Wednesday, September 29, 2010
What the hell happened to Chester Cheetah? Back in the day, he was so cool. I always imagined him as like a distant cousin of Pink Panther or Cool Cat. Lately, he's gone from groovy beatnik to a tiny, computer-generated creep. I'll include an example of classic Chester and creepy Chester and let you decide.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Well, I have to say, I am impressed. The Extravagonzo Art show was a smashing success. There was A LOT of art on display ranging from painted canvas to sculpture to mixed media to photography to independent film to infinity. Sometimes, the quality of art at these type of shows can be very dicey. This show was exceptional. There were only a few sloppy pieces. The majority of the artwork exuded creative intent. The variety of styles was surprising. I snapped a few pics of some of my favorite pieces. There was some great music also. Jyrus Lips performed an awesome set of killer tunes. It was a fun night.
It was fun to do this parody of the Smurfs. I was a big fan of the cartoon when I was a kid AND I had a ton of the little figurines too.
DID YOU KNOW? The Smurfs were created in the 80s right? WRONG. They were created in 1958! Read about it here.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The when: Sept. 24
The where: Minicine, 846 Texas Ave, Downtown Shreveport
The skinny: Free admission, live music, a plethora of art and artists, poets, musicians and filmakers.
Here is a parody of Charles Schulz's earliest published work: a comic strip called Li'l Folks. I was inspired after I read a book collection of Li'l Folks. It was very cool to finally read and enjoy the early work of my favorite cartoonist, so this parody is an homage to Schulz.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Kevin Smith. That's one of my favorite scenes from the movie. Also, I read a lot of Archie comics when I was a kid. It was fun to pay homage to both Smith and Archie comics.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Today, I'm proud to announce that the above artwork is being featured on the art blog, Repaneled. Repaneled is a blog similar to Covered, in which various cartoonists/artists are invited/encouraged to re-interpret a famous comic strip or comic book panel in a different or unique art style. Repaneled is in its infancy. If you're interested in contributing, consult the submission info on the Repaneled site.
I decided to re-interpret the famous panel from Amazing Spider-Man #72, which is the 1st appearance of Mary Jane Watson. I thought it would be appropriate to do the panel in the style of my favorite pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein. Be sure to click and enlarge the image so you can see the dot patterns. Please not that I also mimicked the font that Lichtenstein often used in his comic book portraits. Also, I strayed from Lichtenstein's color palette and chose to make MJ's eyes green (as they are in the comics).
I know this married couple, John and Julie Brizzi. For the past 15 years or so, we've been very good friends. My birthday was September 1 and Julie was kind enough to make me this incredible, hand-made birthday card. Julie has quite a talent for creating hand-crafted greetings. Check out her blog and see the amount of detail that was put into this Snoopy card. This is one card I won't casually toss in the garbage. No, this one-of-a-kind greeting card is going into my permanent Peanuts collection. I will treasure it. Thanks, Jules.
Here's another page from my 24 Hour Comic. I'm pretty proud of this Family Circus parody. I think the contrast of the wholesome Family Circus characters depicted in the dark, graphic style of Frank Miller is funny. Frank Miller is famous for using a page of multiple panels i.e. The Dark Knight Returns. Growing up, I was a big fan of Family Circus and would constantly buy the digest sized books at Goodwill and garage sales.
BONUS: Here's a color version that I did recently. I tried to make the coloring look similar to Miller's Sin City books. I also added the title, Sin Circus.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Alf on the TV Guide that Slick is holding. I thought it would be fun to include some Slick comics in my 24 Hour Comic. I drew this Slick comic in 2006. I hadn't drawn a Slick comic in about 12 years. Surprisingly, it was very easy to step back into Slick's world. It was both nostalgic and fun.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
The characters featured are (in order): Cathy by Cathy Guisewite, Olive Oyl by E.C. Segar, Arlene by Jim Davis and Broom Hilda by Russell Myers. I thought it was a nice touch using the "apologies" to censor the ladies. Once again, I extend apologies to everyone.
Creator Commentary: This entire 24 Hour Comic was completely hand-crafted. For example, all the characters were drawn free hand using reference (no tracing). I did use fonts for the typography, but I printed each blurb of dialogue out on paper and PASTED IT ONTO THE ORIGINAL ARTWORK. It's no wonder why I didn't finish this 24 Hour Comic in time.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This is a commentary on all those "Calvin Peeing" stickers that are out there. Man, I hate those stickers and I know Bill Watterson does too. If you don't know, Bill Watterson is the creator of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip (one of my favorites).
Monday, September 13, 2010
24 Hour Comic Day is fast approaching. This year, it will be held on October 2. Once again, I plan on participating and I am looking forward to it. For those not in the know, 24 Hour Comic Day is an annual event in which cartoonists around the world attempt to create a 24 page comic book within 24 hours.
In past years, I have made a total of three 24 Hour Comics. You can see last year's 24 Hour Comic here. Also, you can read my 2008 24 Hour Comic here. My first 24 Hour Comic attempt was in 2006. Technically, it was a failure because I didn't complete the comic within the 24 hour period (however, I DID finish the pencils within 24 hours). Eventually, I did finish it, adding the final inks and lettering to the penciled pages.
Instead of doing one continuous story, I decided to do a variety of stand-alone comic strips featuring parodies of famous funnies as well as my lesser-known comic strip creations. Rather than post the entire comic in one LONG post, I've decided to post it over the next few weeks leading up to this year's 24 Hour Comic Day. Enjoy.