Hey, all. As you know, I don’t do a whole lot of drawing these days, but when my good friend and author Kasie West asked me to draw up a bookmark of the characters from her upcoming YA Fantasy Novel PIVOT POINT (HarperTeen, 2013) I couldn’t say no. Mostly because I owed her big time for some pretty huge favors, but also because it seemed like a really fun project. It was, and also quite the honor to be the first to realize her character visually. She was quite pleased with the results–and I hear the team at HarperTeen were as well!
Now this is a story all about how
Dad met Mom atop a Space Cow
And you know they fell in love right straight away
The ninja and the anti-hero got married the next day
‘Bout one year later, born on a table
Out I popped, I wasn’t ready or able
Powerless, ridiculous, nonetheless I
Had many visions of grandeur in my mind’s eye
When a couple of brothers soon came right along
One of them mad gifted, the other with song
The world sure did love them, and Mom surely did too
Which is why it didn’t surprise me I got left at the zoo
Well, Dad got upset and Mom revealed her plan
To raise her two favorite sons into one evil man
Tangerine had no choice and he killed his own wife
Saving the whole world before she filled it with strife
Now as for me I’m disregarded by them all
Lost because of Swifty, back into time did I fall
So here I sit now, on this cold and tall chair
In the 1950’s where I am no square!
I think it’s fair to say that Mega Matt’s origin was a bit divisive. This makes me sad because I know many of you were really looking forward to this particular origin and I hate to disappoint. But SuperFogeys Origins has always been my playground in which I try new storytelling techniques and exhibit art styles from many different artists around the web. There’s no way every story can please everyone.
With Mega Matt’s story I wanted to do something that felt unique to him because so much of what surrounds him feels very much not of him. The murderous father and mother. The uber-successful brothers. The superpowered family in general. When I hit on the idea of checking in on him in the 1950s, it only made sense to me that he would find a home with the beatniks. But Matt is not an innovator. He’s a super fan. So he does his version of a poetry slam by cribbing from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” I mean, of course.
Of course, you sacrifice certain things when you change the storytelling up so much on such a short story. Character development? There really isn’t any. Well, I do think you understand Matt better by the end of it, but everyone else is given only a cursory glance. In the end, I feel like it was a fair trade for what we got. Many of you disagreed. That’s okay. Disagreement is part of the fun.
In any case, I think it’s fun to read the whole rap all together. Each stanza represents a page. If you haven’t read this in comic form yet, what are you waiting for? Get readin’ and decide if it works for yourself!
What a great surprise this is! This is the first piece of fan art I’ve gotten for Dark Maiden and it’s beautiful and menacing. Big thanks to artist Margaret Racine for rendering her in such fine style.
Want to see your art in this space and plug your own stuff a little? Send me your SuperFogeys Fan Art to bwhheasley (at) gmail (dot) com!
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As I write this it’s just been revealed that Marvel’s THE AVENGERS has a set a new opening weekend box office record by a wiiiiiide margin. $200.3 million. Take that in. Not only is an Avengers movie actually real, it’s hit the zeitgeist.
Well I guess so! The movie plays like gangbusters with an audience. I don’t know when the last time was that I was in a theater where the audience responded so audibly and INVOLUNTARILY to what was happening on screen. Writer/Director Joss Whedon is a man who knows how to weave and twist a scene to both play into and subvert our expectations to great effect. In other words, he knows storytelling. There are moments in THE AVENGERS that demand reaction, and more often than not my reaction was joy.
I’m not going to spoil a single great moment for those of you that haven’t seen the movie yet, but when you see them, you’ll know. Sometimes it’s an action beat, sometimes it’s a line of dialogue. It’s always brilliant.
Good thing too because this is by no means a perfect movie. I still don’t fully understand villain Loki’s motivation and plan. The movie has no second act. A couple of characters–Hawkeye and Maria Hill–are pretty much non-entities. Nothing about the aliens that populate the film is distinct or driven by character.
But, incredibly, none of that matters. Of course, not one of the movies that preceded THE AVENGERS were perfect either: Iron Man, Iron Man II, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America. But none of those movies sucked. And now, pretty much all of them have been surpassed by THE AVENGERS. (I hold a soft spot in my heart for Thor.)
I should say that this is not my final word on this movie. I saw it at the end of a 14 hour Marvel Movie Marathon at my local theater. Let me tell you, it is possible to become numb to watching guys hit each other. I was bleary-eyed (but amped) as I watched THE AVENGERS. I think a revisit is in order and I won’t have final thoughts about the quality of the film until then.
I’m keeping this short because you already know you want to see this (and if you don’t then enjoy not grinning like an idiot) and I don’t want to ruin it. Stop reading now if you haven’t gotten out to the multiplex yet.
But, for those of us that have seen it, I’m declaring the comments on this post a SPOILER ZONE. Let’s share our favorite moments and get our geek on and talk about that mid-credits sequence and what it could mean!
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My buddy Scott King runs an excellent webcomic by the name of Holiday Wars (along with two-time SuperFogeys Origins artist Michael Odom!) and he has something REALLY special lined up for the next three weeks that I thought you guys just had to know about. Here’s Scott:
HOLIDAY WARS launches GIVEAWAY!
To celebrate the launch of “Holiday Wars” Book 2 we are doing a massive three week contest where we will be giving away some awesome daily prizes; including a Kindle, and a Nook Simple Touch.
“Our readers have stuck around for almost two years now and we thought this was a nice way we could give back to them,” Holiday Wars writer and creator Scott King said. “Sure we are doing traditional prizes like gift cards and ebook readers, but I’m particularly excited about giving away copies of Scrivener and Manga Studio since HOLIDAY WARS was partially created in both programs.”
A full schedule and list of prizes can be found here: www.holiday-wars.com/pics/prizes.jpg
In addition to the giveaway contest, we are also launching a new website and a Kickstarter to fund the printing of Book 1 of “Holiday Wars.”
About HOLIDAY WARS:
“Holiday Wars” is an ongoing webcomic about a teenage girl named Tegan Cassidy who discovers that the personification of holidays are real. The story takes place in our world and features well known holidays like Santa, The Easter Bunny, and April Fools as well as smaller observances like Ask A Stupid Question Day and Black Friday. The comic is free to read at www.Holiday-Wars.com.
About Scott King:
Scott King was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Ocean City, Maryland. He received his undergraduate degree in film from Towson University, and his M.F.A. in film from American University. “DAD! A Documentary Graphic Novel,” King’s first book was published in Fall ’09. He is also the creator and writer of “Holiday Wars.” In addition to his work in comics, King is also a part-time faculty member at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.