Avenue in the Woo right diagonal from the fire station and the Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell. I will be selling copies of the Black Widow, Peculiar Boy, Spaghetti Strand Murder and Polly and Handgraves as well as signed prints and original art.

I've been doing a series of small illustrations called Places Around Worcester... Historically Speaking. Which I've taken either historic places around Worcester like Bancroft Tower and The Worcester State Hospital. I've also taken some contemporary places like Beatnik's and Armsby Abbey and put them in a historic settings.

I hope to see you all there!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Normal Life by John Shaver

My old chum John Shaver is doing a really great job creating a graphic memoir of his early years called THE NORMAL LIFE. What I like about it is that he's giving the impression that his early years are being colored with crayons.

And I really like the look it gives the piece. i also really like the fact that he's drawn... out the speech balloons but lettered the words out. It definitely gives it that look of being taken from a child's notebook!!

This installment of deals with something I'm sure most of us have had to deal with in our lives. Bullies.

Please check it out by clicking on the link below:
Frog Hunting Page One

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Star Wars Re-imagined...


The Original Star Wars Trilogy (MY trilogy) is something I don't think anyone can ever remake and have it ever be successful. Even the negative reaction to how George Lucas and company have added the new CGI effects to the films just tells you how much the original trilogy means to people.

No other actor can replace the performances of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia to millions of people. It would be a disaster. People did not connect with the characters of the prequels in that same way. And Ewan McGreagor, Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Lee are all great actors.

However, looking at the Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars concept figures made me think. Even I don't think anyone would ever accept a complete remake or reboot of the Star Wars universe. I certainly wouldn't.

But what if they were to re-imagine the Star Wars inverse using Ralph McQuarrie's concept art in the same way they did with the last Star Trek movie.

Personally, I think J.J. Abrams did a clever thing with that film by creating the whole paralleled universe concept. That way die-hard fans of the classic series do not think he's trying to erase nearly 44 years of Star Trek history. It gives fans a choice of what they want to follow and believe to be "the one true Trek" without diminishing either. A good way of not having fans serve your backside on a platter.

And I think that concept could easily work with Star Wars. I think fans would be more willing to accept a different view rather than a blatant remake. And I think McQuarrie's original concepts are so fascinating that they would look really great as their own parallel universe Star Wars movie.

It's more along the lines of a cross between Issac Asimov (as I mentioned in yesterday's blog post), Flash Gordon and Lord of the Rings. There's just something I find very inviting about the science-fiction of the 1930's and 1940's as well as many of the Ray Harryhausen films. In the age of CGI effect and this push for things to get increasingly more realistic, I miss the stop-motion monsters from those movies. Watching one of Harryhausen's Sinbad movies, I was so taken by the artistic care with the details and moment of those creatures. Sure you can tell they're animated and they look somewhat silly. But the expressions in the face and the mind-numbing amount of time it took to make those creatures move impressed me a lot more than any computer generated monster ever could.

Another thing that intrigues me is his vision for Darth Vader. It's more along the lines of a swashbuckling villain rather than the scarred Sith Lord we have come to know. And the fact that his helmet was merely to breath in space rather than a constant life support.

AND the fact that he flew around in space from ship to ship. I would love to see all that realized.

It would be great if they perhaps found some of the original version of the scripts Lucas wrote for The Star Wars (original working title) and expanded upon them creating a whole new world for these re-imagining of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca and a female character merely known as Starkiller. Which I believe was also Luke's original last name before Lucas changed it to Skywalker.

Like I said, as much as I could never replace those original trilogies and the actors who gave those characters life in our imaginations, I would watch the Ralph McQuarrie version of Star Wars if it were presented as a re-imagining than a remake.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Concept Figures set


I really like Ralph McQuarrie's original concept art for the Star Wars characters. Some of which I really wish they kept for the movie. Especially his design for Darth Vader.

But I came across a couple sets of figures they were selling based on the Ralph McQuarrie design. And they're really great!! I found myself really liking his original designs for R2D2 and C-3PO. They had a very Isaac Asimov look to them.

I don't know. As much as I liked all the characters from the Star Wars trilogy (the REAL trilogy and NOT the prequels) I actually would have loved to have seen the trilogy produced with these designs.

Perhaps a rather ambitious fan film production out there might take up that challenge and bring these versions of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Starkiller to life. I would watch it!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Upcoming Shows and Apperances...


I have a couple shows in November and one in December so far. I will keep you all posted if there are any other shows and appearances happening in the next two months. But here's the current list:

Beatnik's Indie Art Market in Worcester, MA on November 2, 2010 from 6pm till 9pm
The Local Author's Extravaganza at Borders Books in Shrewsbury, MA on November 26, 2010 from 12noon till 5pm
stART at the Station taking place at Union Station in Worcester, MA on December 5, 2010 from 11am til 5pm

Hope to see you all there!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Animation Teen Intensive at WAM this Winter!!


I am scheduled to teach my second ANIMATION class which will also be my very first Teen Intensive Thursday class in the Winter.

I've been really looking forward to teaching a Teen Intensive Class since they started doing them last year but scheduling just didn't seem to make it possible. However, not only do I get to teach my very first one, I also get to teach a subject I really love.

And that is Animation!!

What makes the Teen Intensives so different from the regular art classes is that the classes are longer than the normal art class at WAM. They run from 5pm till 8pm at night with a little break in between for some pizza and a group critique.

That's right! WAM takes care of their budding little artists.

I'll keep you all posted when my classes for both Winter and Spring become available in both the brochure and on the website!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sherlock Holmes: The Painful Predicament of Alice Faulkner


Alice Faulkner is going into a THIRD PRINT RUN in December with a BRAND NEW COVER designed by Peter Simeti and myself!! This time it's going to be a NATIONAL RELEASE through Diamond Distribution!!

If you would like your comic shop to carry it, click on the link below to order copies today:

Monday, October 11, 2010

I got engaged!!

Yesterday was actually a busy day for weddings and engagements apparently. Actually, this whole year has has been pretty busy in at least the engagement department in my family alone.

Let's back this up to August. My cousin Jessica's boyfriend Keith proposed to her at a family gathering we had. About maybe a week or so later, my cousin Jared proposed to his girlfriend Alicia on the beach in Cape Cod. Yesterday my good friends Veronica and Andy tied the knot in a beach ceremony and I believe are heading to Japan as we speak. Also yesterday my parent's friend's son Jimmy proposed to his girlfriend on a hilltop.

And last night SO DID I!

Yes. I'm wearing a Tom Servo t-shirt with the words "I'm Huge!" on it in that picture ;-)

Last night after a great breakfast at Julien's, a book signing at Double Midnight Comics and a really nice dinner at a cute little Indian Restaurant followed by a long (and at times harrowing) trip back from Manchester New Hampshire I asked Sydney to marry me.

And the best part is she said YES!!

It was pretty eerily similar to when my folks got engaged. Nothing fancy. And I don't think it has to be. But I'm not dissing anyone who has gotten down on one knee or proposed to someone in a place that has significant meaning to you.

There is nothing wrong with that.

But my feeling is this. What makes the moment special is you're with the person that you love. And as cliche and corny as this sounds, she's more than I could have ever asked for. She is the kindest, funniest most sympathetic person I have ever met. And we have so much fun when we're together.

On a side note to anyone planning my bachelor party. There will be NO bachelor party. I hate bachelor parties and think they are stupid. I don't see the need for "One last fling". I feel like that's insensitive to the person you're going to marry. I'm going to marry the most wonderful woman in the world. I don't NEED a "One last fling".

A night out for dinner and drinks with friends is fine. Take me out to a favorite restaurant in Northampton for the night for some food and laughs as well as chatting about old times. But that's it! I DON'T want a bachelor party.

It was funny to come home later and find that someone else I knew (Jimmy as mentioned above) proposed to their girlfriend. Already knowing that two good friends of mine (Veronica and Andy Fish) had just tied the not six or seven hours earlier.

I don't know if there's anything historically significant about October 10th as far as weddings and proposals are concerned. But the day is pretty darn special for me now.

Then again, I think 2010 alone is pretty darn special for me now :-)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Road trip!!


Well, I'm sitting here in my jim jams at 6:35am getting ready to head on out to Manchester New Hampshire for a day out at Double Midnight Comics with Alterna Comics.

Sydney and I have planned on hitting the road around 8am and getting some breakfast when we get up there and we've been scoping out some restaurants for after the show. We're thinking about hitting up an Indian Restaurant while we're up there.

The show itself is running from 12noon till 4pm this afternoon. So, if you happen to be in the area of Manchestester New Hampshire this afternoon, stop on by Double Midnight Comics and say "Hello".

