Posted tagged ‘comics’

Green Lantern – Kyle Rayner

December 20, 2009

In honor of DC Comics not killing off Kyle Rayner, I decided to draw another fan pic of him! (See issues #42 & #43 of GL Corps) Being that he’s my all-time, favorite comic book character, I realized I hadn’t ever drawn him in his current costume.

I pencilled this & then colorized it in Photoshop. The most challenging part was colorizing the black part of his costume. Overall, this was a very fun pic to work on!

You can also check out the pic I did of a male Star Sapphire at my deviantART gallery. I’ve posted tons of stuff there. Enjoy!



Green Lantern Lives!!!

December 17, 2009



Ok, so last month I was all pissed that DC comics killed off my all-time, favorite character, Kyle Rayner. Well, I just finished reading Green Lantern Corp #43 and, to my great relief, Kyle LIVES!!!

In the beginning of the issue Kyle lay dead on the planet of Oa after having defeated several attacking Black Lanterns. His power ring flew off his finger and proceeded on it’s way to space sector 2266. Two GL Corps members, Guy Gardner and Soranik Natu, rushed to his body. His death was too much for both of them to bear and Guy’s rage  allowed a Red Lantern ring to posses him. Natu, a surgeon and Kyle’s lover, attempted to revive him while Guy went on a rampage.

As Natu worked to bring her beloved back, a Black Lantern ring flew in and attempted to turn him into a zombie… But before it could command him to “rise”, an Indigo Lantern, with the power to destroy black rings, along with the rest of the GL Corps, jumped in to save the day!

Meanwhile, in another sector, Star Sapphire Miri, a Violet Lantern who had helped Kyle and Natu on a previous adventure, was informed by her ring that Kyle’s life was about to be extinguished. She immediately sped to his aid. Using Natu and Kyle’s love for each other, she used the power of the Star Sapphires to bring Kyle back to life!

Kyle and Natu embraced and then suddenly his power ring returned to restore him back to the Green Lantern Corps! The surrounding GL Corps members then informed Kyle of Guy’s current status as a Red Lantern and they decided to go help their friend.

And, oh yeah, on the very last page, Mogo, the planetary Green Lantern, showed up, for who knows what. Then it was “to be continued”!

Whew! What an issue! I can’t believe how much shit happened in this! It totally made up for what I thought was Kyle’s demise in the end of last issue. I was glad to see the GL’s finally kick some ass!

It was a very intense issue! When that Black Lantern ring slid onto Kyle’s hand, I was like “Oh, NO, you just didn’t!” I loved how the other hero Lanterns all rallied to help Natu bring Kyle back.

I usually don’t care much for Guy Gardner, but seeing he got as pissed as I did over Kyle’s death, I was like, “Hell, yes! Destroy those damned Black Lanterns, dude!” Now that Kyle’s okay, I’m sure he’ll be able to save Guy in the next issue.

The art by Patrick Gleason was top notch this issue. The splash page featuring Kyle’s return to the GL Corps was very sexy! And the script by Peter J. Tomasi was great. Like I said, it kept me in suspense the whole time! I was actually overcome with joy when Kyle came back. I guess it’s because of how much I love the character, but Mr. Tomasi really made me FEEL with this particular story arc!

After I finished the issue, all I could think was, “Thank you DC, for not killing off my all-time, favorite comic book character!” Yes, Kyle Rayner, Green Lantern LIVES!!!


Modern Comics… Where’s the Fun?

November 17, 2009

Since my favorite comic character, Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner) was killed off last week, I was inspired to post my thoughts on modern comics…

I’ve been a comic book reader for years. I first started back in the 80’s, became a hard-core collector in the 90’s, and continue to this day every Wednesday to get my weekly stash. The biggest draw that comics had for me when I first discovered them was that they had a fun sense of adventure. Colorful superheroes had a huge impact on me and I still love ’em.

But now-a-days, comic books are a serious matter. Gone are the carefree days when heroes always came out on top. Both Marvel and DC have gotten so dark, Marvel has even named all their comics “Dark” this and “Dark” that. And DC’s big cross-over event this year is “Blackest Night”. Most main stream comics have gotten too dark for me, and I’ve gradually had to drop all kinds of titles from my pull-list.

In a way, it does save me money every week. I mean, c’mon, four bucks for a comic!!! Luckily, the few issues I continue to collect are still hanging on to the $2.99 price point. In case you’re wondering, the titles I’m still loyal to are:

Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Nova, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Legacy

That’s pretty much all I can afford. These titles are still fun for me, but even they can get a bit dark at times. I used to get Spider-Man, X-Men, Avengers, Superman, Flash, Justice League, etc… All kinds of titles that had plenty of fun and adventure.

Not any more…

I guess that after 9-11, when the terrorists made Dr. Doom cry in Amazing Spider-Man #36, (you know, the one with the all-black cover that addressed the tragedy in the Marvel Universe), comic book companies decided that “fun-time” was over. Time to get serious!

The problem I have, is that most comic book super heroes were created years ago and were considered light-hearted, escapist entertainment. They wore vibrant, colorful costumes and always defeated the bizarre villains they encountered. Those comics made me feel good after I read them.

