November 30, 2010
Woke up early and got out to the studio at seven to attack a long list of images I want for the next Graphic Cinema on the Birth of Mickey Free. Finished up a couple hanging illustrations like this one:
This is of the Coyoteros escaping towards the San Pedro with 20 head of John Ward's cattle and his step-son.… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on November 30, 2010 at 2:55pm —
Kathleen Hofferty is a Facebook buddy who has rescued over 4800 horses in her young lifetime. She works to preserve wild mustangs and burros. Kathleen also lobbied passage of eight equine laws in Massachusetts. She lives now in Texas.…
Added by Eric James on November 30, 2010 at 9:05am —
Bye Bye to a real villan opposite Glenn Ford in The Sheepman.
Added by gus Walker aka the mapinator on November 29, 2010 at 4:59pm —
November 29, 2010
Last night I helped MC a fundraiser for the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame down at Handlebar J's in Scottsdale. Got to catch up with many of my musician friends including Hans Olson, Joe Bethancourt, James Park, Steve Peroni and radio compadres Marty Manning and Carol Springer. I donated an original of Dyke & the Blazers which I created for the True West Moments that ran in the Arizona Republic.
Added by Bob Boze Bell on November 29, 2010 at 3:30pm —
November 24, 2010
Took the production staff out for lunch at Cafe Bink up in Carefree. This was my treat for all the hard work they did on this year's Source Book, which will be arriving in subscriber's mail boxes in about two to five days.
Came back to the office and whipped out an illustration for True West Moments, this one about the Earp wagon train stopping in the small town of Phoenix (pop. 150) in 1879. Virgil's wife Allie later… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on November 24, 2010 at 4:34pm —
November 23, 2010
I've got other news, but. . .We Now Join The Hat Rant In Progress
As you can probably tell, I am especially bugged at the trend of the fedora as a substitute for the cowboy hat in Westerns (it's worn by the leads in both upcoming Westerns, True Grit
and Cowboys & Aliens
). Because historical… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on November 23, 2010 at 12:00pm —
November 22, 2010
Let me be clear right up front: this is a totally ridiculous rant about cowboy hats and, if it goes to court, I will be the first to plead guilty to being Mister Ridiculousness and, or, the Mad Hatter.
But, I am sick of seeing Westerns do poorly at the box office (Jonah Hex, Appaloosa, Saraphin Falls)
and part of it, I'm convinced, is that the historical consultants on these films are… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on November 22, 2010 at 11:33am —
November 21, 2010
Okay, here's part II of my diatribe about the sorry state of cowboy hats in modern Westerns. Yes, flat brimmed hats were worn by the majority of Westerners, in the 1880s, and, yes, it pays to try and be authentic, but we have ruined the look of the Western in the process. Here's an example:
a movie costumer approaches the historic consultant hired to insure that the new Western they… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on November 21, 2010 at 3:30pm —
Till today, I hadn't checked on anything much on my computer. Mainly because my family & I were consumed with cleaning out a house of too much stuff! It took months, and now that things have settled with the family for the most part, I can pick up again some of the websites I love to visit and write on!
I am enjoying reading Old West newspapers, books, and watching movies too!
I have also been a Civil War buff for the last couple years, and have… Continue
Added by Lisa Johnson on November 21, 2010 at 1:54pm —
Today's Tombstone News reports that Larry Talvy has announced that "after much thought and consideration" he accepted a demotion to deputy just prior to outgoing mayor Escapule leaving office, However incoming Town Marshal Billy Cloud has determined that to be an improper personnel action, and terminated Talvy effective Nov.10. In the termination letter Marshal Cloud told Talvy he can reapply for the deputy position.
The paper also reports the last meeting of the outgoing… Continue
Added by Steve Sanders on November 19, 2010 at 3:00pm —
November 19, 2010
I have told the story of Tom Horn winning the roping contest in Phoenix where he beat out Arizona Charlie Meadows and how it was on the same weekend that the Apache Kid escaped being transported from Globe to the train station at Casa Grande. The conventional wisdom has long been that because Horn went to Phoenix instead of escorting Sheriff Glenn Reynold's prisoners on November 1, 1889, the Apache Kid probably wouldn't have… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on November 19, 2010 at 2:59pm —
November 19, 2010
Now that we've seen the trailers for the two new Westerns coming out of Hollywood (True Grit, Cowboys & Aliens)
, I have to get something off my chest: the hats in both are dreadful, at least on the leads, Jeff Bridges' Raymond Chandler styled chapo in True Grit
and Daniel Craig's in C&A
. Both are wearing… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on November 19, 2010 at 11:18am —
November 18, 2010
Last night at the Buffalo Chip, Vaquero Joe Freedman rode a bull. Yes, a real sized-rodeo bull. The Chip has been having these bull riding sessions out back of the saloon and Joe told me he was going to ride. Now I had mixed feelings about this because, yesterday was Joe's best day ever at True West. He sold a ton of ad space, more than he has ever sold, IN ONE DAY! I thought to myself, finally, after a year, Joe gets untracked and… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on November 18, 2010 at 5:59pm —
November 18, 2010
Here it is, the Cowboys & Aliens trailer. Check it out:http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/cowboysaliens/
Added by Bob Boze Bell on November 18, 2010 at 11:49am —
November 17, 2010
Worked most of the day on our January cover. Or, I should say, our art director, Dan The Man Harshberger, worked on it and then we picked it to pieces and started over. More than once. Had a group of classic cowgirl photos from our vast collection and hit a dead end with the first one. The cowgirl's funky smile and the hand tinted color clashed, ending up with not quite right effects, or, as one staffer commented, "She looks like… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on November 17, 2010 at 5:29pm —
I'm new to the True West Historical Society. I joined because I write historical fiction that is as close to history as I can possibly nail it. I love history, Western history especially, and Montana history in particular. I come by that love through my parents because they were kids at the turn of the last century and they remembered a lot. They also loved to tell stories, and when they passed 70 I badgered and nagged them to write down what they recalled of their lives.… Continue
Added by Carol Buchanan on November 17, 2010 at 5:15pm —
November 16, 2010
Had lunch today with a former employee. Took along Joe Freedman, who enjoyed the scuttlebutt and the inspiring attitude of this excellent person. Went to Keg Steakhouse at Desert Ridge, one of my fave hangouts ($64.32 biz account).
While laying out the rough for the upcoming Bascom-Cochise feature, I asked editor Meghan Saar to find my 1994 Geronimo timeline. I had a full blown timeline, edited by Charlie Waters, ready to… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on November 16, 2010 at 3:30pm —
November 15, 2010
In the S. Clay Wilson classic biker tale that ran in the first Zap Comic (1968), the Checkered Demon gets into it at the end of the first (and apparently last) installment of "Hog Ridin' Fools" over a set of tumblers at a gas station.
In real life, the best example of gas station tumblers (a free glass with every fill-up!) was Blakely's Arizona Cactus Tumbler set. And this was when gas was 19 cents a gallon!… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on November 15, 2010 at 5:31pm —
November 15, 2010
Had a speech in downtown Phoenix yesterday morning at the Sheraton Hotel. Spoke to about 35 attendees at an ACAAI convention. Really successful. Funny how it can be small, only 35 people, but they were the RIGHT 35 people. Very engaged, asked for information on how to subscribe to True West, how to find more of my work, etc. I have spoken to many, larger groups and not gotten a blip of interest. Always amazes… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on November 15, 2010 at 12:26pm —
November 12, 2010
Had an interesting encounter in Googleland. Wanted to do a drawing of Tom Horn, and rather than find it in one of my many books at home, I Googled Tom Horn and hit "images" and, of course a million images came up, but three of them were drawings I have done of Mr. Horn and published on this blog. They weren't too bad, either.
Meanwhile, worked today on a timeline for the so-called Bascom Affair at Apache Pass. Utilizing… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on November 12, 2010 at 5:08pm —