Monday, December 17, 2012

Redfield's Cartoonarama: CHARLIE CHAPLIN

"I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. 
It places me on a far higher plane than any politician."

- Charlie Chaplin

This cartoon of Chaplin was painted in 2012. Acrylic on canvas. 18x24. © Mark Redfield

To purchase an original painting, please visit my Etsy shop HERE:

Tuesday, December 4, 2012



MY performance of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Incidental music by Bill Dickson. 100% of the profits of the purchase of this mp3 will be donated to The Poe House in Baltimore in 2013.

For download for ipod, ipad, and iphone and other devices. But really for your entertainment this holiday season!

My reading performance of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" runs approximately 1 hour. I used the cutting that Dickens used for public reading. The download is $4.99 (CDBabay takes a small cut) and the profits will be donated to The Poe House in Baltimore next year.

About the recording:

performed by Mark Redfield, music by Bill Dickson

Since 1843, A Christmas Carol has delighted millions around the globe and has come to embody the spirit of Christmas for all who have been touched by its magic. Your favorite characters come vividly to life in this rich performance by Mark Redfield. With wonderful music by Bill Dickson, gather ’round this holiday season to hear the beauty and timeless art that is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

"Redfield's meticulous diction, perceptive phrasing, excellent transitions and impeccable timing make his Scrooge the finest we have heard. His is a classic interpretation that is almost Shakespearean."
- The Baltimore Sun

Thank you, and I hope that you enjoy it. It's one of my favorite stories!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Poe Forevermore Magazine

-Mystery, horror and science fiction the way you like it!
-New Fiction by Rafael Alvarez, David Gerrold, Larry Blamire and others!
-Poe House Writing Contest Winners!
-A World Premiere English Translation of a fiery story by Stefan Grabinski, translated by Miroslaw Lipinski!
-We extract Poe’s “Berenice” with features and articles that examine what remains!
-An interview with Stephen Rebello, author of “Alfred Hitchcock and the making of PSYCHO”, about his research and the new movie starring Anthony Hopkins!
-“Comfort on the Seine” by Stephen Volk. Wherein a young Sherlock Holmes meets an old Auguste Dupin—and reveals one of Poe’s greatest secrets!
OUR COVER ART “Poe’s Progeny” is by Cortney Skinner.

All this and more in our premiere issue of POE FOREVERMORE: TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION!

POE FOREVERMORE MAGAZINE is published by Damfino Media, Mark Redfield (Publisher and Editor)


Sunday, April 1, 2012


Remembering Lon Chaney on the anniversary of his birth, April 1, 1883.

Chaney and his famous make-up box.

A personal hero of mine, both artistically and professionally.

Lon Chaney, pre-Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, was a staunch unionist, proud of his membership in the Theatrical Stage Employees union in the early 20th Century. After his star rose, and he could develop large projects that propelled him to even greater stardom (in roles like Quasimodo and The Phantom for Universal Pictures) he continued to look-out for his fellow actors. Like James Cagney in a later generation, he would often end a work day with a lot of actors on the call sheet before all was shot, knowing full-well they'd get to be employed one more day, or more.

Chaney passed away, of throat cancer, on August 26th, 1930. At the height of stardom with MGM, he was only 47-years-old.

-Mark Redfield, April 1, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012


TODAY, MARCH 30th, 2012, The Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have merged, and became one union.  SAG members voted 82% in favor, and AFTRA members voted 86% in favor.

The Membership of both unions have voted; have spoken. As a proud member of the unions I am very happy and very proud of my union brothers and sisters for bringing this about.. Not since the brave souls who founded SAG in 1933 has there been a more important event than this merger of the two unions. And today, with this historic occasion, we must remember that nothing will have changed. And everything will have changed.

Nothing will have changed, as we will continue to work on Monday (or the next) morning under existing contracts.

Everything will have changed, as we will have Co-Presidents at the helm, leading a single board of combined board members.

And this is where the real change will begin, during this year-and-a-half before the next elections. During that time many operational details will be finessed; some hammered, out. We will also be focusing on upcoming contracts negotiations. And in that time the trustees of the P&H Plans will consider, investigate, and affect the combination of the Plans...this is the hard work ahead; a thousand issues; a million details. Although meticulous groundwork has been laid, this is only the beginning of a journey.

Today we are SAG-AFTRA in name. On Monday we go to work.

Stay involved.

-Mark Redfield


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"TISH! THAT'S FRENCH!" (John Astin as Gomez) by Mark Redfield (2012)

This large cartoon of John Astin as "Gomez" is offered for auction as a fundraiser for The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. Signed by the artist, Mark Redfield, and autographed by Mr. Astin, it comes to the winner framed, as shown.

Mark Redfield and John Astin, March, 2012

John Astin has been a friend for a few years now, and this large cartoon of him as Gomez Addams from the TV show "The Addams Family", was displayed at an event called "Poe Forevermore" in Baltimore, Maryland on March 3rd, 2012, at a fundraiser for The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore.

