A Public Apology

October 9th, 2015

I just watched Electric Boogaloo. It’s a terrific documentary on Cannon Films, fascinating and very funny. I was totally up for this doc, as I made two movies for Cannon: Invaders From Mars and Masters of the Universe. I also heard lots of stories about other Cannon film projects.

I was interviewed for the documentary and appear in the film.

Unfortunately, I repeated a story I was told about when Sylvester Stallone visited our set and made a disparaging remark regarding Dolph Lundgren‘s acting abilities.

It was not my story to repeat. If it needed to be told at all (and it didn’t), it should have been told either by Stallone or the person to whom he made the comment (the guy who told me the story).

I felt deeply ashamed hearing that snark come out of my mouth. My deepest apologies, Mr. Lundgren.

Best Convention Ever?

October 6th, 2015

I just spent Saturday and Sunday at MondoCon 2015 in Austin, Texas. I was a guest there last year. I liked it so much that I agreed to be a guest again this year.

Man, was I surprised! As good as it was last year (and it was good), it dramatically surpassed itself this year, Big Time!

BTW, I think the quality of this year’s MondoCon experience was greatly better for BOTH artists and attendees.

People were camped out to get in on Friday (one person started the line on Thursday!). On Friday night I worked the line, introducing myself and greeting the art-loving folks who were determined to take advantage of Early Entry. To my amazement, I met fans from all over the world (Europe, Australia, Japan, etc.), many who had made the trip just meet me. I was humbled and honored.

The quality of the artists exhibiting at the show was the highest I’ve ever seen. Graphic design was at a new level there, with incredible poster art that reminded me of the Polish poster Renaissance. There was not one booth or table with work that made me ask, “Why in the heck is this guy here?” Every single artist was outstanding. In addition to the quality I was also impressed by the variety of styles exhibited.

The MondoCon volunteers were everywhere, helping attendees and guests alike. They were all smart, bright, knowledgeable and efficient. Whenever I had a panel, a convention volunteer would appear and escort me to where I needed to be…sometimes by car, even though the other convention building was just across the street.

The show had seven food trucks just outside the convention entrance, all serving fantastic food and drinks. As you may or may not know, the food truck movement began in Austin, Texas. Each morning the artist guests were given a sheet where they could choose an item from one of six food trucks. That item was delivered to their table or booth each day at lunch time.

I was flown out on my airline of choice, Southwest Airlines (free baggage). MondoCon pleasantly surprised me by springing for Southwest’s Early Bird boarding option, alleviating the stress I often have when I’m worried about the plane not having enough space for my roll-away bag in the overhead bins.

I appeared at the Masters of the Universe Q & A which took place after the screening of the MOTU documentary Toy Masters. That same afternoon I participated in a meaty podcast interview that greatly pleased both the audience, the interviewer and me.

I delivered my own illustrated lecture, William Stout Career Retrospective, on Sunday afternoon. The place was packed. Mondo was completely prepared audio-visual-wise, which is always a relief. I showed the audience lots of my art they had never seen and told some of my favorite stories. I got a huge round of applause at the end and, afterwards, lots of kudos throughout the day for my talk.

Although the entire event was well-planned and structured, the Mondo folk still allowed opportunities for more informal meetings and get-togethers. I met lots of great young artists and made some new friends. I won’t even go into the incredible parties that MondoCon hosted each night. I do have to mention that the fans who attended this event were of the highest caliber. It seemed that nearly every single one of them exhibited taste, intelligence and artistic and cultural sophistication — and were really nice folks, every single one of them.

Heavy Metal magazine was well represented and, by coincidence, they were selling their big hardcover anniversary book that included my Arzak collaboration with my friend Jean “Moebius” Giraud. I happily signed lots of those.

A movie theater was part of the event and there were screenings all day. Tickets to the screenings often included a rare limited edition silk screen print of a specially commissioned poster of the film. Fans could watch as Sam Wolfe Connelly painted a terrific mural during the show. There was lots of limited vinyl being exhibited and sold at MondoCon, too.

I sold loads of original art (thanks to my fans who asked me to bring originals prior to the show), prints and books — completely selling out of lots of what I brought.

There were only two downsides to the show for me. I tried like crazy to finish my White Zombie poster art for publication by Mondo (or at least, to preview at MondoCon), but I failed. I’ve still got about two more days to go on it. Also, my pal Bernie Wrightson was scheduled to appear but had to bail at the last minute, apparently for health reasons. I had been really looking forward to seeing Liz and Bernie.

The Mondo folks asked if I’d be a guest in 2016. My response?

“Are you kidding? In a heartbeat!”

See You There!

Mondo Con! Austin!

October 1st, 2015


I’m looking forward to being a guest at Mondo Con this weekend. It’s in my favorite Texas city: Austin.

Why do I love Austin?

Easy: Franklin’s BBQ; Waterloo Records; the Arthur Rackham Poe illustrations at the university; the food truck movement; the bats under the bridge; “Keep Austin Weird”; the music scene; Antone’s; memories of seeing Doug Sahm, Lou Ann Barton, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Albert Collins; recent transplants Liz and Bernie Wrightson…I could go on and on.

If you don’t know about Mondo, here’s the skinny: They hire top contemporary artists to create new movie posters for old classic films. They sell these as serigraphs (limited edition silkscreen prints). Drew Struzan drew a new Frankenstein poster for Mondo; I did King Kong and Nosferatu. Today, I’m finishing up a poster of Bela Lugosi‘s White Zombie (the very first zombie movie) for them. Typically, their prints sell out out in less than two hours. There’s a huge secondary market for them.

I look forward to seeing all my Texas friends and fans this weekend. I’ll be giving an illustrated talk covering my whole career (funny stories and lotsa eye candy) during the event. Don’t miss it!

Details regarding Mondo Con: October 3 & 4 (Saturday & Sunday); Marchesa Hall & Theatre (6406 N. Hwy 35 #3100, Austin, Texas 78752) and at the Holiday Day Inn Midtown Conference Hall.

MondoCon is a celebration of everything you and I love, including movies, art, comics, music, toys, and food. It’s a weekend curated with the fans in mind, featuring incredible Artists & Creators from around the world, Panels, Screenings, Food Trucks, & Interactive Events. This is the second annual MondoCon; they can’t wait for us to see what they have planned.

For more information about MondoCon check out their website mondo-con.com!

Tickets will be on sale Thursday, April 30th at 11:00am CST. 

Due to capacity restrictions MondoCon has a limited number of tickets available for each day. There may be a limited number of stand-by tickets available at The Marchesa Hall and Theatre on each day of the event, and will be sold based on available capacity.

See You There!

Blues Magazine Article

September 30th, 2015


My favorite magazine, The Blues Magazine out of the UK (subscribe at www.teamrockmags.com), just ran a terrific article on me and my blues book, Legends of the Blues, in their current issue (September 2015, Issue #24).

As a happy coincidence, that issue features the great Buddy Guy on the cover. I’ll be seeing Mr. Guy soon, as he’s headlining my October Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. He will also be featured in my third blues volume, Modern Legends of the Blues.

Here’s the first page of my article:


The well-illustrated (eleven full color pictures, two of them full page) article talks about the origins of my book, but also includes my personal commentary on eleven of my choices for the book, information that is not in the text of Legends of the Blues. Here’s another page from the six-page article:


On this same subject, I just heard from my editor at Abrams ComicArts that Legends of the Blues is going into a second printing. Woo hoo! Great news, indeed!

Ben Cauley 1947 – 2015

September 29th, 2015


Ben Cauley, the trumpet player for the Bar-Kays and the sole survivor of the tragic 1967 Otis Redding plane crash, has passed at the age of 67.

Several years ago, Industrial Light and Magic asked me to be the designer of their first foray into themed entertainment design. This job took me to Memphis, Tennessee. I won’t go into the whole project here, just that it involved a celebration of four kinds of music that emanated from Memphis. Our guide to the soul music aspect of this project was David Porter, half of the famous Porter-Hayes (the “Hayes” being Isaac) songwriting team, responsible for hits like “Soul Man” and “Hold On, I’m Comin'”.

He took my team out to a Beale Street music club for some live Memphis soul music.

It wasn’t long before I became uncomfortable. Something didn’t feel right. I looked around the room. There were no African Americans in the club.

