Artist Samantha Keely Smith paints breathtaking abstract landscapes that resemble the swirling waters of the ocean. Using oil paint, enamel, and shellac, Smith builds up multiple translucent layers of color, alternating between soft brushstrokes and large, sweeping gestures to evoke crashing waves, surging tides, and stormy floods.
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Amazing book sculptures
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Barbaric Yawp: A Walt Whitman Tribute with Amy King, Justin Martin, Evan Roskos, and Allen Crawford, 9/16
- Amy King speculates on why Leaves of Grass was so controversial.
- Read about the uncanny cast of characters that make up America’s first…
THE NAUGHTY KNOT: UNPACKING MARVEL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AXEL ALONSO’S COMMENTS ON SEX APPEAL AND DIVERSITY
In an interview with The Telegraph’s Radhika Sanghani, Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso offered some insights into how he regards the superhero comic industry’s treatment of female characters — and his own intentions towards diversity.
The interview is chiefly noteworthy for confirming what already seems apparent from recent changes in Marvel’s line-up, namely that Marvel understands and is responding to demographic changes in the marketplace. “We believe there’s an audience of women out there who are hungry for this [product] and we want to make sure they get it,” said Alonso. “This is affirmative action. This is capitalism.”
Capitalism is not the starry-eyed spark for change that many of us might wish for, but realistically it’s usually the most effective. Comics is a business — and a very risk-averse business at that. Despite being relatively agile among entertainment media, with quick turnarounds and minimal personnel, superhero comics tend to follow change rather than trying to lead it.
The good news is that Marvel sees a profit motive and is not averse to it. The conservative instincts of superhero publishers — with their attentions fixed on known brands and past glories — can easily lead to a reflexive rejection of anything that feels unfamiliar, such as the paradigm-spinning notion that women are people and not set dressing. It’s sad to say it, but it actually feels like a win just to have evidence that the industry isn’t sliding backwards.
Slim and Logan, by Oscar Römer.
"So’s I met Chuck up at Department H. Real smart guy in a chair with a blanket over his legs. He says he wants me to go to a school in the States. Suddenly, everybody wants the ol’canucklehead around. Hudson comes bargin’ into our nice lil’ conversation and he starts hollerin’ at me like I’m some dog. I’m about to kill the guy, and alls a sudden, he just ups and apologizes for his outburst and informs us our plane to the States is ready. Chuck gives me a smile, and that was that. So’s we get on the plane, and the pilot is some snot-nosed punk in red sunglasses. Kept jawin’ about weight distribution.
During takeoff, Chuck tells me about ‘Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters’. I laughed good about that one.
Took me a bit, but I figured Chuck out pretty quick. He liked having an old soldier around, and it drove him crazy curious that he couldn’t read my mind. So’s I asked Chuck to cut the foreplay -and I got close so he knew it was true- and I asked Chuck, ‘Who you want I should kill for your school? Huh? Out with it’. And Chuck. He looks at me and he says he doesn’t want me to kill anyone. And I’da called him a liar but he wasn’t.
We were on approach when the guy in the front interrupted my beer-time just to tell me to buckle-up. What a douchebag, but I played along.
Before I know it, Shades drops us in a dive towards a tiny cave in a sheer-granite cliff. That crazy prick flew us right into a hangar no wider than a two car garage. I hate flying. We get off the plane and I almost lost those beers I drank in flight.
So’s anyways, a couple weeks later and Cyclops is the boss. That lunatic has a goddamn targeting computer for a brain. You bet your ass he’s the boss.”
The Fifth Element Character Posters - Created by Anthony Genuardi
Cover and pinup for Inky Stories #3. Thought about modern coloring, but ran out of time. Even with all the channel/dot/4 color process stuff, this was still faster than current color. Perhaps that’ll change in the future. Right now, I’m wiped.
The sea series. Their story happens in Brittany’s foreshore (France’s west coast).