Since a few people have asked, I’m just writing this quick post to let people know where they can get my work/update on the projects I’ve posted. Pictured above is my first solo “DÏ€” book, it collects all of the random Gratuitous Ninja work I did from 00-03. It’s available at lulu here.
I do my mainstream work under Ronald Wimberly (even though I signed that Grimm piece as DÏ€). I’ve done some short format work under Ronald Wimberly, but I’ve mostly done work for Vertigo; I’m featured in Lucifer vol.#9, Swamp Thing book#3:Healling the Breach and I did the covers for the Papa Midnight mini series.
So far this year I have Sentences: the life of MF Grimm coming out from Vertigo in September. I’m working on an issue and a couple of covers for Deadman.
As for DÏ€… D will be featured in a few anthologies and other “arts-y” projects this year. I’ll be in the yet announced, Meathaus: SOS book with allot of other very talented narrative designers; I’ll post the info once I have it. I’m pitching my unique way of making comics to a few cats this year… So keep an eye out, I’ll post any new info here first.
So ok… from now on, when I see a flick or a show I’m gonna write a little something about it. The name of this editorial will be “ticket stub”. The gospel it aint, just my oppinion and a little bit of color. I’ll give the short and the long of it. The short will describe things in a way as not to devulge details because I like to see a film with almost no knowledge of the story and I don’t want to spoil it for you guys. The long will be my interpretation or oppinion.
A color test/pallete sketch I did before working on aDeadman cover that won’t see the light of day.
Fanboys be damned, I made Jubilee into a butch rocker… like one of those yankee Yakuza in training (I know she’s chinese american, not japanese) I couldn’t decide weather or not to make Wolvy into a greaser… but yeah… I had fun doing it. I don’t get to do much watercolor for work, so I had a little fun before I set to work on Deadman..
you can see some of my limited pallete puddles around the paper.
PS- MARVEL!!! GIVE ME SOME WORK!!! STOP FRONTIN! you know it’s hot!
here’s some flix of the graphic poem for that “Top Secret Meathaus Project”… crazy late… hope they can use it.
I’d be interested in what people think, but I only seem to get junk from pharmaceutical advertisers… I hate those guys. At least street pharmacists don’t advertise or spam…. imagine the day when you get crack spam!
I doodled this while trying to sleep, watching the killing machine on IFC. eesh. so tired… and yet, not at all sleepy.
Anyway, so It’s just sonny chiba then I drew a headband on him and accidentally spilled mad ink on his hair with my pen brush. Then I proceeded to doodle myself into a corner…
…anyway, I swear that the character of ryu from street fighter is taken from a Sonny Chiba flick called Karate Bull fighter:
see about a minute 25 into the video, I swear this is Ryu. I love this old stuff, spaghetti sauce, rubber eyeballs and all; The energy of it is undeniable. Sonny Chiba would be the perfect Ryu.
so since I cant’ sleep, I’ll post… and suffer tomorrow.
The ritual of martial arts is a rich and varied aspect of human culture. I saw this the other day while exploring the interweb.
The Ag’Ya, Danmye or Ladja of Martinique
You know, sometimes it’s not just about destroying someone. This shows a physical expression of violence where both participants remain unharmed despite the expression. This is dope. Also it’s ill because of the duality of violent play and compassion for your opponent. This is a martial “art”, forreal.
TMAs and fighters would nodoubt question the effectiveness of this as a style of self defense. It’s a moot point to me. Foremost because a martial art is more than the ability to destroy a human being, or else the study of nuclear physics or balistics would be the ultimate martial art. Also, I do think it’s possible that this playful style could conceal practical skills, in the same way that other practical martial arts have ceremonial aspects. Indeed the physical dexterity exibited by these players leads me to think that these performers are rather fit athletes. They are very aware of their entire body and the subtle movements of human bodies interacting… which leads me to believe that that they could handle themselves in a streetfight. My favorite fighters dance (ali, bruce, any muay thai fighter or senegalese wrestler)
I think this would make a great character for a game. Looking back on the dying fight genre of video games, I remember missing a true diversity of fighting styles. I guess that’s unfair. Streetfighter was diverse in it’s own way, but wouldn’t it have been great to see an obscure martial art like Ag’ya, Systema or even Nuba wrestling in a fighting game. Like true “world warriors”
“I just got back from another world, it was way, way past another side” (George Clinton, “I just got back”)… But yeah y’all. Just had my first signing at NYcomic con… man… It’s a thin line between love and hate, ya’ll… that’s all I’ll say about that… if you’ve been to a convention and/or sat at a table, you know what the fuck I mean. But Grimm handles it like a pro; it’s a testament to his hustle. I met some cool people though. Azarello, Haspiel, Vietch, Peter Gross, Dysart… whew! not to mention a some dope fans.
Glad to drop those names, they’re heavy. hahaha… you can’t really name-drop in comics, because no-one’s really famous. But I met becky cloonan too and that’s why there are tree monsters in my deviantart gallery now. I wanted to link with lots of people, because… well… comics is a lonely profession, and even when you’re in a crowd of people, the commercialization of the individual (talent) makes one feel isolated. It’s similar to the fine art world… But on that note, I missed Ross Campbell and only got to briefly build with Lesean. Just wanted to shout them out real quick.
Real quick… if you’re a fan of hip-hop… especially the wu… you probably already heard these but, if not, peep the new solos by Masta Killa and Inspectah Deck. Masta Killa dropped “Made in Brooklyn” and “No said date” within the last year. Both have some bangers. I’ve been rocking the Rebel Ins’ “The Resident Patient” pretty steady. Not to mention it’s my favorite Wu album cover since, “Cuban Links” or “Liquid Swords” (correction, like 5 minutes later: How did I forget Bill Sienkiewicz’s work on “Bobby Digital”, another favorite of mine)
Also been listening to The “Good the Bad and the Queen” (off the strength of Tony Allen and Paul Simonon)… it’s good pop music.
If you haven’t copped the free “Chrome Children 2″ over at Cartoon Network, go cop it… It’s arguably better than the first one, my main argument for it being better than the first one, “It’s free!”
Working on getting some drawings up here. I’ll post some pictures of the NYcon once I get them. And if you’re reading this and you got them… run them!