Stelfreeze is part of Gaijin
Studio. You know, the powerhouse studio that is
the home of Adam Hughes, Cully Hamner, Karl
Story, and Beatty's own adopted son, Kelsey
Shannon. I had been fortunate to get sketches from Adam,
over the past year. And although I had talked with Brian
several times at shows [usually about movies], I had never
been at the right place to ask for a commission.
I made sure that changed at AtantaCon
this year. I was first in line for Brian's sketch
list. Brian opted for a Jack Carter [which
would have been my choice for him as well].
When I told Brian I wanted him
to do a Stallone piece he called out to Cully
[who was sitting further down the way], "Hey Cully!
I'm being called up to the big leagues!"
Going back to Brian's analogy of
being called up to the "big leagues" -- well,
if that's the case then Brian hit a grand slam the
first time at bat. I couldn't thank him enough for the piece.
- Craig Zablo [April 17,