Sunday, October 28, 2007

name drop

Of all the names I could drop about the insane halloween parties last night, I will only drop 2: Victor Garber and Christopher Gorham both pulling off perfect Andy Warhols.

Other Costumes of Note:
- The green-vested Doublemint Gum Twins
- The Orange County and San Diego wildfire
- A platoon of Butt Pirates
- 300 spartans who were destined to be shirtless
- Rainbow Brite's gay brother, RainBro Brite
- Dog the Bounty Hunter and Beth
- A lost member of the Blue Man Group

Also, its not fair for you to wear props and costumes if you work on a TV show or hit movie. It's just unfair to the rest of us.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

review: 30 days of night


So busy, so busy! In leiu of typing up a large paragraphical entry, here's a list of to-do's and been-done's:

- Halloween is tonight for us. Two parties (maybe three).
- I am going as Linus. Boy is going as an auto mechanic.
- When Boy put on auto mechanic outfit Murphy started growling at him.
- The gallery opening was a big success. I've sold 3 pieces that I know of, and have been told the online gallery is finally being uploaded in the next few days.
- It is lightly snowing ash outside, with a few drops of rain.
- Muenster cheese is my new favorite
- My friend Mike left town, my friend Rob arrived in town, and next weekend my parents will be in-town adjacent
- We put in an offer on another house, but have yet to hear back
- Only 2 pages left to draw in my kid's book
- Ugly Betty is finally getting back on track while Heroes continues to derail.
- My old laptop sold on ebay, but new one isn't here yet, leaving us with one computer for the house
- Read the Magneto screenplay, surprisingly very cool

Monday, October 22, 2007

script review: hellboy 2

Spoiler free!

What: Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
By: Guillermo del Toro (story by del Toro and Mike Mignola)

Pan's Labyrinth + Hellboy ÷ X2: X-men United = Hellboy 2: The Golden Army.

It's pretty frickin' spectacular. 114 pages of goodness.

Characters: Hellboy, Liz, Abe, Tom Manning, Johann Kraus (!), Elf Prince, Elf Princess, evil mace-wielding troll henchman, Angel of Death, plus two characters from H1 who appear in a flashback and a flashforward

Locations: BPRD, Blackwood's Auction House, Manhattan, a troll market under the Brooklyn Bridge (think Diagon Alley on crack), Ireland, Bethmoora, a garbage truck, the Hudson River, Los Angeles

Official Logline: "The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures."

Really: An evil Elf Prince is tired of having to live in the shadows and wants to conquer the world of men, he seeks to end the centuries old truce by resurrecting the long lost Golden Army. Hilarity ensues.

As much as we want Hellboy movies, I don't think anything on film is going to compare to Mignola's artwork and pacing, but it does seem like both del Toro and Mignola have learned from the lacking issues of the first film and really wanted to rock it out from the first page.

As a script in general, it was a nice, tight, enjoyable read. Far more enjoyable than Ed Norton's Incredible Hulk, which so far looks to be a fun flick, but is written like poorly formatted novel.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


D.A.N.C.E. (Alan Braxxe Remix) Justice
Cry Dan Wilson
Shake It Metro Station
Shadowplay The Killers
Bleeding Love Leona Lewis
Teenagers My Chemical Romance
Dark Road Annie Lennox
Los Angeles Sugarcult
Tell It to My Heart The Hot Stewards
I Was Made for Loving You Queen of Japan
Pictures of You The Last Goodnight
Can't Believe a Single Word VHS Or BETA

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Creature Features - TONIGHT!

Featuring the artwork of: Rick Baker, William Stout, Bernie Wrightson, William Basso, Cam De Leon, Adam Rex, Ruben Martinez, Eric Pigors, Gahan Wilson, Ken Brilliant, Breehn Burns, Ragnar, some dorks named Mike Dougherty and Mike DiMotta, Simeon Wilkins, Miran Kim, Tony Lombardo...and more.

My dear friend Mike DiMotta is in town from NYC for this very show, and we're having a great time nerding out talking about Jean Grey. This is his awesome piece for the show which sold before the opening:

Friday, October 12, 2007

the new kid

Like Murphy before him, we got Tucker about two days earlier than expected. In fact, we got him a few hours after getting his balls chopped off (You're welcome, Bob Barker!). He's obviously a little confused, but his tail wags almost constantly and he and Murphy are getting along great (there's some sort of weird dominance/protection vibe going on, which makes me think in a past life Murph may have been in the klink).

I can't recomment rescuing a dog enough. To think that this little guy is 4 years old and just happened to vanish from his home for who knows how long ... breaks my heart. From his malnutrition to his behavior (he was totally mystified by the bed and kept taking his treats and eating them in the dirt), you know wherever he was there wasn't enough love. But he has a new home, two new dads, and a new brother now, so I think he'll do just fine.

a family of four

Boy does lots of things he shouldn't do. Like he visits even though he's already afraid of flying, and he checks the animal shelter database for new arrivals. So now I, the dog person, and Boy, the "I'm-not-a-dog-person-but-totally-really-is-a-dog-person" are adding to the family:
We took Murphy to the shelter yesterday to meet him, and they got along like gangbusters. (A little too well some might say, but like father(s), like son(s)...) He's being snipped and chipped now, and we should get him in a few days. We've named him Tucker.

Murphy & Tucker has a good ring to it, eh?

Sunday, October 7, 2007

greeting cards

I'm exhausted, folding 4 loads of laundry, and approaching broke...

Hey look! I finally added greeting cards to my store!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

lassie must be tired

CARLETONVILLE, South Africa — Singing and dancing despite exhaustion, the last of 3,200 miners trapped deep underground for more than a day emerged safely Thursday night, delivering a happy ending but raising questions about the safety of South Africa's important gold mines.

So...South Africa can get 3,200 people out from under the earth, but the United States can't get fresh water and food to a sports arena in New Orleans?

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


In a heavy-handed, drama-filled, oscar-bait autumn, there are two movies I'm looking forward to the most:

Monday, October 1, 2007

ding dong

The phone just rang, the house deal is dead. We're walking, and I'm totally fine with that. Now its over and we can keep looking.

Yesterday was the Abbott Kinney Festival, which was grueling, but fun. I was there from 8am til almost 8pm, and my back is reeling from standing most of the day. Still, I sold about 70-ish% of my stock, met some good people, and had a very interesting time people watching. I don't think I've even seen so much man-botox in one place.

Now I only have 5 days to finish 3 paintings for the October Shadows show, as well as try to get this latest book under control.

The book is driving me a bit batty. It's written, It's thumbnailed, it's just taking a awhile to get the actual pages done, something I'm not sure they'll reflect upon completion.