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Don Knotts & Darren
Sunday, February 26, 2006 11:46 AM
Pictured above are Darren McGavin and
Don Knotts who appeared together in Disney's No Deposit,
No Return. As many of you have already heard, both reecently
passed away within a day of each other.
Don Knotts, best known as the bumbling
but loveable Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith show,
died on Friday from pulmonary and respiratory complications.
Knotts appeared in more than 25 films and seven tv series
but it was his role as Barney Fife that brought him the
most awards [five Emmys] and fan recognition. Looking
Knotts' filmnography, it's obvious that he would
have had a successful career even without the role of Barney
Fife [over 50 years in the business, movies, tv, etc.],
but the world would have been a bit sadder place.
Darren McGavin, 83, passed away
on Saturday from natural causes. Although Mr. McGavin
had a long,
successful career in movies and on television;
there were two roles that standout for me. The first was as newspaper
reporter, Carl Kolchak who discovered a real vampire in
modern day LA in the made for tv movie "Kolchak:
The Night Stalker." [Although I was never a fan of the
series that the movie spawned...] The second role was that of
Ralphie's dad in the classic "A Christmas Story."
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families,
friends and fans of both Mr. McGavin and Mr. Knotts.
Frank Miller: In His
Monday, February 20, 2006 12:13 PM
other day I linked
to an article that discussed Frank Miller's
upcoming graphic novel, Batman: Holy Terror!
Miller's novel is getting a lot of press
and it doesn't even have a publication date yet. Of course the
subject matter [Batman takes on al Qaeda] is pretty
If you want to see what Miller actually said
about Batman: Holy Terror!, his work on Sin City,
Daredevil and more, then click HERE
for a transcript of an interview posted at Newsarama
by Charles Brownstein.
Wolverine: Cool Again?
Monday, February 20, 2006 10:14 AM
Wolverine used to be one of my favorite
Of course that was back in the day. At that
time, he was the mysterious little guy with the beserker rage.
Chris Claremont or Frank Miller were penning his
stories and John Byrne & Terry Austin or Miller
& Joe Rubinstein were providing the art. Yeah, like I
said, it was years ago.
Still the latest issue of Previews had
two covers featuring Wolverine that were pretty cool. The
first, the cover
to Wolverine: Origins #1 is by Joe Quesada.
The second, the cover
to Wolverine #41 is by C.P. Smith.
I haven't read a great Wolverine story
in years. Maybe one of these issues will break that bad-luck string.
AH, Everyone Wants
Sunday, February 19, 2006 2:39 PM
Yesterday, my buddy, John Higashi and
I got together over lunch to discuss our "strategy"
for next weekend's MegaCon.
For those of you who don't know, John Higashi
is considered the "master" in the art of getting commissions
from artists. Don't believe me, then take a look at John's
We're both hoping to get on Adam Hughes'
sketch list. If you're not familiar with Adam Hughes' art,
link to his site. Check it out and I'll be here
when you get back.
Wow! You were gone quite a while. I can't blame
you though because Adam is such an amazing artist. Now
you can see why everyone - including John Higashi and me
-- hope to get something from him next weekend.
I'll be sure and let you know how it turns out.
Zeck, The Punisher
and a Grafitti-Filled Wall
Friday, February 17, 2006 8:21 PM
I came across this cool Mike
Zeck Punisher piece the other day. It was first
used as a pin-up in an issue of Marvel Fanfare and then
later turned into a poster.
When Mike decided to do a pin-up of the
Punisher with a huge gun against a grafitti-filled wall he
was left the the problem of what to use for the graffiti. He decided
to fill it using the names of friends. In some cases the friends
were "couples." As a joke he listed "Zablo and
Sly" because of my admiration for Sylvester Stallone.
If my memory serves me correctly he poster was
made about about 15 years ago. [Yep, years before the StalloneZone
was created!] Unfortunately some of the folks listed on the poster
have passed on. And in many cases the couples have split up.
Last I heard though, Zablo
+ Sly were still going strong.
Two Millers on Me
Thursday, February 16, 2006 1:58 PM
I know that many of you ZONErs [like
me] are big fans of Frank Miller.
If that's the case, then check out THIS
ARTICLE to find out about Miller's Batman:
Holy Terror! graphic novel which pits Batman against
You can also click HERE
to check out Newsarama's coverage of a Sin City
screening with Frank Miller.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006 7:27 PM
I was looking over the guest
list for this year's MegaCon
and was sad to see that Tone
Rodriguez wasn't listed.
Tone's not only a talented artist, but is an absolute
blast to talk to. He's got a great sense of humor, enjoys
meeting [and messing with] the fans... and of course draws a mean
sketch. Here's an
example, and another
another from last year's sketchbook.
Sunday, February 12, 2006 10:06 PM
If push came to shove and I had to name my all
time favorite comic character, it'd be Batman.
Maybe it's because he's grounded in reality.
Well, as much reality as you can get in the super hero genre.
Batman doesn't have super powers. Anyone with the
same determination, will power and, ahem, bank account could become
Another reason that I like Batman so
much is that there are so many takes on the character that work.
Think about it...
Adam West's tv Batman was camp.
Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams'
Batman was the world's greatest detective.
Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers
[along with Terry Austin] explored the struggle for balance
between Bruce Wayne and Batman.
Frank Miller brought us the Dark Knight
as Dirty Harry.
Doug Moench, Kelly Jones and John
Beatty looked at the horror/supernatural aspect of
I could go on and on but the point that I want
to make is that each of these takes is different, but they
Currently Matt Wagner is doing a riff
in a six issue mini series called Batman and the Monster
Men. It's a story of Batman's first encounter with
And you guessed it, it works.
Saturday, February 11, 2006 5:04 PM
If you're anywhere near Orlando, Florida
from February 24th - 26th, you may want to check out the
In addition to George Perez, who is the
Guest of Honor, there are going to be a ton of comic
book artists and movie
/ tv celebs on hand to sketch and sign
autographs. Of course there will be a ton
of dealers selling the latest comics, dvds,
graphic novels and who knows what else.
I'll be there looking to pick up a few more
Stallone sketches. Big
John Beatty will be there as a guest [sharing a
table with the incredibly talented Alberto
Ruiz]. If you can make it, swing by Big Beatty's
table and at least say, "Hi."