Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Shadow Hero: The Green Turtle

My publisher First Second just put out a new book by the super talented team of Gene Yang and Sonny Liew called The Shadow Hero. The Shadow Hero is an examination of the actual golden age superhero character The Green Turtle, believed to be the first Asian American superhero. To celebrate the book's publication, :01 asked me and a whole bunch of other cartoonists to draw our own interpretation of the Green Turtle. Today's my turn.

It's a really cool real-life story-- originally created by Chinese-American cartoonist Chu Hung for Blazing Comics in 1944, it is believed that the character of the Green Turtle was meant to be Asian, but that the publishers of Blazing Comics balked at the idea, thinking that the largely white comics buying public of the time wouldn't support an asian super heroic protagonist. rather than draw his creation as a caucasian, however, Hing chose to pretty much never show the Green Turtle's face. Most of the time, he has his back turned to the reader, and in the few instances when he's facing front, he invariably has his arm, a shadow, or some random object obscuring his face. Speaking of shadows, he also occasionally has a bizarre turtle faced shadow following him about, as in my illustration above, with no explanation offered as to why. It's weird, fun stuff, and I recommend everyone pick up The Shadow Hero to see what Yang and Liew did with it.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Teachers! Librarians! Want a poster?

If you are a teacher, librarian or some other sort of educator, and want a copy of the new Olympians poster for your classroom or library, email me your address by Wednesday, July 23rd at 12 AM Eastern time for a copy. Sorry for the short notice, but you can't beat that ;)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Olympians Boxed Set!

Just returned home to a strange envelope in my breezeway. Opened it up and, lo and behold, my very own copy of the new Olympians boxed set! Volumes 1-6, plus the poster, in one awesome slipcase.  Very exciting!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Olympians Poster-- the complete process

The upcoming Olympians poster is as finished as it's gonna get. I thought you might like to see this step-by-step process of how it was made, from the finish all the way back to the sketch.

finished color

finished inks

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Tale of Two-and-a-half Covers

A lot of eagle-eyed readers have noticed that the cover of Aphrodite: Goddess of Love that appears on the back cover of Poseidon is different than the the cover that appears on the actual book. I wrote a piece on the :01 blog that details the reason why. It's an interesting glimpse behind the scenes of the creative and editorial processes.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Odin's Day

Bringing my week of superheroey days of the week themed drawings to a close we have Marvels' Odin, Thor's dad and supreme god of the Norse pantheon. I've never loved Marvel's version of Odin-- Odin's a crafty, sneaky god, not a huge armored Santa Claus. Still, here he is.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tyr's Day

After a few days exploring the 31st century and stranger places, we're back to Marvel Comics Thor for Tyr's day, or Tuesday as we call it in English. Here's Marvel's version of the Norse god of War, Tyr, recreating the fateful moment where he lost his hand binding the dread wolf Fenrir. Marvel's never really done all that much with Tyr, which is surprising as he's pretty kick-butt, in my opinion.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Monday Moon Boy! With bonus extra Devil Dinosaur

Yeah, that's right! Celebrating Monday with Moon Boy! One of my favorite Jack Kirby creations. And to insure that readers won't think this is a naked teen Wolverine on a bad hair day I included Devil, his pet dinosaur.

 I just recently purchased the nine issues of the original Devil Dinosaur, and it starts off as the greatest concept for a kids comic ever (a young ape boy and his pet intelligent dinosaur) but quickly devolves into a hot mess. Particularly the multi-issue sequence where Moon Boy has been kidnapped by Kirbyesque superaliens who intend to vivisect him, and Devil is left outside to save him. Kirby obviously just drew this story as he went along, not planning anything out in advance, and the sheer amount of dei ex machini he has to employ to let a kinda sorta T-Rex defeat super-advanced aliens from another world is nothing short of stunning.  And this goes on for like 3 issues. But man, amazing artwork!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sun Boy Day

Working my way through the week! Celebrating Sunday with a drawing of Sun Boy, again from DC's Legion of Superheroes. He was never my favorite Legionnaire, but there's no denying he had a striking costume. 

Check back again tomorrow for Monday's avatar.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saturn Girl's Day

I initially didn't intend this to be a thing but I guess it is now. On Thursday, I drew Marvel Comics's Thor, on Friday his mother, Frigga. So far as I know, Marvel doesn't have Saturn as a character so I jumped ship to DC and drew Saturn Girl of the Legion of Superheroes.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Frigga's Day

Building off of yesterday's 'marvel'ous post of Thorsday, I'm celebrating friday with the Marvel comics version of Thor's mom, Frigga. I went with the frumpy Simonson-era version as opposed to the smokin' hot Rene Russo movie version.