Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Joel Adams at Wizard World Chicago 2015

At the last Wizard World in Chicago, I met Joel Adams.  Character Designer/Artist Joel Adams is the eldest son of legendary comic book artist Neal Adams.
Joel started out in comic books, progressing to cover design.  Eventually he moved onto animation.  His work can be seen on King of the HillMighty Morphing Power Rangers and many other animated shows.
Of course, I am drawn to his work on King of the Hill.  On, there are a few King creations.  I especially love the SuperHero comic con one.  My only suggestion would have been to have one as Aquaman (but that is just my Aquaman obsession speaking).  I just love these King bits.
Following in a famous parent's footsteps can be a daunting task, but Joel has definitely created his own legend.  He will always be Neal's son, but his work stands on its own..  
Recently, Joel has focused on Lilz, his series of big head big eyed characters, which he debuted in 2000.  Lilz and all of his other work can be found at  
Joel Adams and me in Rosemont, IL-August 2015.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

RAK at Wizard World Chicago 2015

RAK is Robert Kraus and Kraus is one very talented guy.  He is the creative genius behind Superfreeks, a series of slightly twisted, caricatures from hundreds of pop culture figures.  As you can guess, this is perfect material for Johngy's Beat.
Over the years, I have picked up Superfreek cards of Ric Flair, Aquaman, Calvin & Hobbes and many, many others.  RAK even surprised me with a Johngy Superfreek.  How cool is that?
I could literally spend hours just enjoying the trip as I scour over every Superfreek creation.  I probably drive him crazy with my continual requests.  It's his own fault that these are so cool.  I just keep imagining new subjects for him to immortalize on Superfreek cards.  (How about wrestler Roddy Piper to go along with "They Live" Piper?)
If you look behind us in the picture, you can get an idea of how many cards he has and those aren't all of them.  He has boxes of them to peruse and buy!
Don't just take my word for it.  Go to to see all of his handiwork.  I am sure you will be as impressed as I am (even if you don't have your own personal Superfreek like I do.)
RAK and me in Novi, MI-May 2015.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Friendly Encounters: Willie Nelson, Vincent Castiglia and John Borowski

This is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.

This is an interesting trio.  It's not often that an award-winning filmmaker, a Hall of Fame musician and a fantastic artist come together to make an interesting photo.
Borowski is gaining fame with his histotircal horror documentaries.  He has done films on serial killers H.H. Holmes, Albert Fish and Carl Panzram.  He is currently working on a film about Vincent Castiglia, an artist who paints in his own blood.
This all leads me to the picture below.  Borowski and Castiglia obviously have spent a lot of time together working on the project.  Along the way, they have mingled with some other stars, including Willie Nelson.
It's not often that I post a picture featuring three notables from three different areas of entertainment..  So far, I have only met Borowski.  Because of following Borowski, I think I should eventually meet Castiglia.  Nelson might be a stretch for me, though.
I will continue to provide updates on Borowski's project, but you can also go to for more updates.  This man is on the rise and definitely one to watch
John Borowski, Willie Nelson and Vincent Castiglia in Los Angeles, CA-September 2015.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Celebrity Jersey Cards #248 Sir Ian McKellen & Velvet Sky

This is a regular series featuring celebrities wearing sports jerseys created into virtual trading cards.  Today, I once again feature the opponent of the Bears.

Sir Ian McKellen, born in Burnley, Lancashire, England, carved out a legendary career as an actor.  Not only are his credits too lengthy to list, his awards and honors would fill a page or more.  For his Celebrity Jersey Card, several things stand out.  First, the Denver Broncos were not in existence when this card would have been produced.  Second, he is wearing the most recent Broncos jersey as opposed to an older one more appropriate to the card's era.  Lastly, he is holding a soccer ball.  This would be the first soccer ball appearance on a Celebrity Jersey Card.
Like Sir McKellen, Velvet Sky models a #18 Peyton Manning Broncos jersey for her latest Celebrity Jersey Card appearance.  Given my mancrush on Manning, one must wonder who I think wears it better, Peyton or Velvet.  (No disrespect to Sir McKellen, he would finish 3rd).

