Friday, February 29, 2008

Another review is in for The Great God Pan. This one is from Tom Williams of


This is a major achievement as a piece of horror theatre...(a) well acted and eerie work (with terrific lighting by Paul Foster with outstanding mood setting sound design by Adam Kozlowski), delivers Machen’s relatively unknown work quite effectively. This production of The Great God Pan is an outstanding evening of horror/mystery theatre. Chicago needs a “horror theatre” and Wildclaw Theatre sure makes an impressive debut in that realm.

Let me state that The Great God Pan aptly explores the nature of evil and the search for evil’s true identity that unfolds with several unique twists. This major work is engaging and scary. The low budget production delivers several well-time moments that make you jump out of your seat. Tom Hickey, Lily Mojekwu and Peter Corey were terrific. Kudos to Charley Sherman for attempting and succeeding with a complex horror classic. I await more."
- Tom Williams

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2 for 1 Student Tickets For Pan -Thu & Sun

2 for 1 tickets for students for Thursday and Sunday performances of The Great God Pan. Now you have no excuse not to see horror theater in Chicago. If you get scared during the show, you'll have someone to hold onto.

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Red Orchid Theatre's FATBOY

Go see Steve Pickering in FATBOY at Red Orchid Theatre. It's loud, nasty, raucous entertainment, performed with panach and grace in sweaty fat suits. And if that ain't Chicago theater, I don't know what is.

But see The Great God Pan first, damn it.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Great God Pan Opens!

If you're in Chicago come see us. We opened our stage adaptation of Machen's The Great God Pan and the show is off and running. We've gotten a couple of reviews so far and both are good:

"If this is the WildClaw standard for horror, we'll gladly be horrified again."
-Kris Vire, TimeOut Chicago

"Our take: next time you're in the mood for a spine-tingler, put down the Netflix and give this play a shot. It delivers the guts and gore you crave, and you may actually get blood splattered on you. Score."
-Ali Trachta, The Chicagoist

Tom Hickey, Steve Hersen, and Michaela Petro

Come see us at the Athenaeum Theatre. It is rip-roaring horror in a blackbox theater Chicago-style. All the info you would want is at our WildClaw Theatre website:

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Ralph the Punk (1985)

Wow. Very weird, but not unexpected these days. My video that was created with Johnie Horn in 1985 has appeared on YouTube via EVL. 4 bit color, ZGrass animation language, digitally scanned referenced footage from shooting a monitor with a video camera and converting that to digital. Wow. Flash from the past.

It's a little truncated on the front and Johnie's cool credits are missing, but that's a lot to ask for a video made 23 years ago.

The song, Hot Monkey Love, was written, produced and performed by Brian Messiah and myself, along with Byron Smith engineering. That's Lori B Jones on narrating at the front of the track and me squawking on the rest of it.

This video opened a lot of doors for me in the world of computer graphics. A big thanks goes out to Johnie, Sally and the EVL family.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me

Well, I got a nice little birthday present today. There is an article in Animation World Magazine (AWN) on comic books and computers. The author, Joseph Szadkowski, was nice enough to mention that Shatter was the first computer-generated comic book and throw in some quotes from me.

One of my pieces from Shatter (First Comics)

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Watch The Skies!

And with that lovely quote from The Thing From Another World, Tor has announced it's soon to be launched super scifi website. Sign up now to get free downloadable books from Tor prior to the launch. I did.

My illustration for the poster from Who Goes There by John W. Campbell, Jr., adapted by Steve Pickering (World Premiere production at the Organic Theatre, Chicago.)


Hephaestus at Lookingglass Theatre

For my birthday, Julienne got us tickets to see Hephaestus at Lookingglass (check out the promo video). Great show! It has been extended until March 9th so get your tickets if you haven't seen it. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be sitting onstage watching a Cirque Du Soleil show, this is your chance.

Plus, Hera and Aphrodite are as beautiful as their namesakes and they kick-ass.

Lijana Wallenda Hernandez as Hera (Yup, those Flying Wallendas)

Anya Stankus is Aphrodite (Yup, Hula Hoops)

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Painting and Sculpting

I have been painting and sculpting this week. Acrylics and plaster. I haven't done that since 1978. And then it was mostly oils. Much fun. Big challenge was to produce these images in the manner requested by the director. Not my style, at all. (The paintings, not the taking direction part.)

I would show you more of these pieces, but they are part of The Great God Pan set and I wouldn't want to spoil any surprises (just yet.)

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Barker's Book of Blood Teaser

Our friend, Clive Barker, has a new movie coming out this year - Book of Blood. Over on Clive's official website, Revelations, there is a production journal being written by Joe Daley. Here is the first teaser poster -

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Register now for ICON 5 - the Illustrator's Conference in New York CIty, July 2-5.

I mean, c'mon, Marshal Arisman is running a seminar, fer chrisakes.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Prada Envokes Via James Jean

Ever wonder what a James Jean illustration would look like if it came to life? Well, wonder no longer. Prada has utilized Jean as a concept artist for this short promotional film by James Lima. And yes, Pan makes an appearance as a fashion god.

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