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Gangsters and Goliaths 4
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Published: June 25, 2011
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This has been solicited, so I can finally upload this- my second cover for IDW's Godzilla range! This one is for their excellent miniseries GANGSTERS & GOLIATHS. The colors are by the talented Josh Perez: [link]

I actually hadn't read the comic (did I mention it's EXCELLENT?) when I pitched this idea- so I was just going by the title and the general description of the series as "Godzilla and Mothra vs. the Yakuza". "Sounds like a short fight", I thought. So I ran with that and did this image of some Yakuzas about to throw down with the G-Man John Woo style.

I don't think it quite came through in the end, but I kinda modeled the boss at the sushi bar on Roy Orbison. And he's eating shrimp, which I had a special hatred for at the time (having just come back from two weeks in Vietnam, where they serve shrimp in just about everything).
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M-SEIJIN's avatar
A Japanese national in Japan depicted eating food with chopsticks as is tradition? Excuse me, I have to write a lengthy news article on how this artist is the new Hitler

....Oh wait. I'm not going to do that, BECAUSE I'M NOT A COMPLETE PUSSY!!!!!!!!
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PaulHanley|Professional
Thanks.  After the "controversy" that happened over the Rulers #15 cover, ya had me worried for a sec. :D
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M-SEIJIN's avatar
*googles said cover* ...Oh. Actually, I was referring to Avril Lavigne's recent video and how everybody shit their diapers over her doing and saying stuff that weeaboos say & do every single day on the internet.

As for Issue 15, I don't really see how that's racist either. You only have a couple of people chugging vodka, and Russia's done nothing really to keep it a secret that vodka is their national drink. I mean, are Americans supposed to get offended when they're portrayed as drinking watered down shitty beer?

I really can't stand how people nowadays are unable to differentiate between actual racism, and simply acknowledgement of cultural archetypes. Should we all just pretend that humanity as a whole are a group of grey blobs like in that one episode of the Fairly Odd Parents?

God, this turned into a rant pretty quick. 
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PaulHanley|Professional
My thoughts exactly. They also need to just lighten the f*** up and stop looking for a new internet witch hunt to get outraged over every other day.  Mind, the person who made the accusation was pretty clearly a troll, from looking at his homepage (every single comment was hidden).  I get the feeling I'm not the first person to block him. 

In a way, I'm almost relieved to get a little histrionic internet hate- it's usually a sign you've arrived. :D
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CreaturesOfZenith's avatar
Godzilla: Can I join the party? I have punch!
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pytko3's avatar
Godzilla:"I hear you guys are looking for new members."
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Samurai-Poet|Hobbyist Writer
Now, THAT'S art I wanna see! Yakuza Gojira!
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pytko3's avatar
Those no good Yardis wouldn't have a prayer.
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Samurai-Poet|Hobbyist Writer
Not a chance, man, not a chance.
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MetalBeowulf89|Hobbyist General Artist
Godzilla's just there to talk things out, get the gangsters to reconsider their lives of crime... Yeah, that's it!
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jemilfk|Hobbyist General Artist
really nice colours too.
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jemilfk|Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha! epic drawing.
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geekspace's avatar
Pointless personal update: just picked up this series' trade paperback. Good read with passable interior art & a fairly well-integrated human storyline...but lordy, those pieces of cover art (including this beauty). It's good to have a hard copy of such killer material. Carry on.
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Letdragon's avatar
Goji wants his cut damn it. XD
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KaijuX|Hobbyist General Artist
One of my besties loves this pic to death. And this itself is incredible. Definitely one of the better miniseries covers I've seen... Bah, what am I talking about? All of them are good! :D
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BlackCorbis|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all of those people are D-E-A-D!
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geekspace's avatar
Rule 38-F: "Early warning of any given monster attack consists of perhaps half an hour's heads-up before said atrocity surfaces in the harbor. Evacuation procedures primarily entail gridlocked, lemming-swarm chaos, and criminals/hobos/corrupt government officials are especially SOL, as daikaiju can apparently track the stench of low moral fiber like quarter-megaton bloodhounds."

Anyhow: delightfully offbeat story concept, and your cover fits like a well-maintained polyvinyl suit. I'm half expecting Big G to stop and ask the Uzi-toting goombas: "Seriously, guys?"
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LDN-RDNT|Professional General Artist
Wow! this is such a revelation.
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Martgritte|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful work, a really great cover image. I love the guy caught in mid shrimp eating.
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Enshohma|Professional Digital Artist
Sorry for the double posting, but you know how crummy DeviantART systems can get?
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Enshohma|Professional Digital Artist
I've yet to read "Gangsters and Goliaths" myself, but the reviews for it have been very positive, and it sounds like a good return to the imaginative Showa era Godzilla movies, with some much needed offbeat humor. This now cover illustration of yours perfectly demonstrates that.

And its also great to see bewildered Yakuza for a change, as opposed to their seemingly invincible standing in popular fiction...but than again, it is Godzilla we're talking about here. Love his slightly humorous expression on him as well, as if he's thinking 'what'd little guys up to in there?'
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Catlore|Hobbyist General Artist
"No one said this was black tie."
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savagehenry89|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Im the party pooper." lol
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ChojinRyu750|Hobbyist Writer
awesome
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