Ted Kord: Blue Lantern


Welp, fucked that up.

The Halloween experiment failed spectacularly. After my vacation, I was exhausted, busy, and in complete and total physical agony. Not to mention completely tapped out of things to draw, and the ability in which to draw them. I had started a generic Ghostbuster, a sloppy Slimer, a lethargic Leatherface, a crappy Candyman, a choppy Chop-Top, and a crack-addled Captain Spaulding. All terrible. Then I ran out of paper.

All the while, my right-side, upper wisdom tooth cracked, and I’ve been completely out of my mind in pain or on painkillers. I can’t afford to see a dentist, especially for a wisdom tooth problem. Especially, since I have a sneaking suspicion a root canal will be in order as well. I’d rather live with the pain. It went away once. I can do it again.

Did watch a few movies. They were pretty fuckin’ terrible, but that could’ve just been the pain…

No. I’m pretty sure they were awful. Do not see: 2001 Maniacs or The Toolbox Murders (2003). Maniacs is just plain bad. Bad acting, bad effects, bad writing, bad pacing, bad everything. Even Robert Englund is godawful in it. Toolbox, on the other hand, has some good going for it. Decent acting, good atmosphere, Ron Howard’s dad. However, the execution of it completely fails, because the writers and director couldn’t make up their mind what the movie was supposed to be about. One minute it’s a slasher film, the next it’s a haunted hotel story, next it’s about witchcraft, now it’s a slasher again, complete with ridiculous origin that doesn’t gel with anything else in the movie! Yay! Now let our previously intelligent main character behave like a fuckin’ idiot! Yay! Terrible waste.

The only adequate movie I watched was Ginger Snaps. It’s not bad. Not great either. Just a little too much clobbering of the metaphor over your head. We get it. She’s a werewolf, it stands for puberty. Got it. Jesus Christ. Other than that, and possibly the worst werewolf effects since Lon Chaney Jr., the movie’s pretty watchable.

Anyway, this might be the last new art seen from me in a while. I’m gonna take a sabbatical from drawing sketches like this. I need to try to finish my sequential stuff I’ve been working on, and I’d like to try to focus on getting some writing done.

The above drawing is a crackpot theory/wishful thinking thing on my part. I started thinking about the goings on in Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern book, and the rainbow of flavors he’s introduced. Green Lanterns, Red Lanterns, Purple Horseshoes, Yellow Moons, Pink Hearts, etc. The Blue Lanterns, which haven’t really been explored yet, represent hope. Johns also recently brought back my favorite DC Comics character ever, Ted Kord, aka the bestest Blue Beetle ever (suck it, Jaime [also, see last page of Booster Gold # 1,000,000 for proof]). So really, it was a simple jump from Blue Beetle (since the name is taken now) to Blue Lantern. A simple costume tweak (stupidly simple), and the thing drew itself (poorly).

Geoff Johns has to do this now. HAS to. ‘Cause I drew it. And that makes it real. In my head. DO IT.

Frankie Goes to Chicago


10/23

I won’t be posting art until Monday, but I promise to make up for it when I return. Heading off to Chicago for my first vacation since I was unemployed two and a half years ago. Wish it was longer, but I can’t afford to take anymore vacation time, what with winter and all.

See ya’ll in a few days.

Vampirella


10/22

I like boobies.

I’m so alone.

New episode of Gutter Trash is up.

Untitled


10/21

It may not look like it, but yes it’s horror related. It’s a panel from a short story I’m working on, a horror/western. So, y’know, trust me.

New episode of Gutter Trash will be available tomorrow sometime.

Tried to watch Beyond Re-Animator, but a) it sucked, and b) the disc was cracked. Netflix!!!

Dr. Hill


10/20

Dr. Carl Hill’s bat-winged head, from Bride of Re-Animator.

Creature from the Black Lagoon


10/19

The Creature from the Black Lagoon is a movie I’ve never seen, but I’ve always dug the look of the creature. Especially when Art Adams draws him. I love Art Adams.

A lot.

Come Get Some


10/18

Ash is the only icon of horror who isn’t a villain or monster. He’s just an average joe. With a chainsaw hand. That’s why everyone loves him. Me included. Evil Dead II is in my Top 5 of all-time favorite movies ever. EVER. Not just horror movies. ALL movies. The Dark Knight can still go suck a nut.

I’m an inch away from getting Dish Network. Still undecided.

Quickie horror movie reviews of recent Netflix’d fare:

May. Excellent film, truly disturbing in it’s main character’s akwardness. Long before the eventual bloodbath, you wince, gag and bite your nails at just how timid and backward the character of May is. It’s almost heartbreaking. This may have become a new favorite.

Bride of Re-Animator. Sequel to the original classic. Just gruesome, goofy fun. Jeffrey Combs is great as usual as the progressively crazier Dr. Herbert West, who begins some more outlandish experiments with his re-agent.

The Woods. An effectively creepy tale about young girls at an all-girls school in 1965. There’s some stuff about witches and haunted woods and whatnot, but it barely matters. The acting is good, the mood and tension are good, and it’s mostly about the characters. Plus Bruce Campbell is in it for about 10 minutes. 5 of which, he actually has lines.

Ravenous. Holy crap how did I miss this one for so long? I can see why it bombed so terribly when it came out. It’s not exactly a horror film, but it’s also not exactly any other kind of film, which means people stayed away in droves. It’s got Guy Pearce, Robert Carlisle, Jeffery Jones, David Arquette and Jeremy Davies, and it’s about cannibals in the old west, circa 1850. It takes the cannibalism part of the story of the Donner Party and runs away with it in crazy (and occassionally hilarious) directions. And of course, the acting is great all around.

Were-Rat


10/17

This started out as a werewolf, but looks more like a rat, so that’s what it is. A were-rat.

Chicago plans not going as smoothly as possible. Pissed off.

A stretch…


10/16

Kinda pushin’ it with this one. He COULD be scary. He just isn’t.

Gotta do some catch-up drawing tonight. Thank god I finally have money so I can eat dinner on my own.

I’ve got something to say…


You should retire today
You’re a joke and ruining a legacy,
and it’s gone to your head.

Too much horror business
At this late in life
1978
That’s when you should have stopped
And you don’t go to the bathroom on stage

and on and on.

Give it up for Jerry Atric and the All-Star American Punk Cover Band!