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Days of the Dead Indy 2015

ConmanNew_IMG_0918I kicked off this years convention season with Days of the Dead Indy this weekend. Indianapolis and I have a tempestuous relationship, things always seem to go wrong in Indiana. But as far as big cons go, days of the dead is one of the better ones. They’re not immune to the inflation that has suddenly hit all the convention surrounding us it seems though as their admission price increase by $10. Still, they really try to give thier customers more bang for their buck – especially those extra bucks they are asking for now.  This con, unlike other bigger ones like flashback, seems to have more access to the celebrities. better with this
Despite my trepidition,  I almost always have a good time at days of the dead and this was no exception. I’m not exactly pleased about the rate hike, but something interesting they’ve chosen to do this time around is extended hours. The convention still hs reasonably normal hours but they’ve included parties and events going well late into the night, and this is a good thing, it’s one of the things that Wasteland and Shinboku con really excelled at and what made them work so well.


My main goal this weekend was really just to meet three people the last two remaining cast members from Dawn of the Dead, Galen Ross, and Scott Reniger – the last two I’ve never encountered before. Not just them though, but also to see George Romero again. I have recently started a day of the dead poster and needed his signature on it as well. George worries me. I can see why his charge is going up –  his hands shake. He seems a spry as ever was a delight during his panel…


but his hands shake.


Perhaps it’s just that the recent death of Leonard Nimoy has freaked me out a little. Still, it’s an image that just stays unnecessarily in my mind…I worry.


The cast was nice and chatty, and did a wonderful panel together. It was the usual suspects from Dawn, but still, I’ve never see them all together like this before. I learned a few things I’ve never known about the film before and that’s really why you do panels.


I also got to see Jon Schnepp, the producer of The Death of Superman Lives. This was interesting, I’ve been following the making of this movie while now and he told me it will be available in May! I cannot wait! We discussed how he wanted to release it, something He only now getting into and wasn’t sure what to do. He asked what I thought, and I do believe alot of the future is streaming, although I also like the idea of doing it as any event film, much the way Adam Green and Alex Pardee are doing with Digging up the Marrow. He mentioned he’d been to the premier in LA, being a friend of Alex Pardee. I mentioned that Cleveland would be an excellent venue for an event like this film, being the home of Superman and dropped the name for Akron Comicon.


One of the things that was really fun at this convention with the Photo ops. The 502 Legion was there which means there were a LOT of Star Wars people wandering around. Interestingly enough,
I got extremely nice picture in front of the Mellinium Falcon! ! Then there was  Skeletor and Evil Lynn. Remember a couple years back when I want to this same convention? I was unable to get my picture with them then, a situation I remedied this year. I got a second picture was George.  Back when I met him and find in Gettysburg I got a photo with him looking reasonably normal. This time around I got it in some make up and my photo involved me menacingly staring at him about to attack! This was just epic.


I don’t usually come to horror cons in costume, I prefer to look like myself for photos with the movie stars, but as I walked in I saw a big sign with the the lettering “free zombie make-up”.  I can hardly pass this up. is so rare for someone else to actually make me up and I was interested in seeing what techniques this artist used. We have a lot in  common  with greasepaint and latex, but also, this artist uses toilet paper! It was amazing, and I really wanted to see how she mixed colours and makes ridges.

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Having something like this, getting made up, it’s one of those things I really like about this convention but those prices to continue forward and raise, I’m not sure how much longer I can continue to go. Still, of the bigger conventions I go to, I do believe that is why my favourite and I’m very glad I made the trip this weekend.

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PS, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the awesome that was the Walking Dead Lego build displayed in the middle of the dealers room –

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As average as the last few weeks of TV has been, television this week really went itself up.

of course we have the series finale of Agent Carter. This series is just always so much better when Howard Stark is around.  AIt’s always so much better when we have that firm Captain America connection like the shield that we saw tonight. It didn’t feel like everything is wrapped up but enough was taken care of that I left feeling satisfied.
Gotham has gone crazy. Remember how I said last week those commercials were looking incredible? Well this week  certainly lives up to it. It’s really a standard story, a face from the past infiltrates the mansion ect… but the sheer amount of jawdropping moments it was just incredible. There  is a great moment of that idiot Barbara trying to convince Selena that her beauty can be used as a weapon….and the rejection that Selena gives her… but funny, you can see Ivy in the background and she’s learning these lessons very well. Watching fish money and the bit with the spoon just made my wife’s jaw drop. Mine too.  Not to mention Jeffrey Combs, I just seriously wish they’d just go ahead and call him Herbert West. how awesome would that be? Finally the fate of Alfred is just amazing. I warmed up to Sean Pertwee in this role amd I can see how he could still grow into the Alfred we know and love. To see him struck down was nothing short of astonishing.
Can I say, I really missed flash this week. I was so looking forward to Grodd and Reverse Flash and to be confronted with a rerun, Arrgh!

Walking Dead…all I can say is I REALLY love how close they are following the books right now. More of that please.

Also, more Wizard Wars please. The series seems  to be getting good ratings, and it should. It’s a genuinely good magic show, stumping me more and more often….

Gotham tomorrow, and we’re getting close to the end…


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Casino and Switchblade


Some more for Angel Lite comics. The evil Casino the Swami and his associate Switchblade. I believe these are the bad guys for their  series “The Ballad”. I’m really pleased with how dynamic Casino came out with my overuse of cross hatching….

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Gothic Lolita Psycho

Movie bannerGothicAndLolitaPsychoDVDThis is a fun film in the same tradition as Tokyo Gore Police and Vampire Girl Versus Frankenstein Girl. However when I find this film is it may be a bit superior to both.  Tokyo Gore Police very much lives up to it’s name and I always felt that it was far more heavy on the gore then necessary (and this is coming from somebody who enjoys gore) Vampire Girl versus Frankenstein Girl was very much all style and very little plot. The gore is still there but the focus was a little more on the action. Still the aesthetic didn’t always work for me and some elements, like the Frankenstein girl’s look just put me off. Gothic Lolita Psycho works the best of the three films and it’s actually fun watching this strange genre evolve.

Now mind you, this is a comic book. In fact it’s less than a comic book. There is no real plot here, just kinetic action and blood, crazy as the most fevered anime you could watch. It’s a standard revenge story, a group of evil people kill the girls mother (and by the way, we never really don’t get an explanation for this. no why, no motivations, it isn’t even gothic_lolita_psycho_mainexplained as  a random killing. They were definitely targeted, but we just never find  out why), and she goes out to do revenge in a stylized and eccentric way. This film is really just an excuse to create amazing looking set pieces. It’s all action, but incredible action and very cool visuals. The look and feel pleases me, and that could have something to do with my own Gothic roots. The weapon of choice is an umbrella that has so many lethal variations it would make the penguin blush with envy, flush with guns, blades andhandled with the skill of a martial artist using a bo staff or billy club.

Tgothic-lolita3o me the most memorable of all the villains is Emma, who is the epitome of the Japanese manga high school girl with pink in rhinestones and over-the-top cuteness, including a cell phone built into wonderful wicked looking guns (seriously, look at thsoe things… double barreled handguns with a blade slipped int between them Someonegot that stupid gun fro mteh Green Hornet and did it right – those things are scary!). Other villians that get sliced and diced thorough are a slightly harlot looking owner of a gambling den, a very plain average looking lock pick,along with a bizarre teacher and of course the gangs ringleader who appears to have the powers of Mr. Fantastic….


All in all this is a fun ride period it’s worth you time to watch it at least once period especially if you can rent it rather than purchasing.


Angel Lite commission


An Angel Lite commission.

William Zo Walker a.k.a. Amp. former pimp and hit man to El Cartel. After he found that El Cartel had his wife killed and pinned on him he went to work for Cartel. After Cartel threaten his daughter April and grandson Duston. He quit and co founded The Red Lobos and The Red Raiders

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And don’t forget, new Violent Blue tomorrow!

Last week Monday through Sunday


I’ll tell you what, every time I’m just about ready to get up on agent Carter they take a left turn which sucks me right back in and keep me on board. There’s no way that I could’ve predicted the rather, explosive end of this episode. And it’s enough to keep me around for one more week.
Gotham got really engaging as well this week as well.  I like how things are going although the back story of joker coming from an actual circus kind of infuriates  me . There wasn’t a whole lot to the mystery itself, the way things were set up were fine, I just wish to God it had not been foreshadowing the Joker.

I also had to put up with the return of Barbara Keane or as I like to call her the most useless piece of flesh on the planet. My hatred for this woman just seems to know limits. Kind of interesting to see her come home and find Selena and Ivy squatting in her apartment but there’s really not much more to it than that and I’m not sure there’s anywhere else to go with that.

This weeks episode of the flash on the other hand, well it wasn’t really an absolutely flash now was it?  This week it was the firestorm show. It’s not terrible don’t mind you, and to get to watch Clancy Brown trip around as general Eilling was an absolute delight. Still the show is called the flash, and I felt like we got very little of the flash and a whole lot more of fire storm instead. Don’t get me wrong, I like firestorm> I’m a big fan of Gerry Conway, who created him. We met several times but this really smacks of backdoor pilot especially with the way they are there leaving at the end to go wandering the earth all David Banner style. That just leaves a bad taste in my mouth and I’m eager to get back to more flash rogues next week. Oh by the way reverse Flash and Grodd at the end, just mind blowing.
When it comes to the walking dead, I think I’m just spoiled . I know what is happening  from the comics and they seem to be falling a lot more closely to that these days. he introduction of Aaron as the envoy just felt stretched out this episode. I really was anxious to  see them actually arrive at Alexandria and the fact that they drew the drama and the tension out to the entire episode was not something I was expecting. Not necessarily a bad move, I guess that I think I’m just a little bit spoiled by knowing what’s coming.

The previes for Gotham this week look amazing and I’m eager to see what happens over the next five episodes period will be turning into night!


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

Every Wednesday and Friday

215I’ve never seen I spit on your grave. Not into rape / revenge films. I have however, seen Zombie Abomination. Thomas Berdinski is the most enthusiastic filmmaker ever and a Wasteland regular.


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

Every Wednesday and Friday


Mermaid Princess

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We love it when the girls make books here. I think it’s a reaction to their exposure to comics over the years….
Presenting the Mermaid Princess

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