Mar 9 2013
Warren Ellis says:So here’s the deal:
Me: Spectreman is the very first superhero I got to meet, perhaps with Gredinzer. I’m an old fan.
Jun 6 2012
Si Spurrier says: SAVE US, 80’s CARTOONS, YOU’RE OUR ONLY HOPE
It has been noted that today’s world has taken a peculiar lurch toward 80sdom. Uberconservatism in politics, racism in the news, trouble in the Falklands, riots on the streets, assaults upon the welfare state, godawful haircuts, an overzealous deployment of secondary colours in fashion, yuppiescum wiping their arses on the communal cashpot, and a general all-consuming pall of evil, doom and villainy hanging above the West.
How did we survive last time round? I’ll tell you how:
LIKE THIS, YO. …that is to say, with a torrent of French/Japanese/American animations about groups of broadly-anatomically-correct men and women in cellshade supercolour costumes, hitting/shooting/chasing shit, fighting against mincing cacklefops, walking jerkily past lavishly-painted backgrounds and always always always ending the day laughing unconvincingly at an irritating slapstick pet/sidekick and decrying the Evil Of Drugs. Also, the greatest themetunes EVER KNOWN.
You know the type, yes? Thundercats, Pole Position, Masters Of The Universe, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, Ulysses 31, Dungeons & Dragons, She-Ra, Mask, Defenders Of The Earth, Mysterious Cities of Gold, aaaand so on. These are the cultural bedrock of my generation, oh chittering art-monkeys, and I have never ended a pub conversation without an attempt to remember all Marshall Bravestarr’s animal powers. “Smells like a wolf”, arf arf.
I’m not going to give you too many rules here. Instead I have a very simple command: I want you to deliver us from cultural evil, nothing more. Just as the original versions of these splendid fictions saved us all in the 80’s, you shall pick one, you shall modernise it, you shall reinvent it in ways hitherto unforeseen, and YOU WILL SSSSSSSAVE US ALLL.
Me: guess which reference I use.
This entry won me a place on Bleeding Cool
Mar 11 2012
Ok, this one happens to be my favorite character: Batman, created in 1939. The appeal, to me, was that he’s…only human in a world of superhumans, but is called, by Superman, no less, “the most dangerous human of all”. During all these years, he has been declined in a gargantuan number of versions. Below, you’ll find a few of mine, sometimes, like the ones with the Joker, are different tryouts for a good effect. There is also a stempunk version made for a Remake-remodel thread.
Mar 11 2012
The following gallery is to show the variations between the classic character and the remake-remodel thread.
|The gloomy colours add really to what is essential in a superhero.
In the classic literature- Latin, Greek and European Renaissance,
a hero was defined by his weakness to what
overwelmed him: either the State, the Gods or Fate.The overpowering force superheroes have to face? Daily life.
And, to this point, nobody understands this more than Peter Parker.
|This version was originally made for a remake-remodel
thread, and I focused on the radioactive threat. It’s the
most terrible aspect of the change, with the pain.
Out of all the transformation Peter Parker could have
suffered, this one is the worst.
|I made this one in the summer of 2007. I always felt that
the Hulk could be rendered even more impressive with a bigger size.
In this sense, I really like what Ang Lee did back in 2003.
Mar 9 2012
The following piece is to show the evolution from B&W to digital colours. The Black and White art was made on a 8 1/2 X 11 card, with only a 0.005 micron.
The colors on photoshop (step 2) was used just to give mood and shades: Blues and Greys tints give a sad, dark and dirty mood. The final image (step 3), is heightened with the front characters who have been given warmer colours. And then, the light effects.