Thursday, October 28, 2010

HALLOWEEN a few years ago.


No , I am not drunk in the first picture...i wanted to see if i could lay on a bed of balloons...and amanda completed the photo in her futurama outfit . silly, I know. The second photo , titled "wicked monk" speaks for itself. I think its from the CHILLER con a week after. Yeah, I got some use out of that monk suit. Anyone that knows me stayed away from me during all that, expecting lightning to come smashing down any second. Its one of the many reasons I stay with amanda...God would never risk hitting her by trying to get to me.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I AM ANSWERING YOUR REQUEST:

Photos, stories and art...seems everyone wants different things and the same things at the same time, so here is a post today of a little bit of everything for you all to enjoy! The photo above is one of my very favorites...attitude, great sexy shape and posture and a bit creepy at the same time.



There was a time years ago when Marvel comics would use the PAPERFILMS crew, which was myself, AmandaConner, Justin Gray and Paul Mounts to do a ton of "non comic" comic work for licensing. Above you see three different covers for a reprint comic of hulks first appearance that were insrted into the HULK video game box when you bought the first couple of hundred thousand copies of the game. these are all scenes from the origin issue and amanda did a pretty darn good job on pencils...this was when i was still inking things. The client, the fabulous Bob Saboni loved them and every once in a while we will get one of these to sign at a show. Pretty cool, eh?

What you see here is the character study of a character Justin and I came up with when we took over Hawkman after Geoff Johns...which was not an easy thing, trust me. Ryan Sook did these character drawings to make sure we were all on the same page on how she should look and as usual, its some very cool, sexy, brilliant work on his part. I personally loved the character because I felt it was due time for hawkman to get laid...and who better to fall in love with than a lounge singer? Two of my ex's were singers so I know not only how it felt, but how you can lust after just a voice.

What is this you are wondering? well...only a few other people on earth would know this...and they would be my brothers. it is the "section" of my yard that was made of dirt that I would spend years digging into. A lot happened over time in this spot in our Brooklyn avenue J yard...Green army men, assorted small fires, a buried public phone, a 6 foor hole and so on. I would bring my dinosaur toys out here tha this spot sparked my imagination like no other. Yeah, it looks like nothing really...but to a small boy, it was a vast wonderland. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT...

MORE ART?
MORE STORIES?
MORE PHOTOS?

Tommorow, I will post what is voted on the most...so speak up.

BLADE: MINI COMIC

This is part of a freebee given away with the first two million BLADE 3 dvd's years ago...Written by yours truely and Justin Gray, art by Amanda Conner, inks by me and colors by Paul Mounts. The book itself was the highest selling title if you think about it, that year, lol. The story was all about the Jessica Biel character introduced in the book and how they met...an aside story that ties the movie together a bit more. It was a blast for us to write, especially since I really enjoyed the third movie.  Anyway, its all I got on file, but amanda did a brilliant job as usual. Enjoy. 








Monday, October 25, 2010

THE HISTORY OF ME.

Went through some old discs I had sent from my Brooklyn studio. Will feature a few of these every couple of days.

one of Luke Ross's jonah hex pages from an early issue without lettering. 

Below are some penciled pages from mine and Justins run on HAWKMAN by the amazing Ryan Sook. I wish they would reprint all these issues already...they seemed to skip over the beginning of our run and only rebrinted the golden eagle issues...which is a shame because i think th earlier issues were the best. 

All you wannabe inkers out there, these should blow up nicely to do inking samples from. 



NEW AMANDA CONNER ART: SUPERGIRL

Friday, October 22, 2010

ASSORTED PHOTOS:

This nut is my good buddy Nelson DeCastro. this photo was taken at the Malibu dude ranch a few years back and as you can guess it was saint pattys day...or week. Either way, I love this guy and he is now drwing an issue of Jonah Hex. You will not meet a more talented man, or leprechaun. 

This photo was taken when we were shooting the pilot for Painliller Jane...from a scene in an office building in Vancouver. Kristanna was nice enough to pose for me...and looking at this photo, she is even better looking today...which seems impossible. 

Jordi Bernet and I at an outdoor cafe in Barcolona. He is my hero. 

Jordi with amanda...my other hero. 

Again in barcolona...Amanda and my gal pal michele discuss how they are going to kill me. Good luck. 

This photo is the after photo of Michele and Amanda after they think they got rid of me for good. They wish 

Again, on the set of Painkiller Jane. These two would later in and out of love and both are extraordinary people. Noah is a damn great actor as well...he is in a lot of smaller films and does some heavy lifting with Kristanna in DAFUR. 

BROOKLYN: HOW IT WAS

 This all was about right before I was born or around those years, but I do remember a lot of it...especially the food, theatres and coney Island. People ask me at times what makes brooklyn so special...so I hope this answers some of that. 



1. The  subway, bus and the trolley were only a thin dime to ride.

  
  


 

 
     And if you are really old, you'll  remember a nickel a ride.

2. Schools were the showcase for the whole country.


3. Tuesday night was fireworks night in Coney Island, put on by Schaefer Brewing. 


4. There was very little pornography.

5. There were the bath houses: Stauches, Bushman Baths, Steeplechase  Baths, Washington Baths,
    Ravenhall, and Brighton Beach Baths.
   The above photograph (taken around 1900) shows the Marine Railway Station just north (left)
    of the Brighton Beach Bath House (center).   The  Brighton Beach Hotel is at the far right..

   THE BRIGHTON LINE TERMINAL CONSISTED OF THESE LOOP TRACKS.


6. There was respect for teachers and older people in general.

7. There was almost no violence.

8. The theme of the music of the times, even when it became rock and roll, was love...not anger.


9. A great  day was going to the beach at Coney Island
 or Brighton Beach .   

10.  People made a living, and, rich or poor, people all knew how to have a good time, no matter of  status.


11. There was no better hot dog than the original, at Nathan's, in Coney Island ;
       and no better French  fries than the Nathan's thick ripple cuts.
 

12. There were no divorces and few "one parent" families.

13. There were no drugs or drug problems in the lives of most people.


14. The rides and shows of Coney Island were fantastic: Steeplechase Park    


             

  
The horses, the big slide, the barrels, the zoo (maze), the human pool table, the Cyclone Roller Coaster,

          

  

The Tornado Roller Coaster, the Thunderbolt Roller Coaster, the Bobsled, the Virginia Reel, the Wonder Wheel,
the Bumper cars,  the Tunnel of love, Battaway,
the Loop the Loop, the Bubble Bounce, Miniature Golf,
The Whip, the many Merry-Go-Rounds, the Penny Arcades, the Parachute Jump,  
Fabers Sportsland, merry-go-rounds and 
Fascination, toffee and cotton candy stores,  custard stands,  Pokerama,

      
Skeeball, prize games, fortune tellers guess games, hammer games, the Harlem revue,

the freak shows, the house of wax, the animal nursery, restaurants, rifle ranges, push cart rides and parades.

15. The fruit man, the tool sharpener, the junk man and the watermelon man, all with the horse and wagon. 


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16. Sheepshead  Bay was Lundy's Restaurant and fishing.


                                                       

  
17.  Only place for pizza,  and only whole pizzas was Joe's Bar and Grill on Ave U.
Then, in the mid-50's, a pizza  explosion: you could buy it by the slice for a dime at many places.
By the late 50's, it was a whole 15 cents a slice!

A tuna fish sandwich or a BLT were 45 cents. A small Coke was 7 cents, a large Coke was 12 cents.
Remember Vanilla Cokes, when they pumped real vanilla syrup into the glass, before adding the Coke?


18. There were many theaters, where every Saturday afternoon you could see 25 cartoons and two feature films:
The Highway, The Avalon, The Kingsway, The Mayfair, The Claridge, The Tuxedo, The Oceana, The Oriental,  
The Avenue U, The Kent, The Paramount, The RKO Tilyou, The RKO Bushwick, The Lowes Gates, The Fox,
The Mermaid, The Surf, The Walker, The Albemarle, The Alpine, The Rugby, The Ambassador,
The People's Cinema, The Canarsie, The Marlboro, The Avon and The Globe. 

