Thought I’d share some of the process screen shots from my recent ASSEMBLE piece.
Why “Assemble?” As battle cries go, it’s a little square. Wouldn’t a more fitting call to action for earth’s mightiest heroes be something like “AVENGE TO THE END!” or “TOGETHER WE PUNCH THE FACE OF DEATH!”
The Avengers aren’t really about that. They weren’t born with a special chromosome that gives them a familial bond. They weren’t all given powers after being exposed to cosmic rays. They weren’t raised together in a warrior tribe. They’re individuals, who’d certainly much rather be doing their own thing.
Then, they get the call. ASSEMBLE!
Iron Man is in a crucial board meeting and leaves unceremoniously, exasperating his shareholders. The Hulk is volunteering at a local animal shelter and is totally buried in puppies, but he leaps away. After nearly an hour of writing, Quicksilver is THIS CLOSE to finishing his memoir, totally trashing all the other Avengers, but snaps his laptop closed, forgetting to save. Giant Man is secretly killing all the ice cream in Avengers Mansion by shrinking it, squirreling it away to his lab, and eating it at full size. (The ice cream he leaves melting drips onto a robot prototype that he’s working on, and there will certainly be consequences, but that’s a story for another day.) Wasp is sipping a mimosa and reading this month’s issue of Manly Adventure Tales which Hank left lying around. She zips out the window before the magazine hits the ground. Hawkeye stops twerking in the mirror and straps on his bow, giving one final quick wink to his reflection. Captain America has been quietly staring at old photographs of his dead friends for hours, so part of him is glad to get out of the house. Scarlet Witch puts down her knitting (It’s a red scarf. Surprise.) Thor is polishing his hammer. It bothers him to leap into battle with a half-polished hammer, but he grits his teeth, quiets his OCD and flies off to join his comrades.
They assemble. The world gets saved. What brings them together, what gets them to assemble, is the only thing they have in common: The fact that they’re ready to risk their own extraordinary lives to save ordinary people. That they can put their respective super-egos and dramas aside and assemble to fight the world’s greatest threats is what defines them.
by Rogan Josh
I hope everyone in the Northeast is enjoying the storm! Stay frosty!
And hey, don’t forget that Society6 is offering FREE SHIPPING on all modHero prints through the weekend!
I’m currently watching Wolverine and The X-men on Netflix and loving how Wolvie pops his claws every 5 seconds but never manages to cut anyone. In honor of adamantium blades only being used for show, I thought I’d post a preliminary sketch for the Wolverine vs Hulk pic.
WOLVERINE vs. THE HULK
First impressions are really important. When you meet someone, getting off on the wrong foot could cause an adversarial vibe to plague your relationship forever, hanging over you whenever you meet. Whether in the Canadian wilderness, atop the Himalayas, or just having a beer at the Baxter Building, a voice in the back of your mind will be whispering ”HIT HIM IN HIS JERKFACE!” You may even try to wipe the slate clean by starting again in another universe all together, but the animosity lingering from your initial altercation is still likely to haunt you. Might as well just get the fighting over with.
Hey modHeroes! Remember when the nice people at Society6 ran a promotional deal for FREE SHIPPING on prints? They’re doing it again!
To celebrate, I remastered a handful of classic modHero prints and posted them in the shop JUST FOR YOU!
Phoenix! She-Hulk! Alpha Fight! Norman Osborn! Havok & Polaris! Storm!
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2012 Remix! HULK OUT for the holidays! This and many other modHero prints available at Society 6! You can also get a signed edition printed by me from modHero.com.
All this and brains too!
The one Single Female Lawyer who can seriously kick the ass of all the others: Jennifer Walters. Sometimes savage. Sometimes sensational. Always smokin’ hot! She-hulk brings her own brand of emerald justice the Marvel Universe with a gamma-tastic blend of brains, brawn and sex appeal. Once a timid young woman, an irradiated blood transfusion released the charismatic green powerhouse she’d been repressing. With her wild side liberated, villains run for cover, juries swoon, and men all over the world Go Green and never go back. The lady’s stacked, and that’s a fact!
Hulk not evil mutant! Hulk just misunderstood science accident! Why always mad at Hulk???
Hulk need new pair of pants… Hulk SEE great pair of pants at Big+Tall store!
Hulk go inside.
Door.. small.. Oh no! Hulk destroy building! Hulk disappointed in self.
Hey, who shoot at Hulk??! Why army always where Hulk go? Can’t Hulk go outlet mall in peace?