Coney Film Docs On DVD
"Coney Island" (1939)
"Shorty at Coney Island" (1939)
"A Day's Outing" (1930)
"Coney Island USA" (1954)
"Edison Films" (1903-04)
Available in both DVD & VHS
a bargain for $25.00
A space of musings, past and current as well as the future of amusements in the legendary Coney Island and Beyond!
Coney Island USA Banner painter Interview
Coney Island Film Festival 2006 Promo
Coney Island 1940
Labels: VID 1952
75-year-old Korean War veteran treks cross-country from starting point; Venice Beach California and finishes at Coney Island. Leonard Johnson first started sketching four decades ago and now completes his year and a half walk just three weeks shy of his birthday and the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The disaster had refocused his fundraising efforts to help victims in New Orleans, where he has done sketches several times before. He now plans to paint a 500-foot panoramic canvas of his experiences, including the people he met.
For more information visit his Web site www.lejonarts.com
75-Year-Old’s Cross-Country Trek Ends In Coney [Courier Life]
(photo by NYCviaRachel)
The world's greatest party band give a free concert at the 28th Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series at Asser Levy/Seaside Park at 7:30 pm August 10th.
Fortunately the only bands of rebels in sight are coming to you in colorful two dimensional fiction.
They are the Pirates….'The Pirates of Coney Island'.
'Pirates' author spoke with CBR News about the series and explained it's unique premise
A riotous, teenage, romp through young love, car jacking and gang violence," said the author. "The Pirates are a gang of runaways that steal cars and generally terrorize Coney Island. Their rivals are the Cherries, a girl gang that is trying to move in on the Pirates territory. In the first issue we arrive in Coney Island with a runaway who’s soon to be called Patch. Patch gets jumped by the Cherries and gets his eye sliced out by Trish, their wicked bad leader. Across town, Sal, a pizza selling bookie, meets a nasty end delivered by a monstrous shadow with a shotgun and a big black Cadillac.
In issue 2 we finally meet the pirates when the cops bust Patch pick-pocketing on the boardwalk and the Pirates sail to his rescue in their bad mother Pirate van! The cops give a good chase but they're no match for Knievel’s 3 gears of reverse -- oh, yeah! Then it’s free food at a hot dog eating contest until the barfing starts. Can comics really be this awesome? Yep."
While some writers of pirate stories have found the Caribbean to be their venue of choice, Rick Spears' (of the indie hit Teenagers From Mars) and hot international artist Vasilis Lolos' choice of Coney Island certainly sets this story apart from the rest. "Coney Island is like this magical place off on the edge of the world where wild and amazing things are possible or at least so it seems," says Spears of why he chose the locale. "It’s a weird example of the American dream, filled with fun and hope but also dark, dangerous, neglected and now fallen into disrepair
As you can see from the art, "The Pirates Of Coney Island" has a unique style, both on the penciling and coloring side. The inspiration for the look came from both Spears and Lolos. "With ‘The Pirates’ I always wanted something fun and edgy in the art," explained the writer. "Something that captured the sort of dizzying, cotton candy, funnel cake fueled, color and noise of Coney Island midway. I had been working on the script for a while and as Vasilis and I started working on Valentine, I started to see just how truly awesome his work was and then I knew he was the guy for ‘The Pirates.’ Then once we got started, Vasilis just ran with it, from characters to the cars to Coney Island itself, Vasilis has made it all his own. We even got him to New York for a bit. Vasilis and Becky went to Coney Island to soak in the vibe and take a bunch of reference pics.
“You mentioned the color and if you’ve seen the pages you’ve seen his wild palette. He showed me the first 10 pages and they were all done in purple and pinks. It was crazy, brilliant and perfect Coney Island."
The Pirates of Coney Island
Available October 11th at a comic store near you!
Written and lettered by Rick Spears
Drawn and Colored by Vasilis Lolos
8 Issue monthly series published by Image Comics
32 Pages, Full color, $2.99
Pirates of Coney Island Covers [the Beat]
Teenagers, Zombies and now.....Pirates! [Comic Fodder]
Rick Spears Turns Away from the Carribean In 'Pirates' [Comic Book Resources]
Pirate Park [Previews: Comic Shop Catalog]
At this new cusp of southern Brooklyn’s much touted renaissance, proclamations of change sprout often though a rumble of motion is yet to be seen.
In this week’s new development deals – this time from a different upcoming star developer: Brad Zackson, who was given his big break by Fred Trump himself. Now worth over $30 million and CEO of The Dynamic Group. The Bellrose, Queens native and his group has in the works a luxury 250-unit condominium called Ocean Dreams. Consisting of three six-story glass buildings, prices for the pads are expected to start at around $700 a foot. Ocean Dreams will include doorman, concierge, health club, swimming pool, parking and van service to the subway. Ground break and construction is set to begin by the Spring of 2007 across the gated entrance of the Seagate community.
“Most of the empty lots along Surf Avenue have some sort of future development in the works, and some of the plans are quite elaborate and high-end.”
“This is a real luxury building that hasn't been in this part of Brooklyn at all,” Zackson says.
Coney Island High: The Boardwalk Is Hopping With New Developments [NYPost]
Coney Island Update: More Luxe Housing, More Heat [Curbed]
For my own experience it's more that I respond to something that seems organic -- that has evolved in bits and pieces to become a whole of interesting and varied aspects. Where I can sense the individual creative energy that was put into a particular ride, game, side-show, sign ...The corporate creations such as Disneyland, Six Flags, Universal Studios, etc. are, in their own way, fun. But give me a ride on the Cyclone anyday -- where the open sky looms above and the ocean reaches out towards infinity. The limitlessness of the surroundings frees the mind to experience the other-ness that is essential to a great roller coaster ride. Enclosing, encircling, or book-ending the Coney Island boardwalk area with high-rise development will diminish the experience and should be avoided. Just move the big new ones back a bit ..
- explains Lofter1 from Wired New York Forum