Thanks for stopping by the blog everyone! I am going to be lazy this week, as I am going to see Coheed and Cambria tonight! So I am letting you all know this week that issue #4 is done! It’s off to the printers, off to comixology. And here is an image to prove it! Too bad it is in low resolution or else you would be able to read it. Looks like you will just have to wait for a month! Thanks for stopping by Rander fans!
We are down to the single digit numbers of my top 50 favorite flicks…
Star Wars (1977)
I dont know how this couldn’t be on anyone’s top 10 favorite movies list! And this is the original version for the record. Everyone always says “Empire” is the better film. I tell them to get off depressants. This movie feels like it has so much put into it as far as interesting characters, story, effects, locations. And then knowing the story behind the production of the film makes me appreciate it even more. And of course it’s this movie that changed the face of sci-fi movies forever. I depicted Han shooting first, because, god damnit he did!
“I dunno what the hell’s in there, but it’s weird and pissed off, whatever it is”…
The Thing (1982)
Two great things were created in 1982. Myself, and John Carpenter’s The Thing! Take your new CGI remake and shove it up your ass. This movie will kick your butt for 2 hours, and you will wish you could unsee some of the monstrosities that the thing becomes. John Carpenter has a unique way of creating suspense with his brilliant soundtracks, his slow pacing, and long cuts. There are many moments in this film that you just won’t be able to stomach what you are seeing. What made this so visually interesting is that you can actually see that the forms that the thing takes are real, and you are laying your eyes on something tangible, not something imagined and rendered digitally. This plays a big part into why it is horrific. And film makers aren’t realizing that these days. I depicted the thing trying to transform itself into the dogs in the kennel, a real eye opening realization of what you have dedicated yourself to watching for another hour and a half. Oh yeah, and Kurt Russell gives us a hell of a performance as Macready.
This week I wanted to share with you the first drawing I ever did of our hero from Return to Rander. As I am finishing Issue #4, I can’t help but look back and remember the night I came up with this nameless character. Not much else to say about this peice of art, it was created circa 2004 on a wacom tablet. Next week I hope to bring you something more current. Take care!
Another Kurosawa classic enters the top 50…
Yojimbo is a film directly recommended to me by my friend Derek. I watched it and said, “hey, I’ve seen this before”. Yes it is the same story as “Fistfull of Dollars”. But, Leone was using Kurosawa’s film as inspiration. So I realized this was it. This was the film that started it. Many other films have done variations on this plot of two warring groups and one man playing both sides. It fits the mold for many genres. There is so much I love about this film. It’s funny, it’s violent, it’s heartfelt, it’s got personality. I also love the trim running time, which makes it easy to watch any time. Toshiro Mifune puts in one of many classic performances in Kurosawa’s catalog. Also, I have used it as inspiration for my own comic series on many occasions.
I got something different to share this week on Sunday in Rander. I decided to finally make the map of the five points that I had a sketch of for years now. The reason it took so long is simple, I couldn’t think of names to name all of the villages and towns around the major five points. I always envisioned that I could tell many short fun stories taking place in many of these small towns that have personalities of themselves. I really want to tell a story taking place in Red Edge, I have a few cool ideas! As you can see the first four issues of Rander only take place in a very small portion of the whole map. And of course, this map doesn’t show Rander. As the story continues, I can make more maps of the areas that our savior travels to. So I am thinking that this map will be a free giveaway with the first 50 issues sold of Issue #4! So if you want one, make sure to order on day 1 on Halloween!
The Coen’s make a mark on my top 50 finally!
No Country For Old Men (2007)
As you can see, my favorite part of this movie is Anton Chigurh. I went into No Country blind in the theatre, knowing nothing other than that the Coen’s directed it. I was blown away at everything this had to offer. Suspense, pacing, cinematography, characters, thrilling story. All I know is that when Anton tells the poor old man running the store to call it, my gut was doing somersaults. Please, turn the lights down, open the windows, and hit play on this instant classic.
Lucky #13 goes to the greatest sequel of all time…
T2 blew my mind as a child. I did not see the original film before this, but I can only imagine how awesome it would be to think Arnold was going to be a bad guy again and have him turn out to be the protector. This film has it all, action and explosions to the roof, time travel, machines fighting each other, and practical effects, with an introduction to CGI effects when they could use them. Arnold gives us the best Terminator performance in the series, and god damnit if I didn’t shed tears when he goes into the lava with the thumbs up. Yes T2 has lots of plot holes in the time travel, but try not to think about that stuff and enjoy Arnold shooting holes in things.
Hey everyone, welcome to a very special edition of Sunday in Rander! It feels like yesterday I posted Edition #1 with the first look at Issue #1. Well, since I have been giving everyone a little bit here and there of issue #4, here is the finished cover!
Just like the past 2 issues, the very talented Jesse Munoz from Stockpile Comics colored my cover yet again! He does such a great job, and always goes in the direction I am thinking. I wanted to make an homage to Frank Frazetta’s Epic Conan Cover, and make the smoke coming from the body stacks the face of the Matador. This cover has symbolism in that it represents the bodies brought to the feet of our savior from the Matador. I am very happy with this cover, as it was the 3rd version that I came up with, and so happy I kept pushing myself with different ideas. As for the rest of issue #4, it is on track to be released on Halloween next month! The book is officially going to be a 44 page comic (double sized!). And it will still only retail at 3.99 which is a god damned bargain!
Thanks for showing up again, see you next time!
T-U-R-T-L-E POWER…You all knew it was coming!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Yes, here it is, on of my favorite movies ever. You all know my dislike for the new TMNT film and this isn’t the forum to bash it. This is a place of happiness and appreciation of a “good” TMNT movie. The original took it’s source material, not from the cartoon, but from the dark gritty comic. We are given a very aesthetically dark New York City, a gross grimy sewer, and a really brutal villain in The Shredder. The story gives us a lot of unique character personalities including Danny who we can follow between the foot clan and the turtles. April has a take no shit personality. The four turtles are all distinct and have a believable relationship amongst each other. Casey Jones, who looks badass. The Shredder who looks doesn’t shed emotion until pushed to the point. And the foot clan, who are traditional ninjas that train kids to join the ranks. It all works together so well, and you get a real sense of fear in the climax on the roof. The sequels were clearly geared toward the cartoon fanbase, but I am so happy that we got this film, this perfect perfect film. TURTLE POWER!
Going the distance to #15…
Heart, Soul, Muscle. That is Rocky. What a damn great movie this is. So many interesting characters. Pauly, Adrienne, Micky, Rocky, Apollo, Cuff and Link! Rocky is just a brute with a heart of gold in this film and wants to prove it to himself and everyone that he has what it takes to be something. The fact that he loses, but celebrates going the distance with the champ is just a piece of storytelling that we don’t have nowadays. The following sequals lost the charm, but were still extremely enjoyable. It wasn’t until Rocky Balboa did I feel like the real Rocky character returned.