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Much has been written and said about the dearth of female characters in superhero films, but I’m not sure anyone has addressed the issue quite like Agnes, an 18-year-old blogger from Hungary: She created a series of incredible portraits gender-swapping the cinematic Avengers.
For her alternate movie universe, Agnes recasts Captain America as Amber Heard, Iron Man as Kate Beckinsale, Bruce Banner as Mila Kunis, Thor as Jennifer Lawrence, Hawkeye as Shailene Woodley and Loki as Kristen Stewart.
Following Marvel’s Secret Wars press conference on Tuesday, fans were left to speculate what a combined Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe might look like. We already have some pretty intriguing ideas, courtesy of an enterprising cartoonist named Calvin.
Getting the jump on the official announcement, he’s reimagined the Marvel Universe in a series of of illustrations called Supreme Marvel. Described as his “own little reboot” of Marvel, Calvin comes to this with a mission in mind: “One of the main driving points of this project was to introduce more diversity in the Marvel Universe, as well as highlight existing diverse characters!”
Cristiano Siqueira, the Brazillian illustrator/designer sometimes known as CrisVector, is another one of those guys who spends a fair amount of time dream-casting Batman films in his head, but unlike most, has gone on and created posters for these imaginary movies. He’s posted a gallery of them on Behance, and some of them are quite inspired — Mel Gibson as Frank Miller’s returning Dark Knight? Suitably mental!
I suppose it’s the mark of a good film that months after it’s release you’ll find any excuse to post any tangentially comics-related fanart thereof on the comics blog you work for. By that standard, Nicholas Winding Refn’s Ryan Gosling vehicle (rimshot) Drive is a pretty good film. And Miklós Felvidéki’s Drive-themed cover version of Jazzy John Romita Sr.’s famous “Spider-Man No More!” image over on the always delightful Covered blog is a pretty good piece of fanart. Still, given that the Driver’s jacket had a scorpion on the back in the film, I’m sure one Mac Gargan is pretty p.o.’d that Spidey’s biting his style…
Be a real hero and check out the remake next to the original at Covered, then visit Felvidéki’s website.
I was a bit horrified to discover that I’d never before linked to the luminously sleazy work of artist and cartoonist Jonny Negron here on Robot 6. He’s one of my favorite talents to come along in ages. Then again, with NSFW images like this and this and this as his bread and butter, I guess that’s not too surprising. But that’s not a concern with his gorgeous portrait of Ryan Gosling in Drive, Nicholas Winding Refn’s instantly iconic neon-noir crime flick. Negron’s selling 11×17 prints of the piece for the low low price of $7, thus proving himself to be both a real human being and a real hero.
King City cartoonist Brandon Graham dropped this beauty on twitpic the other day — it’s a lovely tribute to Craig Thompson’s Middle Eastern epic Habibi, centered on the book’s female lead Dodola. It’s funny: I never would have thought there’d be much visual kinship between Thompson’s lush brushwork and Graham’s thin lines, but both artists have a curvilenear sweep to their work that turns out to make their styles mesh beautifully. And obviously, Graham can pack in the Thompson-esque ornamentation like whoa.
The best thing about the illustration is that no matter what you like about it, you can find more of that thing someplace online today:
In the ramp-up to the New 52, it was a lot of fun checking in to the DC Fifty-Too blog to see what concepts and characters contributing artists would focus on if given the chance to reboot DC. And while DC’s initiative has been largely successful so far, there are still several of the Fifty-Too comics that many fans wish were real. But what about those fans whose tastes lean more towards the Marvelous?
Never fear. The blog has renamed itself Marvel Universe Too: What If and will ultimately sport about 70 covers to imaginary comics in a dream Marvel relaunch, many by the same artists involved in the Fifty-Too. There are only a couple of entries so far, so start checking in now.
DC Comics isn[‘ the only one rebooting Superman. Savannah College of Art and Design graduate Rashad Doucet has created a fun Superman story inspired by Silver Age Superman covers, Grant Morrison’s All-Star Superman and Smallville, as well as Siegel and Shuster’s original, rougher version of the character. He says he has more planned, including stories with Superman’s mermaid girlfriend Lori Lemaris and (if I’m reading him right) eventually Lois Lane. Doucet also contributes to the Periodic Heroes sketch blog.
Because every fantasy epic needs a sequel, right? Three weeks ago I posted a massive gallery of fan art for A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, author George R.R. Martin’s addictive revisionist-fantasy series of novels and the HBO television show adapting it respectively. Almost immediately, Robot 6’s commenters started suggesting additions, while the wider ASoIaF/GoT fan community keeps generating kick-ass artistic homages to their favorite characters and scenes faster than Tyrion Lannister would tear through a copy of Chester Brown’s Paying For It. (That is to say, pretty goddamn fast.) As was infamously the case with the series itself, it soon became clear that another volume was necessary. So here you go! Now all that’s left is to wait until the recently released A Dance with Dragons yields a Gregor Clegane-sized amount of fan art of its own…
Many thanks to Jamie S. Rich and the rest of the original gallery’s commenters, Fuck Yeah Game of Thrones Art, Zack Soto’s The Wall Defends Itself, Kris Mukai & Maritsa Patrinos’s Game of Thrones minizine, and Elio & Linda of Westeros.org for helping to scour the Internet’s riverlands for these images.
