Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Upcoming shows for December

Today we officially send November packing and move onto December. Which looks like it's going to be a busy month for me.

Here's the current list of shows with the possiblity of more to be added:

GLOOMY PRESENTIMENTS: An evening with Susurrus Din & Bret M. Herholz
Friday, December 2 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm
at Annie's Book Stop of Worcester
65 James Street
Worcester, MA

stART at the Station
Sunday December 4, 2011 11am - 5pm
at Worcester's Historic Union Station
2 Washington Square
Worcester, MA

Indie Art Market
Tuesday Dec 06, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
at Beatnik's Bar
433 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA

CRAFTERSHOCK!!!! Alternative Holiday Craft Fair!!
Sunday, December 18 · 11:00am - 5:00pm
34 Suffolk Street
Worcester MA

Copies of my latest book with Susurrus Din Gloomy Presentiments of Things to Come as well as a brand new print and artwork will be available for purchase at the show.

Hope to see you all there.

ONE TIME AUCTION!! Bid on The Mad Tea Party 11x17 SIGNED color print !!

This will be the only time you will be able to bid on a print of my illustration The Mad Tea Party AND there's already one bid posted!! Once it sells I will not be posting another.

So, click on the image below to go to the auction and Happy Bidding:

Have a talented child? Sign them up for an art class at WAM!!

Feel free to pass this flyer along to anyone you know who might be interesting in enrolling their child in a cartooning class this Winter at the Worcester Art Museum. To enroll, you may either stop by the prestigious Worcester Art Museum and pick up a brochure or log onto their website:
Worcester Art Museum

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Special CYBER MONDAY auction!!


Bid on a new illustration based on the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe. As an added bonus the winning bidder will also receive FREE SHIPPING for the item they purchased.

Click on the image below to start bidding tonight:

Coming Soon: The Ninnies

The cover art I did for a book I illustrated for Doctor Who/Brenda and Effie author Paul Magrs's book The Ninnies.

Paul is an author whose work I have greatly enjoyed over the years. I first got into his writing with the Doctor Who series of original novels.

It bears mentioning that the strongest point of the Virgin and BBC Books that came out based on the show during those lean years when the series was yet to return was the fact that the writers were really good.

Many books based on television series are usually very weak by comparison to the original series. But not the Doctor Who series. And Paul Magrs's work I enjoyed in particular.

So, it's been great over the last few years to be able to artwork based on both his Doctor Who and non-Doctor Who work.

My wife absolutely loved the book and I had a great time illustrating it. To give you a general feel of the book, it's half Roald Dahl, another half Phantom Tollboth, yet another half John Bellairs and 100% fun!!

The book is getting ready to go to the printers so I will let you all know when it hits the shelves.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Doctor Who: the Movie

David Thewlis as a possible big-screen Doctor? Possibly!!

Well rumor has it that Harry Potter director David Yates has been linked to a big-budget Doctor Who movie. And such names as Hugh Laurie, Gary Oldman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Ewan McGregor have either been linked to the title role or in the case of Hugh Laurie are who many fans have expressed a desire to see in the title role.

As much as I like Hugh Laurie, my choice for the Doctor would actually be Peter O'Toole, Edward Petherbridge or his former Fry and Laurie partner Stephen Fry.

But actually David Yates has a great deal of actors who have worked with him in the Harry Potter series that I think would be great in the title role. David Thewlis (picture above) being on the top of my list. Others being Jim Broadbent (who has expressed an interest in the role for years), Jason Issacs, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans or if they want to go more William Hartnell type Grandfather figure Michael Gambon.

I even think Yates has the right idea of going the route both the Peter Cushing Dalek's films or even the JJ Abrams Star Trek film having the film be it's own entity rather than linked to the series.

In the case of the Star Trek films, I really don't feel fans of the classic would ever simply forget everything they knew about Star Trek and accept the new movie as gospel. Or try and take the route of Superman Returns and have it be a continuation of a series with a different cast.

However by establishing the film being an alternate timeline, it doesn't alienate the old fans by making them accept this is Star Trek now and the classic series doesn't count.

Because that'll never happen.

But by creating this parallel universe, as it were, it allows old fans to still have their series while people who might find the old series a bit too slow might enjoy this high speed version of the show.

