Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tigra vs. Cheetah

It doesn't get any more cat fight than this, Tigra vs, Cheetah. Inspired by Frank Cho's beautiful art I decided to come up with another cat fight I always wanted to see in the comics world.
Tigra also known as Greer Grant is a super heroine in the Marvel Comics universe. Introduced as the non-superpowered crime fighter The Cat in Claws of the Cat #1 (Nov. 1972), she was co-created by writer-editor Roy Thomas, writer Linda Fite, and penciler Marie Severin. She mutated into the superpowered tiger-woman Tigra in Giant-Size Creatures #1 (July 1974). "The Tigra" it's also the historical defender/champion of the Cat People, a humanoid race created by sorcery during the Dark Ages.
The Cheetah is a super villainess in the DC Comics universe. Commonly regarded as the archenemy of Wonder Woman, the Cheetah first appeared in 1943 in Wonder Woman #6 (volume 1), written by Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston. Since then, the character has undergone several updates as comic book continuities have evolved and shifted. Indeed, there have been four different Cheetahs since the character's premiere, including Priscilla Rich (the Golden Age Cheetah), Deborah Domaine (the Silver Age Cheetah), Barbara Ann Minerva (the modern age and current Cheetah), and Sebastian Ballesteros (a male usurper who briefly assumed the role in 2001). I choose the third Cheetah, the british anthropologist Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva.
Changing the subject, I'll be working two jobs starting next week (Ben 10 and The Simpsons) That means I won't be able to come up with my Versus Series for a while, sorry folks. I'll definitely do some more when ever I can. Coming up with the "Versus" series it's a lot of fun and extremely addictive. I hope you liked my last post for the next few weeks.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Quicksilver vs. The Flash

I always wanted to see a comic book about this one. When I was doing research for the characters I already had something specific in mind. Then I came across one Flash piece by Karl Kerschl that already was what I wanted to do, so I based it on his work.
It came up OK, it's not exactly what I wanted, but I'm happy with it.
Once nicknamed the Scarlet Speedster, all incarnations of the Flash possess "super-speed", which includes the ability to run and move extremely fast, use superhuman reflexes and seemingly violate certain laws of physics. Thus far, four different characters, each of whom somehow gained the power of "super-speed", have assumed the identity of the Flash: Jay Garrick (1940-), Barry Allen (1956-1985, 2008-), Wally West (1986-2006, 2007-), and Bart Allen (2006-2007).
Quicksilver or Pietro Django Maximoff is a fictional character that appears in the comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appears in X-Men #4 (Mar. 1964) and was created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby.
In 1964, Quicksilver first appears with his sister, the Scarlet Witch, as a part of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in Uncanny X-Men #4 (Mar. 1964). Pietro and his sister reform and join the Avengers in Avengers #16 (May 1965).

Friday, April 17, 2009

Mystique vs. Shadow Lass

Well there you have it, the colored version. I'm sure I'll find more thing to correct later on when it's not 4:30 in the morning.
Ah...Mystique. Throughout most of her history, Mystique has been a supervillainess, founding the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and assassinating several important people involved in mutant affairs. Mystique herself is a mutant, a shapeshifter whose natural appearance includes her blue skin and yellow eyes. At one point, she mentioned she is over 100 years old.
And Shadow Lass it's from the 31st centurie, her real name is Tasmia Mallor and her homeworld is Talok VIII. She has the power to project darkness. Like all Talokians, she has blue skin and pointed ears. She and her cousin Grev (Shadow Kid) received their powers from their ancestors, whose spirits reside in a cave on Talok VIII (Talokians practice ancestor worship).
Shadow Lass joined the Legion of Super Heroes after her homeworld was invaded by the Fatal Five. She helped the Legion to defeat them. After joining, she became romantically involved with Lar Gand and eventually married him after he was mortally wounded fighting the Time Trapper as part of the conspiracy to avenge Superboy's death at the Trapper's hands.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Onward in Space or Time

Here's the rough pencil and the inks for Mystique (from X-Men) vs. Shadow Lass (from The Legion of Super Heroes). I guess the only thing they have in common other than being hot it's blue skin. I look forward to color this one. I'm thinking about photoshopping Mystique's belt skulls.
I'll be super busy with my regular Simpsons job all week and I don't know when it's the next time I'll be able to finish this piece. So there you go for now. Peace out!


Wednesday, April 08, 2009

WB Mural 2009

In July 2008 I got a call from my old friend Amy Wagner at the Warner Brothers Burbank studio. I was recommended by Bruce Timm, James Tucker and Glen Murakami to redesign the WB mural, the one that's been at the Olive and Pass Avenues for the past 15 years. We had a meeting at Sam Register's office and went over the details. See the bottom half of the above image for the final layout I designed and came up with. That's the one everyone at WB Animation was happy with. Later on I heard someone from the main WB lot was going to change my layout and add some of the cartoony characters on top of it.
On April 7 Warner Bros. Animation hosted a special Animation Celebration event on the studio lot, during which it unveiled the first update to its popular animation mural in 15 years.
The event was open to the public and feature entertainment, prizes, fun events for families, refreshments and a live performance from Beat Freaks, the all-girl dance crew from the 2009 edition of America’s Best Dance Crew.
There were also a few special guests like Julie Newmar (the original Catwoman from the 60's tv show) and Diedrich Bader (voice of Batman from Batman the Brave and the Bold)
I don't really mind the changes that were made to my original design. After all Bugs Bunny and Duffy Duck put WB Animation on the map. Although I like my layout better, there are less tangents and a lot of less empty spaces. I wish they hired me to add the cartoony characters as well.
All the villains heads show up at night only thanks to special painting and lighting.
It's a true honor to be part of this historical landmark.
Click here for the Cartoon Brew article

Friday, April 03, 2009

Catwoman vs. The Black Cat

To my surprise Terry Dodson already did a piece of Black Cat vs. Catwoman for the Wizard magazine. The interesting part it's I found out about it right before I was done with my version. He even made Catwoman on the same side and pulling the Black Cat's hair like me, that's crazy!
For those who doesn't know anything about comics, the Black Cat it's a Marvel Comics anti-hero that has been both a one-time foe and an ex-girlfriend of Spider-Man. Created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Keith Pollard, she first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #194 (July 1979). The Black Cat is a skilled (somewhat reformed) "cat" burglar who is currently an occasional crime fighter and adventurer.
And if you don't know who Catwoman is, you better leave my Blog right now. Selina Kyle the DC Comics supervillainess was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, partially inspired by Kane's second cousin by marriage, Ruth Steel...waddayaknow.