This adorable li’l guy is Sam, the murderous spirit of Halloween who punishes all who do not celebrate the rituals of his holiday properly. He’s the “cryptkeeper” type character who ties the four tales together in a great movie called Trick ‘r Treat, Written and Directed by Michael Dougherty, who co-wrote X-Men 2, and the unfairly maligned Superman Returns. Trick ‘r Treat features a great cast and is incredibly creepy, and most importantly, a fuck of a lot of fun. It’s easily the most enjoyable Halloween themed movie I’ve ever watched.
Happy Halloween, everyone.
Inspired by the new Moon Knight series, Vengeance of Moon Knight, by Gregg Hurwitz and Jerome OpeÃ±a (who is fucking amazing, by the way).
First of all, I’ve always liked Moon Knight in a way. So a few years ago when the series was being relaunched, I was excited. I checked out Charlie Huston’s novels to get a feel for his writing, and I set myself to tolerate David Finch’s art. The novels I read by Huston were excellent, especially the Joe Pitt vampire/noir series, so my excitement escalated. However, the Moon Knight comic sucked. One of the most boring, awful comics I’ve ever read. Dropped after 4 or so issues, burned so bad that I never even checked it out after Huston and Finch left.
I’m not really sure why I picked up the first issue of the new one. But I’m glad I did, holy fuck was it good. Maybe it was the low expectations, but I was blown away for certain.
As for the drawing, the intent for it was something completely different for a) my usual style and b) how it actually turned out. I was going to go for a sorta very simple, indie-comics sorta style, but not in a mocking way. I failed completely, and wound up with a bastardized Frank Quitely (but if Quitely were retarded and had broken hands) style.
Recently, thanks to Netflix, I’ve been renting the Greatest American Hero on DVD. I remember loving the show when I was a kid, but as with most things, those cherished memories usually come crashing down as we come across them as adults.
Well, while certainly dated, G.A.H. holds up to a certain extent. It’s got a lot of charm and wit, and the concept still works, and Robert Culp is great. I think an update of the show in either movie form or even still on television would be great, as long as care could be taken not to “CW” it up, or load it with pop culture references. And it’s certainly too bad that the recent comic was as terrible as terrible can be, as that’d be a fine place for a revival as well.
A friend of mine (Matt Brassfield of Bloodline Video) asked if I’d draw a cover for a DVD he was putting out, Vampire Peeper of Greene County – a part of his “Bad Movie Night Collection” of videos. Because I’m a pussy who has a hard time saying “no”, I agreed. Then it took him over a month to get me photos of the characters, or a copy of the movie. When he finally did, I only had the weekend to get a full-color illustration – with logo design and banner design – done.
The Vampire in the movie is a cheap child’s Dracula mask, with Freddy Krueger glove and Superman hoodie. Who is also played by the same guy playing the “hero” of the film. Obviously, I made the vamp a little more menacing than a plastic mask, I made the claws real, and the Superman symbol makes a nice ‘V’ for vampire. The two “heroes” of the film played by Matt Hoffman (the character with the ballcap) and Adam Eckley (the other guy) were the only memorable characters with any dialogue, so they get the cover treatment. My friends Jason and Pat were also in the movie, but fuck those guys.
The movie itself, kinda fun. It’s definitely bad on every possible level, but I laughed out loud a few times, chuckled throughout. It’s entirely improvised, so check out the Bloodline Video website to support local (to me) independent movies.
A Post-It Doodle done at work in red and black gel pens, scanned and inverted. I never read the Amalgam comic, but like most of them, the idea seems neat…