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By the Power of Grayskull! Los Angeles’ Gallery 1988 has the power! Beginning tomorrow, Friday January 8, they’re hosting “Under the Influence: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” an art show featuring various reinterpretations of my all-time favorite action-figure/cartoon line ever. You can check out a Snake Mountain-sized pile of art for the show here and here.
Mark Andrew Smith linked to this on Facebook, so big props to him for pointing me to Paperwalker, the blog of artist Florian Satzinger. Satzinger is a production designer, character designer and writer for S&H Features; among other projects, he’s working on a graphic novel called StarDucks.
“Every day until the 25th, we’ll be posting a new illustration from a comics creator at Periscope Studio that reinterprets the days of the traditional carol as comic book parodies,” writes Laura Hudson. Today’s post features the above image by Andreas Schuster — which is kind of an “Oh my god, are they really doing what I think they’re doing?” moment — while yesterday’s featured Ben Bates replacing the fabled partridge with another type of bird. Be sure to check back between now and Christmas to see what the rest of the Periscope crew comes up with.
If you found out your kid was possibly going to be born with super powers, you’d probably want to do a little research into what exactly that meant. For fictional journalist James Stanley, that means conducting 45 different interviews about super powers and how they’ve changed the lives of the people who have them.
This December Com.X is publishing an illustrated book that collects those 45 interviews called, naturally Forty-Five. Written by Andi Ewington, each interview includes an accompanying page of art illustrated by a different artist, with no “predetermined brief” given — just the written page as guidance. Artists for the project include Jock, Fiona Staples, Liam Sharp, Dan Brereton and many more.
My thanks to Andi, who was kind enough to share some additional details on the book.
Namor, eat your heart out … when the threat of Nazism spreads into the Seven Seas, D.C. Stuelpner shows who the right man is for the job.
“It was for a humor piece I wrote featuring the by-now-old gag of the Pumpkin being a demon and wreaking havoc,” Smith said in an email. “The only gags I recall as semi-entertaining were Linus getting sucked through a time vortex and winding up in ‘Army of Linus,’ and a bit where the Pumpkin caused horrible things to happen in other comic strips (Dolly in THE FAMILY CIRCUS needs an exorcist to get rid of ‘Not Me,’ FUNKY WINKERBEAN is…the exact same depressing strip it always is). I was 21. It seemed funny at the time.”
Thanks for sending it over, Zack!
As we noted the other day, Vertigo has expanded the upcoming Grant Morrison/Sean Murphy series Joe the Barbarian from six issues to eight. Looking at Murphy’s deviantart account, it’s not hard to see why. Among the visual delights therein are letters A through H of a Wolverine Alphabet, featuring the Ol’ Canucklehead and friends kickin’ it Sesame Street style. (Unsurprisingly, the set has Marvel editors beating a path to the DC-exclusive artist’s door.)
The gallery also includes page after luscious page of Murphy’s work on Hellblazer, a few Joe the Barbarian preview pages, and random other goodies, from a recreation of the poster for Easy Rider starring Wolverine and Banshee in place of Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda to the below image of all of Murphy’s childhood heroes one one team. No wonder Vertigo veterans Paul Pope, Cameron Stewart, and Jock have all been tweeting Murphy’s praises.
In anticipation of the upcoming Spike Jonze film, Vice Magazine is hosting a blog where various artists are offering their interpretation of the classic kid’s book Where the Wild Things Are. Currently you can see artwork by Dan Zettwoch, Benjamin Marra (above, offering a Jack Kirby-inspired trip into space) and Ben Jones, with Jordan Crane, Matthew Thurber, Ted May, Tony Millionaire and many more on deck.
George O’Connor — author, creator of First Second’s Journey Into Mohawk Country and artist on the upcoming Ball Peen Hammer — set up an author’s page on Amazon.com. As the page was only displaying the books he wrote, he asked the online retailer to add some of the books he illustrated to it as well.
He received an email back saying the author pages “only support contributors who have authored or co-authored a major portion of a work and whose name is also featured on the title’s cover.” Yes, his name is on the cover of the books he’d like to list, and as the illustrator of these graphic novels, it seems pretty ludicrous that he wouldn’t be considered a “co-author” of these graphic novels, if that’s the term you want to use. O’Connor talks about it in more detail here, and in the comments section he shares a second email from Amazon:
Black Metal artist Chuck BB has entered the ongoing contest that the T-shirt site Threadless holds, and you can help his design become a T-shirt that’s sold on the site by voting for it. Click the image below to head over to the site and cast your vote:
Paolo Rivera shares a recent Spider-Man commission he did on his blog, along with a tease that he has “huge Spider-Man news (and I mean huge)” that he can’t share just yet. In the comments section, he jokes, “I can neither confirm, nor deny my role as Mary Jane in the Broadway adaptation of Spider-Man.” Now that would be huge news …