New Comic

I'm finally getting off my lazy ass and making it happen. 4431 should be done by Oct at the rate that I'm going. I'll be posting some process under a new link when the first 5 pages are done. Until then, here's a mini comic that I'm still not sure what to do with. The type has not been integrated, but the imagery is almost done. Also, I found my old professor online at a TED Talk. It's under the July 30th post. I do miss you Lord Byrom.




The definitive top 10 comic book villains on screen

With the Hugo Weaving not wearing make-up for his portrayal of the Red Skull and Tom Hardy shooting steroids into his eyeballs for the part of Bane, comic book adaptations are solidified as the "hot" thing as of late. So, it is with all due respect to the myriad of comic movies that I produce the definitive top 10 comic book villains. Now understand this, I am not a comic geek or loser fan boy. I am a professor of psychology part time and Nobel laureate runner up. I pay taxes, listen to whatever is deemed "in" and have a hot wife. So that should settle the matter. I'm right, and everyone else's list are garbage

10: Fun Boy

Overshadowed by the performance and death of Brandon Lee, The Crow was actually a pretty good movie. It had a dynamite soundtrack, great set direction and it put food on the table for the forgotten Ghostbuster. There are several villains to choose from but as far as accuracy goes, none hold a candle to Michael Massee's version of Fun Boy. You can feel the grease rolling off this guy through the screen. He looks and acts identical to J.O. Barr's character and goes a few steps further. With little screen time, he really pulls the Boba Fett routine as an outstanding minor villain.


9: Carl Fogarty

About 14 people know that A History of Violence was actually a comic book. The book was much better and had a much more realized ending. However, Ed Harris's version of Carl Fogarty was epic. Like all great villains, he was deformed and masochistic. I live when actors play against type, and Harris really nails it. He should have played a Nazi.


8: Karl Ruprecht Kroenen

He was a Nazi. The movie was Hellboy.


7: Bullseye

We all know the movie was shit, but Colin Farrell did do a good job of making this pretty 1 dimensional villain a true psychotic. He was really funny and the only reason to watch any of this film. Fans were disappointed in the costume but I thought they solved the problem pretty well. It's one of those costumes that just wouldn't translate well.

6: Doctor Octopus

As a huge Spider-Man fan, I always thought he had the best rouges gallery. When I found out that Doc Ock would be the second villain, I was a little let down. I never liked him as a kid, I thought he was dopey and posed no threat to Spidey. After seeing how Alfred Molina treated the character, I was wrong. A very competent and sympathetic character, you actually feel sorry for him in the end. I really like the approach they took to his costume and motivations. Here's hoping the reboot wont warrant another reboot.

5: Ming the Merciless

I love it when actors don’t take themselves too seriously. So many are caught justifying their rather useless craft and comparing themselves to Rosa Parks or the Dali Lama. They act like their job is so important and that only making 7 million per picture would constitute poverty. Max Von Sydow is not one of those actors. He candidly talks about his role in Conan as a favor to his son who loved the comics . Flash Gordon remains one of those films that gets more fun each time you watch it. It really boasts a star studded cast that hams it up for this Italian surreal counterpart to Star Wars. Sydow is fantastic as Ming, cruel and sadistic, he even throws his own daughter to the flesh boars. Ouch!


4: Magneto

How I know that if I had superpowers, I would be a villain instead of a hero(pt 1):

If I had Magneto's powers, instead of curing some biological trace element epidemic, or fixing crippling infrastructure, I would crush every car that tailgated me into a flaming ball of agony. I would relish as I gaze in the rear view and see the panicked look in the drivers eyes before I slowly collapsed his/her/their lungs with twisted iron as I drove away.

Ian McKellar brought a charisma and gravity to the character that actually made that costume work. His stock in fantasy/sci-fi material is hot right now. Can't wait to see the Hobbit.


3: The Joker

I really didn't see Heath Ledger as the Joker. Fortunately, Nolan did. Even if you don’t contrast his portrayal to Caesar Romero or Jack Nicholson, his version of the Joker was stunning. Gritty, scary, capable and totally insane, Ledger brought a level of intensity to a rather silly character. R.I.P. Heath, your legacy body of work will shine for decades to come.

2: Thulsa Doom

Cold Blooded!! Again, the big teddy bear who's voice is only rivaled by Morgan Freeman as the voice you want to hear in your head when you read a book goes against type in the first Conan film. If you doubt as to why he is so high on the list, watch the first 10 minutes of the film. I'll wait…..

Thought so.


1: General Zod

Keel before Zod! Keel before Terrance Stamp! Even you Superman, especially you Superman. Cool, collected and rolling with a posse, the ultimate villain






Jeremy came over last week and we set up a quick glamour lighting scheme. This is Katy with the full treatment.

The lights were set up in what's called a clam shell. The master light is above the model with a piece of matte board reflecting the light from underneath. A hot backlight is blasting out the background.

i first saw this technique at Kelby's Shoot it seminar. Jeremy immediately know the technique in addition to several others. The image was shot with a D700.


Studio 101

Here is an example of the compositing demonstrated at this years Studio 101


New series

This is a new series I'm working on between my sketchbooks. Its under drawing, called "Tough Guys". I'll try and post some process between a few.

Heres the original sketch, traced in Photoshop, printed, then inked with a micron for expression.

Final, painted with textures in Photoshop.


Sketchbook Revisted

Just got this sent to me, sounds cool

meanwhile, i have been working on a bound reeplica of one of my themed sketchbooks called Nightmares and other Maladies. Depending on the bind, it might be around 44 pages. I'll put up a SWF once its finished and sell them for around 10$. hope you like it


Hamilton Wood Type Museum/Workshop

Here are some images from the Wood Type Workshop in two Rivers WI. The museum is curated by Jim Moran, an awesome guy who is not only knowledgeable about the history of type but a great instructor in regards to setting type. I highly recommend spending the day at the museum to all designers and artists who like to get dirty.



The Uncanny Valley

I'm still working on a short essay titled the Homunculi Theory which I thought was going to be one of the more provocative titles I had come up with until this thing was sent to me.  We have been talking a lot about what made the Mo-Cap Robert Zemeckis movies so creepy. Apparently we were not alone, in fact there is quite a lot of literature to explain why "almost" life like is worse than a corpse or a zombie. This gray area between robot and human is called the uncanny valley.

What I find most interesting is how people have tried to pin point what exactly it is that is so unnerving about the look of these things. All of the explanations make sense but some see more plausible than others.



If your looking for something to read and have already plowed through all of the Hellboy's and everything by Alan Moore, you should move onto Scalped. This is an awesome series by Jason Aaron and illustrated by R. M. Guéra, published monthly by Vertigo Comics.

I dont want to spoil anything so I'll just let you dive in but i will say this, it's not for the faint of heart.


New Stop Motion 

Here are the boards for the new animation Bradley, Dom and myself are about to begin. It's a nightmare Katy had as kid, it's really creepy.

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