Dream Job: Toy designer for the Imaginext line. Lookit these things!
Dream Job: Toy designer for the Imaginext line. Lookit these things!
In memory of Don Pardo, here’s his hippest moment: Performing the V/O in “I’m The Slime” with Frank Zappa on SNL back in the day.
In “A Deadly State of Mind,” George Hamilton plays Dr. Mark Collier, a deeply, deeply creepy psychologist. Complications with his patient/lover, played by Lesley “No ‘Ann’ For Some Reason” Warren threaten his career and murder ensues, but Columbo is on the case. RJ, Jon and guests Brenna Zedan and Anne Moloney (of the LadyLike Book Club) dig deep into this tale of barbituates, swimming, hypnosis, unethical medical practices and beige leather. As one of our guests says, this episode is rough on ladies and dogs.
I’m participating in my first-ever Kickstarter with games creator Grant Howitt to produce a fully-illustrated physical copy of his supremely fun tabletop game, GOBLIN QUEST.
I’m also very happy to announce that, after only a few hours, it’s already fully funded! At this point, we’re after the stretch goals, which will bring in more original art, more artists, and maybe even more physical rewards - we don’t know yet, we were pleasantly surprised by the whole thing taking off so quickly! Maybe tee-shirts, maybe prints, maybe … who knows? You tell me what you’d like to see!
Meanwhile, please visit the Kickstarter here and take a look at the game, Grant will be adding new stretch goals and pledge levels as the campaign rolls on. Meanwhile, hang around here and I’ll keep providing sneak peeks on the art as we barrel along! Thanks everyone!
Reblogging this from my comics&art blog, I’d be chuffed if you’d take a look!
If I could figure out how to transcribe the beat that comes after “Turn Down For What?!?”, I’d add it. Best I could think of was “Ernh ernh uh-ernh ernh”
Hey! This is an important update to the 2014 Kevin Church Birthday Fundraiser To Help Kids To Read Good! Please read and donate! Thank you!
Okay, we’ve had two days of me begging for money and you ogling the art and it’s time to kick things up a notch with more art, this time featuring Rocket Raccoon and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, as rendered by Calamity Jon Morris.
These two excellent pieces (which will be raffled off individually) join a page of original Superman comic book art by Stuart Immonen and Josef Rubenstein, an all-new sketch of Superman by Stuart (done with Copic markers on Stillman and Birn Zeta series extra heavyweight 270gsm plate finish 8.5” x 11”) and a 9”x12” commission by Tom Fowler (no art direction, you pick the character, he does the rest) as prizes in the 2014 Kevin Church Birthday Fundraiser To Help Kids To Read Good.
So, how does the 2014 Kevin Church Birthday Fundraiser To Help Kids To Read Good work?
All you have to do to qualify for a chance to win is donate $5 or more to one of the charities featured below before 11:59PM on August 18 and then forward your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org after you’ve donated. You can choose any of these projects, or all of them. I don’t care. If you want to make a note during your donation that it’s for my birthday fundraiser, that would be nice, but it’s not at all necessary.
Winners will be chosen on the evening of Tuesday, August 19 and announced later in the week (We might be videoing the raffle portion, maybe? I need to talk to some people.)
Now, for the charities we’re raising money for this year.
This is a local nonprofit I heartily endorse
Horizons for Homeless Children is, as their website explains, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families by ensuring that they are prepared for school success. They do terrific work in the local area and I’ve donated what I can to them in the past.
I also like these projects on DonorsChoose.org:
Check This Out! at Frances J Warren Elementary School in Tuscon, AZ, serving underprivileged kids in a very poor district with a wide variety books to help them discover how great reading can be. As of 8 on Saturday morning, this had $421 to go.
Notebooks for Writing at Mosaic Prep Academy in New York City, giving kids access to the very basics that will help them start creating worlds for themselves. As of 8 on Saturday morning, this had $833 to go.
More Books For Our Classroom Library in Gautier, MS, offering up literary options that will engage kids and let them learn how great reading can be. As of 8 on Saturday morning, this had $677 to go.
