Monday, March 28, 2011

Continued Geekitude

Total total geekiness. Sitting in front of a TV with the Star Wars DVD going (non-special edition, of course), piece of bristol board in my lap, rapidograph in one hand, remote control in the other. Freeze frame, fast forward, rewind, freeze frame, skip, freeze frame, super slow motion (cause the freeze frame gets a little pixelated sometimes), freeze frame.

I found myself wondering if all these images were truly iconic, or whether they were just iconic to me because I've seen Star Wars so many times. I think almost anyone could look at any of these drawings of the backgrounds and recognize which scene they're from. Hexagonal hallway, has to be the detention block. I don't think you could say the same with the prequels, but then I haven't bothered to watch the prequels so much. But what if it were the backgrounds from Indiana Jones? Would I recognize the bar that Karen Allen owns? I'm not so sure.

Blade Runner? I think I would definitely recognize the movie, but I'm not sure if I could place the scene.

Friday, March 25, 2011

As Geeky As I Get

The MoCCA comics show is coming up in New York in a couple of weeks. I'll be there with a crew from the BCR with a whole bunch of minis and prints and random other stuff. You should come by and check us out. I'm planning to have a dancing Star Wars mini ready for the show. That depends on me being productive in the next two weeks and getting Luke, Han, and Leia doing moves that make the game sizzle.

As of right right now, all I've got his backgrounds for characters to dance in front of. I'm not sure whether drawing this has been actual work or a very developed form of procrastination that allows me to watch Star Wars over and over again.

Anyway, it's pretty geeky. I'll probably be adding some gray tones before I'm done.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Other Stuff I've Been Working On

Last year at MICE, I picked up a copy of Werewolf!, which is an awesome mini-anthology about werewolves put out by Betsey Swardlick, Josh Rosen, Nick Patten, and Penina Gal. I told them to let me know if they were doing another one, and well, they're doing another. I decided not to limit myself to werewolves and have big mash-up vampire-zombie-mummy-robot-werewolf battle of the bands. Here's the first page.

The newest edition of Werewolf! will be available at MECAF on May 22nd.

And Dan Mazur has put together a little comics anthology all about education. I've had a fair amount of experience substitute teaching and finally had a place to put it.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Friday Night Sketch Challenge

Last Friday a bunch of us got together for a drink and draw night (which is as geeky as it sounds)(Star Wars vs. Star Trek was discussed). We settled into a sketch challenge where everybody would be given ten minutes to draw a character and then everybody would show their sketches and a winner would be chosen. The winner would get to choose what everybody would draw next.

I won with my drawing of Vader and selected Captain Kirk as a peace offering to the Star Trek fans who I'd recently offended.

My Wonder Woman came out a little bit like Daria from MTV.

And everyone said my Green Lantern looked like he had polio.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Just Following the Lines

I love drawing, but there are times where I just get sick of the stuff that comes out of the tip of my pen, pencil, or brush. I get bogged down in getting anatomy right, telling a story, deciding whether something is funny or whether something is even worthwhile. I draw a lot, and it is easy for drawing to get routine. Dull. Where the next drawing is just another drawing. When I find my mind in that place, the only thing that seems to work is to just try to clear my mind and not think of anything and let my pen go wherever it wants to. No worrying about representation. No worrying about accuracy or anything. No pencils and no erasing. Just a pen. Just lines on paper in whatever form they may take.

I feel a whole lot better afterwards.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sound Effects

I've always like onomatopoetic words and comics just happen to be filled with them. These come mostly from 1960s Marvel comics. Some people probably only think of the campy BIFF, BAM, POW from the Batman TV show, and I know Alan Moore went out of his way to avoid the use of any sound effects in V for Vendetta (not even to show that a phone is ringing), but I think there is a certain wonderful art in coming up with these words. Fzoosh. Zeept. Krrruntch (which is so much better than a mere "crunch").

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Adjective Clauses, Boyfriends and Birthdays

It's my birthday, and I know what your thinking. "Oh, damn! It's Jesse's birthday and I don't have a super sweet gift to give him! He always gets me the best gifts and never forgets my birthday! Oh, why am I such a horrible friend?? I wish I could do more than just send him birthday wishes on Facebook!"

Well, have no fear. Belated birthday gifts are always welcome. I like ties (preferably Brooks Brothers) and colorful sneakers (size 12)(preferably not hi-tops, unless they're wicked sweet hi-tops).

Send them along to:

Jesse Lonergan
68 Winsor Ave.
Watertown, MA 02472

And if you want to give me your birthday wishes in person I recommend you go to T.T. the Bear's tonight and see MEN. I'll be there.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Really Fantastic Four

When I told my friend I was drawing the Fantastic Four, he asked me if I was going to draw the Human Torch as a zombie since he died recently. It had never crossed my mind. Partly, because I don't really keep up with the FF, but mainly because for me the Fantastic Four is the Fantastic Four drawn by Jack Kirby and written by Stan Lee in the 60s. It's the same with Spider-Man. It's only in those issues where he is drawn by John Romita Sr. that really count. I just love those 1960s Marvel Comics. It's like you can see the fun that Kirby and Romita were having while drawing them. It just leaps off the page. I'm not saying that there hasn't been anything good since then, but for me, they're just the best.