HARLEY QUINN
Love is basically a form of highly sought-after, socially acceptable insanity. Right? It makes even the strongest people fragile and vulnerable, while at the same time filling the weakest people with a rare and special power. Love is a great wrecking ball that broke open the walls of Harley Quinn’s cracking mind, and because of love, she’s free to swing from the wrecking ball with wild abandon. 
By Rogan Josh

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HARLEY QUINN

Love is basically a form of highly sought-after, socially acceptable insanity. Right? It makes even the strongest people fragile and vulnerable, while at the same time filling the weakest people with a rare and special power. Love is a great wrecking ball that broke open the walls of Harley Quinn’s cracking mind, and because of love, she’s free to swing from the wrecking ball with wild abandon. 

By Rogan Josh

Prints and more at Society6!

Personally, I’m not offended by Milo Manara’s Spider-Woman cover. Spider-Woman is supposed to be super-bendy and is often crouching and sneaking around, just like she’s depicted in the instantly-infamous Manara picture. If it were Storm, or Captain Marvel, it’d be out-of-character and I’d have to agree that she was being needlessly cheesecaked. 

That said, it is still kind of ridiculous and worth calling upon the Hawkeye Initiative to poke some fun at it.

To the haters who are exasperated by Manara using a pose similar to one he used in an adult comic, heads up: Artists use and reuse variations of their favorite poses all the time. It doesn’t, in any way, cheapen his remarkable craftsmanship. 

To everyone who is all OMG HER SPINE IS BROKEN LEARN TO DRAW, I say 

Odalisque

Artists have taken liberties with human anatomy to express their love of it since the dawn of time. 

This is a female fertility figure from about 35,000 years ago. Now, THAT’s what Marvel should riff on for their next series of variant covers!

I really enjoy the new costumes Stuart Immonen designed for the time-displaced “All-New” X-Men. They look youthful, modern, unique, and unified without being rigidly uniformed. The one problem? Their teacher dresses like it’s 20 years ago. Uncool, teach!

Professor X, who once wrangled these 5 teens by barking orders with his mind, could wear whatever dour earth-tone cardigan he felt suited his mood in the morning because no one ever saw the guy standing next to his sharply-dressed X-men. Kitty Pryde is right on the front lines with the teens, fighting side by side with them, RUINING EVERY GROUP SHOT WITH HER TERRIBLE COSTUME. Kitty needs to step up to her new role in some new threads. 

SO, I’ve mocked up a new costume for her as if it were one of Immonen’s designs. Totally fun trying to mimic his sketch style. 

  • Since they each have individual touches, I kept some geometric hints of her classic costume design, but tried to match the look and feel of the costumes her students are wearing.
  • Her signature color is blue, but with Scott and Bobby already covering that end of the spectrum, she needed *gasp* a new base color. Why not purple? I think she can rock it. Kind of a nod to absent Lockheed :) 
  • A bit more padding than usual, since she seems to get knocked about fairly often lately.

What do you think, brianmichaelbendis? #newkittycostume

Boston geeks! Come find me this weekend at Boston Comic Con! I’ll be at #B212-213. See you there!

Boston geeks! Come find me this weekend at Boston Comic Con! I’ll be at #B212-213. See you there!

The Man Behind modHero: Interview with Artist Rogan Josh

Check it out! An interview I did with Sci-Fi Bloggers, featuring some previously-unseen X-Men costume sketches and a preview page from my story in the upcoming Sentinels anthology! 

Had a great time at Wizard World Philadelphia this weekend! My Falcon print, which usually doesn’t get much attention, did really well. I couldn’t figure out why, until someone informed me that fans were taking it to get signed by Anthony Mackie, who played Falcon in Winter Soldier! How cool!

Hey folks! I’m going to be at Wizard World Philly this weekend, June 19 thru June 22. Please come say hi!  I’ll be right in the perfect center of the show floor, with tons of fresh prints. Looking forward to meeting you!

modHERO, WW Philly 2014
Booth #1026
June 19-22

Excelsior!!

mckellenmesoftly:

ROGAN JOSH
"The Great Intelligence"
Josh Siegel, a.k.a. illustrator Rogan Josh, creates geeky digital pop art inspired by comics and science fiction. His modHero prints have been featured on Thrillist, i09, Bleeding Cool, Comics Alliance and Wired Magazine. He recently wrote and drew a moody superhero story for the upcoming Drumfish comics anthology Sentinels. He also likes to draw animals enjoying coffee and Gay Dinosaurs Doing It . In 2010 he co-founded Geeks OUT, a nonprofit organization out to rally and represent the queer geek community. You can follow his ongoing modHero series at www.modhero.com, view his larger body of creative work at www.bigvisual.net and find out what Geeks OUT is up to at www.geeksout.org.

