Saturday 24 March 2012

Happy birthday to the Undertaker... and meeting Mick Foley!

As some of you may know, I'm just a little bit of a wrestling fan! I started watching it back in 1991, and while I don't watch it so much these days, still remain a big fan of what these guys do. I'd like to wish a very happy birthday to the man who is my all-time favourite wrestler, Mr. Mark Calaway.. better known to WWE wrestling fans as the Phenom,  the one and only Undertaker! Happy birthday 'Taker... here's to 20-0 at Wrestlemania!! And don't worry about HBK ruining your match with Triple H... we creatures of the night have got your back!

My own, artistic interpretation of the WWE's UNDERTAKER.
Now, regarding the above picture... this leads me to a recent event which I can honest say was a highlight for me.  I'm very proud to say that the original of the above piece of artwork is now owned by another all-time favourite wrestler of mine, the Hardcore Legend and all-round nice guy Mr. Mick Foley! I presented it to him at Cardiff Glee Club during his his "Nights In Red Flannel" comedy tour this past February. It was a highlight to meet and chat to one of my all-time heroes, and meant a lot to me to be able to give him this work as a thank you for all the years he has entertained me. A long-time comics fan, Mick told me how he has once visited John Buscema's art studio, when the legendary comic artist presented him with an original peace of Thor artwork! Again, it was awesome to get to chat to Mick... definitely a moment I'll never forget!

Mick Foley after I had presented him with two pieces of my
The Hardcore Legend! BIG thanks to Matthew Grant for the
Now... after a post featuring the legendary Mick Foley, I'd be remiss if I didn't end it with his classic catchphrase, so here goes:

Have a nice day!!! (Bang Bang!)

Friday 16 March 2012

Austin 3:16....

... says Stone Cold just whooped Mickey's A$$!!

"Leave my damn beer alone, Jackass!!"

... a (literally) five minute sketch I did earlier today which was retweeted to over 590,000 people by none other than 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin himself! Cheers, Stone Cold! Here's to Austin 3:16 day (16th of March).. gimmie a hell yeah!!

Wednesday 14 March 2012

Happy 50th Anniversary to the INCREDIBLE HULK!

I couldn't let the big green guy's big 50th go by without doing SOMETHING......

Thanks to all those creators who have bought us the Hulk's adventures over the years... for the many years of enjoyment and inspiration. Here's to many more SMASHING years!!!

Edit - 15/03/2012: I had none other than the Incredible Hulk himself, big LOU FERRIGNO tweet me earlier.. saying that he liked this tribute piece! As a life long fan of the Hulk and Lou, that truly made my day!! Thanks Lou!

Saturday 3 March 2012

Bad Blood - beware the moon.....

As I may have mentioned once or twice, one of my pet projects has been a vampire story that I've been writing on and off for over a decade (my original foray into the world of vampires was a strip I drew back in 1987!!!). My "Vampire Saga", as it was known, now has the official title of BAD BLOOD: A VAMPIRE PROPHECY. During my near decade-long career in comics, I was fortunate to have been able to achieve my ambitions and draw characters such as the Incredible Hulk, Spider-man, the Transformers and Death's Head... characters I have grown up reading and loving since I was a child. But another ambition of mine has been to someday publish my own stories as well... and my vampire story is one that has been close to my heart for a long time. In the story, vampires won't be the only creatures of the night to beware of.... Here's a character design piece that I thought I would share with you....

Beware the moon indeed.....

BAD BLOOD: A VAMPIRE PROPHECY and all related characters, artwork and story are ™ & © Simon Williams. All rights reserved.