Grace and I love to see what the boys over at ComicTWART are going to draw this week. And, today, they started C.C. Beck’s Captain Marvel (or Shazam!, as you may know him). He was up in our rotation, so it was perfect timing.
Grace and I are the proud owners of the incredibe sketch of two of my favorite Kirby Kharacters of all time — Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy. They were rendered by the uber-talanted artist, Jon Morris, who drew them for a 30-days of Marvel he unertook on his blog — www.Ape-Law.com. Best of all, there are several other works from this event available for an amazing $10 each at Jon’s Etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CalamityJonSaveUs
So, tonight … we drew. And, I think this is Grace’s best work yet. Grrrrrrrrrrr!
Hold on tight, True Believers! The amazingly fun and talanted Wahl family is back with this amazing ode to your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man! And, while all of it is fantastic, you have to admit … someday you’re going to be reading comic drawn by Maddy Wahl! Here’s here lead in to this art:
“We got quite a few for you today. My birthday was like a month ago and I got my family and some of my friends to all get together and draw Spider-Man with me! (Ultimate of course. He’s my favorite! (: ) I’ve been savin Spidey for something really special and I was not disappointed. We got 10 whole adorabible Spider-Men… Nar, too tired to describe all o’ them but from Dad’s bearded Spider-Man, to Erin’s chicken eatin’ Spider-Man, to Brieanna’s Spidey chillin’ with bats, nannerpusses, and gosh knows what else, they all awesome.”
CATE IS BACK! We were thumbing through the DC Encyclopedia and Cate took a shine to Ch’p, the chipmunk/squirrel Green Lantern. And, yeah, he’s real: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch’p
After watching a little “Bat-Man Lego” on the Wii, Grace decided to take down some Bat Villains. And, I think her Penguin is terrific. She gave him the long, nasty hair from “Bat-Man Returns” and “The Animated Series.”
Then, we drew Mr. Edward Nigma … The Riddler …
And, I was having so much fun, I kept on going …
I was able to buy a pack of brush pens on sale … and I’m totally in love. So, I’ve been making a few 5 Minute Marvels on my own.
First up is a new costume for Valkyrie in response to an open request from 1979 Semi-Finalist’s Kelly Thompson. I happen to agree with her that it’s 2010 and … well … steel breast cups are out.
And, then I decided to explore the differences between DC’s Etrigan the Demon and Marvel’s Gargoyle. Turns out there aren’t many. But, I love them both.
Grace and I got a lovely surprise over the weekend … a sketch from Alexis Fajardo, the writer and artist of Kid Beowulf, a fun comic inspired by the epic poem BEOWULF. Kid Beowulf follows the journey of 12-year-old twin brothers Beowulf and Grendel as they travel to distant lands and meet fellow epic heroes therein!
Kid Beowulf is an all-ages, action adventure series similar to Bone, Asterix and Avatar: The Last Airbender. The newest book, “Kid Beowulf and the Song of Roland” just came out this spring. You can check it out at www.kidbeowulf.com
As an English major and a comic fan, this really appealed to me … and we had fun drawing. And, Cate even ended her strike to draw a picture of Hama the Pig. Alexis, getting Cate to consent to draw again is a coup. Thanks!
It’s been a few days since Grace, Cate (YES! She’s back!) and I last posted, but we’ve been busy.
Last week and this, Wednesday brought us comics from our friends Jim McCann (www.JimMcCannOnline.com) & David Lopez on Hawkeye & Mockingbird and Chris Samnee (www.ChrisSamnee.com) on Thor: The Mighty Avenger.
And, Evan Shaner (www.EvanShaner.com) created an awesome Mary Marvel on his blog. So, Grace and I decided to draw for our buddies. And, Dan McDaid, my fellow lover of all things Kirby and Doctor Who (seriously, he and I were seperated at birth) proposed the Sandman for www.ComicTWART.com
Away we go!
Kudos to Jim and David for breathing new life into two characters who have lived on the fringe of the Marvel U. for many years. I have always loved the Phantom Rider (Long live the Rangers!), but Dominic Fortune … not so much … until now. Jim and David have made him the Han Solo of the Marvel spy game … and I look forward to his brief appearances almost as much as I do for Hawkeye & Mockingbird — my two favorite comics characters. That’s some feat.
And, what can I say about the majesty that is Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Marvel’s new Thor book for reads of all ages? I know … BUY IT! Daniel Von Eggidy at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find (our comic shop in Charlotte, NC) called it “Frank Capra’s Thor.” Man is he right. From Chris’ playful art, to the lush colors by Matt Wilson and writing by Roger Langridge, this book is everything that got me into comics into the first place. It just has a great heart. And, that’s somewhat hard to find in comics these days.
This week, a fave — Ant-Man — showed up to battle, then befriend Thor. So, we drew. Grace knows Ant-Man’s helmet is silver, but she got to use the “grown up” black marker to ink her work … and she took full advantage.
And, finally, Evan “Doc” Shaner — the world’s most passionate fan of Fawcett/DC’s Captain Marvel — put an awesome drawing of Mary Marvel up at www.EvanShaner.com. We were inspired. Grace’s Mary looks a little weary, but I love the way she drew Mary’s eyes … and she spent a lot of time on the hair.
