Call for Artists

 

Swift Waters Artisans Co-operative is looking for unique new artists and will be hosting an open house on Saturday, August 9th from 12-4 p.m. for anyone that might be interested in joining.  Swift Waters, a member owned retail gallery, is located at 866 Main Street, Willimantic.  If  you’re interested in joining or would like to find out more, be sure to drop by.  The first step in becoming a member is having your work juried so be sure to bring along your portfolio, pictures and/or samples of your work.   All art forms are welcome but must be made by the artist.  We are especially looking for quilters, candle makers, wood workers, dried flower arrangers and leather crafts people.  The strength of our co-op is in its diversity of art forms therefore we may love your work, but it may not fit our needs at this time.  If that is the case your information will be kept on file for future consideration. If you have any questions please email: quilibetco@charter.net.

Swift Waters also has studios for rent with both electricity and WiFi included in the price.

Marvel and IMAX Give Fans Worldwide an Amazing First Look at this Summer’s Highly Anticipated Epic Adventure— Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: An IMAX 3D First Look

Features Exclusive Footage to be Shown in 150 Select IMAX Theatre Locations Across North America on July 7 at 7 p.m.

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Marvel Studios announces Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: An IMAX® 3D First Look, featuring 17 minutes of exclusive footage from the highly anticipated summer blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The sneak peek will be showcased in 150 IMAX® theatre locations across North America on July 7 at 7 p.m.

Select IMAX 3D theatres nationwide and internationally will offer the special screening of thrilling, never-before-seen IMAX 3D footage of the James Gunn-directed epic space adventure, which opens in U.S. theatres on August 1.

Commenting on the exclusive footage, director James Gunn says, “We’ve re-mastered some of our epic sequences into the IMAX 3D format, taking the scope and scale to new heights while creating a truly immersive, cinematic experience that will take you further into the Marvel Universe than ever before.”

“IMAX and Marvel fans are some of the most die-hard in the world and we’re excited to offer them this exclusive extended first-look at one of the summer’s hottest upcoming movies in IMAX 3D,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “James Gunn’s visionary film in IMAX 3D is going to give our audiences an immersive experience they won’t find anywhere else, and we’re thrilled to get the ball rolling and reward fans early at this unique event.”

Tickets to the July 7 Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy:  An IMAX 3D First Look are free and are available now for U.S. and Canadian screenings on a first-come, first-served basis through www.facebook.com/guardiansofthegalaxy.

Fans who attend this sneak peek will also receive a limited-edition collectible Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy IMAX poster.

An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

Kevin Feige, p.g.a., is the producer and Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. James Gunn and Nicole Perlman wrote the screenplay.

Book Review: “Blood Cult of the Booby Farmers” by Peter N. Dudar

 

By Stacey Harris

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Blood Cult of the Booby Farmers by Peter N. Dudar wins, hands down, the best title for a novella ever. And what would you suspect from a story with such a title? Inbreeding, perhaps? Parasitic half-formed twins? Boobies? Good news: Dudar delivers all of these delights, and more.

BCOTBF is the tale of Tobias and Mathias, two brothers who, along with their father, are struggling to keep their farm from foreclosure. Add to this the problem of feeding Mathias’s parasitic, always-starving twin, Bubba, and you’ve got yourself a real dilemma. Tobias is in charge of keeping Bubba fed, and he does so by kidnapping lactating women. Problem is, Mathias keeps killing these women, and the planted corpses among the fields soon make their presence known.

This tale is not for the weak of heart. There is rape, torture, cannibalism, and gore galore, and honestly, I wouldn’t let my mother read it. (Hell, I don’t even want her to find out that I’ve read it.) You will not want to recommend that your local church book club read this book. (Or maybe you will, if your aim is to be excommunicated. If that’s the case, recommend away.) However, if you’re a fan of extreme horror, and have a perverse sense of humor, BCOTBF is just the book you’re looking for.

BCOTBF is twisted and sick, an homage to grindhouse and B-quality horror. It’s a bit silly, a little campy, and definitely grotesque, all essential elements for an entertaining read. It will absolutely appeal to the teenage boy in every man, and is a satisfying read for any gender willing to get down and dirty.

And yes, as promised, it is chock-full of boobies.

Rock and Shock Starts Promoting Its 11th Show

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Rock & Shock is getting ready to turn it up to 11! In anticipation of the 11th anniversary of the horror and music convention that brings 3 days of monsters, music and mayhem to downtown Worcester, MA, Rock & Shock is giving the public an extra early sneak peak at this year’s attendees. While there are still plenty of big name acts yet to be divulged, Rock & Shock is pleased to announce that among this year’s guests will be Brad Dourif, John Ratzenberger, Jeffrey Combs, Nivek Ogre and Fiona Dourif. Meanwhile, King Diamond, Machine Head and Twiztid are among some of the convention’s scheduled performers.

