Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Negotiable Pneumatic Gnosticism

Hey look at the Free Times this week. There's a new episode of The Joint.

Not sure if this hit the target I was shooting at or not. I think if you even doubt yourself at all then yeah... you missed.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Nullified Pretense Gunnage

Another week, another flyer, another chance to fuck it all up again. I have only the slightest clue about Disaster Transport, which is my dude Henry James and some other dude. The other players, I'm not familiar. Disaster Transport is named after a roller coaster at Cedar Point. When I was a kid it was called Avalanch Run. Anyway, Bela Dubby has quickly become my favorite place to go and work... or, ignore working and goof off.

So I've been slowly adding a lot of links to my sidebar. I think you should all take HEED:

Biological Basement is the blog of Cleveland music Godzilla Dave Cintron. There's only one unreleased track up there now, but I'm hoping he builds an empire of madness from that beginning.

Fabio Moon and Gabreil Bá, Brazilian Masterminds, are two of the tightest gunslingers in the trenches. I love them with all my heart.

Twist Street is home to my old compadre Abhay Khosla, where you can download Left Field, his entire hysterical 218 page graphic novel about a baseball team.

Fate of The Artist is Eddie Campbell's blog. Eddie Campbell drew From Hell, and created one of the books hugely influential to me in my early days of bungling through the comics plane, How To Be An Artist.

Wander is the blog of Andrew Wilson. He's a great great talent, and teamed up with Wade Schin to put out the stellar hardback art book, So Now What Do We Do?, published by Alberto Ruiz and Brand Studio.

Haven't been watching many Samurai movies lately. Well, I watched a few but I'll save that for wnother post later this week. I got ridiculous amounts of art to post, so... stay tuned.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Named Permanently Galli-Moto

Just a sketch today. This, minus the zip-a-tone, is a sketch I did to throw in with a copy of Caveman Diaries Number Five that somebody ordered.

Took a trip to Chicago over the weekend, and it totally kicked my ass. Went there to see my three siblings, who were all in the same place at the same time for the first time in five years. Got the special treat of seeing Big Business at the Empty Bottle, Joe Matt at Quimby's, and hanging out with a few old friends that I don't see nearly enough of. I think I'm going to try and write a long form piece about it, but we'll see.

My baby niece and toddler nephew are insanely awesome little people. My nephew had a hand made toy called Galli Moto from 10000 Villages that was basically a little wire man with two wheels on the end of a long wire. When pushed along the ground, the wheels made his legs pedal. Apparently he thought my two wheels made me similar, so he called me Galli Moto.

Monday, June 11, 2007

New Perpetuated Generalities

No, I'm never going to get tired of drawing piles of dead beings and busted ass robots.

I spent an insane amount of time on this one, maybe even more than the Yukon flyer. I went the long way around drawing the text by scanning the penciled layouts, typesetting it in Photoshop using a boring font, printing out the text, then light-boxing the text onto the penciled art, giving it a hand lettered look. After that I inked the text and linear parts of the art, then masked off the text and did the splatter effects. Then I scanned it and spent a day coloring.

Anyway, I'm really stoked for this show. Parts & Labor is one of my favorite bands. This is the third time I've done a flyer for them. I'll have to check, but I think I've done more flyers for Self Destruct Button than any other band. And then there's PROLE. I really wanted to use the Gadsden Flag in something and had planned to put it on the cover of the new Caveman Diaries, but when this flyer came up I decided it would work better and be seen by more eye balls here. Color-wise I think it came out pretty good, if not nearly as cheerful as that Yukon flyer. Which, it's not really a cheerful image, so... yeah. Things of note: Skullface, grown up Hello Kitty, the bird guy from last year's Japanther flyer, and a robotic version of myself.

Still pretty thick in the Lone Wolf and Cub movies. I'll write up a longer piece about them all when I've seen all six. Other than that, nothing else yet to report.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Neolithic Phantom Goblins

Another two weeks, another Free Times, another installment of The Joint, by Lidge, another illustration.

MAN, do I love sneaking in the old Skullface mask to these when I get the chance, and I actually think to while I'm working on them. That rat mask is new, but maybe it'll become something I go back to. There's enough rats in these stories to warrant it, and I'm actually surprised it took me this long to figure that one out. I spent some time with this one, shooting to get it done early but then opting to just work on it a lot longer than usual. So, yeah, go pick up a Free Times.

My Samurai Movie watching experience is going well. I recently watched Akira Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress. I had seen it before, in the theater actually (with Big Granny and Noony!). The Cinematheque had a Kurosawa series a few years ago. It's a fairly amazing film, with what has to be the best spear fight ever. It also has a pretty happy ending. There was a special feature of George Lucas talking about how influencial the film was to Star Wars, and he even mentions how Toshiro Mifune was considered for the role of Obi Wan Kenobi. What a different world we would live in if that had actually happened.

Next was Incident at Blood Pass, which also starred Mifune, this time as the very familiar Yojimbo character. It ALSO stars one of Japan's other awesome Samurai actors, Katsu Shintaro, and a third recognizable Japanese cinematic legend Ishihara Yujiro. The movie takes place at a tea house on the pass over a mountain road where these characters all converge for an incident. It's sort of a convoluted plot that ends in buckwild disaster, but I liked just watching the characters all have at it.

The third of my recent quest to watch all Samurai films was the first of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Sword of Vengeance. Holy Fucking Shit. I've only read a couple of the comics by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima that this is based on, but from what I can tell it's really faithful. I'm glad I opted to watch this instead of the re-edited version called Shogun Assassin, eventhough that's where the Rza got a lot of samples for Gza's Liquid Swords.

Anyway, back to the drawing board for a couple more flyers, and finally some motherfucking comics.