I’ve sort of known this was coming for a couple of days, but I didn’t really want to believe it. Yesterday, I was informed that Bill White had passed away. He was only 51. Far too young for anyone to die, but I know for a fact that Bill packed a lot of life in that short window of time and has untold amount of friends and humorous stories to attest to that. For those that don’t know, Bill had provided most the artwork here at Infinite Hollywood since late 2010. Most notably, Bill took my little concept of Octo Joe, our mascot, and gave him life with Bill’s infamous charm and caricature cartoon style.
Bill was one of the early commenters on Infinite Hollywood, typically leaving a comment about Doctor Who or one of the many other interests we shared. He constantly pestered me to review the Character Options 11 Doctors set and due to my own procrastination and laziness, I never got around to it. It sort of became a running joke between us.
Bill wasn’t just some guy, he was an accomplished cartoonist who had worked for just about every comic book publisher on the planet in one capacity or another. He worked on major properties like Donald Duck, Scooby-Doo and Casper The Ghost. He also did animation work with stuff like Ren & Stimpy and Inspector Gadget. He created his own characters too, like Kaptain Keen and Kompany which almost became a cartoon itself in the mid 1980’s. Chances are you’ve seen of Bill’s work in comics, even if you didn’t know it.
I was always sort of blown away that Bill offered to do artwork for Infinite Hollywood and I was honored to have his stuff on the site. Bill created dozens of drawings for me and was always willing to do more. Sometimes I think he wanted to do more than I asked him for. I could ask Bill to draw anything and usually within hours, he’d have it whipped up. Last year around this time, Bill cranked out several different Halloween cartoons for me and then followed it up with a variety of Christmas ones. Amazingly, here was a guy who’d worked with Marvel, DC and Disney and he was doing artwork for me. Bill never asked me for a dime to do it either.
Bill’s first Octo Joe cartoon, which he drew in “approximately 30 seconds” to apply for the “job”. He would go on to draw dozens of Octo Joe sketches for me. Bill said he was honored to have his work on one of his favorite sites, but the honor was all ours.
When I started putting his designs on t-shirts, he was tickled pink. Although he secretly confessed to me that if I started selling millions, he’d want some sort of compensation of the backend. We laughed, as neither one of us became millionaires off of Infinite Hollywood t-shirt sales. I have been complimented more times than I can remember at conventions about the art on the shirts. I always directed folks to Bill, because without his art, I wouldn’t have had squat to put on a shirt, much less so many different designs. Bill White’s artwork always made us look “professional” and I told him as much on many occasions.
On a more personal level, Bill was as nice of a guy as you could have ever talked to. Although we never met face to face in person, I considered Bill a true friend. We talked about how one day we’d try to find a convention that we could both go to and meet up. I’m truly upset that it will never come to pass now. We chatted through emails quite frequently. Sometimes we’d talk about his art, other times about toys and he’d often mention his wife Sharon, whom he referred to as “Perfect Wifey” to give you an idea of how much absolutely adored her. Through good times and bad, he was there to share a laugh and to lament the foibles of being a grown man collecting toys.
Our buddy Jeff Brzozowski sent along some spooky new Minimates customs he cranked out this October. Starting with everyone’s favorite worm superhero, Earthworm Jim! Jim might seem like an easy custom to make, but the real trick is making that worm head. Jeff once again showcases his ingenuity and ample ability with this one.
I particularly like the cartoon eyes. But Jeff wasn’t done there. He’s really taking the Minimates medium to new levels with an entire series of Goonies Minimates!
Killjoy Goes To Hell
Directed by John Lechago
Starring Trent Haaga, Jessica Whitaker, Victoria De Mare
Available on DVD and RedBox
More 31 Days of Halloween horror movie reviews! Killjoy has been around since 2000, when Full Moon started to roll out some new franchises. It was a strange time for Full Moon, as the video market was slowly dying, they had lost their deal with Paramount and they had oddly decided to double down on making even lower budget films. They opened up several new labels so as to not ruin the Full Moon brand and one of those included an urban label where Killjoy was produced.
The first two Killjoy movies didn’t do very well and I avoided them because they looked like crappy urban horror movies. Full Moon seemed to realize this as well, as Killjoy sat on hiatus for 8 years before returning in Killjoy 3 back in 2010. Now a new Killjoy movie is out just in time for Halloween. I never saw Killjoy 3, as I assumed it would be more of the same. However, while waiting for the new Puppet Master movie to come out (review coming later this week) I decided to look up some info on Killjoy 3 & 4. Ultimately I decided to give Killjoy 4 (AKA: Killjoy Goes To Hell) a spin.
I rather incorrectly assumed that like most slasher flicks, I could pick this one up without having seen the other movies. While that is partially true here, the fact is that Killjoy Goes To Hell is a direct sequel to Killjoy 3. Full Moon recently re-released Killjoy 3 under the banner Killjoy’s Revenge, lest you get confused when trying to track down part 3 before watching part 4. Now yes, you can watch this movie without watching part 3 and understand it, but it’s definitely better if you watch part 3 first.
One of the things you’ve likely noticed here on our 31 Days of Halloween is a fair amount of candy and “treat” reviews. The reason is rather simple, it’s the season of lots of new flavor candies and treats. Probably moreso than any other time of the year. Christmas brings in a fair amount too, but Halloween takes the proverbial cake.
Thus far though, things have not exactly been that good. The Candy Corn M&Ms sucked and so did the nearly revolting Pumpkin Fruit Pie So can Milky Way bring us out of the abyss with their latest Halloween candy?
I am not actually a very big fan of Milky Way candy, as it’s basically the same as a Snickers but without the peanuts. I like more for my money, so I go with the Snickers more often than not. Oddly enough I like 3 Musketeers, so who knows what’s wrong with me. Anyway, the premise of “caramel apple” sounded intriguing.