Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Escalation of Hostility

"Sometimes people get exactly what they have coming to them, it's just a question of intensity and duration"

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

HEY KIDS! (crappy) COMICS!

I imagine some people reading this will be way too young to remember the old comic book spinner rack with "Hey Kids! Comics!" on it, but I thought I'd try it anyway. I did the following minicomics almost fifteen years ago and I guess I still think they have some rude, oafish charm. The title of the strip was "Los Ninos Enojado Borrachio Muerte" or The Angry Drunken Dead Children. I could never really think of anything else for these little creeps to do past the four initial stories I drew, so it died pretty quickly. I'm including the two passable ones, and hopefully if I ever said anything bad about your work you feel better about how crappy this is (unless you're on the fox news channel then I don't apologize, you can still eat a whole bag of dicks).

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Animals That Live in Mirrors


In those days, the world of mirrors and the world of men were not, as they are now, separate and unconnected. They were, moreover, quite different from one another; neither the creatures nor the colors nor the shapes of the two worlds were the same. The two kingdoms -- the specular and the human -- lived in peace, and one could pass back and forth through mirrors. One night, however, the people of the mirror invaded this world. Their strength was great, but after many bloody battles, the magic of the Yellow Emperor prevailed. The Emperor pushed back the invaders, imprisoned them within the mirrors, and punished them by making them repeat, as though in a kind of dream, all the actions of their human victors. He stripped them of their strength and their own shape and reduced them to mere servile reflections. One day, however, they will throw off that magical lethargy."
"The first to awaken shall be the Fish. In the depths of the mirror, we shall perceive a faint, faint line, and the color of that line will not resemble any other. Then, other forms will begin to awaken. Gradually they will become different from us; gradually they will no longer imitate us; they will break through the barriers of glass or metal, and this time they will not be conquered. Water-creatures will battle alongside mirror-creatures."
"In Yunnan province, people speak not of the Fish but rather the Tiger of the Mirror. Others believe that before the invasion, we will hear, from the depths of the mirrors, the sound of arms."
-Jorge Luis Borges

Friday, February 4, 2011

Swamp Thing

I did this drawing for an old friend who has been pestering me about it on and off for three years. I was recently re-reading the Moore/Bissette/Totleben comics (the stories are still very creepy and very relevant) and I gave it a shot. Even dismembered I can't make Arcane look as creepy as those guys did, and after drawing all those leaves I know why those guys took several months off here and there.

I usually don't go for internet memes, but this one seemed really interesting. it's like a fun cliff notes version of the autobiography parts of a thesis. I was a little surprised at how much I was influenced by certain things while others were kinda no-brainers.

I almost left out Robert Williams for no really good reason. I have been accused of ripping him off on several occasions, mostly for work I did before I knew he existed. He is very skilled at offering intellectual and a relevant defense of making pictures. He's pretty unapologetic about his work and was hacking it out like a real man before "lowbrow" became an obnoxious buzzword. Anyone who is interested in that type of work and "isn't really into Robert Williams" or at the very least has an understanding and respect for his importance is to be avoided at all costs. Teh same goes for the guys who are "really into comics" and don't like Jack Kirby. Morons to be avoided at all costs.