Brad Dourif, the voice of everyone’s favorite flame-haired doll turned serial killer Chucky will be making a rare convention appearance at Rock & Shock 2014. Dourif is a legendary character actor who is best known for his appearances in Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1 & 2, The Exorcist III, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers & The Return of the King, Dune, TV’s Deadwood and his breakthrough role as Billy Bibbit in Milos Forman’s 1975 classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. To make the event a true family affair, Dourif will be joined by his real life daughter and True Blood star Fiona Dourif. Fiona’s other screen credits include Curse of Chucky, Deadwood and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Academy Award nominated film The Master.

He has danced with the stars, voiced some of your favorite cartoon characters and even fought for the Rebel Alliance and this October, Cheers‘ very own John Ratzenberger will be returning to the place where everybody knows his name. In addition to portraying Cliff Clavin, postal worker extraordinaire on the seminal Boston-based TV series Cheers, Ratzenberger has appeared in films such as Motel Hell and House 2: The Second Story, competed on Dancing With the Stars and has become the voice of Pixar. Ratzenberger is, in fact, the only actor to voice for a character in every Pixar film; most notably Hamm the Piggy Bank in the Toy Story series, The Abominable Snowman in Monsters, Inc. and Mack the Truck in the Cars.

A legend in both the horror and sci-fi communities, Jeffery Combs will be making his triumphant return to Rock & Shock this year. Combs first made his name as Herbert West, the main character in Re-Animator and it’s two subsequent sequels. He followed that up with appearances in several classic horror films including The Frighteners, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, House on Haunted Hill, FeardotCom and most recently, Would You Rather. However, science-fiction fans will best know Combs for his portrayals of several characters within the Star Trek universe, most notably the Vorta clone Weyoun on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Rounding out the early announcements is Skinny Puppy and ohGr frontman Nivek Ogre. Since forming Skinny Puppy in 1982, Ogre has wowed audiences as both a musician and an actor, appearing in films such as Repo! The Genetic Opera, 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams and The Devil’s Carnival.

Speaking of world renowned musicians, this year’s performers are set to include: King Diamond, who will kick-off the event’s pre-party on Thursday, October 16, Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross, who will be rocking the Palladium stage on Friday, October 17 and Twiztid, back by popular demand with their Fright Fest festivities and scheduled to close out the event on Sunday, October 18. A very special guest headliner for Saturday is set to be announced in August, so let the speculation begin!

Tickets for Rock & Shock 2014 go on sale this Friday, June 27th at 10am and may be purchased at ticketfly.com, FYE stores or at the Palladium box office. There are still plenty of celebrity guests, musical acts and events yet to be announced so make sure to follow Rock & Shock on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram and visitrockandshock.com.

Seeking Real ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel Studios, Dolby Laboratories and Visa Signature

Join Forces to Find GUARDIANS OF GOOD—Real “Guardians of the Galaxy” Who Better Their Communities

Through Service, Science or Innovation

 

SEEKING REAL “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!”  Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel Studios, Dolby Laboratories and Visa Signature are joining forces for a nationwide Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy—GUARDIANS OF GOOD contest in conjunction with the August 1 release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy—GUARDIANS OF GOOD invites real “Guardians of the Galaxy,” young men and women (ages 14-18) from across the United States, to share their stories of how they are bettering their communities through service, science or innovation, and gives them the opportunity to connect with a galaxy of Peer Guides—who are already doing great things—to learn from their successes. Entries will be accepted between June 11, 2014 and June 29, 2014.

Application forms, eligibility requirements, official contest rules and more information are available at http://www.marvelguardiansofgood.com.

Applicants for GUARDIANS OF GOOD will participate in online sessions with Peer Guides, who will include representatives from generationOn, Broadcom MASTERS, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Ultimate Mentor Leadership Council. Peer Guide sessions are scheduled to take place between June 13, 2014 and June 21, 2014. The Peer Guides will discuss their personal stories of service, science or innovation as well as learnings and advice.

Following the Peer Guide sessions, all applicants will then submit a short video explaining how they are improving the galaxy and what inspiration and guidance they received from their Peer Guides. The five best video entries will be selected as winners.

