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Archive for the ‘art’ Category

…of the imminent release of PANEL 19: GREEN!

This time, it’s the madcap ravings of Captain Responsible in Andrew Lee’s slacker-rrific cautionary tale, “The Devil’s Coleslaw,” lovingly lettered and toned by multi-talented guest artist Ben Smith!

Captain Responsible!

32 pages of 60% post-consumer awesomeness are coming your way SATURDAY at SPACE! Hope to see you there.

You know what’s hot these days? Archery, thanks to Katniss from The Hunger Games. So Marvel is giving their own archer, Hawkeye, another shot at an ongoing series.

OK, OK, it’s more of an attempt to ride the publicity wave of the new Avengers movie, but I just wanted an excuse to type The Hunger Games and get a few hundred more Google hits.

I keed, I keed.


Anyway…the book is by 2/3 of the creative team of The Immortal Iron Fist, so it’s got some good talent on it. And I quite like this cover to issue #2 by David Aja:

It’s a cover and instructable, all in one!

I’m not a gamer by any means, and certainly don’t have strong nostalgic feelings about old consoles, but even I found this to be pretty damn cool: Charles Lushear made a functional Nintendo Controller table from maple, mahogany and walnut. It’s for sale on Etsy for $3500.

Did I mention it’s functional?

Check out the other pics at the link, including the cool tag-team play option afforded by the controller ginormous size.

Check it out, via ComicsAlliance:

Introducing a new and exciting look at Godzilla’s reign of destruction, courtesy of Orc Stain creator James Stokoe! The year is 1954 and Lieutnant Ota Murakami is on hand when Godzilla makes first landfall in Japan. Along with his pal Kentaro, Ota makes a desperate gamble to save lives… and in the process begins an obsession with the King of the Monsters that lasts fifty years! Don’t miss the first decade in a tale of a lifetime!

Although I’d much rather have him spend every waking second making more issues of Orc Stain, and have no interest in Godzilla, I’ll still be checking out this bad boy.

Because, you know, James Effin’ Stokoe!

Damn, that guy can draw.

Cover to The Mighty Thor #15, by Walt Simonson.

He’s in good company.

More Penguin Graphic Classics book covers here, including Moby Dick by Tony Millionaire.

Holy crap, this is an awesome cover for Daredevil #10.1, by Marcos Martin:

Love it.

This whole “point one” numbering scheme by Marvel, on the other hand, is ridiculously stupid.

Took these shots a couple of months ago, but kept forgetting to post them:

Matt Kish: writer, artist, PANELista, kickboxer, underwear model.

A veritable renaissance man.

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!

Absolut vodka commissioned Tank Girl artist (and Gorillaz member) Jamie Hewlett to design a label for their limited edition Absolut London vodka bottle:

Dig it.

So a few weeks ago I posted some artwork from Vincent Giarrano as part of our regular Splash Wednesday feature. In the comments section of that post, letterer Clem Robbins posted that these days Vincent’s busy making fantastic paintings. Mr. Giarrano himself then dropped me a line and thanked me for featuring his art. He also pointed me to his new website, featuring his fine art:

Vincent Giarrano’s website

It’s always cool to see what talented writers and artists are doing after they’ve left the comics arena. Vincent wrote that these days, the only person he works for on comic books is his daughter, and attached the following sketch he did for her:

Best of luck on all your endeavors, Mr. Giarrano.

The newly relaunched Animal Man series from DC has been getting rave reviews, and you can count me as one of the book’s fans. Writer Jeff Lemire is tearing it up, presenting an intriguing story about a little girl with unimaginable powers in this bizarre horror book with a metaphysical bent. Unfortunately, I’m not as fond of Travel Foreman’s art on the series, outside of a couple of great covers on the first few issues.

However, this splash page in issue #5 did catch my eye:

The Red attacks The Rot

Again, not so much for the art itself (I just don’t dig his wonky anatomy, thin line weight, and two dimensional backgrounds), but rather for the little details. So extra points to Mr. Foreman for drawing a butthole on this squirrel:

And nuts on this one:

Good thing this book is rated Teen+.

Epic Fail – Massimo Carnevale is a very talented artist, and has provided a ton of beautiful covers, including for Brian Wood’s Northlanders series. But check out his cover for Conan The Barbarian #2:

Seriously? That must be some secret ancient Cimmerian method of drawing a bow, I suppose. The classic “pinch the arrow” draw. Come on, Massimo, finding photo reference on the proper use of a bow and arrow isn’t that hard. PS. The arrow is also drawn on the wrong side of the bow.

Epic Sculptures – Swiss artist Tom Samui makes these amazing metal sculptures out of scrap auto parts:

You can see more pics here. (btw, that last pic is for you, Caleb)

Epic Cartography – Over at Bleeding Cool, Stephen Sonneveld has a long and insightful essay about the real-world counterparts to the fictional Metropolis and Gotham City, delivering a huge dose of American history in the process.

“Where Chicago has a link to points west is in Detective William Pinkerton. Not only is Pinkerton a viable example of a Jonah Hex Western hero operating out of the Windy City, but he is also the best example of a living Batman, as well.”

Epic List – Writer/Director/Producer Kenneth Johnson, with the help of one of his assistant directors, Kevin Koster, has compiled a list of all the 131 reasons why Bill Bixby’s character would “Hulk out” in the 1970s Hulk TV series. Man, they were really stretching it with some of these:

“44. Kicking over a beehive and then being surprised when the bees are mad at him

86. Beaten up and thrown in a closet, and while thrashing around and trying to get out, sticking his hand in a box of broken glassware”

Check out Paolo Rivera’s fantastic cover for Daredevil #10:

Daredevil #10 cover by Paolo Rivera

Love it!

And I love how his “DD” logo is stylized in calligraphic script.

Oprah big!

Congratulations to fellow PANELista Matt Kish for having his book, Moby Dick in Pictures featured on Oprah’s website in the article 11 Books You Never Thought You’d Read (but Will Fall in Love with Instantly).

“What artist Matt Kish has done is create one drawing for and inspired by each page of Melville’s 552-page masterpiece (for the record, the Signet Classics version). The result is less a story and more a cabinet of visual and literary curiosities.”

Way to go, Matt. I hope this latest exposure brings you fame and riches beyond your wildest dreams. But don’t forget us little guys while lighting your cigars with hundred dollar bills!


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