Please note: If all you’ve seen is the TV show, there are some mild SPOILERS ahead in the form of characters you haven’t met and, in a couple of cases (though nothing major, so don’t panic) events you haven’t seen. Also, some of these images are tastefully NSFW, so be warned.
Check out the whole gallery after the jump — click on any image to go to its original source, or as close to it as I could get. Don’t forget to check out Volume One of the gallery too if you’re looking for more. And again, please, NO SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS, for any book in the series. I will be very strict about this. To quote good old Tyrion Lannister, “Heads, spikes, walls.”
Tomorrow, the Game of Thrones is afoot once more. After six long years of waiting (longer, in the case of some characters), A Dance with Dragons — the fifth volume in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy saga A Song of Ice and Fire, the first volume of which, A Game of Thrones, being the inspiration for the hit HBO series — will finally be released. Personally, I’ll be so cut off from the Internet in order to read the thing that you’ll have to reach me by raven. But until then, let’s celebrate the publication of this long-anticipated hope-it’s-a-masterpiece with a gallery of the best Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire art the Internet has to offer. Please note: If all you’ve seen is the TV show, there are some mild SPOILERS ahead in the form of characters you haven’t met and, in a couple of cases (though nothing major, so don’t panic) events you haven’t seen. Just avoid that map at the bottom and you’re all set.
Many thanks to Zack Soto’s The Wall Defends Itself tumblr, Kris Mukai & Maritsa Patrinos’s Game of Thrones minizine, the #Winterfell deviantART community, and Elio & Linda of Westeros.org for helping me discover many of these treasures.
Check out the whole gallery after the jump — click on any image to go to its original source, or as close to it as I could get! And please, NO SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS, for any book in the series. I will be very strict about this. Longsword-swinging strict.
Two talented artists just presented their own takes on familiar figures: Amy Mebberson shows off her drawings of Supergirl and Batgirl covers; she will be selling prints at Heroescon, and the originals will be auctioned off at the Heroescon annual art auction.
And at Smurfology, where Matt Murray is collecting sketches of the Smurfs by famous artists, Raina Telgemeier contributes a drawing of a Smurf shilling for Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, from an 80s-vintage TV commercial that apparently made a big impression on Raina. Check it out after the jump.
Remember a few years ago when someone drew a comic of Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes) and longtime foe Susie Derkins, uh, setting aside their differences? (The comic turned out to be by an artist who goes by the handle Bob-Rz on Deviantart.)
Well people grow, people change, and now Dan and Tom Heyerman, the creators of the webcomic Pants Are Overrated, are imagining what life would be like a few years later in Calvin and Susie’s household, when they have a daughter named Bacon. The first episode was just a one-off, but people reacted so well that they have posted a second comic as well, in which we see that Calvin and Susie haven’t changed all that much. Will there be more? Playing in someone else’s sandbox has its limits, but the Heyermans’ comic manages to be both convincing and original, not an easy feat to pull off, and we’d love to see more.
Full disclosure (not that it’s even necessary if you’ve noticed my posts on this topic for the past few months): I am a giant nerd for George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, and eagerly anticipate Game of Thrones, the new HBO series based on the books. (Go ahead and watch the first 14 minutes of the series premiere at Spinoff. I’ll wait.)
Fortunately I’m in good company: Cartoonist Zack Soto, of The Secret Voice and Studygroup12 fame, is a hardcore ASoIaF fanboy as well. In tribute, he’s launched The Wall Defends Itself, a tumblelog dedicated to the best in Game of Thrones fan and production art. That’s Soto’s rendition of one of the books’ major heavies, Sandor Clegane — aka the Hound — above. Soto says he’ll try to post at least one original piece of ASoIaF art every week — the perfect way to get your fix of intrigue, incest and the occasional undead warrior between episodes of the show!
Nerds worldwide are rejoicing today because after six years and countless delays and false starts, author George R.R. Martin has announced that A Dance with Dragons — the much-anticipated fifth book in his seven-volume epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, making the jump to TV on April 17 in the form of the HBO series adaptation Game of Thrones — is now officially and firmly slated for a Tuesday, July 12, 2011 release. I’ll be spending most of my day gibbering giddily, but if you manage to pull yourself together, do check out a trio of very cool A Song of Ice and Fire illustrations by artist Kali Ciesemier. That’s Jon Snow above; click the links to check out her takes on Sansa Stark and Brienne of Tarth. Winter may be almost over, but Winter Is Coming!
As reported in What Are You Reading?, I am a huge, huge, huge fan of writer George R.R. Martin’s bold, bloody, brilliant epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. And I pretty much can’t wait for HBO’s adaptation of the series, Game of Thrones, which stars Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Mark Addy, and Lena Headey and hits televisions on April 17. Finally, of course, I like comics and cartooning. So here’s a two-great-tastes-that-taste-great-together situation if ever there was one: deviantARTist Gianluca Maconi’s A Song of Ice and Fire gallery, featuring drawings of many of the major characters. That’s the black-clad bastard son Jon Snow and his direwolf Ghost above; click the link for Maconi’s vivaciously drawn takes on the rest of the Stark family, the Lannister siblings, King Robert Baratheon, Danaerys Targaryen and more. (And if you’re curious about the books but aren’t convinced they’re worth your while, allow me to make the case.) Winter can’t come soon enough.