I leaned over to Dave and asked if we could go to a black club. He lit up.

“Oh — you want the Real Thing!”

“Indeed I do.”

Dave made some quick calls, then we jumped into a cab and drove to the heart of black Memphis. The club owner seemed very surprised to see a couple of white guys strolling into his venue but Dave assured him we were OK and there for the music.

Dave had called in some favors. We got to see two incredible performances that night. One was by the powerful Ruby Johnson, whose version of Sam Cooke‘s “A Change Is Gonna Come” brought me to tears.

The other was by Ben Cauley, who sang and played up a storm that night, covering all the Bar-Kays hits and more. Although it had been many years since the fateful crash that took Otis and most of the band, when we talked about it Ben still seemed extremely haunted by the event. He easily teared up at the memory of the horrors he witnessed, the pain all over his face.

I will never forget the fine, kind and deeply human soul that was Mister Ben Cauley.

Rest in Peace, dear good man.

See You in Salt Lake City!

September 23rd, 2015


I am really looking forward to my guesting at this weekend’s Salt Lake City Comic Con!

I was born in SLC on the way to Los Angeles. I’ve got lots of family there and the Convention Center is close to the huge Mormon center where all of Arnold Friberg‘s original paintings for the Book of Mormon are on display. Woo hoo!

Outer Limits Original Art #8

September 21st, 2015

The Masters of the Universe screening and Q & A afterwards last Friday night went extremely well. Packed house, great questions.

I had a mediocre birthday dinner at the El Cholo in Pasadena. The original El Cholo on Western Avenue is one of the three oldest restaurants in Los Angeles (they have the best chile rellenos, nachos and cheese enchiladas in L. A….and their seasonal green corn tamales — YUM!). It was name-checked by Warren Beatty‘s character in Shampoo. Unfortunately, the food at their Pasadena subsidiary is but a pale shadow of the quality of their original location’s cuisine. Quite frankly, I’ll never eat at the Pasadena El Cholo ever again.

On a brighter note, I had my son Andy pick up a Small Party Platter from Bludso’s in Compton yesterday (Sunday). Serving us (four adults, two grandsons) enough food for a small army, Bludso’s is famed L. A. Times Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold‘s pick for the best BBQ in Los Angeles.

He’s right! Everything was amazing, especially the ribs, chicken and beef brisket. Absolutely loaded with smoky flavor! Like eating meat if meat was candy! Bludso’s, you made my day (and made up for that crappy meal at El Cholo)!


Back to Business: Continuing a new series of sales of original William Stout art related to Outer Limits, from an Outer Limits-themed art exhibition.

Black & white inks on acid-free heavy paper card stock.
Size: 11″ x 8.5″″.
$650 (matted and framed).

It’s for sale in the “Original Art” section in my website Store‘s Bazaar.

Masters of the Universe

September 18th, 2015

Yup; it’s my birthday. Another turn around the sun. What am I doing? Working, of course.

In a few minutes I’m leaving for the American Cinematheque screening at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood of Masters of the Universe. I was the production designer for that film; you can see my visual fingerprints all over that baby.

Director Gary Goddard (and some very special guests) will be joining me for a Q & A after the film.

See you there?

Outer Limits Original Art #7

September 16th, 2015


Sorry about the gap between posts; it’s convention time. I was in Atlanta for Dragon Con two weeks ago and then the Long Beach Comic Con last weekend.

Continuing a new series of sales of original William Stout art related to Outer Limits, from an Outer Limits-themed art exhibition.

Black & white inks on acid-free heavy paper card stock.
Size: 11″ x 8.5″″.
$600 (matted and framed).

It’s for sale in the “Original Art” section in my website Store‘s Bazaar.

There should be one more tomorrow; then, I’ll start posting other stuff.

Outer Limits Original Art #6

August 28th, 2015


Continuing a new series of sales of original William Stout art related to Outer Limits, from an Outer Limits-themed art exhibition.

Black & white inks on acid-free heavy paper card stock.
Size: 11″ x 8.5″″.
$600 (matted and framed).

It’s for sale in the “Original Art” section in my website Store‘s Bazaar.