Monday, January 7, 2008

90's Week - Zealot & Grifter

As far as dynamic duos go, there aren't many that can beat Zealot and Grifter from the WildC.A.T.S. Thanx to Jim Lee for creating two of the coolest characters from the 90's. And look -- my homage to the 90s goes as far as to include smoke, rocks and no feet. That's gangster.

Friday, January 4, 2008

90's Week - Ripclaw

Next up on this list is a character near and dear to my heart, Marc Silvestri's Ripclaw (from Cyberforce). I've always thought this was such a great character design. I think he's gotten written off over the years for basically being a native american version of Wolverine, but in my mind at least he's always stood on his own two feet. I remember back in the days when Cyberforce crossed over with Jim Lee's WildC.A.T.S., and him and Warblade faced off (in hindsight, these guys had such funny names, lol), and they were just ripping each other to shreds over that chick Misery. . .man, did I geek out to that. Those were the days.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

90's Week - Chapel

So, anyone that knows me well knows that I was a huge Rob Liefeld fan back in the day. His art really spoke to me. It was always full of energy, and even when it broke the rules (which admittedly, it did often), he still always made it interesting to look at, and most importantly, it was fun. That, to me, is the true essence of comics, and something I feel like a lot of current comics just lack. So, here's my homage to one of the baddest black men in comics, Chapel. The guy has gotta frickin' skull on his FACE. And guns the size of Lil' Bow Wow. Recognize.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

90's Week - The Maxx

Wassup y'all! Happy New Year. I had a great week off where I had a chance to reflect, relax, sleep, eat and draw. I did all of those a great deal, which in mind is the perfect vacation. I headed back home to Boston (my hometown) and got to look through my childhood comic book collection, which I haven't really done in quite a while. It's always a kick to look through some of the stuff that shaped my childhood and provided me with the inspiration to do what I do for a living. I always read comic books as a kid, but my real love and passion for the medium didn't really develop till 91' or 92', around the time of the formation of Image Comics. That whole movement really affected me. The art was so frenetic and colorful and just so . . .new to me, and for the first time in my life it made me say "wow, this is what I want do". That said, this next set of images is sort of my homage to all those great books from the 90's that I dug.

This first one is based on Sam Kieth's The Maxx.