Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Something old--something new...

I've always loved Comic Books. This is a concept I've been kicking around for a couple of decades. I think I've finally found an approach for the art style...and this isn't it. But I wanted to share these images with you anyway.


Biby Cletus said...

wonderful art work Mr. poision is really facnating work. good work like to visit more nice blog will be back soon.

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richtuzon said...

wow! way cool, Vin. So much work in all of these. Love to see the originals.

Tanner said...

You are ridiculous when it comes to inking. A mad genious!

Kimberly M. Zamlich said...

Great imagination! Wow. What a surprise to see so many posts. You have a wonderful active mind!

See shamless plug on my website! You go, Vince!!

Kimberly M. Zamlich said...

Anthing I can do to help! I'm so proud of you; still keeping the torch burning even after work. I knew so many artists at Feature who never drew outside of work. Those who seek to practice and further their talents for the joy of it stay young!

Vince M. said...

Kim- You're very sweet and supportive. Thanks for all of the kudos. I love your artwork and your appreciation of creativity.

Eric T- Just seeing you inspires me. Your work is forward moving and compelling. You really lead by example, and if you like what I do it brings me joy.

Rich- I wouldn't even have attempted a blog without your patience and guidance. your friendship has taken me to places I wouldn't have imagined. Thank you for opening this door for me.

Biby- Thanks for the kind words. I hope you visit my blog again soon.

max said...

This is an amazing gallery.
It's all very funny and the style is spot on, a very fresh take on heroes and villains.
Long live Super Squid!!!

Oscar Grillo said...

Nice and virile drawings, V.!....The other day I bought for practically nothing lots of DVD's of American B movies. One of them was Dick Tracy Versus Cueball (You drew him there) an absolute jewel!

I collect comics and soon my loft will collapse with the weight. I have the complete sixties issues of MAD magazine among other treasures.

Ry's Photo Blog said...

It's like 3 generations of character art! Your line skill baffles me as always Vin.

Vince M. said...

Gee whiz... what a great way to start the day- positive comments from three artists I admire! Thanks for the kind words Max, Oscar and Ryan.

R.Dress said...

Oh MAN!!! These are gravy! I'm instantly in love with these posts. Line work and subject matter.

Vince M. said...

Thanks Mr. D.- I love your work, too! You've got a great sense of design and your inking skills are top-notch. Still can't get over the "Fantastic Comics" piece. Little Nemo in Asia!
I also love the Hippo & the Scottie in the subway, I know I've seen them on a Manhattan-Bound F train!

Mind boggling work!

I hope you're keeping busy in NYC, work as good as yours must be seen.

PJ said...

Wow, what I don’t understand is where you find the time for such prodigious quality output!

Vince M. said...

Hi, PJ. These visuals were created between 1986-95, as guides and explorations for an original comic book series. I sent out pitches to DC and Dark Horse Comics in '91, but they didn't respond.

I'll be attempting some new story art on this concept again, with a different approach to the art in a few weeks. I want to see if I can simplify the style a bit. This art looks a bit cluttered to me nowadays.

Live and learn.

PJ said...

I don’t think cluttered is the right word.

I was thinking how much your work reminds me of Kurtzman, Elder and Davis. I see strong evidence of those influences in these drawings.

Comics has undergone a bit of a transformation over the last few years - ’95 was the height of a certain style which was best characterized by Whilce Portacio and Rob Liefeld.

’95 was also a moment in comics history where the industry went bust so, I don’t think it was a time when you could get anything remotely new interms of look or approach published.

You should really try to make it back to the NYC area in June to check out the MoCCA festival. It would give you a better idea of the range of material which is currently finding an audience.

Another option is to think about doing a web comic for the time being in order to get your name and characters out there and build a following without incurring the expense of publishing printed material.

I like the work - I also see the hints of Dick Tracy in some of it (Ashtray Face). I am sometimes surprised you never approached MAD magazine for work.

Vince M. said...

Oh, believe me PJ, I know of the range of comic art being produced in contempory comics, both mainstream and alternative. I haunt the comic shops every week and read the "trades", so it's not like I've been isolated from the industry. In fact I had a few story arcs published during the last few years in "Silver Comics", an indy anthology book published by a friend. Even helped man a booth at last year's San Diego Con for a couple of days.

My taste usually skews to Alternative comics these days, unless a great talent like Darwyn Cooke emerges from the big two. I don't like the look of most of Marvel and DC's never-ending storylines that they're trying to pass off as comics these days. Most of them look like coloring books, with weak linework and way-too-flashy colors. Everything has a sheen to it, everything! And the scripting sucks, like a huge patchwork quilt being stitched together issue after issue. Today's comic book "scribes" have forgotten the two most important words in every story: The End.

Thanks for the comparison to Kurtzman, Davis and Elder. I'm glad their influence is evident in my work. They definitely set the standard that I try to meet.

Please don't try to suggest comics you think I might be interested in, as an effort to sway my opinion. I really don't think today's comics deserve to be defended. I do pick up copies of some of the mainstream stuff and enjoy it. Recent Daredevil and Captain America issues look and read well, but mostly I like reading magazines like Alter Ego and The Kirby Collector. I'm always curious about how artists I admire go about creating their art, and these magazines help to inform my approach as well.

Comics are a very small part of my interests nowadays, I'd much rather read about Illustrators and Painters than look at a goofy guy in long underwear.

Boy, do I miss Will Eisner.

max said...

Hi Vince, have you ever read Alan Ford? These pages are very much on the same wavelength.
Maybe you don't know about it but it was an Italian comic series that was incredibly popular in Italy when I was a child and went on for many years. I have a huge collection at home in Italy. Reading around the web I now learn that it was also big in the Balkans but probably never made it in the States. Try google "alan ford comics".

Vince M. said...

Thanks for the very flattering comparison, Max. That is one good looking strip. I'm going to try to hunt down a few issues. It looks like the artist and I have some very similar influences.