This week, The New York Times mentions Comic Book Men‘s involvement at Asbury Park Comic Con, while The Huffington Post talks to last week’s Freakshow guest. Read on for more:
• The New York Times spotlights this weekend’s Asbury Park Comic Con, which will feature Comic Book Men‘s Michael Zapcic and Ming Chen as costume-contest judges.
• The HuffPo profiles Billy Owen, a cancer survivor lost his right eye and was featured on last week’s Freakshow.
• Bleeding Cool and Cosmic Book News highlight Dynamite’s decision to publish the Comic Book Men‘s “horror mashup comic” The Cryptozoic Man.
• ComicBook.com offers a sneak peek and exclusive photos of this week’s episode.
• Portsmouth, Va.’s WAVY interviews Portsmouth native, Freakshow‘s George Bell, who says, “I love being around people.”
During Comic Book Men Season 2 Episode 15, “Comic Charades,” the guys discuss superhero lairs, noting that DC Comics sanctuaries like the Batcave and The Fortress of Solitude often feel sterile and solitary, especially when compared with the more homey hideouts often seen in the Marvel Comics universe. Walt especially likes the Fantastic Four’s Baxter Building, while Mike prefers the Avengers Mansion (and Bryan jokingly names the “Honeycomb [cereal] Hideout” as his favorite). Which superhero lair do you prefer? Vote now.Cast your vote now!
Freakshow‘s Morgue is one of the world’s premiere shock artists. In this interview with AMC, he talks about his most dangerous stunts and the best audience reaction he’s ever received.
Q: What was the first stunt that you learned to perform as a shock artist?
A: The first weird stunt I learned, when I was like 11 or 12, was putting razor blades in my mouth. I would put a length of string in my mouth, as well, and then tie them together through the holes in the razor blades. But I didn’t really start doing shocking public performances until three or four years ago.
Q: How did you come to join the Venice Beach Freakshow?
A: Eventually, I got into street performing. I started out on the Huntington Beach Pier in Orange County. Then moved all over California. Because my street performances are very shocking, I got arrested in Hollywood. I got banned from the Santa Monica Promenade. I never got banned from Venice Beach, but I did have quite a few visits from police. So eventually, word about me got to Todd. He became interested because I do stunts that other performers don’t. So he contacted me, and we got to talking for a while. I started out as a guest performer there, and he was so happy, I eventually became a featured act.
Q: All of your stunts are self-taught. Have you ever had to stop practicing a stunt because it was too dangerous?
Next week, in addition to providing real-time trivia for your favorite movies, AMC’s Story Notes offers three chances to win $500. Your first chance comes Mon., Apr. 1 at 8/7c during The Last Samurai. Simply watch for the Golden Note code word then go to amcgoldennote.com to fill out the sweepstakes entry form for a chance to win. (No purchase necessary.) Tune in to The Marine on Tue., Apr. 2 at 8/7c and The Transporter on Wed., Apr. 3 at 8/7c for more chances to win. Each entry period ends at 6AM ET the following morning.
Taxidermy expert Rachel Poliquin talks with Paul Rhymer from AMC’s Immortalized about the season’s craziest creations and sourcing animals for the Smithsonian collection.
Q: You started working as a Smithsonian Institution taxidermist when you were only 21. How did you get so good, so young?
A: I first got a very entry level job there doing a little bit of design and illustration. I wanted to be an illustrator, but in the bigger exhibit office that I worked in, there was an opportunity to do a little bit of taxidermy and model making. I had the experience because my dad was a taxidermist, and I had done it as a kid. Within about a year I moved into the position as a full time model maker and taxidermist. Back in those days, they would often hire people in entry level positions and then bring them up in the museum so you would learn the protocol of making the exhibits and handling artifacts. You can’t really go to school to learn how to handle the Hope Diamond. You learn that from being around professionals.
Q: What was it like working on the renovation of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History?
A: When that project came down the road, we knew it was going to be total change in the mammal hall. Changes like that happen not even once in a generation, so to be part of a project like that was really a big deal. Everyone was excited. Another taxidermist was hired for the project, and he and I worked full-time for two years mounting for the exhibition.
Q: Where did you get the animals from?
A: The majority came from zoos. The museum wrote to several hundred zoos and said, “These are the species we are looking for. Should you have any of these animals that die in your zoo, we would be very interested.” And we got a lot of animals that way. Some animals — about two dozen — came from Ken Behring, who donated the money for the hall. And some were donated by other taxidermists or other people. The Smithsonian was very clear that it did not want to go out and actively collect for the hall.
Q: You also did work at the Swaziland National Museum. What was that experience like?
If you’re a fan of Immortalized, you likely already know that you can get all of the latest news and information about the show by following Immortalized on Twitter at @ImmortalizedAMC. But did you know that you can also keep up with some of the cast individually? Beth Beverly, Dave Houser, Zach Selwyn, Brian Posehn, and Catherine Coan are all on Twitter. Check out a few of their more memorable tweets:
– Beth Beverly (@bethbeverly) March 8, 2013
– Catherine Coan (@catherinecoan) March 22, 2013
– Zach Selwyn (@ZachSelwyn) March 22, 2013
– Dave houser (@Davehouser25) March 26, 2013
This week, members of the Freakshow cast perform on The Steve Harvey Show, and two of the Comic Book Men are featured on a Men’s Health podcast. Plus, The Huffington Post learns about Todd Ray’s newest five-legged animal friend. Read on for more:
• Freakshow’s Todd, Danielle, Asia, Brianna and Morgue appear on the The Steve Harvey Show, where they perform sword-swallowing, among other stunts.
• Men’s Health chats with Comic Book Men‘s Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson, who have “an encyclopedic knowledge of every comic book known to man.”
• Freakshow‘s Todd Ray chats with The Huffington Post about the newest addition to his collection of creatures: a five-legged frog.
• The Chicago Tribune names Kevin Smith as one of 12 “Tweet-worthy” directors, praising his “unique brand of commentary on all things Hollywood — and hockey.”
AMC has released a trailer for the new original series Low Winter Sun, which stars Mark Strong (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Zero Dark Thirty) and co-stars Lennie James (The Walking Dead, Jericho, Snatch). A contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred, Low Winter Sun begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter the detective’s life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld. Season one consists of ten, one-hour episodes and premieres Summer 2013 on AMC.