First off–Nomination Shmomination. I’m honoured, and hope all the other nominees are killed in a sudden, painless skiing accident at once. Otherwise, should they survive, I’m good if Ian Boothby gets the Shuster. He’s rock solid funny every month over at my secret home, BONGO comics, and may not have been properly acknowledged for that yet.
Ah, the whole KIRBY thing. If you’ve lived under a rock for the last few days, you might have missed that Kirby’s family is suing MARVEL and DISNEY for the rights to many of the characters he created, or co-created, or was down the hall when someone else co-created them (in the case of the obviously-not-created-by-Kirby Spider-Man, for instance). I’ve read some pretty passionate calls for the Kirbys to go sink their teeth into Marvel for what was done to Jack, and some equally passionate calls for the Kirbys to back off and accept that their dad sold that stuff to Martin Goodman decades ago, and that they’re just trying to reach into Disney’s very deep pockets. I have to admit, I come down on the side of the family, simply because us creators have to stick together, and I’d hope someday my family can reap the millions and millions that will someday come our way from my dramatic re-design of the ROCKET RED costume, or the creation of a spin-off version of MODOK in Howard the Duck. But I’m a sucker for anything that’s anti-corporate, EVEN IF IT’S THE CORPORATION THAT EMPLOYS ME FROM TIME TO TIME.
So, I’m very interested in hearing from the folks that drop by. Pro-family or pro-Disney, let’s holler, as the kid’s say.
No, dude. Not SUPERMAN should holler…oh, wait, this is more of that Unseen DC stuff, today with 25% more Jerry Seinfeld? In honor of the truly horrific flogging that Jerry’s new show “The Marriage Ref” is getting all over the critic-o-sphere, I’m posting some of the images of Superman that went into the production of the Jerry Seinfeld/Superman/American Express commercials of six or seven years ago! And since we’re going for “Unseen” as a theme this month, I thought I’d start with some of the preliminary artwork, and dig out the finished (and printed!) versions later. These were all meant to be “snapshots” of Jerry and his best pal SUPERMAN, hanging out at the ball game, doing laundry, walking their dogs together and male bonding in a totally heterosexual, dockers-wearing kind of a vibe. Here are some of the REJECTED sketches I did. They didn’t like the flying Krypto, and wanted him walking, they didn’t like the look on Superman’s face, so that got re-drawn something like eight times. These are the Unseen comp versions. There are five or six of these “snapshots” in total, here’s a few to chomp on for now!
Stay Tuned for more silly reasons to repost the Mad Cover as the days wear on, and ALL NEW BUNNY FUNNIES this weekend, as the blog morphs into a webcomic. Slowly, but very uncertainly.
Ty the Guy