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  1. This year has been quiet for RAW in large part due to Tom having a very busy film schedule. We have been challenged to commit to shows this year, including San Diego. Fortuantely San Diego Comic Con is going to let A&E extend into our booth space this year, so we can get it back next year. Our booth has moved (I don't know where yet), but at least SDCC is probably going to give me a pass this year so I can check out the new location... I thought I wouldn't even be able to go to the show. LBCE is the smaller of the two Long Beach showes, the other being LBCC. Raw hasn't attended LBCE yet, but we were going to this year until Tom had to cancel due to filming. We were going to do a 10x20 booth with a special guest, but with Tom canceling we decided to go for a 10x10 Tim Bradstreet booth. Clearly that made my life much easier with no setup to do So it was a very relaxing weekend. Tim had some new prints, but the coolest thing he had was a new sketch book, produced by IDW. here's a llink to it: http://shop.idwpublishing.com/art/sketchbooks/tim-bradstreet-the-sketchbook-series-vol-1.html I could talk to Tim about the possibilities of getting books from Tim direct and signed, if someone wants, rather than IDW, but no promises Tim did a panel at the show with EAT GEEK PLAY by friend Kevin Knight. Kevin is a true fan of Tim's work so he really does a great job of getting great stories and insight from Tim. It was the first panel of Tim's I have attended in forever, since I am usually at the booth. Fortunately most RAW panels have been after show hours, but this time I got to see just Tim. I even had a question for Tim I asked in the panel, since he told a story I had never heard him talk about. Kevin should be posting a podcast of the interview and I'll post a link when I find out about it. I have to give a shout out to the Punisher's biggest fan Tony Adivari (he has a punisher skull painted on the hood of his black pickup) for watching the booth for me during the panel. Tony is between Tim and I in the image above. Just before the panel with Tim we caught the tail end of a panel with Gerry Conway, hosted by Geoff Boucher. I have met Geoff several times, but my first experience was when he was Entertainment Editor at the LA times and he was hosting the first Hero's Complex, a film festival with some of the best genre films of all time with interviews between them. Tim and I went up for the last one that year and saw Blade Runner and Alien with Geoff interviewing Ridley Scott. That experience was completely surreal. After the second movie we were just hanging around and we ended up going to dinner with Geoff and other friends and I got to find out just how humble and cool he is. I spoke with Geoff and found out he had since left the LA Times and Entertainment Weekly and now has his own business. I talked to him about how my daugher lives in his area going to school and that she is looking for part time work. He may actually have some regular administrative work she could do for him I do recommend looking up Geoff Boucher Interview on YouTube, he has had some of the best interviews with the most amazing people. That evening we were invited to dinner by the show runners Martha Donato and Mike "Scig" Scigliano. They are my favorite people to work with regarding all conventions. They are amazingly supportive and always want to work with RAW to get the most we can at every show. "Scig" and I are hoping to go big this September 27-28 for LBCC. A strange surprise was when we checked into the hotel clerk actually remembered me from the year before. Wondering how she could possibly remember me, she reminded me that I gave her a pass to get into the show last year. The best part of the show for me is that my daugher, Mikaela, just finished her first year at Long Beach State and was able to come to the show and dinner for Saturday and Sunday. She only lives a couple hours away from me, but I rarely get to see her since she works 2 part time jobs and goes to school. We really had a great time catching up and just chillin' in the booth together. She had fun going around the show and saying hello to people she has met through the years too. A sad, but not really bad thing for her, was that she just broke up with her boyfriend. Tim had some consoling words for her at dinner Sunday night, that really helped her mood. Mike
  2. I don't know about Escape from New York, but Storm King Productions (Sandy King Carpenter) is doing a Big Trouble in Little China comic. I'll ask Tim about that print with Snake.
  3. Mike

    Drive Hard

    So make certain not to look back for an earlier post on this thread!!!
  4. I spoke with Tim yesterday, they're fine. A major factor in the fire was Santa Ana winds which blow from the desert to the east towards the ocean, so if you are east of the fires, there's pretty much no chance they would come back your way.
  5. One of the fires got pretty close to Bradstreet's house. I think he was just on the edge of the evacuation zone.
  6. Mike

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    That's GREAT news!!!
  7. Mike

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    Joyce, that's really tough and I can appreciate what your son is going through. I work for the Federal Government and if I lost my job here, it would cause me to start over again. I don't have any college level education and was lucky enough to be in a position to create a job as a contractor and got converted to government. I'm sure your son's challenges have nothing to do with is abilities and more to do with the incredible let down of a job disappearing regardless of how effective he had been at it. Hopefully he will be able to remain positive enough to make a transition, even if he needs to take a temporary step back. He just needs some professional success at this point to return to that capable positive feeling. Mike
  8. I got a chance to see Tim yesterday. He had a great day with his loving family and had the pleasure of having his dad there with him. His dad decided that Midwest weather was too much and will remain in San Diego until things warm up
  9. Mike

    Drive Hard

    I believe we'll get a chance to see Tom's daughter in the movie too
  10. Mike

    I JUST...

