So…I haven’t won that Pulitzer Prize for writing…and I don’t have a happy husband and a house full of tumbling, peanut butter stained kids. But…I have been “sandwiched” by Sybil Danning and Wendi Freeman on a popular podcast. Thankfully, in my world, that makes me the winner.
Danning, of course, is the action goddess who appeared in such cult classics as Battle Beyond the Stars, Howling II, Chained Heat and Hercules. Freeman, meanwhile, is the friendly presence behind Double Page Spread, an entertaining look at the comic book industry.
On a recent episode of DPS, I was lucky enough to join Wendi as she and Sybil chatted about fitness, the power of positivity, Danning’s favorite films and her most recent project – Ruger, a comic based upon L.A. Bounty, one of the movies that established Danning as the female heir to Clint Eastwood and that ilk.
You can listen at the link, below, and help me decide which kind of bread I should be – white, rye or a good ole 8 grain wheat!:
Filled with sexy action and cinematic intrigue, Ruger, a new comic book created and written by genre goddess Sybil Danning, is a welcome treat for many reasons. The primary pleasure, though, is the lead character, herself. Strong, mysterious and enjoyably anti-authoritarian, Ruger is definitely deserving of becoming a well recognized feminist icon.
Based upon the character from the popular late ‘80s action flick L.A. Bounty, here our heroine is out to nab a payday by bringing in a charismatic Canadian diplomat. The only problem is that he is under the protection of the Federal Government of the United States. Naturally, flying bullets, explosions and epic car crashes are part of the journey that the primary focus takes to try to claim her mark.
Agreeably, the artistic team, including Scott Ethan Ambruson, G.W. Fisher and Dash Martin, have a natural affinity for the exploitation films that Danning is honoring here. They particularly capture Ruger’s chill, insolent nature as she toys with the soldiers and officials who are busy at work trying to neutralize her plans.
Nicely, this buoyant energy makes one truly excited for the future adventures that are sure unfold around this irreverent bounty hunter in the next two issues of the series.
New friends and neighbors in the horror community are always welcome. With so many entertainment options out there, it is always nice to get a fresh perspective.
Horror Tour Guide, a recently launched site, is a truly exciting addition to the macabre world of the web. With links to actual comic books, films and games, it is an interactive enthusiast’s dream come true.
Special note: For those with logo frenzy, please make sure to not let that extreme coulrophobia deter you from unlocking all the spooky goodies that are sure to be awaiting you atwww.horrortourguide.com.
Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!
If one needs evidence of the diversity of the horror fan, they have to look no further than the latest issue of Printsploitation magazine. A combination of a comic book, fine art publication and a more traditional genre magazine, this brain child of artist Scott Miller, features drawings from a number of influential indie genre artists devoted to various decades of terror cinema.
Nicely, in the third volume, the glorious black and white artwork is balanced out by a terrific article on the posters of ‘80s sexploitation flicks (and fun reviews of the films themselves) by Heavy Metal Moviesauthor Mike “McBeardo” McPadden and a celebration of acclaimed yet obscure VHS box artist CW Taylor by Dr. Jose.
The art, itself, is an amazing display of eclectic interests and themes. From Don England’s take on Peter Cushing to Putrid’s detailed reimagining of the (much maligned) 1979 monster film Prophecy, this volume has surprises on every page. Favorites here include Corrine Halbert’s darkly innocent take on Michael from the epically trashy Euro horror Burial Groundand the beautiful rendered power profiles of such icons as Susan Tyrell, Debbie Rochon and William Girdler by Klon J. Waldrip.
Capped off by Halbert’s hypnotically quirky take on 1962 indie masterpiece Carnival of Soulson the cover, this beautiful tribute is a must have in the collection of any serious fan of the scare scene.
Printsploitation Issue No. 3 is available for purchase from
Somebody needs to get a remake of Modesty Blaise going right away and give dazzling Chicago artist Corinne Halbert the job of doing the main credits art. Full of sexy yet oh so deadly pop art majesty, Halbert’s new zine Heavy Whisper is both a swinging throwback to 60s model fetish magazines and something completely and, kinkily, her own – making her the perfect candidate for any cinematic revamping of a certain alluring lady spy.
Most importantly, as with all her work, Halbert just seems to having such fun here – reveling in all that life has to offer.
You can purchase Heavy Whisperand other joyous eccentricities at:
Midwest residents also have a couple days left to check out Corinne’s one woman show at AdventureLand Works on Paper, 1513 N. Western, which closes on February 27th. Pieces featured in Heavy Whisper are on display along with numerous colorfully psychedelic looks at childhood and youthful adventure. More information is available at: