Archive for September, 2013

From Hell

Monday, September 30th, 2013

fromhellAbove is an illustration I did of Inspector Fred Abberline, a character from a comic book by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell called From Hell. It started when I was around twelve years old as a serial running in the horror anthology Taboo. My older brother, knowing I liked horror and had a fascination with serial killers, loaned me his copies of Taboo to read.

As I devoured it the initial thrill of reading a comic book about the ghastly horrors of Jack the Ripper was met with confusion in my adolescent mind. This was not exactly what I’d expected… but I really liked it. The scratchy artwork, the meticulous references and the overall air of something bigger, much, much bigger than a story about murder seemed to be unfolding. It was a little much for me at that age but I knew I had glimpsed something unique.

A couple of years later I noticed that From Hell was being collected and slowly released in installments about once each year. I began buying them and simply couldn’t wait until the next release. The story was complex and layered but I was finally starting to grasp it. Every time a new installment hit the shelves I reread all the previous ones before investigating the new one. This went on until I was almost twenty years old when the series was finally completed. I was sad to see if finally come to an end but I knew that down the road I would reread the entire series.

Well here we are a decade and a half later and I finally decided to reread it. I knew the likelihood of it holding up to the level that my nostalgia and fuzzy memories have placed it was pretty slim. Much to my surprise when I read it this time it seemed even better than I remembered. Such a great comic book. In fact I’m fairly confident that it is my all time favorite.

So the above sketch is my tribute to such an amazing book that has inspired and entertained me for the majority of my life.

As a side note I also watched the From Hell film recently. To compare the two I ask you to visualize your favorite meal. Now imagine a stick of chewing gum whose flavor is supposed to be that same meal. To me the film is that gum. It contains a hint of the overall experience with none of the complexities and lasting flavor. There are a couple of nice scenes and some fine acting but ultimately it is barely an echo of the initial explosion that is the comic.

So do yourself a favor. Pick up a copy of the spiffy collected version of the comic currently in print from the fine folks at Top Shelf and see what you think. And as a disclaimer, even though I said it’s about so much more than a few ghastly murders, it does have some gruesome and bawdy imagery from time to time. So if you are not so much a fan of that and opt to skip it… then consider yourself forever missing out on a true gem.

 

Breaking Bad

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

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Well, the best show since Alf is soon to be off the air (maybe like Alf we can hope for a Saturday morning cartoon spin off to follow) and to commemorate its greatness I’ve done portraits of some of its more memorable characters. Included here are Walt, Jesse, Hank, Skyler, Walt Jr., Marie, Gustavo, Gale, Ted, Hector, Mike and Heisenberg.

Now even though I did these for fun I’ve put these up for sale on E-bay. Please check them out here and let anyone know about them who might be interested (What great Christmas gifts they’d make you say? Why I hadn’t even thought of that).

And if for some reason you haven’t seen this amazing television series I can’t stress enough what a gem you’ve been missing! It gets pretty darn dark at times (drugs, murder, etc.) so if those sort of themes aren’t for you then you might want to avoid it… but otherwise I can’t say enough about how truly fantastic this show is and how much I’ll miss it when it’s gone.

Are you Sirius?

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

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My lovely lady friend Kathleen is a super fan not only of Harry Potter but also of Gary Oldman in general… so I did this sketch of Sirius Black last night while watching an episode of Breaking Bad. I love that show. More on that next post…

Happy Birthday!

Friday, September 13th, 2013

 

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Saturday September 21st is the birthday of Bill Groundhog Day Ghostbustin’ Ass Murray. I’m going to celebrate by watching one of his classic films like Caddyshack, Stripes or Garfield.  You should celebrate with me (from the convenience of your own home of course) by watching one too!

Or if you’d prefer to celebrate another way you can purchase the original artwork for the above drawing from me for $20 post paid to anywhere in the United States (I’ll even personalize it if you’d like).

Happy birthday Bill!