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!


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!


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!


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! 


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?