Thursday, June 26, 2008

life imitating art



Back in the 80's John Byrne( a comic book artist) wrote a story about Dr Doom that rings true in the real world. Dr Doom was a despot ruler of his fictional country of Latveria and he ruled with an iron fist. Well he was defeated by the fantastic four and another guy named Zorba and thrown out of the country, well later we find that without doom the country goes to heck. similar to the way Iraq fell apart when Saddam was defeated. It was rumored that Saddam and Osama Bin Laden did not like each other

Saturday, June 21, 2008

first black superhero




Marvel comics’ Black Panther is always trumpeted as the first black superhero but I think that distinction goes to someone else. Back in 1947 a comic called all Negro comics had a character very similar to Black Panther, Lion Man –

This Tarzanesque adventure story begins with this foreword: “American-born, college educated, Lion Man is a young scientist, sent by the United Nations to watch over the fearsome ‘MAGIC MOUNTAIN’ of the African Gold Coast. Within its crater lies the world’s largest deposit of URANIUM – ENOUGH TO MAKE AN ATOM BOMB THAT COULD DESTROY THE WORLD.

Lion Man’s job is to report on the doings of any treacherous nation that might seek to carry away any of the lethal stuff for the purpose of war. Lion Man has been warned against agents of a certain warlike nation who might try to smuggle some of the mountain’s treasure out of Africa. He was invented by Geo. J. Evans Jr and The publisher, writer and “President of All-Negro Comics, Inc.”, Orrin. C. Evans

Thursday, June 19, 2008

fun with adobe photoshop




Fantastic Four #1 is one of the most parodied covers in comics. I thought I would try to combine the cover with a real street to see what it would look like in real life. In the first picture it is in color the second is in black and white, both done with my limited knowledge of Adobe photoshop.



Friday, June 13, 2008

R KELLY ACQUITTED



After six years and a whole lot of songs R Kelly has been acquitted of having sex with a minor. Now I have never seen the tape but enough people have to be reasonably sure it is R Kelly. Yet again a video tape does nothing to solidify a guilty verdict, as long as people are involved things on a video can be explained away, I don't know if this is a good or bad thing. The Rodney king case was not helped by a video tape the officers were found not guilty until a riot and a civil case so... tape at your peril

fantastic four: lost in translation

I read something online recently from one of the actors that plays the part of johnny storm in the Fantastic Four movies. He said he does not think there will be a third and by the words he said in the piece it seemed like he was not up for another anyway. I along with a lot of other fans of the comic were... are, disappointed by the way the movies have been presented. My first problem was with the casting, not that Jessica Alba is not pretty but she somehow never captured the essence of Susan Richards not just her being half white and Mexican but that she is more pin up material than actress. I always thought they should have gone with like Scarlett Johansson or to go older some one like the actress from the movie Boogie Nights, Heather Graham. Reed Richards as portrayed in the movie is a little weak not the confident scientist as in the books. The Thing or Ben Grimm was cast okay. The best performances and most interesting characters in both movies have been the Human Torch and Doctor Doom. I am in the process of writing a script for FF3 entitled Quest For The Cosmic Rod. I don't know if it will ever see the light of day but I am making it for my own pleasure.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Drawing Day 08











well in honor of Drawing Day June 7, 2008 i decided to show some of my crappy artwork i have done.