Friday, October 8, 2010

Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH this Sunday!!


I'm going to be doing a show up at Double Midnight Comics alongside Alterna head honcho Peter Simeti this coming Sunday October 10th from Noon till 4pm!! I have all my books packed and five brand new illustrations ready for Sunday's!!

One of which is a new idea for me. A 1920's style Wonder Woman.

So, if you have nothing to do on Sunday, stop on by and say "Hello!" to Sydney and me at the show :-)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Superman Reboot


I can't admit to being a fan of the Man of Steel. If Batman's the cool uncle that buy's you beer then Superman is definitely the lame uncle that promises to buy you beer but buys O'Douls...

...or a bag of Brussels sprouts.

And the last attempt to bring Supes to the big screen was terrible. Kevin Spacey was a great Lex Luthor. But why couldn't they take a cue from Christopher Nolan and just reboot the series rather than doing a continuation of the Christopher Reeves series.

I just didn't understand that. I think more than enough time had passed to create an entirely new Superman movie. More time had past between Superman: Quest For Peace and Superman Returns than Batman and Robin and Batman Begins.

They could have used the title "Superman Returns" ironically other than it was a new Superman movie. Unfortunately, they tried to convince the audience that this was the Christopher Reeves series. And fell flat on their collective faces.

I think if they want the series to be a success, they need a new take on the character and a fresh new start.

I'm not so sure people have been clamoring for a new Superman movie over the years. But I think they might have enjoyed it a lot more if they were doing something new rather than just trying to rehash something.

Enter Christopher Nolan. Who has been tapped in hopes to revitalize the Superman series in the same way he did for the Batman series. To make things more interesting, apparently he's enlisted 300 and Watchmen director Zack Snyder. I didn't see 300 but I enjoyed the Watchmen. I didn't think it was the greatest comic book movie of all time. But it was one of those movies I didn't feel completely disappointed when I left the theater.

What's nice about Zack Snyder is the Watchmen was a bit on the dark side. Which I hope he does for a Superman film.

Superman was actually kind of a bad ass in his first appearance. Scaring the crap out of criminals by dropping them off buildings and catching them at the last minute. Holding them by their ankles as he flies through the air with that big cheesy grin the whole time.

Yeah, he was kind of a sadistic bastard. Which is a long way from the red and blue boyscout we have come to know him as. I wouldn't mind seeing him as a criminal dangling jerk.

And hopefully this means a whole new cast (apart from Kevin Spacey who I wouldn't mind see return) for a new movie.

Might I suggest because I'm sure Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder, Warner Brother and DC Comics read my blog religiously (yeah right!) Patrick Warburton as Superman!!

Yeah, that's right! Mr. Putty from Seinfeld, the Tick and Joe Swanson from Family Guy Patrick Warburton as Superman!! I think he's a natural for the role. He's a big guy and he's got that square jaw look that actors have been lacking in the role since the days of George Reeves.

That and he's got that great voice that I think was just born to play the Man of Steel. I think they could definitely play it cheesy with that bad ass angle from the earlier Superman comics.

The new team is already doing the right thing by sending Brandon Routh and his tights home packing. Now if they want the next Superman movie to be a success, they need to enlist Patrick Warburton!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Painful Predicament of Alice Faulkner in Diamond!!


IT'S OFFICIAL FOLKS!! Sherlock Holmes: The Painful Predicament of Alice Faulkner is now getting a national release in Diamond's October Previews catalog! This is the 3rd printing of the book and features a brand-new cover! Go down to your local comic shop and order it today with this code: OCT100735

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bowling


I don't confess to being a huge fan of bowling. But at the same time I don't hate it. It's one of those things where if everybody decides they want to go bowling one night, you won't drag me to the alley kicking and screaming.

Candlepin I don't particularly care for. Which I suppose is blasphemy seeing that it originated in my 'burb of Worcester Massachusetts. Last time I went candlepin bowling I wrenched my shoulder but good. I know for a fact I wasn't bowling right. There's a whole the way you grip the ball and release point and everything else.

And I really don't have the patience to study the science of candlepin bowling.

That and I suppose I resented candlepin because it was on when they should have been playing Bugs Bunny cartoons. That's enough for a young kid to hate a sport ;-)

With all that said, I do admit I enjoy ten pin bowling. Maybe it's the whole image of Fred Flintstone going all twinkle-toes down the alley before releasing the ball. Or the fact I don't seem to wrench my arm on ten pin who knows.

