superbowser asked: Hey, I work at Jack Astors, and one night one of the busboys hung up a wonderful picture of Blue Beetle drawn on the table papers near the kitchen. I ended up taking it home and I looked up the name scribbled beside it and got here. Was it your drawing by any chance? If so, thank you so much, it definitely made my night after work!
Yeah, that’s one of mine alright. My daughter and I were goofing off & she requested Blue Beetle. If I’m not mistaken there are a few X-Penguins on there she drew as well. I’m very glad ol’ Jaime went to a good home. :-)
If you’re interested, I’ll be at the Ottawa ComicCon May 9-12 at the CE Centre. I’ll have a table in Artists Alley. Swing by and I’ll do you a quick rough sketch. XD
CW Casting Sheet For “Amazon” Revealed; Warning Sign?
Deadline has reported that the CW is moving forward on casting the lead role in the CW’s previously announced pilot Amazon, based on the early years of Wonder Woman. The good news? The sheet calls for a woman 5’8 and up. So they will cast tall.
The news giving me a red flag?
Take a deep breath.
I don’t know!! It shouldn’t be so difficult. Really.
Could be worse… If they called her ‘Stephanie’ the whole thing would never air… :-P
I read somewhere that the CW has a history of use “fake” character names for casting calls on these high-profile shows. Whether it’s to generate hype, sow confusion, or just your general smokescreen while they tweak story elements, who knows..? But a year or so from production, I wouldn’t think this is anything that’ll stick.
Suddenly, Stephanie Brown: Wonder Woman… It’d be fun. :-P
To Clarify (because this is a topic I love!)…
Can you separate a creators work from their personality?Depends on the creator & the work. Some people can step into a role and you believe it, for good OR ill. Writers & artists are no exception.
I love Gaiman’s Sandman. I read it as it came out in the original floppies (dating myself) in the dark ages pre-intenet. And I went nuts for it. I’ve read it several times over the years, and several of his other works. Especially reading a variety of his stuff (and now his blog), it becomes pretty clear that Neil Gaiman appreciates human nuance. So many of his characters have a love of simple things, a little endearing quirk, a phrase that turns just so that makes you think to yourself as you read it, ‘wow, you know he’s right… pudding is kind of brilliant in a way’ (or something to that effect).
But Neil Gaiman has scared the hell outta me too.
I’m not saying that if given the opportunity Neil Gaiman would trap me and a few strangers in a diner to twist and mutilate our minds and souls until we maimed, killed and in some cases ate each other. But I am saying that at some point in his life? That man has thought about that shit. And that was kind of brilliant, too.
Creative people draw on their own experience, perspective, and of course imagination to inform their work, so yeah, some of the creator is gonna leak through. Fiction mirrors human experience, with the volume amped up. The best creators are the ones who can tap into that human baseline so strongly that you feel what they feel through the final product.
Sometimes as people, we want a pretty girl Death who smiles and chats us to a safe, welcoming other side. And sometimes we want to stab a motherfucker with a barstool.
Provided we’re all still talking fiction, I think there’s a place (even a need) for both.
So can you separate the creator from the work? Not always. And sometimes you really should if you want to sleep at night. Other creators are just folks in the business of business (insert editorial snipe at the DCnU…) putting in their time, pumping out product, and waiting for the paychecks to come in. In which case, they pretty much separated themselves.
I’m just gonna write my own stuff…
I’ve spoken with no less than 4 writers recently — 2 of which initiated the conversation — to try and get some kind of comic off the ground, and all have stopped replying or have failed to produce a single page of script. Not a single idea, or character concept. Starting to wonder if I’m difficult to work with.
Although I’d swear I’ve been nothing but polite and professional… Does my breath smell..?
Anyway, screw it. I’m gonna write my own comics. Give MYSELF something cool to draw. It can’t be THAT hard, right?
My writing credits include High School English papers and several dozen impressive grocery lists. Tremble, ye mortals, before my Gaimanic Opus.
Gaimanic is such a boss word, for real. Neil, never read this.
Thank God For Rednecks
This is a portrait of the most dangerous man I know. Seriously.
He retired this past week from a career in which he has spent more years than I have been alive instructing the military in sharpshooting, hand-to-hand combat, and a unique superior brand of badassery that boggles my mind.
He’s also a really nice guy, and I’m reeeeaally glad he’s on the side of the angels. :-) A mutual friend asked for this portrait as a retirement gift (right down to his catch phrase), since Dude is a fan of the Walking Dead.
Copics, Microns, acrylic on Bristol Board; The original hangs in the guy’s bedroom mostly because people who don’t know him so well might catch it in the living room, and his unique skill-set makes some people genuinely nervous as it is. :-P