Almost two years ago, when we were trying to get a fledgling little Web site called 5 Minute Marvels going, Grace and I came by someone who would go on to be a cheerful supporter of ours and a trusted friend — Kelly Thompson of Comics Should Be Good! and 3 Chicks Review Comics. She’s been our biggest supporter and a ready ear for many, many ideas.
In honor of hir birthday — and her devotion to strong women in comics — we draw more Jack Kirby creations, Big Barda and the Female Furies. (Psst! Kelly, all of them have high collars … just for you.) We drew two Bardas for her — helmet and no helmet.
And, Cate wanted in on the act, too. She’s on a kick drawing characters from the Little Mr. and Little Ms. books … so here’s Little Miss Birthday! (Yes. She’s a real character.)
Last week, we learned of Logan Riley, an artist who has dedicated himself to drawing a new comic book character every day out of his love of comics and desire to improve his skills. Well, that’s a noble pursuit we can appreciate around here. You can check out Logan’s art at http://literarybandit.wordpress.com/
I contacted him and he suggested we draw a Kirby Klassic — The Super Skrull. And, away we go!
Grace and I decided to join in … and we both had the idea to go hip hop. I think hers has a real KE$HA vibe. Mine, sadly, looks like what a mid-30s dude’s idea is of hip hop attire. (Pssst! Don’t use the word “attire, dude.”)
So, I know what you’re thinking … you have a sketch blog with two little gitls and it took you a year and a half to get around to The Powerpuff Girls? I don’t know why, but this one was a long time coming.
For my money, I’m glad we waited. Grace has learned a lot about composition and drawing with shapes and I think it shows in her work. As for Cate, she was really enthused by this one (drawing all three which we’ll see in days to come.) She asked me to make sure I noted that the big circle is not the head, it’s the hair. She just didn’t ink the chin under the eyes. :P!
We’re a day late on this, but to Grace and I dedicate this to my father, A.K.A. “Grandpa.”
I was fortunate to have a varied education in comics and comic strips. My dad and I didn’t always agree on everything we liked (I appreciate, but don’t share his love of all things Hank Ketchum and he not as fervent as I about Jack Kirby), but the magical worlds created by certified genius Winsor McCay was more than common ground. The way he was able to use every inch of the space allowed to create worlds of boundless imagination remains virtually unmatched.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad. Thanks for introducing me to the world of comic illustration. (See, I was paying attention.)