Here is my haul this week. Walking Dead is still my go to book. I don’t usually talk about it because it is so popular and over saturated in pop culture because of the show. But, I have been reading it since the beginning and it still is as good as it’s ever been. For the rest … I am still really digging Invisible Republic. It so underrated I hope it sticks around. Moon Knight is good, but it loses something without Greg Smallwood doing the art. When he is on the book it goes from good to great … maybe even borderline classic. I love his style for this, I plan to search out all of his older books. Check Smallwoods work out here.
It seems crazy, but people are raving about this Flintstones book so I thought I would check it out. It isn’t a kids book. In the story, Bedrock is the first society ever. The first generation to leave the wild and begin a civilization. This allows the creators a great vehicle to comment on our current civilization, examing serious issues like gender norms, depression in veterans, capitalism, genocide, the shallow nature of materialism. I’m not doing it justice, but it is really interesting and after reading the first six issues I decided to add it to my pull list.
I missed a few weeks of posting. Here are my latest pickups from this week. Deadly Class remains the best book out there right now, but has some tough competition. I finally got to read Reborn and that blew me away. It’s only at issue 2, but it has so much potential.
New Books I am reading …
Invisible Republic is my favorite book, hands down. Image is putting out the best books right now with out question, the creativity coming from them is insane. I’m not a big DC guy other than Batman (dark and street level Batman) and he is usually the only thing I read from them. I ignored Batman Rebirth at first, I didn’t really like what I saw with some sort of flying super hero in it. I want to keep up with the character, so I finally checked it out. I was surprised, I’ll stick around to see how it goes. I really liked this new Calendar Man idea too. I won’t spoil it for the single digits of people that read this, but it is really cool.
I had to mention that Paul Azaceta and Elizabeth Breitweiser are doing amazing work on Outcast too. This is a big inspiration to the work I am doing on my new book. I opened this up and I was like, this is exactly what I am trying to make my book look like. I have been using a color scheme similar to this, it fits the mood of my upcoming book perfectly.
Dollar bin pickups to fill in my X-Men runs …
I am trying to complete my Uncanny X-men run from when I was a kid. I always wanted to read all the classic X stories. That is actually something on my bucket list … to read the entire X-Men run from 1 on.
Finally, through Marvel Unlimited I am trying to catch up on some other great runs that I missed out on during my reading hiatus. Besides X-men I am also reading the Bendis Daredevil run. When I was growing up I didn’t pay much attention to that character. But after reading Mark Waids recent take on the character and since the tv show came out, I am intrigued. I am loving this. Alex Maleev’s art is amazing. I have had screen grabs of his work in my “inspiration folder” for years, but never really read a book of his. I didn’t even realize he was on this until I started reading it. And Bendis is so easy to read. I don’t know a better way to explain it or if that is the right way. His writing isn’t shallow or simple or anything, but it’s just easy to read. His dialogue flows and before you know you have read 4-5 issues. I really wasn’t reading comics when he got big and took over Marvel. So it’s cool to go back and see what made him the name he is. Great stuff.
My pick up this week. Invisible Republic is hands down the best book out right now. Psyched to have a new Alias (Jessica Jones) book out by Bendis and Gaydos. I love some Gaydos art. I’m not sure about Moonshiners yet, but Azzarello and Risso are awesome together, 100 bullets is one of my favorite series all time. It was one of the books responsible for getting me back into comics after a long hiatus.
Dollar bin finds! I am working on filling in my x-men run from the 70’s and 80’s. This was one of, if not my favorite book overall when I was a kid. These all fill gaps in my collection. They are books I missed out on for one reason or another back in the day.
Sketching some character ideas for a new comic. I can’t say too much about it at this point other than the comic has nothing to do with zombies.
Here is a preliminary art test from my upcoming new comic. I was still working out the style for the book and testing character designs with this one. I used a brush instead of the usual Microns. I like it overall, but I feel like this ended up being a little too cartoony for the serious and dark tone of the new story. Plus I made the decision to go with color over black and white. So it’s was back to the drawing board to tweak the style and color palette. Stay tuned for more.
Some art I did back in my college days. It’s a good example of my style back then. On a side note, I am pretty sure this was my first freelance job in design or illustration ever. I was contracted to draw a series of 20 something illustrations that were intended to be included in some kids novel. Unfortunately the writer wasn’t able to get it published but it was a great opportunity for the time.
This is a very bare bones site design. I just wanted to get something up and running as soon as possible … a place to display my illustration and comics work. I plan to build up the site design as time goes on, I am a graphic designer by trade after all. But the focus of this site is illustration not design, so here we go …