Wednesday, March 30, 2011

And All That Jazz

Here it is... this week's The Line It Is Drawn feature over at Comics Should Be Good! This time, it's all about comic book characters mashed up with Oscar-winning movies. Check out my piece and the ridiculously stunning pieces of my fellow The Line artists HERE.

My illustration featuring the Birds of Prey pays homage to the movie version of the Broadway musical Chicago

I hope y'all digs! Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, March 24, 2011

I'll Have Two Number Threes

That's right! It's the DC trinity vs. the fast food trinity... all in this week's The Line It Is Drawn over at Comics Should Be Good. Check out the awesomely good pieces (minus mine) that feature comic book superheroes and famous advertising mascots HERE. Take 'em to-go!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Under The Moonlight

You see my latest illo for The Line It Is Drawn over at Comics Should Be Good! This week's topic? Superheroes in famous music videos.

I went for Brother Voodoo and a few special guests throwing down in Michael Jackson's Thriller.


Check out this week's pieces HERE. Shamone!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Trouty Mouth

Sweet! I made it into Project: Rooftop's Honorable Mentions for the Aquaman: Sea Change call for redesigns! A lot of work from heavy hitters are featured. Excluding my submissions, only in Project: Rooftop can you find amazing Honorable Mentions galleries with quality that's up to par with the Winners galleries. That's yet another reason why it's my favorite superhero redesign site. They don't skimp on the freshness!

Anyway, check out our redesigns HERE. Hope y'all dig 'em!


Friday, March 11, 2011

Takin' It Back

It's that time again! You can get your weekly dose of The Line It Is Drawn right now over at Comics Should Be Good! Check it out HERE. This week, it's all about modern superheroes meeting their first appearance selves. Ha! Fun. I went with my favorite Green Lantern with a few special guests since I've been back on the Justice League animated series trip as of late. Although, honestly, I don't think I ever got off. But that's what she said for another time. Love me some Vixen & Hawkgirl. Enjoy!


Monday, March 07, 2011

The Maestro's Orchestra

Dwayne McDuffie.

When news broke of his death 2 weeks ago, I felt like I was punched in the head and the gut. Hard. I remain crushed.
As a big fan, I love the stories he crafted. Compelling plots and emotionally resonant dialogue, it's amazing what he delivered in all-ages media.

As a person of color, I deeply appreciated his work to make people of various backgrounds, who are too often ignored, disrespected, and distorted in the mass media, visible. Not only were they seen, but he and his frequent collaborators made sure to give them dimension and showed how they were much more than their race, ethnicity, sex, religion, sexual identity, or economic status. Just like people in real life are.

Dwayne's work reflected the America that I know exists.  He injected just enough reality to fantastical worlds and ideas, which made them all the more believable and worthwhile to believe in.

As an aspiring creator, I'm greatly influenced by his efforts and have always made it my mission to represent for those who are too often made to be invisible and easily cast aside. I aspire to take on projects that reflect and promote the look, feel, and spirit of the everyday heroes that I encounter and read about in my life, who are usually not only white men and definitely not space aliens.

It's a social responsibility. And it's the right thing to do.

I want to help prepare a world (unlike the one where I grew up) where my nephews and future child/children can see that people who look like them can also be cool superheroes and so they, in turn, can aspire to grow up to be heroic themselves for the benefit of all.

Dwayne McDuffie did this for an entire generation of children and he inspired peers and up-and-comers alike to continue the good work.

I salute and thank you, Maestro. One of my real-life heroes.

Rest in peace.