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Scott Blair at Wizard World Chicago 2015

Check it out.  I got a picture with artist Scott Blair without his usual baseball hat.  I also got him without any of the beautiful women he has drawn.  ( was a bit disappointed at that last part.)
Early work of Blair's includes a lot of wrestling dvd cover artwork.  He also did some work for MMA and UFC fighters.
I first stumbled upon Blair when I saw some of his illustrations of longtime Johngy's Beat favorite Christy Hemme.  Like I wrote, Blair has used a lot of the beautiful women of wrestling for his subjects.  I have offered to be his assistant on these jobs, but he hasn't gotten back to me yet.  I am still available, just in case.
Blair's work isn't limited to just wrestling and gorgeous women though.  His other subjects include Super Villains, Star Wars, The Walking Dead and many other pop culture staples.  He is also one of the most popular custom artists at the cons.  I think I need him to give me his take on the Johngy.
Check out Scott at a comic con and tell him Johngy sent you.  Also, be sure to check out for more info, artwork thumbnails and all of the updates.
Scott Blair and me in Rosemont, IL-August 2015.

Friday, November 20, 2015

PJ Soles: Then and Now

The lesson today is that meeting a celebrity once does not give you a great insight into that celebrity.  There are so many factors involved in every celebrity encounter.
I have been a fan of PJ Soles for many years.  I loved her in Stripes, Rock 'N' Roll High School, Halloween and more.  Many years ago, I had the chance to meet PJ at a Hollywood Collectors Show.  PJ was pleasant, but not very talkative.  It was a rather bland encounter.
I walked away disappointed.  PJ did nothing wrong.  She wasn't mean, rude, rushed or anything negative.  The encpunter just fell flat..
When you meet one of your favorites, you always hope that they will be jovial and chatty.  You imagine a quick connection and a lot of fun.  You want to walk away thinking you will be remembered.
Years later, I had the chance to meet PJ again and this time (and every time since), PJ has been an absolute pleasure.  Every encounter since the first is exactly what anyone would want.  We joke, laugh and chat.
Was the first encounter my fault?  Did I give off a bad vibe?  Maybe I was introverted and I expected PJ to carry the load.  Maybe PJ was under the weather a bit.  Maybe I was the 500th person she met that day.  Maybe none of this is true and I expected too much, because I was such a fan.
I try not to judge celebrities on one encounter.  I never publicly complained about the first meeting with PJ.  I hear stories of people calling celebrities names because they would not sign an autograph or pose for a picture.  That all depends on time, manner and place.
Even now, after meeting PJ many times and getting a bit familiar to her, I still do not pretend to position myself as her friend.  She is friendly.  She is a great convention guest.  Take what you want from each experience, but understand these celebrities are people.  The interactions with them have so many variables and quite often, you can be the determining factor in how the encounter goes or at least how you perceive it.
Whose fault was it that my first encounter with PJ left me a bit disappointed?  Maybe there is no fault, because there was no real problem.  Maybe it was a perfectly fine celebrity convention interaction.
On the other hand, maybe the real blame goes to PJ.  She was so adorable as Riff Randell that I just wanted to hang out a bit with her!
PJ Soles and me in Indianapolis, IN-June 2015.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Chris 51 and Josh Bodwell Love Johngy's Beat

At the Wizard World Chicago 2015 press reception, I had the pleasure of interviewing Epic Ink's Chris 51 and Josh Bodwell.  That interview can be found at On the Beat with Chris 51 and Josh Bodwell.
These guys are awesome.  They are funny, outgoing and totally personable.  It really was a blast talking to them on and off camera.
After the interview, they gladly did a promo for Johngy's Beat.  That promo is below and also in the column of promos on the left.
It wasn't just that way at the formal press event.  I saw them at the actual Wizard World con and they were just as cool, although very busy with their tattooing,.  Yes, they were doing tattoos on site.
This is just another example of the fun that can be found at Wizard World.  Thank you to the fine folks at Wizard World and especially to Josh and Chris!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Days of the Dead...This Weekend!!

