It's two milestones in one! My piece for The Line It Is Drawn #100 for 8/2/12, and, coincidentally enough, the last piece of art I drew in my 30s (I turned 40 on August 1st).
For this Anniversary piece, we did the 100th issues of previous LIID pieces. I chose Nick Perks' great Steve Ditko tribute from LIID #50: [link]
I wanted to add in even MORE Steve Ditko characters (Since most superhero groups have added more members by issue #100), so I stuck in Captain Atom, The Question, Speedball, Hawk & Dove, Staman and Shade the Changing Man! This made the piece even more meaningful for me, since Captain Atom & the Blue Beetle were both in my first regular contribution to TLIID back in Week 77:
The layout is an homage to Nick Cardy's terrific cover for Justice League of America #102, seen here: [link]
My entry for the third tryout week for The Line It Is Drawn on the website Comics Should Be Good! The theme for this week was Cover Homages.
The suggestion that really caught my eye was "TINTIN IN TIBET with Rorschach, Nite Owl, Ozymandias and Bubastis from WATCHMEN." As soon as I read that idea, I immediately saw the potential humor of juxtaposing the humor & innocence of TINTIN with the seriousness & darkness of WATCHMEN. The fact that Hergé and Dave Gibbons both have nice open, clean-line styles made a fun challenge, too.
BTW, if Hergé ever used word balloons on his covers, Ozymandias would DEFINITELY be saying, "I did it 35 minutes ago."
The Line It Is Drawn #91: Jonah Hex with the Gotham by Gaslight Batman! In honor of comic book artist & Jonah Hex co-creator Tony DeZuniga, it's Jonah Hex theme week at the Line It Is Drawn!
I chose the suggestion to team up Hex with the Gotham by Gaslight Batman. Once I had that, I knew I had to have Hex meet his modern day DCU counterpart, Two-Face!
I decided to use the old, haggard-looking Jonah Hex as he appeared in the Batman: The Animated series episode "Showdown", which took place in 1883, just 6 years before Gotham by Gaslight. And for Two-Face, I decide to emulate the Jack Burnley version, since for my money, that's the best the character has ever looked. Check out Burnley's terrific Two-Face here: [link]
GREAT fun doing this one. This was one of those times when the drawing went very easily and everything came out the way I wanted it to. Very nice change of pace after all the frustration the Galactus/Planetary illustration gave me last week. Can YOU spot the obscure Jonah Hex reference I snuck into the background?
The theme for this week's The Line It Is Drawn was Comic Book Characters on Reality Shows. I'm not a big reality show person, so I chose Cops: Gotham almost at random. I didn't have much of an idea until I sat down to start working on the piece. When I started sketching, it occurred to me that it might be funny to show the cop's reactions to Batman catching all the big crooks in town. After a while, I figured they might start to get a little blasé about it.
The layout is based on a Jim Aparo panel from 1980's The Untold Legend of the Batman, a series that recapped Batman's origins and background as they existed at that time. I read it at the very impressionable age of about 8 or so, so some of my very favorite Batman images are from that series. There's something I love about the idea of early outlaw vigilante Batman just dumping a tied & bound Joker at the front steps of police headquarters without even stopping the Batmobile (And how cool is that 1940s roadster Batmobile, BTW?). It's so pulpy & fun.
Anyway, I hope you like it! Check out all the other great entries by the LIID artists here: [link]
The Line It Is Drawn #81: In honor of Ralph McQuarrie, the concept artist for Star Wars who passed away a few days ago, this will be a Star Wars week. Team-up or mash-up Star Wars characters with comic book characters! I selected Greedo vs. the Punisher in the Creature Cantina.
The Line It Is Drawn #83: The suggestion this week was “What if…?” You come up with the description for an issue of What If…? (whatever company you’d like) and our artists will come up with what they think the end result of that What If…? would be.
My choice was, "What If the Fantastic Four formed a family band instead?" I saw this as my chance to finally give the world the FF/Partridge Family mashup that it was crying out for. I lightboxed the FF figured from a copy of the original cover art from FF #3 and then digitally composited it with the background from FF #3, retouching it in Photoshop & rewriting the cover copy. It was fun to be able to draw like Jack Kirby, if only for a little bit.
...I think "Doctor Doom and the Doombots" sounds like a great name for a doowop band, don't you?
Kirby's original cover art can be seen here: [link]
All the other What If? entries for this week can be seen here: [link]
My Week 4 tryout piece for The Line It Is Drawn over at Comics Should Be Good!
The theme this week was: "Comic book characters facing off against villains they've never fought before." The Twitter suggestion for the theme that caught my fancy was Batman vs. Mysterio. I really liked this idea because Mysterio could VERY easily be a real Batman villain (Heck, 70s Bat-villain the Spook basically IS Mysterio). He even has the same green & purple color scheme as the Joker, the Riddler and Catwoman!
The fun part of this one was attempting to draw a Steve Ditko-esque Mysterio and a Marshall Rogers-esque Batman. I even managed to sneak in one of those Ditkoesque water towers that are all over the early issues of Spider-Man. I'm particularly happy with how the colors on this one turned out. Thanks to my buddy Loston Wallace for some good advice on the colors!
My first piece as a regular member of The Line It Is Drawn on Comics Should Be Good! The theme for Week 77: "Come up with a concept for AFTER Watchmen! Come up with your best (or worst) plot ideas of stuff that could have happened after Watchmen #12. Kid Rorschach? Dr. Manhattan Force? Do your best (or worst)!"
DC Comics recently announced that, after 25 years, they would be doing prequel comics to the classic series Watchmen by creators other than Watchmen authors Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons. Some folks have been rather enraged & offended by this, others excited, and others indifferent. My reactions have ping-ponged across all three (Right now, the only one I think I might be picking up is Darwyn Cooke's Minutemen mini, although I'll probably at least flip through some the others out of perverse curiosity).
The Watchmen characters were initially created by Moore & Gibbons after DC Comics told them they'd rather not use the Charlton Comics characters recently acquired by the company. So Captain Atom became Doctor Manhattan, the Blue Beetle became Nite Owl, etc. And Watchmen began to transform into something very different & more radical from what it was originally conceived as.
I was at a loss as to what to do for this piece, as I JUST did a Watchmen mashup piece a month ago, and anything I thought of just seemed like a rehash of the same basic idea of contrasting Watchmen with the innocence of other comic features. Fortunately, 10 minutes of brainstorming with my buddy Loston gave me an idea that was too funny NOT to do!
The thing I find the funniest here is that the death of the Comedian is what set the entire plot of Watchmen in motion. By saving his life, Captain Atom & the Beetle are creating a VERY different Watchmen universe.
The Line It Is Drawn #105 for 9/6/12: Superheroes get new teen sidekicks! I chose the suggestion "Ozymandias’ new sidekick, Gordy the Knot-Boy" by Mike Shirley just because I love the name "Gordy the Knot-Boy." This cover is a parody of the famous "Speedy is a JUNKIE" cover to Green Lantern/Green Arrow #85 by Neal Adams: [link]
You can check out all the other great kid sidekick pieces that the Line It Is Drawn crew did here: [link]