The Violent Blue blog***Comics, Horror and Pop Culture***Updates Tuesday through Friday (and occasionally at random)


Lakewood Monster Walk today

zwcome on out to the 3rd annual MONSTER WALK at the five o’clock bar in Lakewood Saturday April 18th THIS IS AN ALL AGES EVEN SO KIDS ARE WELCOME (mine frequently accompany me!). Make up starts at 1pm and will go till about 3:30ish because the walk will start at 4pm. admission will be $5 plus 2 canned goods to get makeup done it will be $10 this will benefit the Cleveland food bank. please come out for the cause




Monster Walk at the 5 O’ Clock and Alien tonight!

10359558_1582196322032139_6962641967273641040_nCome on out to the 3rd annual monster walkMONSTER WALK at the five o’clock bar in Lakewood Saturday April 18th THIS IS AN ALL AGES EVENT SO KIDS ARE WELCOME. I brought my girls last time and they’re coming again this year! They love that they can be different monsters every time and not just zombies!  Make up starts at 1pm and will go till about 3:30ish because the walk will start at 4pm. admission will be $5 plus 2 canned goods. To get makeup done it will be $10  and trust me, there’s always great makeup artists here! This event is to benefit the Cleveland food bank.

The Five O’Clock lounge is located at 11904 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, Ohio 44107

5oclockyszia9zg7nwnhwsjyqdpOnce you’ve walked and creeped everyone else out sufficiently, make a pit stop at home, clean up and then head over to the Capitol for the midnight screening of Alien!

Ridley Scott‘s 1979 masterpiece ‘Alien‘ is part of the Melt Bar and Grilled Cleveland Cinemas Late Shift Series. Admission is just $5! One lucky audience member will win some TUMS to help with their tummy ache!

The capital is located at 1390 W 65th St, Cleveland, Ohio 44102

And if you have trouble sleeping after all that, you can always go back and check out some old violent Blue….



essentialPosting the best strips from the series, in order from the beginning.

Every Wednesday and Friday


Maddie’s bird cage

art showBanner

A favorite of her mother and her grandmother, Maddie did this birdcage in watercolors. Her grandmother demanded it be framed and put in her home where it hangs today.



essentialPosting the best strips from the series, in order from the beginning.

Every Wednesday and Friday




I must be crazy, trying to pack two conventions into one weekend, but when  Dirk Manning brought this one to my attention I really was intrigued. They were bringing in Scott Spiegal, the writer of Evil Dead 2, as well as promoting some  interesting stuff like a Kiss cover band. It would also be a great opportunity to unveil my new Mr. Freeze costume….so I packed up my stuff, and off i went to Toledo.


I’m  not sure what I expected. I’m sure I didn’t expect to have as much fun as I did. Scott is a brilliant little ball of energy, outgoing and friendly. He loves Horror hosts, and Ohio is definately the right place for that. We reminisced about our favorites and I introduced him to the Kreepy Kastle before unrolling my evil Dead two poster. He loved looking at all the names, and added his own, along with the inscription “Don’t make an Ash out of me!” running into one of the other autographs.

His panel was incredible, hearing about working with Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell in high school, having to sit out Evil Dead, and coming back for two. I love this guy, one of my favorite celebrity meet and greets.

Only a few media guests at this one, and that was well done. They did bring in a couple of Walking dead  alumni, the two walkers Michonne had with her when she originally appeared on the show. Unbelievably, they were charging $30 per autograph, and $20 for a  photo. I don’t know where they thought they were, but this was not the kind of con for those kind of prices, and quite frankly they arn’t worth that kind of coin. The Walking Dead cast is out of control, and I hope they walked out of there with empty pockets. I also hope that in the future, Fantasticon  will bring in lower priced media guests. With the announcement of Jonathan Frakes next year, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

They brought in some great comic talent as well, most exciting to me  was William Messner-Lobes. Definitely a great catch, who I remember especially for his run on the Flash. He wasn’t alone though, and I found myself also at Arvell Jones table as well, with a stack of All-Star Squadron in hand for him to sign!


I changed into my costume a little later (walking a city block to in it to get from my  parking space to the convention center…still closer than at Indiana….) and  headed in. There were some great costumes there, I walked in  and saw a pitch perfect Wiplash – I was certian he was going to win the costume contest.

11014905_952184674825956_447683158752958647_n The contest was so much fun with so many amazing outfits, the winner ultimately being Lady Pyramed head taking first and the scariest Scarecrow I’ve ever seen taking second. I was excited to get third place.


I ended the evening catching the War Machine performance. War Machine is a Kiss cover band and a great deal of fun.

