Thursday, December 28, 2006
Images gallore! That's what it's all about, right? First up is a picture of my incorrigible five-year-old Arlaux and an unsuspecting Santa. When we asked her what she wanted to wear to go see The Man, she immediately decided that the only outfit suitable was her Supergirl outfit. That's my girl!
Next up is my latest obsession. During the 1970s, Marvel Comics published one of the best WWII-era comic books of all time. Roy Thomas and Frank Robins produced some of the most memorable, over-the-top stories I've ever read. My collection of "Invaders" books is only about a dozen, but I plan on filling in the many gaps over the course of the '07 convention season.
Here's something that I almost never do! When a friend at work asked me to do a portrait of a friend of his for a birthday present, I cautiously accepted the challenge. Hey, I'm no Inkslinger. I never know how people are going to react when they see a picture of themselves drawn in my "style." Well, this one went over pretty well, I guess as her whole family wanted copies of it.
No, it's not "Snakes on a Plane," but it is a pretty close likeness to Mr. Samuel Jackson taken from an early issue of "Hero for Hire." I took some time off from drawing comics to actually read a bunch of dusty old comics I've acquired over the past year. I'll be posting images worth sharing, including the "Marvel Two-In-One" WTF panel of all time. Stay tuned. Okay, I altered that last word balloon a bit.
Finally, I managed to get two paintings under my belt, both for my buddy Dwayne's boys for Christmas. Since they were going to be hung in the same house, I decided to try an experiment in light and dark contrast, making Cap the brighter of the two and Hawkeye a little more menacing. I've got two more on the way and you'll be seeing them as soon as they're done.
Well, that about sums things up this time around. I'll be posting more soon, including further installments on "Dollar Store Cinema." I might even post a review of a movie with both Bo Hopkins and Jerry Reed in it! Considering I thought those two were the same guy, it was quite a shock.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
This time I give you a "Dollar Store Cinema Double Feature," featuring Atom Age Vampire and Dr. Jekyll vs the Werewolf (yeah, you read that right).
Atom Age Vampire is almost too good for this segment and is only a "b" movie as a matter of circumstance.
After the beautiful dancer Janette (played with sultry glamour by Susanna Loret) is dumped by her boyfriend, she, in a fit of restless despair, suffers a horrible car accident, hideously scarring her once beautiful face. Lying in a hospital bed, suffering from the blackest depression, Jeanette is given a glimpse of hope from Monique, a beautiful, mysterious assistant to the sinister Professor Levin. Desperate to repair her mutilated face, Jeanette finds herself the latest experiment of the bizarre doctor, and an accomplice to a series of savage murders committed to maintain the effects of her restored beauty.
There are a few aspects of this film that the box doesn't cover. One of which is more of a misnomer. Jeanette doesn't exactly volunteer for the experiment and there's more to the mad doctor than meets the eye. All things considered, this was a pretty damn cool movie. Find it, buy it, even if it costs you $1.99, which is actually what I paid for it.
Tired of turning into a wolf, a man seeks a cure from Dr. Jekyll's grandson. RUNTIME: 76 MINUTES.
That's pretty much all the box says. Sounds like a pretty cool plot, right? I don't think the guy that wrote the little synopsis actually watched the movie and I can't say as I blame him. Now, I'll admit I watched this movie over a quart of Miller High-Life, but I don't think that had anything to do with how bad it was. 76 minutes never seemed so long. It reminded me of an Igmar Bergman movie, just not shot as well.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Today, I picked up a copy of Atom Age Vampire, which is actually almost too good for my "Dollar Store Cinema" review, but more on it later. Instead, as promised, I give you...Bloody Pit of Horror!
A group of photographers and models arrive at an Italian castle owned by a deranged ex-actor who is the reincarnation of the notorious medieval torturer, the Crimson Executioner. When he discovers that his ex-girlfriend is among the group, the enraged madman subjects them to his dungeon of torture. With scantly clad victims pleading for mercy as they face unendurable tortures, Bloody Pit of Horrors is a titillating over-the-top European horror epic.
The box had me at "titillating." This movie delivers, too, folks and "over-the-top" is putting it lightly. A bevvy of barely-dressed Italian beauties is chased around the creepy, old castle by one mantastic Mickey Hargitay, father (with a little help from Jane Mansfield) of the lovely and talented Marishka Hargitay, whom some of you may recall from previous blogs, is one of the few reasons TV was invented. But I digress.
