BOSTON COMIC CON 2015 WRAP-UP

Here are my 2015 Boston Comic Con commissions! People made requests and I did my best to sculpt them on the fly. I got a great bunch this year (click to enlarge):

  1. Black Manta
  2.  MODOK
  3. Thanos
  4. Godzilla
  5. Raptor with comic books
  6. She-Hulk 1
  7. Captain America
  8. Robocop
  9. Sailor V
  10. She-Hulk 2

Plus I made  few other pre-prepared pieces (click to embiggen):

Squirrel Girl (and Tippy Toe!), Spider-Gwen, Ms. Marvel, and Batman reliefs.

Thanks to everyone who visited!

Batgirl of Burnside

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I was excited by the new creative team on BATGIRL- writer/breakdown artist Cameron Stewart, co-writer Brenden Fletcher, artist Babs Tarr, colorist Maris Wicks and letter Jared K. Fletcher– and I wanted to sculpt Barbara Gordon in her new costume.

I based this pose on the cover of her first appearance in Detective Comics #359, as drawn by Carmine Infantino, with additional design input by John Vukelic. This was done for the 6th Annual Hub Comics DARK KNIGHT ON A DARK NIGHT Batman art show.

These pictures were shot on-site in the display case. I’ll try to get some better pictures soon.

Batgirl Black and White

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It’s the Winter Solstice and  time for the annual Hub Comics DARK KNIGHT ON A DARK NIGHT Batman art show!

And above is my contribution, designed for me in record time by Erica Henderson. Here’s her design: tumblr_mxf9syD61F1r6m3eno1_1280

And here are some pics of the work-in-progress, made from Sculpey Firm over an aluminum armature:

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Here’s another pic Erica took of it from the front. I’ll get some more pics and post them soon!

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The 4th Annual DARK KNIGHT ON A DARK NIGHT Art Show

Every year near the Winter Solstice,  Hub Comics in Somerville, Massachusetts  holds an exhibition of Batman art by local artists. My 12 Days of the Batman mini-busts were on display, as well as numerous other works by some great artists.

Photos of the event, taken by shop owner Tim Finn, can be seen here. 

I was interviewed about the event by the Boston Herald, and you can read the article here.

Can’t wait to do it again next year, same Bat-Time…

12 DAYS OF THE BATMAN! DAY 12: THE JOKER

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Batman first battled the Joker in 1940’s BATMAN #1 in a story by Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson. The Joker was poisoning wealthy men, leaving their corpses with an eerie rictus grin, and baffling the police in the process. His first fight with Batman ended with the Batman tossed into a river, excited at the prospect of an adversary who could really hit. The rematch ended with the Joker apparently accidentally stabbing himself in the heart, laughing maniacally as he died. A last-minute editorial decision saved his life, as the medics in the ambulance were shocked that the Joker was -somehow- still alive.

Over more than 70 years, the Joker remains an enigma. Different versions hinted at his life before Batman unwittingly dropped him into a vat of bleaching chemicals, but whoever he was before is unimportant. He is the Joker; deadly, anarchic, interested only in what makes him laugh, no matter who’s hurt in the process.

My take on the Joker is fairly traditional (I’ve sculpted him before). I dislike when he’s depicted as  a physical monster. He’s hideous because he chose to be,  not because he’s disfigured. I gave him a look like he’s just thought of an especially wicked joke.

And so the Joker gets the last laugh. Thanks for looking. This has been 12 Days of the Batman.