The five winners will each receive: Two round-trip tickets to Hollywood, including hotel accommodations, from July 20 through July 23, 2014, to be on the red carpet at the World Premiere of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy on July 21, 2014; an invitation to the first-ever GUARDIANS OF GOOD INNOVATION & SERVICE SUMMIT on July 22 at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, where professionals and peers will share their knowledge; a backstage tour of the Disneyland Resort; and a red-carpet screening of the film at a Dolby Atmos Theatre in or near the winner’s hometown.

GUARDIANS OF GOOD INNOVATION & SERVICE SUMMIT is scheduled to include presenters from NASA/JPL, speaking on the monitoring and protection of Earth through asteroid detection and Earth-observing satellites and ensuring the safety of Mars spacecraft during a comet encounter, Disney Imagineers, generationOn, Broadcom MASTERS®, Discovery Science Center, & Disney Global Community Outreach.

For more information about MARVEL’S “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY”—GUARDIANS OF GOOD, please visit http://www.marvelguardiansofgood.com.

About the Contest:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Void where prohibited.  Contest commences on or about 6:00 AM PST on June 11, 2014 and ends at 11:59 PM PST on June 29, 2014.  Open only to persons who are 14-18 years of age and legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and not employees of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, MARVEL, generationON or any of their parent, related or affiliated companies nor members of their households or immediate families.  Limit one (1) entry per student. Winners must be able to travel on July 20, 2014.  See Official Rules atwww.marvelguardiansofgood.com for full eligibility and entry requirements, prize description, conditions and limitations. The official contest sponsor is Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

About the Movie:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a. producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham,  Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. The screenplay is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy releases in U.S. theaters on August 1.

Book Review: Vlad V’s ‘The Button’

 

By Stacey Longo

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The Button—Book I of II (2014, Lucid Dream Press) is the latest offering from author Vlad V. and is an intriguing start to a well-written mystery that will leave you clamoring for the sequel.

Brothers Pete and Gary Godfrey are hiking one day when they discover a cave containing artifacts from different time periods, including a sleek, mysterious cube, inset with a button. A temptation that would tug at anyone’s primal instinct (who doesn’t see a button and want to push it?) Pete is eventually unable to resist depressing the button, setting off an irreversible chain of events that ensnares the reader in a captivating puzzle. Without giving too much away, suffice to say the government quickly becomes involved, as well as an underground reporter who is determined to find out the truth about the enigmatic cube. The siblings’ relationship, varying from strained to serious but interwoven with humor and love throughout, adds an important element of humanity in this novel. The book opens and closes showcasing the bond between these two brothers, providing the backbone to this robust tale.

Vlad V. does an excellent job of keeping the reader interested and involved, offering clues, creating a likeable character in Pete and offering possible redemption for Gary, and carefully laying the foundation for the next book. A combination of both science fiction and mystery, The Button will keep you in suspense from beginning to end.

About the Author: Vlad V. is the author of Brachman’s Underworld and Yorick, both solidly written books also recommended by the reviewer. He is a former journalist and freelance writer currently studying history and English at the University of Massachusetts.

WWE’s Kane Still On Fire

 

By Stacey Longo

 

WWE Wrestler Kane a.k.a. Glenn Jacobs

WWE Wrestler Kane a.k.a Glenn Jacobs

 

WWE superstar Kane was on hand at TerrorCon at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Sunday, June 8 to meet fans and participate in a Q & A session with a packed crowd in attendance. Glenn Jacobs, who is the man behind Kane’s mask, was friendly, personable, and humble as he answered questions from the audience.

The first question from the moderator was about a failed character from Jacobs’s past, the ill-fated Isaac Yankem, DDS. Notorious for not liking to discuss this past gimmick, Jacobs did admit that he felt the personality’s failure was “mostly my fault. I didn’t like [the character], and it showed.” Jacobs was next asked who his favorite opponents have been over the years. His response listed some of the most well-known faces in wrestling from the past two decades, including The Undertaker, Mick Foley, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Shawn Michaels.

One fan in the audience asked Jacobs about his reputation in the wrestling locker room as one of the “safest” opponents to face. Jacobs shrugged and explained “it’s mostly just about being a professional. You want to stay safe and keep your opponent safe.”

Jacobs was asked to reflect on his character’s evolution over the past 17 years. “Most guys go out to the ring doing the same thing night after night,” he said with a smile. “Kane’s different. He’s been able to evolve and develop as a character. I think it keeps him interesting.” He recalled different phases of Kane’s career, including a time when Kane had to use a voice box to communicate and when the Big Red Machine’s mask first came off. “It was hot under that mask,” he admitted. When asked who made the decision to unmask Kane, Jacobs said “two people: me and Vince [McMahon, WWE CEO].”