Bloody Pit of Horror's seemingly inexhaustible supply of screaming cheesecake is only matched by an almost laughable, if not downright disturbing amount of mancake supplied by Hargitay. Perhaps that is the true horror within this bloody pit. It's a "b" movie in its purest form and must be seen to be believed. It might sound like I'm putting this movie down, I'm really not. If you can find it, buy it, but don't pay more than a buck for it and you won't be disappointed.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
In the past, I've managed to find quite a few good movies this way, Kansas City Confidential, Deep Red and Legend of the Eight Samurai are among the good ones. Horrors of Spider Island, however, wasn't. It was, though, worth watching for its pure absurdity and it gave me the idea for a (hopefully) regular segment. I'm calling it "Dollar Store Cinema" and it will feature movies I've found that are so bad I couldn't look away.
A team of girls find themselves caught in a deadly web when they are shipwrecked on a remote South Seas island. The lush, tropical isle seems an ideal place to await their rescue, but hidden in the jungle are giant poisonous spiders. A venomous bite transforms the girls' escort into a disfigured beast, half-man and half-insect. Consumed with lust and craving blood, the monster hunts down the defenseless girls and slaughters them one by one.
At least that's what the box says. What you get are cat fights, cheap special effects, horny broads and bad acting. It's just THAT good. I've actually watched it about a half dozen times and what cracks me up most is, through all the horror going on around them, all these girls want to do is party. Keep in mind this movie was made in the early sixties and when it hit the American shores, it was probably nothing short of shocking for its brazen sexual content, which by today's standards falls short of a Disney movie. I highly recommend this movie on that merit alone.
Next time...Bloody Pit of Horror!
Sunday, September 17, 2006
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking .
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms. WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents .
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,
made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
And YOU are one of them!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
and while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!
I sent him back this email:
"Kill all the lawyers." --Shakespeare, Henry VI
If I've offended anyone, sue me. It's what we do.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
First, a bit of shocking news. Apparently Joe "Madskills" Fuentes had a bit of a setback when his computer crashed, taking with it all the color work he's done for Pickle Press. That includes all 32 pages of Three Keys #2 as well as work on a number of other Pickle Press books. But, he's assured Nik he's working night and day to get caught up. Per angusta ad augusta, I always say. Loosely translated: No pressure no diamonds.
My work on the fist issue of Salem, AZ stalled out for a bit, but I'm back in the swing of things with only about eight more pages to pencil. Bill "Inkinator" Wilkison assured me in an email that his ink work on it is going swimingly. I believe his words were: Who said anything about a dry spell, bitch? I'm rolling in it! You gotta know the guy, I guess.
Below are two panels from page thirty. Awhile back I did this picture of Kerry Connelly and when Nicole McClain saw it, she announced she was afraid of spiders. That little bit of personal information from the big bad deer hunter made drawing page thirty particularly fun for me.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
1. “Every time Paul sneezed, he blew the roof off the bunkhouse.” So they made me sleep outside at camp.
2. “Paul sneezed during class. He was turned into an apple.” And got kicked out of Hogwart’s for it, too!
3. “Paul sneezed. ‘Bollocks,’ he said, ‘I think I have caught a cold.’” Yeah, I can’t add anything to that one. It’s friggin’ perfect.
4. “Paul sneezed two cubes.” Hey, nobody told me not to drink my ice tea through my nose.
5. “Paul sneezed loudly and dabbed his nose with a lace-edged handkerchief.” Okay, it was my grandma’s and we were in church.
6. “Paul sneezed on the Superman comic.” Thus ruining the collector’s value!
7. “Paul sneezed the napkin off the table.” I got nothin’.
8. “Paul sneezed and made faces trying to stop himself from sneezing again and altered his voice which showed some signs of strain.” Emergency hernia surgery immediately followed.
If you have no idea what you just read, try this. "Google" your first name with any verb like "jumped" or "slapped" and read the subtext following the initial headline.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
But who is Bill Wilkison? Aside from being the force behind his three-issue comic book series featuring the Amazing Walter, Bill is an artist who knows no limits. I've only known Bill a few years, but it somehow seems longer. You can interpret that however you want, but I credit it to his love of the game of life. Bill has used Sharpies for so many years he should suffer a permanent contact buzz and he's the only guy I've ever met who gave himself his own nickname and it stuck.
Paul Schultz: Bill, you've managed to find a common thread among artists across the board that Dr. Seuss had a big influence on them growing up and that influence continues today. What influence has Dr. Seuss had on your life, work or art?
