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MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #6–pgs 12 & 13(of 27), also: “Panic in the sewers of Gotham!”

    OK…so not much going on here for a Monday.  An bunch of characters…some loose talk about the naughty-ness of Nazis.  Whatever.  For me these pages now hold significance because for a year I have been using GIMP to scan/manipulate all images.  Recently though there have been things I’ve had to do that would only cause GIMP to stall and crash, so I took this opportunity to get more comfortable with Photoshop…and MAN!  Somebody should tell the world about this PHOTOSHOP thing!  It’s fantastic!  Anyway, these are the pages where I started using Photoshop full-time and abandoned Gimp.  You served me well, free shareware.  Salute!

   ALSO:  Didja know this is the last week of the DAILY GOAL SKETCH?  I did when I was drawing it.  That is why I went a little over the top on this one.


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #6–pgs 10 & 11, also: “Go to Hal”

   Despite my hatin’ last time, I DO like that MJ jacket on 80’s Fleming.  Man…I can’t wait for the action figure line…

   As for IAN ANTHRAX…Running with my ‘drawing my friends because I’m not too imaginative’ theme of this issue, I decided to model Ian on my friend QUILLAN ROE (who I’ve gone on at length about before).  In the years since my original drawing of Quillan/Ian, Q has gone on to grow long, flowing Freedom Hair and gotten some boss tattoos.  I think I may have to give Ian a make-over…

   ALSO:  Photoshopped in post…


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #6–pgs 8 & 9, also: “Don’t hurt Juno!”

    Ahem…I wrote this story about a year before MJ died, and literally pencilled page 9 just five days before his demise.  By the time I got to inking it  weeks later I was really torn about whether or not to include it.  I was sick of MJ and his music long before the air left his surgically altered lungs.  This jag was meant to be jab, not a posthumous homage.  IT’S MEANT TO BE HATIN’!!!  I’M HATIN’ ON YOU, MICHAEL JACKSON!!!

   ALSO:  I bet you know my inspiration for this one…


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #6–pgs 6 & 7(of 27), also: “Three for the price of one”

    I was very happy the day I doodled Anthrax Island.  Both because it look neat, and because it reminds me of COBRA ISLAND and the sweet ‘Cobra War” storyline from the original series of G.I.JOE comics.  That was great stuff.  Thanks, Larry Hama.

   ALSO:  You may have noticed that I only refer to the client at work as…the client at work.  Legally, that the most I can say.  But if you were a master detective like ROBIN’S boss, you could probably figure it out. 


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #6–pgs 4 & 5(of 27), also: “Seriously, how useless is Sue Richards?”

   Yesterday I mentioned how I re-wrote the opening to MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #6 to accomidate introducing new characters.  I figured if I was already homaging one friend with MATT OBLIVION, I might as well homage another by throwing-in ARTEMIS SKANKS.  What can I say?  I wrote this in summer 2008.  I was consumed with FAR ARDEN at the time.   And KEVIN CANNON rocks–everbody knows that–which is why FAR ARDEN was nominated for an EISNER this year.  Vegas says Kevin is a dead lock.  At any rate, Kevin says he likes the homage (though I wonder)…but unlike OBLIVION, I don’t think we’ll be seeing much more of SKANKS.

    Oh!  And I started “connecting the pages” on these two pages.  Trying to go with more of a poster effect with each even/odd page combination.  

ALSO:  Remember how I mentioned on Wednesday that since the Daily Goal Sketches were coming to an end I made a promise to myself to really up the craftsmanship on them?  Yeah well…today’s SUPER SKRULL was done in a time crunch and isn’t so awesome.  Sue me.  Oh–and when my client was given the drawing, he liked it but had one question: “Where is the Invisible Woman’s power?”  I assured him the Super Skrull was using it, we just couldn’t see it. 


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #6–pgs 2 & 3(of 27), also: “Mmm….planets….”

   The MATT OBLIVION origin continues… So a couple years ago my old friend MATT RISNES and I decided to celebrate his birthday the old-fashioned way–by seeing a film together.  This might not seem too special, but in this age of family and time commitment, having a few free hours to spend with an old friend is increasingly hard to find.  Anyway, Matt and I decided to take in the then fairly new (and totally awesome!) HELLBOY 2.  I was short on cash (as per my usual) so for Matt’s present I decided to make and frame him an original drawing.  In line with the theme for the day I was going to do him a Hellboy fighting C’thulhu (to me Matt is synonymous with C’thulhu.  That, and I had just finished the PLUNGER-MAN short with RYAN DOW.)  But as I sat down and started drawing out the body shape, I got it in my head that perhaps instead of Hellboy, I should have a Hellboy-ish Matt fighting old ‘hulhu.  So that’s what I did…and I think it turned out pretty sweet (INSERT IMAGE HERE.  …oh…I don’t have that…Matt does….nevermind). 

      Before I handed the drawing off to Matt my brain started racing–how could I work this monster-fighting Matt into the MANLY TALES canon???  Well the first thing he needed was a proper name, and in honor of one of Matt’s favorite films–VIDEODROME–MATT OBLIVION seemed appropriate.  Second, a back story–what about a REVERSE Hellboy (see yesterdays post)?!  And finally, where the heck could I work him in?  Well as it turned out I had finished the script for MANLY TALES #6 several weeks earlier, and to say I was unsatisfied with it was an understatement.  So as I do in these situations I set the script aside and left it up to my subconscious to do the heavy lifting.  AND LIFT IT DID!  Adding MATT OBLIVION to this issue, and making him the opener, was just what this issue needed.  The opening was good–and in fact I lifted it word for word and made it the opening of issue 7–but in line with what the rest of the issue is about I felt it needed more.  And MORE Matt Oblivion provided.  So I hope you enjoy Mr Oblivion in this issue…I have a suspicion he’ll be around for a while.

   ALSO:  Today’s Daily Goal Sketch is GALACTUS.  My client had added Galactus’ name to the ever-growing list of characters to draw pretty early on, and occasionally as he reviewed the list to see what was coming up in the following weeks and months he’d ask me a question of troubled concern:  “HOW ARE YOU GOING TO FIND  A SHEET OF PAPER BIG ENOUGH TO DRAW HIM ON?” I’d assure him it wouldn’t be to scale, and that seemed to both satisfy his worry and disappoint him all at the same time.  I should also note that this was the first DGS I did after both my client and I had returned from our conflicting vacations (it was the first new DGS drawing I had done in 3 weeks).  At this point I knew I was going to be leaving that job in 2 weeks, and made him aware of that.  I also decided F-IT!–  From there on out, these Daily Goal Sketches were going to be super awesome. 


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #6–cover and pg 1(of 27), also: “We’re all in Dan Jurgens shadow”

   Welcome to MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #6!  Lots happens in this issue towards the ongoing construction of the MANLY TALES universe, not the least of which is the introduction of MATT OBLIVION!   I’ll get more into Matt’s origins tomorrow, but something you should know up front is Oblivion was designed to be MANLY TALES anti-Hellboy.  Instead of being a demon who fights demons to save humanity, Matt is a human who is on a mission to kill all demons so he–and ONLY HE–can be the one to DESTROY humanity.  That was the basic concept, anyway.  So when time came to do a cover I knew I had to pay tribute to Oblivion’s Hellboy-inspired genesis, so I whipped up the most Mike Mignola-ish cover I could.  This is also the first cover of the series to depict events that actually happen inside the issue.  It was a big switch from my ‘random shit that has nothing to do with this comic’ stance on covers.  Sure glad I did.  I am never looking back.

   ALSO:  Aside from WILL SHETTERLY and VINCE STONE, DAN JURGENS was one of my greatest influences growing up–and for the same reason as Will and Vince:  He was actually someone in MN I could point to and say “LOOK!  HE MAKES COMICS FOR A LIVING!!!”  When Mr Jurgens got national attention for “killing” Superman I couldn’t have been prouder.  I have since lost my love for the kinds of stories Mr Jurgens is paid to tell, but I still hold a place in my heart for his early inspiration (and his art is pretty darn great, too!).  So it filled me with pride to be asked to draw BOOSTER GOLD for a Daily Goal Sketch.  It brought me back to the days when Jurgens was doing the Justice League (the only time I’ve ever bought the book), and made me smile.



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