Creating a Classroom of Readers and Writers at James Bilhartz Junior Elementary School in Dallas, TX, helping fourth-graders get the basics to help them organize, read and write about library books. As of 8 on Saturday morning, this had $837 to go.
Developing a True Multicultural Perspective through Literature in Atlanta, GA, teaching teens about the world at large through works that offer alternative perspectives on our world. As of 8 on Saturday morning, this had $930 to go.
Please note: if you are a comics creator who would like to donate a book or original art or a commission or something to this effort, please let me know at email@example.com. I’d love to get some more incentives in place for donations.
Very happy to have both contributed to this drive AND donated a couple of pieces of art for the raffle. I hope you’ll consider donating a few clams to one of these worthy classrooms, they could all use the help (but, you know, I’m a Tucson boy so if you asked me, I’d suggest you support the Frances J Warren Elementary one. No pressure, just sayin’)
RJ and Jon are joined by Brenna Zedan and Anne Moloney of the Lady Like Book Club Podcast to discuss the closest thing to an erotic episode Columbo has ever had, A Deadly State of Mind, starring George Hamilton as Doctor Mark Inappropriate and Lesley (Not Yet Ann) Warren as Nadia von Daddy-Issues (of the Hamtpon Daddy Issues). Naked suicides! Bruce Kirby! And a bunch of Zardoz references for pretty much no reason! Don’t miss it!
Hey Internet Detectives! Any idea who did this piece of art?
I received this as a piece for a gallery show in Seattle something like four or five years ago. Piece was delivered by proxy who failed to pick it up when the show closed. There’s no name on it, no address, nuthin’, it’s just been sitting in a file folder in my closet since then. I’d like to get this back to its creator, it’s a lovely work of art. I seem to remember that the artist is a west coaster, probably PNW, if that helps. If you can peg the artist down, let me know, thanks! PS: I know, it’s got a little Mitch O’Connell, a little Adrian Tomine, maybe even a little Dan Clowes … it’s not, tho, this was a young artist.
I think we’ve got it! Thanks to Stevie VanBronkhorst, I’ve got an email in to D.J.Bryant to check with him (and you can see his art here)
Fade Into Murder
Season 6, Episode 1 (Story by Henry Garson, Teleplay by Lou Shaw and Peter S Feibelman, Directed by Bernard L Kowalski, Broadcast October 10, 1976)
I could spend hours talking about two things in this episode - the incredibly shitty shark puppet who menaces Columbo at a pier and SURPRISE WALTER KOENING out of nowhere in one scene (as “Sgt.Johnson” Sure, “My femmly is from Visconsin,” I bet). Seriously though, the shark scene contains a major continuity error, they could have chucked it with out losing anything from the story but they must’ve paid a good fourteen-fifty, maybe even fifteen bucks for that shark effect. GodDAMN, they’re gonna use it!
The Great Bard himself, Wm. Shatspeare, plays Ward Kimball, star of the popular Detective Lucerne television series and a ding-dang murderer (spoiler alert)! He also owns the world’s largest VCR, television, and clock radio.
Shatner was on two Columbo episodes, and this is definitely the stronger of the two. His chummy rapport with Columbo is actually pretty workable,particularly with Lucerne representing precisely the kind of televison detective to whom Columbo was a response…
Listen to Team Columbo discuss this episode with guest Maggie Serota at Just One More Thing: A Columbo Podcast!
"Rassin’-frassin’ ding-dang dim-bulb no-class rat-soup eatin’ moon.”
Cartoonist Mike Hawthorne's birthday was a few days ago, which should have been my cue to share some of the amazing original art this cat has gifted me with over the years. This here is a watercolor painting, must be 11x17, featuring my long-abandoned but still-beloved boxing superhero The Black Bee in full swing. This thing's always hung in a prominent place in the four homes I've had since he first sent it to me, I love it limitlessly. I'd save it from a fire.
Mike H is not just one of my favorite cartoonists, he’s one of the best guys I know - he’s got a great heart, great energy, and is just all around an aces dude. Happy belated birthday Mike!