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I will be at Dark Delicacies in Burbank on 6/26

tn_gdt6/22 UPDATE: I am hearing that unfortunately Craig Baxley and Cynthia Rothrock will not be able to attend. However Don “The Dragon” Wilson will.

If you haven’t heard yet, I (Vern) am emerging from my spiderhole again for my second ever public appearance, a book signing at Dark Delicacies in Burbank at 2 pm on Sunday, June 26th. This time it’s not all about me (or Seagal) though, I’m there to support my friend david j. moore and his gigantic new action movie compendium THE GOOD THE TOUGH & THE DEADLY: Action Movies & Stars 1960s – Present, which I made a very small and humble contribution to.

But that’s not all! I am told there will be a whole bunch of icons from the type of b-action movies we love in attendance as well. Like david’s post-apocalyptic movie book WORLD GONE WILD, this one has over 1,000 capsule reviews (five by me, I believe, which is how I got into this mess) and david’s interviews with a who’s who of action stars, directors, writers, stuntmen, etc. Some of them will be there with us to sign the book. INCLUDING MR. CRAIG R. BAXLEY, DIRECTOR OF SOME OF MY VERY FAVORITE MOVIES.

Here’s the full list via david:

This is a complete list of the guests attending the book signing at Dark Delicacies on Sunday, June 26th at 2PM:

mp_gdtSheldon Lettich (writer of Bloodsport, director of Lionheart)
Craig R. Baxley (director of STONE COLD and Action Jackson)
James Bruner (writer of The Delta Force and Invasion USA)
Michael Worth (star of Fists of Iron and Final Impact)
Robert Chapin (star of Ring of Steel and Dragon Fury)
Jino Kang (star of Fist 2 Fist and Weapon of Choice)
Eric Jacobus (star of Death Grip and Rope-a-Dope)
Julian Lee (star of My Samurai and Dragon and the Hawk)
Paul Logan (star of Ballistica and The Horde)

Tentative guests include:
Scott Adkins (Ninja, Undisputed 2-4)
Marko Zaror (Kiltro, Mirage Man)
James Lew (Red Sun Rising, Lethal Weapon 4)
Ernie Barbarash (director of Six Bullets, Pound of Flesh)
Don “The Dragon” Wilson (Bloodfist 1-8)
Cynthia Rothrock (China O’Brien, Lady Dragon)
Ben Ramsey (director of Blood and Bone)

Also on the signing list are contributors:
david j. moore
Vern
Corey Danna
Mike Joffe
Jason Souza
Dustin Leimgruber
Duvien Ho

Keith Batcheller (cover artist)

Obviously you can see why this will be worth your time. So if you’re in the area please come by, and after you’re done with all those other people I hope you’ll say hello. I’d love to meet you.

programming note/shameful confession: this morning I’m traveling to Knoxville, Tennessee for a wedding. I had hoped to have more reviews ready to post this week, but they’re important ones that will need a little more work when I get back. My apologies for that. But I was nervous about the later trip to Burbank and I sold out and finally got a damn cellular phone. I feel like an unfrozen caveman sitting here getting lessons on how to use it. I’m glad Ali didn’t live to see it. But the point is I will try to at least check in on Twitter during the trip. So even if you don’t believe in Twitter, feel free to scroll down to its window on the sidebar if you care to see what I’m up to. Also I’ll see what I can do to post a little something about last night’s John Carpenter show.

Peace everybody. More good shit next week I hope. Be good. (quote from E.T.)

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13 Responses to “I will be at Dark Delicacies in Burbank on 6/26”

  1. Godspeed

  2. Awesome stuff, Vern. Book of the year, easily. Cannot wait to get my mitts on it.

    Enjoy the signing – meet, greet, be merry, and, depending on how many of those tentative guests attend, maybe see if you can organise an off-the-cuff mini kumite, too.

  3. Good luck out there, Vern. Let’s hope some ex-KGB mercenaries don’t pick the wrong convention to Die Hard.

  4. Oh god, I wish I could be there, but most of all I hope some of the more legendary guests will stop by and say hi to you! Don’t be afraid of fainting, if this happens.

  5. Go get ’em Vern! Hope you have an amazing time, sir. Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of the book. WORLD GONE WILD has been a constant source of entertainment and enlightenment in my household since it dropped. I hope that you and Craig R. Baxley have at least one conversation about motorcycles, helicopters and cars exploding into each other.

  6. Mr. Baxley is definitely the big draw for me. Coincidentally, I just bit the bullet and ordered Blu-rays to replace my janky old DVDs of ACTION JACKSON (pan-and-scan cardboard case piece of crap) and I COME IN PEACE (import bootleg from when it was only sold in Europe) so this is perfect timing for me to hear any juicy tidbits Vern might bring back from this historic meeting. Old stunt guys always have the best stories.

  7. Majestyk – I’m sure you’ve probably already seen them, but if not – the making-of features on the most recent Blue Underground MANIAC COP TRILOGY releases are a goldmine of insane stunt guy anecdotes and behind-the-scenes footage.

  8. I love those. I only wish they released one for the first. It is not as stunt packed, but there are a couple of stunts in that one that are pretty crazy.

  9. Long time ago, I was working at the front desk at a production company, and Craig R Baxley came in to meet with some of the producers there, and I kinda flipped out on him, being a rabid fan of Stone Cold, Action Jackson, and my personal favorite of the bunch, I Come In Peace. I thank I freaked him out a little bit, but he was nice enough to indulge my many questions about the making of that. He got a huge smile on his face whilst recalling the filming of the helicopter scenes in Stone Cold.

    Anyway, he’s a good dude. I’m gonna try like hell to check this out, Vern! I missed the Seagology, but this sounds too awesome to miss.

  10. MIXALOT: I have the Synapse DVD of the first one, but the others are barebones DVDs with no special features whatsoever. I’ve been meaning to upgrade, because you’re right, all of those movies have some incredible stuntwork in them and I’d love to hear how they pulled it off on that kind of budget.

  11. Sounds fun! Calendar marked.

  12. Love Dark Delicacies!! Always have a blast there and the owner Del is a great guy!

    I would be there but I’m out of town. Drat, because this is an awesome line up!

  13. Majestyk – They are truly incredible. I fucked up though as, after checking my shit, BU and Bill Lustig in particular only hold rights to the 2nd and 3rd films in the MANIAC COP trilogy. Sorry for the misinformation. I have the Arrow release of the first one and it is well worth your time for the supplemental material alone. I’m sure that the Synsapse Blu is just as fantastic. Don May is a hero in my books.

    The latest 2k BU scans and transfers of MANIAC COP 2 and 3 are, honestly, gorgeous. And the MANIAC COP 2 commentary between Lustig and NWR is something to behold.

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