Sketch of the Day: Moon Knight – Finished

This’ll be fun – for me at least.

We’ll start off with the SOTD from last week:  Moon Knight.

There's a bad moon on the rise!

Next, we’ll begin cleanup in Adobe Illustrator.  Since I want to register a few more hits for this particular post, cleanup and finished images are available after the jump. Continue reading

Sketch of the Day: Moon Knight

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Marvel’s ‘Batman’.  One of the first books I read regularly.  At one time I had everything he’d been in from ‘Werewolf by Night’ to the ‘Hulk’ magazines and up through his second title.   Who doesn’t love an Egyptian God’s  schitzo-billionaire agent of vengeance.   In fact, I think ‘Agent of Vengeance’ is about the only title they haven’t tried to slap on one of Moonie’s books.

After they shoe-horned him into the West Coast Avengers, I kind of lost interest.  The big selling point for me was Bill Sienkiewicz’s art and Doug Moench’s writing.  After that, he sort of morphed (or maybe devolved) into a rich ‘lunatic’, which is more Batman’s forte.   Stephen Platt’s interpretation was kind of interesting in a marshmallow-steroidal sort of way (even the veins in his arms had muscles).  I did jump aboard the Charlie Huston/David Finch train, but jumped off after they left and the art went to hell.

I won’t even get into ‘Body Armor Moon Knight’.  Looked like they modeled him after one of the many Batman action figure variants out there clogging the pegs.

So…here we go, my interpretation of Sienkiewicz’s interpretation of the Moon Knight.   Check it out over a cup o’ joe at Gina’s.

There's a bad moon on the rise!

Ah..and a return to the stumpy legged super-hero!  I guess I could go all Liefeld and just draw him standing in smoke.

Something for later.



Sketch of the Day: Batman 2 – Finished

Yesterday, I had to return a lot of phone calls, which meant a lot of time on hold.

This is what happens.

I'm Michael Keaton!

And so you can see where I started…in case you didn’t see it yesterday….

I am the Mannydamm Batman!

Or as I like to look at it – Cause and Effect.

It is entirely possible that this image might change before I’m happy with it.



Sketch of the Day: Lanterns & Supes and Bats, oh my!

So, I’m sitting at the computer waiting for some files to download and the service tech to come back to the phone.  There’s people dropping by asking me to fix things for them and because I’m not talking on the phone in my ear they just assume I’m not really on it.

Wish I was joking.

Here’s today’s quick sketches.

In brightest day, in blackest night, Geoff Johns will not escape my sight

I am the Mannydamm Batman!

Wait, what? I drew him with real legs and not those stumpy midget legs I've been doing?

I kind of like the Batman, and might run him through the cleanup mill at some point.  Hal looks like an X-Baby.

Sketch of the Day: Dr. Strange

So…work has been kicking my butt for the past couple weeks (months).  To let off a little steam, I decided to make myself draw for at least a half hour to an hour a day.

You know, to keep me from hurting a co-worker.

Some of the results are garbage, some are okay.   I’ll be posting the better pieces here.


Maybe, over time, we’ll see improvement.


First out of the gate is Dr. Strange.  I’ve always liked the outfit, and now that I’ve gone grey at the temples, I kind of look like the guy.


Ooogie, boogie, boogie!




Friday LinkFrogging – 3/25/11


Welcome back  boys and girls.

All the Geeks are back from Austin and, in my case, points further south.  Thanks to Matt for holding down the fort whilst I was in sunny Naples, Florida working as arm candy and dancing with the blue agave (which is quite different than Dancing at the Blue Iguana).

I didn’t go to SXSW, but I did manage to squeeze in an MLB Spring Training Game between the Red Sox and the Mets.  The baseball gods and StubHub smiled down on me as it was the annual St. Patrick’s Day game in Fort Myers.  Much green was worn.  Many pasty Chowds where burnt and I learned, to my surprise, that in Boston they sing “Sweet Caroline” during the seventh inning stretch.

Things are weird out there kids, just the way we like it.

 So it was surreal this week when it was announced that Elizabeth Taylor had died at the age of 79.  I also knew that this enduring Hollywood legend was a shoo-in for this week’s cheesecake.

Ms. Taylor has been a part of the pop culture landscape for my entire life.  Granted, it was the back end of her career.  The Michael Jackson-White Diamonds part of her career, but still.

After debuting at nine in There’s One Born Every Minute, she went on to spend her entire life in the spotlight.  I suggested to Stephe yesterday that Ms. Taylor may have been the first movie star to go wire-to-wire as a celebrity.

It also occurred to me that, had Ms. Taylor risen to fame in the age of the internet, she would have been a tabloid darling that left Lindsey Lohan and Paris Hilton in the dust.  Between winning a pair of Oscars, she managed eight marriages (including two consecutive ones to Richard Burton), a friendship with Michael Jackson, five broken backs, a benign brain tumor and a USO tour with Bob Hope.

They don’t make ’em like that anymore kids.

Rest in Peace Ms. Taylor.

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GonzoGeek vs. The Oscars 2011: Best Picture

GonzoGeek vs. The Oscars 2011

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are Sunday, so it’s time for the annual predictions from the revered GonzoGeek panel: Bruce, Chris, John, Matt, Stephe and Matt’s copy of “Wrestlemania 2000” for the Nintendo 64.

Tuesday: Best Supporting Actress
Wednesday: Best Supporting Actor
Thursday: Best Actress
Friday: Best Actor
Today: Best Picture

The Nominees:
127 Hours— 100/1
Black Swan— 40/1
Inception— 50/1
The Fighter— 40/1
The Kids Are All Right— 200/1
The King’s Speech— 2/9
The Social Network— 7/2
Toy Story 3— 150/1
True Grit— 35/1
Winter’s Bone— 150/1

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