All posts by Mark and Steve

Mark is lives in Hollywood and draws comic books for a living. Steve lives in Oxnard and works at Sony Pictures in Culver City.

Actor’s Strike Imminent?

Hello, friends. It seems the AMPTP has suspended negotiations with SAG. In a press release, SAG President Alan Rosenberg said:

“It is unfortunate and deeply troubling that the AMPTP would suspend our negotiations at this critical juncture. We have modified our proposals over the last three weeks in effort to bargain a fair contract for our members. We are committed to preserving rights that have been in place for decades and not giving the studios the right to use excerpts of our work in new media without our consent and negotiation. Our negotiating team is prepared to work around the clock for as long as it takes to get a fair deal. We want to keep the town working.”

Here’s to hoping all of our buddies and friends in various crews and kraft service won’t have endure another round of temporary joblessness.

Is your child the infamous “El Barto”?

Hello friends! Do you often wake up screaming in the middle of the night? Are you plagued by nightmares that your sweet, innocent pre-teen or teen-teen son or daughter might be out there somewhere practicing their golf swing, strangling animals or (gasp) tagging?!

The sad fact is, they are probably out their doing at least two of those things right now! But how can you tell if they’re committing these heinous acts against society and at the same time avoid open communication with your loved ones? Impossible, you say? Not anymore!

The city of Santa Ana has drawn up a handy illustration (click to biggify) and written up a thorough profile of the typical tagger. Be on the lookout! Keep a watchful eye on the size of your child markers, the pages of their graffiti-practice sketchbooks they stuff into their “art supply” laden backpack and the content of their stencils. These are all items that most children never leave the house without, but some of them are combing them into crime!

Be vigilant! Stop your child before they express themselves without permission!

“FUN”-goria’s Weekend of Horrors! (Part 3)

Hello, friends! In part 1, and 2, of our report on Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors!, we captured celebrity images, met Joe Dante, fought bugs and braved the wormhole that would ultimately bridge the inter-dimensional rift that separates the L.A. from the O.C.

When you last left your heroes, they were about to embark on a honey-soaked nightmare through the Hundred Acre Wood!

Click here for the stunning finale!

Iron Man spotted at the Arclight!

Hello friends! We just got back from seeing Iron Man at the spectacular Cineramadome, and boy was it ever! Aside from a lackluster score, it’s easily the best superhero origin movie yet and we highly recommend you hop out to your local movie house and support Marvel Studio’s outstanding entre into the movie business.

It was also fun to see a true Los Angeles-based superhero on screen. Flying around the Santa Monica Pier and attending parties at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Though, his awesome residence in Malibu is just too cool to actually exist and would no doubt be a world-famous architectural landmark if it did indeed sit atop that hill overlooking the ocean.

For more pictures and impressions, click here!

“FUN”-goria’s Weekend of Horrors! (Part 2)

Hello friends! In Part 1 of our Fangoria Weekend of Horrors! adventure, we waded through enormous crowds, recycled wisely and saw at least enough cult icons to play four-on-four on a half-court.

Just as our ongoing expedition up the mountain of good times was about to reach it’s peak, we caught a snag that sent us plummeting hard and fast, matched only by the graceful nose-dive Mr. William Shatner performed in the opening scene of Star Trek V.

Read on to see the true horror revealed and limits Mark and Steve are prepared to test in their ceaseless pursuit of a truly magnificent Sunday.

Warning, do not click if bugs, sudden changes in scenery or grown men holding hands terrify you.

Click here for the exciting continuation of our gripping 3 part adventure!

“FUN”-goria’s Weekend of Horrors! (Part 1)

Hello friends! We went to the “World Famous” Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors on Sunday, and boy oh boy, did it ever fulfill all the minimum requirements to be considered a convention.

Let it never be said that we are not fully committed to pursuing fun and adventure, and to entertain our humor hungry readers! So we decided on a “gentleman’s agreement” that today would be the most epic quest of our lives… And that we would blog about it.

For those of you with weak stomachs and a sensitivity to extreme fright, do not click for more!

But, please do click for more, it’s really not that bad. Unless you’re deathly afraid of wide open spaces, cult icons, and the sight of four or less people gathered in a group…

Click for that!

“We got jams… it’s like a preserves factory in here.”

Despite a misbehaving DG-20 and some forgotten lyrics, Flight of the Conchords confabulated their way through an awesome in-store at Amoeba Records.

