Cliff Chiang is one of the most interesting artists working in comics these days! Don’t believe me? Check out his convention sketches on his blog for proof! His sleek clean lines are gorgeous and there does not seem to be a character that the man cannot draw! Above, a head shot of mohawk Storm begins our appreciation of Chiang. But there’s Storm as Janet Jackson, a fastball special, Marvel Girl and more after the jump!
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Greetings, dear reader! Today we celebrate the artwork of Brent Anderson! We have looked at this amazing artist’s work before, but once I discovered these original art pencils, I had to give him another spotlight!
Diego Gómez is a San Francisco-based illustrator, designer and performer with a style as unique as the city from which he hails. As the above image of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark versus Ororo, Mistress of the Elements, attests, his art is glamourous and humorous! I have been wanting to shift the focus of Storm Sundays to more edgy independent artists for some time now, and it is a pleasure to finally showcase a few images of Diego’s awesome art! Diego’s fluid linework graces many pages of the tongue-in-cheek transexual superheroine comic Glamazonia, written and created by Justin Hall. He also shares my love/obssession for the X-Men’s weather goddess and I always get a thrill when he tags me in one of his images of Ororo. I really appreciate his queer artistic sensibilities. Let’s shine the spotlight on Diego Gómez!
Transmetropolitan, the irreverent Vertigo comic series by Warren Ellis and artist Darick Robertson is one of my all time favorite titles (Check out the first issue for free here). The book takes place in the not-so-distant future and follows the investigations and eventual breakdown of caustic and brilliant journalist Spider Jerusalem. No topic is considered untouchable by Ellis and the grimy, warts-and-all renderings by Robertson give the world of Transmet a filthy feel also found in The Boys (another notable series by Robertson). There has been an art book that focused on images of Spider by a notable who’s who of the industry’s finest artists, but last year the call was sent out again for a new book. This compilation was to focus on the other characters who populate the strange environment of Transmet.
I was so honored when I was invited by Susan Auger and Darick Robertson to participate! Thank you, Susan and Darick! I also have to thank the amazing Allen Passalaqua who added his top notch coloring talents to my inks. This project was the first time I have had my work colored by a professional. Thank you, Allen! (Make sure you check out Battle Pug!) The fundraising for the Kickstarter Transmetropolitan Art Book was successful and the book was shipped out last week to those fine folks who preordered. Proceeds went to The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Hero Initiative! Congratulations to CHUNK KELLY and Sam Harris and the rest of the awesome folks at Pirates Press who made one hell of a gorgeous book! Read the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s post here.
Above is one of my pieces in the Transmetropolitan: All Around the World featuring two young characters in issue #40 who are child prostitutes. This image was drawn and inked by me and colored by Allen Passalaqua. I thought it would be fun to share some of my process with you, dear reader, so click on the link to see the uncolored version, images from the comic that inspired me, and my preliminary sketches!
Rick Leonardi is an artist whose issues of The Uncanny X-Men, Cloak & Dagger, The New Mutants, Spider-Man 2099, Nightwing and Batgirl have made him a fan favorite. I vividly recall seeing his cover of The New Mutants #50 on the stands at a store in Rocky Mount, NC known as the Booktrader. This new and used bookstore trucked mostly in romance and science fiction novels, but had a healthy selection of Marvel and DC comics to lust over. I was instantly taken with the cover of Magik fighting for control of the other-dimensional Limbo from S’ym and a horde of demons.
The Rick Leonardi portfolio I am spotlighting today comes from the back pages of a 1982 issue of Marvel Fanfare (#12). Leonardi’s emphasis was on flying characters and he paired many of them with gorgeous renderings of aircraft. Iron Man starts things off, but we also get to see some of my all time favorites as interpreted by Leonardi, including Thor, Angel, the Silver Surfer, and Storm!
Storm’s freedom is very important to her. She cannot abide being confined and will not tolerate any sort of mental domination. Where did this character trait come from? How did Storm become so spiritually strong? From where did her fears come? Like most traumas, it starts with family.
