Since I did a bunch of images for the Black Widow posts that used a variety of psychedelic effects, I might as well post those that didn’t make the cut or that just ended up somewhere else. These thumbnails all link to animated gifs.
The backgrounds are mostly from various places on the Internet. I tried to use art that wasn’t credited to anyone, but if you own any of pieces I used and either want credit or to have them removed, let me know.
Psychedelic art is can be a kind of throw-back in comic book form. Just like other pop media, psychedelic elements were used to give the comic artwork a then-modern appearance. I really enjoy it and may end up doing a post on the topic sometime in the future.
I put these Black Widow graphics together for various pages on the website and some made it and others didn’t. As crudely done as they are with my limited tools and talents, some of them turned out pretty nicely, I thought. So, I’m making them available to you if you want to use them for wallpapers, your own websites, whatever. I would love it if you pointed your links back to my site.
Several years ago, I stumbled on an artist on MP3.com that has become one of my favorites. MP3.com is an innovative commercial site created to enable new artists (and some established ones) to introduce their work. It was an antecedent to Pandora and much more of a commercial site, but similar in effect. A lot of what I listen to now was heard on and often purchased off the site.
The artist was Greg Hale Jones. Greg was a composer that specialized in what he dubbed “folktronica.” Folktronica is a music style that combines new elements from electronically synthesized sounds with vintage vocals. Most of his samples came from American folk songs archived in the Library of Congress collection.
Greg’s neo-primitive music follows a general theme you’ll see on our website. The combination of old and new is a fascinating experience. A good example in the comic book world is Mister X. As with Dean Motter’s antique futurism, Greg combined his musical elements for a completely fresh sound. Moby has done some similar work as well but Greg’s particular style uses a lot more vocal input so there’s a sense of storytelling that gives each song a uniquely personal element.
Greg scored several films, most notably “General’s Daughter” (1999) starring John Travolta and Madeleine Stowe. His most recognizable song off the album is “She Began to Lie.”
Unfortunately, Greg passed away in 2004. His website is still accessible and his works are still available for purchase.
This video titled “Lost Springs” was a student project that uses my favorite song “Boll Weevil” as the background sound. The Depression-era feel to the film is captured in a beautiful vintage style.
If you’ve been around here before, you’ll know how much I love pictures. Not surprising, right? Comic books? Pop graphic art? Mugshots? These things define what my blog is all about, so, yeah. Anyway, over the years I have scanned a crap load of comics and stuff and have slowly been putting them out in various posts. It’s nice to share.
What’s fun is when I stumble on stuff I haven’t seen for a while. So it was with some Dark Horse Comics material from the 1990s. Remember that whole Comics Greatest World thing that was Dark Horse’s attempt to capitalize on comic book gimmickry? Well, setting aside Barb Wire, X, and the guy with the dragon tattoo, the best story to come from that arc was Ghost.
Ghost was an interesting character. She was a woman that had been brutally murdered and had returned to sleuth out who done her wrong. In the course of the series she met nefarious demons and corrupt humans, all of whom she would try to dispatch with her trusty Colt 45s. C’mon. That’s just cool. The Ghost stories were smarter by far than a lot of the other pseudo-other-world tripe of the time. It reminded me a lot of the Mage series by Matt Wagner.
Anyway, one of the covers to the comics, Ghost Special #2, is actually a photograph of a live model rather than a drawing or painting. The art created around her is haunting and surreal, and it’s just one of the coolest photographic covers on comic books. The model is quite fetching and she’s credited as “Yvonne Epstein.” I’d forgotten about this cover but then used it several months ago in another post. As I was cleaning up some old folders tonight, I found the scan along with some modified images based on the cover. I was curious about this Yvonne Epstein and did a quick Google search to see if she had done any other Ghost work. If so, I couldn’t find anything. So I did a search for Yvonne Epstein as a model and got nada. So, oh well, but I’m still curious. Who the hell is Yvonne Epstein?
As for Ghost, Dark Horse has picked up the series again. Go check it out.
Been a while since my last post. But, I just got from San Diego Comic-Con 2014 and had a bunch of pictures, so I figure I might as well put them out here, starting with a gallery of cosplayers.
For those of you unfamiliar with cosplay, it’s the creation and wearing of costumes that represent popular culture figures primarily out of Japanese anime and American superhero genres. But it doesn’t have to stop there. A lot of costumes reflect characters from around the world in comics, TV, movies, and other. In fact, there’s no limiting the type of costumes cosplayers create other than one’s imagination.
The San Diego Comic-Con has hundreds of attendees that show up in a wide variety of costumes. These cosplayers range from showcasing common popular costumes (such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-man, Superman, Harley Quinn, and Star Wars stormtroopers) to self-created costumes. My favorites are the humorous ones, particularly the “mash-ups” (i.e., the combination of characters to create a unique and funny new character, such as Zombie Slave Leia).
Most cosplayers make their own costumes. Some are exceptionally talented both artistically and technically. Comic-Con holds a masquerade every year where cosplayers are able to showcase their creations for prizes. The Masquerade itself is pretty awkward since the cosplayers often act out skits related to their characters. The skits are usually clunky and unnecessary, unfortunately. But the better costumes are incredible and it’s nice to see the creators get a chance to show them off.
Anyway, if you get a chance to go to a comic convention or similar pop culture event, watch for the cosplayers. Some of the best cosplayers are walking down the aisles posing periodically for admiring fans.