Over at www.ComicTWART.com, the weekly theme is The Sandman … and how many choices there are. Most of the TWARTers have gone with the DC hero, Sandman – a great choice. But, I think Dan McDaid, who proposed Sandman, was leaning toward the Marvel villain Sandman. So, we chose to go in that direction and to draw him in his late 60s/early 70s costume designed by Jack Kirby. Ah, feel the Kirby Krackle!
I know I’m partial to her work, but I love Grace’s Sandman here. He just looks like so much fun to be around … like a day at the beach. (Oh, that was a truly poor choice of words …)
I got a call on Friday from Grace’s camp counselor to be, “Next week’s theme is superheroes … think Grace will like that?” Um … Gracie like. So, today, her whole group at the Harris YMCA daycamp drew superheroes. And, the results? Awesome!
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Superman & Bat-Man
Bat-Man and Friends
Mr. Soda Man
Bat-Man & The Penguin
Were-Man and Were-Woman
I know that DC’s Earth-2 by Frank Quitely and Grant Morrison made The Crime Syndicate of Amerika ultra-cool. But, me, I love the goofy, silly and innocent first appearance of the Syndicate back when Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky were calling the shots at the Justice League of America. To me, Sekowsky’s style was so inviting, so fun, so comic-booky … so Grace and I went there.
And, I’m proud to say, we polished off the whole Syndicate in just 10 minutes.
P.S. I ABSOLUTELY ADORE Grace’s “big head baby” version of Power Ring.
P.P.S.S. Cate promised to draw tonight … but, yeah, she’s still on strike. Grace says she’s “retired.” At five.
Sometimes work just calls out to you. While stolling Artist’s Alley at HeroesCon this year, I saw a poster for Brandon Dayton’s inaugural book for his character The Green Monk. I am a sucker for two-color work and those who grasp it’s use — and Brandon nailed it with the cover.
The best news is, in a few short pages (one-panel each), Brandon weaves a tight story of the titular Monk’s encounter with a very large ogre and his haunted weapon. With sparse dialogue and no sweeping spreads, the story moves along and leaves you eager to know more about the Monk. Which is what every good story should do.
THUS SPEAKS DOOM – Tim Miner is Rude!
Our Web buddies, Jen Richards (AKA @Mockingnerd), the world’s most adorable Brit/artist/marine biologist, and Kevin Spooner (AKA @TheBlackSwan), the world’s coolest cosplayer/engineer/rock god sent us these cool images of Latveria’s own Victor Von Doom … and we drew … and scanned … and forgot.
Sorry guys, but hope you dig this!
Grace and I received an incredible 5 Minute Marvel from illustrator Chris Houghton. With his brother Shane, Chris creates the very fun comic Reed Gunther (www.ReedGunther), which follow the misadventures of affable cowboy, Reed Gunther, and his trusty sidekick (and sometimes mount) Sterline the bear.
So, after drawing lots and lots of heroes and villains from the Big Two, Grace and I are having lots of fun exploring the world of indy comics and Web comics. The styles are are often compelling for Grace to imitate and the characters are fresh …
This week, we stumbled upon www.HeyPais.com, a Web Comic devoted to the life of Paisley the Cat. If you’re a cat owner, this should be required reading. Grace loved it. Check it out!
This week’s theme over at ComicTWART is Mary Shelley’s baby … Frankenstein (or, more specifically The Monster). I am sure this is going to ilicit some amazing work … so Grace and I wanted to weigh in.
But, we decided to go a different route and draw the very silly Superhero version of Frankenstein from Dell’s 1966 series of the same name. And, why not? After all, it lasted three whole issues! Read up on this fiasco here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankenstein_(Dell_Comics)
This weekend, I ordered Evan Dahm’s 458-page graphic novel, Rice Boy (which is available in its entirity at www.Rice-Boy.com). I do like Web comics and have read several of Evan’s short stories online, but I’m waiting to get the printed version of Rice Boy before delving into that story. But, it only takes a short glance to see the passion and the imagination behind the work.
In anticipation, Grace and I drew one of Evan’s original characters and Vattu, from the story he’s just started and is telling here.
One of the most entertaining Web sites on the net is Project: Rooftop, an amazing creative blog where artists redesign costumes for famous superheroes. They frequently hosts contests to see who can do the best job breathing new creative life to an iconic costume. This time it’s Captain America. And, Grace wanted to take a shot at it.
I am a little frightened about how tied into deep Southern culture Grace tied Cap, from the American flag trucker hat to the camo pants and the freakin’ cannon she gave him.
Me? Well, I went a little odd. Although Project: Rooftop’s artists clearly take amazing amounts of time with their work, Grace and I stayed true to our 5 minute sketches (although adding color put an extra 5 on it for me). I decided to draw Cap in a motorist get-up from the early 20th century … tying Cap into the old Trustbusting days. With all the hits corporate America is taking, why not have Cap make a statement and go after the Fat Cats? (Okay, I admit it … I just really didn’t have a vision on this one. )