This weekend, Days of the Dead will again invade the Chicago area.DotD Chicago is one of four yearly DotD events.  The other three are in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Indianapolis (which I always attend, too).
I've previously written many times about the greatness that is Days of the Dead.  I remeber meeting promoter Adolfo at the very first one years ago in Indy.  Several years and many fantastic events later, DotD just keeps getting better.
It all starts with Adolfo.  He and his staff make sure that everything runs smoothly.  I have never seen any major problems at any DotD event.  That is amazing considering the number of variables involved.
I have had so any memorable experiences at DotD.  Lita Ford once broke into song while playing guitar.  Roddy Piper choked me and put me in a sleeper hold.  Felissa Rose gives me warm hugs every time I see her.  I could go on and on.
This year, the guest list includes wrestling Hall of Famer Bret Hart, former wrestling star Chyna, legendary musician Ace Frehley, actress PJ Soles and many more.  This is a power-packed lineup and I plan on spending some quality time mingling with all of them.
I'll be reporting live at the event, along with providing post event coverage on twitter and Facebook.  I'll also post plenty of stuff here after the event.
Don't rely on my coverage though.  Experience Days of the Dead for yourself.It is a blast.  I look forward to it every year and I am sad when it ends.
For more info, check out  If you see Adolfo, tell him Johngy sent you.
Roddy Piper and me in Indianapolis, IN-July 2013.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Jay Bradley or Aiden O'Shea

I am not going to bash TNA Wrestling, but I admit I have not watched it in a long time.  I am interested in one wrestler in particular though.
I first knew him as Jay Bradley from Resistance Pro Wrestling.  Jay was a butt-kicking machine.  He probably would have been a champ at RPro, if he wasn't wrestling away so much (Japan etc).  At that point, Jay was like a 4A baseball player.  He was too good for the indy scene, but couldn't quite get the break in the big leagues (TNA or WWE)..
I watched Jay closely at RPro.  He was a real talent and stood out because of that.  He had a brief run in TNA back then, but returned to RPro.
Fast forward several months and I heard about Aiden O'Shea, an Irish thug fighter sort of character wrestling in TNA.  I didn't think much of it, until I saw it was Jay.  While I would have liked to see Jay return to TNA as Jay, I was happy he was back there at all.
It's good to see Jay getting some tv time with TNA.  I actually watch now, because of Jay.  I wish Jay a lot of success.  He always treated me well at RPro and I appreciated that.  I also appreciated watching him perform.
One of my favorite memories of Jay was when Matt "Big Money" Parker caught him for an interview at Wizard World.  That interview can be found at On the Beat with Jay Bradley at Wizard World 2012.
Jay Bradley and me in Willowbrook, IL-June 2014.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Friendly Encounters: Reggie Jackson and David Herro

This is a regular series about friends who have met celebrities.

When I was growing up, Reggie Jackson was one of the biggest superstar athletes.  Love him or hate him, you could not deny his ability to shine, especially on the big stage.  Mr. October was a name well-earned by Jackson.
If Jackson is Mr. October, David Herro can be Mr. December.  Like Jackson, Herro shines on the big stage.  His big stage is Blizzard Brawl, a big event held every year in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Blizzard Brawl 11 is happening on December 5, at the Waukesha County Expo.This year, the headliner is Chyna, the Ninth Wonder of the World.  There will also be several other wrestling stars, including Tommy Dreamer, The Boogeyman,  Curt Hawkins, Scotty 2 Hotty, Zach Gowen, Kevin Thorn, The Headbangers and more!
Additionally, Herro will be facing TNA wrestling star Abyss in the ring.  Who knows what will happen in this match?!
This is a great event.  Herro and his crew put on a fantastic show.  I'll be there and I hope to see all of you.  For more info and updates, head to the Great Lakes Championship Wrestling site.
Reggie Jackson and David Herro in Louisville, KY-August 2015.