Archive for April, 2012

The best part about being a comic book nerd on Facebook is being friends with numerous people I’ve never met who have access, and know, great artists.  I enjoy all forms of art, but the kind that appeals to me the most is that of clean lines and incredible detail.  Carlos Valenzuela goes beyond that, diving into the retro and campy vintage style pin-ups and horror/sci-fi movie posters.You can think the old horror films are a little too “cheap” for your tastes, but I’ll always love them!

This might just be one of my favorite pieces by him

There’s quite a bit of nostalgia coursing through the veins of all his pieces, especially in his black and white works of art; capturing the very essence and meaning of the old sci-fi and horror films while presenting it with a much cleaner and more pristine style.  I actually never thought the campy, horror films from before I was born could look gorgeous…I have been officially proven wrong!

If you’ll notice (for those of you who frequent my blog) my header has been changed to a classic movie monsters motif.  Thanks to the amazing art of Valenzuela, my blog page looks that much better!

This is the BEST rendition of Jessica Rabbit I've ever seen!

But his genre interests vary, from old school horror, to comic book super heroes.  He dives into color as well as black and white, but also has the ability to CHANGE his style.  If I didn’t have his deviant art page to help me know that everything there was his, I would have trouble picking out his work a lot of the time.

I’m a huge fan of his Marvel and DC Comics commissions, but as far as the comic book genre is concerned, I think his World War II era renditions are my favorite.  This is an artist who KNOWS how to research, making his period pieces THAT much more enjoyable.

"Every bond you buy is a bullet in the barrel of your best man's gun"

Of course, the way he portrays women are nothing more than things to look at, but I’m not going to delve into that and dwell on it.  You take from the art what you want.  For me, this is PURE artistry that gets me excited to do sketches similar to this.

If you like what you see, visit Valenzuela’s Deviant Art page to see more.  If you don’t like what you see…you’re wrong!

It's amazing how such a minor character, who had very little influence on the initial Star Wars story, became such an icon.

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Well this is an awkward situation. Who cares though right?

Don’t deny it, there’s a certain appeal to things that are no longer main stream or popular.  The rarity of anything no longer being mass produced or pumped out on a regular basis somehow creates a cult following, or at least a desire to have something reminiscent of the past.

In the invisible jet...Looks cozy!

Stephanie Buscema is one such person who’s been keeping the 60’s visual arts alive and kicking!  Did you grow up watching the Jetsons or the Flintstones?  Well, her art might call out to your nostalgic senses.  From the look of things, Buscema seems to enjoy the “direct to paper” application rather than digitally mastered penciling and painting.  I can definitely relate to this as I get more out of holding a pencil gliding along on paper in real time than going straight on to the computer.  As an old school artist, I’m certain Buscema prefers that classic way of doing things.

Scary, yet spectacular!

You’ll probably recognize her work as being inspired by vintage TV shows like the opening sequence from Bewitched, the Jetsons, and many others from the Hanna-Barbera days of animation.  From the bio on her website, it looks as if she’s continually creating work everyday and getting paid for it.  I’m certainly glad for it too!  It’s rare to see this type of style still being honored and visualized by such a talented artist.  Thanks Stephanie, you are amazing!

Below were some of my favorites pieces I found on her website, but everything she does is amazing!  Go to her website and enjoy it all!

Death, one of Neil Gaiman's greatest creations...and this doesn't step outside her character either!!

Wonder Woman will always be my crush

I had forgotten about the Rockateer...this is perfect!

So forget about the fact that Batman is naked, and Robin’s giving Bats a good ol’ pat on the rear end, just give your best comic book pal a high five and enjoy the rest of your day.  Besides, Free Comic Book Day is just around the corner!!

Happy Friday The 13th

Posted: April 13, 2012 in Friday The 13th

Happy Friday the 13th everyone!  Be safe, and don’t cross the path of any black cats!  Unless you like black cats…and being murdered.  Watch a Friday the 13th movie today as well, it’ll keep you on your toes…and in the arms of a gorgeous, scared female right?  Unless she’s like my wife and doesn’t fall for that kind of trickery.  OH!  And watch out for those ladders!

Artwork by GB2K

So if you are in the elite group of cool people that’s read the book’s and seen the films, you know about the books incredible influence beyond a simple peripheral awareness.  Within the entire series comes a plethora of spells and potions, all of which, and don’t deny it, have raised the question, “Would I use that?”

Ethical behavior is one of J.K. Rowling’s most consistent themes in each book, occurring multiple times throughout.  No doubt, the use of each potion and spell makes us consider our own choices in life.  Were given the opportunity to use any one of these magical elements, you’d be faced with a rather ethical conundrum now wouldn’t you?

Take Veritaserum for example, I know that there are tons of lies swarming around me and among the people I hang out with and not.  While I know there are a lot of lies that I would prefer to be kept as such, there are a few times where I’ve wanted to beat the truth out of certain people I know!  Wouldn’t it be great to simply slip a few drops of said potion into a friends drink to decipher  the truth?  There’s no pain, no physical after affects, and the truth comes out with no trouble!  Life would be easier wouldn’t it?  But there’s that ethical question to deal with, damn it!

But let’s look at this from a different vantage point, from a militaristic point of view if you will.  Say we capture a terrorist!  There would be no need for these torture methods Bush was trying to enforce, and it would be a simple matter of 3 drops into his or her mouth and problem solved! We decipher the source of the terror and end the bloodshed.

Politicians and the government would be compelled to be honest and treat the people much fairer if they knew they could undergo a Veritaserum interrogation.  If you’re thinking that goes too far, think about it again…no pain, no after affect, no torture, just a simple matter of drinking some potion to find out the truth.  Seems tempting doesn’t it it?

Many other truths could be willed out; We could find out if gas prices REALLY need to be as high as they are, Court proceedings on murder cases would be simple, theft would be a thing of the past, and fraud could be taken out of the picture.

So, I ask again, if given the opportunity, would you use Veritaserum?  Or are their too many ethical dilemmas that string along with its use?  Is it good in theory, or could it actually work?  People keep spouting out that lies are the most destructive force in the world, could this be the answer?

If nothing else, boys could be forced to let their true feelings show…

hhhmmmm, on second thought….

Mixing and matching aspects of my childhood are always awesome, but this piece of fan art takes the cake.  Granted there are some fantastic pieces of fan art out there, but something always comes out of the blue that knocks me for a loop.

Get past the sexual nature of the pictures please.  While I completely understand that this is almost unnecessarily sexual, it’s still good art!  She paid close attention to the details that defined each individual Disney Princess, but added in the anime qualities as well, giving us a perfect mixture of the two.

Head on over to Witchy Saint’s Deviant Art page and see more of her stuff!  nothing she has there looks half-assed; it’s all clean, smooth, and epic as can be.  Chances are I’ve seen her work in comic books before, if only I could pin point where.  Oh well, I’m sure someone will point it out to me if this is the case.