It's something I've found with people who have become fans of the new Doctor Who series. They can't get into the old series because it is so slow and stagey and the special effect... well... make the classic Star Trek series look cutting edge.

But the charm of Doctor Who has always been a healthy mix of campiness and strong writing. THAT'S the biggest reason why the classic series lasted from 1963 till 1989. It's inventiveness.

However, I have no intention of turning this into a Star Trek vs. Doctor Who debate. Both series's have lasted due to very devoted fans.

Nevertheless, I feel creating a film (or a series of films) as it's on entity rather than having it linked to the current series is the way to go. I think as long as they keep current aspects of the Doctor Who history while going in a different direction and not writing off the series, I believe it will keep fans relatively happy.

Or at least I'd accept it.

Although, I think it might be fun to bring back Tom Baker as an alternate "older" version of his Doctor.

Monday, November 21, 2011

New print

This will be one of the new prints available for stART at the Station in December. Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover are accepted!!

John Neville 1925-2011

Even though I confess I haven't seen a lot of his films (mostly because he worked a great deal of his career on stage) two of my favorites are A Study in Terror and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

Both made at two different points in his career. The first one is actually one of my top favorite Sherlock Holmes films which was made when he was younger. And the second one was made much later in his career. Terry Gilliam had actually coaxed him back into films at 60 years old. For the best part of a couple decades, Neville had emigrated to Canada and decided only to do theater work.

I'm glad Gilliam convinced him to do it because the results was one of my favorite movies of all time.

Rest in peace John Neville.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

New items available at my Cafe Press Shop

There are quite a few new products available for purchase including more coffee mugs, shirts, pajama's, prints, puzzles, Snuggie type blanket wraps and a pint glass. I've also added quite a few new products with images from my latest book with Susurrus Din Gloomy Presentiments of Things to Come. One of which being a Gilbert the Ghoul Christmas Stocking just in time for the holidays.

Click on the link below and get all your shopping done in one place this year:
Horrid Collectibles

Friday, November 18, 2011

Winter Classes at WAM

My classes for the Winter Session are officially up and running on the Worcester Art Museum website. Both classes are going to be taking place on Saturdays. I will be teaching The Art of the Cartoon for 8 - 10 Years in the morning and Heroes, Villains and Creatures for 5 - 7 Years in the afternoon.

There is also time to sign up for my December Workshops as well. Spaces tend to fill up quickly so click on the link below sign up today:

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sneak peek at the Loved One by Evelyn Waugh

A couple pages lettered and colored from an adaption of Evelyn Waugh's story The Loved One which I have been working on. I'm planning on submitting the project in the next couple of days.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Spider-Man is dead. The... um... spiders have left the bell tower...

Sixteen or seventeen years ago I might have been writing an angry letter to Marvel Comics outraged by how they killed off one of the most popular characters next to Batman and Superman in comic book history.

Now I just don't care.

I guess there has been so much revisionist history to many of these comic book superheroes that they just don't feel like the same characters I grew up with. I mean, just recently DC just pressed the reboot button and brought all their books back to issue #1 just to make it less confusing for new readers.

But for me it's just not the same Batman, Spider-Man or... um... Green Llama I grew up with.

Besides the fact they always seem to come back after the marketing stunt wears off. Superman came back. So did Batman and the Flash. Hell!! They even brought Jason Todd back.

Book like DC New Frontier and Shazam and the Monster Society of Evil have proven that characters like Spider-Man have more of a future in graphic novels. Which gives writers and artists more of an opportunity (much like a filmmaker) to put their spin on the character. It might not always be successful. But it does give the writer more of an opportunity to explore either different avenues or timelines with these characters.

I suppose it's kind of harsh but for me Spider-Man's fictional death has been met by me with a shrug.

December Workshops at WAM now available

My December Workshop classes are finally up on the Worcester Art Museum website and available for enrollment. My Winter and Spring offerings should be up on the site very soon.

Classes tend to fill up quick so click on the link below to sign up today:

Amended Nick's Flyer

This version of the poster has the live music which will be playing during the reading. Hope to see you all there!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Wrong Guy (1997)

The Wrong Guy is Dave Foley's first big post-Kids in the Hall project. I think he either produced it shortly before or during his time on NewsRadio. It's about Nelson Hibbert who finds his boss dead and goes on the run thinking that everyone thinks he murdered his boss. But everyone knows the who really murdered his boss and are after the real murderer while poor inept Nelson tries to make his way to Mexico.

