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We’ve all been there. Our roommate ate our last sandwich. Our buddy left to the concert without us. We got in the car and our mom left us with no gas. They told that story of how you farted in gym class to that hot girl at the party. Somebody put my Blu Rays back in non-alphabetical order and I can’t find Fight Club because it’s between Sin City and Star Wars.
So apart from the literal face-melting weather this weekend my family had a few great events. Apart from my son Axel’s monumental age change from 5 to 6 (and the LEGO building, Castle painting, and Mimi’s eating therein) we visited some art. We live in Anaheim and there’s always some little festival, swap meet, or some Downtown experience to visit. I’m pretty sure the Downtown guys are trying to CPR the mostly vacant downtown little district’s mostly empty shops and eateries. Although I sometimes loath the thought at dragging myself outside to walk\stand in the sun for a few hours at some trinket table, this one was actually fun. It was the Anaheim Art Crawl. Contrary to popular belief I do enjoy art I just have very specific tastes. There were lots of chalk drawings along the street and messages written for the reader. There was a Swing Band and pro dancers. There was that awesome Healthy Junk eatery that Liz and I enjoy so much. But there was one booth I was particularly interested in.
There was an artist named Jake Perez who had a setup where he was painting while we watched. Looking at his work I was blown away or face-melted without temperature. He had all these painting of Zombies with bloody mouths or glowing eyes or just a bunch of really bad ass horror paintings. I quickly grabbed a card and watched as the Artist painted colors onto some grisly zombie face. My daughter caught up with me and asked “Is this the Walking Dead?” I quickly reminded her of Romero’s work. Lizzy is very artistic and draws a lot of pictures in her little notepads and such. I’ll come to my desk sometimes and find a few pages of illustrations. Sometimes It’s a little comic starring our family as ninjas. Other times it’s Pyramid Head from Silent Hill. Then every now and then she draws Alien vs Predator (of course she calls the Predator daddy.) We walked the rest of the show and came back to sit in front of the booth (in our opinion was the best view of the place) and ogled the awesomeness a bit more.
Lizzy and Axel found some chalk and set to creating their own masterpieces on the asphalt. Axel turned out a Vampire, a mummy, and a werewolf (which he called daddy). and Lizzy drew a Zombie. Not just any zombie however, the zombie we were staring at about 15 feet across the street. And she did pretty good. It actually looked like the painting. We told her she should show it to the artist and let him know how much she liked his work. She ran across the street and conversed for a few moments and came back with a signed print!! A few moments later the artist himself, a Mr. Jake Perez came and snapped a shot of her homage. We thanked him he thanked us and we went home and framed his print. The next day I was blown away to see he had put Lizzy’s chalk drawing on his blog.
Thanks Jake. You inspired my little girl and I can’t thank you enough for that.
For 20 years or so I had a dream. A 10 year old me would read Wolverine comics and Wizard magazines in the distant land of San Antonio, Texas awestruck by images and thoughts of a wonderful far off paradise called San Diego Comic Con. Although it’s changed quite a bit in the last 20 years (for one thing back then the main draw of Comic Con was actual comics) at it’s core it still retains the nerdgasm magic that made me want journey to this distant place so long ago. So here I am, a 31 year old man who finally got to go on this pilgrimage. A great friend of mine Lucas Culshaw called me up and invited me out and I jumped at the offer. Although he’s been going regularly for years we still both relish the opportunity for adventure so we jumped the trains and rode south. After battling ignorant train station employees, lazy anti-workout security guards, brain addled Skywalker drug dealers, and Retarded yellow attack bears, we arrived. As I set foot upon this hallowed ground the 10 year old inside me screamed in victory. From Star Wars to Ninja Turtles, from Cosplay to Artist’s Alley, every moment was well worth the journey. Here’s a few pics from my virgin visit and I hope to return again…. Because I still need to find some bad ass Mandalorians.
Do you love zombie movies? How about martial arts flicks? Well then your search is over. The Project Purgatory Beijing Facebook page is here! Project Purgatory Beijing brings all the horror of the walking dead infested post apocalyptic world AND the ultra violence of a gun slinging, sword slicing, kung fu fighting martial arts movie into…. (Wait for it)
…..ONE BAD ASS MOVIE
What’s it about you ask?
Martial Arts mayhem, combined with gamer style action meets the Zombie Apocalypse in a full out war against the undead in “Project Purgatory Beijing.” China, a deadly designer virus has decimated the country leaving very few people alive. A side effect of the virus has turned the dead into raging, savage cannibals, and they’re hungry. A handful of survivors lead by Team Z; is a group of deadly mercenaries that have been elected to protect the last remaining citizens of the “compound.”
Want to see more? How about the entire FIRST TEN MINUTES ON YOUTUBE!!
See what I mean? Make sure to like the brand new Official Facebook Page for all the latest news, exclusive pics, and more! This project is one I can’t wait to finish and so far I’ve loved making the music for it. I also did a bit of guest choreography for Shane’s stylish gun play. Still not enough? Enjoy some pics.
I scored this movie in 2010 and actually played a small part in it and got to fight!! I’m very happy with the music I did for this film and can’t wait to finish the follow up to it Project Purgatory Beijing!! Check out the trailer and take notes on zombie survival!!! For more info check it out on IMDb Don’t forget to share and comment!!