My 50 Favorite Flicks • #18

Michael Myers, no not the Shrek one, the other one!

Halloween (1979)
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Let’s talk about scary, creepy, suspenseful, horror.  John Carpenter sure knows how to make you squirm, and Halloween does it in various ways.  I have been a super fan of Halloween for a long time now, and the simplicity of the Michael Myers character  mixed with no explanation as to why he is on a murderous rampage makes it a quite down to earth horror flick. Later sequels will draw ties to other characters giving him a motive, and making him an unstoppable monster.  But if you stick with just the original movie, you won’t be disappointed.  And maaaaaybe you can throw H20 in there as a true sequel to the original!

Sunday in Rander • 72nd Edition

So, last week was Boston Comic Con 2014!  I decided to dedicate this edition to a recap. I sold quite a few Return to Rander issues, met some new fans and old fans alike!  Once again I shared space with Joe Daxberger, Joel Lolar, Rian Miller and Brian Weiner.  I was able to sell some sketchbooks and do some custom sketches on the inside cover which is always a blast.  I also tried something new and started whipping out fun TMNT sketches and people were buying them up faster than I could draw them.  I also was able to do a Iron Fist Sketch cover for a commission, and picked up a lot of cool new goodies for myself with my earnings. All and all it was a memorable experience and contrasted itself with last years quite nicely.  I can’t wait for 2015’s BCC as it’s going to be even bigger and badder!  Please take a look at the group of photos from the weekend.  Till next week!

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My 50 Favorite Flicks • #19

Here’s lookin’ at you #19…

Casablanca (1942)
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Yes.  Casablanca is one of the classics. Yes, it is one of my favorite films ever!  Even with the build up this film comes with, it still manages to impress me every time I watch it.  Trivia fact, my wife and I try to watch this on every Valentine’s Day.  And on a few occasions we will see it at the Brattle Theatre when they get themselves a print.  I was introduced to this film in college and have grown to build appreciation for everything it does. It isn’t your typical happy ending love store, quite the opposite.  And with an setting of World War II it gives the story a real seriousness in the decisions Rick makes.  See it, and see it again.

My 50 Favorite Flicks • #20

The man with no name takes the #20 spot…

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1967)
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The Good The Bad and The Ugly is a film that has entertained, inspired and influenced my life.  My comic Return to Rander is a direct homage to “the man with no name”  This is the pinnacle of westerns for me.  The superior film is this one, but don’t sleep on the two predecessors, as they are still amazing films.

Iron Fist Sketch Cover Boston Con

So this past weekend was my fourth Boston Comic Con showcasing my work.  I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to do a sketch cover for King Mega Trip this year.  He wanted Iron Fist, so I delivered an old school Iron Fist.  I took pictures as I created it so you can see the process! Done with ink brushes and copic markers.

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My 50 Favorite Flicks • #21

My 21st favorite film on the list is something that benefits from dudes in suits…

Planet of the Apes (1968)

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Planet of the Apes is a movie that has captivated my imagination for twists in stories.  Written by Rod Serling, it has the feeling of a Twilight Zone episode.  This is just a classic Sci Fi Film that has been remade, remodeled but never recaptures what makes this film great. Dudes in suits will always be better than CGI.