Sunday, July 9, 2017

Cartoons and cartoon characters.


"death in molasses swamp"


"OPEfellaRATION"

Created for a Halloween art contest on DeviantArt in 2009.


"pepper boys"


"toontown 2805"


"rook raggy rits rania"


"richard pryor goes to heaven"

He done died and they sent him to the wrong motherfuckin' heaven.


"MAJOR figgy pudding"


"an Xmas album we never got"


"the other kings and queens"

The King and Queen Of Hearts are two major characters in Lewis Carroll's classic 
Alice In Wonderland. However,no mention is made if there are husband-and-wife 
monarchs representing the three other suits in playing cards...so I created some,
using Walt Disney's 1951 animated version as a visual starting point.


"usual garbage dept."


"hare brain"


"the american dream"


"passing the torch"


"the way it crumbles"

More Risque' Disney.

If there's one thing the internet is full of,it's nude pictures of famous cartoon characters,especially
                              Disney female characters...so here's some more that I did.





"happy thoughts"


"our lady of Coventry"

Were such a film actually made,imagine the song the title character might 
sing as she's making her famous ride...or some of the merchandising,
especially the dolls or PVC figurines...or an employee at the theme parks 
having to portray this character for the tourists.


"riley discovers herself"

...and Joy discovers a new task.


"the revenge of syndrome"


...and "the revenge of syndrome A"
The version I can't post on DeviantArt.


"does the cold bother you"


"poor unfortunate soul"

This one was inspired by the two stills below.



That's right,boys and girls....the Disney animators actually drew 
and animated the Little Mermaid's naked ass.


"who's the birthday girl"

Well,until he fades from Riley's subconscious,he's gotta 
do something with his time!


"CPNM"

A twist on a popular internet acronym.


"wickedest of them all"


I discovered this image on the 'net years ago...and by "altered",I mean I 
changed Belle's facial expression....the original one...which she wears in the 
animated movie,in the scene where just before the Beast ushers her into his 
library,she wonders what he's up to...just did not fit.
Anyway,this inspired the below image.



"deux belles femmes de France"



"jessica and dolores"


"part of his world"

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Astro City.

                                 A collection of artwork inspired by Astro City,the superhero
                              comic anthology series created by Kurt Busiek,Brent Anderson
                                                                   and Alex Ross.



"the other trinity"

An ObamaHope-poster style image of Alex Ross' artwork for Astro City 
Vol. 10:Victory. The title derives from a similar image featuring DC comics' 
iconic trio,Superman,Wonder Woman and Batman.
Probably not too much of a coincidence,since DC actually publishes these 
stories,albeit through one of their other labels.


"radioactive men"
The Simpsons,as several of Astro City's heroes.


"unholy alliance"
...as in The Unholy Alliance,one of Astro City's most dangerous 
supervillain groups. From the left: Their leader Demolitia, Slamburger,
Spice,Flamethrower and in the back,Glowworm.


"a summons to Samothrace"

An Andy Warhol-inspired image of Winged Victory.


"pitfalls with sidekicks"

Drawing inspiration from Neal Adams' iconic cover to 
Green Lantern #85 (Aug./Sept. 1971),these are masked crimefighters 
and sometimes-lovers Crackerjack and Quarrel;the sidekick is my 
own creation.


"powerchord!!!"

From the pages of Astro City Vol. 12:Lover's Quarrel...it begins when Stekk,a member of 
a race of intelligent talking gorillas hidden within the Antarctic,learns of the existance of rock 
music.Teaching himself to play the drums,he rejects the militaristic life of his fellow simians 
and escapes to Astro City;re-naming himself Sticks,he seeks out a drummer's position with a 
local band,but before his first audition,he rescues people from a burning building,leading many 
to believe he's a new superhero.He also attracts the attention of several terrorist organizations,
who attempt to capture him with the intention of selling him to the highest bidder...thus 
potentially endangering any band he might perform with.
Wanting neither the life of a superhero or slave,Sticks begins to think he has no future as a 
musician,until he hits upon an idea;donning bulletproof formal wear,he begins to fight crime 
under the name Tuxedo Gorilla. Having established himself,he then puts out a call for any 
other superhumans with musical abilities...and Powerchord is born!


"honor guard locker room"
Getting a little risque' here...four female members of Honor Guard,Astro City's 
premiere supergroup...caught with their pants down.
From the left: Winged Victory (real name Lauren Freed),Quarrel (Jessica Taggart),
the second Cleopatra (Sarah Brandeis) and the BarbieDoll-esque android Beautie.


"confetti of justice"
The Steve Ditko-inspired hero Jack-In-The-Box,using his trademark 
streamers to trap the hapless villain known as Glue-Gun.


"chibi crossbreed"

Done chibi-style,the Crossbreed,a sextet of heroes who believe their powers come 
from God...in the front with the shepherd's crook is their leader Noah,who can summon 
thunderstorms...to his right is the sonic-scream-wielding Joshua,to his left is the 
geokinetic Peter and the lionesque Daniel.In the back is the giant David,while next to 
him is the angel-winged Mary.


"saturday morning leo"

The featured character,Loony Leo,is a cartoon character that was 
accidentally brought to life in 1946,an unexpected side effect of a 
battle between the tuxedo-clad superhero the Gentlemen and his arch-
nemesis Prof. Borzoi,using a device that brought fictional characters to 
life.His story,a fifty-year account that includes a short-lived career in 
feature films,a scandal involving an underaged girl who dies of a drug 
overdose,a brief stint as a lackey to an alien supervillain and eventually 
becoming the owner of a successful restaurant in Astro City can be read 
in Astro City Vol. 3:Family Album.

Although no such tale appears in the story,I'm imagining him here as the 
star of a 1970's Saturday morning cartoon.


"the superteam that never was"

I'm imagining a group of heroes,circa the mid-1980s,that for various reasons concerning 
each character,could not have come into existence;sort of a What If scenario.
Starting over on the far left,we have  Carl Donewicz aka Steeljack,if he'd chosen to 
become a hero rather than a villain.Moving clockwise,we next have Atomicus,a version 
that chose not to leave Earth.Next is Charlie Provost,formerly the sidekick Quark who 
did not have his powers removed by Starfighter,but eventually succeeded him as 
Stargladiator. Below him is Mindmaster,a version of Martha Sullivan who found the 
courage to use her telekinetic abilities to remain a heroine. Lastly,we have The Brethren,
brothers Charles and Royal Williams,who remained costumed heroes even after 
avenging their parents' death.


"lawfully wedded"

Several members of the First Family,in a sort of middle-of-the-story 
moment involving the supervillain Slamburger.
member of the Unholy Alliance (see above).



Watchmen.

                                     A collection of art inspired by Alan Moore and
                              Dave Gibbon's groundbreaking graphic novel Watchmen.



"bronze age minutemen"
A re-imagining of the 1940's-era vigilante group the Minutemen,
what they might've looked like as superheroes of the
Bronze Age of Comics (1970-1986).


"tears of a comedian"
The Comedian,in the style of Magaret Keane.


"watchmen A"
An alternate-universe roster,starting on the far left:
Dan Dreiberg aka Mothman...the successor to Byron Lewis,the original Mothman,with whom Dreiberg is a close friend. Lewis currently runs one of the most prestigious psychiatric hospitals in the country.
Edward Blake aka The Solemn Man...one of the country's most revered masked adventurers;he tragically died while stopping the murderous plot of Rameses II (see below).
Sylvia Kovacs aka Silhouette...following the death of her son Walter at the hands of her abusive ex-husband,she donned mask and trenchcoat to become the mysterious vigilante.
Janey Slater aka Mother Earth...physically transformed by a bizarre quantum physics accident,her superhuman abilities have waned with the passing years,but she remains forever dedicated to humanity.
Lyle Juspeczyk aka Steel Spectre...became a superhero against the wishes of his father,Solomon "Sol" Juspeczyk,the first Steel Spectre.
Adrian Veidt aka Rameses II...the mastermind behind a hideous plan to murder all the world's first-born children in one night,believing it would make him immortal;fortunately,he was thwarted by the Solemn Man,who tragically died in the process.


"all the vermin will drown"


"HEWTMANC"


"crushed fruit pie in alley"

Inspired by the Hostess ads that ran in superhero comics in the 1970s.


"who's smarter"

Based on the title page of Superman Vs. The Flash,
as originally done by Bob Oksner.


"based on the best seller"

Shortly after retiring from being the masked vigilante Nite Owl in the early 1960s,
former policeman Hollis Mason writes Under The Hood,a tell-all memoir about 
his days with the Minutemen; I'm imagining him selling the movie rights to 
Hollywood,hence the above poster.


"the cast of 'under the hood' "
A companion piece to the above.


"they're working on a name"

In the second issue of Before Watchmen:Minutemen...a comic-book miniseries showing 
what happened in the lives of the characters before the events of Watchmen...we saw the 
open auditions for the Minutemen. Unfortunately,not everybody made the cut,and I'm 
imagining the rejected applicants deciding to form their own group. 
Starting on the left (and not all were identified in the story) Liberty Lassy,The Iron Lid,
unnamed,The Slut,and The Frogman (crouching down).The remaining three were also 
unidentified. The tryouts were also depicted in the one-shot 
Before Watchmen:Dollar Bill.


"who watches the princesses"


"watchmen beyond"

In 1996,all of DC Comics' annuals had the same theme,Legends Of The Dead 
Earth. These were a series of stories taking place centuries after the planet 
Earth was dead,with surviving humanity scattered throughout the galaxy.The 
legends of the superheroes had also survived,and many of these tales featured 
the main character,human or alien,becoming a new incarnation of the hero.


"he doesn't have asthma"

Briefly mentioned in Watchmen...Zack Snyder's movie adaption as well as the book 
...the never-seen masochistic super-villain-wannabe who wishes nothing more than 
to receive a beating at the hands of a masked hero.


"superbirthday"

In 2013,Superman celebrated his 75th birthday. Batman's was the following year,with Wonder Woman's in 2016. As these celebrations usually included a visual collage of how these characters 
had changed throughout the years,with constant re-interpretation for the new 
generation,I imagined the same for Captain Metropolis,Watchmen's 1940s-era hero.


"jumping without a parachute?"


"unsung heroes"

Detectives Joe Bourquin and Steven Fine,two lesser-known 
but pivotal characters.