Once again, my pens and inks and Wheeler’s colors are featured on Repaneled Blog. Check it out!
Archive for November, 2011
Since the piece’s meaning is obvious, I’ll just go off on an unrelated tangent.
Image holds influence, at least in popular culture. Would Elvis Presley have been such a phenomenon had he looked like Wally Cox, or the Beatles if they all had borne an uncanny resemblance to the Three Stooges’ Larry Fine? I bring this up since for most of his life Poe was quite handsome, always striking and often debonair. So why would the poet have daguerreotypes taken after his features were etched by the sorrow for his lost Virginia and wrecked by his own failing health? Whatever the reasons, the result is that generations of schoolchildren, upon first seeing the author of classic tales of the grotesque and arabesque, have thought, “Aha! He looks kind of spooky and haunted. At last, here is an author who looks just like he should!”
I am pleased to announce that repaneled blog has once again published one of my pieces. It comes from Journey Into Mystery #110 written by Stan Lee. Original art renedered by Jack Kirby and Chic Stone. It’s actually two panels that feature Mr. Hyde, Loki, and King Cobra. Click on the original panels above or here to see my re-rendering colored by Wheeler.
Another drawing shown at Christopher’s Restaurant, along with outstanding “super-hero portraits” pieces by fellow OK, Panickers Eric Shonborn and Jason Young. In case you’re unfamiliar with this character and you’re wondering why his thought balloon lacks any thoughts, it’s because Forbush Man, as you no doubt deduced by his apparel, is a nebbish and very much the opposite of Rodin’s “The Thinker.” Thus this picture shows Forbush Man unable to think of anything to think about when he sits down to think. At least I think that’s what the sketch means.
I believe this was the last picture done for the Beatles themed conference. Having not seen it for a while, the image, along with being shamelessly predictable, now also strikes me as quite freakish. I’m surprised the organizers accepted such a bizarre drawing. Maybe they feared I’d come up with something worse or maybe there wasn’t time enough to have me do something else. Either way, I suspect they were relieved I didn’t try to do a work based on Arlen’s and Harburg’s “Lydia the Tattooed Lady” or Linda Laurie’s “Ambrose (Part 5).”