Monday, December 31, 2012

Only minutes left until the end of the world!!!


The wisdom of the ancients and their screwy calendars can't possibly have been so much crap, can it?! Have you made your peace with yourself and prepared your spirit for the Great New World that is about to emerge?!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Good bye, Year of the Dragon!



The Year of the Dragon is amost over... and Anna May Wong reflects all of our fears as its shadow fades away. Will the Mayan Prediction be right?! Will the world end when 2012 does... or will be receive a respite until the Year of the Dragon ends?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I hope all visitors to my blog during this holiday season have a chance to spend time with their family and loved ones. Please enjoy this rendition of "The Little Drummer Boy", perhaps my favorite Christmas song of all, by Jars of Clay.



Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween is here!

Mickey Mouse visits a house infested with the creations of mad science... but will be in time to save Pluto from a fate worse than death in "The Mad Doctor"?


Halloween is here!

Mickey Mouse is partying the night away with ghosties and ghoulies in 'The Haunted House.'


Happy Halloween!

Enjoy this Silly Symphony with an Egyptian Halloween theme in celebration of the Big Day!



Zita Johann doing the Egyptian Boogie on the set of "The Mummy"

Have a Silly (Symphony) Halloween!

Enjoy this classic cartoon from the early years of Walt Disney!




 And if these evil cultists knew how goofy Hell really is, I don't know if they'd bother with this Halloween summoning ritual. (Art by the great John Buscema.)

Halloween is here!

Have a happy and safe Halloween! (Watch out for the monsters and low-flying witches!)




Monday, October 22, 2012

The greatest Universal Frankenstein films
return to the big screen!

Without "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein"--and several other Universal Pictures productions from the early 1930s--the horror film genre would have taken a very different path. Yet, there are many of us horror fans who have never seen those great classics... and even fewer of us have seen them on the big screen.

Frankenstein's Monster (Boris Karloff) menaces Frankeinstein's Bride (Valerie Hobson)
in a scene from "Bride of Frankenstein"
But some of us will have the chance to rectify that situation this Wednesday, October 24, 2012, as Turner Movie Classics and Fathom Events brings "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein" back to the big screen for one night only.

You can get more information about this really cool opportunity by clicking here. Local screenings are listed on a subpage at that site... and I'm lucky enough to have three choices within reasonable distance of where I live.

You can click here if you want my take on those films.



Movie Monday: Images

Here's another short horror film that you can watch in its entirety, right here at your computer, in celebration of the fast-approaching day of Halloween.

It has one glaring flaw, but otherwise is quite suspenseful.

Images (2010)
Starring: Dennis Dicusar and Claire Sheppard
Director: George Streicher

Monday, October 15, 2012

Movie Monday: Monster

Every day this month, there's a new short film over at the Terror Titans blog for the annual 31 Nights of Halloween celebration..

However, we want to prepare lovers of black-and-white movies and drawings for the coming Big Day, so today we're offering a short horror feature here as well. It's a little tale of Mom vs. Monster.

Monster (2005)
Starring: Susan Prior and Luke Ikimis-Healy
Director: Jennifer Kent
Rating: Seven of Ten Stars

Friday, October 12, 2012

Halloween is coming....

... and the Shaolin Death Squad is celebrating with an excellent version of Danny Elfman's "Dead Man's Party".

(Sure... the lead singer seems to flub the lyrics at one point during this live performance, but damn if this isn't a great and energetic version of the Halloween anthem! I think these may be the best guitar work on the song since Oingo Boingo recorded the original.



Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Groucho Monthly

Groucho Marx appears on "What's Your Line" and causes chaos and embarrassment for everyone on the stage.



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The June Collyer Quarterly:
Halloween is coming...

... and June suggests you dress up as your favorite (or least favorite) country. She will be going to the big party as the Netherlands.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Halloween is coming...

... so here's a chance to watch one of my all-time favorite horror films, right here at Shades of Gray, uncut and digitized from a print that I think was in better shape than the one used to make the DVD copy I paid good money for.



Click here read my review of "White Zombie"--and the sit back and enjoy the wonderfully creepy show!

White Zombie (1932)
Starring: Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Robert Frazer, John Harron, and Joseph Cawthorn
Director: Victor Halperin
Rating: Nine of Ten Stars



Monday, October 1, 2012

Halloween is coming...

... and there'll be a different horror short film every day for you to be spooked by over as the annual 31 Nights of Halloween celebration returns to the Terror Titans blog!

 And while the short film embedded below didn't make the cut over there, it's being featured here, because it's kinda fun, and the kids who made it recognize that the vast majority of truly great horror movies are in black-and-white!

Tommy (2009) 
Starring: Becky, Liam, and Rachel
Director: Natalie
Rating: Five of Ten Stars

Friday, September 28, 2012

NUELOW Games Cover Art Gallery, Part One

I've been threatening to do a gallery post of the "artwork" I've created for NUELOW Games's "ROLF!: The Rollplaying Game of Big Dumb Fighters" for some time now. Well, today is the day.

