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ROM: Spaceknight

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Pen and marker on Bristol board. ROM was one of the first comics I ever actually bought as a kid down at the local corner store. Because of legal mumbo jumbo his story had a beginning, middle and an end and he hasn't been booted, rebooted, retconned, redone, reimagined, etc.

If only that happened with everything from the 80's that was great.
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alltherom's avatar
Incredible job. I've seen this image around, and it's incredible. Crisp, clean lines. Great job!
ArtistXero's avatar
Thanks, I didnt know the image was being seen "around", sounds like it's out wandering the city streets at night. 
alltherom's avatar
LoL. Dispatching Dire wraiths, I'm sure.
TheDeviantMakepeace's avatar
Loves me some Rom!  Very cool :)
ArtistXero's avatar
Everyone one should love ROM!
archambers's avatar
I was never a fan of ROM. I only had one of his comics because it came in an old grab bag my folks bought me.

You seem to be having a lot of fun with these memory lane pieces. :) Please keep them coming.
ArtistXero's avatar
I'm shocked and appalled at your lack of ROM love! I'd say get to a comic book store and buy the comics but they never put them into a trade and aren't available digitally. It was an eclectic mix of sci-fi, horror and super hero-ness all rolled into one.

Ha..my "memory lane" pieces are fun but they're really about me figuring out traditional mediums again. My son is older and my living space bigger so no reason not to do both traditional and digital. I'm even thinking of branching out and doing some abstract stuff...if I can get over my feeling that so much of abstract art is about "artists" seeing what they can get away with and laughing all the way to the bank. We'll see.
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Thats a lot of ROM
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i was disappointed Marvel didnt get the license. ROM interacting with he rest of the Marvel Universe was half the fun.
csuhsux's avatar
true, but that's part of what make marvel such a disappointment in general. aside from not bothering to aquire the license themselves their pathetic attempts at writing stories with what they do own that's ROM related has me feeling like it's time to start from scratch.
ArtistXero's avatar
Half my love of ROM as a comic book character is that he had a beginning, middle and end. So few comic characters get that so I'm not yet enthused about the new comics.
csuhsux's avatar
what can I say i'm the sentimental type : )
archambers's avatar
I actually saw an issue of ROM at an antique store a while ago. I was snooping through a big booth full of comics and old records. I wanted to pick up some old issues of Green Lantern.

Do you have a complete run of RPM? If you love it that much and have a good scanner, you could make your own digital copies to share. I know many people yell piracy over that, but sometimes it is the only way to share out of print stuff.
ArtistXero's avatar
Nah no complete run. I think I have the very first few issues that I bought..somewhere. After moving I'm not sure where they are. As for scanning comics, I'm sure someone's done it already. I can't imagine who has the time in their day to scan hundreds of pages of comics but, bless their altruistic, pirate hearts.
archambers's avatar
I have a friend who sings the praises of digital comics. He boasted a while ago that he now has every issue of G.I. Joe in English, even the UK issues. I still haven't downloaded any, but I am thinking about starting with Infinity Inc. I loved that book.
ArtistXero's avatar
I swear by digital too. Today's comic books aren't worth a dime, literally, the moment you buy them. With digital you don't have to store them and in most cases they go down in price after their date of "publication. Not everything is available but there's a lot out there. You can use the illegal methods but the major site if you want to buy comics is Comixology. They usually have some free comic or comics every week.
archambers's avatar
I bookmarked Comixology. Thanks for the info, I'll check it out sometime when i have more time.

One good thing about cheap comic books is they make great collage material. Back when Image was big I stupidly bought duplicate and triplicate copies of nearly every book I read. Some day when I am home and off the road, they'll be introduced to an X-acto knife and glue stick. Those might even be a starting point for some Rosenquist inspired paintings. :) I love his work.
ArtistXero's avatar
Any local comic shop with have old comics for cheap. I've been thinking of printing out old comic pages and doing an ink transfer to canvas and then painting something on it.

With Comixlogy almost all comics go down in price a month or so after the publication date. Except Marvel. They seem to be too greedy for that.
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JulietsPuppY's avatar
Really awesome. When I saw the thumbnail, I thought this was digitally done. :)
ArtistXero's avatar
Thanks. Especially since I'm out of practice with traditional mediums.
JulietsPuppY's avatar
It's still lovely. :)
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