Thursday, May 16, 2013

Comic Craft - Paolo Rivera's Workspace

I've always been fascinated by the workspace of people who's art I enjoy, the tools they use and the things they use as reference or even inspiration. I first want to wish Paolo Rivera  godspeed on his move to the west coast and thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to make a video tour of your former workspace.

One thing that I want borrow from Paolo is the metal desk with magnets on his pencils, pens rulers and brushes for easy access. So if your looking for ideas for your work space, this guys got his act together, check out the video below:


Just click on the link attached to Paolo Rivera's name on this article to see some of his amazing artwork or just check him out on his current run on Marvel's Daredevil.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

PIXEL DRIP PRESENT'S• I’M THE ART SHOW, DEAL WITH IT! •





PixelDrip Gallery paid tribute to The Legend of Korra with an art show on March 23rd-24th 2013! The gallery featured work from more than a hundred artists! ( Even I added to the mix... ) It was held at Monk Space, located at 4414 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90004.

































Thursday, April 25, 2013

Spoilerific Movie Review #1 - Oblivion (2013)


The first act of Oblivion is very reminiscent of the first act of Disney's Wall-E and it does a fine job of telling the same abandoned earth story sans the Pixar charm.

As the plot starts to unravel it leaves you with gaping potholes that just don't make sense.


Tom Cruise plays Jack, a future mechanic / pilot guy who's job is to fix drones that are depleting the planets sea water to covert into hydrogen fuel for the human races off world colony on Titan. His memory has been wiped for no apparent reason other than its for the good of the mission, he's been told that The Earth was attacked by Aliens and that it's been left in ruins, uninhabitable in most places.

The drones are being attacked by what Jack believes are aliens, but if you've seen one trailer for this movie you know that the aliens are really humans lead by Morgan Freeman and Tom Cruise is working for the aliens as their maytag repairman.

Now without spilling the beans on a couple of little plot twists that come up I just have one question for the writers of this flick. If the Aliens built the giant starship capable of destroying the moon and rendering humanity to the brink of extinction, the aliens also built the ships and bases that Jack was working out of as well as the drones, why did they need to go to all the trouble of capturing a human, lying to him to get him to repair their alien tech?

Wouldn't it have been easier and less risky to the operation to just do the job themselves?
Cause you know that if you told Jack that Humanity is dead and he finds a human on Earth, the whole plan would just go to shit.

I'm just saying, it's fucking illogical captain, now bring me Iron-Man 3!!!


-JB

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Let's read comics # 3 - WTF edition - Age of Ultron #6

This week I'm going to focus on a title that's been bugging me since issue One, Age of Ultron, which has both Heroes and the title villain, doing some really out of character choices.

The latest issue has Wolverine and Susan Storm traveling back to Marvel's Silver Age to nip Ultron at the proverbial bud by Killing Doctor Henry Pym (a.k.a Ant-Man, Giant-man, Science-man and I-beat-the-shit-out-of-my-wife-man) founding member of the Avengers.

Let's take a look at what I'm talking about:



Wolverine has gone from hero willing to make the tough choices even kill if need be to straight up villain. Not to mention how many times Hank Pym or any of his creations, directly or indirectly has saved the world.

Wolverine has no moral problems with this course of action. OK...let's give Logan the benefit of the doubt, maybe he'll come to his senses....





....um....




There's an acknowledgement by Logan that Pym has done some good but otherwise he's slicing him up like he's making Julianne fries.

Also when Susan Storm walks into the room Logan does everything short of calling her a bitch.

Susan Storm is aguably the most powerful member of the Fantastic Four and a character that has a track record of making tough choices based on what she believes is right, going as far as standing up against her own husband, the all knowledgable Mr. Fantastic and siding with Doctor Doom or the Sub-Mariner on several occasions.

My point is that The Invisible Woman is no shrinking violet, so when Logan Barks...



...she buckles and allows him to murder a founding member of the Avengers, a colleague and a friend with nothing more than a whimper from her and a "Now What?"

WTF?!?


-JB

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Let's read comics # 2 - weekly wrap up

It's been a few days since this weeks books have been out on the racks so you can't claim I spoiled it for you, so here's what's going in the world of the "Big Two" this week.

Indestructible Hulk # 6

Walt Simonson and Thor are reunited in a Hulk book and I couldn't be happier. I'll take my Simonson ( who in my opinion is one of comics living legends and doesn't get the credit he deserves. ) fix any way I can get it, The story has Banner traveling to Asgard and arriving in a past were Thor has yet to met the Hulk, hijinks ensue.






Bonus sweet Thor page by Walt..




Cooler than Yimir's frosty beard!

Age of Ultron # 5

We find Reed, Tony admiring an unconscious Vision (creepy) while they wax on about time travel and whatnot...





We then zip to the present where the remaining beleaguered Avengers roam through the Savage land and cool as ice Tony Stark looses his shit...






And finally we have the "do gooders" debate killing Henry Pym before he creates Ultron....(Really!)
You know your up shits creak when Wolverine becomes The Avengers voice of reason.




Moving on......

Batgirl # 19

Sibling rivalry to the ninth degree as Babs goes up against her psychopathic little brother, James Gordon Jr.



Way to rat out your sister to Mom (douche)


Batgirl rightfully delivers the coupe de grace in the form of a fist full o' family business.



Oh snap.

Batman and Robin # 19

Batman lost his sidekick, son and now his scruples, he hatches a plan to resurrect the recently departed Damian Wayne, but instead of going to the most obvious means of resurrection in the DCU, the Lazarus pit, Batman barks up the wrong tree...The damn Frankenstein Monster!




Ok Batman's got the creature trapped, Frankie by the way is a full fledge good guy in the DCU, so you figure Bats is gonna ask some questions and be done with this nonsense, right?




Nope, he's gathering fucking cadavers people! WHERE IS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE!?! This needs to stop before it gets out of hand. Alfred knowing damn well that Bruce has finally completely lost his shit, calls Tim Drake for help who nearly looses his lunch when he stumbles upon this little scene...




...Sheer madness people.

Batman # 19

Over in another book Bruce Wayne seems to lose his mind (again) and guns down (WHAT?!?) Jim

Gordon...


If that ain't enough then runs him over while revealing the Bat costume underneath his shirt...

...Damn Bruce, did you really have to run him over?!?



Hawkeye #9


And Finally my favorite book starring the lovable loser known as Clint Barton, Clint Faces Two of his most fearsome foes!

First up...the Ex-Wife!





Then the angry girlfriend!!



Even his sidekick gives him the business...so sad.





That's it for this week, If I didn't mention your favorite book it probably because it sucked and I really didn't feel like reading it let alone write about it.

So until next week.....peace and chicken grease kiddies!