Archive for April, 2010

TWILIGHT AVENGER: Updated for today.

Posted in Comps, Twilight Avenger with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by uncannymanfrog

My character, Twilight Avenger, updated from the 1938 masked adventurer into the twenty first century.   A new guy has taken on the role.   The gas gun has been updated and the magnesium light now projects holograms.  Woo!

Here’s the original Twilight Avenger.    My pencilled drawing inked by  talented Tom Floyd. Tom  basically launched my career as a comic book illustrator in days of yore, by publishing the first Twilight Avenger books.  If you like pulp adventure be sure to check out  Tom’s Captain Spectre! It’s really cool!

Twilight Avenger was created by John Wooley and I.   We both love pulp adventure, such as the Shadow, Doc Savage and G-8 and his Battle Aces.   Twilight Avenger battled gangsters, zombies and giant vampire bats in and around Tulsa Oklahoma.   He was a graduate student at Tulsa University, and his fiance’ father was a weapons engineer during World War One.   So, Reece Chambers straps on a magnesium light, gas mask and the gas weaponry invented by his future father in law and becomes the masked  hero.

He was more of an everyman, rather than stalwart hero, and was often reluctant to even don the suit.  I loved drawing the book.   That era is fantastic!   Bi planes, auto gyros, those great thirties cars with running boards and hood ornaments,  zeppelins ,  aerodynamic trains,  and don’t forget all the art deco that was around Tulsa in those days.

This update was done because a movie studio showed some interest in the character, but he had to be updated because ” the only successful pulp movie has been the Indiana Jones franchise and everything else,  Shadow, Rocketeer  and the Phantom basically has bombed”.   But they passed on making a movie about him.   This has been our third or fourth bout with movie companies over TA.  There’s even a screenplay written about him floating around out there.

Here’s my version of the movie poster for the Twilight Avenger movie!

Photos of Twilight Avenger’s gas gun and magnesium light.   I’ve donated these to the Oklahoma Historical Society Museum , which is across the street from the Capitol building in Oklahoma City.   I’ll be releasing more details in my blog about this in coming weeks, so stay tuned!

 

Tori’s art: Pastry Monster!

Posted in Cartoonists on April 18, 2010 by uncannymanfrog

This is art by my daughter Tori.  She sells her work over at Etsy.com

Check it out and maybe buy some to put on your walls!

Tori is also a cook and a photographer.  Her blog on everthing cooking has been featured on Foodspotting.com.   See it  at www.torinicole.wordpress.com

 

Home, Sweet Home Studio

Posted in Home Sweet Home Studio on April 15, 2010 by uncannymanfrog

I haven’t had much time to post lately.  Should have plenty of new stuff hot off the drawing board in a couple of days.

Sketchbook: Super Villian

Posted in Sketchbook with tags , , on April 8, 2010 by uncannymanfrog

I created a super hero named Vitamin Man for a pharmaceutical company.  And super heros come with super villains.  This one is named Scourge.    He’s a  villain in this big exo-skeleton.

So I get out my sketchbook and  brainstorm as many  different approaches as I can.  Anything goes at this point.   I  start with doodles and tease them out to see what comes up.  It’s fun.

The ideas don’t have to be rendered in detail, just roughed out.   The best of the designs are sent to the client for him to pick and choose.I like to do my concept work in sketchbooks rather than on loose paper or digitally.  Sketchbooks can be carried to coffee shops, parks or restaurants, just to break the monotony of being stuck at the studio.  Plus it’s nice to have  volumes of your sketches.   I think I must have around 25 full sketchbooks, documenting my work. Thanks for letting me share them with you.