Monday, November 29, 2010

Who ARTED? is almost here!!!

Yes, our charity event is this Saturday! For those that don't know Who ARTED? is our way of accomplishing a few things: 
First, it's a way for us to get those that may not feel artsy to get creative and art for a good cause.
Second, we take vinyl records that will probably find their way into a landfill and give them a new lease on life.
Third, by keeping the prices at a minimum it's possible to get original art into the hands of art lovers that don't necessarily have a ton of cash to shell out for art.
And lastly, we are raising money for a worthy cause and having a blast doin' it!

The charity this year is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the money raised will be donated in memory of Heather's mother Connie Perry.

The event will take place at Art on the Levee which is located at Newport on the Levee in Newport KY 6 until 10 pm. Stonebrook Winery will be offering wine tastings for a small fee. Other refreshments will be available free of charge.

We have some great artists lined up this year. Some of the talented folks that have donated their time and creative juices this year include:
Survivor's Rupert
Jim O'Rear
Mark Kidwell
Sam Flegal
Travis Fessler
Dick Starr
Daniel Emery Taylor
Rob Meyer
Bobby Nash
Black-N-Bluegrass Roller Girls
...and tons more! Will give a full list of contributing artists with links as well as photos next week.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Zombies of the Universe Christmas sale!!

For a limited time I'm making the Zombies of the Universe print available online! Nov. 26 through Dec. 3!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Horrorhound Cincy etc...

Horrorhound Cincy is over and it was a blast. Got to hang out with our friends Dick Starr, Twilight Creations, Jason Crowe, Mike Holman, Rondo award winner ScottRa, Nathan Thomas Milliner, Joel Robinson, and so on and so forth. Thanks to Aaron, Nathan and the crew for a great show and thanks to everyone that stopped by and supported us and the event.

This comin' weekednd we're headed up to Toronto for SFContario. If you're in the area stop by and say hi.

And now for some housecleaning:
We met some of the folks from the Zombie Research Society while at ZomBcon (some of which we were supposed to have shared some air time with on National Geographic's Truth Behind Zombies but we haven't been able to confirm whether they used any of my art or not...). Anyway, they bought some prints and have showed us some love on their site: Debbie Does Zombies by Billy Tackett. And yes, Debbies Does Zombies will be a t-shirt in the near future.

Speakin' of ZomBcon; I did an interview with Undead Air podcast. Check it out!

While at the Memphis Comic & Fantasy convention I sat with friend Jon Klement for an interview on Dragon Talk Radio.

Promo for Macabre Mansion's The Fall of the House of Usher audio book starring Kevin Sorbo and Jim O'Rear featuring art by yours truly.

And lastly but not leastly Ghost Walk did a write up on me for their Haunted Path ezine.

I zombified Survivor's Rupert! The art will be auctioned off at the Rupert's Kids charity event Tuxes & Tennies.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Free Speech?

Hell yeah! I'm sure EVERYONE has heard about the Amazon fiasco. If not read it here on USA Today's blog. This has raised issues. Free speech issues. Personally I think the book should have been removed. Yet I am pro-free speech. How's that possible?

Firstly, without free speech this blog would never exist. Nor would my career.But I do understand that although I have the freedom to say something I do not have the right to be heard. And if heaven forbid I say something controversial my right to say is also the same right that protects those to disagree with me. And that goes both ways. I don't agree with flag burning but it free speech protects those that do. I think it's biting the hand that feeds you but oh well.

I have tons more I'd like to say but I want to get to the point which is the deal with Amazon wasn't a matter of free speech. The perv can write and say what he wants but free speech does not protect him from the repercussions of what he says or writes. (I'll try not to get into any personal feelings on the subject and stick with the facts of what happened.) Amazon's removal of the book is a type of censorship.But people forget that if you want free speech online you have to make it yourself. For instance I have heard of several people getting their Facebook profiles deleted for something they said or some photo they uploaded. "Free speech!" they cried. Wrong. Facebook owns the servers that you are storing this information on. Facebook is allowing you to use there software, hardware etc for free. They own it. So they get final say on what goes on on Facebook. You have no rights. Especially since you agreed to their terms when you signed up. It's basically like if you came to my house and started insulting me or something so I boot your ass out. Or you rent an apartment and get evicted because you have loud parties every night. The same goes for Amazon. And Yahoo. And so on. If you truly want free speech online you must have your own servers. So if this guy truly wants to spread the gospel of pedophilia he will have to self publish and sell it on his own website otherwise he is subject to censorship.

