Everyone knows about Adventure Time by now right? I hope that is the case. If you have been living under a rock for the last few years though, you’re missing out on a quality cartoon.
Crazy, random, heartfelt and hilarious. Each episode contains two short bursts of stories, which can be enjoyed completely on their own, but paint a much larger world. The payoffs sometimes can be really worth the wait.
I had to include BMO in this painting, because BMO is the best.
For sale on Saturday. If you can make it to Onehunga library, then please say hello! I’ll so a small sketch for anyone who decides to buy a comic or print off me.
These days I don’t really follow the mutant comics as much. However there will always be a soft spot in my heart for this character. Wolverine is the character that really first appealed to me to read comic books. I mean, I read Asterix, and Tintin and the like, but this character got me way way in. Direct market books, and comic book stores were only a short amazing discovery away. It all timed in nicely.
The first time I saw Wolverine was at the Manukau Village 8 Cinemas in the early 90’s. They had an X-Men arcade game. You know the one? 1980’s costumes, Side scrolling beat ‘em up action and Jim Lee art on the side boards of the machine. It was awesome. This badass with the claws just appealed to 12 year old me.
Shortly after the X-Men cartoon appeared on television. I was hooked. I had to find more. Eventually I hit a second hand book shop. I managed to pick up a second hand copy of X-Men Classic #38. Which was a title dedicated to just reprinting the best X-Men stories. In those pages was an issue of the biggest and probably most defining X-Men story, The Dark Phoenix Saga. Chris Claremont had a way of describing each X-Man and their abilities every issue. It was kind of the perfect first comic for me. It ended with all the X-Men taken out except Wolverine, who in the final splash page of the comic emerges from sewer water all pissed off, and swearing revenge on the villains. Comic fan for life after that one page. That was all it took.
I think it took me another 4 years or so to finally track down the collected edition of the whole story and see what he got up to after that issue. That was a long cliffhanger, I tell you!
You have any fond memories of early comics that you really enjoyed reading when you were new to the medium? Let me know. I’d love to hear!
If you like this painting, you can buy it. It’ll be for sale at LibraryCon 2014. This Saturday at Onehunga Library. Please come say hi!
I was supposed to post this painting yesterday, but I forgot. However, today it has happened. Yes!
The theme of all these paintings has basically been “stuff I’m into”, and the new Black Widow series by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto has been great! Worth picking up the comic just to see Phil Noto do monthly comic book work, but the story has been fun too. I’m really into the character driven stories where there aren’t any crossover events, and most of these comics that I am recommending fall into that category.
Anyway, hope you enjoy this painting.
Another painting for this LibraryCon appearance. Spider-Man is one of my all time favourites, so it would be weird not to include him in this series. I like how fun the character can be. Sometimes writers get too bogged down in the “woe-is-spidey” story lines that they forget what a great character he can be.
So great in fact, they made a pig version of him. Spider-Ham. I don’t think there is really a higher honour for a comic book character.
When done right, Spider-Man can be a truely great comic book. The Amazing Spider-Man run that is ongoing at the moment isn’t too bad. Written by Dan Slott, and with Humberto Ramos on the pencils, it is getting fun again. Especially now that it’s not a silly super villan who brain switched with Peter or whatever the hell that was?
Hope you dig this painting!
Painting number 5 is alive!
DC’s new 52 didn’t have many titles that really interested me. One that did catch my eye was Wonder Woman. Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang have been doing amazing work on that book. Focusing on the Greek mythology aspect of her character for me heightened my interest in the character a great deal.
Wonder Woman is a fantasy type of character, there is no point having her break up bank robberies. That’s boring. Batman does that with more style anyway. Taking her back to her origins made sense. Kept the character more interesting, showing her dealing with her crazy “family”.
Azzarello and Chiang’s run on the title is almost done, but as always, I highly recommend you check out the collected editions if you’re looking for a good, fun comic!
Hope you enjoy this painting.
At the moment I am really enjoying the Punisher run that is currently ongoing by Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads. I like the change in scenery of moving Frank Castle from New York City to Los Angeles. Dealing with some of the drug cartels in the city. It’s fun reading. Quickly escalates.
I believe the first collection of this series just came out. Make sure you purchase from you favourite comics retailer.
Like the other paintings, this one will be 30 bucks at LibraryCon 2014.
The third painting for LibraryCon 2014. It’s always a good idea to have at least one art piece dedicated to the Dark Knight. Otherwise people will think of you as “soft”.
I’ll be the first to admit I don’t read a lot of DC Comic titles. I’m more into the Marvel stuff, but I have been picking up the Batman book the Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have been working on, and it is fantastic. If you are a casual comic book reader, see if you can pick up the collected edition of “Batman – The Court of Owls” from a retailer or local library and I guarantee you’ll be hooked.
Hope you like this Batman painting.
The second painting of my mini painting series for LibraryCon.
Everyone loves Totoro, right? Yeah, me too.
In anticipation of LibraryCon I thought I would need some fresh work to put on display. However I haven’t done enough sequential work to warrant a new comic. Instead I thought it might be fun to sell some original artwork.
I’m doing some mini paintings to have on sale. I thought I would just paint some characters who interest me in some way or another for fun. All the paintings are just a little smaller than A5, and will be for sale for a price of $30.
I’ll post these in order of when I painted them. The first one is Star-lord, man.
Guardians of the Galaxy was such a fun flick, that I figured it would be fun to paint this dude.
September. You made it! We’re so happy to have you here. The year has gone by quickly but somehow you’re a month that signals the end of the calendar year is drawing close.
Fortunately for all of us in Auckland there are some good things happening in September that we can all look forward to before the year does come to a close. Auckland Libraries are dedicating the whole month of September to this art form that I love so dearly, comics. For the entire month there will be comic related events happening at Libraries city wide. For someone who discovered a love of comic books from picking up a copy of Asterix from a school library, this is fantastic news.
I have a couple of recommendations for you to check out, but you can see what your local library might be doing during the month here.
First recommendation is “The Panel“. Which sounds kind of ominous, but should be a great talk by some of NZ comics finest talents!
Second recommendation is LibraryCon 2014. Auckland Libraries have decided to stage their own mini comic convention at the Onehunga library. There will be a collection of artists and crafts people there to sell their wares, myself included. It should be a good time! There will be a lot of cool people with cool stuff there.
I’ll be there with the usual comics, prints and stickers, but I’ve also spent the last couple of weeks doing some paintings to sell, which I’ll start putting up for show on this blog soon. They’ve been a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to getting to LibraryCon so I can meet anyone who comes by and talk comics with them. Please do come down to say “hi”. I’ll do a small sketch for anyone who buys a comic or something off of me, I promise.
If you’re looking for something to do during September we should have you covered!
Thanks for reading,