Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Shonen League

Here's my piece featured in The Line It Is Drawn 167: Thanksgiving Leftovers!

Since I'm a huge fan of Death Note, I chose a suggestion from a reader who wanted to see "Light vs. L in Justice League of America 1." I took this opportunity to make a dream team comprised of lead characters from some of my favorite shonen anime, plus Dragonball Z and One Piece. I couldn't get into those two series, but I know they're popular for others to identify with.


I hope y'all digs! Have a Merry Christmas, one and all!

Peace.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Love Notes: A Student Art Symposium

Here's my flyer design for the homie's culminating event for his class described in the beginning of the quarter in this flyer I also designed. Aw yeah, continuity!


Peace.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Quickie Power Girl

Here's my take on Ben Wilsonham's Power Girl redesign inspired by the Man of Steel costume. The redesign's so cool!


Peace.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Quickie Supergirl

I accept the New 52 redesign now, but I added some tweaks cuz I can't get over the S-shield maxi pad and exposed knees. Hope you digs! 


Peace.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

Forever Bad

Yeah, bitch! The Line It Is Drawn paid tribute to one of my favorite shows, Breaking Bad, this week! Pictured below is my submission.


Check out the Liners' sick sick sick mashups HERE. I hope y'all enjoy the finale! I know I will!

Peace.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Impromptu Troy

Here's a quickie Troy redesign... really just a pastiche of different elements going off on Wonder Woman's redesign in the upcoming Justice League: War animated feature. Since she's not using that design in the New 52, I figured Donna could use it. Hope y'all digs!



Peace.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Impromptu Rogue & Jubilee

Here's a couple o' quick and dirty redesigns. Just tweaks, really. I had to get 'em out o' my system. I haven't drawn these two in so long, it's a crime!



Peace.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Thororo Munrodinson

What the deal? Here's my piece for The Line It Is Drawn 157: Celebrating 50 Years of the Avengers and X-Men!

Keith Alan Morgan suggested a Thor + Storm team-up so I took it as an opportunity to illustrate a romantic pairing I've wanted to see for a while. Figured I should go ahead and just do it muhself!


They could be Marvel's power couple rivaling DC's Superman and Wonder Woman pairing, methinks. What say you? 

Hope y'all digs! 

Peace.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

The Batwoman Dilemma

My illustration for The Line It Is Drawn featuring Batwoman and The Question.
So if you haven't yet read, my favorite artist-writer JH Williams III and his writing partner, W. Haden Blackman, walked away recently from their gig on Batwoman with their last issue being 26. The major problem they cite is the eleventh-hour changes made by editorial, which throw off plans Williams and Blackman made as early as a year in advance. Among the developments include Batwoman's alter ego Kate Kane's marriage to love interest and Gotham City Police Department officer, Maggie Sawyer. Enter: unwanted controversy.

Publisher Dan DiDio responded to this emphasizing his full commitment to making Batwoman work and expressing his vision of the characters comprising the Bat family living consistently shitty lives. This vision prompted the change and led to the hiring of Marc Andreyko to replace Williams and Blackman in issue 25 onwards.

So just like you, here I sit, torn on what to do next. Should I continue supporting the title or bail out as soon as Williams and Blackman do?

Before I jump into this, for the interest of full disclosure, I confess that I'm against the idea of marriage for anyone in real life, but I don't exist to force my ideas, beliefs, and practices upon others' lives nor do I think it should be law. Marriage could be great and ideal for the substantial benefits, affirming/confirming soulmate status, and such. From my experiences and observations, though, it seems to be more trouble than it's worth. But never say never! Who knows? Maybe I'll miraculously end up with a ring on it, and, this time, on an actual finger. An entry for perhaps another time! Anyway, although I personally prefer for no one to be married, I can't stress enough the significance of having Kate and Maggie making the leap together. It's a powerful and timely statement to make and also the organic trajectory they've led up to. It just feels right and natural. Anything else that results would feel heavy-handed, save for Maggie's death and how dare all of you making me entertain such a thought knock on wood! 

Maybe I should just move onwards to the inner turmoil...

On one hand, I don't want Batwoman to fail. Admittedly, I understand DiDio's vision of having the Bat family of characters leading lives of adversity in and out of their masks. I also like Marc Andreyko, who's known to write female protagonists remarkably well as his acclaimed Manhunter run proved. (Yikes, I miss Kate Spencer.)

On the other, I don't get why DiDio and co. persist to make changes at the very last minute. All these rampant problems between creators and editors surely could be avoided if they stick with plans already agreed upon months—even years(?)—in advance. Truly a perplexing practice.

