Sunday, April 28, 2013

First look at the set design for The Crown Diamond

I've basically spent a couple mornings up in studio 205 working on the set design for THE CROWN DIAMOND: AN EVENING WITH SHERLOCK HOLMES.
 
And here it is.
 

The play opens for one night only May 10th at Nick's Bar and Restaurant on 124 Millbury Street in Worcester MA!! Everything gets underway around 7PM, so be sure to arrive an hour to a half hour before showtime if you want to order a meal or drinks before the show.
 
Copies of my own Sherlock Holmes graphic novel as well as my other books, artwork and prints will be available for purchase the night of the show.
 
I hope to see you all there at Nick's!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Crown Diamond: An Evening with Sherlock Holmes May 10th at Nick's!!

It's happening folks!!
 
May 10th at Nick's Bar and Restaurant on 124 Millbury Street in Worcester Massachusetts starting at 7PM!
 
$5.00 per person at the door and try to arrive early if you would like to order a meal and drinks before the performance starts.
 
For one night only, Nick's cosy little stage will be transformed into those well-remember sitting rooms at 221B Baker Street.
 
The play will star Edward Armstrong as Sherlock Holmes, Devon Kurtz as Dr. Watson, Heather Gruber as Mrs. Hudson, Conner Lee as Col. Sebastian Moran and Jared D'Orr Wicklund as Merton the Boxer.
 
Helping me with set design and props are Mr. Jon Hansen of Scallywag Ceramics fame and local filmmaker Joshua Leonard.
 
I'm also going to be doing an interview with Worcester Magazine tomorrow. So stay tuned for more on that!!
 
It should prove to be a fun evening and I hope to see you all there at Nick's Bar and Restaurant May 10th!!

Sidney Sheldon

I confess I've never read any of Sidney Sheldon's books. So I couldn't give an honest opinion of his writing style. From what I've been told by friends who have read his work, they've put it in the same catagory as writers like Jackie Collins, Danielle Steele and such. Harmless fluff that might be a bit outdated by today's standards.

Not saying this as a bad thing. We all have our guilty pleasures which I feel we're all entitled to. Nothing wrong with fluff. Given that this is the man who gave us such shows as I Dream of Jeannie and Hart to Hart, I didn't imagine his books being the works of Ivanhoe.

But not everything has to be intellectually driven. If you like Danielle Steele go on liking Danielle Steele. Just because it's not my cup of coffee doesn't mean you have to stop reading it.

Some of the stuff I enjoy you might find silly.

However, I had been interested in perhaps checking out his book Stranger in the Mirror. Mostly because this great biography I read on Grouch Marx by Stefan Kanfer suggested that the novel was a thinly veiled account of Marx's abusive relationship with Erin Fleming.

For those of you unfamiliar with Groucho Marx, he had made a name for himself with his brothers on the screen in the 1930's. Known for his quick wit and barbed insults. Not to mention his black grease-paint mustache and eyebrows as well as his big black cigar. Although he would ditch the grease-paint eyebrows and mustache in later years, he never gave up the cigar.

For someone known for classic comedies like Duck Soup and Night at the Opera, Marx's later years were very depressing. He ended up in what we would term now as a domestic partnership with "actress" Erin Fleming.

Apparently, there were accusations of abuse at the hands of Fleming by the Marx family. By that time Groucho had become very frail and senile and they felt Fleming was taking advantage of Marx's condition.

Sidney Sheldon had been a friend of Groucho and he was horrified with the way Fleming had been treating him. Which prompted him to write the book you see above.

So, being a long-time fan of the Groucho and the Marx Brothers, I have thought about picking up a copy of this book in particular for some time now. Mostly out of curiosity than anything else.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Thoughts on House of Dark Shadows

 
House of Dark Shadows (1970) has all the makings of a really bad film. Bad sound. Bad editing. Repetitive dialogue. And plot holes you could drive a red double-decker bus through.
 
But the fact of the matter is, it's a great film!!
 
Sometimes technical deficiencies can ruin a film. But it's just not the case with this film. I found it enjoyable in a very Hammer Horror sort of way. Ironically Hammer would transplant Dracula in the 1970's a year after House of Dark Shadows was released.

Most of the regular cast from the series are present in the film. Jonathan Frid, Joan Bennett and Louis Edmonds acting are given a chance to shine in this film. Which they really are not given the chance to do with the break-neck schedule of the television series.

So, there's very little wooden acting and flubbing of lines in the film.

For me the stand-out performance was Nancy Barrett as Caroline Stoddard. In particular the scene where they are driving a wooden stake through her heart after she had become a vampire.

I actually think she was more terrifying than Jonathan Frid as a vampire.

In all, the film is a lot of fun to watch. It retains all the fun and camp of the television series while adding a dimension of horrific gore.

Just be warned. Some of the sound quality of the film is a bit dodgy. You may want to watch it with the closed captioning on.

But with that said I highly recommend you rent it! You shan't be disappointed.

 


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Bid on Beware The Jabberwocky 10x13 original art!!



Right now I'm selling the pen and ink original of Beware the Jabberwocky on Ebay!! It measures 10x13 and is llustrated in Deleter Black Drawing Ink on Canson Smooth Bristol Board with Crow Quill Pen and Brush.

This is NOT a print or a reproduction but the original pen and ink artwork!!

Clickon the link below and happy bidding:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Beware the Jabberwocky (11x17 color print)

The original is illustrated in Deleter Black Drawing Ink with Crow Quill Pen and Brush on Canson Smooth Bristol Board. Colors added to the print digitally.
 
Based on Lewis Carroll nonsense poem and inspired by Sir John Tenniel's original artwork from Through the Looking Glass. With a decidedly Steampunk twist to Alice.
 
Five prints available. Measure 11x17 and all signed and numbered. Click on the link below to order yours today: