Saturday, 31 March 2012
Alex Prager's work is beautiful and looks something like a cross between William Eggleston and Alfred Hitchcock, yet it's still her own unique vision. If you haven't seen any of her photography or short films, prepare to be blown away...
Friday, 30 March 2012
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Brendan McCarthy for Best of 2000AD Monthly #41 - February 1989.
This is a Cromalin proof of the cover, so it's actually printed onto pretty thick plastic rather than paper. From what I can remember, this is an enlarged panel from one of the 2000AD strips to which I added Zip-A-Tone specified for colour: 100y 100c.
Posted by Steve Cook at 07:52
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Monday, 26 March 2012
I had an interesting message from Tony Robertson, regarding my Largin' it post of a few days ago. He left a comment saying "In the original American edition that blue FX was not present. I always wondered if they made a mistake in the US edition by leaving it out, or someone in the UK got creative :)."
Tony then took it upon himself to get right to the source and contact Jim Steranko himself. This was Jim's reply.
"The psychotropic Dream Sequence in CAP 111 showcased several surreal special FX, including the optical shockwave behind Bucky on the second page. The color effect was achieved by means of an overlay on which the effect appeared. (The clouds on the previous page, for example, were suggested on my color guides.) Marvel press prep dropped the ball and printed the page without it; Marvel UK got it correct. Since the UK operation was only given film, rather than originals, with which to work, how they achieved the effect is a mystery--one of many regarding my material."
So there you have it! Jim Steranko explains all.
Nice one, Tony!
Posted by Steve Cook at 20:47
Since posting a scan of Salome by the very talented French artist Inès Dassonneville in December last year, I've had a few requests to post more of her Illustrations. I know that I have some stats of her pages somewhere, because I tried to get her some work in one of the publishing companies I was freelancing for back in '99; it's just finding them that'll take some time. However, I just found a copy of a really nice illustration that I scanned for her back in the day. I believe it was for a house-moving card she was making. It features her three cats and I think one of them was called Minnie. (click for large)
Posted by Steve Cook at 19:54
Sunday, 25 March 2012
I'm not usually one to know what Paul Weller is up to these days, but DJ Food turned me onto these amazing videos from Weller's new album last night. It's called Sonik Kicks and there's a bit of a psychedelic vibe to these that nicely links in with my posts from last Thursday. As well as putting out his own great music and graphics, DJ Food has a pretty happening blog that is really worth tuning in to at www.djfood.org. He's a man who loves his comics too!
Saturday, 24 March 2012
This is the first in a series about the women who model for comic book artists. First up it's Mima who has played a host of different characters over the years.
I first saw Mima working in the Forbidden Planet store in New Oxford Street around the time the Judge Dredd movie was in production. I remember thinking then what a great model she'd make and shortly afterwards an article appeared in Empire Magazine featuring a very short interview with Jemima Hancock (as she was then known). I tore it out and kept it, firstly as a reminder but also because it made me laugh. It's Mima revealing her 'take no prisoners' approach to being a female comics reader working in the male dominated environment of a comics shop, as you can see by the clipping here.
Mima modelled pretty exclusively for the critically acclaimed artist John Bolton during the early to mid 1990's and he did some beautiful paintings of her which she has kindly lent me to scan. Firstly, we see her on the front cover of Comics Scoreboard from August 1993, which is a bit of a rarity apparently.
Next, a starring role on John Bolton's cover for Aliens/Predator: Deadliest of the Species, 1993.
It's the summer of 1994 and Mima plays Tank Girl for John Bolton's Deadline Magazine cover.
Then she plays a lady of the night alongside The Dark Knight himself for DC Comic's - Manbat, written by Jamie Delano with fully-painted art by John Bolton in 1995.
And then in 1997 I asked Mima to model as the cover star for our 3000AD anniversary supplement for 2000AD. This was a project handed over to me and my long-term collaborator Alexander Brattell to fulfil. Fashion designer Dane 3000 supplied the amazing catsuit and the rest is history, or ...the future!
To finish up, I asked Mima if she could just say a few words about her time working on these projects and this is what she said.
"Of all the important things I gained from my time working in THAT comic shop (good friends, a wonderful husband) I have to say that appearing in a comic with Batman has always ranked near the best! The thrill as I look at John's wonderful artwork never fades. That was the exciting thing about being lucky enough to model for comics, I was taken into a parallel universe and until I saw the finished pictures, I never knew where I was going to be sent.
The other advantage was in the knowledge that an artist, in his/her very nature, creates magic, and will never paint you exactly as they see you. They won't paint you with bags under your eyes, or that spot on your chin. You're always going to look your best.
This was why I was nervous when Steve asked me to model for 2000AD on their 3000AD supplement - I couldn't hide behind the artist's paintbrush there - he wanted to do photos! I shouldn't have worried - he and Alex simply created a different kind of magic, one I've always been very proud to have been part of."
With thanks to Mima and also her husband Ben Cornish for helping out with the scans.
Posted by Steve Cook at 10:00
Friday, 23 March 2012
A pretty striking cover for this month's Dazed & Confused magazine featuring 21st century girl Grimes, photographed by Hedi Slimane and styled by senior fashion editor Robbie Spencer. Also an interestiing experiment by Vimeo user, David Dean Burkhart who utilised the Grimes track 'Vanessa' as the soundtrack for footage from Jean-Luc Godard's 1960's classic Alphaville; plus footage of a live performance by Grimes performing 'Genesis' at The Sub in San Francisco last year.
Thursday, 22 March 2012
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Diesel - Portraits for Successful Living, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. The same duo have created the striking imagery for the new Madonna MDNA album too. More of their incredibly stylish work can be seen on the website here...
Looks like it's coming back! ...with a vengeance! UPDATE Since posting the amazing and frenetic trailer from YouTube, it seems to have been deleted for some reason or other, so here's an alternative more laid-back version. Meanwhile, for now the frenetic one can still be seen here...