I finally got to see it with my wife after wanting to see it for so many years and I don't think either of us have laughed at a movie this much in a while.

The Wrong Guy also proves how out of touch Hollywood can be about what the public wants to see. Which is the reason we have a glut of really lazy computer animated movies on the market with throwaway plots.

But that's a tale for another time.

I remember seeing an interview with Dave Foley on Late Night with Conan O'Brien back in either 1995 or 1996. It was just after the KITH television series ended and I think around the time their movie Brain Candy came out.

In the interview Dave Foley mentioned that he had filmed a movie called The Wrong Guy which had been shelved by Disney. It should be mentioned that Disney has had a history of shelving projects they felt were unsuitable.

Case in point Tim Burton's Frankenweenie.

But at the time Dave Foley in his usual wry wit stated that the reason the film was shelved was that "Disney cherished the movie too much to want to share it". After seeing a clip from the film which Dave's character tries to jump on a train but falls out the other side, I was horrified that they would shelve this project. Because it looked like it could be really funny.

And then fifteen or sixteen years on I'm horrified all the more watching a really funny film and feeling like it never got the audience it deserved in the theaters.

I would imagine the exec's at Disney had never heard of Kids in the Hall and thought they were a rap group or a boy band. Keep in mind this is the same Disney that signed Insane Clown Posse to a recording contract just because they had the word "clown" in their name.

The scene that left me in stitches is when Dave's character Nelson is in the forest ravenously eating poison berries and then comes by this obviously poisonous toadstool which he very nonchalantly eats only to be heaving his guts out behind at tree in the very next scene.

The supporting cast is great too with David Anthony Higgins of Higgins Boys and Gruber and Malcolm in the Middle fame as probably the worst cop ever and Jennifer Tilly as Nelson's narcoleptic love interest. Even KITH alum Kevin MacDonald makes a cameo.

Don't watch this movie expecting something deep or intellectual. Watch this movie expecting something very simple and silly and have a good laugh. Give this movie a chance. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

An Evening with Susurrus Din at Nick's in Worcester November 16th

Gothic wordsmith Susurrus Din will be reciting selected poems from our latest book Gloomy Presentiments of Things to Come and I will be creating live art (for lack of a better description) at Nick's in Worcester November 16th.

Feel free to print this off and pass along to your friends or post it on your blog, FB page or website. Hope to see you all there:

Upcoming shows

I should be adding more events soon but here is the list as it stands now. Credit card now accepted for all purchases at my shows:

Wednesday November 16th: Poetry reading with Susurrus Din and live illustartion by Bret Herholz 7:30pm till 1AM at Nick's on 124 Millbury Street, Worcester MA.

Sunday December 4th: stART at the Station 11AM till 5PM at Union Station in Worcester MA

Tuesday December 6th: Indie Art Market 6PM till 9PM at Beatnik's 433 Park Avenue Worcester, MA

Sunday December 18th: CRAFTERSHOCK!!!! Alternative Holiday Craft Fair!! 11AM till 5PM at 34 Suffolk Street Worcester MA

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A list of great beards

I thought after my last two blogs I would lighten the mood a little bit. For those of you who know me every fall I grow a beard. Some of it for warmth and some of it because I love beards. And I am very fortunate to have married someone who likes me with or without a beard.

I have compiled list of some great famous beards that came to mind. I'm sure I missed quite a few but here they are in no particular order...

Orson Welles

W.G. Grace

Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel

Grigori Rasputin

Frank Zappa

Alan Moore

Abraham Lincoln

Jim Henson

Ernest Hemingway

Ulysses S. Grant

John Cleese

Christopher Lee

A-Town Krolikowski

Sir Alec Guinness

Peter Sellers

Edward Gorey

Shel Silverstein

Roger Delgado

Spike Milligan

Graham Chapman

George Harrison

Leon Russell

Jim Morrison

Paul McCartney

John Lennon

Robin Williams

Colonel Sanders

Chuck Jones