There were a lot of people screaming about this issue. But I don't think I heard anyone ask for him to be censored. Most of what I heard was for Amazon to remove the book. And there was lots of talk about boycotting Amazon. There were those that condemned this action. I don't understand why. Companies get boycotted all the time when there is a group of people that think the company's policies are wrong. Check this out:
Boycott Target for giving money to an "antigay' candidate
Boycott BP for, well, you know...
Boycott Shell for something going on in Nigeria (I tried to figure it out but the website is pretty damned convoluted)
Boycott Exxon for any number of things apparently
Boycott Chevron because they support a Burmese dictatorship(?)
Boycott Home Depot because they are pro gay apparently
Boycott The Hobbit Because-er-never mind. That one's over...
Boycott Red & Black Cafe because cops in their store makes them really nervous for some reason
Boycott the circus I dunno about this one. I love the circus but I also love a naked woman...lemme think about this one a bit...
Boycott Wal-mart because they are an instrument of the devil...that rolls back the prices on a regular basis!
Boycott Walgreens for any number of reasons whether you're liberal or conservative
Boycott Wikipedia for some reason
Boycott Real Housewives DC because there are some attention whores on the show. Go figure...
Boycott Lebron James for getting another "job" with another "company" that pays better
Boycott Dr. Laura because she said something bad or wrong about Tourettes ..THAT STUPID BITCH!!
Boycott Mel Gibson for being a dick
Boycott YouTube because they don't believe in free speech (see paragraphs above)
Boycott Mars because now vegetarians can't get their chocolate fix...wait a minnit, isn't it milk chocolate? In that case boycott Mars because vegetarians don't have enough products and companies to boycott. (Imagine my dismay when I typed "boycott ma" into google and the headlines "Boycott Mars" pops up and it turns out to be a frickin' candy bar)

All these were found by typing "boycott" and then a letter or two and letting Google do the rest. Speaking of Google: 10 Reasons to Boycott Google.

So the uproar about Amazon censoring an "alleged" pedophile is lost on me. It was a type of protest. And this country has a long history of fixing things society deems wrong by protests and boycotts. Especially when it comes to companies that are looking for a profit. How many people that want to give the pedo guy his free speech want to take it from Glenn Beck? Or the Dixie Chicks?

Granted are lots of gray areas when it comes to freedom of expression and free speech. Being an artist I try to keep up with what's going on especially the big cases. Sometimes I agree with the outcomes, sometimes I don't. But I do think that a how-to guide to something illegal such as murder, rape, pedophilia, etc. crosses a line. Writing about those subjects are OK but instruction manuals are not. That may be an opinion. And if so it is protected speech ;-)

Just for the record, I could moderate all comments to my blog but I refuse. That's my way of giving you free speech here. If you disagree with me let me know. All comments are posted unedited. That's not to say I wouldn't delete something but it would have to be pretty bad...And I don't want to have my Blogger account deleted because this is their property after all.

Keep my free speech alive! Buy my book!

And for what seems to be a good dissertation on free speech click here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

For The Love Of Monsters pre-orders

We finally got our galley copy of our book and we are ready for pre-orders! We will be taking pre-orders until Nov. 31. When you pre-order you get free shipping, free autograph and free sketch on the inside cover! That's a whole lotta frees in there. You may ask "Billy, how can you afford to give away free autographs like that?" It's true that in this economy ink is very expensive and with the all the social upheavals in the ink rich countries it's kinda hard to come by. But I do it because I love you. I love each and every one of you. In a brotherly way of course. And not in a creepy way. Because I'm not like that. Not since the therapy...

Anyway! Go to and get your copy for only $35. It's not just a book but a little auto-biography. And it not only contains what may be the oldest surviving piece 'o art by me it also has pictures of my in Mickey Mouse ears and a McDonalds hat! Not at the same time of course.

I'll also be taking pre-orders at Horrorhound Weekend Cincy this weekend!

And while I'm at it: I discovered some photos from Darkwoods 1.5 that I had neglected to I did.

 Ami & Heather

Me & my David Fultz art challenge: Draw a zombified single celled organism

 Sam Flegal and his David Fultz art challenge: Draw a zombified single celled organism...I can't compete with color!

 David Fultz, me & Sam Flegal

 And just to prove that Sam and I are NOT the same person as some of you have suspected

 Sam, Mike Holman, Adam Thomas, Daniel Emery Taylor, Ami Taylor & Heather

Back row: Sam, Nightmare on Elm Street's Ken Sagoes, Adam, Daniel, Ami
Front row: Matt Essary, Heather

Monday, November 08, 2010

Stalkin' in Memphis

So after rollin' in from Memphis at around 6am Sunday morning I think I'm back on track. We had a great time at the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention.We had the opportunity to meet some old friends from Mid South Con and make tons of new ones.

