Talented artist James “MonsterCola” Richardson has always loved MONSTERS! Even though he was a bit young to watch CREATURE FEATURES(1971-1984), he was aware of macabre masters of ceremonies like ZACHERLEY, ELVIRA, and FORREST J. ACKERMAN. James was primed to be swept up in the renascence of Horror Hosts that was happening in Northern California in the early 2000s. Jim discovered Berkley public access host Doktor Ghoulfinger and Sacramento host MR. LOBO at WONDERCON at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Each year he visited the Horror Host tables with a stack of drawings under his arm and gobbled up DVDs.
He attended CREATURE FEATURE panels there with the Mister Lobo along with senior hosts and local legends BOB WILKINS and JOHN STANLEY. In 2005 CINEMA INSOMNIA began airing on KTEH, Cable 10 in San Francisco, and James became a loyal fan in tune with the sensibility and humor of Mr. Lobo. We asked him what his favorite episode was…
“I always go back to Bigfoot: Mysterious Monster. It’s the perfect blend of a bizarre movie with the uniqueness of CI. I think that was one of the first episodes I saw and it was a great intro into the mind of Mr Lobo.
I think I had such a good time meeting and talking to MR. LOBO at the conventions that I felt like I wanted to give something back, and that’s why I did the comics.
I had never tried doing comic strips before so I figured I would give it a try. I think people who like these kinds of movies and horror hosts are kind of in a secret club so I felt comfortable doing them and showing them to MR. LOBO. “
He designed and wrote this original monthly CINEMA INSOMNIA comic strip that was posted on the CINEMA INSOMNIA website.
He still enjoys tuning into misunderstood films and makes art including the Amazing Lobo piece at the top of the page especially for this article. Most of Jim’s film favorites are from the 80’s like; MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE(1987), HOWARD THE DUCK(1986), TRANSYLVANIA 6-5000(1985) and the BLACK CAULDRON(1985).
Thank you, JAMES RICHARDSON, valued Sleepless Knight, for ALL of your support, for MR. LOBO and CINEMA INSOMNIA, and for watching all those Misunderstood Movies! Here is your FAN OF THE WEEK certificate that you can download, print, share and enjoy.
You now stand alongside your “FAN OF THE WEEK” siblings and like them, you are eligible to become the FAN OF THE YEAR and receive a prize package that will include a framed certificate, official Lobo Necktie, Lobo Badge and other goodies to be announced in December!
Knights, welcome James to the elite inner circle. If you or someone you know deserves this honor send your fan story and pictures to [email protected]