The following illos are all collages that were made using existing art or by running photos through Photoshop to make them look like they are drawings. They were made using art I have license to use, or that is in the public domain. (I have, literally, over 1 million illos that I have licenses for.)

If the guy who did the Obama "Hope" poster gets to call himself an artist, and people who slap captions on photos and post them to Facebook get to call themselves artists, then I guess I'm an artist, too!

And yes... I am available for commissions! (This will be the first in an irregular series displaying my "artistic efforts"... unless you folks out there tell me to knock it off. And make me cry in the process....)

Click on the links in the titles if you want more information about the product the picture was made to illustrate, or to see it in place on the cover with the other design elements.

"Red Robin vs. The Editor & The Clones of Romney"

"Escape From Eden"
"The Fireman vs. The Firewitch"





"Supermodel Slapfest"
"The Breast Hope for Peace"
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Milla Jovovich Quarterly:
Time for Resident Evil: Retribution!

On this Friday, September 14, Milla Jovovich will be kicking zombie butt as Alice in the latest installment in the "Resident Evil" horror/action movie series.


The film is once again directed by her husband, Paul W.S. Anderson.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Groucho Monthly

More outtakes from "You Bet Your Life", from a blooper reel compiled by the show's sponsor.

Contestant to Groucho: Have you ever been made love to a Frenchman?
Groucho: [Pause] Not that I can recall.



Groucho Marx and Eden Hartford

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Picture Perfect Wednesday: Steranko

How did I get this far without featuring Jim Steranko here at Shades of Gray? While it's true that there is a bottomless pool of pictures for me to post, and movies and graphic novels for me to review, I'm a bit surprised at myself for not having at least gotten around to SOMETHING he'd done.

But, thanks to the prodding of loyal visitor (a Steranko fan who has designed this excellent, content rich site dedicated to his work), I'm rectifying that oversight now with a small Picture Perfect Wednesday gallery. (And I really must get around to writing a review of "Essential Captain America" one of these days, as it features some of Steranko's finest comic book work, outside of his "Nick Fury, Agen of SHIELD" issues.)

And speaking of Nick Fury...









Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Picture Perfect Wednesday:
Your Guess Is As Good As Mine





Actually... I can give an explanation for this one. Scroll down a bit if you really want to know.









The picture was taken by Carlo Polito in June of 1958. It's of 17-year-old Bianca Passarge of Hamburg dressed up as a cat and dancing on wine bottles in June 1958. Her performance was based on a dream. She practiced for eight hours a day to do this.)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Joe Kubert dead at 85

I just learned that another legend of comic book art (and art in general, frankly) has passed away.

Joe Kubert, artist, editor, teacher, and story-teller with talent on an epic scale, has died at the age of 85. I think its safe to say that the comic book art form as we know it today would not exist. And I'm also noticing that of the few younger artists out there who seem to understand how to tell a story properly through pictures on a page, most of them seem to be graduates of the Joe Kubert School.

Here's a small gallery of Kubert art from varying points in his career, in honor of him.












Maybe I'm just a grumpy old guy, but I see all these massive talents passing into history... and so very few with the talent and skill to take their places.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Groucho Monthly

Here's a compilation of outtakes from 1950s game show "You Bet Your Life".

("Let me explain something to you Pat," says Groucho at one point. "This audience is even filthier than I am.")



Groucho doing more than just dreaming of Jeanie with Barbara Eden

Monday, August 6, 2012

Cover illo for 'ROLF!: Dragon vs. Tiger'

I have once again pretended to an artist (although I'm learning that there are apparently a number of people out there who are running around posing as artists because they can apply Photoshop filters and use the cut-and-paste function in the software--so maybe I need to start taking my Art Seriously) and created the cover illo for "ROLF!: Dragon vs. Tiger."

Click here to check out this latest humorous rollplaying game product from NUELOW. It was also written by yours truly.

A Mars-related Public Service Announcement


I'm looking forward to the first pictures of the Martian Princesses to come back!

Artist's rendition of what Curiosity will find.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Picture Perfect Wednesday: Cheyenne King


The wonderful Cheyenne King demonstrating the unifying theme of Shades of Gray.

Click here to read reviews of some of the films she's appeared in, as well as a brief bio over at Terror Titans.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

My latest artistic masterpiece!

It's the cover image for "Bathtime in Bear Creek," an RPG/fiction product that's part of the ROLF! line from NUELOW Games. Assuming everything goes smoothly, it will on sale tomorrow at the NUELOW storefront on the Onebookshelf.com websites.


(Some day, I should to a gallery post devoted to ME!)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Groucho Monthly

Starting a new series... hilarious clips featuring the great Grouch Marx. I'm kicking it off with outtakes from the "You Bet Your Life" series. (This was inspired by a post on Boingboing.net.)