I'm grateful you are here. It has been a lifelong goal of mine to become a published author and that goal is coming nearer by the day. The idea first came to me when I read Washington's Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade. In it, he mentioned a plot hatched by George Washington for a soldier... Continue Reading →
Spider-Man By far, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is who I have drawn the most, and who I have the largest collection of comics from. He's had so many great artists through the years. My favorites are Todd McFarlane, John Romita (both Sr. and Jr.), John and Sal Buscema, J. Scott Campbell, and Erik Larsen. The... Continue Reading →
Lara Croft - Tomb Raider One of the rare times I colored a drawing! When I was struggling with drawing women, I practiced heavily on one of my favorite video game characters, Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider series. I remember the sickest I ever have been was this one three-week period where I got... Continue Reading →
Author's Note: This article originally appeared on another website I write for, That Hashtag Show, and appeared on March 23rd, 2020. Vapor Trails - 2002 Studio album number seventeen rolls in six years after their last one, and it took over a year to make. Vapor Trails would hit #6 on the Billboard 200 but... Continue Reading →
The X-Men Ah, who doesn't love Marvel's elite team of mutants? Er,... I mean... students from Xavier's School of Gifted Youngsters? I'll admit, the movies had their hiccups. But the comics... those were always gold! I tap Jim Lee as my favorite X-Men artist and I love his drawing style. Here's a few of my... Continue Reading →
Batman and his Villains My George Perez commissioned Batman sketch Batman comics have always been a favorite of mine. The Caped Crusader has lasted decades, and kept readers and artists enamored since day one. I met Justice League penciller George Perez at a Comic Convention several years ago and commissioned a Batman sketch from him.... Continue Reading →
As promised, I dug around through my portfolio from back in the day and found a couple sketch-outs of a character I made up. She has no name or backstory, just happened to come to mind. Due to work schedules, I didn't draw anything new today, so you'll have to settle for another archive entry... Continue Reading →
Instead of catch of the day. See what I did there? Once upon a time, I wanted to be a comic book artist, Ever since Middle School, I felt a draw to drawing. I'd like to think I'm pretty decent, but after visiting a few Comic Cons and meeting the people who do this for... Continue Reading →
Counterparts - 1993 Riding the success of Roll the Bones, the boys got back in studio two years later for their 15th album, Counterparts. I mention Roll the Bones because it signaled the departure of the process-heavy synth sound, where Counterparts nearly cuts the ties altogether. Here, Rush returns to the simple sounds that three... Continue Reading →
Previously, in Star Wars: Lifeboat... In Lifeboat: Part III's flashback, then-Lieutenant Varon Seeda delivers a message to Darth Vader on Mustafar that begins a chain reaction of treason! They board a shuttle bound for Jedha to recover artifacts important to the Emperor, but will Vader discover the truth of them first and claim them for... Continue Reading →
From the future Historical-Fiction/Horror novel The Man in Cell 41 by Lyle S. Russell. Follow this blog for updates!
The Rush Review details two albums in the discography; 1989's Presto and 1991's Roll The Bones. Read on to see why these albums are so special to me.
Author's Note: This review was originally published on another website I write for, That Hashtag Show, and was published on February 17, 2020. Power Windows, 1985 Rush traveled back across the pond in 1985 for Power Windows, their 11th studio album. Three studios shared duties on this LP; The Manor in Oxfordshire, SARM East Studios... Continue Reading →
Being a fan fiction writer myself, I appreciate projects like this more than most. When you love a project as a fan, it always bleeds through the work. This Zelda film does that and more.
In the next installment, the Rush Review covers two early 80s albums: 1982's Signals and 1984's Grace Under Pressure! Check it out here!
Author's Note: This article originally appeared on another website I write for, That Hashtag Show, on January 30th, 2020 Permanent Waves – Released in 1980 Rush smashed into the next decade with a new radio-friendly concept on the 1980 release Permanent Waves. This album, and the one behind it, are in this writer’s opinion, peak... Continue Reading →
Author's note: This article originally ppeared on another website I write for, That Hashtag Show, on January 24th, 2020 A Farewell to Kings – released in 1977 Riding the wave of commercial success from 2112, Rush released their fifth LP, A Farewell to Kings, in 1977. Only a year after releasing their first multi-platinum album,... Continue Reading →
The Rush Review rolls on with 1975's 2112! This one is in my top-3 best Rush albums list and it was so much fun to review.
As far as their recording label is concerned, 1975’s Caress of Steel was not a success. The highest it got to on the Billboard 200 is 148th, However, mega-fans love it and often refer to it as Rush’s most underrated triumph.
In part III, we pick up Lifeboat: A Star Wars Fan Fiction with a flashback, and follow a young Imperial Lieutenant with a message from The Emperor for the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Darth Vader!
Author’s note: This article originally appeared on another website I write for, http://www.thathashtagshow.com. This, and my Rush articles that follow are done in memory of Neil Peart, 1952-2020. Rush, self-titled debut– 1974 Rush, 1974 debut album cover Perhaps it’s destiny, but Rush debuted their first album the same month and year I was born. Being... Continue Reading →
A look back at Rush's 40 years of Geek Rock & Roll. Join me through four decades of the highs and lows of the Canadian progressive-rock super-group!
Check out the book trailer video for Code Name: Augustine! https://videopress.com/v/pBXPdPOI?preloadContent=metadata Due to an editing delay, the release is looking more like early Spring instead of Christmas as stated at the end. I am so excited to see this finally go to print! Stay tuned for details on where you can pick up your copy.