19. Everybody knew all the high schools in Brooklyn . 

20. Big eating and coffee hangouts:
        Dubrow's on Kings Highway, also on Eastern Parkway/Utica Avenue,
       Famous on 86th Street, Bickford's on Church Avenue,
       and Garfield's on Flatbush Avenue .

21. Ebinger's was the great bakery...loved the chocolate butter cream with the almonds on the  side,  
       Boston Cream pie, and the Blackout cakes! ...Bierman's was terrific also. 

22. Kings Highway stores had their own ornate glitz, as far as style goes..

23. There were many delicatessens in the 50's -- very few today.
        The best? Adelman's on 13th Avenue and Hymie's on Sutter Avenue . The food was  from heaven!


24.  Big  night clubs in Brooklyn were the Ben Maksiks' "Town and Country" on  Flatbush Avenue,
        "The Elegante" on Ocean Parkway, and the Club 802 on 64th Street in Bay Ridge. 

25. There were no fast food restaurants in the 50's, and a hamburger tasted like a hamburger.

26. There was Murray the K's Rock and Roll concerts at the Brooklyn Fox and Alan Freed's at the Brooklyn Paramount .
        You had to go the night before and stand in line, to get good seats.

 
27.  Quick bites at Brennan and Carr, Horn and Hardart Automat, Nedick's, Big  Daddy's,
         Chock Full o' Nuts, Junior's, Grabsteins or Joe's Delicatessen. Junior's, you'll be glad to know,
          is still in the  same place, and the cheesecake is still fabulous.

 
      
28.  Knishes were great at Mrs. Stahl's in Brighton or at Shatzkin's Knishes.
      Remember the knish guy on the beach with the shopping bags? 
(Mrs.  Stahl's  Knishes is now a 'Subway's')

29.  People in Brooklyn took pride in owning a Chevy or Ford in the  50's; there was nothing better than General Motors or Ford then.
       

  
     The cars would run and run and run -- no problems.

30. You  bought sour pickles right out of the barrel -- for a nickel -- and  they were delicious.
By  the 60's, they cost a whole quarter.

Harry Schorr and his pickle stand at the corner of 2nd & Havemeyer Streets in Williamsburg
Anyone remember Miller's  Appetizing, on the corner of 13th  Avenue and  50th Street ?
 
31.  The Brooklyn Dodgers were part of your family.
   
           
The  Duke, the Scoonge, Pee Wee, Jackie, the Preacher, Campy, Junior, Clem, Big Don, Gil.
They were  always in a lot of our conversations. Remember Ebbet's Field and Happy Felton's Knothole club?
For a nickel, you got into Ebbet's Field and saw the Dodgers play. For Brooklynites, it was -- and will always be -- a shrine.

32. You come from Brooklyn, but you don't think you have an accent. To you, Long Island is one word which sounds like "Longuyland."  

33.  You  played a lot of games as kids. Depending on whether you were a boy or a  girl, you could play:
       ring-a-leaveo, Johnny on the Pony, Hide and Seek, three feet off to Germany, red light-green light,
       chase the white horse, kick the can, Buck, Buck, how many horns are up?, war, hit the penny,
        pussy-in-the-corner, jump rope, double-dutch, Stories, A-My Name Is, box ball, stick ball, box baseball,
        catch a fly, dodge ball, stoop ball, you're up, running bases, iron tag, skelly, tops, punch ball, handball,
        slap ball, whiffle ball, stick ball, poison ball, relay races, softball, baseball, basketball, horse, 5-3-1,
         around the world, foul shooting, knockout, arm wrestling, Indian-wrestling. And then there were card games
        like canasta, casino, hearts, pinochle, war and the unhappy game of 52-card pickup.
34.  You hung  out on people's stoops or in the Courtyard.


35.  You  learned how to dance at some girl's backyard or house  


36. You  roller skated at Park Circle or Empire Blvd. skating rinks, in skates with wooden wheels.
You had roller skates at home, with metal wheels, for using on the sidewalks,
and you needed a skate key to tighten them around your shoes. Those metal wheels on concrete were deafening!

