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The Walking Dead... Lives
Monday, April 11, 2005 8:24 PM

In December of 2003, I wrote my initial post about the ultra cool Walking Dead comic. The first issue had just been released. It was obvious that Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore had created a winner.

The book just kept getting better and better. It quickly became my favorite monthly comic.

Then a scary thing happened. Tony Moore left and Charlie Adlard took over the art chores. The Walking Dead didn't miss a beat.

But how long can it last?

Click HERE and read an interview with Robert Kirkman and you'll know...

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50 Eggs, Beatty and a Bet
Sunday, April 10, 2005 7:22 PM

If you've ever seen the movie Cool Hand Luke [and even if you haven't], you're probably familiar with the scene where Luke eats fifty hardboiled eggs in one hour to win a bet.

For whatever reason, about a week ago, John Beatty, John Higashi and I began to discuss whether or not a person could actually do it.

We all agreed that it'd be difficult if not impossible. And that's when Beatty claimed, "I could eat 50 scrambled eggs in an hour -- no sweat." My ears perked up. This was the moment I was waiting for and I jumped in, "So you're saying that you could eat fifty scrambled eggs in one hour without throwing up?"

"Yeah. Easy," came the answer. Beatty must have seen the look on my face and where this was heading because he added, "I'm not talking about extra large or jumbo eggs... just regular eggs."

I smiled and asked, "Couid you eat fifty regular hardboiled eggs in one hour?"

"No, but I could eat fifty scrambled easily," was Beatty's reply. At this point John Higashi jumped in with, "Scrambled eggs would be easier. I think he could do it."

And there it sat for the rest of the day. Over the course of the week Beatty and I have skirted around the idea of him eating fifty scrambled eggs in an hour as a bet, but neither of us threw down the gauntlet. I do know that Big John can eat a five egg omelet with toast, milk and grits or taters... so fifty scrambled may be within his reach.

I decided to do some research and found this site that scientifically explores the possibility of a human eating fifty hardboiled eggs in an hour. Of course this doesn't match up completely with our situation since: 1] Beatty's talking about eating scrambled eggs and 2] Beatty ain't quite human.

Still the site concludes that if he did try he would "be bunged up for 36 hours after eating his eggs, and the amount of hydrogen sulphide gas (stink gas) he would produce would be awful." The site also says that a man ate 32 softboiled eggs in 78 seconds.

That settles it for me. If a normal guy can eat 32 softboiled eggs in just over a minute and the biggest problem eating fifty eggs will cause is a terrible gas [and with Big John, how could it get any worse??]...

...I have to say this is one bet I will now avoid!

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The Tampa Comic Book and Toy Convention
Saturday, April 9, 2005 3:37 PM

Next weekend my son, Mike and I [along with my buddies John Beatty, John Higashi, James Howell] will be heading down to the Tampa Comic Book and Toy Convention.

If you're a regular ZONE reader, you've heard me talk up the Tampa show many times before. It's always a blast. Tim Gordon puts on three a year and we try to hit 'em all. The cool thing is that as the show continues to grow, but retains that small convention feel.

The guests for next Sunday include DC Comics' Ethan Van Scriver, Nick Cuti, Mark and Stephanie Heike, Dick Kulpa, Derrick Fish, Shannon Chenoweth, Brandon McKinney and Johnny Atomic.

The Tampa Indie Film Fest wil screen films throughout the day. Cult Horror film fan favorite [try saying that three times fast] Actor/Director/Writer Joel D. Wynkoop, and Gary Wood will be on hand to discuss their films. The ever-popular costume contest will also be on tap -- so remember to bring your camera!

The show runs from 10 am to 4pm. I'll be wearing a StalloneZone t-shirt, so please come up and say, "Hi!"

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Odds Against Tomorrow
Friday, April 8, 2005 10:52 PM

Odds Against Tomorrow is the story of three very different men who come together because of the one thing that that they have in common - a desparate need for enough quick cash to risk everything by robbing a bank.

Burke [Ed Begley] is an ex-cop who has the plan. Slater [Robert Ryan] is the racist ex-con with the stones to back the play. Johnny Ingram (Harry Belafonte) is the African-American needed to get the bank door opened.

Odds Against Tomorrow has been called the last American noir and while that's debatable, it does have all of the elements of the genre. The direction by Robert Wise [based on a novel by William P. McGivern who also wrote The Big Heat] is straight-forward and at times almost feels like a documentary. The score by the Modern Jazz Quartet definitely is a plus and adds to the film's atmosphere.

Ryan, Belafonte and Begley are exceptional in their roles. Belefonte just oozes cool. Ryan is, of course, great in his role of the tough ex-con. In fact my favorite scene involves Ryan trying to have a quiet drink in a bar only to be challenged by a "tough" young soldier [played by Wayne Rogers].

Since this is a heist film made in 1959, things don't go as planned. Slater's a racist and Ingraham's black, so you know that there's going to be some friction... and an explosive finale.

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A Movie That Should be Remade
Tuesday, April 5, 2005 4:09 PM

It was announced today that Race with the Devil will be remade... well, updated actually.

Race with the Devil was a 1975 horror flick. Peter Fonda, Loretta Swit, Warren Oates and Lara Parker played two couples on a wilderness vacation in their RV who accidently witness a satanic sacrifice! They escape and return with the local authorities, but no evidence of the sacrifice or cult can be found. The couple leave town only to find the satanists are stalking them at every turn.

I saw Race with the Devil when it was originally released and I loved it. It was exciting, scary and full of action. I thought about it quite a bit over the years when we got on the topic of horror movies. Not too long ago I had the chance to see it again again.

Man, was I disappointed. The movie still is based on a cool idea and does have some exciting scenes. But it just didn't live up to my memories. It was as if someone had gone back and toned it down... less action, less suspense, and less horror.

That's why I'm glad the it's being remade. Maybe the new Race with the Devil will live up to my old memories.

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