It's time for the Jurassic Park franchise to finally take off the training wheels and start doing wheelies.
This is my illustrated proposal for a franchise-reboot of the “American Werewolf in…” film series (“An American Werewolf in Paris”  and “An American Werewolf in London”). Obviously, reboots are great but we want to avoid some of the pitfalls of the modern reboot model while capitalizing on its proven ability to kick serious ass.
Been sitting on this illustration for a while now. It was the first drawing I finished for my #IllustrationADay project, through hard-pencils for that first round. I think I got up to 6 consecutive days for that one. By the time I tapped out on the project, though, I'd knocked out about 40 really good illustrations. They then sat in my inbox (the purgatory of good ideas) for a few months, but most of them are fully inked and colored now. They're sitting in my publishing queue, waiting for me to stop day dreaming about Bolivia. They can keep waiting.
I finished coloring this piece a few days before we took off for La Paz. I'm pretty happy with how it came out, and now felt like a good time to push it.
Plus, read my script for Shazarro #1, featuring Batman and Black Adam.
This piece and accompanying script were done as a fan, with love and admiration for DC Comics and all of the creators who breathed life into these characters.
"Heeeeeeeyyyy, he went yard on that one! Teddy f*ckin' Ballgame! Waka waka waka!"
#FozzieFozzowitz #JewBear #IngloriousMuppits
"Oh Piggy, I just hate those gosh-darn Nazi's so much!"
ABC is having a hard time figuring out exactly what to do with the Muppets, once one of the hottest properties in Hollywood. God knows I loved them growing up, but now it seems like every other year they're trying to relaunch a movie or a TV series only to see it flop.
So being a bit of a creative genius, I figured I'd turn my attention to solving this problem, and– I gotta tell ya– I think I knocked it out of the park. We just take that old Muppets, maddash Hollywood charm and give it a little modern grit with some help from one the master of modern grit, Quentin Tarantino.
I'm really happy with this little fight scene. Colored version is sitting on my desk, waiting to get scanned. I mostly drew it for the purpose of color, so let me describe it to you so you can get the full effect now:
There is a lot of cursing, because people love cursing.
Shazarro was created when Mister Mxyzptlk extracted him from the demented imagination of Bizarro. This inner "Bizarroland" is populated by manifestations of the monster's fractured and distorted understanding of the world around him. Mxyzptlk found Bizarro's mental rendering of Shazam, stole his secret word, and bestowed it upon young Freddie Dingus–truly, the biggest shithead on earth.
A short while back, I set upon the challenge of completing a new illustration every day for as many consecutive days as I possibly could. I did it because I was in a bit of a creative funk, and I wanted to serve my most fundamental creative impulse: to draw pictures that tell stories.
I– like many illustrators– keep a day job. We're mostly a bunch of working-class jabroni's who beat the creative anvil on our nights and weekends. It's not the robust industry it once was. Maybe a guy like me would have had a desk in the offices of a newpaper 20 years ago, but that time has passed. So I push lead and sling ink between shifts, mostly for love of the art but it also pulls in some extra scratch. That's called the American dream, babe.
Listen up you fat, ugly rednecks: with last weeks "Villains Of New York" illustration, we officially broke the previous record of 6 consecutive days of new illustrations. "Aquaman In Captivity" got color and a minor redesign and brought us to day 8, then "Sir Grzzwall" took us on to 9.
Sir Grzzwall is a dynamic, high-octane musical persona. He first found local accolades as a member of the popular Latin-fusion collective Bayonics. He's also been a close friend of mine for the better part of 10 years. I've seen him on stage with Bayonics several times at the venerable Elbo Room and I was consistently blown away. He brings an intensity to the stage that can overpower the horns section. He exudes charisma and animalistic intent. The audience seems to bounce and gyrate a few inches off the floor, like marionettes dancing as he pulls their strings to the beat.
I decided to use today's illustration to loop back to one of my favorite pieces and hit it with some long-overdue color. I used watercolor (as I typically do) and went for a washed-out bubblegum palette.
"Sometimes my powers kick on when I'm not expecting them to. Like I'll be in the middle of a conversation with somebody and I'll just kind of zone out. I'll start day-dreaming or whatever, and then the next thing I know they're all goggle-eyed and drooling."
His name is Bill Barnes. He's 56 years old and he lives in El Segundo, California, where he practices law and teaches at the local community college. He drinks a bit too much and cries a bit more frequently than a grown man ought to, but you probably would too if you were in his shoes.
"Au-auw-AAAUWOOOOOOO!!!" This piece is going to get adapted into a feature-length film entitled "An American Werewolf In Tampa Bay".
Today's illustration is a personal allegory about how our young brains sort information. Also, pro-wrestling.
#IllustrationADay is back with a piece inspired by two of my favorite pro-wrasslers and The Secret.
The #IllustrationADay challenge rolls on to day four, and to dizzyingly entertaining new heights. Today, I'm gonna make good on my promise to talk a foul bunch of mess at Miss Manners! And I got to explore one of the magnificent fundamentals of illustration along the way...
I wrote and illustrated this little love poem about pirates for day 3 of my #IllustrationADay challenge.
I love this one, and I think you will too.
For the first day of my #IllustrationADay challenge, I cussed out Dear Abby.
I asked Maria to marry me and she's taken it under consideration! Stay tuned to CTOB and see what she decides!
Shazarro is a twisted and inverted version of Shazam. I drew this one while writing a saga in my head (and making a lot of lightning noises and onomatopoeia in my office).
I got through hard pencils on a pair of paper dolls and that will take us to day 7 of the #IllustrationADay challenge.
We return to A Tale of 2 Pirates for today's #IllustrationADay... Today's episode: "Dos!"