Jacobs fielded the questions from fans with good humor and grace. When one audience member asked him to comment on a current storyline about the Shield and Evolution, a storyline Kane is not involved in, he responded kindly: “I think it was a surprise, and that’s what you want, right?” Another fan asked about Kane’s experience getting Pete Rose in a Tombstone pile driver at WrestleMania 14 in 1998. “Pete Rose is like us,” Jacobs laughed. “He doesn’t take himself too seriously. I was just surprised when the crowd started cheering me.”

After the Q & A session, fans lingered to shake Jacobs’s hand and thank him for the opportunity to talk to him. “The best part about this business is you guys, the fans,” Jacobs said humbly, which is yet more evidence showing why Kane continues to be a fan favorite among wrestling patrons of all ages.

Pictures from Terror Con 2014, Part 3

 

By Jason Harris

 

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WWE Superstar Kane

Audrey II

Audrey II

Commercial Artist Roger Kastel

Commercial Artist Roger Kastel

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Carel Struycken (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Addams Family)

Carel Struycken (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Addams Family)

Calypso holding Davey Jones' heart.

Calypso holding Davey Jones’ heart.

These Captain Jack Sparrows are fighting each other.

These Captain Jack Sparrows are fighting each other.

The two Jack Sparrows getting along and hanging out.

The two Jack Sparrows getting along and hanging out.

Authors Stacey Longo, Vlad Vaslyn, Rob Watts, and Dale T. Phillips at the Books & Boos table.

Authors Stacey Longo, Vlad Vaslyn, Rob Watts, and Dale T. Phillips at the Books & Boos table.

Bobby Campo (The Final Destination)

Bobby Campo (The Final Destination)

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Model/Actress Sarah Michelle with a young Scream fan.

Model/Actress Sarah Michelle with a young Scream fan.

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Author Stacey Longo with John Altamura (a.k.a. the Toxic Avenger)

Author Stacey Longo with John Altamura (a.k.a. the Toxic Avenger)

 

These are the final pictures from Terror Con.

Pictures from Terror Con, Part 2

 

By Jason Harris

 

Musician Cherie Currie.

Musician Cherie Currie.

Jim Dyer of Fenham Publishing.

Jim Dyer of Fenham Publishing.

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Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story)

Naomi Grossman (An American Horror Story)

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Michael Jai-White (Arrow, Spawn)

Michael Jai-White (Arrow, Spawn)

Author Stacey Longo with Captain Jack Sparrow.

Author Stacey Longo with Captain Jack Sparrow.

The fun-loving Dee Wallace (E.T., Critters)

The fun-loving Dee Wallace (E.T., Critters)

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Me and Kane Hodder.

Me and Kane Hodder.

Frankenberry

Frankenberry

Musician Lita Ford

Musician Lita Ford

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Butch Patrick (The Munsters)

Butch Patrick (The Munsters)

Pat Priest (The Munsters)

Pat Priest (The Munsters)

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Author Stacey Longo having a scream at Terror Con.

Author Stacey Longo having a scream at Terror Con.

A scorpion at Terror Con.

A scorpion at Terror Con.

 

There will be one more entry with pictures from Terror Con tomorrow.

Pictures from Terror Con 2014

 

By Jason Harris

 

Fred Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn)

Fred Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn)

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Erin Murphy of Bewitched.

Erin Murphy (Bewitched)

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Dee Wallace of E.T., Cujo, and Critters.

Dee Wallace of E.T., Cujo, and Critters.

An alligator on the loose at Terror Con.

An alligator on the loose at Terror Con.

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Lisa Loring a.k.a Wednesday Addams on The Addams Family.

Lisa Loring a.k.a Wednesday Addams on The Addams Family.

Musician Richie Scarlett and author Rob Watts.

Musician Richie Scarlett and author Rob Watts.

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Nicholas Brendon ( Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Criminal Minds)

Nicholas Brendon ( Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Criminal Minds)

Author Stacey Longo with Captain Jack Sparrow.

Author Stacey Longo with Captain Jack Sparrow.

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Martin Wright a.k.a WWE's The Boogeyman.

Martin Wright a.k.a WWE’s The Boogeyman.

The Boogeyman

The Boogeyman

Jigsaw

Jigsaw

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Jason Vorhees

Jason Voorhees

Jason Voorhees without the hockey mask.

Jason Voorhees without the hockey mask.

 

There will be a couple more entries with pictures from Terror Con coming on Monday and Tuesday.