Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Top 10 Movie Films of the Decade according to me

Now we move into an area I'm more qualified to grandstand in. Whereas my best songs of the decade list was taken from a ludicrously small sample I managed to watch plenty o' movies - Surely enough to win this blog back it's lost credibility. Whereas the nineties seemed to produce a stack of great films the noughties was a bit meh in comparison though there were some gems, especially in the comedy department.

Check out the list after the jump...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

First look at The Grave Shakers

I've posted the first few pages of the graphic novel I'm working on after the jump. I'll continue these little updates periodically before suddenly cutting them off, forcing addicted fans to purchase the complete graphic novel. I learnt this "free taste" marketing philosophy from my heroin dealer the mischievous scamp.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Top 10 Songs of the Decade according to me

I don't listen to as much music as I used to. And most of what I do listen to was recorded pre-1982 or sounds like it should have been. Does this make me unqualified to speak with authority on the topic of best songs 2000-2009? Don't be ridiculous.

Soak up the knowledge after the jump....

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Britney Spears talks frankly about the all new Xray Studios Shoppe

Greetings merchandise fans. As the world's premier unhinged mime artist I get up to a lot of whacky shit. But there's one thing I'm never whacky about and that's christmas value. Christmas value such as that provided by the all new XRAY STUDIOS SHOPPE.

The Xray Shoppe contains an outstanding range of fashion and accessories including tshirts, bags, badges, stickers, caps and more. If you're having trouble buying for that person that has everything - shut that smug, rich, over privelleged twat up by laying down some bitchin' Xray merch on their arse. And while you're at it - why not get something for yourself? I didn't want to say anything but what your wearing now makes you look like a hobo.

Spears out!!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

A Lifetime of Comic Illustration

I've been drawing comics on and off for a long time. My interest in them has ebbed and flowed as other nerdish pursuits battled for my attention but from age 10 to 13 comics were numero uno. This was of course pre internet and without a dedicated comic book store my idea of heaven was strolling into a newsagent in Leeton NSW with a few bucks and making a beeline for the comic section. The store was run by a tall, frightening man who I recall looked like a cross between Anton Ego from Ratatouille and Joseph Goebbels. The Nazi connection didn't end there as he policed his no browsing policy with the cold hearted ruthlessness of a concentration camp commandant.

Are you going to buy that?

The presence of the towering SS Officer / Newsagent proprietor didn't phase me too much. I was always cashed up by virtue of there being absolutely nothing else I'd spend my pocket money on what with the arrival of the inexpensive amphetamine "Ice" years away.

Despite the limited range I was actually quite choosy. I never got into super hero titles - my interests lay in your horror / tales of the unexpected gear and war stories. Without doubt my favourite of all was DC's Sgt Rock.

Sgt Rock My World

WIKI SAYS "Rock seems to have close to superhuman endurance and strength, surviving large number of gunshot wounds, fragments from hand grenades, exposure to freezing water and other hazards. In Bob Kanigher's stories, Rock's powers seem to be more realistic than in Joe Kubert's." It's worth noting I was also a massive fan of Joe Kubert.

So I did what any self respecting pre pubescent nerd would do and created my own comic book loosely based on my beloved Sgt. Rock. When I say "loosely based" I mean "shamelessly ripped off" although I did accidentally differentiate the two by bestowing my characters with weirdly shaped heads - a flaw in my drawing technique I have partially eradicated these days.

Collectors Item

The comics I drew were never shown to anyone let alone reproduced however as I am once again gung ho into comic drawing mode I thought what better opportunity to unleash their anatomical weirdness and cultural insensitivities onto the world at large via the internets. I've included a few present day observations. See all the explosive no forehead combat action after the jump.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Maybe the cat should die?

As part of this whole graphic novel writing mission I recently read a book on screen writing structure [Yeah it's party time round here 24/7] called Save The Cat! The Last Book On Screenwriting You'll Ever Need. I'd written comics and short films before but always ignored learning basic writing disciplines in favour of shock endings, intentionally daft plot expositions or good old fashioned laziness.

I thought if I was going to write a graphic novel - even one which is a trashy sci-fi / horror affair - I should get a bit of an idea of how a story of this length should be setup structure and flow-wise. In my mind I'm writing a script and drawing a storyboard for a feature film. I don't want to let Mr Corman down.

Save The Cat... was the shortest and cheapest book I saw on the shelf [off to a good start] so it got the gig. The book was really useful and filled in many of the numerous blanks I needed filling. The authors tone was a bit bossy and pompous but hey - I suspected that would be the case going in. I thought if the writer was a successful screenwriter himself he knew what he was talking about and had earned the right to be picky and critical of those that ignored the rules.

The writers name is Blake Snyder and as I discovered part way through the book wrote the script for Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot. Yeah - that. And yes - I my first thought was "I'm taking pointers from the guy who wrote that pile of dogs eggs?" It put me in a bit of a pickle. Should I stop reading now, go down to the bookshop and get the thicker more expensive screenwriting book? Or will I just then discover Robert McKee wrote Norbit?

