Telly

If you would have bet me 100 dollars that Telly Savalas was not in the movie Annie, you’d be 100 dollars richer. I swear to Christ I thought he was in that movie. So when our new Ok, PANIC! topic was revealed to be Little Orphan Annie, all I new about the character was Daddy Warbucks – as played by Telly Savalas. In my head. Apparently that isn’t so, and that made this drawing pointless to the topic. So here we go, one of my few attempts at a caricature of a (formerly) living person, in his most famous role (since apparently he never played Daddy Warbucks), Kojak! Who loves you, indeed?

Anyway, go check out Little Orphan Annie week at Ok, PANIC! to see what I came up with instead, as well as my partners in crime.

This week on Gutter Trash: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Doom

I’ve noticed recently a disturbing lack of supervillain art in my blog. Good villains make good comics. This is a trend I need to reverse. I also noticed an imbalance of DC characters vs. Marvel characters. Also a lack of indie characters, but whatever. I like all comics, and I abhor “fans” who are loyal to one company and badmouth another simply due to – I dunno – being simple minded idiot asshole fucktards. I really really hate comic book fans. You know who you are, assfucks.

Anyway, Doom.

Covered

I’ve been Covered. Again.

Check it out, as well as all the other awesome covers too. But mostly mine.

Can You Dig It?

I’m jus’ talkin’ ’bout Shaft.

This week at Ok, PANIC! we’re celebrating the life and work of Rob Liefeld. I have a feeling that we’re doing this ironically. I’m not a fan of ironic enjoyment of anything, but it is incredibly hard to like Liefeld on any level other than irony. But I am going to try.

In Defense of Rob Liefeld.

He is not a good artist. That needs to be said off the bat. I am not a fan of his work, and via interviews and whatnot, I’m certainly not a fan of the man either. I don’t hate the man. Never met him. If I were to ever meet him, I would shake his hand, tell him that it was nice to meet him and then make every attempt to avoid conversation. Incidentally, I do this to everyone.

And I don’t hate his work. Again, it’s not good by any means. But Liefeld is such an easy target, I do try to look at his work critically and find some good. Believe me, it’s there, and that is the greatest crime Liefeld has committed. He’s never lived up to his potential. There are flashes of artistic brilliance in his work at times, but it’s few and far between and surrounded by manure. If you look at his early work, you can see the influences of John Byrne, George Perez and Art Adams – all masters of the medium. Somewhere along the line, with the popularity of Todd McFarlane (whose art I love) and Jim Lee (whose art I don’t), Liefeld started incorporating their styles into his work. Instead of refining and trying to create his own voice, he became a mish-mash of styles, coupled with youthfull energy and enthusiam, you get steaming hot piles of New Mutants and X-Force. And once he became an A-Lister, he got complacent, and his art never evolved.

Which is a shame. I think if he had been able to focus on one thing, instead of trying to buckshot the industry with everything he ever thought of, he might have been able to turn around the bad taste he left in fan’s mouths when he began dropping projects left and right, never to be completed. He might have refined his art to be competent and perhaps even visionary. It’s there. You can see it in the crap he churns out. There’s gold in them thar turds. Or maybe just a chunk of corn.

My other theory is that he’s actually very awesome and is fully aware of what he’s been doing and how he’s been doing it. He’s simply fucking with us all and laughing at us for loving and hating it.

The above drawing is a parody of his worst attributes. When Rob Liefeld was revealed as the topic for this week’s Ok, PANIC!, I drew two pieces. The more respectful companion drawing is over at www.ok-panic.net. I had fun drawing both for different reasons. I’d actually like to draw some more Youngblood characters in the style of the piece on Ok, PANIC!. We’ll see.

This week on Gutter Trash: John Carpenter’s The Thing.

Doop

Peter Milligan is one of my favorite writers*, Mike Allred is one of my all-time comic heroes, and together they created a run of X-Men related books that were so unique and so different and so “Fuck You, X-Men fans” that it will never be topped. Even Grant Morrison’s run on the X-Men couldn’t do it (comes really close, though). It’s also pretty much why me and maybe five other people actually liked and read the book, and all other X-Fans out there hated it so much. Well fuck ’em and their ******** ways, and fuck the X-Men franchise until even a fraction of their former awesomeness is injected back into the line.

Here’s Doop. Along with the band ROCK SUGAR, he epitomizes awesomeness.

* There are two Peter Milligans. The first Peter Milligan – Awesome Peter Milligan – is the guy who wrote Shade the Changing Man, Enigma, Girl and X-Statix. That guy will always get a free pass with me. Unfortunately, that means that sometimes I have to deal with the other Peter Milligan – Awful Peter Milligan – who wrote crap like Greek Street, Toxin, Namor, X-Men, and JLA Classified.

This week on Gutter Trash: Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth.

Charlton Chew

Much like my opinion of Jack Kirby, I’ve spent most of my comic reading career disliking Steve Ditko. Over the past few years I’ve gotten past the things that I disliked – which were all aesthetic issues – and realized the genius of both of those creators embedded in their art. It also doesn’t hurt that Ditko created my absolute favorite superhero ever, Ted Kord – The Blue Beetle. I’m also pretty fond of Captain Atom and The Question, though not necessarily Ditko’s visions of those characters.

Anyhoo.

I like drawing adult superheroes as kids.

Gladiator

Cool Dave Cockrum design, pretty cool twist on the Superman archetype. Cool X-Men sometime villain. Bad drawing from a few years ago.

It Means “Go!”, Goddammit!

Seriously, the green arrow means go. Don’t fucking hesitate. And for that matter, when it’s just a regular green light and you’re making a left turn, pull into the damn intersection, for chrissakes.

I believe I’ve already laid out my love for the archer superheroes in the Hawkeye drawing. I’m especially a big fan of Mike Grell’s run on G.A.

This is the most green I’ve ever used to color anything.

I’m a Creep

My first exposure to The Creeper was the “Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told” trade paperback. I was fascinated by the bizarre character. Ditko’s some kind of genius. Crazy, but genius. I even was a big fan of The Creeper series from the late 90s. Not so much the Steve Niles series. Best forgotten.

The Shadow of Atomic Fear

Two Sabbath references in a row!

I like The Atom. I became a fan of Ray Palmer when I found the “Sword of The Atom” series in a second hand store, and enjoyed his appearances in Dan Jurgen’s unfairly maligned “Teen Titans” series. But I’m not such a whiny fuck that when he was replaced by Ryan Choi – which is the version I drew here – that I threw a fit. Or gave a crap when Ray returned. I did like the Ryan Choi Atom series, though. Gail Simone wrote some fun stories, John Byrne cranked out some of his most tolerable art in twenty years, and Mike Norton rocked it for the remainder of the series. My one problem with Ryan Choi’s Atom was the color scheme of his costume.. It seemed backward. I colored it here the way that makes sense to me.