My contribution to McKellen Me Softly!

mckellenmesoftly:

ROGAN JOSH

"The Great Intelligence"

Josh Siegel, a.k.a. illustrator Rogan Josh, creates geeky digital pop art inspired by comics and science fiction. His modHero prints have been featured on Thrillist, i09, Bleeding Cool, Comics Alliance and Wired Magazine. He recently wrote and drew a moody superhero story for the upcoming Drumfish comics anthology Sentinels. He also likes to draw animals enjoying coffee and Gay Dinosaurs Doing It . In 2010 he co-founded Geeks OUT, a nonprofit organization out to rally and represent the queer geek community. You can follow his ongoing modHero series at www.modhero.com, view his larger body of creative work at www.bigvisual.net and find out what Geeks OUT is up to at www.geeksout.org.

My contribution to McKellen Me Softly!

I’ve been so busy getting ready for C22 that I’ve forgotten to mention I’LL BE AT C2E2!!! Booth 511, right next to @GeeksOUT and just a few blocks from Marvel! Come say hi!!  

THE SILVERHAWKS
Don’t worry, Copper Kid. You’ll fit right in. Well, as best you can, I guess. You may be the only non-human in the Silver Hawks, and you sure talk funny, but here aboard the Miraj we value diversity. That’s why even though the rest of us dress in silver, if you look at the small details, it’s easy to tell us apart.
It’s our job to keep the riffraff out. You know, “undesirables” and seedy types that pop up in the universe. They could be up to all sorts of nonsense.  Say, if someone’s wearing weird glasses or a shirt that looks too trendy? It’s best to pull them over and find out what the heck they’re up to. They could be trying to eat a planet or hijack a shipment of valuable orphans. 
Upholding earth-based-values across the galaxy is a tough job, and you’ve got a lot to learn, but we’ll get you up to speed. Still, if we want this mentoring program to continue, we’ve got to show our managers results. That’s why at the end of every day, we’ll give you a standardized test about Earth. Won’t that be great?
by Rogan Josh
Remastered for 2014! I’ll have this and many other new prints available at Asbury Park Comic Con this weekend! Look for me at booth C-348 in the CRYSTAL F*ING BALLROOM.

THE SILVERHAWKS

Don’t worry, Copper Kid. You’ll fit right in. Well, as best you can, I guess. You may be the only non-human in the Silver Hawks, and you sure talk funny, but here aboard the Miraj we value diversity. That’s why even though the rest of us dress in silver, if you look at the small details, it’s easy to tell us apart.

It’s our job to keep the riffraff out. You know, “undesirables” and seedy types that pop up in the universe. They could be up to all sorts of nonsense.  Say, if someone’s wearing weird glasses or a shirt that looks too trendy? It’s best to pull them over and find out what the heck they’re up to. They could be trying to eat a planet or hijack a shipment of valuable orphans. 

Upholding earth-based-values across the galaxy is a tough job, and you’ve got a lot to learn, but we’ll get you up to speed. Still, if we want this mentoring program to continue, we’ve got to show our managers results. That’s why at the end of every day, we’ll give you a standardized test about Earth. Won’t that be great?

by Rogan Josh

Remastered for 2014! I’ll have this and many other new prints available at Asbury Park Comic Con this weekend! Look for me at booth C-348 in the CRYSTAL F*ING BALLROOM.

GREEN ARROW
Like a leaf on the wind. Free to drift. Sometimes a team player. Sometimes a wild card. Sometimes an adversary. Challenging the status quo with a seasoned poise and a perfect eye. He senses which way the winds are blowing, and knows just where to land. 
By Rogan Josh
Prints and more at Society6!

GREEN ARROW

Like a leaf on the wind. Free to drift. Sometimes a team player. Sometimes a wild card. Sometimes an adversary. Challenging the status quo with a seasoned poise and a perfect eye. He senses which way the winds are blowing, and knows just where to land. 

By Rogan Josh

Prints and more at Society6!

