Thursday, April 30, 2009

Cincinnati show this weekend

I don't get get to do a lot of local appearances but now the Northern KY & Cincy areas gets a two-fer!! Here's the write up:

The zombification of America comes to the NKY/Cinci area. Internationally known horror artist and Florence KY resident Billy Tackett(which is me!) sets up shop at Rockin' Rooster Comics this weekend, 5000 Glenway Ave, Cincinnati OH. I will be joined by superstar comic artist David Michael Beck, local artists Dustin Schliebaum & Brian Baums, Horrorhound president Aaron Crowell, Ghost Walk Productions Rocky Karlage, writers Ric Connely & JD Fiegelson and Night of the Living Podcast. Oh, and it's Free Comic Book Day so you can get a free comic. You can't lose!
The zombie take over continues the following weekend when I attend the 7th Street Gifts Annual Faerie Fest at 114 E. 7th Street, Newport KY. Dozens of local and regional artists, live music, costume contests.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Fest recap

Finally recovering from the Full Moon show. This was my first tattoo show and let me tell you it was an entirely different experience! And I mean that in a good way. First off I'd like to thank Ben, Marc, Jim and everyone that helped get me in and that made the show an unforgettable experience. Full Moon is definitely a show I'll be attending again.

So when we get there our table was set up in front of the main stage so we had front row seats to Sideshow Bennie's on stage "antics". Beds of nails, swinging irons from nipples, stapling money to foreheads & asses. Yes, he does it all! And he's a swell guy. The Friday show was the best because his opener is fire eating. I've seen fire eating before but this time the fire alarms were triggered so we had flashing lights, fire trucks etc. Coolness. 

Another great thing was I discovered my neighbor was my DeviantArt buddy Chops from Monster Ink 

Along with Chops I got to hang out with some old friends, Jim O'Rear, Daniel & Ami Taylor, John Dugan, Scott Blair and Donkey Punch. I finally had the opportunity to talk with fellow horror artist Joel Robinson. We've been to several of the same events but never got the chance to chat.

We also met the wonderful folks at Coon Tattoo. These guys are great! And then there were the all the awesome people that stopped by the booth. Hundreds? Thousands? I dunno but Heather and I were both hoarse afterwards!

We were also privy to front row seats of Jim doing interviews for Macabre Mansion with Kane Hodder and Jason Mewes.

Here's my list of top 10 random events from the event:
1. Scrotal piercings
3. A mildly disturbing horror celebrity fart
4. Dinner with an exotic dancer
5. FOON!!
6. My irritation at the fact that my wife gets Gunnar Hansen's autograph before me! I mean, really, she didn't even know who he was before she met me! I don't think she even likes TCM! That is noway close to being fair!
7. A close call with a race war
8. An ass rat
9. Finding out that Elvira's twin doesn't shave his legs

Jim, Jason, Ami  Daniel Emery Taylor, Heather and the back of Farras head

Daniel, Ami, Heather, kevin, Farra  Jim

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New art & costme contest reminder

Show the world that the American Spirit ain't dead, it's UNDEAD, by entering my GOD, 

GUNS & BRAAINSSS costume contest at Nashville Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Fest April 24 - 26.

3rd place: Art print of yer choice.

2nd place: T-shirt of yer choice.

1st place: An original, custom portrait of you all
zombified up done by Billy himself!

Just go to for all the gory details!

Here's a new piece that I'll be peddlin' prints of at the show. 


Friday, April 17, 2009

Guest blog & interview

Apex Books, for whom I did the Mama's Boy and Harlan County Horrors  book covers, asked me to be their weekly guest blogger. You can check it out here:

After years of beating my head against the wall trying to get some local exposure I finally did it.
In the first drop down menu select "Page B1", the page should appear in the left window. Click the article and it will show up on the right hand side.

Also here's a small article on a show I'm doing at the local comic book shop Rockin' Rooster on Free Comic Book Day.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Costume Contest for Nashville Tat & Horror Fest

Show the world that the American Spirit ain't dead, it's UNDEAD, by entering my GOD, GUNS & BRAAINSSS costume contest at Nashville Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Fest. 

3rd place: Art print of yer choice.

2nd place: T-shirt of yer choice.

1st place: An original, custom portrait of you all zombified up done by Billy himself!

Just go to for all the gory details!

And don't fergit that I have t-shirts starting @ $20, prints fer $12 and original art starting at $30!!


Sunday, April 12, 2009

New event dates added to my schedule!