That’s Alex Summers, aka Havok, exploding with energy on the cover to The Uncanny X-Men #270. He’s holding onto a ponytailed Storm who was de-aged to tween status at the time (Ah, comics). Havok’s powers are energy based and he has to be incrediby careful with how he uses them. When they first manifested, a special suit was constructed to help him metabolize the plasma bursts. He’s the youger brother of Scott Summers, known better as Cyclops, with whom he has a rather prickly relationship. Havok’s personal narrative has primarily revolved around making a name for himself out from under his brother’s shadow. Havok never wanted to be a superhero. He and longtime girlfriend Lorna Dane, aka Polaris, aka Magneto’s Daughter, just wanted to live their lives as archeologists. Alas, that was not their destiny. Perhaps in a parallel universe, readers can thrill to the pages of Marvel’s X-Cavators, featuring the archeological exploits of Alex Summers and Lorna Dane!
Since my first Eye of the STORM post, I have danced Beltaine in the mountains of Tennessee, basked in Doom Patrol art in Portland, and been called a “warlock” in the shopping malls of Springfield. This mini-whirlwind tour was rife with advanced experiential life lessons and I hope to share some of them as I process. I have so much more to do to prepare for this trip. It’s like the Ultimate To Do List has taken me over as I tie up loose ends. I am definitely more focused on my upcoming trip with Rio. I have been thinking about how I still need to pare it down. I totally over-packed the amount of clothes I needed for the last couple of weeks. However, my Beltaine drag was fierce and I never ran out of clean socks! However, I do indulge myself by packing too many baby doll tees. Even I will admit that’s kinda silly since all the climates I have been visiting are so cold and rainy that the t-shirt never gets seen anyway under all of my layers. *shakes head* Why am I telling you all of this? Am I high?
The important thing to know is that I return to San Francisco this week.
I have Heroic Tarot appointments available at Swankety Swank this weekend:
Saturday the 21st: 12, 1, 2, 3, 4pm
Sunday the 22nd: 12, 1, 2, 3, 4pm
Email me at HeroicTarot(at)gmail(dot)com to make an appointment or call Swankety Swank at 415.932.6615.
I enjoyed the festivities of May 1st so much even though I rough-housed two days before and bruised my ribs. It seems that I have a tendency to injure my ‘cage whenever I go camping or maybe I just love the hourglass shape that my Ace bandage gives me. Tennessee was good to me and I would like to shout out mad props to my Project X homies Nebula, Nova, Hawk and the ever generous Zel.
In Portland I dreamed surrounded by the Doom Patrol artwork of Mathew Clark at Sequential Art Gallery. Many thanks to Kaebel Hashitani for his hospitality. I definitely recommend checking out the exhibit while you can!
As for Eugene, I have to say that the best part of visiting Eugene is that I am visiting Eugene. There seems to be a distinct lack of any individualized culture distinct o Eugene. I felt like I might as well have been in Greensboro, NC for the outlet malls, SUVs and rows of identical apartment buildings. My brief foray into smaller neighbor Springfield led me to the local shopping mall. When he walked past, a grey-haired mill worker clutched his children to his side and gasped, “That there’s a warlock!’ His eyes and that of his overall-clad children stared down on me in wide-eyed disbelief. Granted, my face was glam-warior painted for Beltaine and I was layered in my black wool cloak and silver velvet skirt. But seriously, warlock? On second thought, you know what? I’ll take it.
I am super excited to share more of my experiences with you, dear reader! Perhaps I will be able to recollect the rest of my memories when I download the photos I took. That usually does the trick.
Once again, I am on an Art Adams kick and I hope you enjoy looking a the art of one of my favorite artists, dear reader! Above, we have a rather top heavy rendition of Storm in her classic Dave Cockrum costume, and below we have seven more amazing illustrations from the mutant master!