After a summer of mild temperatures, the story goes on… For the true believers in this comic book, you’ve got it, one more page, but not the last one…
One of those very special childhood moments I recall was seeing Christopher Reeve fly for the first time as Superman. “You’ll believe a man can fly”, said the promotional poster. And I did. I believed what I had just imagined as a child, thanks to those wonderful comic books about the greatest superhero ever created that my grandfather brought me to read.
And last Friday, the moment I had believed came once more. I went to the movies to see the last Superman film with almost the same emotion of a child who goes to the movie theater for the first time. What follows is my review of Man of Steel.
What makes Superman different from the rest of the superheroes? He is unique. He is the last son of the planet Krypton, which gives him that tragic inception that no other superhero has: an orphan in a world that makes him different, almost invincible. But he is not a god, like Thor. Nor is he a human being, although he has been raised as one. His power reminds him of just how alien he is. He has to learn to live as a Man of Steel.
The team Zack Snyder-Christopher Nolan have understood Superman’s nature better than anyone else. But you need to tell the story from the beginning, and that’s what they do, respectfully, with the things we know about Krypton and his parents, Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van. They give us, however, a richer scenario than the previous Superman and Superman II gave to us back in 1978 and 1980. Man of Steel is a remake of these previous movies, but leaves out what I liked least about them, the comedic touch. Here, the tone is more tragic, as the character deserves. That’s perhaps why Lex Luthor is also left behind and saved for the second movie. General Zod is a better villain and gives Superman the opportunity to show his real power when the two confront each other. But it is also in this fight where the movie takes too much time to show us the digital effects; a little less would have been enough.
And what better opportunity to draw Superman in his new comic book costume that the release of the latest movie, which I encourage you to see. I hope you enjoy it too!
Yesterday I watched on TV, once more, The Quiet Man, my favorite movie ever. It is a very simple story about a man who wants to start a new life, in a very special place. Every time I see it I enjoy it as much as I did the first time. Everything fits in its place: Innisfree, a little village in Ireland, which here is Paradise; and all those wonderful characters beautifully portrayed by John Ford, which are so well played.
So, it was only a question of time before I decided to draw John Wayne, although I picked as a model a still from another movie, The Searchers. I think Wayne’s face is very powerful here, with his hair falling over his eyes and stubble that gives him a very western style.
This portrait is also a promise I made, so here it is, Ray. It’s up to you, comrade!
As Star Trek into Darkness is going to be released very soon, here is my tribute to one of the characters of the famous TV show and the movie series, Mr Spock. Of course I couldn’t help making him salute in the Vulcan style.
(Sergio, this is for you).
Next month we’ll have the new version of Superman, by Zack Snyder, the director of 300 and Watchmen, so as a big fan of the character, I’m eager to see the new movie, and a good way of making that wait easier is to add a new drawing to my series of portraits. I can only imagine a portrait of Kal-El as the King would do. This is a tribute to Mr. Kirby’s great style, and how he imagined the greatest superhero ever.
Lately I’ve been updating my gallery of portraits and I thought of putting some dialogue balloons above some of these heads. If the cartoon doesn’t work for you, maybe the words do. It goes without saying that they are very recognizable movie quotes.
(You can see the complete gallery of Portraits here).
This gallery contains 27 photos.
How I see people I know and how they come out of the pencil when I sit in front of them is shocking to most. We tend to see ourselves one way, which usually is quite different from how people … Continue reading
Two new characters are introduced on this new brand page to contribute to add a little more mystery to the plot. Who are they and where are they going? I’m pretty sure they’re going to clear up a lot of things…
If you wish to start from the very first page, scroll the screen a few pages lower .
And needless to say, but just in case, here comes the disclaimer:
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
And these are the pencils:
To be continued…
The Graphic Path brings us today Little Annie, the first of a series of new cartoons for the coming season. Finally, to get our act together, every time we start with a different cartoon or comic art, our site header will also change according to the latest post. I hope you enjoy a better experience this way.
I like the story behind this man: an hyperactive kid who starts swimming to become a boy who is able to sit quietly and focus on schoolwork. And here he comes…. Great job!
Trying to get a little bit of time to finish another comic book page, I find myself in the middle of Summer. Time to do some quick sketch of one of my favorite actors, Donald Sutherland. If I had to choose one thing that makes him special, I should say his eyes. That’s the way he looks at me…
After several weeks without saying hello we are back to try to keep up with the cartoons, doodles and whatever else we feel is suitable for the website. And I think a good way of saying “here we are again” is by bringing back “Cosmo, the Space dog”.