Apr. 24 - 26, '09 - Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Fest, Nashville TN 
May 2, '09 - Rockin' Rooster Comics, Cincinnati OH 
May 10, '09 - 7th St. Gifts Faerie Fest, Newport KY (Guest) 
May 15 - 17, '09 - World Independent Film Fest, Richmond KY 
Sep. 11-13, '09 - Scarefest, Lexington KY (Guest of Honor) 
Sep. 18-20, '09 - Horror Realm, Pittsburgh PA (Guest) 
Oct. 3-4, '09 - Dark Carnival Film Fest, Bloomington IN 
Oct. 23-35, '09 - CharCon, Charleston WV (Guest of Honor) 
May 28-30, '10 - MarCon, Columbus OH (Guest of Honor)

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Feature in ImagineFX Magazine

Just wanted to do some horn tootin'! The digital art magazine ImagineFX does a feature on a couple of "traditional" artists each issue. I was asked to be one of those artists! I am in the current issue, which is out in the UK now and will be out in the US around the middle of the month. 
I wasn't familiar with the mag but after looking at a couple of issues I am very honored in being asked to contribute.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


I'm back from Birmingham AL, getting settled in a ready to roll. For me ImagiCon was like a big reunion for a couple of reasons. First of all I am friends with a lot of the department heads . Traveled to other cons, shared hotel rooms, painted on their half naked bodies. So some of these guys are like family. Another reason is that I displayed at another con in Birmingham last year and met what seems like all the other staff then as well as met and became friends with tons of people. So when I was asked to do the art and attend as the artist Guest of Honor there was no way I could possibly turn them down even if I had wanted to. I knew ImagiCon was to be full of very, very familiar and friendly faces and looked forward to seeing them again.
ImagiCon was a first time event and despite some bumps coming out of the gate I felt the con went extremely well. Kelly, the Art Director and old friend, and her minions did a phenomenal job. And the number of fans that stopped by the table was astronomical! The reception I got was warm and very, very fuzzy.

Friday between setting up and talking to fans & friends I did a couple of panels. My co-panelists included fellow Abyss Walker artist James Hill and Neo-Earth creator Bryan King. I hadn't seen either of these guys since my last visit to Birmingham. Other artists that participitated were Nigel Sade and Ash Evans.

After closing down Friday my wife heather and I grabbed a bite to eat and turned in early. Friday was so busy that we were both exhausted and we knew that Saturday, day and night, would be chock full of activities.

Saturday was great also. Very busy but very gratifying. During the afternoon the fire alrm went off and the entire convention was evacuated. As we stood outside with hundreds of people I look in the distance and seesome people looking at me and laughing. This is what they were doing:
Yes, this is how people amuse themselves at my expense
Also while hanging out I see these guys off in the distance and Heather rushes over to drag them back:
Zombie Sam, Fannie  me
Later I had another contestant stop by the booth:
Saturday night we sat down to dinner with some friends, Sean Taylor (Gene Simmnos' Dominatrix), Bobby Nash (Fuzzy Bunnies from Hell) and Patricia Albrecht & Samantha Newark (Jem). Our peaceful dinner was soon disrupted when our tables were descended upon by some other guests of ill repute. Daniel Emery Taylor (Swamp Thing) and his wife Ami, Jim O'Rear (It Came From Trafalgar), John Dugan (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and George Bonilla (ZP International Films) & his wife Tammy. Highlights from the evening are as follows (in no particular order):
1. A suitcase full of hooch
2. An anonymous call to security
3. Beer
4. Interviews with a werewolf named Mittens, a minor demon and a maked man
5. In-depth discussions about Jim's ass
6. Pictures with security
7. Beer
8. Drunken Stormtroopers
9. Beer
10. A drunken, in-depth discussion about Looney Tunes cartoons with John that made way more sense than it should
11. Beer
12. My wife taking part in actions that disrupted interviews with a werewolf named Mittens, a monir demon and a masked man
13. George having his picture taken
(Just to clarify: Patricia and Samantha had too much class to be part of our unruliness and excused themselves early!)

Sunday was a little slower so I had the opportunity to get some photos with some friends.
Me  fellow Abyss Walker artist James Hill
James Hill
Me, Ami and George
Ami & George
Daniel  me
Mr. Terrific  me
Mr. Terrific Tim Lawler
Me  Kelly
Ami  Daniel Taylor, John Dugan, Heather and me
Ami & Daniel Taylor, John Dugan, Heather & me
Heather  me
Heather & me

ImagiCon rocked. Thanks to Tom, Joe, Kelly and everyone involved for making this one of the best cons I've been to.


Award winning artist Billy Tackett hasn’t always been referred to as “The Creepiest Artist In America”. With humble beginnings in rural KY, the darkness came a-callin’ early on. His fondness for Famous Monsters of Filmland over Little Golden Books hinted at a dark future to come.

Eventually his mastery of the macabre arts drew him to the big city in search of more enthusiastic victims. With his boo-tiful wife Heather, he settled in the Greater Cincinnati area and began to put in motion his evil plan to zombify America.

After publishing over 200 book cover and illustrations he created his signature piece, Zombie Sam, giving birth to his Dead White & Blue series. Those paintings then became the inspiration for the Dead White & Blue Comics graphic novel, scheduled for release early 2009 from Abyss Walker Comics.

Billy’s ability to bring characters to life on canvas and paper caught the attention of best-selling author Shane Moore who dubbed him “Duco-Letum” (Painter of Death) and named him Official Artist of his Abyss Walker Series.

Utilizing his talents in both graphic design and traditional art, Billy has unearthed a line of graphic Ts emblazoned with the denizens of the vast and forbidding wasteland known as his Imagination.

Avoid visiting if you suffer from heart problems, weak stomach or fear of the dark.