37. The big sneakers were Converse, P-F Flyers and Keds .


38.  The guys wore Chino pants with a little buckle on the back, peg pants, and the girls wore long wide dresses.
         Remember gray wool skirts, with pink felt poodles on  them?  The poodles had rhinestone eyes.


39.  In the  50's, rock and roll started big teen styles for the first  time.

40. Everyone went to a Bar Mitzvah, even if you weren't Jewish.

41 Everyone took their date to Plum Beach for the submarine races.

42 There were 3 main nationalities in Brooklyn in the 50's: Italians, Irish and Jewish.
       Then there was a sprinkling of everyone else. The Scandinavians and Greeks in Bay Ridge,
        the African Americans in Bedford Stuyvesant and the Polish of Greenpoint. 

43. The only way to get to Staten Island was by ferry, from the 67th Street pier in Brooklyn .
       It was a  great ride in the summer time for a dime.



  
44. In  Brooklyn, a fire  hydrant is a "Johnny pump" 


45. Rides, on a truck, came to your neighborhood to give little kids a ride for a dime.
      The best one was the "whip," which spun you around a track.
  


 
You got a little prize when you got off, sometimes a folding paper fan, sometimes a straw  
 tube that you inserted two fingers into, that tightened as you tried to pull your fingers out again.

46. As a kid, you hit people with water balloons from atop a building, you shot linoleum projectiles
        from a carpet gun, you shot dried peas from pea shooters, and you shot paperclips at people, with a rubber band.

47. You shopped at EJ Korvettes, Robert Hall, Woolworth's, Mays, McCrory's, Packers, A&P, Bohack, A&S.
       Barney's was Barney's Boys Town back  then, and not a luxury store.
        You bought your shoes at National, Miles, Thom McAn, and A S Beck.
        When you got married, you bought  your dishes at Fortunoff's under the "el".


48. NBC's main production studio was on Avenue M. and E.16 St. The Cosby show was made there.
                                                               

49. Everybody lived near a candy store and a grocery store. 

50. The first mall comes to Brooklyn at Kings Plaza . 

51. Bagel stores start popping up everywhere in the 60's.

52. Went to Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor with a big group and had the "Kitchen Sink."
        If it was your  birthday (you had to bring your birth certificate),  you could get a free sundae. 
    
   

53.   Everybody knew somebody who was a connected guy.   

  

54. We used the  word "swell

55.  In the summer, we all waited for the Good Humor, Bungalow Bar, Mister Softee or  
        Freezer Fresh Man, to come into our neighborhood, to buy ice cream. In the early to mid 50's,
         the Good Humor man pushed a cart, instead of driving a truck. 

  
   

  
Remember the bells? A pop was 15 cents. A large cup was 15 cents, a small cup was a dime.
And a sundae --  remember licking the chocolate off  the back of the cardboard top?  -- was a quarter. 
(Movie stars pictures were on the bottom of the Dixie cup lids).

As a kid growing up in the 1950's, we would spend our money on bubble gum baseball cards,
candy and ice cream. A pack of baseball cards (complete with a stick of bubble gum)
and full-sized candy bars were 5 cents each, or six for a quarter. 

In those days, there were lots of interesting coins still in circulation.
Dimes and quarters we still made of silver. The oldest Roosevelt dimes were not yet 15 years old.
It was not uncommon to find Mercury dimes or worn-out Standing Liberty quarters;
and Buffalo or Indian Head nickels were common too. Most pennies were wheat-backs;
they didn't get the familiar Lincoln Memorial on the reverse until 1959.
With luck, it was even possible to find an occasional Indian Head penny in your change.
But the most coveted find (for us kids, anyway) was the unusual 1943 steel penny. 

56. Many of us would sneak cigarettes and hide them when we got home.

57.  When we talked about "the city", everyone knew we meant Manhattan . 

58. The Mets in the 60's became our substitute for the Dodgers;
but they never did, and  never  will, make-up for the Dodgers leaving.

59. In the 60's, we were ready to drive and hit the night life scene. With the car, came the girls



60. We are all in a select club...because we have roots in BROOKLYN .