21328_952184114826012_6985322165349783488_n After a few technical difficulties, they launched int some recognizable hits and a nice selection of B-sides. The guy playing Ace was a beast on guitar and did a  dead on impression of his accent and laugh.


All in all, a good first year, and I’m tempted to hit them up again next year. It was an interesting strategy, scheduling the adult costume contest and the Spiegal panel on Sunday. It certainly drew a nice respectable crowd, and made Sunday a really fund day at the time most cons are winding down (Sunday at Wasteland is dead depressing, people packing and checking out, catching those last few movies they may have missed earlier in the week). I dig this, and had great fun partying just as hard Sunday as I had on Friday and Saturday at Wasteland. I’m definitely interested in seeing how this grows next year.

17307_952183911492699_507414520008343641_n 21029_952184911492599_2930005503360075872_n 21130_952184854825938_3591468704078851044_n 21195_952184578159299_2429145145486319990_n 21267_952184814825942_8962684252161838182_n 22009_952183854826038_6625746049371618891_n 1013781_952184724825951_761583404789201123_n 1559753_952183394826084_2639174216255204970_n 10301134_952183151492775_1919678743022139421_n 10336684_952184041492686_278019935922116111_n 10408002_952185061492584_6634160920660670958_n 10439384_952232274821196_6768605495599988650_n 10455107_952184978159259_2480267430972717432_n 10557426_952184784825945_6284481156589623228_n 10628578_952183591492731_2831216226323123979_n 10641221_952183251492765_8708829403926815585_n 10647092_952183228159434_6517772617585376333_n 10950703_952183914826032_3827772682557728474_n 10985419_952183144826109_2743169618116007156_n 11018127_952183278159429_2929907938704230407_n 11037460_952183434826080_4356280279710930495_n 11039144_952183764826047_2187306070254438243_n 11046464_952183818159375_5800846258549093688_n 11051851_952183554826068_5226174707770469963_n 11052368_952183741492716_8127841107188908593_n 11083664_952184728159284_2842802943701394554_n 11088350_952184928159264_4331138187628791803_n 11127855_952184591492631_5102822555756205762_n 11130154_952183831492707_2674153324012994561_n 11130269_952183721492718_4068675884931709136_n 11130281_952183644826059_1290595113323009569_n 11133844_952185044825919_8287846968543873583_n 11133891_952184431492647_8784191169037225957_n 11141275_952185318159225_5461654317372283426_n 11143326_952183358159421_1252969894708743604_n 11149278_952184428159314_1326861446193912886_n 11149368_952184294825994_6984453595880342212_n 11150326_952183678159389_8730968187249274656_n 11150854_952183328159424_3065326614991283512_n 11150980_952183448159412_28060788411290665_n 11152683_952184074826016_9039250860790400693_n 11152698_952184588159298_3524751970480788336_n 11156213_952184311492659_8314502302825196453_n 11156249_952184888159268_7346629295133080847_n 11159447_952183124826111_8220697557181365764_n


Cinema Wasteland 2015

ConmanSo there was the guy in the top hat carrying around the skeleton talking to the skinless guy, red muscle with yellow patchs of bone justting out from the tissue, a stark contrast to the white shirt and rumpled black suit he wore. A space pirate in his biker jacket and pirates hat came up, his smile revealing the sharp fangs beneath.

And people walked by like nothing was out of the ordinary.

Welcome to Cinema Wasteland.


One of the things that makes Wasteland so great is the people there. You go to visit with friends you only see every six months. I’m not kidding about Space pirate (a Kreepy Kastle Regular) showing up and finding Mr. Maniacal and me chatting, to say nothing of the ZEROS (Zombie eradication squad) and out of town friends I run into up there.


It was a packed house this year for the Day of the Dead reunion; the biggest cast reunion anywhere. We watched in a packed house, standing room only as the cast reminisced and Joe Piloto and Gary Klar yealled “I am Sparticus!” back and forth. These people are real family, friends not just in the movie but outside it too, keeping in touch even when conventions are out of session, and it really came through in the panel.


Jim  Wynorski was up next. A frequent director for Roger Corman at the helm of such films as Chopping Mll, Sorority House Massacre  and Hard to Die, he’s always been working, yet is always humbled by how much these films are still loved.


Joining him was Peter Spellos, a familiar face to TV and film, but alwys s a supporting player. The thing I was suprised to discover,  was just how funny he was.

I’ve spent most of my  career playing heavies and thugs and psychos,” he told me. “But my background is in improv, so when I get the chance  to be funny,  I take it!”

Finally, Ghastlee’s show…oh boy.


So I volunteered for Sallys part of the show, this  time around it was a game where they fed you diffrent things while blindfolded…Sardines, escargot, fermented herring from Sweden…all to the delight and revulsion of the audience. All of us made it through, though not without effort. I nearly tossed my cookies on the pickled pigs feet, but really, that’s just wasteland for you.

