Tuesday, March 25, 2014

In memory of Dave Brockie...

By - Steve Mezo

The console TV at The Storage Unit of Terror is silenced tonight in honor of the passing of Dave Brockie...

I'll never forget the days when I saw a picture of GWAR in a issue of "The Aquarian" at my friend Keith Perry's House where he told me about them, hearing "Scumdogs of The Universe" over at our friend Patrick Coy's house, watching "Live From Antarctica" on VHS at Keith's house, then seeing them live on stage two years later and having to drive home with towels on my car seats. 

I was fortunate enough to get to meet Dave once after a performance and he was kind enough to listen to me yammer about the season my friend John B. Watt and I had the chance to work next to and hang out with Danielle Stampe (Slymenstra Hymen). 

And like John had typed in his thoughts of Dave's passing "I can't say that I truly knew him as a friend, I barely even knew him as an acquaintance, but I really will miss him regardless."
And the reason we miss him is the fans were part of the list of characters of the act called "GWAR".  

We "The Bohab's" are nothing more than food for whatever giant monster they have in tow, and are gladly killed by the alien monster members of GWAR for their entertainment. Or they'll kill us to kill time when bored. 

Then there's the GWAR website where you were able to follow Dave's adventures (From another link) and go "Yup, sounds like something that would have happened to me..." 
Like the time he fell asleep with a whitening strip on his teeth on the tour bus. It caused him to get chemical burns on his gums, which he had to go to the dentist to have taken care of. And he still went on stage and performed that night!

I wouldn't even type here never mind sing after having went through that mile of HELL. 

Not only did Dave share in his misadventures, he revealed how intelligent and level head he was. And he made you want to be a better person yourself with dealing with the negativity of others when needed. 

And that connection came back when he shared how the passing of Corey Smoot affected him. It was hard for us to hear as fans that we lost "Flattus Maximus". And what made it even more tragic was how young Corey was as well as being a new father. And then there was the fact that he was once a Bohab himself in the audience wishing he could be on stage too. 

What brought us together as fans was we had the alternate reality of GWAR. And it comforted us to think of Corey's persona of Flattus Maximus not being taken away, but getting bored of earth and it's babbling humans then taking a spaceship back to his home planet "Planet Home".     

Brent Purgason had taken on the role of "Pustulus Maximus" who is the cousin of Flattus and we welcomed him in! A lot of us Bohabs were happy to hear that Brent was a close friend of the band in reality. And the story of Pustulus making the journey from Planet Home to Antarctica to help GWAR fight their foes, and to continue the quest/hobby of annihilating humans. Let us know that GWAR isn't going away any time soon. 

Which brings me back to Dave...

If it were any other band fans would be like "Well now what? He was the voice of the band, how are they going to keep going?!" 
But we Bohab's know way better! Dave and the others had built this band for the long haul, and it's a big enough universe to supply new Alien Monster band members for a long time. 

The reason why Oderus headed back to his home planet will always be a mystery. So now we have to wait and see what he's sending back to man the microphone and continue the Bohab's slaughter!!!


Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Secret Stash has nothing but kids in it!

By - Steve Mezo

I was at Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash today
 in Red Bank New Jersey.

And it was full of kids! But it was the coolest thing ever because it killed my fear that Comic Books and Comic Book Shops were going to be a thing that only soon to be Really Old Monster Kids and Hero Followers remembered.

With Tablets of all kinds (Kindle Fire HD) owner myself having movies, games and entire comic books series at the click of a button it looked like it was all going to be lost on a generation...

But there I was surrounded by teenagers going through back issues and asking Walt about current releases. It just about took all of myself control to keep from having a Nicholson style Joker smile on my face.

It's like all that worry was for nothing! Here they were discovering all of the characters, story lines, artwork and plot lines for the first time and loving it. It's a lot like the same retro rebellion that happened with Heavy Metal Albums and Horror VHS Tapes. 
One maybe two generations of teenagers moves onto the latest greatest in a digital medium and spells doom for the old style. Then the next wave doesn't want to be like the ones before them that kept yelling "Hands off my stuff", and discovers the classic medium that older kids couldn't care about. And when they have parents that give that questioning "Why would you want that?" it makes it all their own even more. 

Then they might even be lucky enough to have older cousins, uncles or family friends that don't talk down to them about this new find. And instead of giving it a "Well in my day it was like..." They give them guidance into finding more cool stuff from that time and influences of that work.

Then it becomes a kind of really cool excavation of sorts where they're uncovering all of the cool relics, but it's still new to them. 
And if they have parents that are fans themselves it gives them a connection, but the parents no to give them enough space to enjoy it their own way.    

