Today we pay tribute to Dwayne McDuffie, creator of the Milestone Universe, who passed away this week much too soon.

This is my humble take on Static Shock, one of McDuffie’s most well known characters. I never liked the white mask so I simplified his color scheme to a two-toned gray and orange.

This is a pretty awesome bit of role reversal with the ladies objectifying the hapless dude who jumps in on their multiplayer. But it also gives me a whole lot of twisted ideas to draw in the next Super Art Fight Unleashed where they let me draw really twisted and fucked up shit.

Steven Ho is an amazing human being who has done two things that I once thought inconceivable. One, he has made Britney look like a complete bad ass as she fights herself in the music video for her latest song (if we can call it that), “Hold It Against Me.” Two, he has convinced me to watch a new Britney Spears video in its entirety on purpose. Fortunately, for you, Steven posted a video of just the fight segments so you won’t have to sit through what sounds like a song made up of every bad pickup line anyone has ever used on Britney.

In an interview with MTV, Steven revealed that Britney did most of her own stunt work:

Britney was really excited throughout the whole process. It was a grueling shoot of dance and stunts, but her passion for the video and professionalism never wavered. There were some pretty tough insert shots where we needed Britney to actually get hit in the face by “herself.” We did several consecutive takes of this, and she had a lot of fun with it and was a great sport.

Britney was very enthusiastic about learning how to fight; she’s an athlete. I got that Jonas’ concept was partially about the duality of self — we all deal with that, so who wouldn’t have fun fighting their alter egos?

Alright, even though I think the song is total dreck, I gotta give the lady credit. She put in the work and it shows. But I think we all know who the real hero is, here. Steven Ho, congratulations on a fine piece of action choreography. There should be an extended version where the rest of the video is just shucked and replaced with more ass kicking.

Source: MTV

I had a tremendous time at Katsuchan 17. It feels great to be back on the con circuit to meet new fans and fellow creators. There were aspects of the convention that seemed broken to me but I won’t dwell on those issues because the staff was abundantly aware of their shortfalls. Also, there was probably a lot of behind-the-scenes drama that played out that doesn’t need to be aired out in public. Overall, I had a great time and it seemed like the attendees that I talked to were having fun. And in the end, that’s what these things are for.

The Back of the Alley

My table was all the way in the back of the Artists Alley right before the webcomic guest section. I was in the weird position of being a Guest of the con and a Staff Artist but not a Webcomic Guest. Someday, I will join their ranks and stare at a back wall as well!

I could be mistaken, but the ass back of the alley is not terribly good positioning. So it amused me greatly to hear other artists complain about their positioning in the feedback meeting. Those bastards were all closer to the entrance. Fortunately, the power of Puppy Cow compelled people to stop by and check out my stuff.

I wish I had a camera with me to record all the reactions Puppy Cow got. Even if I didn’t sell a blessed one, those reactions were freaking priceless, everything from abject horror to squees of adoration. Loved it!

This was the first convention where I had products on my table. And not just the typical art prints and postcards. I had stickers, pendants, shirts, mini comics, and Puppy Cow. I sold more Puppy Cows than anything else which I kind of expected. But I didn’t expect to sell any mini comics which turned out to be the second best seller on my table. Stickers as well sold much better than I expected. I think having a variety of items at a variety of price points really helped. I probably would have sold more buttons than anything else if I had a chance to make some up for the con, but because of the fanart policy mess, I decided to just bring all original work with me.

Next time I will probably also offer to do sketches. I think $10 for a quick sketch might be reasonable. Full on commissions will probably be price terribly unreasonably. But I also might bring along a handful of original inks and such. We’ll see. So far the only other con I have lined up is SPX.

Going to School With Uncle Frank

One of the highlights of my weekend was going up against Frank Cho at Super Art Fight. Last year, Jo Chen cleaned my clock so I was used to public humiliation in front of my art heros.

I’ve been following Frank’s career since college when he drew University2 for the Diamonback newspaper at the University of Maryland, College Park. Getting a chance to meet him let alone draw along side him was an event that I never knew I could even dream about. The actual fight went by like a blur and while I felt like I was just walking around like an idiot making stupid marks on the canvas, a few people came up to me after the show to congratulate me. I’m so glad I didn’t totally suck.

I’m happy that the piece sold well at the charity auction. I got a chance to talk to Frank afterwards and he seemed to enjoy the fight. He’s a really nice guy and I got to talk about art stuff and how his books and covers are going. He introduced me to his girlfriend as a sick bastard which, strangely enough, I take as a huge compliment for reasons which will be explained in the next segment.

After Hours With Drunk Cartoonists

I enjoy drawing cute things. I enjoy drawing cute yet disturbing things. And there are times when I enjoy drawing completely fucked up things. So when challenged to a “Let’s-see-who-can-draw-the-most-horrifically-depraved-thing-ever”-off by a fellow cartoonist, I take it as a matter of pride to rise to challenge.

And so, Friday and Saturday night, if you were in the courtyard by the fountain at the Gaylord hotel and happened upon a group of drunk cartoonists, you may have witnessed horrific things being drawn by yours truly, Ross, Bill, and Danielle as Dani, Dern, and James (I’m sorry, I don’t have a link for you!) looked on in amused horror.

Now of all the people I ever thought I would ever have the opportunity to meet, the one person I would have thought would be immune to the horrific images I am able to conjure on paper was Danielle Corsetto. From reading her comic and her twitter feed, it is clear that not a whole lot shocks her. However, operation horrify-a-drunk-cartoonist was a big success. I’m not sure if these terrible things will make their way onto the interwebs, but the fucked up thing is that they were kind of tame compared to some of the other shit that I’ve drawn.

There’s gotta be a market for this kind of thing.

These late-night, early-morning drinking/drawing sessions are the best part of going to conventions. Meeting fellow cartoonists, talking about cartooning, conventions, working shows, process, and generally just shooting the shit, this is what I’ve been missing for the past few years. It’s good to get back into the swing of things.

I’ve always thought that behind his primitively gruff exterior, Killer Croc hid an inquisitive intellect. When he’s not on screen or on panel, I imagine he spends his time contemplating the great questions of the universe. And playing chess with insane women.

Harley, too, has an intellectual streak. So pairing the two of them together for a friendly chess game just seemed natural to me.

Harley’s costume is one of those iconic designs that I don’t think needs much tinkering. The Arkham Asylum game version of her costume is terribly garish. So I wanted to stick as close to her original as possible. I added an addition cut to further emphasize her duality.