Which seems kind of odd since the ten pin ball is a lot larger than the candlepin ball. Oh well.

Sydney, John and Melissa and I decided to make a night of it going out to Red Robin for starters and then off to a bowling alley in close proximity of the Red Robin. And I have to admit, I had a great time. And like I said earlier, I'm not a huge fanatic when it comes to bowling.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Full speed ahead!!

No rest for the wicked!! But the wicked does get a little bit of a breather ;-) I just finished up 19 pages for an upcoming show at Beatniks in Worcester on Tuesday this afternoon. I started working on the illustrations sometime last week. Now that they're all in the can, tonight is a little bit of a calm before the storm. Sydney and I are meeting up with our friends John and Melissa to go out to Red Robin for dinner and then bowling. Not Candlepen, mind you. But good old-fashioned Fred Flinstone on his tippy-toes style Ten Pin Bowling.

Tomorrow is when it all begins!!

As I mentioned in my previous blog I will be indeed taking part in the 24 Hour Comic Book Challenge at the Worcester Art Museum. I have my project chosen and what's nice is it's something I'm already 15 pages into. I had thought about just redoing the whole thing but upon looking at the pages, I don't think they're half bad. They need some touching up, but that's pretty simple.

My goal for the Challenge is to at least have the book halfway finished before the 24 Hours is up.

Did I mention the book is around 60 pages total?

So, it's one of these things if I get reach the halfway mark by 3pm Sunday afternoon I'll be happy and it will give me something to work with. However, if I get the entire thing done by the end of the Challenge then I'll be elated!!

That will mean all I will have to do is scan the pages into the computer and start with the lettering that following week.

So, hopefully that will mean I will have a brand new book on the shelves by sometime next year. But I won't get ahead of myself. First I've got to get the pages done. THEN I can start thinking ahead.

I imagine that it will be a earlier than usual bedtime on Sunday because it's up at 5am again on Monday morning for work at the Ben Franklin School.

Then on Tuesday it's the Indie Artist Market at Beatniks on Park Ave. in Worcester MA!! If you haven't been there just yet, Beatniks is a great little place. If you don't like big crowds, it's definitely got a chill atmosphere if you get there early in the night. But if you're all about the nightlife in the Woo, then Beatniks is great to go see a band at.

However, on Tuesday from 6pm till 9pm it's all about art and artists at Beatniks. It's my first time doing the show but from what they told me at the last show I guess a lot of the artists involved did really great!! So, I'm excited!!

And I think it's really great that they are doing shows like this in the area. So, if you've got nothing to do on Tuesday night, stop by and say "Hi!" to Sydney and me. The food there is a cut above the usual bar food and the beers on tap are excellent!!

And the fun doesn't end there. Next Saturday is the beginning of my classes at the Worcester Art Museum!! There is still plenty of time to sign up for both my morning and afternoon classes. There are links to the classes currently available on the toolbar to the left hand sign of your screen. Simply click on the link to the class you wish to sign up for.

There are several more shows coming up in the Fall!! I will keep you posted on them once I get more information!! But I hope to see you at the Comic Challenge and Beatniks :-)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Classes at WAM start NEXT WEEK!!!


My Fall classes as well as my December Workshops are up and running on the Worcester Art Museum website!! There is still plenty of time to sign up so if you have a talented kiddo that loves to draw cartoons or wants to create their own comic book, sign up today by clicking the link below:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

24 Hour Comic Challenge


I tried to take part in it the last couple of years 24 Hour Comic Book Challenge at the venerable Worcester Art Museum but I somehow manage to get sick those days. Last year I was able to at least do a five hour challenge. But still. It's not nearly as monumental as the 24 Hour deal.

This year I'm going to do it!! Our senior comic art teacher Andy Fish is getting married and will be enjoying a much deserved honeymoon (and rest) in Japan with his lovely soon-to-be wife, fellow WAM instructor and long time artistic collaborator Veronica Hebard. So being the next in line as far as comic art teachers with seniority (I've been a the Museum since 2003) Jamie Buckmaster and myself will be representing in place of Andy for this year's 24 Hour Comic Book Challenge.

