A few previews from my official Marvel themed show at Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX. Opening reception is April 25th, from 7-10pm. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I’m excited for people to finally see what I’ve been working on since November.
For those asking about prints, they will be available through the gallery, and leftovers will most likely be made available through mondotees.com
Wake Up/Escape from the Citadel promo by writer/storyboard artist Steve Wolfhard
Adventure Time: Season 6 begins
Already really excited for more Adventure Time!
I actually heard of the Kickstarter for Sullivan’s Sluggers through a promotional ad on a website and thought it would be a neat opportunity to fund a graphic novel Kickstarter for the first time in June of 2012. A year and a half later - Sullivan’s Sluggers finally made it to my apartment.
Mark Andrew Smith had a lot of troubles with his Kickstarter - he received over 16 times the amount of money he was looking for (coming out at nearly $100,000 for the campaign), and upgraded the book accordingly: unlocking a 200 page Omnibus-sized, slipcase cover, monster gatefold with bound in ribbon bookmark. It was ridiculous and for only $30 it seemed like a huge undertaking to ship these giant books out to the thousands of backers. The shipping slowly became almost untenable, and many backers still don’t have their books even to this day.
I think the book did honestly turn out fantastic though - the quality shows and I was more than happy to wait for the final product, even when it seemed like it wasn’t going to come at all. In the end, the project was a disaster, but a huge learning experience for all the project leads on Kickstarter to learn from. So in that sense, it’s fortunate that someone could take that hard of a hit for everyone to follow after him.
I’ve expressed on numerous occasions how much Jackass means to me, but when Bad Grandpa was announced I wasn’t overly impressed. I was never much of a fan of the “prank” videos in Jackass and prefer the stunts over tricking people in public. Nevertheless, I still went out and saw Knoxville’s newest film, and was presently surprised.
The best thing Bad Grandpa has going for it is surprise. The unfortunate state of trailers nowadays is that everything is immediately given away to the audience. There’s no subtlety and it’s just whatever can fill the theatre seats faster. Bad Grandpa has a trailer that reveals almost the entire of the film - however there are many gags that the film had up its sleeve.
Johnny Knoxville isn’t the greatest actor, nor can he really pull it off without the aid of his “grandson” - played by Jackson Nicoll. The payoff is through the reactions of the unsuspecting individuals being pranked in the film. It is often shocking to see what some of these people thought they could get away with. In the end, the film is full of a lot of heart (more so than any other Jackass film, there’s certainly that for sure) and has a positive message. It’s exactly what you expect you’re getting yourself into.
"Inventive" isn’t quite the word I’d use to describe the horror film "You’re Next". It was a decent film and the execution was about what I expected, but as for doing something new, I can’t say that it fell into that particular category.
You’re Next actually reminded me a lot of The Strangers, except a family is targeted by a group of killers in this film. There were some interesting moments in the film, including some well thought out traps and deaths - but by and large it felt like standard horror fare. The highlight of the film was the female protagonist. It’s been too long since a genuinely strong female character has been present in a horror film and the female lead in this film did a great job.
Overall You’re Next is another horror film, but if that’s what you like there’s absolutely no reason not to go for it. There are relatively creative moments, and it’s not another overwhelming gore-filled slasher.