Friday, January 21, 2011

'75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking

Saving up my Christmas money I decided to buy the '75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking by Paul Levitz. The size is 18.4 x 13 x 3.5 inches, 720 pages and I haven't even got into one third of the book, but i have seen I have enjoyed deeply. Taschen did not cut any corners in the production of this work. The body paper stock is cover weight to avoid any bleed through with a smooth matte finish. Many of the images were reproduced from published books which were famous for showing through cue to the low quality of the newsprint. The reproductions are so accurate that you can actually see the show through of the original comic. This is actually a good thing. The layout is extremely clean and just about every printing special effect was utilized in dividing the Ages.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Brant Parker

Brant Parker is one of my favorite newspaper cartoonist, co creator of the The Wizard of ID. His early work on the strip is a wonder to behold, style was simple and direct with minimalism which equal the artwork of Charles Schulz. I think his work is undervalued and I wish we have more cartoonists like him in the modern market.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Jack Kirby

My all time favorite artist, Jack Kirby. Wish I had meant him before he past away in 1994.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Steve Ditko

Here's another favorite, Steve Ditko. The man is still alive pushing (88 years) still drawing doing what he loves.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Annie's Awesome Foursome

Storyboard ideas from Alex Toth making Little Orphan Annie into a Superhero group. Very strange concept which never got off the ground, I wonder why.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Alex Toth Doodles

Here's a couple of pages from one of my heroes, Alex Toth. The man could draw.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Complete Calvin and Hobbes

A gift for myself starting the new year (which is half off at Barnes and Nobles). My favorite comic strip when I was a kid. I had some of the books but now heres the whole collection also including the separated stories he worked on the trade paperbacks. Since it has the strip in chronological order, its the first opportunity to watch how Bill Watterson's artwork and style evolved over the years. The total collection weighs about 22.5 lbs, which makes it a bit awkward to handle each book weighs about 7 pound so try not to drop this on your foot. It would be ideal if the slipcase had round cuts on the top and bottom corresponding to each book so one's fingertips could pry out the books with ease.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Scooter picx

Last year I painted these images for my friend Mark's scooter. It was a fun experience for the most part expect the covers had to sanded down or it would soak up the paint.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

Doctor Doom Remix

Larry Lieber worked on the top image from a Marvel Villain Team Up Annual #1, the bottom was redrawn by me, such an odd image of Doom pondering that I made him sad.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011