First a big thanks to Carlin Stuart for driving us around for dinner! I only wish we had had more time to spend on Beale St.... And thanks to Shorty for being our "handler"...Holy crap, that sounds creepy! Anyway, some highlights...

So Denise Crosby approaches me at the VIP party and introduces herself and tells me she's a fan! For those that don't know Denise is known for her roles in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Pet Sematary, X-Files, and Dexter! How cool is that! Also I found out that her ex-father-in-law is Blake Edwards! Blake is the director of the classic Pink Panther movies as well as Breakfast At Tiffany's! I couldn't let the opportunity pass so I gave her a copy of my Breakfast Is Tiffany print with the inscription : "Denise, Yeah, I think I dismembered the film" which is in reference to the song. I asked her how she thought Blake would feel about my zombification of his creation she replied that he would most likely love it because he has a pretty twisted sense of humor! There is now one degree of separation between Breakfast At Tiffany's and Breakfast Is Tiffany!

We also had the pleasure of meeting Suzanna Leigh who has been in films such as Paradise Hawaiian Style with Elvis, Lust for a Vampire, Deadly Bees and Son of Dracula. We also got to hang out with Sean Taylor, Bobby Nash, Adam Shaw, Sam Flegal, and some guy named Marc Ballard.

We were set up across from Ghost Rider creator Gary Friedrich. We've been to a few shows with Gary but I never really had the opportunity to check his stuff out. Man, was I surprised to learn that in addition to Ghost Rider Gary also wrote some of my favorite comics like Captain America, Monster of Frankenstein and Sgt. Fury and his Howlin' Commandos! I had no idea! During my down time I did a sketch of Ghost Rider and got Gary to sign it along with a copy of page #1 script of Ghost Rider's first appearance. Sweet!

I also sat down with Jon Klement and did a half hour interview for his podcast Dragon Talk Radio.

We rounded out our weekend when Carlin took us to Beale Street for dinner. Us consisted of Sam Flegal, Arne Starr, Heather and myself. This was the first time I had met Arne. He has worked for DC and Marvel and is probably best known for his work on the Star Trek comics. He now acts and has been on My Name is Earl, Mad Men, Medium and CSI as well as parts in Flags of Our Fathers, Blades of Glory, Spiderman 3, Transformers, Rush Hour 3, Iron Man and Star Trek. The man had some interesting tales to tell and we look forward to meeting up with him again.

Jon Klement

Pull My Finger is a great game to play while on the radio!

Sean Taylor just wanted to know what it's like to be me.


Beale Street

Dinner with Carlin, Sam, me, Heather and Arne

 Gary signing my sketch

Heather and Arne

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Memphis Comic & Fantasy Convention

That's where we're headed this weekend! Get all the details here Guests include Jerry Lawler, Martheus Wade, Gary Friedrich, Jason Craig, Bobby Nash, Sam Flegal and Sean Taylor.

Here's the Big Announcement: We will have a copy of my book For The Love Of Monsters on hand and will be taking pre-orders. When you pre-order and the convention I will not only sign your copy but I will also sketch, doodle, or otherwise deface it before I send it out at no extra charge! And to think there was a time when I got in trouble for drawing in books. Take that, high school librarian!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

ZomBcon re-cap

We're back! Our first event in Seattle WA was a huge success. The staff was awesome, the guests were awesome and the fans & attendees were awesome! First a big thanks for Ryan, Kimberley and everyone that coordinated and/or volunteered for the hospitality.

So first off we shared space with Stephen Romano, the author and designer of Shock Festival. Great guy who does some great work. I got to meet Chuck Palahniuk who stopped by the booth and flipped through the portfolio. We did some red carpet-y stuff towards the end of the event and I was introduced to George Romero! Photos were taken and I'll be postin' those babies when I get 'em!

The event was in an area that was full of great restaurants and pubs. We were just a couple blocks from the Space Needle which we visited of course. It was a great trip and we're really looking forward to returning in January for Rustycon at which I'll be the artist Guest of Honor.

My art on our right, Stephen Romano's on our left

Me & Hello Kitty are tight

From the Needle

From the Needle

Under the Needle

Green screen photo. The dude taking the pic kept telling me that my hat was covering my eyes and finally I snapped "Just snap the photo!"

He captured my frustration beautifully I think...