Secondly, although I agree that members of the Bat family should lead trying lives, at least a few scenarios exist that could still make Kate Kane's married life compelling and unique to follow. Why can't Kate be married and still have an overall shitty life? Why can't she have one glimmer of hope and love just as Bruce Wayne has Alfred and sometimes a Robin? One light amidst the overpowering darkness?

Or even if being married is too much happiness for a Bat character, why not allow Kate this anyway? She already stands apart from the rest of the characters in the Bat (or, let alone, any) universe, which is a relief since there's no way anyone can accuse her of being a replica of another Bat character with just one or two differences, an issue I have with most of the Bat family.

Or what if Kate married Maggie and their missions led them to, at different times, work together, race against each other, or flat-out work against each other? Yet no matter the situation and outcome, they still agree to love each other through thick and thin in their personal lives. The secrets, deceptions, sacrifices, drama, tension, strain, and resolutions to such problems serve as ingredients to stories I would love and kill to read. (Kill a bug, maybe... a spider, definitely.)

Marriage doesn't always result in an ideal "happily ever after" scenario. We can readily cite real life as a testament to this. But in a way other comic book readers readily understand: pick up Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga and experience for yourself how following the adventures of fictional married characters could be hella fun. An understatement, I assure you.

Finally, I find DiDio pulling Williams and Blackman off Batwoman two issues earlier in response to their joint statement disturbing, infuriating, and disrespectful to the writers and the fans, who want a semblance of closure. If anything, that's what I'm left with at this point.

So, what do you plan to do?

Peace.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Love Notes

Here's my flyer design for the best friend. All you Stanford undergrads: register for his class! It's shaping up to be a unique and memorable one!


Peace.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Good Head: Mera

Aquaman's wifey! I think she's more useful than Aquaman out of water personally. I always kinda got a Queen Gorgo vibe from her since her rise to prominence so I modeled her after Lena Headey a bit, maybe.


Peace.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Good Head: Vixen

Here's DC's Halle Berry and, incidentally, one of my favorite DC characters... Mari Jiwe McCabe!


Peace.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Justice League Water Ski Show

Happy 4th of July, y'all!

To celebrate, here's a variant of the Justice League Water Ski Show illustration that I drew for The Line It Is Drawn 145: How Do Superheroes Spend Their Summer Vacation?

Here's the Pride version...


Here's the 4th of July variant...


It's more patriotic and less Crisis-y. Figured I'd cut the Justice League a real break this time. ;) I always wanted to draw my take on the Sea World Superheroes Water Ski Show. (Yup! It was a real thing!) Thanks to TLIID and suggestion-giver Bill Granderson, I finally got a chance to!

For more on the history of the Sea World Superheroes Water Ski Show, check out author Marc Tyler Nobleman's wonderful and extensive research HERE. He also kindly wrote about my piece, which you can see HERE. Many thanks, Marc!

Have fun and be safe, one and all!

Peace.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

IndieAnimate: Tony Chu

An illo of my favorite comic book character, Tony Chu!

Tony's a cibopathic agent of the FDA in a world ravaged by the avian flu. Using his power of getting psychic impressions from anything he eats (with the exception of beets), he solves cases like a G. And sometimes not like a G. He was modeled after actor Ken Leung.


For more of Tony's adventures, cop that tasty CHEW, y'all!

Peace.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Good Head: Atom

Aw yeah, Ryan Choi! I miss this dude right here.

Ryan Choi was the bearer of the Atom legacy when his mentor and previous Atom, Ray Palmer, disappeared. Ryan immigrated to the US from Hong Kong to teach Physics in Ray's stead at Ivy University hoping to eventually find out the fate that befell his predecessor. Ryan stumbled upon Ray's size-changing belt in his Ivy Town home and hilarity ensued.

Tragically, DC Comics decided to kill off Ryan Choi shortly after Ray Palmer's return. Aside from the fact that Ryan was a rarity in comics as an Asian American man carrying a mainstream title in the lead and titular role, he was also one of the most easygoing, funny, and relatable characters among the doom and gloom era of comics. He was literally more than his powers. He'll always be my preferred Atom.


Peace.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Mix-Mixing It Up

In honor of Man of Steel's US premiere, here's my illo for The Line It Is Drawn 143: Superman Team-Ups!

I chose a fun suggestion from Rebecca Martin, who wanted to see Supes teamed-up with the Philippines' very own Captain Barbell!

Judging from this previous piece, it looks like Barbs is gradually spreading the gospel of balut, one ubermensch at a time!


So what'd y'all think of Man of Steel?

Peace.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Monday, May 06, 2013

One More Time

Here's my illo for The Line It Is Drawn 137: Comic Book Characters in Classic Music Videos!

I chose a suggestion from Anthony O'Neal, which allowed me to bring Britney Spears into the world of Morning Glories. Will she survive the experience?



Hope y'all digs!

Peace.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

MODOMACTIVATE!

