Monday, September 1, 2014

BID THE GODS ARISE TEASER #2

Bid the Gods Arise chapter four preliminary drawing detail (info here)
Thanks for looking,
Mike

Saturday, August 30, 2014

GUARDIANS OF THE WHAT? BY JAMES WHO?

I finally got to see Guardians of the Galaxy. It was way better than it should have been. I wrote here that Captain America: the Winter Soldier was my favorite Marvel movie so far. I admitted that I was biased toward that character, but in my opinion, it was the best of these movies to date. Now I'm stressing that I am a long-time Captain America fan and Winter Soldier was my favorite of the Marvel movies. Yup I said was.

Guardians of the Galaxy is a great movie! I won't review the movie here, but you can believe the hype. I collected this comic back in the nineties, but I know nothing about this present incarnation (which I think was created in 2008). That's just to say, although there are connections to the rest of the Marvel cinematic universe, you do not have to be a comic book fan to enjoy Guardians. It's on par with any great space adventure movie out there. Yes, even those in that franchise (see my Wednesday posts). 

I had three problems with the movie. Two of my problems are two scenes where I said, "He wouldn't have survived that!" It's a fantasy movie so this is a minor gripe, but these scenes stretched credibility and took me out of the film for a few seconds. 

My other problem was that it could have been more kid friendly. Guardians does earn its PG-13 rating. Probably more than any other Marvel movie. I don't say this to be a prude, but in case anyone should come across my recommendation of this movie and wonder if they should take little ones. But it would have been nice if they could have figured out a way to make it PG and more accessible to kids. I do have to admit, many of the laughs (and this is a truly funny movie) are possible because of that rating. But come on! Its Guardians of the bleeping Galaxy! It just should have been more kid friendly. 

Even with my issues with the movie, I still say this is the best Marvel movie to date. I know that at the theaters in my area there aren't too many show times any more, so if you haven't seen it, go before it's no longer in theaters. Otherwise, you'll have to wait three or four months to see it and that'll suck for you. 

I leave you with an illustration of Drax. I based his tattoos on the comic book version, cuz....
Trapezii of the Galaxy or Drax. Ink and graphite on bristol board, 6x9.
....I was NOT gonna draw all of these:
Great make-up work.

Thanks for looking,
Mike

Thursday, August 28, 2014

KIRBY CHARACTERS: Absorbing Man


Absorbing Man. Digital

About a year and a half ago I created a new blog call "Kirby Characters." It was completely separate from this blog. It didn't work out. I just couldn't keep it going. So, welcome to what I hope will be a somewhat regular feature on this blog. Tune in each Thursday (at least that's what I'm gonna attempt) for a new Kirby Character.

I love Jack Kirby comic books. In this feature I will be sharing drawings of characters created or co-created by Kirby. Some, like the one above, appeared on that failed blog, but this feature will mostly showcase new illustrations of classic, strange, and obscure comic book characters.

Today would have been Jack Kirby's 97th birthday. Here's some info on Kirby:
http://kirbymuseum.org/biography/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kirby

Absorbing Man was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. His first appearance was in Journey into Mystery #114 (1965)

Thanks for looking,
Mike
For comic art commissions: lynchmikew@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Star Wars Wednesday #7: DARK LADY

Lumiya. Ink on bristol board, 6x9. 
Drawn with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

Here's another character created for those old Marvel Star Wars comics, but one that went on to be used in the Expanded Universe beyond that comic series. Actually, I can't think of any other characters created for Marvel Star Wars that was used more in the EU. I'd be interested if any of you could name some. 

Thanks for looking,
Mike
For comic art commissions: lynchmikew@gmail.com

Monday, August 25, 2014

Action Comics #1

Action Comics #1 just sold for 3.2 million dollars. The story is here (There is some bad language in the comments). If you're like me and curious what these million books look like, there's a video for this one (also contains bad language in the comments):

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Star Wars Wednesday #6: LUKE

I wanted to practice inking with traditional brush and ink on those comic pages I did a few years ago. Here's a panel from one of those pages for today.

Also, this news on the use of practical effects in the new movies sounds great!

Tune in next week for a new piece.

Thanks for looking,
Mike
For comic art commissions: lynchmikew@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Star Wars Wednesday #5: OLD SCHOOL

Bey. Ink on bristol board, 6x9.
Drawn with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

This is a character from the old Marvel Comics Star Wars series. Bey only appears in a handful of comics from the collection I spoke of here

Thanks for looking,
Mike
For comic art commissions: lynchmikew@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Star Wars Wednesday #4: A BOUNTY HUNTER DRAWING THAT ISN'T BOBA FETT

Zuckuss, Ink on bristol board, 6x9. 
after LFL
Drawn with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

Here's a good example of how the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen lends itself to more expressive drawings. 

And here's a preview of Star Wars Rebels:

Thanks for looking,
Mike
For commissions: lynchmikew@gmail.com

Monday, August 4, 2014

Bid the Gods Arise Teaser

Bid the Gods Arise chapter three preliminary drawing detail. (Info here)

Kidnapped from his homeworld and sold into slavery, Maurin despairs of ever seeing his cousin or his home again. When he is ransomed by a mysterious woman and reunited with Aric, he joins and unlikely group committed to the downfall of the slave trade. But it isn't long before he realizes they are being hunted--not only by the blood-lusting head of the slave trade, but by an ancient evil that wants their souls.



Thanks for looking,
Mike
For commissions: lynchmikew@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Star Wars Wednesday #3: MANY BOTHANS DIED TO BRING US THIS ILLUSTRATION

Mon Mothma. Ink on bristol, 6 x 9. 
after LFL

Here's another Pentel Pocket Brush Pen drawing. A lot of the drawings coming in this series will be of characters you might not expect or you might have never heard of, but I hope you check in anyway. I do have a few of the more popular characters coming.

Thanks for looking,
Mike
For commissions: lynchmikew@gmail.com

And if you don't own the original trilogy, why not?

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