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> Gayle Bykowicz
Plissken VS. Solid Snake)
When did you see Escape From New York for the first time and why do you like it
I must have been about 12 years old when I first saw Escape From New York. There are many things
I liked about the movie. The main one is the plot set in a apocalyptic future.
This movie shows what could really happen to a country that is ravaged by
disease and war and also how the people may live in those conditions. The
second of course are the characters. Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) stands out from the rest.
With his calm Clint Eastwood attitude and the reputation to be the worlds most
wanted man, Snake by far is the ultimate bad ass.
Why do you think so many females are such big fans of
Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell)? What is it about him that appeals to you? Also, in what ways
has he inspired you personally?
Many females like Snake Plissken? Cool! So I'm not the only female? LOL (Lauhing
Out Loud). Well, I
think females like Snake cause of his looks, personality and body movements.
Well, for me I like Snake's personality most of all. He keeps his calm when
faced in a deadly situation. Yet he himself is dangerous. The idea of Snake
fighting against a government that decides for the citizens of the United States
also interests me. I have a rebel attitude like Snake. I lived in New York most
of my life and some laws there are a bit ridiculous. I've escaped New York like
Snake also. I won't get into details but I lived a crappy lifestyle. A few days
before I moved out of state I got a tattoo of Snake on my right calf. But there
is a saying, "If you can make it in new York you can make it anywhere."
On your MySpace page there's a photo of your Snake Plissken
tattoo. Why did you want to get it?
Took me about
three months to think about getting. Found the picture on one of the comic book
issues. I was going though some tough times. My bro and I lived alone as kids
for years. We got into drugs, both of us used to steal food and other things
just to survive. Amazingly I was working and going to school as well. Snake Plissken is an escape artist.
He can get outta anything. So in my mind I thought
if he can get out of a bad situation I can do the same. After a few weeks of
getting the tat, my bro and I moved out of New York state. Escaped from it
You have a unique website called:
Snake Plissken VS. Solid Snake. What I like about it is that you've mostly done everything yourself including: Fan
drawings, comics, fan movies
etcetera. What made you want to do all this?
Well, in the past people kept telling me, "Hey, Gayle! You ever thought about
making a comic?" I said, "Yeah! But I donno what it should be about?" LOL. Then I
thought, Well, hell. I'm a big fan of the Snake characters. Why not make one about
them beating the shit out of each other? Ha, ha, ha! I made the first comic for my
own fun. I didn't plan on making the website till later.
What is it about Solid Snake that also appeals to you?
What similarities and differences are there between Snake Plissken and Solid Snake?
I don't like to say Solid Snake is like Snake Plissken. Both characters come
from different worlds. Solid is a spy hired to work for the government and Plissken is a rebel fighting against the government. Yet their personalities are
somewhat the same. Same gravely voice and smoking habits too.
In your first comic you let Snake Plissken win. In your second
comic you let Solid Snake win. In real life who do you think would win and why?
LOL. Well, if a real life fight between both Solid and Plissken happened in front
of me I would cheer for Snake Plissken. He's the original Snake.
What do enjoy doing most and why? Also, when did you discover your passion
and talent for drawing?
What I enjoy the most is when people see my artwork and they get a kick out of
it. I like to do many things. Drawing, building monster costumes, comics. Yet I
can't dance, sing, act or play an instrument. Although I can play the kazoo.
Ha, ha, ha! When I was about five that's when I started making things. As a kid I'd
create monster figures out of trash bag twist ties and aluminum foil for my
brother and I to play with. We had more fun playing with them things then we did
our other toys. LOL.
Besides drawing Snake Plissken and Solid Snake what else do you
I enjoy drawing dragons. They are the ultimate mythical beast.
You based your comic The Beginning of Escape From New
York on Mike McQuay's Escape From New York Movie Tie-In Novel. What did you feel was missing from it?
The beginning of Escape From New York comic I did years ago. I kind of wished that I was more
patient making it. The coloring is too muddy to me. Back then I didn't have
enough knowledge on how to use my computer program called Paint Shop Pro 7 to
fill in the colors.
What do you think about Escape From L.A.? What do you like
and dislike about it?
Well, Escape From L.A. was a remake of Escape From New York. Snake in the movie stayed the same which was
good. I can't think of anything more to say about the film. Ha, ha, ha!
What's your thoughts about remaking Escape From New
York? Who would you like to see play Snake Plissken and is there any particular director you'd like to
If they ever did a remake of Escape From New York I feel that Hector De La Rosa should fill
Snake Plissken's boots. The guy is amazing in the Escape From New Jersey films
done by Blinky Productions. The director for the film? I would prolly say maybe
Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill).
What advice would you give to the makers of the Escape
From New York
READ THE BOOK! WATCH THE MOVIE!
If you could write or direct a Snake Plissken movie, what kind of
story and material would you incorporate?
If I could make a Snake movie I would call up my Snake buddies. I can't write a
plot to save my life. LOL.
Are you frustrated over all the cancelled Snake Plissken projects
in the past. Was there something particular you looked forward to or are you
happy something didn't get made?
I was disappointed about the cancellation of the Snake Plissken video game. It
would have been cool to play as him.
What else do you do in life?
Right now I'm attending college to become a costume designer. I build monster
costumes at home just for fun.
What's your favorite Snake Plissken moment?
My favorite snake moment? Hmmm? The final scene in Escape From New York when they neutralize the
bombs in Snake Plissken's neck. The expression on Snake's face when he looks at
his watch is priceless.
Is there anything else you'd like to say? Now's your
SNAKE PLISSKEN RULES!!!
Thank you for your time, Gayle.