Inkslinger: He taught me to loosen up. In art and in life. The stories are really all about not being so uptight...about discovery...about taking risks and letting yourself be transformed. This is how you should treat your art as well...no matter what boundaries you think exist, no matter what limitations or expectations you put on yourself, there is always something else in store.
PS: I guess the guy who invented the question should have the best answer. Hey, Bill, art is interpretive. What is this?
Inkslinger: I made this game up, so I'm allowed two answers. At first I thought it was an olive in shadow, but I know this is because I finally broke down yesterday and bought 10 very expensive Olives stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes. But anyone can clearly see that this is the nose and mouth of Boo-boo Bear from the Yogi cartoons.
PS: What's your favorite "secret shame" movie?
Inkslinger: Milk Money starring Melanie Griffith. (In fact all of my "secret shames" invlove Melanie Griffith.)
Monday, August 21, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
1. FIRST NAME: Paul
2. WERE YOU NAMER AFTER ANYONE?: Uh, I'm pretty sure a baby in the hospital was named before me.
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY?: Watching "Benchwarmers." I laughed so hard I cried.
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Yep.
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Smoked turkey
6. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?: Yep.
7. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?: Probably not as I can be pretty caustic & intimidating (or so I'm told).
8. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL?: Only online.
9. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?: See #7
10. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?: Yep
11. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?: Maybe ten years ago.
12. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?: Lucky Charms though I seldom eat cereal
13. YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?: Not usually.
14. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?: Stronger than I give myself credit for, I'm told.
15. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?: Never touch the stuff.
16. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?: Whether they look me in the eye or not. It says a lot.
17. RED OR PINK?: Pink.
18. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF?: Weird question. Who doesn't like something they like about themself?
19. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?: If you know me, you know that answer.
20. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU?: If I sad "No," that'd be just plain rude.
21.WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?: Jeans, no shoes (see #13).
22. THE LAST THING YOU ATE?: A beef chimichanga.
23. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?: Well, "Golden Girls" is on in the background...
24. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?: Ultraviolet
25. FAVORITE SMELL?: The laundromat on the way to work on Sunday mornings.
26. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?: My wife's aunt.
27. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH?: I hate sports.
28. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?: Technically, I vamped this meme from Nik's blog and he's a'ight.
29. FAVORITE DRINK?: Non-alcoholic: lemonade; alcoholic: Johnny Red on the rocks.
30. HAIR COLOR?: Brown(ish) .
31. COLOR OF EYES?: Brown(ish).
32. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?: No.
33. FAVORITE FOOD?: Burritos or egg rolls.
34. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDING?: Who doesn't like a happy ending?!
35. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?: "V for Vindetta." It was awesome.
36. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?: Mostly green leaves with tucans all over it.
37. SUMMER OR WINTER?: Winter.
38. HUGS OR KISSES?: Kisses. Hugs have almonds in 'em and I'm not a fan of almonds.
39. FAVORITE DESSERT?: Black coffee.
40. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?: Slowy.
41. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?: Zombie Boy.
42. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING?: "All the Pretty Horses" by Cormac MacCarty.
43. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?: Looks like a jelly stain..
44. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?: The first six episodes of "Weeds." They were pretty good.
45. FAVORITE SOUNDS?: My kids laughing.
46. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?: Paint it black, you devils!
47. THE FURTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?: Vegas, baby.
48. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?: I can work and talk at the same time. Turns out a lot of people can't.
49. WHEN WERE YOU BORN?: Exactly seven years to the day before Jenna Jameson.
50. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?: In a hospital.
51. WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO MEET?: God & He knows why.
And that's pretty much me in 51 questions.
Monday, August 07, 2006
I got a lot of really cool stuff, including an autographed picture of Joyce Dewitt, the nicest celebrity I've ever met. My wife Barbi and I met her last year at the Motor City Comicon. It was great seeing her again.
I got to reconnect with a few very talented friends of mine like Ryan "Sarge" Sargeant, Mike Indovina (a fellow OTF conspirator) and Rafael Navarro.
Totally commited. That's how I'd describe the boys at the Ape Entertainment booth, particularly Ben Lichius, co-creator of The Black Coat, A Call to Arms. These guys rock and I wish them every bit of success. Ben was cool enough to do this sketch card of the Black Coat for me and signed it to my good friend Billy, the only guy I know who enjoys the series even more than me!