Another reason why I think these kids are all about Comic Books is they aren't the digital jelly heads that they are labeled as. They want to use their imaginations now and don't want to be led around by two hour toy commercials. And they want that physical connection and the smell of print that makes us (old people) smile when we go into a surviving Comic Book Store. 

I've seen it happen with Horror Movies and Heavy Metal, and it's really cool that they are rediscovering Comic Books. And since they are the new emerging demographic Corporations are trying to get paid by it's going to strengthen the yell of "Stop the remakes and reboots and get some re-imagining and original creations going!" 

Thanks guys for letting this Monster Kid know that all isn't lost. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Talking about Brian Sills Demented Glove Works!


By - Steve Mezo

Ever since we all saw that infamous opening to A Nightmare on Elm Street we all said "I have to have that glove!"

And we all bought this one first...

And we made due.
Me back in 1991with a serious repaint on the glove.

I even made my own appliance

But there were others that weren't satisfied with just repainting and or modifying the plastic Halloween glove. They went to their work benches and figured out metalworking, and then started an entire community of fabricators. 

And one of the members of this community is Brian Sills of Demented Glove Works
Lets go with this picture instead...

I had met Brian through Russell Neal II when we were writers for Scott Ruth's DmentD Cinema website. Brian and I have the same sense of humor and with him being so down to earth and we wound up hitting it right off.

As I kept in touch with Brian he had invited me to join a group of builders as a Retro F/X Artist. I did and was blown away by how much I had learned being part of that group. And found a whole new level of respect for builders. I mean I've always had a respect for them, but I had learned so much more.

The main thing I learned was there are more than one style of glove. Each movie has a different styling of the glove, just like each Friday The 13th has a different goalie mask.
A lot of people including myself just took it for granted that it was always the same, because Freddy's almost always in dimly lit scenes and always moving. 

You've seen the original in the picture up top now scroll back up and see how it was buffed out and shined up for use in Part 2 here.

This is part 3's where it's made to look like it has more wear

   And Part 4 where it has the use and abuse from
parts one through 3

This is the Part 4 I had paid Brian Sills to make for me.

And I love it

Now everyone's choice of which glove they want made varies for all kinds of reasons. Some are purist and want one because it was the first one to be seen on screen. Others like the more polished look of Part 2 and others like the broken in worn look of Part 3.
I chose Part 4 because I love how it looks like it's been through everything from the last three movies. It's blood stained, been burned, buried and just wasn't well kept while it was away from Freddy.

Brian has been building the gloves since 2010 and does fantastic work. I think it's really cool how he puts the research and work to make them sturdy as well as screen accurate, but styles them just enough where you know he was the fabricator.

I like the fact that each fabricator puts their slight design signature on them. Otherwise if they were all screen accurate to the hundredth percent they wouldn't have personality and might as well be made by an assembly line. 

And for the price these go for you might as well save up a little more and have Brian make one from your favorite Nightmare movie. 

Did I tell you about the miniature gloves he makes as well?

I was in work when my glove arrived and my wife got to see it before me, and even she was blown away by the great job that Brian done.

Then she had sent me this picture in a text. 

I just about went nuts when I saw it in the picture and couldn't wait to get home to see it and try it on myself! And when I got home I was not disappointed at all. 
The welds were solid and you could tell that the whole thing was made to outlast me. 

You can see more of Brian's work and place orders on his website

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ray Charland knows what scares you!


By - Stephen Mezo

Ray Charland knows what scares you and how to make it so it can be displayed in your living room.

Just in case you haven't been introduced to Ray at The Storage Unit of Terror before I'll do it now.

Ray is the owner operator of "Forsaken Props".

And the man that created my Eddie Mask. 


This time he set his sights on creating every bodies favorite clown.
And he documented the creation of this very limited run of the mask.
This was taken as adjustments were being made to the sculpt
 and about five hours away from it's completion. 

 The finished and cleaned mold ready for pouring.

No machines or assembly lines here. 
Ray hand pours a very limited run of a mask and the mold is then destroyed. 

  After the poured latex has dried it's ready to have the excess trimmed off and the seam floated out. Lots of labor goes into this process as well.

 These have been trimmed but not seemed yet. Once they've been seemed they'll be ready for paint and hair.

Now they're being seamed, painted and haired. 
Ray even dyes the hair himself by hand. 

Once the hair is set Ray trims and styles it to match the character. 

And the final that was made available as a full display piece with a professional seamstress created costume, a display mask with the ruffle and wearable mask with the ruffle.   
Excellent Work Again Ray!