Tonight was a lot of fun. We drew Butterfly for our pal, Dean Trippe, who had a birthday over the weekend. Dean is a terrific guy and a fun, imaginative artist we gush about constantly here. We’re not ashamed. We’re “Trippers”! Yeah, that’s right … it’ll catch on.
My favorite thing Dean’s done lately is a one-page story on Warren Ellis’ blog which, in just three panels, says everything I feel about the current state of DC and comics in general. Brilliant. See it here: http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=13285
So, a group of our buddies from Project: Rooftop – Dean Trippe, Ming Doyle, Joel Carroll, Joe Quinones & Maris Wicks – did something pretty cool at HeroesCon … redesigning the classic Lady Liberty as a superhero to raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Now, the art is available at eBay with proceeds going to CBLDF. Click here to read more about it and get links to the art auctions!
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.”)
Oh, what could have been …
Dean Trippe has been a tremendous friend to us at 5 Minute Marvels. He is an incredible artist and a creator who sees the best in comics — the most wonderous, magical potential in comics. Potential that can reach the kid in all of us. I only wish the powers that be would realize what he could do for them.
Case in point … Lois Lane, Girl Reporter, a pitch Dean made to DC comics to bring the adventures of a teen Lois, Clark and Bruce to young adults. To read more about it, go here.
Well, DC may have passed on this (Grrr… shaking virtual fist in frustration), but we can dream about it. And, as Grace and I did, we can draw it, too. And, we can see Dean’s incredible work here and over at Project: Rooftop. Dean … we couldn’t love this more.
And, now a word from Dean Trippe!
Dean Trippe has been a wonderful supporter of our work at 5 Minute Marvels from the very beginning. In truth, his incredible Web site, Project: Rooftop, was a major source of inspiration for us. And, if you haven’t been there lately, it’s really hitting its stride with some superhero costume redesigns from both professional and aspiring artists.
So, when he tweeted last week to say he wanted to hit us with a 5-Minute (or 25-Minute) Marvel … we jumped on it. And, it brought out the best in us. I am particularly fond of the drawing in the middle, which looks like the alien lovechild of Uatu and J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter.
And, now a word from Uatu …
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. 🙂 )