It was that time of the year again last month: March M.O.D.O.K. Madness over at The Line It Is Drawn!

I went with a suggestion from Sam Hurwitt to M.O.D.O.K.ize O.M.A.C. because Kevin Kho is one of my personal favorites among the New 52 creations over at DC Comics.


This one goes out to fellow Liner and art bro, Brendan Tobin, who hosts the annual March M.O.D.O.K. Madness. Check it out and enjoy!

Peace.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

Enter: Boo T. Licker


Here's my illo for The Line It Is Drawn 124: A Punderful Tribute to Peter David.

I happened to choose a suggestion from one of our best and regular suggestion-givers, Zack Williams, because it CRACKed me up so much at first sight.



I imagine Boo T. Licker to be some evil, depraved, sexual offending clown ejected from the same circus Deadman performed in. He eventually ends up as a ghost who complicates and makes Boston's death an unliving hell.

I'll let the rest of youse fill in the blanks. 

Peace.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Avatar: Revelations

Here are my character designs for The Line It Is Drawn 123: Post-Apocalyptic Comic Book Characters!

Being a HUGE Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra nut, I chose a suggestion from Starpilot Six calling for a "Post-LoK, Post-Apocalyptic concept for the next 'Avatar' incarnation."


My headspace was so immersed in the concept and characters, I decided to place all my focus on their designs and bits of their backstories. I imagine the world being like this...

The time of Avatar Korra was reaching an end. Korra accomplished much in her earlier years, but the exponential development of technology and the ubiquitous resentment against empowered benders outpaced her influence in her twilight years. Using such technology, non-benders launched a nuclear assault against nations of benders, which almost brought about the complete end of the world. In her final days, Korra averted earth's total annihilation. 

Half the world sought an end to bending, but after gigantic, horrific creatures rose out of the hostile and toxic environment from the disaster, everyone desperately searched for hope to combat the kaiju. However, earth was so ravaged and weak that the Spirit of the Planet was only able to produce one bender from each nation after reclaiming the abilities from all other surviving benders, rendering them powerless. The future of the Avatar world rests on the last benders...

The new Avatar is an earth and metalbender. Born from a military family when there was an organized military and raised by his mother, he aspires to live like the hero his father was. He learned how to bend earth and metal from former earth and metalbenders, like his mother, in his guerilla group. He takes to using and bending chains attached to his belt in combat.

An orphaned and scarred firebender is left to fend for herself in the remnants of the Fire Nation. Despite being persecuted and scapegoated by other survivors, she maintains an upbeat and cheerful attitude to mask all the struggle she faces protecting those who fear and hate her from the kaiju. She uses explosives she cooks up to accomplish this feat.

A mysterious waterbender with white hair aimlessly roams the world alone after suffering the tragic loss of his fiancee and displacement of his tribe. He wields a unique and familiar sword from generations past.

A sheltered and protected airbender travels with former air nomads giving humanitarian aid to those in need.

The four benders need to band together to seek out the rumored existence of elemental spirits who manifested themselves in the physical world to help combat against the monstrous kaiju. Is this the end of the Avatar world or is there hope for a new beginning?

Can. You. Dig. It??

Peace.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Femtastic Four 275

Check out my Temp Month Entry for fellow Liner Bill Walko's The Hero Business! One of the coolest webcomics that you should be reading if you aren't already doing so! This one's an homage to a classic Fantastic Four cover. Head on over to The Hero Business for the deets and enjoy!


Peace.

Monday, January 14, 2013

NOW! Warriors

Here's my Marvel NOW! cover for a New Warriors title I wish would drop. It's part of The Line It Is Drawn 121: Lesser Know Marvel NOW! Titles.


I love this team so much. One of the earliest and favorite superhero team books I was really into back in the day. At least the Nicieza and Bags run. 

Since no New Warriors line-up is complete without a Nova, I added Sam Alexander into the mix. And since Sam and his ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN cohorts remind me of an animated New Warriors anyway, I added White Tiger and Power Man along for the ride. Of course, this Power Man is Victor Alvarez since Luke Cage would be too mature and popular for this team... as are Spider-man and Iron Fist. The three are a great fit and really put the "NOW!" in Marvel NOW!, yes?

Well, it makes sense to ME! ;]

The banner and "NOW!" logo are expertly reproduced by a fellow Liner, the super-generous and super-talented Bill Walko! Thanks, Bill!

Hope y'all digs this illo as much as I enjoyed puttin' it together!

Peace.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

You Need Some Action

Tender satisfaction. Your chemistry is flowin'. I can cause a chain reaction.

This is my illo for The Line It Is Drawn 119: Action Historical Figures! I hads to get down with the two First Ladies because I'm a fan of both. Hope y'all digs! Happy New Year!



Peace.