Sci-Fest LA

Orson Welles

Sci-Fest LA War of the Worlds

Last month I was given the opportunity to participate in a fund raiser for Sci-Fest LA, a festival of one-act, science fiction plays here in Los Angeles. Started in 2014, the Hollywood Reporter christened the inaugural festival, “An inspired notion,” and concluded that “After seeing the First Annual Sci-Fest, rest assured you’ll be hoping for a Second Annual Sci-Fest.”

Well, the second annual festival is here. And I was asked to participate by contributing some original artwork to a fundraiser Saturday, January 17. This show is a one night only performance of Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds to be performed by great actors from various Star Trek incarnations including Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton and Walter Koenig! They and several others will be performing the one-act play of Welles’s version of the H.G. Wells masterpiece and then signing artwork from me and six other artists, which will then be auctioned off.

If you’re in Los Angeles this weekend, check it out at the Acme Theater. It’s a small space and seats are limited.

Downton Abbey… Normal.

Marty Feldman steals Maggie Smith's head.

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When you’re doing caricatures of famous people, you’ll find some are difficult to draw. You’re always looking for some distinguishing feature to make the likeness pop. This is especially true when you’re trying to write a joke that hinges on the likeness. If no one knows who it is you’re drawing, the joke fails.

Then sometimes you want to draw someone who should be easy to draw because they possess many of those distinguishing features, but for some reason, you just can’t get it right. It’s inexplicable.

This was NOT the case with late Marty Feldman. I seriously could probably draw the guy blindfolded. This was my first attempt and, BOOM! Done! I might draw him for everything now.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Reveiw

Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson

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SPOILER FREE REVIEW

I liked it.

Storytelling was a little clunky, but they had a lot to set up. I think future episodes will be smoother. Didn’t love all the casting choices. I’m to believe someone who looks like Chloe Bennet is the world’s greatest hacker and lives in a van? But whatever, it’s television. And really, it’s a show about super heroes, and I’m nit picking pretty people? Suspend thy disbelief, man! Continue reading

Plan 9 from Office Space

Plan 9 from Office Space

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This is one of the best drawings I’ve done in a while, so I figured I’d put it up. Here are a couple of observations from last night’s drawing session:

1. John C. McGinley is ridiculously easy to draw. I started a quickie sketch of him and it came out so good, I considered using it. But instead I decided to go with a slightly bigger format so I could get more detail. Continue reading

How do you like them apples, Jokah?!

Ben Affleck as Batman

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Yes, Daredevil sucked. We can all agree on that. But how much of that leather clad train wreck was Affleck’s fault? The success of most of the current incarnation of comic book movies rely more on the directors than the actors portraying our favorite heroes. The reason for the success of the Dark Knight both critically and financially was Nolan. The reason for the success of the Avengers was Whedon.

The “director” of Daredevil has since gone on to helm such notable pieces of shit such as When in Rome and Ghost Rider a movie so painfully bad, it made me wistful for the cohesion and originality of Daredevil.  Continue reading