So I’m catching up on Animal Man and I’ve really begun to like Bernard “Buddy” Baker as Animal Man. I’ve been meaning to write an article about how amazingly different and utterly disturbing reading Animal Man has been, but I settled with this drawing for now.
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Some time ago, I kinda panned several comic books for selfish and silly reasons. With regards to The Flash, I called the first book generic. I called the Flash boring. I called out the lack of growth…Truth be told, I had not finished the book by the time I had wrote the article. I had only read about half where it focused on Barry’s relationship with his self cloning friend. It wasn’t a fair enough shot. By the end of the second half, the book really picked up and I was compelled to buy the second volume. And after that, let’s just say I get why The Flash is such an amazing character with many levels complexity. Not just in the character, but a nice insight into why Flash’s mythology is heralded as much more than ‘running fast’. Especially for someone who doesn’t know much about The Flash.
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Finished Fray a while back. Inspired, I drew the gorgeous and deadly Melaka Fray. Quite the exercise in background too. Very satisfied with this one. And I recorded this drawing that I enclosed below.
So the last bazillion things I’ve drawn are all strong and gorgeous women. Time to amp up the testosterone. Thinking of some Animal Man/Swamp Thing…in chibi form. Maybe. Not sure. It will come to me.
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I’m going to stop saying, “I’m starting to watch anime now” because I’m pretty sure I’ve left that station a while back. I’m pretty full blown into it. I’ve spent the last couple of months (maybe even years :/) catching up on what people are saying the best anime shows the networks had to offer and it has lead me to places high and low ranging from Beyond the Boundary to Kill la Kill to Code Geass. One particular anime I had heard about over and over again was Sword Art Online (SAO). I read a quick summary and it was said to be about a group of MMO players getting stuck in a virtual world where if they died in that world, they died in real life. They would have to band together to take out bosses if they ever wished to leave their virtual prison. That seemed really intriguing, so I finally took a shot at it.
And it was pretty good…for the first 15/50-ish episodes.
After those first 15 episodes, I’ve often asked myself “why am I still watching this?” I eventually stopped after the 16th episode of Sword Art Online 2 because I couldn’t take it anymore. So let’s break down how that happened.
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It’s been a long time since I drew something and shared it here. I decided to draw some fan art of my favorite ADC from League of Legends as of light. She’s got a new skin (Firecracker!) coming out and I’ve decided that she should really get a Rockabilly skin. Punk hair, tattoos, and revealing clothing.
For her three guns, Rockabilly Jinx is sporting minigun guitar, an RPGC rocket propelling guitar case, and a microphone zapper. Enjoy!
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This is a drawing of Arcade Sona I painted. She’s probably one of my favorite champions right now and she looked like a lot of fun to draw. As stated before, I’m pursing a different style now, kind of edging away from keeping with line art and using more of a brush. The previous Harley Quinn picture was simple though. This drawing was a lot more complex, using nearly triple the colors required to do this technique. I’m really proud of this one and look forward to what else is in store for 2015!
I wrote a small breakdown of how I did the whole thing included below.
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My obsession with Harleen Quinzel continues as I use her as my object for trying a new style. I took a painting + blur tool on this one versus my normal style. I really liked the shading that can come from it and how it looks without the line art. Expect more experimentations with this.
I kinda set it vaguely at Arkham Asylum, hence her orange jumpsuit. I’m going to say Harley found her infamous collar (and ultimately the calling card to get her to be recognizable) amidst a riot where she wrestled away a police baton. She also found her old name tag and set out to correct it to better reflect who she is now. And of course, she’s always equipped with that absolutely adorable smile.
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There are many instances of where video game universes are continued as comic books. I’ve heard only good things from things like The Last of Us’s “American Dreams” and there are plenty of Halo, Assassin’s Creed, and Mass Effect ones that I know people enjoy. Today I’m giving a special shout out to Injustice: Gods Among Us. Here’s a comic book that’s based on a fighting video game that’s based on comic book characters who often fight each other. How weird was that?
This article isn’t as much about the video game itself (which is free for Playstation Plus members this December), but rather a comic book that acts as the prequel to the events of one of the game’s timelines. DC and comic books in general often operate in alternate realities and the basis of this comic book follows Superman’s descent into becoming the world’s dictator. The DC universe prides Superman as being incorruptible. But what happens when the Joker tricks him into murdering his own pregnant wife?
This is how the comic book starts out. The initial story is lightly treaded on in the video game itself, but the game jumps ahead FIVE years after this event. In the game all we learn is that Superman has established a dictatorship of the world under the guise of maintaining peace. There is an underground war against Batman and his thin alliance of other insurgents. But how did this happen? How did the heroes line up on each side? What happened to certain heroes and villains? The comic book promises to cover all of these and more, making an entertaining and shockingly dark romp.
I’ve picked up only Year 1: Vol. 1 of Injustice. I’m very excited to read Vol. 2 this January. Here’s a review.
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Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Christmas.
A friend recommended I check out Gone Girl. He had read the book and watched the movie and was very pleased with both. I had only heard about this movie, saw it in some previews like Entertainment Weekly (but still didn’t read the articles), David Fincher and saw that it had Ben Affleck in it. If I’m being honest, I didn’t really care for what Ben Affleck was doing before he would debut as the Bat in 2016.
And that’s another case of my dumb ignorance.
Gone Girl, as supported by the hype and reviews, was an incredible movie. It was stylish, beautifully and magnetically acted, and the story was so damn entertaining. Here’s a relatively spoiler free review.
If you are uninitiated with the premise, please watch the movie first before reading this review. Going into it dry is honestly the best way to go about it. This review will be try to be spoiler free, but I’ll probably bring things up that might stay with you as you watch the movie. Reading this will probably be raising your suspicions when you finally decide to watch it.
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Quickly drew some Wonder Woman fan art. I’m adjusting to a new computer, so I’m keeping my drawings relatively simple for now. Hope you all enjoy it!
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Sometime in the last couple of weeks, I got to see The Flash and Green Arrow team up. There was playful banter, crossing of super hero teams, and clashes in physical and mental approaches to situations. In the big crossover event between CWs The Flash and Arrow, I got to see in live action what I’ve only seen in animated movies and comic books for DC characters. Marvel has been dominant with their franchise so far. They were first to get a team of heroes all on one screen to fight a larger threat and it was freaking awesome.
And I’m saying that as a DC fan. Since 2008, Marvel Studios has hammered down their connected universe and are even backed with Marvel movies from Fox and Sony. Even though not all of these movies are true cinematic gems, I still watched them, I probably enjoyed them, and then they all made lots of money.
So where’s DC in all of this? 2008 was the latest highpoint in the DC cinematic universe with the release of The Dark Knight. We got Green Lantern, The Dark Knight Rises, and Man of Steel, but let’s be honest, no one holds a close enough candle to say Avengers, Captain America 2, and more recently Guardians of the Galaxy. And comparitively, Marvel and the affiliated studios have been releasing up to three movies a year vs. Warner Bros./DC’s 1.
So all in all the cinematic candle won’t come close until 2016 when DC finally kicks off its connected cinematic universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And they still might not come close. But action stews further away from the silver screen. But what about the smaller screen candle?
DC has taken to television before. Besides animated favorites like Justice League, Teen Titans, and Young Justice, shows like Smallville, The Flash (1990), and Birds of Prey were somewhat popular. But now in this age of where superhero and comic book based media isn’t lame anymore, DC has really let their shows fly and their audiences with them.
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Finally had some time to crank out one of these puppies. Hope you all enjoy!
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So watching Attack on Titan heralded in an era of trying to catch up on some of the best anime Japan had to offer. I tried and tried very hard in filling the void of incredible storytelling, beautiful animation, and compelling characters Attack on Titan held. My journey has led me high and low with a lot of time invested. I’ve recently finished three more anime, all recommended from close friends (Hybrid Zone) and some of my favorite websites like Kotaku. Here’s more coverage on what I watched, what I liked, and what I didn’t like. I’m also opening the floor for even more recommendations.
Recommendation reminders to keep in mind: I like to keep things short, with whole series ending after 24 or 40 episodes. I like recent stuff, because animation has really progressed since then. I’m looking for some good drama. Everything I’ve watched lately has mechas and fantasy. Maybe toning that genre back would be good. Unless you’ve got something I REALLY need to see.
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It’s my last finals week before I graduate and I decided to draw a little sketch of my last battle. Buzz is guiding me, as always as I fight against the four classes I have to beat. Here’s a little backstory to the characters I’m up against:
PSYC 2210 (Social Psychology): Psychic Sarah. She uses her psychic knowledges of social psychology to get my anxiety levels above normal.
