Thursday, July 29, 2010

Just a Girl You Want

I haven't collected comics since the nineties but one of my favorites at that time was "Tank Girl." Tank Girl is a post apocalyptic story set in Australia, about a punk rock girl who lives in a tank and hangs out with kangaroos. This British comic was originally created by writer, Alan Martin and Illustrator Jamie Hewlett (co-creator of the virtual band, The Gorrillaz).

Here are the opening credits to the feature film starring Lori Petty, Ice-T, Naomi Watts and Malcolm McDowell.

I was recently reminded about this comic by stumbling upon a podcast called "Comic Genius" hosted on a website called which is mostly about video games.

What excited me most about it was that the new Tank Girl comics, called Tank Girl The Gifting, was illustrated by Rufus Dayglo (whom I am not too familiar with but like his style), Ashley Wood (I know from my friend Adrian's, borderline unhealthy obsession with his figurines) and Mike McMahon (the latter whom, again, I am not familiar with).

I found a preview of "The Gifting" on

To close here is some of Mr. Hewlett's work on the Gorillaz video (that could not be embedded), "On Melancholy Hill." This is the best mix of 2-D and 3-D animation I have ever seen.


Monday, July 26, 2010

Blue Bomber paint job or Quit hitting me, it's not a real helmet

At the game
This past weekend, My buddy Dean (Hank) Barkosky along with his dad and step mother came to visit and take in a Bomber game. Hank usually makes it in for one Bomber game a year and loves to paint up his face for it. In the past the quality of paint combined with mismanagement of time resulted in some pretty weak attempts at face painting. So this year Hank wanted to make sure that we would give it a solid effort.

Before the shave and paint
Here is Hank before we shaved him and started painting.

Hank's dad also known as Mr. B, didn't want to be excluded so I prepare a design for him as well.

Mr B. retro Logo
I thought it appropriate to have the senior Barkosky sport a retro logo since I was doing the current Bomber helmet on his son.

Post game helmet photo side

After the game
In the end, the Bomber's enjoyed a convincing 47 – 21 win over the Edmonton Eskimos and a good time was had by all. With exception to the Eskimo fans and players, so let me rephrase that. A good time was had by all that matter.

OUCH! Wouldn't want to be a Eskimo fan after this post.

See more photos at the orange kid flickr photostream.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Big Bang Big Boom

New (to me) from the folks at, "Big Bang Big Boom" looks to be their most ambitious animation to date. Their fantastic, graffiti animation style has been among my favorites since first introduced to their work in college. You can see more of their animations at their Blu animations and other videos on youtube.