While drawing this I had to explain to my husband how The Flash stores his costume inside a ring and pops it out to change from his civilian clothes into his red spandex in what appears, to us, like an imperceptible blur of motion. It’s the sort of thing you really aren’t meant to have to explain out loud, one adult to another. He is a ridiculous character, whose absurdity is obscured by his simplicity. 
He got hit by lighting that mixed with some radioactive chemicals and now he is really really super fast. That’s simple. Slap a lightning bolt on him and send it to print. No lengthy explanations about alien genes or ancient techno-viruses or past lives needed. 
But the more you examine the premise of super-speed, the more ridiculous it becomes. Soon you’re not just breaking speed limits and sound barriers. You’re defying the laws of science and logic. How can a human body withstand it? How can his mind process information at that speed? If he’s running faster than the speed of light, can he see? Doesn’t time itself get messed up? *
The Flash is one of those characters that forces us to remind ourselves IT’S A COMIC. When presented with questions like “How does he breathe the superheated air surrounding him?”,  the answer is always YES.  Sometimes comics give us a premise and we have to just run with it. The universe will be OK. 
*Apparently, The Flash’s “Speed Aura” protects him and encompasses him in a personal zone of regularly-moving time. Rest easy. The science-magic of comics has provided us with a fairly elegant explanation. 
by Rogan Josh
Prints & more at Society6

While drawing this I had to explain to my husband how The Flash stores his costume inside a ring and pops it out to change from his civilian clothes into his red spandex in what appears, to us, like an imperceptible blur of motion. It’s the sort of thing you really aren’t meant to have to explain out loud, one adult to another. He is a ridiculous character, whose absurdity is obscured by his simplicity. 

He got hit by lighting that mixed with some radioactive chemicals and now he is really really super fast. That’s simple. Slap a lightning bolt on him and send it to print. No lengthy explanations about alien genes or ancient techno-viruses or past lives needed. 

But the more you examine the premise of super-speed, the more ridiculous it becomes. Soon you’re not just breaking speed limits and sound barriers. You’re defying the laws of science and logic. How can a human body withstand it? How can his mind process information at that speed? If he’s running faster than the speed of light, can he see? Doesn’t time itself get messed up? *

The Flash is one of those characters that forces us to remind ourselves IT’S A COMIC. When presented with questions like “How does he breathe the superheated air surrounding him?”,  the answer is always YES.  Sometimes comics give us a premise and we have to just run with it. The universe will be OK. 

*Apparently, The Flash’s “Speed Aura” protects him and encompasses him in a personal zone of regularly-moving time. Rest easy. The science-magic of comics has provided us with a fairly elegant explanation

by Rogan Josh

Prints & more at Society6

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CYCLOPS

Saving the day isn’t a popularity contest. Scott Summers understands that. Sure, he’s a bore. Sure, he kind of sucks at being a husband and father. Sure, he’s so emotionally walled-up that he only dates psychic women who can literally read his mind, relieving him of the responsibility of actually sharing emotions.

Yet, when the X-Men are in trouble, he’s the one who sees a way out. His Boy Scout tunnel-vision can actually BORE A TUNNEL through a mountain. He may be last-picked for the softball team, and Wolverine only takes him out for a beer under EXTREME duress, but that’s okay. Scott is strangely self-aware and cool with his role in the bigger picture. You don’t have to like the guy. Just know that he’ll get you out alive. 

by Rogan Josh
modhero.com

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KITTY PRYDE

Last week, buzzfeed published this subjective, but entertaining list ranking nearly 100 X-Men. The results:

#1 - Cyclops

#2 - Wolverine

(^The only surprise there is that the author didn’t find some way to make them tie.)

What was interesting?

#3 - Kitty Pryde 

Kitty was introduced in the early 80s, when the comics landscape was changing. She represented the evolution of the super hero. She was perky. Funny. Smart. Soulful. Human. 

When Kitty appeared on the scene, female superhero archetypes tended to fall into a couple standard buckets:

Etherial psychics playing mind games

Jean Grey

Mystical goddess types

Traditionally male power fantasies superimposed onto women

She-Hulk

Exaggerations of “feminine” traits

And of course, those who could shrink or become invisible…

Kitty could “phase” through solid matter, and render the objects she touched intangible. Her power might be considered passive, but she couldn’t just phase her problems away. Having a physical power that rendered her body untouchable allowed writers to pay extra attention to her ingenuity and courage. She was the hero of the future, the voice of a new generation, and she could save the day with a superpower that was essentially the opposite of violence.  

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