    The reason they say I am too healthy to get medical support for weight management is because I have no health issues. My glucose(90s), cholesterol(166), and liver function are all very good, even though I have historically eaten all the things you aren't supposed to eat that makes those worse. I was told I just one of the rare few that can eat what he wants and will not have health issues other than getting large. My doctor used to get upset because he wanted to tell me I was unhealthy and needed to lose weight, but the numbers never supported him. My biggest issues are that I have never lost my eating habits developed in high school, when I played football and competed in martial arts. I put away 6000-9000 calories a day back than and I am still a big eater. I had a back injury (I lost a fight with a fork truck on an aircraft carrier) about 14 years ago and I haven't really been active since. My issue is mostly just eating way too much and not getting any exercise. I did have an issue with cardio myopathy (enlargement of the heart and loss of heart performance, 34%) along with moderately high blood pressure a couple years ago. That has since gone away and my heart performance is back at 100% and my blood pressure is fine now. I only take a diuretic to keep my water retention down. I had my BMI and lean body mass calculated 3 times over the past few years. My average lean body mass is about 210lbs, which makes my ideal body weight about 250lbs at 16% bodyfat, even though I am only 5'11". The charts say my ideal body weight is about 172lbs at 16% bodyfat (that ain't never gonna happen). My oldest daughter in high school water polo weight about 175lbs at 5'9" and she looks fantastic. I guess my family is pretty dense =) Although I really would like to weigh under 200lbs, I would have to lose 50+poinds of non-fat (muscle) to do it. I will lose some muscle mass as I lose weight, but I'll just have to see what happens. The one advantage i have with my lean bodymass is that my daily resting calorie burn is about 2700/day. By the numbers, I could lose a pound every5 days if I kept my diet at 2000/day. Mike So basically I am somewhat of an alien, when it comes to medical statistcs. I am not physically challenged to do this, I just need to make weight loss a priority over my enjoyment of food.
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    I'm still fighting it, but it doesn't look good. The program the doctor wants me to do is nearly $600/month. So in the meantime, I have been going as close to no carbs as I can for the past 4 weeks and just started exercise today. It was really painful. but I hit my goal of at least one hour of exercise and at least 1000 calories burned.
  12. Mike

    I JUST...

    ...was told that I am too healthy to receive medical assistance with weight loss, and that I am one of those rare people who can eat what they want and not get health issues, other than weight gain =/ Ugh, I hate being an alien sometimes...
  13. Fortunately this isn't a unique challenge. Essentially all films are at risk of scheduling vs. money. Thomas is in a position to choose whether to let money expire that has been put up for the film or wait for someone like Nick Nolte to be available. Not knowing the specifics, I believe Thomas is choosing to wait and get the people he really wants to get in the film, at the risk of needing to secure new funding. Thomas once mentioned a quote to me from a director (Stanley Kubrick???) that went something like, "I always shoot movies with the best actors... available." I may be off a little, but the idea is there. Mike
  14. Bellisx, What is the file type of your image? Mike
  15. I thought snow was something went to visit for things like skiing, snowboarding, or just goofing off in it. I can't imagine anyone would actually live in it????
  16. Robert Knepper was probably my favorite character on the show.
  17. Check out the Podcast link from eat, Geek, Play at LBCC 2013. Tim Bradstreet, Scott Harben, and Lance Henriksen interviewed with host Kevin Knight together. I haven't heard it myself yet, since I am still at work, but the guys all said it was a lot of fun and turned out really well. Dean haglund and William Stout did an interview right before the trio, but I don't think it's included in this link. http://www.eatgeekplay.com/?p=10219 Enjoy, Mike
  18. Joyce, I'm sure RAW will land at a show near enough for you to visit. I know Thomas and Tim always like to share time with forum members. When they do, please make certain to let me know how it goes, since I usually only do shows near SoCal.
  19. No special announcements for RAW that I am aware of, but I just manage the booth for conventions. I'm sure Thomas and Tim are grinding away on something. It was really cool to have special guests like Dean and Lance in our booth maybe we could see a collaboration at some point =)
  20. Thomas regretfully did have to cancel due to a filming schedule conflict. Tim and I headed up to make certain RAW's presence was still recognized at LBCC no matter what. We ended up having an incredible time and a great show in large part due to our special guests. Lance Henriksen and his Biographer Joe Maddrey came for the second year in a row. Joe had to leave early as he is having a baby in the next few weeks (well his wife is), but Lance didn't miss a bit of the show. RAW collaborator and artist favorite Bill Stout also returned this year for Saturday. Another long time friend and RAW collaborator Scott Harben joined us along with newcomer to our crew, Dean Haglund, Comedian, Actor and Conspiracy Theorist of Lone Gunmen/X-Files fame. Saturday night was topped off with another amazing dinner provided by Stormking productions, Sandy King Carpenter, with several fantastic people, including old friends Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. The show was SO MUCH FUN for all of us. We all got along like family with an odd mix of tremendous talent. We had some RAW SupreBooth events, including an hour long ad hoc panel that packed the room and webcasts with Comic Vine and Eat, Geek, Play. This was the show to go to if you wanted a chance to get to chill out and get to know several RAW friends. We certainly intend to do something similar next year and are looking to do something with LBCC Expo, May 31 - June 1. Hopefully Thomas will be freed up for that show =) Mike
  21. Another great review by Brandon Troy from Reel Film News. http://www.reelfilmnews.com/2013/08/20/san-diego-comic-con-exclusive-interview-with-illustratorconceptual-artist-tim-bradstreet/ Mike
  22. Terry Bunch from Metal Life Magazine interviews Tim for almost 20 minutes and takes a Metal slant on Tim's work. http://metallife.com/metal-life-magazine-exclusive-video-interview-with-tim-bradstreet/ Mike
  23. My pleasure, John. I hope to have more soon! Mike
  24. Great Film School Rejects interview by Robert Fure with Tim Bradstreet. http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/features/comic-con-conversation-with-tim-bradstreet.php (It's kinda fun listening to the interview in the background, then seeing it hit the press =) Mike
  25. Bradstreet had several interviews throughout the show. I'll post them as I get links to each of them. Here's the first from fanboy comics: http://www.fanboycomics.net/index.php/interviews/comics/item/2572 Mike
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