It’s a really odd pairing, I know… having to draw a “realistic superhero ” paired with a known Hanna-Barbera cartoon character, but when I got an email from DC editor Jim Chadwick to do a cover with BLACK LIGHTNING and HONG KONG PHOOEY…. I would be crazy to turn that down! I was in the middle of doing my second book of KINO with Lion Forge , when I got the email, and at the end of the schedule, I took to getting it done. Only they didn’t tell me that I had to morph the cartoon so that in visual concept, HONG KONG PHOOEY looked like he was in the same physical universe as BL. What DC got was THIS…..
…. which caused all manner of confusion, because I was never told to make HONG KONG PHOOEY look “real”. It was supposed to be THIS:
…. admittedly, Jim Chadwick and I chuckled about this cover. I mean, how ridiculous does it look? How can HKP look like he’s going to kick butt looking like one of the Laff-O-lympics? How can BL be taken seriously?
LUCKILY, he gave me another go at it. And you have the second one in the books. And Gabe Eltaeb did a great job with the color work.
Can you imagine if they let the first One PASS?
HOKY MOLEY! 😉
Yes. A great thing has happened, Larry. A book I used to buy in the 90’s is back in the stores and I got a chance to draw a cover for it guided by the mighty Mike Baron, creator of Badger AND Nexus.
I busted butt to get this done so I can get back to finishing my BankShot duties, something I’m still finishing for Dark Horse publishing , which will be explained in my next entry, but I was glad to accomplish it.
I haven’t posted in awhile but there’s a lot to get done and more will be posted here as the weeks go this month.
Hope you dig the image, Larry!!
…….this is why it pays to keep driving for your passions no matter what.
And it’s just the beginning.
I got an email from some producers on SYFY to represent people of color in the comics industry for Black History Month. I immediately replied and hit send, getting my company ETERNAL KICK’s talent manager Elina Nulman to help arrange everything while I hit my deadlines. The last week in January they came by with this massive amount of camera equipment. People in the neighborhood wanted to know if a movie was shooting and who was the celebrity!
If that doesn’t make a guy feel special, he needs to get out more. Lol.
I made a nice culinary spread for everyone and we got to the business at hand. It went pretty long but was edited down ,of course…. and they made 4 spots so far of the interview. This on that I posted here is the television spot that appeared so far and will be running all this month along with more comic alumn who enjoy the same passions I do.
You spend Time in your cave creating worlds while the outside world goes by, and then you go just enough to get people’s notice.
In the nineties, when I had finished my tour with Milestone Media, and my work on Xero for DC Comics, I got a gig on X-Man…. which lead to lending my talents to the book SLINGERS, a book that used characters that used various aliases that Peter Parker used as a disguise from whatever travails his true alter ego SPIDER-MAN was experiencing. I had done a years worth of that book when I founded that Slingers was to be canceled due to sales and I was brought into the Office of Tom Brevoort who flagged me down after turning in pages.
Back then, it was vogue to walk in your work so you could voucher your work for payment. Nowadays, it’s all computers and cloud severs.
Tom was looking to kickstart a new volume of Captain Marvel, this time using Mar-Vell’s son Genis-Vell along with Rick Jones as his partner in crime. When I learned that Peter David was writing it, I was SO down to draw this book….never mind the mythos behind the Captain Marvel legend. I didn’t even stick around for the end of Slingers. There was a preview script ready for art and I jumped at the chance to do it. So, my first thought was how do I make Rick Jones MINE?
I had the idea to make him look like Ricky Martin, who was really big at the time, living La Vida Loca…. and I thought it would be a great update to a legendary character that had been in league with the likes of Hulk and Captain America and had been to war in the Avengers Forever storyline.
But I had no pressure in drawing the image that was the new Captain Marvel. And I knew if I did this right, people would start to respect my art abilities. So I used my love of anime and manga storytelling-wise to intro the image of my first time drawing Genis as CAPTAIN MARVEL. I was looking to flex and I saved my excitement for this VERY PAGE. The clanging of the nega-bands by Rick Jones, the POWER COSMIC creating a flash of light, a tornado spiral of energy and air swirling around the now shadowy image of Rick and a pull back in camera to reveal the first image of a cool looking character I would be exponentially maturing my art from for the next three years. All from a straightforward script that gave me the license to truly tell a great story as if I was directing a cartoon.
When my best friend found out I was going to draw this particular series for Marvel, he was floored. He loved the Captain Marvel character also.
When I think of when my career in comics kicked off, personally feel this page is the seed that got my name perculating in the comics industry. One day I may just redraw this page for fun with the abilities I’ve acquired after over 25 years of drawing comics.
This was fun.
There is a full discussion brewing. And has been for a long time but is now picking up steam.
Not the card, not a future opportunity with your lovemuffin because you took out the garbage, …
It’s about the work you do and getting honor for it. If you put your all into a project that involves MANY people and you have to vie for recognition, Is it worth your time?
This is the first of a series of videos by host Snakebite Cortez that many freelance artists and myself in various fields of entertainment give you a refresher course and great advice about why you DESERVE CREDIT for what you do.
Here’s the next video timelapsed into 30 or so seconds featuring a really great looking character, named GIN-GR ….. One of many characters that push the concept of X-O along
Three weeks ago, Joshua Johns , editor at Valiant Entertainment, emailed that he wanted to have me do some sketch cards to celebrate X-O MANOWAR 50. I did TEN SKETCHCARDS ….. Four of which I did a time-lapsed video of four of those images. I had fun doing it and the video should give everyone who views it a touch of what it looks like to have artists drawing for fun.
I hope you enjoy the next couple of posts.
I was asked by Action Lab, which is an up and coming indie comics publisher who has an ever growing league of titles, to do an alternate cover for Midnight Tiger, which has been a mainstay for Action Lab for years now. The characters Molly Danger, Fracture, Midnight Tiger , The Stray,and others are forming the ACTIONVERSE , which is a shared universe from multiple creators like Vito Delsante, Jamal Igle, Ray Anthony Height, Shawn Gabborin, Chad Cicconi, (and my apologies this I missed….)
I want the guys to succeed so I showed my support by drawing their characters on a Midnight Tiger’s cover which I had a great time doing. Here’s the cover with and without the logo and the header. I’ll show the colored version as soon as I get that image.
It was great drawing Molly Danger, The Stray, Fracture, and Midnight Tiger… And it reminded me just getting into the business drawing costumed heroes. There’s an exuberance there and innocence that’s gone from the industry now.
But now represented here.
In 2007, I had this deal I was working out with IDW in its infancy where I would do a myriad of covers for them to build a different type of portfolio other than The Big Two : one was doing covers for GI Joe, another for ANGEL, another was going to be for a plethora of LOST covers when they were publishing such, AND another for GENE SIMMONS :HOUES OF HORRORS.
I just happened to come across the JPEG of the art for the piece as I was looking for something I’m doing now, of all things…. And I remembered why I took the job, but I also remember why I stopped pressing for more opportunities there at that time. The rates were too low. But as a freelancer sometimes you have to decide if what you’re taking on is more about fun or finances. It’s all about what your personal needs and satisfaction on your quest to ” perfection”.
I thought it was a cool piece, but it never got used or published, so I’m PRETTY SURE it’s okay to show. If not, color me REBEL.
AS you can see I went for a different take hereof her than my usual comic book-y, air. But I had fun with going a bit MONSTER.