I loves me some Shaky, that’s impossible to deny … so the other day he re-posted a link to The Endless Coffin on Facebook, and he took a look at the work we are doing at Raygun Roads, and he mentioned how cool it would be to do an online version of Monster Truck and one thing led to the other and it’s done and it’s now online and it’s beautiful and you should take a look at it …
So, sit tight and brace yourselves while we descend into the madness that is Sir Shaky Kane’s brain. Ladies and gentlemen, with Shaky’s permission, I give you Shaky Kane’s Monstertruck, the full automatically scrolling version (it will take you about 10 minutes depending on the size of your monitor). Enjoy!!!
I caught a glimpse of Idiocracy yesterday on TV, and again I can’t help feel that Terry Crews’ character, President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, has jumped out directly from a 70’s Kirby comic (anything from his Captain America Mindbomb run to Kamandi), if only aesthetically. So I decided to give it a try, by quick-coloring a Conan illustration by Jack Kirby and this only reaffirms my feeling:
So, one of the reasons I have been so busy lately is that I was helping a group of very nice and talented people design and launch a website that ties in with their comic book: Raygun Roads. An ashcan edition of the comic will hit the Glasgow Comic Convention this weekend, so if you are in the area, go there, get a copy and say hi to co-creator, and force of nature, Owen Michael Johnson. He promised not to sleep during the whole weekend, so I would suggest doing it early on Saturday 😉
So, take a look at the website, http://raygunroads.com … The effort the whole team is putting on the comic is huge, but it’s totally worth it. It feels fresh and wildly energetic. And respectful to the classics too, as there’s a soundtrack that goes with it, in a tribute to the geniuses behind Warrior Nun Areala vs. Razor – CD edition (no, sorry, I misunderstood, it DOES have a soundtrack, but I am pretty sure that the Raygun Roads crew has no knowledge of that crossover milestone).
Congratulations to the whole team from Fanthoman, Darkseid Ramone, and that attention-seeking parasite Inigo, too. We can’t wait to have the whole comic in our hands around September.
Continuing with the European master doing work for the American market thread started yesterday, we turn our attention to Milo Manara, the “master of erotic comics”. This one is a bit of a strange case … I mean, the jump from doing his European album thing to working with Neil Gaiman for Sandman: Endless Nights was more or less reasonable (after all, he illustrated the chapter dedicated to Desire and we have to consider other artists like Prado or Storey worked on it, too). Then it gets a bit weird, as he decided to work on X-Women with Chris Claremont, which I find quite puzzling (but, hey, the X-Men being a best-seller with a couple of movies and the chance to work with the writer who made them what they are must have been an incentive … apart from some crazy money, of course). Which brings us to the present. A present where he is doing Marvel covers every month these days (10 and counting). A present where we have a cover featuring an illustration of Angela by Milo Manara in a comic published by Disney. Who could have foreseen this 10 years ago? Surely, this is how it must have felt when the multiverse merged into a single universe at the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Anyway, you are here for the covers, so here they are:
X-Men #1 Manara variant
Uncanny X-Force #5 Manara variant
Uncanny X-Men #12 Manara variant
Avengers: The Enemy Within #1 Manara variant
Savage Wolverine #2 Manara variant
Uncanny Avengers #2 Manara variant
Uncanny Avengers #8 Manara variant
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Manara variant
Guardians of the Galaxy #5 Manara variant
Fearless Defenders #1 Manara variant
As a bonus, the other two covers he did for Vampirella and Verotik Illustrated, if only because they make a lot more sense: