Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hallow-day Decorating

Since this is Halloween, I thought I would post some photos of my Hallow-day decorating that I  finished just this past Saturday (partly the reason this post is so late) in and outside the house. I especially dead-icated the day to working on the Disney Haunted Mansion scene. So I hope you enjoy the photos. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments coffin below.

(Sorry, this photo that would normally be here has been moved for reasons of copyright.) 
Disney Haunted Mansion scene with just a few members of the Jack Skellington gang (including Dr. Finklestein's labouratory skull).
 My own work.

 In case you can't read the guy's jacket on the right: He is a teenage vampire ("Eye am a Teenage Vampire"). Yes, an image of an (evil) eye is used to substitute "I".

. . . and again, but perhaps only with just a little less tape showing. 
Until next time . . . and . . .
Happy Halloween, every body!
Photo credits: Steven Rose, Jr.
The Haunted Mansion is the registerd trademark of the Disney Company.
The Nightmare Before Christmas story and characters are copyright of Tim Burton/Disney.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

On "The Walking Dead"

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

There's a lot of hype right now about AMC's "The Walking Dead". As much as I like zombies, I saw my very first episode only today, believe it or not, which was the first episode of the new season. You can watch it right now here but I suggest you do it now since it's only streaming on AMC's website for a limited time and that could be until midnight tonight for all we know. So if you do, come back here after it's done and let me know what you think in the comments box. As for myself, it really didn't impress me. Now I won't get cocky about it thinking I know the whole series because I've only seen one episode. When I saw it I didn't see much difference in "Night of the Living Dead", the mother of all zombie movies as we know them today. Nor did it seem much different than any of the "Living Dead" knock offs. Okay, it's post-apocalyptic, which almost all of today's zombie storylines are. "Night of the Living Dead" was apocalyptic and so takes place at the beginning of the zombie outbreak. But then the British film "28 Days Later" was also post-apocalyptic.

Now, at least from what I saw from the summary on the show's website the twist to the entire storyline is that the zombie outbreak causes people to question whether the living aren't much less zombie than the walking dead. It's just that I didn't see that idea coming into play in Season 3's premiere episode. I didn't see any indication of connection to that idea either. Now I can't say that none of the episodes of the first two seasons did not play out that idea since I haven't seen any of them, but I assume at least some of them did. I'll have to watch the first season.

The episode I watched today struck me as made simply to make an audience wonder how many zombies an individual character will slay. The suspense scenes were pretty old such as showing the zombie hunters searching through the blacked out penitentiary not knowing where a zombie might jump out from. When one would jump out it was too easy for the viewer to see it coming before hand.

Now as far as plot goes, the best part I thought was the one that took the biggest twist. The pregnant mom is talking with the old man about her concern for her child turning out to have been infected by the zombie plague. That's the only part that made me want to speculate and sympathize with any of the characters which, at least in this episode, I couldn't do with any of them because their development didn't show enough.

The show is based on an Image comic book. I've only thumbed through a few issues and some looked okay, but I can't say a whole lot since I haven't actually read any of them. But no kidding, zombies are hot right now probably even hotter than vampires (feel free to correct me, vampire fans, if I'm wrong) and so I've made sure not to miss the zombie craze. That's why back in the summer I picked up a copy of a graphic novel of another zombie series, "i Zombie: Dead to the World". It's by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, published by Vertigo. It's from the "i Zombie" monthly comic book series. Michael Allred does some really great art in it like he did in his "Mad Man" series which had a kind of "I Was a Teenage Frankenstein" super hero storyline. He has a four-colour, '60s retro style in his work, yet Roberson gives a trendy plot. The plot: a female zombie must eat the brains of recently deceased humans in order to avoid rotting and to keep her human consciousness. Along with this, the brains she eats enable her to see the past thoughts of the people they once belonged to. In this graphic novel in particular she witnesses a murder through one of these thoughts and she and her fellow monster friends, a were-terrier and a ghost from the '60s, must track down the murderer. Both the series' storyline and the book's are really good and take twists on the zombie story like no other zombie story has before.

If you like zombies like I do and if you purchase my book, "The Fool's Illusion", when it comes out (hopefully end of next month), you'll get a couple of zombie-like stories in there. I say "zombie-like" because some of the undead in these stories are not quite zombies but are closer to ghouls since, unlike zombies, they have consciences. But that can be debatable perhaps. Let me know what you think defines a zombie if you'd like. I'm always interested in your comments.

Until next time, take scare.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Book Marks and Pop Art

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I said two weeks ago that I would have more about my book and Disneyland last weekend. I apologise for missing last weekend. It was a really crazy Saturday last weekend. I tried making it out to Sacramento's annual horror convention but the bus route I was supposed to take was held back by road construction that they just had to pick do at that time (or close enough to it). And this week's been busy because I've found myself having to take on more writing projects than most other times.

A little about my book though: I'm in the process of colouring the cover illustration. I had meant to make some book marks based on it to distribute at last week's con but wasn't able to get past the designing of it on the computer. I'm only a modest computer geek, so it takes me some time to figure out the software to do these things. I plan to have the book marks done before next weekend though because that's when I need them for another event.

If you're in Sacramento next Saturday, October 13, I suggest you check out the art show in downtown called "The Best of Geeky Sacramento Comic Book & Pop Art Showcase" at The Urban Hive, 1931 H Street in Sacramento, CA 95811. It's from 4 to 9 p.m. I'm planning to have my book marks there but if you're too far from Sacramento please don't come out there just for that. Like I said, I'm only a modest software geek and so I can't be sure that I will have these book marks out by then but I am aiming for that date. But the show will have some of the best comic book and imaginative art on display not just in Sacramento but, at least in my opinion, the world.

Did anybody celebrate the first annual Star Wars Reads Day? If you didn't know about it you can read about it in my article at And this month is also National Book Month as you may have known. Any of you every thought about joining a live book club (though some dead ones can be fun too!)? Well this article may give you an idea about how to get in touch with one starting with your computer.

I'll have more for you next week.

Until then . . .