Cool covers 11 Daredevil #189

I discovered Daredevil with this issue. I can’t imagine a better time to learn about Matt Murdoch. This was at Frank Miller’s strongest time with the character. The art was fantastic with imaginative storytelling and fantastic action. This cover epitomizes this era. The composition is strong and active. The colors are simple. The character is in shadow, intensifying the danger around him. And ninjas.

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Cool Comic Covers 9 – The Man of Steel miniseries

The best reboot of a character. John Byrne was tasked to bring a modern Superman to the 80s. He kicked off his run on the character by taking 6 issues to establish a baseline for everyone. It set up exactly who the character would be, the supporting cast, and the world as it fit in the DCU. The story is filled with creative and intelligent takes on decades old characters, making them feel fresh and modern without betraying everything that came before.

Take some time and find this story. It’s worth it.

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Inspiration 3 – Henri Marie Raymonde de Toulouse-Lautrec Monfa

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. 1864-1901. Artist

T-L was a cursory artist before I went to college. Once there, I fully embraced his art and obsessed over him for years. His use of line and color steep still in my art brain. I continue to find new things in his work.

Dance at the moulin rouge

I was in IUP’s first computer art class. I made a study of the above painting, breaking down every component and describing the why it exists and what it means. This is a prime example of T-L’s creating rhythm and motion in the composition.

The Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh is an example of line work and color that soaked into my style.

Salon in the rue Des moulins
At the moulin rouge

The woman on the right is eerily colored. Something that has been speculated on for decades. This is the allure of T-L to me.

The cartwheel
Moulin rouge, the goulue

T-L reused figure much like a graphic artist. This litho advertisement pulls from The Dance at the Moulin Rouge.

Chocolat dancing in bar darchille

This is a delightful drawing full of expression and emotion.

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Find This Movie 1 – Straight To Hell


1987 Alex Cox-Director

Starring: Sy Richardson, Joe Strummer, Dick Rude, Courtney Love

A story of blood, money, guns, coffee, and sexual tension.

This is a surreal parody of spaghetti westerns. The protagonists are 3 hit men with a pregnant woman, all on the lamb heading to Mexico. Their car breaks down in the middle of a desert. They hide a briefcase of money from a bank they robbed after fleeing their failed hit, find a a town from the old west. They have to navigate the inhabitants of the town, the MCMahon clan. A vile bunch of interrelated coffee addicts that think of nothing but family, murder and hot dogs.

I love the characters. The salsa y ketchup song is catchy. Dick rude is hysterical. The plethora of side characters are fascinating. And this movie is infinitely quotable.

I saw this first on video in 87 or 88. My roommate Bill and I put it in heavy rotation soon after. I’ve never got tired of it. This led me to more Alex Cox films. The rewards continue as I learned more about indie film.

I can’t pinpoint how this movie influenced me other than solidifying that I love dark humor and stream of conscious storytelling. Nothing needs to make sense as long as the narrative flows. Maybe a love of Alex Cox films.

Dick Rude
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