One of my missions whenever I go to a convention, be it Wizard World or a glorified fleamarket, is to hunt down cheap comics from the 1970s, particularly those drawn/written by Jack "The King" Kirby. Marvel Comics in particular hold particular interest to me due to the characters and the grandeur of their scope and the dynamics of their action. That's not to sell short Kirby's New Gods or Demon, but Kirby's work for Marvel just bursts from the page. The best part about collecting Kirby comics is I could spend my whole life collecting them for a buck a piece and never run out of books. The guy drew dozens of titles and did hundreds of issues of them in some cases. As a burgeoning comic book artist, I can't comprehend doing that big of a body of work!
And let's not forget his monsters...
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Anyway, about the picture. I'd meant to post it after Nik gave it to me, but as John Lennon once said: Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. So, here it is, over a year later and I'm finally getting around to posting the Human Torch, the Invisible Girl, Mister Fantastic and the ever-lovin', blue-eyed Thing. Even my kids like this one.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
My pal Nik Harvert brought this little game to my attention. Simply type your name into Google followed by a neutral verb such as "watches," "eats" or, in my example below, "thinks." It's a lot of fun on a night of reruns on TV.
Here's one I just did:
Paul Thinks That We Are The A-Team.
Paul thinks he's Batman.
Paul thinks that people were doing just fine. (Admittedly, this is an abridgement of a boring statement concerning Social Security, but it's damn funny out of context)
Paul thinks of snow.
Paul thinks it's OK transpixel. (Only because it sounds kinda dirty)
Paul thinks of the body as “something like a ganglion in a network of nerves." (Only because it sounds kinda dirty)
Paul thinks about thinking. How fast do people think? Is thinking faster than worrying? (It's true. I do)
Paul thinks the food can be eaten just like any other food. Nothing magical has taken place, no change has occurred, it is still just food. (True, unless it's a spinnach & sausage calzone)
Paul thinks that life couldn't possibly get any worse. But he was wrong.
Paul thinks that computers are evil.
See what I mean? Fun for the whole family! Give it a try.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
One of our first and most frequented stops was the Inkslinger's table. There's not much more about this guy that I can say that I haven't said before. Since I'm not sure how he might take that, I'll say one more thing: Bill will soon be taking the inking reigns on Salem, AZ. His work on part one of Up Jumped the Devil was so awesome that Nik & I offered him the inking spot on Salem, AZ. It only seemed right as he is the book's #1 fan.
Anybody into Nick Cave, Tom Waits & The Man In Black can't be all bad.
Sympathetic to my crusade as well (yeah, I said it) against the consumption of candy cigarettes, the Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder were more than willing to pose for this picture. I just want to make one thing clear. I'm against banning almost anything, and it's not my intention with candy cigarettes, I merely want the general public to realise that these candies are still being made. Do I have to say more? Knowing me, I probably do, so I'm in the process of putting together another blog to do just that. By the way, these guys were awesome and I owe them a big "thanks."
The "Kerry" costume is coming together nicely thanks to the tireless efforts of both Nik Havert & Nicole and here's proof. As an artist, it just makes me proud beyond belief and even a bit giddy to see a walking, talking version of my two-dimensional creation. Nicole's willingness and gung-ho enthusiasm towards the whole project just fuels the excitement.
Flabbergasted by the Salem, AZ preview the Slinger let us run in Lucius Hears A Wha?, Nicole was more than happy to pose for a final quick flash.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
For the life of me, I can't remember this guy's name, but he did an awesome picture of Vampirella for Nik. While the guy was working on it, I mentioned to Nik how the guy just had to be in Salem, AZ. Nik agreed and the guy was flattered. The Vampi drawing was awesome and as soon as I can get his name and website, you'll find it here, boppers.
Corey of Young American Comics was gracious enough to pose with a pack of candy smokes for my upcoming website deticated to the cancerous confectionary. YAC had some of the finest mini comics I've ever read. I particularly enjoyed Pair-O-Normal Investigators #1 in which Bigfoot & the Loch Ness Monster are paranormal investigators in Monstra City. Check out YAC's website, buy some stuff & support indy comics!
Friday, May 12, 2006
I know I usually reserve the pictures of my daughter Arlaux for her own blog, but I just wanted to share these here. Here's my little four-year-old artist-in-training working diligently at my desk.
For all the latest groovy news in her life, check out her blog: They Call Me "Boo-Boo."