I should mention Andy is not leaving us permanently. The torch HAS NOT been passed, mind you. We're just borrowing it for the weekend ;-)

I have all my bristol board ready as well as my pencils, pens and ink!! I even dug out a script of a story I've been meaning to do for a while. So, hopefully this will either mean I have a new comic to submit to Alterna by Monday morning. Or it will at least be halfway done by Sunday afternoon.

The event will be running from 3pm Saturday afternoon and it will run until 3pm Sunday afternoon.

But with that said, there's still spaces available!! So, sign up today and feel free to pass along the flier above to anyone you think would be interested in taking part in this event!! Hope to see you all there!!

Click on the link below for more information:

Monday, September 27, 2010

Comic Art at Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School


For the past week or so now I've been teaching a Cartooning Class at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School out in Franklin MA. And the students seem to be enjoying the class.

The past couple weeks I've been trying to get a feel for where their drawing levels are. Most of which have a great deal of talent and it's been a lot of fun to see what they come up with and where they take their projects.

The only thing some of them lack is layout. And that's what I'm going to enforce today. I'm hoping in my master plan for the session is to have the students create projects with a goal of submitting those projects to a company once we have completed the lesson.

A few already have projects they are working on. Which I will encourage them to make their class assignment. What I'll do is give them a list of comic companies that DO accept unsolicited material and have them submit to those companies.

Naturally, I plan on telling the school before I just go ahead and do this. But even if they get the eventual rejection it's a good lesson for them to then re-evaluate their work and see what they need to do do improve it.

And I really don't think they're too young to take a chance like that. I know I was at their age. Even if it ended up being an eventual rejection, I think it's good for them to give it a try.

Also, I'm hoping by giving them this goal it will give them an extra level of pride and care in creating their work as well. But we'll see.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Astro Sasquatch vs. The Giant Walking Eye

I've known my friend Sean Fennell since High School and he's probably one of the most talented musicians I've ever met. Just in terms of the insanely brilliant music he composes. And he doesn't really stick to one genre but takes those genres and puts them in a blender and mixes them together. Although, you can tell that Frank Zappa is one of his chief influences.

Well, Sean's been doing some animations of late combining both his brilliant music with his equally insane Adult Swim meets Army of Darkness ideas. The result: Astro Sasquatch vs. The Giant Walking Eye!! He composed all the music for this as well as appears as the voice of The Giant Walking Eye.

Incidentally, I did design the Star Wars style title font for the animation ;-)

Now, sit back, grab yourself a popcorn and soda and enjoy some good old fashioned Astro Sasquatch type action!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Joaquin Phoenix

(Photo: Joaquin Phoenix or me after a long Winter. You decide) I admit I was suckered by the whole Joaquin Phoenix thing. And it annoyed me before I found out it was a hoax because I get irritated me at the thought of someone who seemed to have talent acting so arrogant and lazy. And to be honest I was just as annoyed to find out it was a hoax because it seemed pretentious.

I hate pretentious.

I guess I also hate all these television, film and music stars who complain about their careers and act lazy. My feeling is I have countless talented friends who would love their life and love to be able to create movies and music while these silver turds sit there and bitch about it.

Yeah, you had me suckered Joaquin Phoenix!!

And there was that part of me that was kind of glad that the film tanked in the box office because there is something irritating about the whole idea of suckering the audience into the "Is this real? Is this a hoax? You decide!" type of concept. Personally, I think all the Entertainment New coverage of the whole "train wreck" did more damage in the end. Because by the time the movie came out, I didn't care.

It also annoyed me because Joaquin Phoenix is someone with talent and potential. And I hate seeing talent just arrogantly flush itself down the toilet. Especially after seeing what happened to Heath Ledger. We'll never know where his career would have gone next but I think he could have been great!

But I have to admit. I agree with Joaquin Phoenix. I don't stay up to watch late night television anymore, so I caught the edited highlights of his appearance on David Letterman this morning after breakfast. And Joaquin Phoenix came out as I expected him to. Well dressed (it looked like the same suit), his hair cut and clean-shaven.

But then when he began talking about is distaste for the whole Celebreality trend that has got the entertainment industry in a proverbial headlock, that's when I listened. The fact VH1 has this endless supply of shows dedicated to has-been celeb's looking for love, going through rehab and living in a house together makes me want to bash my head against a wall.

To make matters worse, now there's a crop of nobodies who are famous for nothing but being on these celebrity shows are getting there own shows!!

