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This one’s for everyone, but especially for Matt Kish, who’s a fellow admirer of Rafael Kayanan’s artwork. Over at his Comic Book Resources column, writer Ron Marz interviews Kayanan about his conceptual work back in 2002 for a different incarnation of the John Carter of Mars movie.

John Carter and Dejah Thoris designs by Rafael Kayanan

Here he is describing how he visualized a fighting style for the four-armed Tharks:

I had also gathered probably some of the best real-world stick fighters and sword instructors on the planet, and we had our own weeklong workshop where we came up with ways to move with multiple limbs. So the swords would pass from one level of Thark limbs to the other, knives thrown and loaded by the other hand. Close-quarter distractions, long-range feints, strikes, grabs and adding crazy patterns of sword work. How would a Thark roll, or execute a double-leg takedown of a White Ape? I asked Olympic Greco Roman champions to show me what they would do, I looked at Jujitsu guys, Western fencers, all kinds of arts. How the torso would stay together, how the legs would step so the Thark was balanced. It was fun as hell!

By the way, Marz introduces Kayanan as “comic artist, concept artist, fight choreographer and weapons instructor,” which is a couple of titles more than I knew about him. Dang these overachiever types!

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2 Responses to “The multi-talented Rafael Kayanan”

  • Matt Kish says:

    That’s the stuff right there! I had never seen this before, it’s really gorgeous. I think that of all the takes on John Carter I’ve seen, I prefer this one the most. Sorry Brent (and Frazetta).

    Also, Kayanan is Filipino and my wife tells me that knife and stick fighting is a martial art in the Philippines. It’s intriguing to think of Kayanan working with them, and bringing those cultural elements into his concept of Carter’s Mars.

  • Tony Goins says:

    That’s pretty awesome. I’ve tried to draw Tharks, and I always spend some time trying to figure out how the skeleton would go and how they move. That is some impressive dedication to the craft.


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