ChBE 4310 (Bioprocess Engineering): Biomass Betty. Betty overwhelms me her shear mass in biotechnical mumbo jumbo that I know nothing about.
ChBE 4200 (Unit Operations): U.O. 2000. This robot from lab class is going to take full advantage of me not brining my goggles and lab coat to the fight.
ChBE 4535 (Product Design): Designer Desiree. Designer Desiree gives me vague and ill-defined riddles and expects me to solve them.
Now I should probably stop drawing and go back to studying…
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I had a wonderful time with Season 1 of Telltale’s The Walking Dead. After so much critical praise, everyone was curious about what the next step was for Telltale. They ultimately headed in a direction of a lesser known comic book than The Walking Dead called Fables. Fables is a comic book by Bill Willingham. By the time the series was announced, I had read the first third of the series and fairly enjoyed the story of how society’s beloved story time characters live in a separate society from the rest of the world. While the series kind of fell off for me, the hype around Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us may have just pulled me back right into the world. The first episode was released in October 2013 and has gained critical buzz until the first season of the series concluded in July 2014. It was only this past month when Telltale released the whole 5 episode package on the PS4 and I immediately attacked it. With my background knowledge on the Fables universe and familiarity with Telltale’s story medium, I thought I was prepared for The Wolf Among Us. I was wrong. On so many enjoyable and juicy levels.
Here’s how I was absolutely blown away by The Wolf Among Us and its titular hero: Bigby Wolf
Minimal spoilers, none that would ruin the game.
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Some ways back I did a drawing of my webcomic series’s leading lady, Gillian Akers. I recorded the drawing and finally had the chance and internet speed to upload it. Enjoy!
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I’m 4/5 episodes done with The Wolf Among Us. I can’t help bringing myself to finishing the 5th episode knowing my time with Bigby will be over soon. So I stalled even longer with drawing some fan art. Bigby and Snow’s relationship is something that’s a lot of fun. The way Bigby dotes on her, but how he is ashamed of his rage and true form is tragic. I play my Bigby as a very angry man who isn’t hesitant to use violence on anyone standing in his way. But he also has a heart of gold, willing to help individuals who really need it. I’ve had a fantastic time with The Wolf Among Us. I really like being bad, something I couldn’t really bring myself to doing in The Walking Dead with Lee and Clementine.
Here’s some dialogue I kinda ran with it.
“Bigby, we should get this body to the wishing well, before the Mundies find us.”
“Just a little longer Snow…let me…just a little longer”
“Am I a monster, Snow?”
“Yeah…that’s what I figured.”
The next piece of video game fan art will be my Herald of Andraste from Dragon Age Inquisition. Look forward to it!
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Lazarus was the first player I beat Mom’s Heart with in the Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth for PS4. I’m really happy this game was free for PS4 this month and I’ve really enjoyed my time with it. It’s such a subtly perverse game with incredibly (and hilariously) dark moments. Since playing and beating Mom’s Heart (which I wasn’t even able to see the epilogue because I died immediately after I killed her), I’ve lost 10 times in a row.
I was so happy with this game, I decided to draw up some quick fan art. Here we have Lazarus with some random monster (one I made up, don’t really think it’s a real one). I very much adore the art style of this game and it feels like something I would come up with in a horrific nightmare.
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Took a break from The Black Carnival Webcomic to make this graphic profile for our leading lady. I’ll (try to) slowly roll these out for all the characters introduced so far to help build the universe. You can tell I do a rush job on the comic strips for the sake of delivering content, but I enjoy spending some time and detail into making better drawings (this one took about 3 1/2 hours).
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Black Carnival #7
Some notes: I’m going to experiment with how other comics deal with large walls of text. By the end of the fourth panel, I was getting upset that I would draw a whole panel only to have it blocked out by a wall of text (Panel 3). So I either have to be more concise in the writing or experiment and come up with solutions like I did in panel 4.
I normally (try to) participate in National November Writing Month, but this year I decided to do something a little different. Instead of a 1500 words a day, to get to the coveted 50,000 word novel, I’m going to try a panel a day (they do say a picture is worth a thousands words…). I’ve already gotten Black Carnival written up to #16 and I’m very excited for having what’s in store for the story. I’m already several days behind, but that’s not going to stop a man like me.
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