I think Andy Warhol might have understated his whole 15 minutes of fame prognostication.

I will probably NOT go out and see the Casey Affleck/Joaquin Phoenix joint venture. But I agree with everything Joaquin Phoenix said about the whole celebreality thing being a sham. That it isn't reality. These people are acting (badly) and just being famous for nothing.

So, I'm glad that it was a hoax. Which I think after a while we all kind of had a feeling it was. It just seemed a bit too over the top for it to be for real. Joaquin Phoenix has talent. And he's good looking enough not to be sickening. It was always a shame what happened to his brother River, who also had potential of being something great. So, hopefully Joaquin can go in a direction which his late brother was not able to go in for a longer period of time.

Things like this project can sometimes work to the movie's benefit. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. And I think the over exposure of the whole "Joaquin Phoenix gone mad" just killed it for everyone in the end.

So, all in all do the ends justify the means to make their point? Nope. The movie failed to capture people's interest and nearly made Casey Affleck go broke in the process.

But I agreed with what Joaquin Phoenix said on Letterman and I would dearly love this to be the death-kneel for the whole celebreality trend. Fat chance of that happening naturally, but I would love it to be true.

Now here's my second question. How old is Keanu Reeves and WHY the HELL would we want to see another Bill and Ted movie???

Saturday, September 18, 2010

stART on the Street is TOMORROW Sept. 19th!!


Apart from Halloween, Thanksgiving and Oktoberfest, this is the only other reason I look forward to the Fall. I've been doing stART on the Street since 2006 and I've enjoyed participating every year!! The people involved getting this event off the ground manage to find a way to outdo themselves every year.

I have new artwork ready for the show. As I've explained in past blogs, much of this artwork started out as a way to sell stuff that I wasn't able to sell on E-Bay. But it seemed to take on a life of it's own. The work that didn't get even a passing sniff online has sold almost immediately. Now I'm actually creating new illustrations for the event.

But there's so many great artists and crafters to check out, I highly recommend you take a stroll down tomorrow. The event is happening along Park Avenue between Pleasant Street and Elm Street from 11am till 5pm!!

They might have expanded it to down towards Highland Street but I'm not sure. Nonetheless, come check it out!! You'll have a great time!!

Restaurant Recommendation: The Loving Hut


Ever hear the phrase "Don't knock it till you try it"? Well, that phrase can definitely go for both vegetarian/vegan cuisine AND the Loving Hut on Chandler Street in Worcester. As I mentioned before I was a vegetarian for seven years before falling off the wagon, so having a meal that's vegetarian/vegan doesn't bother me. Sometimes it's just good to try something out of the ordinary.

Well, I've passed by the Loving Hut for a while now either on my way to work or driving around Worcester. It was formerly the Buddha Hut but changed it name in the past year or so.

Sydney and I had thought about going to Beatniks that night but found it to be packed. So, we decided since we were in that area to give the Loving Hut a try. She had tried some of their food at the Pets Rock event and really liked it. So, last night seemed like a good time to try one of their meals.

And I have to say it was pretty good!! I think Sydney got the Sweet N' Sour Sensation and I got the Sea Wonder. We both enjoyed our meals. And I have to say, they did an excellent job making it taste like shrimp and scallops. It's not as easy as you think. And yes. I've had real scallops so I know what they taste like. And they made it taste like scallops!!

So, if you're looking to mix it up a little bit and try something you don't usually try, give the Loving Hut a try. It's located on 415 Chandler Street in Worcester, MA. Click on the link below to check out their Worcester site. Apparently, they're international, so there might be one near you as well:

Friday, September 17, 2010

My Influence Map

I saw this on someone's website and I thought to myself, "Oh, why not?" so I did ;-)

My Halloween Movies for 2010

The movie's I plan to watch (along with a few old favorites) this Halloween all go along with a graphic novel I have in the works.

The Bat (1926) Directed & Produced by Roland West Starring Tullio Carminatti, Charles Herzinger, Jewel Carmen, Louise Fazenda, Emily Fitzroy, George Beranger, Arthur Housman & Robert McKim
















The Vampire Bat (1933) Directed by Frank R. Strayer Starring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Dwight Frye & Maude Eburne


The Bat (1959) Directed by Crane Wilbur Starring Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Gavin Gordon, John Sutton, Lenita Lane
Elaine Edwards, Darla Hood, John Bryant & Harvey Stephens