Friday, October 25, 2013

Read My Story "The Man from ABYSS"

    So, this is pretty cool...

    My short story "The Man from ABYSS" will be appearing in the October issue of the e-zine Voluted Tales, which is out today! The story introduces my character Aleister Max - a sort of James Bond by way of HP Lovecraft, if we must do the cheap Hollywood pitch. Of course there's a little more to it than that, and I have some pretty big plans for the character on down the line, if things work out as such.

   So do me a favor and check out the most recent issue of Voluted Tales, and you may want to go ahead and subscribe to the series itself, as they routinely feature a host of excellent genre fiction and articles.

    Thanks a bunch!

Friday, October 18, 2013

TV-Theme-A-Day: Dick Tracy

    After the Adam West Batman show came close to taking over the world there for a while there, producer William Dozier was eager to repeat the formula with other comic strip characters. The Green Hornet, Dick Tracy, Wonder Woman and Batgirl where all presented as possible series, although The Green Hornet was the only one to make it to series. The camp fad was over nearly as soon as it began, but not before a pilot was shot for the proposed Dick Tracy series. A shame that we never got anymore series out of the craze, but considering how quickly Batman wore out its welcome, it's probably a blessing.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Musical-Number-A-Day: Royal Wedding - "You're All the World to Me"

    Fred Astaire's famous ceiling dance, accomplished by attaching the set to a gimbal and rotating it while locking the camera in place - a technique that would later be borrowed by the likes of Stanley Kubrick and Christopher Nolan.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Musical-Number-A-Day: Sweeney Todd - "Johanna (Reprise)"

    "Johanna (Reprise)" from Sweeney Todd, just about the only thing of worth Tim Burton's done of late (that wasn't in animation).

Monday, October 7, 2013

Musical-Number-A-Day: Singin' in the Rain - "Make 'em Laugh"

    "Make 'em Laugh" from Singin' in the Rain, performed by Donald O'Conner, who here outdoes most screen action heroes and comedians with just this one number.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunday Review: Gravity (2013)

Can you hear me, Major Tom? I’m stepping through the door, and I’ll be SPOILING this movie in a most peculiar way...

Friday, October 4, 2013

Concept-Art-A-Day: Ran

    In lieu of more traditional storyboards, for his 1985 masterpiece Ran Akira Kurosawa hand-painted each scene of the movie. The final film was painterly in the way only Kurosawa could be, but still doesn't quite match the raw power of the original paintings.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Concept-Art-A-Day: Battlestar Galactica

    Not sure this painting for the original Battlestar Galactica qualifies as "concept art," but it's Frank Frazetta, so we'll let it slide.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Concept-Art-A-Day: Spider-Man

    A Green Goblin proposal from Bernie Wrightson from the original 2002 Spider-Man, which is leagues better than the Power Ranger reject they wound up using in the actual film.

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