Yeah, that changed pace quickly. Don’t expect this chapter to take its self all that seriously.
As a young architect and wanna-be fine artist, I am absolutely mesmerized by artist Jeremy Mann.
The way he instills the somber energy and flow in his cityscapes, bringing them to just the right level of abstraction, makes you feel as though you are there with him in a dream you can’t quite remember clearly.
Found via Fubiz.
Cityscapes like these are a strong inspiration for the setting of AntiBunny, and though I don’t have the artistic skill to come close to replicating them, and often make use of more simplified backgrounds, I occasionally like to take my time and use splashes of color to evoke a similar feeling of the city as a whole being a series of bright lights splashing around in the darkness.
Assorted art of Euclid and Juju that I’ve received over the years from various artists. Key thing here is that there seems to be no question amongst other artists as to what Euclid should look like, but interpretations of Juju got more creative. i had a tough time redesigning her later on to fit with the current visual aesthetic.
More of Chapter 2. Funny enough, Juju was actually concieved of as the doll first, and the witchy girl later. Euclid is uhm…he’s a special case.
I think early on people confused Euclid and Hannibal since both were spiky haired goth characters, but they have distinctly different personalities.
The second chapter of Gritty City Stories. Every so often I return to the magical characters for some lighthearted fun. Ok and an axemurder. not specifically addressed in this chapter, but explained in a later one, this scene doesn’t actually take place in Gritty City its self but in the nearby town of Haunted Junction, though the story will be shortly moving to the city.
Chapter 2 was home to a lot of experimentation, so the look may change as the story progresses before things finally start to cement in the next two following chapters.
Concluding Chapter 1 of Gritty City Stories brings us to a close. It was a rough concept, and very raw at the time, but it did the job it needed to of introducing the core cast, and concepts that would push the rest of the story. Some day I’d like to come back and redraw this chapter.
The whole reason I called Pooky’s gender into question was to build on the fundamental question of AntiBunny and that is “What is identity.” It is neither an approval nor disapproval of transgender issues, only a means by which I could dissect the issue of identity by removing one of its fundamental building blocks, which is gender identity. I don’t address the issue directly much after chapter 1, but later on most readers figured out what I was getting at is, that Pooky just plain lacks the mental construct of gender identity entirely. Oh also Transformers joke.
I will stop reblogging this when it stops being funny.
It’s not just the movies either. I think the best explanation is that Marvel is truly embracing everything that makes comics awesome while simultaneously bringing in new ideas, and expanding their audience. The fact that they’re returning to exploring the cosmic characters that were so prevalent in the 80’s and early 90’s, really shows that. They can tell a gritty lone man’s struggle against crime, or they can just as easily tell a galaxy hopping space adventure with cosmic beings and interstellar empires. DC meanwhile seems to still think catching up is defined as getting stuck in the late 90’s, and they need to compete with that there new fangled Spawn.
The silver age was a great time for DC. Sure it was goofy, but it was fun. In the 80’s they showed they could combine the fun of the silver age with a more serious tone. DC may be returning its focus to silver age characters, but they’ve lost that spirit. Though meanwhile anything they give to Bruce Timm to put into animated form seems to turn to gold. Maybe they should bring him on board.
So while Marvel is knocking it out of the park movies and comics, DC has found a niche in TV adaptations (both animated and live action). Maybe DC execs need to stop trying to compete through imitation, and evaluate what’s working so well with those TV adaptations.
I’d like to point out that the un-numbered page here is like a lot of things, happening in Pooky’s head. Do you get the feeling this bunny isn’t all there?
After 19 years, Bill Watterson, the reclusive creator of Calvin and Hobbes returns to cartooning as a secret guest artist in Stephan Pastis’ Pearls Before Swine (read the whole story on Stephan’s blog).
As a child Calvin and Hobbes was one of those classics I enjoyed. As an adult I can appreciate it on so many more levels. As a cartoonist, I’m glad to see the creator back in the game. As someone who apparently doesn’t keep up with things, I was surprised to find out that he was alive.