Captain Victory

Happy 104th Birthday to the late, great King of Comics, Jack Kirby. Captain Victory was one the rare Kirby creations in which he retained full creative control and ownership. His original 14 issues have yet to be collected.

Suggested by my long-lost pal, Jason Young.

August Patreon Rewards

Natasha Irons: Steel

Mimic


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Nightcrawler (43)

BAMF. Bad. Ass. Mother. Fucker.

Which is not me. Nightcrawler is, though. Probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite X-Character, at least in his more care-free, swashbuckling form. I think he’s a lot of people’s favorites. I’ve had more than one female acquaintance refer to him as their “X-Men boyfriend”.

All I know is that his costume is the best and any change to it fails spectacularly. Hell, even attempts to change his hair, give him a beard or whatever knocks him down a notch. Don’t fuck with a classic.

I was looking for “bamf” reference, looking at how different artists draw the “bamf”. If you do a google image search for “Nightcrawler”, pretty much all you get now is the Jake Gyllenhaal movie. Which is a GREAT movie, but c’mon.

Anyway. It’s my birthday. I’m mid-way to my mid-40s. Yay? Umm… not a bad year. Not a great year. Just… a year. I’ve had a cat for a little over a year now and he drives me absolutely insane and I may hate him? No real relationships in my life to speak of other than him. Just the same three or four friends I communicate with in regular rotation. I guess some people have less than that? I dunno.

I’m still broke and broken, but that’s a feature not a flaw?

Oh, and just when we thought we were all coming through the other end of the worldwide pandemic, guess what?! We’re not. Thanks, America!

Get fucking vaccinated.

13th Doctor

I guess I never posted this.

Flash on the Can


I can’t believe I have never posted this on this blog before.

My friend Joe G. is the curator of a Flash-themed sketchbook. He takes it to cons, has artists – most of them professional and A-Listers – sketch various Flashes in it. Back in 2006, I believe at the very first Gem City Comic Con, I convinced Joe to let me add my own Flash sketch. And it was this. To this day, I am still really stupidly proud of this. There is an inherent joy that I have in knowing that when Joe goes to conventions, big-name artists will flip through this book to see who else has contributed, and ultimately will look upon this with awe. If I recall correctly, I think I was present when Dave Johnson saw it, smirked and shook his head as he flipped through it. That, sirs, was the greatest moment of my life.

The greatest.

My inner-thoughts backstory for this sketch was that DC had not been using Wally West at the time. He was not officially dead or off-the-map or anything. They just… weren’t using him because Geoff Johns is a shitty writer and probably a bad person. So my excuse was that Wally had the shits.

Ok, PANIC! 2021

Back in early 2010, I took part in a bi-weekly curated art group called Ok, PANIC! I stuck with it through about mid-2013. It closed up shop in mid-2015. It has been unavailable on the internet for quite a while, but you can take a look at chunks of it via Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

When this website was hacked about a month ago, losing about 6 months worth of posts and back-end work I had done, I decided I wanted to have ALL my art from around the various corners of the internet hosted on here (with the exception of some Patreon exclusive stuff). So I grabbed all my Ok, PANIC! pieces (thanks, Wayback Machine!) and have spent the last week posting them where they would have fallen chronologically on the blog, as well as adding commentary for some of them. You can easily find them by clicking either of the links below! Enjoy!
https://www.shonborn.net/archives/category/ok-panic

https://www.shonborn.net/archives/tag/ok-panic

Finite #4

I recently drew the back cover for Finite #4, the newest issue of the sci-fi comic by my friend Bruce O. Hughes. The issue will debut this upcoming weekend at the first Mid-Pandemic Gem City Comic Con. I might be there Sunday. Come infect us!

Besides the back cover, I also edited and re-lettered some of the book. I can personally guarantee 97.8% less spelling errors!

Vampire Superman

I’ve been watching Super Friends lately. Usually while doing other things. Episode I saw the other night had the Friends fighting Dracula, who turned people – and eventually Superman – into vampires with his eye lasers. And then Superman created an army of vampires with his eye lasers. And then Batman & Robin cured everyone with cave gas.

So I drew Dracula Superman. There was no blood in the cartoon. That’s artistic license.

Supergirl

The Sascha Calle Supergirl from the upcoming Flash movie. Minus weird fake abs. Patreon reward.

Super Skrull

Paaaaaaaaaytreon.