Great films playing all weekend, frequently with the director or actors present (at the screening of Chubbies the director greeted you at the door and poured you a shot of Jägermeister ) all spent with other people who love movies.

Now I can’t wait to do it again in six months…

100E6560 22105_10200337309512719_8491305193048657148_n 1959962_974518029228121_157952918064367120_n 10387291_10200339612050281_4861281171268233050_n 10660359_1052314484782673_4788267084905290074_n 11014706_979635268714979_6675780799498011005_n 11039090_443769852453819_2750950377883631136_n 11062121_444138145750323_3272245139722708280_n 11068388_974519759227948_1547011486001018951_n 11107165_992768270742121_1132545206965958663_n 11130256_10153042080384130_1526712988506532112_n 11136645_10200340361749023_778639006600219228_n 11138690_978619415483231_6823873305587527489_n 11149353_10200340806160133_3890129255360860117_n

13384_951016108276146_5885787278414886252_n 19600_951000948277662_2353879952213138023_n 1484695_951000874944336_3135585693159530312_n 1609589_951000871611003_274165008256307589_n 1908287_951000864944337_8173530823688700099_n 10004015_951000861611004_2547387069172133665_n 10296813_951702704874153_2668235612894537101_n 10347483_1052315671449221_8759764243398720289_n 10356310_951495718228185_6583812906729799508_n 10359207_951022878275469_2623393668262489504_n 10422958_951703074874116_7853934442615566880_n 10441147_951000198277737_5068853362978302237_n 10485890_951495721561518_8698160922669890757_n 10491227_951000944944329_7128229016202175904_n 10492548_950775318300225_1368543550753188174_n 10527808_951495714894852_69633495487441952_n  10730837_951703008207456_4902543497301859662_n 10830525_951016104942813_8724555377139694197_o 10933736_951022881608802_5211671226453079868_n 10944836_951495711561519_7921466620819270753_n 10983123_951702984874125_7347008838307330028_n 10983287_951703174874106_6492064421244632419_n 11010528_951022874942136_8420726361311574058_n 11018083_951702871540803_5516258357481799814_n 11024699_951702668207490_5203759940356517579_n 11088348_951000201611070_1761831687250831364_n 11102708_951000304944393_8489642321014732843_n 11107735_422237557957041_7243768224698106983_n 11111039_951114114933012_5640476063651316808_n 11129212_951000868277670_5926471441882255340_n 11133738_951000951610995_3758371201901485852_n 11133759_951702921540798_5302640895849623765_n 11136739_951495644894859_6359397073533680208_n 11138527_951000191611071_333466444550960026_n 11146209_951000301611060_1421927694107204724_n 11146233_951495648228192_4121695011342045939_n 11147839_951001081610982_5112001700116778230_n 11149410_951016111609479_4361115367145723013_n 11150229_951000311611059_6364018868391857810_n 11150250_422238857956911_1816764631570824485_n 11150286_951495641561526_9057409008898799679_n 11150459_951000298277727_106483326176380677_n 11152347_951703101540780_9079067368267068866_n 11156199_971018379577412_2700972368583489039_n 11156349_951495638228193_1550642260080406317_n 11156358_951703044874119_6168880820309710026_n

Cinema Wasteland spring 2015

cw_show_logoIt’s Wasteland Weekend! Come on out to the Strongsville Holiday inn and join the Days of the Dead celebration and the best party in town!

The biggest gathering of cast from Days of the Dead ever assembled will be talking about the movie, plus screenings, and vendors galore.

There’s plenty of Horror Host action at Wasteland – Gunga Jim’s show is always great fun and this weekend on Gunga’s drive-in he’s screening the classic “She-Beast”. Son of Ghoul will be hosting Stooges and Wasteland cartoons and Saturday night check out the gameswith A.Ghastlee Ghouls and Sally The Zombie Cheerleader at  Ghastlee’s night at the movies! You never know who else might show up….

cw dodCinema Wasteland


essentialPosting the best strips from the series, in order from the beginning.

Every Wednesday and Friday


Japanese Spider-Man


imagesHow do I describe the insanity that is Japanese Spider-Man? Basically in the 70’s Marvel licensed the likeness and name to a company called TOEI and said “Do whatever you want with it”.

And they did.

This Spider-Man is a dirt bike racer in his secret identity. Spidey uses supercharged race cars and a giant robot to do battle with Power Ranger-like villains.

Of all the foreign rip-offs I could cite, this is by far the most fun. it’s commercially avalible,  though a region 1 DVD is hard to find, but I’ve also seen it on YouTube.

5cspa-girlupphoto2 supaida005


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 327 other followers