Eventually I decided the book was about the act of writing itself not the actual story so much and it really was teaching me what I wanted to know. So the guy is shamelessly boasting how commercially successful Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot was. Who cares if he sold a spec script that became the as yet unseen by me Tone Loc vehicle Blank Check. I now know when the 2nd act should start and end and what a catalyst is. And the next most expensive screen writing book was actually quite pricey.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Well that's come back to Cenobite me on the arse.

A little Halloween themed number for no reason other than 'tis the season. Pinhead having a framed copy of the "oh shit" cat photo does amuse me a bit. I'm quite easily amused.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Meet Jerry Lee

Originally uploaded by Xray Studios

It's Chuck's dear test tube generated brother Jerry Lee who possesses a keen intellect, pronounced nasty streak and crippling addiction to Chelsea buns.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Meet Doc Sponglehoff

Originally uploaded by Xray Studios

Doctor Wolfgang Sponglehoff shares a moment with a test tube of E-5000 - his revolutionary cloning agent.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Meet Chuck

Originally uploaded by Xray Studios

Chuck was born in a test tube at the hand of a mad scientist still ironing the kinks out of his cloning technology.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Wacom drawing tablets rock

I bloody well love my new Wacom Intuos4 drawing tablet [or Wacom Siege Intuos4 drawing tablet as I say hilariously]. For years I was resolute in my view that such a device could never replace the glory of a HB pencil and Artline marker however I've finally jumped ship.

Perhaps it was because I was basing my view on the performance of an older Wacom tablet I owned with an active area slightly larger than a cigarette packet and a pen with the sensitivity levels of Andrew Bolt. It was kind of like saying I didn't need an ipod as I already had a portable music playing device in my cassette walkman.

The 8 gig model

Seems like the boffins at Wacom Texas labs have made several significant breakthroughs in the years since my first tablet was made and the current model really does kick arse.

Here's some stuff I have been tinkering with so far...

Graphic Novel ahoy!

So I'm writing and illustrating a graphic novel and there isn't a damn thing you can do to stop me.

Why a graphic novel? Well I guess this marks the temporary shelving of my ambition to create a feature length animated film for the time being. I love animation but doing something on a grand scale requires a lot of collaboration and organisation - and if there's two things I hate it's communicating with others and making plans.

So I've downsized my crazy pipe dream to a humble graphic novel. It's just like an animated film only quieter and I can do it all in the privacy of my own rural compound. There's still a fair bit of work involved of course and I'm psyching myself to become a heavily focused, resolutely determined kung fu master of graphic novel creation. The aim is to have it completed by July 2010 which will require pumping out about 4 pages per week. That seems a lot.

The old blog shall contain progress art along the way - and hopefully shame me into keeping my arse into gear.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

T Rex continued....

The excitement continues with art watch - the action packed webventure that slowly reveals my cobtribution to the T Rex exhibitionmentioned previously. Cop an eye full of this....

Friday, August 07, 2009

T Rex Work in Progress

Grant Hunter - the Imperial Wizard of the Nancy Vandal Fruity Youth Legion of Tomorrow: Wyong Shire Zone - recently invited me to submit something to a forthcoming exhibition at the recently opened Newcastle Arthive Gallery.

The exhibition is a group show called TYRANNOSAURUS REX
which has prompted me to explore the subject of 70s glam superstar Marc Bolan punching a dinosaur. Grant is a pleasing opponent of art wank so I shall hopefully avoid having to provide too much in the way of message, intent or thematic purpose. However if pressed I'd say the finished work accurately conveys my feelings that Marc Bolan is way cool - as is the notion of punching a dinosaur.

Here's a little bit of progress....

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Wall To Wall Opening

Some of my stuff appeared in the "Wall to Wall" exhibition - a collection or rock poster and flyer artwork put together by ex-Lawnsmell legend Glenno Smith. The exhibition features a stack of great underground artists including Ben Brown, Giles, Link Meanie, Ray Ahn, Oxx, Glenno himself and heaps more. The artist bios were a great read and a massive affirmation of the power and popularity of the artline pen.

Friday, July 31, 2009

New and improveder

Huzzah for the new look Xray Studios site!

The new design has focused on ease of updatability for me and super sharability for you. Become an Xray Studios Facebook fan directly from the link on the right! Post Xray Studios videos on Facebook, Myspace, Digg etc! Follow me on Twitter once I work out what it is! Do what you want to do - be what you want to be Yeah. It's an exciting new world where digital dreams come true and cats and dogs become best of friends.

That is of course if my half arsed web skillz hold together which is a pretty big if.

And yes - I realise this is about the 5th blog I have started and all the others are currently drifting about cyberspace like discarded christmas pets - however this time things will be different.


Thursday, January 01, 2009


Sgt Kole - The Bells of St Mary!


Issue 1
The Grave Shakers is a 4 part comic book series telling the tale of a mad scientist turned rogue record label kingpin who uses cutting edge cloning technology to reanimate dead rock stars.
AU$10 postage paid.