In 2010, the City of Baltimore eliminated the funding of the Poe House and Museum, and Mr. Astin and I (with many, many others) have been doing all we can to keep the doors of the Poe House open to the public! All proceeds from the auction of this painting will go to the Poe House.

Mr. Astin has been a long-time supporter of the Poe House, performing readings for events, and has played Edgar Allan Poe in his own one-,man show. Mr. Astin autographed the cartoon of "Gomez" just above the shoulder (as seen in the accompanying photo).

John Astin autographs "Gomez", March, 2012

The original acrylic painting measures 24"x30". The measurements of the framed painting is approximately 33 1/2" x 39 1/2".

On behalf of The Poe House, John Astin and myself, that you for bidding on this item, and thank you for your support of the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore!

-Mark Redfield

The auction is HERE.

Information about the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore is HERE.

Monday, February 13, 2012

MONSTERPALOOZA MAGAZINE--Nominated For 4 Rondo Awards!

Voting has begun and the ballots for the fan-driven 10th Annual RONDO AWARDS are HERE.

MONSTERPALOOZA MAGAZINE has been nominated for four awards!

Voting is easy. Click the link and follow the simple directions to cast your ballots for you favorite picks--vote for Monsterpalooza Magazine, of course!--and email your choices in! You don't have to vote for everything in every category (it's a huge ballot this year) just the ones you like!

Voting is happening now and ends on SUNDAY NIGHT at midnight, April 1, 2012.

Monsterpalooza Magazine has been nominated in the following four categories:

- BEST COVER by Jeff Preston

 "The Pumpkin Master" by Jeff Preston, the cover for the premiere issue!


"Dare You See It? James Whale's Frankenstein" by Pierre Fournier

 The splash page for Pierre Fournier's fabulous article!

"Karloff and the Creation of the Screen Actors Guild" by Mark Redfield

 Boris Karloff and the Founding Members of The Screen Actors Guild in 1933.

Thanks for your votes and your support. Happy voting!

Here's the link to the Rondo Awards.

Here's the link to order Monsterpalooza Magazine!

-Mark Redfield

Saturday, February 4, 2012


The new website, with all the materials available for actors in the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is now live and can be viewed  at

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Remembering Boris Karloff today, who passed away on this date in 1969, and looking forward to voting "yes" on the ballot that merges two US actor unions into one, strengthened, new union to serve and protect us, I wondered what Boris Karloff would think of it...

 Boris Karloff 23 November 1887 – 2 February 1969

Karloff was one of the courageous founding members of the Screen Actors Guild, and attended early meetings of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

He struggled in his early years, and yet, when a small measure of success and stability had come into his working life as an actor, he struggled to help form SAG in 1933, and fought until it was recognized by the producers in Hollywood.

Karloff was known to always look-out for and help his fellows. He would've seen the value in merging these two unions.

I'm convinced he'd throw his support behind us today.

-Mark Redfield

Get the facts on merger HERE.

My article, Boris Karloff and the Creation of SAG is in the premiere issue of Monsterpalooza Magazine. You can order a copy HERE.

Friday, January 27, 2012


Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors Approves Merger Package with AFTRA

LOS ANGELES (January 27, 2012)

The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors today voted overwhelmingly to approve and recommend a plan to merge with AFTRA. The board met in a regularly scheduled plenary meeting in the James Cagney Board Room at the Guild’s Los Angeles headquarters and voted after reviewing a merger package put forward by the SAG and AFTRA Group for One Union (G1) that includes a Merger Agreement and Constitution.

Collectively, these documents outline the plan of merger, dues and finance structure, membership requirements, and other basic attributes of the successor union. The same merger package must now be approved by AFTRA’s National Board of Directors which is scheduled to meet on Jan. 28, to review and vote on the package. Should the AFTRA board approve the merger package as well, a referendum will be sent out for a vote by members of both unions in the coming weeks.

The proposed name for the new union is SAG-AFTRA. 

Read the rest of the press release HERE

This is fantastic news! Long time coming...and long over due, ONE union means greater strength! 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Happy Birthday to The Maestro--FEDERICO FELLINI

Federico Fellini. Born 20 January, 1920. Died 31 October, 1993.

"FELLINI 12" (2012) by Mark Redfield. Acrylic on canvas. (16x20)

© Mark Redfield 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012


POE-PALOOZA starts Sunday, January 15th, 2012  on the Monsterpalooza Magazine facebook page! 
In honor of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday on January 19th, 2012, we'll be posting about the great, influential writer ALL WEEK--on the facebook page and on the website! 
And CONTESTS! What's a birthday party without presents and party favors? Seven days--seven contests--and the rules are simple: open to anyone on the planet; just watch for a contest question each day and be the first to answer correctly and you win! Great prizes--books, posters, DVDs and other Poe-related stuff! 
Let's get the Poe Party started!