The 2nd book in this series is now available. Based on actual events from 1880-1883 in Contention, Arizona, Time in Contention is a western love story set in a time of violence… Continue
Added by Cindy Smith on August 31, 2010 at 2:34pm —
August 31, 2010
Catching up in the office. Lining out the next 10 Graphic Cinemas for 2011 and beyond. Meghan Saar and I had lunch with our Westerns Editor Henry Beck yesterday at the Saguaro Grill in Carefree ($49, includes tip, biz account). We discussed, among other things, the huge success of the Old West video game Red Dead Redemption. Their website claims they have sold 5 million games so far which would make it the biggest news in our arena in… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on August 31, 2010 at 9:00am —
August 30, 2010
In the dog days of August I am often reminded of my days playing drums in a legendary honkytonk in The Old Pueblo. Six nights a week, bug infested neon and straining airpad coolers gave way to off key harmonies and a pedal steel.
A couple years ago I did a scratchboard of my memory of playing in The Hayloft, utilizing my son, Thomas Charles, as the model:…
Added by Bob Boze Bell on August 30, 2010 at 3:33pm —
August 30, 2010
Back from a long weekend in LA. Kathy and I left on Saturday morning at seven and drove to Blythe, California for breakfast at the Las Palomas Cafe. Then, on into LA proper via I-10. Landed in Los Feliz (the Angelenos inexplicably pronounce it Los Fee-lez. Crazy.)
Met Deena, her boyfriend Aaron, Thomas Bell and his girlfriend Pattara, and unloaded that van in about an hour flat. Here are the six movers in front of the Snakes… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on August 30, 2010 at 9:20am —
A lot of westerns show cavalry forts with a wooden fence around the perimeter, a walkway with parapets and lookout towers. I visited Fort Apache awhile ago and it was nothing like that; just a group of buildings spread out across a large area. Actually, I believe the movie Fort Apache depicts it much like the original, although in a different part of Arizona, Monument Valley, where John Ford made all of his westerns.
I was wondering,were any of the forts built… Continue
Added by Bungalo Bill on August 29, 2010 at 9:33pm —
I bin heerin' and seein' photos posted with claims as to who they wuz and there authenticcitty . . .
But they ain't nuttin' comparred to whut I got in my collection
I've got one of them really rare photos of the emporer Nero . . . . not a common won of him whun he wuz emporrer . . NO . . one of the reallry RARE photos of him from befur he became empporreerrr.
See it at…
Added by Wolfgang on August 29, 2010 at 6:14am —
Added by Joe Bethancourt on August 27, 2010 at 12:00pm —
August 26, 2010
Here's a historic photo from September of 2001 (doesn't say the date, so don't know if this is post 9•11, or pre) of four True West Babes.
Left to right: Editor Mare Rosenbaum, Sales Rep Suzanne Gunther, Subscription Maven De Anne Giago and Editorial designer Abby Pearson. All have moved on except Abby (who got… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on August 26, 2010 at 4:30pm —
August 26. 2010
Here's a low res scan of the first page of our very first Graphic Cinema:
Goes to press today.
"As you earn the right, you explain less."
—Ridley Scott, on the commentary track of… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on August 26, 2010 at 9:00am —
I just looked up and quoted a physical description from (on another blog) a 1924 Frontier Times article about TX Ranger from 1875-1885 William T "Slick" Clements who was described as a good marksman with his Sharps Carbine that he had mounted half a nickel on as a front sight to improve the shooting quality.
Now that is True West at it's most ingenious!
Frontier Times Magazine was founded in 1923 by J Marvin Hunter of SW TX, and purchased by True West in 1953.
"As an… Continue
Added by Fran Bolton on August 25, 2010 at 12:07pm —
August 24, 2010
Heavy thunder this afternoon. Big thunderheads over Continental Mountain. Very hot, heat index is predicted to be 120 degrees, that's with humidity factored in, I believe (heard this in yoga class from one of the seven women in the class. I was the only guy.
Went home for lunch and finished a campfire scene:…
Added by Bob Boze Bell on August 24, 2010 at 3:32pm —
August 24, 2010
Robert Ray and I are still wrestling with the Graphic Cinema layout dilemma (goes to press tomorrow). Rather that try to blend my scratchboard art in four-color (very, very difficult to hold those tiny scratches on press in four layers of color), we have opted to put a tone on the scenes, matching the color images. Still leaves the problem of word balloons. (stark white or a subtle tone of the background color?)
Got this in… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on August 24, 2010 at 10:34am —
August 23, 2010
Big production issue this morning on holding the blacks in the new feature Graphic Cinema, as in, the background black is four-color, vs. the scratchboard black which is not so they won't blend and it's too hard for the pressmen to hold those four-color scratches. Ouch! That could look really weak.
Robert is on the horn to Bart at R.R. Donnelly trying to determine if they can do it justice.
Here is 1950s muscle-man… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on August 23, 2010 at 2:30pm —
Wow! That "Heads Will Roll" graphic is stunning. That type of art hasn't been so well done since some talent whose name cannot recall did a lot of it when Playboy magazine was at its height. That artist actually made history too when depicting a famous rhythmic piece knows as "The Devil And Billy Markam" written by also one of the best talents of our time Shel Silverstein.
Nice work, Bob, truly dramatic. Thanks.
Added by Claudia Strasbaugh on August 23, 2010 at 6:29am —
I don’t know about the rest of you good folks, but I believe the time has come to ask for an end to this feud that has been ongoing far too long. Most of us come here to be entertained, and, maybe, learn a little bit in the process. Reading the constant complaining, name calling, and general insulting that has been taking place does neither of those two worthy goals. Denigrating others, warranted or not, most definitely is not entertaining or educational.
OK, now I will… Continue
Added by Stan H on August 22, 2010 at 11:43am —
Oregon museum buys Modoc War diaries at auction--By LEE JUILLERAT H&N Regional Editor
Museum buys Modoc War diaries
Submitted photo Mark Clark, professor of history… Continue
Added by Gay Mathis on August 21, 2010 at 6:26pm —
August 21, 2010
This morning I helped my son move into a tiny apartment in downtown Phoenix. My job was to drive his El Camino with a box spring mattress down to the Filmore and Fifth Avenue area while he drove my Ranger with a chair and his personal belongings. His girlfriend Pattara followed in her car.
It was 113 today, so as I motored down into the Beast many hot memories came flooding back. For some reason I flashed on looking at… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on August 21, 2010 at 3:00pm —
August 20, 2010
Spent all day scanning and working on scratchboards for upcoming Graphic Cinema pieces. Some you have seen, like this one of Mickey Free dumping two heads on Captain Pearce's table at San Carlos:
That is Remington's fave Lt. at left. Lots of atmosphere in this one. Here is a cave sequence with the Apache Kid… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on August 20, 2010 at 4:32pm —
August 20, 2010
I watched the director's cut of Blade Runner
for the second time last night (two different commentary tracks, one by the special effects guys and the other by the screenwriters and producer-types). Learned a ton. Going to watch the actual movie tonight. What I Learned On My Summer Vacation
I haven't gone back to school in the fall since… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on August 20, 2010 at 3:00pm —
August 20, 2010
We need you to fill out our 2010 Best of the West Survey so we can award the right people. Here's where you go.
If you fill it out you will automatically be in a drawing to win a BBB original (please make sure to vote for more than one category to qualify).
This is a black and white ink illustration (pre-scratchboard) from my Doc Holliday book on the O.K. Corral… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on August 20, 2010 at 9:36am —