This is getting morbid. No sooner did I write about Jerry Robinson’s passing as an “alarming trend of late”, did I learn about the passing of yet another great, Joe Simon (as well as Eduardo Baretto, with whose work I’m sadly unfamiliar. I hope to rectify that next year).
Just like Jerry, Joe had a very long life and career, full of major industry accomplishments which made him one of the giants upon whose shoulders everyone afterwards has stood. VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE
Among a half-myriad other things (I’m trying not to hyperbolize unless it’s necessary), I’m a fan of lists. And judging by the massive success of David Letterman’s “Top Ten” lists and all the imitations/off-shoots/spin-offs for the last 20 or 30 years, many others are as well.
Therefore, I’ve made up two for this week’s blog. As someone who frequently and arbitrarily traverses between titles of writer and artist (meaning I’m either multi-skilled or–more likely–lacking in focus and commitment), I thought I’d tackle the obvious debate that’s so prevalent in both pop culture and academia: that of Writer vs. Artist. VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE
My favorite this week just turned 30 years old: Marvel’s CREATURES ON THE LOOSE #13 (Sept/1971).
I picked this up as a back issue somewhere (probably an “indoor flea market” at the local mall) as a kid. What grabbed me immediately was the cover! I devoured all the monster reprint titles of the era (such as WHERE MONSTERS DWELL, MONSTERS ON THE PROWL, WHERE CREATURES ROAM and so on), and it was the Kirby and Ditko-based cover stories that really drew me in (please pardon pun). This was no exception. The story was ”I Was Captured by the Creature from Krogarr!”, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, reprinted from TALES TO ASTONISH #25 (1961). (The guy reacting on the cover was redrawn for the reprint–presumably to make him look more dramatic/frightened.) VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE
This is not going to be like your typical movie reviews.
First, NO SPOILERS. If you haven’t yet seen the flick, I won’t spoil it for ya.
I really hate when reviewers/critics do that. The main purpose of a review is to help a reader decide if the movie is worth seeing, not whether the reviewer is “right” or “wrong.” That’s secondary.
Second, I’m going to tell you where I’m coming from. I realize most paper-published reviews have limited space, but on the Net, there’s little excuse. Give the reader at least SOME background so they can better judge if their experience will jibe with the reviewer’s. VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE
Captain America (my favorite character), Nick Fury, and the Red Skull, 11×14 vellum bristol board, white ink, colored pencils, copic markers, and inkwash. The color theory’s pretty straightforward here, red, blue and yellow, with the yellows moving towards browns and oranges. This helps pull out the various blues to help the foreground pop a bit against the busy, though monochrome, background. The composition is also not very complex, with each foreground character in an “S” VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE
Okay! I’ve actually been busy with drawing stuff for a change. (Though I also entered my first official screenplay competition. Nothing to write Hollywood about as it was specifically a one-page screenplay contest, and because of the deadline I only had time to type up an old Polish joke. But it’s a start.) While I work on a huge Jack Kirby-lawsuit post, I figured I should return to art and show what I’ve been up to. VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE