Recent Dorkiness

Pretty Pictures (and a Time-Lost Middle Finger)

The day job continues to be super-busy, and I haven’t been able to write this week. So instead, I thought I’d share a few pretty pictures…

First up, we have a pretty kick-ass drawing of Jack Kirby’s Etrigan the Demon, by Ramon Villalobos:

Demon - Villalobos

I dig it. That’d be a cool t-shirt, that would. DC, take freaking notice!

If you’d like to see more of Villalobos’ work, check out his Tumblr here: New Cool Meat. There’s some nice work there, stuff that puts me in mind of Frank Quitely and Raphael Grampa. Or at least Chris Burnham and Nick Pitarra. He does a pretty kick-ass Wonder Woman, too:

click to embiggen

click to embiggen

Love the sandals with leather greaves. And the wrestling belt. Somebody give this man a comic to draw!

I haven’t been able to find out who drew the next pretty picture, but it’s got a Geoff Darrow level of attention to cluttery detail:

click to embiggen the insane detail

click to embiggen the insane detail

Heh. Among the many, many cool things strewn about that picture, I would urge you to note the 20-sided die, the Necronomicon, and (if I’m not mistaken)… Dr. Fate’s helmet. Ooooo! Dork burn!

What else, what else? Ah! From artist Raphael Salimena (found at the Alan Moore Tumblr A Moment of Moore), we have this rather… uhm…  pointed illustration of the Funnybook Shakespeare:

click to embiggen the beardiness

click to embiggen the beardiness

And as long as we’re talking about Alan Moore and middle fingers… We look back to the 1985 Superman annual, and the Alan Moore / Dave Gibbons story “For the Man Who Has Everything,” for Moore’s take on the Superman / Wonder Woman romance:

Gibbons Superman Wonder Woman Kiss

Heh. Honestly, I have no real beef with the storyline, beyond the fact that I can’t see Brian Azzarrello’s Wonder Woman being at all interested in Superman. But I love the idea that noted occultist Alan Moore, a guy who’s fascinated with the nature of time, somehow managed to write a diss of DC Comics editorial strategies years before he was even upset with them.

And finally… There’s no pretty pictures to accompany this one, but you can go here to read Jess Nevins’ always-informative annotations to Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s Nemo: Heart of Ice. Far from being a simple game of spot-the-reference (though it’s that, too), Nevins’ annotations never fail to enrich my understanding of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen stories. This time, he outlines all the various Antarctic fiction Moore and O’Neill drew on for their most recent League tale, including not just Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness and Poe’s Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, but also a Jules Verne novel I’d never even heard of before (The Ice Sphinx). I’m going to have to go back and re-read the book now (horrors!), with Nevins’ annotations by my side.

And that’s all for now. Off to work!


About Mark Brett (522 Articles)
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