Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

So I did a Guardians of the Galaxy commission, and decided to color it, because, well, I color everything these days.

I replaced the nine producers on the poster credits with one producer and the eight guys who created the characters around whom the movie revolved. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Henry Morgan

Henry Morgan died 326 years ago today!

Those of us lucky enough to carry around mental images of famous pirates will usually recall Henry Morgan (the famous buccaneer for whom the rum brand is named) in his later years. Portly and dressed in the dandiest of fashions as the lieutenant governor of Jamaica, he seems a far cry from the stories carried through the years of his exploits.
But Morgan was a very physical man, and was a lot more than a pirate - he was a military genius who likely carries as much responsibility for the way things played out in our corner of the world as George Washington.
At a time when Spain dominated everything West of the Atlantic, Morgan (first under Commodore Mings, then to a much greater degree on his own) found chinks in the armor of the Spanish trade monopoly and ruthlessly exploited them.
In his 20s he personally led large bands of men through hundreds of miles of seemingly impenetrable jungle to attack rich Spanish towns, choosing his targets with precision and strategy and rarely losing men in battle, amassing huge fortunes and putting into place a community and methods that would eventually destroy Spain's stranglehold on the economy of the New World, making English trade, and eventually the US, possible.
We can learn a lot about the inevitable dangers of exclusion rather than incorporation from Spain's mismanagement of the Americas under Philip IV and how other societies (including our own) might suffer from similar policies, but that's boring!

Thursday, August 21, 2014


I started watching Supernatural for one and one reason only: Jim Beaver was in it.  
Like a lot of his fans, I first noticed him on Deadwood, and since then he's done fantastic turns on a lot of my favorite shows, including Justified and Longmire. 
Pictures of him in Supernatural kept popping up my tumblr feed, so I decided to give it a go, and am really glad that I did.  It's a terrifically fun show, and one that I've really enjoyed, and its dozens of episodes have been great to watch while I'm drawing away.
Anyway, I figured if anybody merited a poster, it's Jim Beaver's Bobby Singer.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

100th anniversary of the 20th century

Hard to believe that World War 1 started a hundred years ago today. Although in theory a century begins or ends with its actual numerical quality, it's cultural impact is rarely so cut and dry. The 19th century really starts in full when the Napoleonic Wars end in November 1815, and the 19th century really stretches on until WWI, whose start - culturally - marks the beginning of the 20th century.
Look at photos of people from WWI. The dress, the hair, etc, they're really not all that different from how a lot of folks look today, whereas a picture from five year earlier seems like a whole different era... because it is.
I'll throw some WWI history y'all's way over the next few days. It's a very misunderstood war, less cut-and-dry than some others, but to me it's extremely interesting because it really does mark that big shift. I mean, you start the war with horses and end with airplanes, in an extremely short span of time. It really is the crucible in which our modern era was forged.
Here's a couple of guys to start off the week, A stormtrooper and a Tirailleur Senegalis.

This is a WWI Stormtrooper. That's right, SW kids, there were real stormtroopers, and they were terrifying. Poisonous, burning mustard gas would be launched into trenches, and then, from the haze, these guys would appear to royally mess you up. To make things even more terrifying, sometimes they'd be riding blanketed horses and stabbing with lances. There aren't many things scarier/more intimidating than a horse in a gas mask.

Here's a Tirailleur Senegalis.  Time in the trenches often lessened sctrictness over uniforms. I had this guy paint the Yellow Kid on his helmet, because he would have been a cultural icon to the folks fighting, the same as someone putting the Tasmanian Devil or Spongebob on the side of a tank.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Shadow Hero

I've gotten terrible about updating my blog lately.  I'm good about my social network stuff - twitter, facebook, instagram - but I forget to do it here!  Sorry.

So I REALLY enjoyed Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew’s The Shadow Hero, a new book that First Second Books released this week. It’s an origin story of an existing pulp hero, the Green Turtle, and it’s an engaging, very funny, exciting story. 
There’s some great supplemental material about the original 1940s Green Turtle, the first Asian-American superhero, and the clever ways in which its creator circumvented the publisher’s mandate that he had to be white.
I’m a sucker for books or films that I recognize as being shoe-ins for the I-would-have-flipped-my-lid-over-this-if-it-had-been-around-when-I-was-a-kid stories, and SHADOW HERO definitely fits that bill. There are a few books that I get multiple copies of whenever I run across them to hoard as gifts; this one will join that list.
Anyway, I did a poster!
Liz pointed out that I forgot to put a quotation mark ending after the title on the poster.  oops!  I'll fix that later.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Big Trouble in Little China!

John Carpenter's film BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA is hilarious and fun, and I've been meaning to do a poster for it for some time.  Well, there's a Big Trouble comic coming out by Eric Powell and Brian Churilla today, so I figured I'd mark the occasion by finally putting this thing together.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Happy Star Wars Day

Today is Star Wars Day, so I drew some characters that nobody likes!  Meaning there isn't much art out there for 'em.  Two are from the spine-meltingly bad Star Wars Holiday Special (a musical!) - Trader Saun Dann on the left, and Ackmena on the right.  Played by Art Carney and Bea Arthur.  The middle characters, Noa and his pet/friend Teek, come from the ABC Sunday Night movie Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, which my dad recorded on VHS for me and which I watched endlessly as a six-year old.  Noa was played by Wilford Brimley, who didn't even bother to take his glasses off.

Though these guys were AARPers by the time they played their roles, I figured I'd draw 'em up prequel-era as young, adventure-leaning main characters.  Because if there's one thing I'm good at, it's taking a surefire hit franchise that everyone loves, picking weird supporting characters from it for whom no one has an ounce of interest or affection, and drawing them in a way that renders them unrecognizable from the original.

Lastly comes Jaxxon, a weird green Bugs Bunny analogue used in some of the early Star Wars comics.  I tried to make him look vaguely less bunny-like.