Unnecessarily X-Essive — Everyone From Uncanny X-Men Volume 1

Here’s a terrific and hilarious write-up on my Unnecessarily X-essive X-Men project/website from Longbow Graveyard, a gem of a site dedicated to comics, with a specific slant toward terrific articles and opinion piece son the Silver Age.

Check it out, and please read some of the other work posted up there. Its jam-packed with great info and awesome images.

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My God!

Artist, friend-of-the-Longbox, and all-around good guy Scott Modrzynski tipped me to this project several months ago. I thought it sounded madly ambitious then, and now that it’s done …

My God!

Seriously, just go take a look.

It really is All of the X-Men.

But it is so much more than that.

All of the X-Men, yes … but also every other damn character that appeared in Uncanny Volume 1.

You want the Abercrombie Orphanage Kids from Uncanny #25? They’re here. Geraldo Rivera from #99? Yep. How about Chris Claremont’s cameo from #105? Here. And of course, no X-Men collection would be truly complete without the Beach Goer from Uncanny #222, so you don’t have to ask — present and accounted for.

For all that is holy, just go and look at this thing.

Scott provided some insight on his tortured soul:

“There were some times…

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All X-Men!

This has been the greatest creative undertaking of my life.

Every character to ever appear in Uncanny X-Men, 2,535 in all over 545 issues spanning from 1963-2011.

See them all at www.allxmen.com and click away.

 

UPDATED: Summer Food Pyramid

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School is officially over, and I watercolored the summer food pyramid I drew last week.

FUN FACT: I painted this in about an hour on the Long Island Railroad on my way to work.

I’ma Luigi, Numbah One!

My Super Mario collage was feeling lonely, especially since I sold Bowser, so I gave him a brother. Here is Luigi, 24×24″ made of a bunch of random comic books, Wizard magazine, and some other random papery things, like a box of Goobers from the movie theatre from November when I took the family to see Trolls.

MINI-MOVIE REVIEW: Bright, colorful and fun. Literally and figuratively. Terrific story and soundtrack adults will appreciate. I would gladly add this to our home rotation, which currently consists of Frozen, Tangled, and Barbie Spy Squad.

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New Food Pyramid

Got home at 3am this morning. Daughter was up at 6am. HOORAY.

I silently brought my watercolors to the dining room table and began painting. The kid took the bait, sat down next to me, and began painting herself. It turned out to be a wonderful morning. Here’s the sketch I made:

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Followed by this Sharpie sketch I just drew at work:

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Next, using the Sharpie sketch as reference, I’m going to paint this new, better food pyramid in the same style as the watercolor sketch above.

Trump’s America

I always wind up falling into free stuff. Usually, its an ugly tee shirt shirt I won’t wear, samples of yogurt or Red Bull from suspicious distributors in Midtown, or Shutterfly prints I don’t have the energy to sift through. Last year, I got three free subscriptions to the magazines of my choice. I went with Rolling Stone, TIME, and US Weekly (uh…for my…wife…yeah, that’s it). I don’t care about Kim Kardashian or most of the new music dropping on Spotify, but I feel a little more learned courtesy of TIME.

I’ve been saving these magazines for no reason in particular, and a couple weeks ago, I noticed the pile has crossed the threshold into mound territory. It is officially a mound of mags. Since Donald Trump has dominated every lunar cycle of the past year’s news cycles, it was easy to find enough color-correct snippets to put together a flag in his… I don’t want to say “honor,” but it would be unfair to say “dishonor” as well. This piece features a plethora of 45’s own quotes and comments, along with a number of headlines from TIME. I removed my own politics from the art, and gave it as balanced a view as TIME magazine’s lens allows.

Coincidentally, Trump’s birthday is June 14th, which is Flag Day, the day I initially released images of this collage. It sorta makes it all doubly meaningful.

Previously, my flags have all been 22″x11.5″, odd dimensions, but apparently the correct ratio if you believe Wikipedia. This hold those proportions, but is much larger, at 36″x18ish”.

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The following are details of the flag:

I’ve got completely different flag coming soon, and my next collage is none other than Super Mario‘s overlooked brother, Luigi! Stay tuned.

 

Capitol Wrestling Art Show

d86d37ea-c64f-4910-9796-528bb2350a63-e1484339858877I’m heading to Jersey City, Saturday, June 3rd (which is tomorrow) for the return of Capitol Wrestling to Cathedral Hall. I was at the debut show back in March, and overall, it was a blast. The ambience was amazing, what with a wrestling ring plopped among scattered rows of pews in a sprawling church. My biggest gripe from that night was that I wish I knew it was BYO Space Heater.

This time around, sure, you’d think the return match between Jeff Cannonball and John Kermon would be enough to whet my whistle for a return trip to JC, but the main reason I’m heading to the Garden State is to partake in the Capitol Wrestling’s inaugural art show. This is exactly the type of event that should include an artistic sideshow to the one going on between the ropes.

TANGENT: About eight years ago, while I was in the New Jersey Devils’ marketing department, I suggested hosting a flea market-type event in our arena, The Prudential Center, either as part of concourse activities during intermissions of a game, or as a separate event. We were Jersey’s Team, and the idea was to host some local artists as another form of community outreach.

TANGENT WITHIN A TANGENT: The Jersey Flea Market/Art Show went same way as my suggestion to christen Section 16 the AlcoHoliks, and reward every fan seated there with a free beer whenever Bobby Holik scored. I don’t care what anyone says. This was brilliant, because Holik wasn’t ever going to put a puck in the back of net in 2009, but the lure of free beer would have popped attendance.

I wasn’t sure what to present at Capitol Wrestling II. My biggest contribution to wrestling art is this WWF-inspired piece that brought 15 minutes of notoriety back in 2013. At the first Capital Wrestling event, I had my brother take a few photos for me to use as reference for a painting that never happened. Salvador Dali has nothing on the surreal visual of being in a cathedral to watch a couple guys in their underwear pretend to beat the shit out one another.

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Sight unseen, I have this idea of what the other artists will be contributing to the show, and rather than offer a slightly different take on the same thing, I’m going a little more experimental, painting famous quotes and catch phrases in color schemes befitting the superstars who said them. I have one I need to finish, but here are the other four:

This could be a massive flop for me, or it could be great, but I guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

Now ring the damn bell.