The show was a 6pm and there was no way Steve could make it from Culver in time… Amoeba shut down at 5pm to usher out the paying customers and pack in as many fans as the store could handle. So it was up to me, Mark, to walk down to Amoeba at 4pm, wait in line for a bit and enjoy some musical comedy as a warm up for The Office and LOST.

Click here for some more pics

Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, this weekend!

To all you LA Horror fans out there in “blog-read-land”, Fangoria magazine will be hosting their yearly Weekend of Horrors convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center. If you’ve never been, get ready for an overload of Horror, and Sci-Fi goodies, as well as a plethora of panels and signings with some of the greatest Horror masterminds of our time! Some of the guests on schedule to appear:

  • George Romero Director and creator of the original Night of the Living dead series
  • Joe Dante (Personal favorite)Director of Gremlins, Explorers, Innerspace, and The ‘Burbs
  • Clive Barker Creator of the Hellraiser series

Click here for more!

Wanted: Hipster, coward, fan of The Cure

Hello friends, Mark here.

My nephew, Angel

Maybe I’m a bit overly sensitive due to having just spent the evening with my 10 month old nephew, but this is just not cool, ever.

Usually, the Los Angeles Community on Livejournal just promotes whatever goth show is going on or has posts about which under 18 club is the best.

But tonight, someone has reached out to the community of Los Angeles at large for help!

Nobody lost a dog… it was just a typical hit and run. Happens in L.A. everyday. Heck, I hear screeching tires outside my window most every night and every tenth time or so the screeching is followed by the oddly pleasing crunch of metal on metal. What makes this occasion special is that the victim of the hit and run is 9 months pregnant!

Click here for the dirty details!

Want to be a hero? Like money? Find this Chihuahua

Hey friends, Mark and Steve here.

We’re both dog lovers, Steve has two adorable girls, a Shih tzu named Muppy and a Pug named Gertrude. We know what it’s like to have a pet run off, so stories like this hit home.

Now, we’re not ones to post any old missing dog story, but this one has some pretty unique circumstances. Alisa Zoe and her boyfriend were in a serious car accident on the night of Sunday, the 20th. Their dog, Moo was with them, apparently unharmed by the accident, ran off during all the hullabaloo that follows two giant wads of metal colliding.

Click here if you have eyes and love dogs!

What are you doing April 29th?

Hello friends!

The giant space on the side of Hotel Figueroa in Downtown L.A., usually reserved for boring sports themed advertisements, is, for now, promoting something near and dear to us in the Mark and Steve labs.

No, not lollipops, Grand Theft Auto IV!

How fun is it to see things you’re actually excited about being advertised, triple-monolith style?

We can’t wait to act our deepest, darkest fantasies… sleeping with prostitutes, putting on cut-off gloves and talking on cell phones while holding a fistful of cash.

For more pictures, here’s a link to the article on Kotaku.

Mark and Steve and the Deathly Mallows

Hello friends! Mark and Steve here, on Sunday we wandered into the local 99¢ store on La Brea in Hollywood. Hunting for cheaps snacks and cheap thrills on a lazy Sunday, we discovered an interesting new food group, “Mallow”:

We were tickled by the fact that marshmallow products, pressed and colored to resemble hot dogs, pizza, hamburgers and fries even existed so we bought one of each, and scurried home.

What follows is the true, documented, and photographed tellings of two able-bodied eaters in the greatest taste-test of their lives!

The grisly details follow after the cut.

Click for tons more disgusting pictures with descriptive text!

88 miles per hour!

Hello friends! Have you ever fantasized about zipping through the L.A. streets at speeds topping 100mph in broad daylight? We certainly do, especially when we’re stuck in L.A.’s famous traffic rather than at home playing video games on our awesome Playstation 3s.

Well, come September, Rockstar Games will make all our dreams come true when they release the fourth video game in the Midnight Club series, Midnight Club: Los Angeles!

(click if you mean bigness!)

Check out the trailer and more screen shots here!

From the press release on Business Wire:

“People are going to be blown away when they see how true-to-life Los Angeles looks in this game,” said Jay Panek, Midnight Club Producer Rockstar San Diego. “We’ve added some great twists and turns that let players experience the authentic vibe and feel of the city at blistering speeds that you simply couldn’t get away with in real life.”

We’re hoping the recreation is so accurate that we can try out new shortcuts to the Arclight and then test them out five minutes before the movie starts!