I’m currently zipping through the final season of Orange is the New Black, as I imagine a great many people are. I’m not finished yet, but thus far they seem to be going out on a pretty heavy emotional note. Several of them, actually.
Today I happened to look up Beth Dover, the actress that plays the Linda Ferguson character, on Instagram. One of her posts led me to Victoria Haigh, an amazing fan artist with an obvious love for the show. Dover used the image at left on her page, which reminds me a lot of the ensemble images Kevin Maguire does.
For an added dose of astonishment, check out Haigh’s web site. You’ll find not only more Orange, but lots of Kate McKinnon, and she’s certainly no stranger to superheroes!
Three days ago, my daughter was born. I’m not yet sure what I’ll refer to her as on this site. My wife has been Mrs. Primary Ignition. So…Li’l Primary Ignition, maybe?
Naturally, emotions are running high. I spotted this piece by Puna Nezuki on Father’s Day. It smacked me in the feels then. But now…
What makes the image for me, outside of the quality of the character renderings, is the variance between young Splinter and old Splinter. The former standing up straight and tall in his early days of parenthood. The latter with a bit of a hunch, facing old age, but able to look around at a job well done.
Thankfully, I only have one to look after, as opposed to four. I’m also not raising them in a sewer. Truth be told, Splinter might be the most overlooked father in all of pop culture.
Naturally, there’s been plenty of buzz over the new Joker trailer. From where I’m sitting, it actually looks pretty good. Keep your expectations low with these DC movies, folks. Then at least you won’t be disappointed…
As it happens, the high visibility of the trailer gives me a chance to spotlight an artist I’ve had my eye on for awhile: Gabriel Soares. A 3D cartoonist from Brazil, Soares puts a lot of great detail into his work, while still keeping things in that exaggerated cartoon realm. Even if it’s only slightly so. To illustrate, I’ve included his takes on the Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and Jared Leto Jokers.
It doesn’t take a doctorate to see that pro wrestlers and comic book characters have a lot in common. They’re flamboyant, colorful, expressive, often muscled to the point of ridiculousness. Most importantly, when they’re done right, they’re both a hell of a lot of fun.
Nolan Harris’ art captures this parallel about as well as you possibly can. Whether it’s the bright backgrounds, the little details he accentuates, or the occasional otherworldly element he adds (see Demon Balor), his work is a real joy to behold. And if you follow his Instagram, you know he’s really damn prolific. Lately, in addition to creating new content, he’s started “re-mixing” some of his old works. I’ve included six of my favorites here.
I’m a sucker for a good Star Wars poster. So when I came across this set from Disney artist/designer Eric Tan, I fell head-over-heels very quickly. For a time, the posters based on the original trilogy were actually sold at the Disney store for hundreds of dollars. While that places them firmly outside of my price range, from a quality perspective I understand it. These things are friggin’ gorgeous…
My favorite Robin costume is the original one from 1940. The “pixie boots” costume, with the bare legs and the yellow cape. It may very well be the the most illogically flamboyant costume in the history of superhero comics. Especially in the context of Batman’s world. But its become iconic as the decades have gone by, no matter how much certain creators have tried to sweep it under the rug.
That’s why I love this piece by Brazilian artist Marcio Hum so much. It shows us the character in what may currently be his most popular (not to mention outrageous) incarnation from Teen Titans GO! It’s a really fun contrast with the classic Robin. Plus, the pencil sketch background makes the costumes bright colors pop that much more.
Hum has drawn similar pieces for Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy. They can be found on his Instagram. Hum is also the designer of Mini Co Collectibles.
Outside of the initial buzz, I haven’t paid much attention to Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Nickelodeon. I have nothing against it, as it obviously breathes new life into the franchise and exposes the characters to a newer crop of young fans. But it’s just not my thing.
But this piece by comic artist Billy Martin? Totally my thing.
In the spirit of Halloween, Martin draws the Turtles from the ’80s cartoon show dressed as their counterparts from Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s a fun look at the contrast between the two designs, while at the same time keeping things playful.
Martin is no stranger to the boys in green, having done plenty of work on the more kid-friendly books at IDW. His official site can be found here.