After I read DC’s “Blackest Knight” #1, I felt sick! The violence alone made me nauseous. Somewhere along the line, the tide turned and super villains became ultra powerful. Now they defeat the good guys practically at every turn!

Anyway, the thing that just doesn’t work for me is that these costumed characters that have been around since the 60’s seem out of place in such dark settings. Who would have ever thought that a DC villain called Dr. Light, who used his light powers to rob banks in the old days, would have gone on to rape Elongated-Man’s wife, causing the DC heroes to have an “Identity Crisis”!?! Or that a small time Marvel villain named Nitro from who-knows-where, would have nuked a bunch of school kids, plummeting the Marvel heroes into a “Civil War”!?!

The code-names, crazy powers and costumes seem silly now in such serious stories. Just imagine if this dialogue had been featured in a 1960’s comic:

“I am Dr. Light! The world shall tremble before the awesome might of my light ray powers! What to do, what to do. I know, I think I’ll go rape Elongated-Man’s wife!”

It just doesn’t work!

I will admit, I don’t mind giving comics a bit more maturity than they were given in the “Golden” and “Silver” ages. I just feel that the writers of modern comics are taking things further than I am interested in.

Here are some examples that are depressing me from the past few years worth of modern comic continuity; in Marvel, Iron-Man hates Captain America, Spider-Man loses his marriage with Mary Jane to a demon, Captain America gets killed… Then over in DC, Batman gets fried by Darksied, Superboy and Kid Flash both bite the big one, and countless other DCU heroes are currently getting there hearts literally torn out of their bodies by Black Lanterns in “Blackest Night”… I was so pissed to find out that my boy Aquaman died at some point and is now a zombie! WTF!?!

Things have gotten so dark, I just don’t see comic companies returning to a happier tone without a complete re-boot. When I read a comic, I don’t want to be reminded that the world can suck. I read comics to escape reality. I want to see the characters I love reading about enjoy their lives. Shouldn’t being a super hero be fun? When I was a kid, I used to daydream I had super powers. Hell, I would never want to be super hero these days! Tragedy and suffering would be all I’d encounter.

Please, Marvel and DC, let the super heroes have their fun back!


Sketches of Zack

November 4, 2009

I thought I’d share some sketches I did for that last page we posted of Blue Comet and Fusion called “Home Sweet Home”. I drew a full body image of Zack in my sketch book with the intention of using the whole thing on the page. But because there was a lot of dialogue, we had to crop much of Mr. Savage out of the panel. So, here is a glimpse of what I had hoped to fit on the page along with a couple other images. Enjoy!



A Hero & His Boyfriend

October 21, 2009

As I was looking for another image to post, I came across this illustration of Blue Comet and Justin. I created it  a while back as a promotional piece. It even appeared in Instinct Magazine in the May 2008 issue when our boys were featured in a “couple’s quiz”.

Here we have Blue Comet in a tender moment with his boyfriend, Justin Summers, with their hometown of Golden Bay City in the background. Awww…



Stupid “Blackest Night”… Hawt Kyle Rayner!

October 15, 2009

It’s “New Comic Book Day” and I just finished reading Green Lantern Corps #41 from DC Comics. The “Blackest Night” bullshit is still going strong. I’m a big fan of Green Lantern, but I fucking hate zombies!!!

The Black Lantern zombies are awful! They rip out hearts to gain power so they can create new corps members. It’s disgusting!!! The writers are going way too far with the horror angle on this. I thought Green Lantern was supposed to be a science fiction comic. I keep waiting for this dumb-ass story line to be over!

Anyway, the one good thing to come from the issue was this hot pic of Kyle Rayner! Damn, he look fine!



Blue Comet & Fusion’s Super-Gay Fantasy Wear!

October 9, 2009

Recently, when Russ and I did the pages for Blue Comet and Fusion in which they journeyed to another dimension, I thought it would be fun to have them change their costumes to fit the fantasy setting. I wanted the costumes to be sexy and stylish and was inspired by the creative fashions of Final Fantasy games. Those games have some of the hottest men around! (I’d love to get in the sack with Tidus from Final Fantasy X, he’s such a cutie!!!) Ahem… Anyway, the outfits are some of the most interesting designs I’ve ever seen.

So, below is the initial concept design I came up with for Blue Comet and Fusion’s Super-Gay Fantasy Wear! At first I drew the boys sans shirts as you can see. (Hell, I draw them with their shirts off any chance I get!) But, as I began illustrating the pages, Russ and I realized they looked just a little “too gay”, lol, so I covered up their mid-sections. (Aww…) Adding the shirts meant a change on Fusion’s color scheme. We changed his cape to blue to go along with his red shirt, and made his shoulder armor completely yellow.

It was fun coming up with these different looks for Blue Comet and Fusion. If you’re unfamiliar with what I’ve been referring to, check out the pages from our “Fantasy Adventure” here. Just click the menu at the bottom of the page, scroll down and select “Savage Returns” to start the story. Have fun!