Monday, March 23, 2015

Wonder Woman as Interpreted by Darwyn Cook

I guess I really AM out of touch when it comes to collecting and reading comic books these days...

...and when I say reading comic books, I mean keeping up with an ongoing title issue by issue from either Marvel and DC. So I was not aware that they basically changed Batman's costume to resemble one of the robots from the movie CHAPPIE.

And part of me really just doesn't care. Even the upcoming news that they are going to be basically doing something similar to the New 52 over at Marvel really just DID NOT phase me much.

They stated that the Marvel Universe as we have come to know it since 1961 is going to come to end. But I'll be honest. The current Marvel universe really ISN'T the one we've known since 1961. The same goes for DC. Over the years it's become so convoluted with revisionist pasts and whatnot it's just not the same Spider-Man or Batman I knew as a kid. And probably that Spider-Man or Batman wasn't the same one readers older than myself knew when they were a kid.

But that's perhaps a subject for another day. And this particular blog post isn't supposed to be the usual grouchy old man rant.

 I was reading an article recently about some of the revisions they have done to Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman over the years. And wrinkling my nose in disapproval at the new looks they have chosen for each character. Wonder Woman in particular I think my favorite interpretation of the character was by artist Darwyn Cook for his NEW FRONTIERS miniseries.

For one thing I really love his early Silver Age style of artwork. The the simple bold lines on the characters are great. And his aesthetic choices for the way everybody's favorite Amazonian Princess are equally as great. I like the fact he decided NOT TO make her look like Paris Hilton. This Wonder Woman looks like she could totally kick your ass. Hell! I have no doubt this Wonder Woman could kick Superman's ass! 

The other thing I like is the fact Cook chose to make WW a couple inches to a foot taller than the Man of Steel. 

This is a choice suppose might have left the slightly more insecure group of male comic fans a bit miffed at the thought of a woman being taller than a man. But the choice made perfect sense to me. She's an Amazon. They're a warrior race. Heck! Even Lynda Carter is 5'9"!!

Not saying a woman under 5 feet tall couldn't kick someone's ass. But from the visual standpoint and given the origins of the character. Having her standing a bit taller than ole Supes makes perfect sense.

That's why I think Darwyn Cook hit it out of the park with his version of Wonder Woman.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Purchase ALICE AND THE INVADERS FROM WONDERLAND character design print today!!

Available on Bunny and the Badger right now are prints of the character sheets I originally created for ALICE AND THE INVADERS FROM WONDERLAND. Limited to 10 prints of each only, they measure 14x17 and will arrive to you signed and numbered. Click on the link below to order yours today:

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

I was sorry to hear about the passing of Leonard Nimoy this afternoon. William Shatner was always one of those people you either loved everything about him or couldn't stand him for the ego he was reported having earlier in his career or the over-acting.

That just wasn't the case for Nimoy. I don't confess to being a fan of Star Trek, but I always found myself both liking Leonard Nimoy and his character of Chief Science Officer Mr. Spock.

I even got the chance to see some of his photography when it was on display in Northampton Massachusetts.

Nimoy even left this plane of existence with one last tweet on Twitter which I imagine will most likely be remembered with some of the great last words:

“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.”

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Wang Rong Rollin Chick Chick

 Back in a previous life I was a huge fan of Bjork's music. To be honest, I really haven't listened to her on a regular basis in a very long time. The last album I bought of hers was VOLTA back in 2007 which was seven years ago now. The last album I enjoyed by her was Homogenic back in 1997.

Most of my music listening these days is sporadic at best. I still love Shonen Knife after all these years. I can never get sick of them. Their tribute to the Ramones is one of the best rock albums out there!

However, I'm a sucker for what other people might deem to be "bizarre music". So, for your listening pleasure here a number from China by Wang Rong Rollin...

...and yes! I do blast it in my car.

A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin

I'm enjoying the book (soon to be a major motion picture) immensely. An older Sherlock Holmes living in Sussex Down tending to his bees is not a new concept. The talented Laurie R. King has written about it in her wonderful Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell series. It was originally conceived by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself. After popular demand brought the great detective back to life, Doyle would later have Dr. John Watson mention in passing of Holmes's retirement in Sussex in later stories.

In fact, THE LION'S MANE takes place during Holmes's life in Sussex. It is the only Sherlock Holmes story I am aware of that is written from Holmes's perspective.

And it's a decent tale to boot.

On a side note, PG Wodehouse would do the same with his Jeeves series having one tale told from Jeeves's perspective. Jeeves would also confess a fatherly fondness for Bertie Wooster and not just tolerating him.

But I digress...

I am enjoying Mitch Cullin's take on a 93 year old Sherlock Holmes who is dealing with his one great mind beginning to diminish with age. Not just sticking to his surroundings in Sussex, the story concerns a previous case as well as Holmes traveling to Japan post-World War II.

It deals with Holmes as though he continued to live beyond the era of hansom carriages and gaslight. It also has Holmes giving his opinions about films made about his adventures with Dr. Watson and how Watson is portrayed in films.

I'm looking forward to seeing the film treatment starring Sir Ian McKellan when it is released (as pictured above) and I cannot think of a better choice for Holmes. Either John Hurt or the Late John Neville or Peter O'Toole would have been admirable choices as well. Hurt still being with us would have been my second choice in the title role.

I  highly recommend you pick up the book. It's a really great read!!

The clip from the movie looks pretty good too:

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mr. Holmes (2015)

This is a concept I've actually wanted to see done... or perhaps do myself... for some time now. An elderly Sherlock Holmes living in retirement tending to his bees in Sussex. However, novelist Mitch Cullin beat me to the punch with his 2005 novel A SLIGHT TRICK OF THE MIND.
Which I just ordered a copy of.
I always envisioned John Neville, who had portrayed the great detective in one of my favorite Holmes films A STUDY IN TERROR playing an older Holmes. Sadly, John Neville who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease passed away back in 2011.
However, I think the choice of Sir Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes is excellent!!
They even have Nicholas Rowe, who played the character in YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES, making a cameo appearance as a "Matinee Holmes". So I imagine he's portraying a very Basil Rathbone version of the character.
I'm looking forward to seeing the film. I imagine it will still be better than watching ELEMENTARY.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MASSIVE Holiday Art Sale!!

THE BAT-MAN VS. THE PENGUIN 9x12 Pen and Ink Artwork. Just one of the many pieces available to bid on!!
In an attempt to make holiday shopping easier for you,  Bunny and the Badger is having a MASSIVE Holiday Art Sale on E-Bay!!

I've listed over 25 illustrations. None of which is over $5.00!! Some even lower!! This will be the only time I will be having an auction like this of any kind. Once the holidays are over THAT'S IT!! So take advantage and get some last minute shopping done!!

Click on the link below!! Happy Holidays and Happy Bidding: