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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Incredibles

If I was putting together a list of my favorite movies of all-time, The Incredibles would be high on that list. In fact, I'd be hard pressed to pick just one Pixar film. Everything the folks at Pixar do is great. To me, though, The Incredibles was the best of the bunch. Amazing CGI animation, a wonderful story by Brad Bird, (channelling his inner Stan Lee... I mean seriously, this is the best Fantastic Four story ever told) who also wrote the underrated Iron Giant, with amazing voice acting by Craig T. Nelson (in his best role since Coach), Holly Hunter and Jason Lee.

The above figures were released as Disney store exclusives shortly after the release of the film. They all contained movie accurate sculpts, as the turnarounds for the film were used for the sculpts of the figures. As an added action feature, Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Dash contained LED logos on their chests that lit up when pressed. Elastigirl came packed with Baby Jack Jack and Violet came packed with a translucent "invisible" Violet (pictured left), which was by far the coolest and hardest to find of the bunch. Each of the figures also came packed with an Incredibles logo ring (way too small to fit on my finger but Scrappy loved them), as well as art deco style trading cards in the style of the art on the closing credits of the film.

Also part of this extremely exclusive line were Frozone, Syndrome and young Mr. Incredible. I own all except for Syndrome.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

NBA Playoffs

I love the NBA playoffs. My favorite squad (the Lakers) is safely on to the second round, but I must ask, has there been a more entertaining series in recent history more exciting than Bulls-Celtics?

Every game has been tight (save 1). Every game has been an instant classic. A classic series for the ages. As I write this Game 5 is in overtime... amazing


Old Man Indy

As a disciple of George Lucas, I'm a huge fan of the Indiana Jones series. I've thoroughly enjoyed all the films... including last summers Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The announcement last year that Hasbro would finally be making good mass market Indy figures (as opposed to the exclusive Disneyworld figures) brought smiles to toy collectors worldwide. With that announcement and the release of the new movie, we all knew that KOTCS figures would soon follow the initial wave of Raiders of the Lost Arc figures.

Hasbro did a great job of releasing classic figures alongside figures of the latest film. The best of the classic line will be seen in my top figures of 2008 post. Above is the best of the new movie line. An older, grayer Indy without hat. He did come accessorized with a gun, crystal skull, whip and satchel. The figure came articulated at the neck, shoulder, elbow, hands, waist and knees. The paint scheme did a great job capturing the fact that this was an older Indy. Great job all around.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

"I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today"

In 2004 Mezco Toyz released a brilliant line of action figures based on the Popeye the Sailor Man cartoons. This line featured brilliant sculpts and accessories as well as cartoon accurate color schemes, This was one of the best action figure lines of all time.

Wimpy, was generally the straight (but often lazy and scamming) man to Popeye's over the top hero. Wimpy also had a love of burgers almost as big as my own. Wimpy came packed with burgers to hold in his hand, as well as a full plate of burger goodness. Also packed with Wimpy was the magical dog Jeep. Jeep was a gift from Popeye to Olive Oyl, and one of my favorite animated characters growing up. This figure perfectly captures the simplicity of the Jeep' look in the classic Max Fleischer cartoons.

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Baby Nephew

What better gift on the holidays, than the gift of original art. Especially when funds are tight. Some hard work from the heart and a great frame = a great gift (at least in my eyes).

My younger sister gave birth to a beautiful baby boy last June. He is an absolutely adorable, big baby boy. This drawing was done from a picture my wife took at my niece's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. He peeked over her shoulder at just the right time, and I instantly knew this is the photo I wanted to use.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

G.I. Joe Resolute

I watched the latest rendition of G.I. Joe this morning. The new G.I. Joe Resolute cartoon shown on Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network premiered last night. All in all, I must say I was very impressed. Save for a few bits of story telling I didn't agree with, I highly recommend it to any Joe fan.

The animation and voices (while a limited cast) were top notch. Not as cartoony as the 80's cartoon. I believe the animation was done by a Japanese studio. It was a far better animated Joe than the previous Sigma 6 effort

The needless elimination of major villains (Major Bludd, Zartan and Storm Shadow all killed) and Scarlett picking Duke (major tool) over Snake Eyes (total badass) were slaps in the face to true Joe fans. Any one who has followed Joe continuity for as long as I have knows Scarlett belongs with Snake Eyes, period. In comcs lore, he lost his face and voice protecting Scarlett, therefore tying them together for life. Simply put, they belong together. Those minor complaints (and the somewhat lukewarm ending) aside, an excellent effort by Hasbro and all individuals involved. I hope to see more adventures in the Resolute format.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

McGuiness Style World's Finest

As I've clearly stated time and time again, Ed McGuiness is one of my favorite artists in the industry today. He had a classic and iconic take on the Man of Steel. With his art, there was no question as to the fact that Superman was the strongest man on Earth. Ed has a thick, bulky manga/anime inspired sensibility. His bold line work was a welcome change to the status quo we have seen over the years with the art on Superman.

This piece below was a piece I put together for my oldest brother for the holidays (zoinks, I can't believe I haven't posted regularly since then). Its a back to back piece of the World's Finest... Superman and Batman. That's the way I like to think of my big bro, right there by my side.

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Okay, so I saw the Watchmen movie a few weeks back and absolutely loved. It was quite possibly (IMHO) the most faithful comic adaptation of all time. There was a huge change to the ending of the original story which I actually though worked better than the original ending. It made for a tighter story on screen. The essence of the story remained the same while providing many of the iconic visuals from the stunning artwork of Dave Gibbons.

Dave Gibbons has basically been the only artist who ever even attempted drawing the Watchmen. The Watchmen is one of those books that is absolutely revered by the comic community. You would be hard pressed to find a bad review of the original book-especially from the comic fans.

When the buzz for this film started to build (around the time the first trailer hit with the Dark Knight last summer) the brilliant artists at Wildstorm drew a thumbnail that they would later turn into a jam piece. I decided that this would be a great opportunity to take a crack at characters I've loved for a long time as well. In addition, this turned into a jam piece of my own.

Any one who truly knows my art style, knows I dont draw hands or guns very well (or cars for that matter). With a large gun and a few sets of hands featured very prominently, my lovely wife decided to pitch in and not only draw hands and the guns of the Comedian, but she also did an amazing job on drawing and inking Archie (Nite Owl's ship).

This piece was a definite change from what I've been doing lately. I've been focusing more on single character pieces. Drawing this large of a cast was a definite challenge. Basically drawing 7 characters (if you count Archie) was a definite daunting task. Not only is this a piece I loved working on, but a piece that I will always hold very high regard for as it was a jam piece between my wife and I (thats her signature under my initial box)... thanks my love.

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