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Monday, November 30, 2015

'Handjob Cabin' will Blow You Away.

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Farewell, Shigeru Mizuki

Today the world has lost a master of the horror manga. Shigeru Mizuki has passed away at the age of 93, in a Tokyo hospital. Farewell, Shigeru, you will be missed.

Shigeru Mizuki (March 8, 1922 – November 30, 2015) was a Japanese manga artist, most known for his Japanese horror manga GeGeGe no Kitaro ("Spooky Kitarou") - originally titled Hakaba Kitaro ("Kitarou of the Graveyard") - Kappa no Sanpei, and Akuma-kun.

Originally from Sakaiminato in Tottori prefecture, he currently resides in Chofu, Tokyo. His pen-name, Mizuki, comes from the time when he managed an inn called 'Mizuki Manor' while he drew pictures for kamishibai. A specialist in stories of yokai (a subgenre in Japanese horror), he is considered a master of the genre. He is also known for his World War II memoirs and his work as a biographer.

Wikipedia  | BBC News

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Nosferatu Director Friedrich Murnau’s Head Reportedly Stolen From Grave

The skull of legendary vampire film director FW Murnau was reported missing from his family plot, as some speculate possible occult motives for theft.

In what sounds like a scene from one of his legendary horror films, the head of Nosferatu director FW Murnau, who died in 1931, has been stolen from his family plot in a cemetery in Germany.

The grave-robbing occurred in Stahnsdorf, about 12 miles south-west of central Berlin, according to Variety. The graves of Murnau’s brothers were reportedly not disturbed.

Wax residue is said to have been found near the grave, suggesting that candles had been lit, and a possible occult motive for the theft.

Released in 1922, “Nosferatu” was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula.” Murnau worked in Hollywood for several years, directing “Sunrise,” which won several Oscars at the first Academy Awards. He died in a car crash near Santa Barbara but was buried in his native Germany.

Murnau was best known for the expressionist classic 1922 black-and-white vampire horror, later remade by Werner Herzog. He also directed Sunrise, which won several Oscars at the first-ever Academy awards.

Murnau died in a car crash aged 42 in California and was buried in his native Germany.

German news outlet reports that the cemetery overseers are considering whether to seal Murnau’s grave. They added that this is not the first time that it has been disturbed.

Sources: Variety and The Guardian

Friday, November 27, 2015

Now THAT is a powerful and deadly monster...

We need more creatures like these in todays' films. Enough with CGI monsters already!

Here's the clip from Pink Armadillo japanese TV series: 

More about Pink Armadillo here.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

William Shatner's Amazing Turkey Fryer

William Shatner loves deep-fried turkey, but over many Thanksgivings and Christmases he's made mistakes, burned himself, and nearly burned down his house. In this dramatic retelling, Bill shows us how dangerous turkey fryers can be.

Amazing Home made 1000W LED lighting - 90k lumens!

Any filmmaker will agree that shooting at night is always tricky when it comes to light a scene. 5k or 10k spots are expensive and bulky. The usual indie trick consists of positioning the crew's cars to light the needed area.

Well here's a cool solution to light very large sets...! The demo is shown without any kind of refractor or diffuser, but you'll get the idea of how powerful it is. Add blue or green gels and you're in for an incredibly creepy shot!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

'Captain America Civil War' Trailer is HERE!

Folks, this might be THE event of 2016!
The trailer world premiere is now available, fasten your seatbelts...

Friday, November 20, 2015

"Publish yourself. Don't rely on others." - Alan Moore

Great advice from Alan Moore to indie writers.

Publish your own stuff. Big publishers will turn you down. Prove you can gain an audience by yourself first, then the big boys won't ignore you. They will want to take advantage of that popularity you CAN generate.

It's still important in an author's career to be part of a big publisher. To make it, you need to be part of a big family. To be part of a catalog lineup. To be associated with a brand that has a network and contacts in the industry.

Much like a talented kid playing great hockey will want to join the NHL. He can't just knock at the door. He's got to go thru junior leagues and prove himself.

Today's tools allow indie creators to publish their work, send it out there, and build an audience. There's never been a best time to publish stuff!

Read the full article on io9.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Does William Shatner Stars in Halloween Movies?

The answer may surprise you, but yes, William Shatner has a part in Halloween!

Not in person though, but let's say his face is seen several times.

(Actually, if you come to the Ottawa Pop Expo this weekend, you can ask William Shatner in person...!)

This Weekend, See You At Ottawa Pop Expo!

It's just around the corner, hours away...!
This weekend, November 21-22, it's the Ottawa Pop Expo! I expect this year to be an awesome one, since it involves famous names like William Shatner, Star Wars' Ray Park and Dark matter's Zoie Palmer. Not to mention the amazing comic book artists and cosplayers that are always there. See the full lineup on the Ottawa Pop Expo's website. And look for Petra Hudakova's pictures gallery while being there...

Make sure you folks drop by my stand to say hi, and pick my latest comic book, Realms Of Fear! Second issue is finally out and is waiting for you at the Ottawa Pop Expo. Subscribers already got their copy last week, and if you can't make it to Ottawa, copies are available at our friends shop La Boite à BD de Laval.

The comic book will be added to my store section in the next couple of weeks.

So see you all at the Ottawa Pop Expo, folks!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Stuck Under A Train.

Wow. Bravo! This guy got stuck under a train and tries to escape the rails. A good candidate for the Darwin Awards!

Folks, don't mess with your life like this.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

It's Fight Time! Scorpion vs. Black Widow

Insects intense fight!
Two highly venomenous insects, a scorpion and a black widow.

Want to place a bet on your fave killer? The time is now!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Personal Jetpack is Here! Man Flies Near Liberty Statue!

The Rocketeer lives! Zombies of the Stratosphere and King of the Rocketmen are no longer science-fiction (sort of)...

"The dream of personal flight took a great leap forward last week as Jetpack Aviation unveiled its JB-9 jetpack in spectacular fashion. 

Lifting off from a boat, inventor and aviator David Mayman flew the powerful, agile JB-9 around the Statue of Liberty, pausing to salute and pirouette before touching back down. Running on kerosene and using two vectored jet engines, the JB-9 can reach high speeds and altitudes and offers a flight time over 10 minutes, depending on pilot weight. We spoke at length with Mayman to discover how the JB-9 works and how long it'll be before we can buy one."

More information on Gizmag.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Leave Facebook, Be Happy: Copenhagen Research Institute

I totally agree with this.
I pretty much left Facebook nearly a year ago (though content is still being posted to my timeline), and I definitely feel much better and productive.

Drop Facebook and be happy: Danish study

The Copenhagen-based Happiness Research Institute has a simple formula for increasing your happiness, social activity and concentration, but it might not be something you’re willing to do...

Checking Facebook gives us instant gratification in the form of new likes and friend requests and provides a virtual one-stop shop for keeping up with the people we care about and the news we’re interested in. But does it also make us unhappy?

A new study from the Happiness Research Institute suggests that it might.

The institute conducted an experiment on 1,095 people in Denmark, asking half of them to refrain from using Facebook for one week. The participants were asked to evaluate their life satisfaction on a scale of one to ten both before and after the one-week experiment and the researchers found “a significantly higher level of life satisfaction” amongst those who did not visit the social media behemoth.

The control group, which continued to use Facebook as normal during the week, gave an average 7.67 ranking to their life satisfaction before the experiment. At by week's end, that had barely changed to 7.75. The other group, however, saw life satisfaction shoot up from 7.56 to 8.12 after their Facebook-free week.

Not only did they feel happier with their lives, they also reported an increase in real-world social activity and were significantly less angry and lonely than the Facebook users.

Full article on Denmark's The Local.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

R.I.P. Gunnar 'Leatherface' Hansen

Actor Gunnar Hansen, best known for playing Leatherface in Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, passed away November 8th, at the age of 68. Hansen’s agent told the Associated Press the beloved horror icon died of pancreatic cancer Saturday at his home in Maine.

Hansen was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, but moved to the US with his family at the age of 5. He studied at the University of Texas in Austin, where Hooper and his Texas Chain Saw Massacre cowriter Kim Henkel were based. Hansen secured the role of Leatherface after, literally, filling the door with his tall, massive physique when he met to audition for the part.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Stolen footage? No, just borrowed.

Some moviegoers point out, occasionally, that they've seen that shot or that other shot in other movies. That sure is possible. Film studios, much like any creator out there, tend to borrow some elements they already created for other projects (especially in our digital age where recycling and reusing is easier - and cheaper - than creating).

Sometimes, it's shots 'traded' between two friend companies. Some other times it's purchased between studios. When it's not litterally stock footage, of course.

So there's no scandal here when you see the same stuff in different movies. For instance if Michael Bay's studio paid two hundred thousand dollars for a certain shot, why not re-use it in another movie, and spend five thousand in tweaking it to match the requirements of a new project...

Do they think no one will notice? Of course not. At best, it will cause people to discuss their films, and re-watch them to spot the scenes. Free advertising!

Realms Of Fear #2 is OUT!

It's HERE!
It's finally out!

Realms Of Fear no 2 is shipping to subscribers in the next couple of days, and you'll be able to pick up your copy at my stand during the Ottawa Pop Expo, November 21-22nd!

Of course it will also be listed in the store section of my website, as well as for sale at some retailers' stores.

A couple of things have changed from the 1st issue. Comics are now 28 pages as I got rid of all the other content the other issue had, stuff like convention photos, advertisements, editorial content and so on. I only kept the comics pages, which is roughy the same count as the first issue.

My comic books are now in glorious black and white! No more off white backgrounds and extra tint. Though the extra color was bringing some personality, it was also carrying some extra production cost, which was reflected on the cover price.

And, finally, as you'd expect the last change is the cover price! With less pages and printed in black and white, comic books now go for $4.99. How cool is this now?!

See you all at the Ottawa Pop Expo!

Friday, November 6, 2015

We Love Them Raccoons! R.I.P. Toronto Raccoon.

Dead raccoon was found on the sidewalk in Toronto. Someone sent a tweet to municipal services with a pic of the poor fella, but citizen were faster to react!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

R.I.P. George Barris, creator of the Batmobile, KITT and many other legendary cars.

Sad to hear the passing away of George Barris, at 89. George was the creator of many memorable movie and TV cars such as the original 1966 Batmobile, Knight Rider's KITT and many others.

His son Brett posted the following:

"Sorry to have to post that my father, legendary kustom car king George Barris, has moved to the bigger garage in the sky,” Brett wrote. “He passed on peacefully in his sleep at 2:45 a.m. He was surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home.”
“...My father lived his life they way he wanted til the end. He would want everyone to celebrate the passion he had for life and for what he created for all to enjoy.”

More information here.

Total destruction! Here's Ultraman X (2016) trailer!

Oh yeah!
Kaiju fans will LOVE this!

"When monsters rise from the deep sea it's up to the XiO squad to protect the Earth. XiO member Daichi Ozora (Kensuke Takahashi) finds the X-Devicer and becomes Ultraman X to help save humanity!"

Additional informations on:
Dread Central

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

An Evening With William Shatner at Ottawa Pop Expo!

The Ottawa Pop Expo gives you the unique opportunity to meet William Shatner and spend the evening to discuss science-fiction with the genre's ultimate cult icon!

Tickets are selling FAST! Get yours NOW before the sell out! The Ottawa Pop expo is only a few weeks away, November 21-22!
Ottawa Pop Expo on Facebook

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Social Media Star Essena O'Neill Quits Social Media - And Reveals The Ugly Behind-The-Scenes.

"Australian teenager with more than 612,000 Instagram followers radically rewrites her ‘self-promoting’ history on social media (and launches new website)"

That's exactly it. Social Media is all about corporations using people and their content to generate money on their back.

It's all about fake!

Launching YOUR OWN web site is the way to go. Want to know how corporations made users to abandon their own domains to move to social media? It's all in this book named "Social Media Is Bullshit".

Article on The Guardian.

Brutal And Violent Fight Scene: Into The Badlands

Brutal, insane, wicked, high adrenalyn fight scene from Into The Badlands... Not for the weak!

The show will premiere on AMC,
November 15.

More information on IndieWire

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Six Billion Dollar Man gets a release date!

The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films announced that the action film The Six Billion Dollar Man, starring Mark Wahlberg, is set to be released on December 22, 2017.

Screenwriter and filmmaker Damián Szifron (Wild Tales) wrote the screenplay and has been confirmed to direct as well. Principal photography will begins in September next year.

Steve Austin is back!
The Six Billion Dollar Man
 is based on the classic TV  series “The Six Million Dollar Man” and the novel “Cyborg” by Martin Caidin. The story follows astronaut and military officer Steve Austin, who becomes part of a top secret government program after a plane accident leaves him near death. With the help of cutting edge robotics technology, Steve is brought back to life with superhuman abilities, making him the world’s first truly bionic man.

Classic TV series opening, The Six Million Dollar Man