Ooooooooooooooklanova!

Oklahoma: NovaThis Oklahoma in the shape of Marvel’s Nova – mark my words, he is a big screen sensation waiting to happen; I’m guessing 2018 or 2019 based on the Marvel slate – which is for my buddy Eric at The IPC, a site that has been mentioned by such esteemed film luminaries as Roger Ebert, the guy from Good Morning America and Brian from Hard Ticket to Home Video.*

My favorite feature from the site is Eric’s seasonal Shitfest invitationals, in which fellow bloggers submit movie reviews for what they believe to be the worst flick they could think of. Movie Squirrel once entered. I think she dumped all over Raging Bull. Maybe Hook. Whatever it was, it was some seminal film that is universally beloved by all.

There’s a Shitfest going on right now, and one day, maybe I’ll find the time to win the whole damn thing, because I assure you, there are few things worse than Charlie Sheen in Terminal Velocity. (I watched this six times this past week. The baby never lets me get through more than 15 minutes at a time.)

*These people may or may not have ever mentioned The IPC. Ever.

MUPPET MONDAY: Wembley Fraggle

Wembley FraggleI was introduced to Fraggle Rock – and the Muppets in general – by one of my best friends growing up. Robbie passed away 10 years ago, and I still think of him a lot, never more than when I’m painting a new Muppet. I wonder what he would have thought of these portraits. I hope he’d like them, and I have a feeling he does, from wherever he’s looking at these. The Fraggles are made especially with him in mind. Wembley was his favorite. This one’s for you, bud.

Unrelated, one year ago today, I eloped with the Movie Squirrel. This one is not for you, beb, but I’m sure whatever money comes from it will end up in your pocket.

MUPPET MONDAY: Gobo Fraggle

GoboThe Fraggles’ fearless leader.

I’m writing this in the past, and hopefully, by the time this is published (August 11th), this piece would have sold at the Stony Brook Family Art Day (August 9th). If not, I already have someone waiting on buying a full set of Fraggles. To date, here in the past, that is – July 30th – I have three completed, but only two available, because someone already bought Red Fraggle. Time travel hurts my head.

Down at Fraggle Rock!

#TBT: Hardtop???

If you saw my Guardians of the Galaxy hummer review from the weekend, you’ll know what a geek I really am. When I was a kid in the early 90s, way before comics were cool, I was not only devouring things like the Infinity Gauntlet (seriously, when all you jerks swoon over the Infinity Gauntlet movie in 2017 or whatever, just remember, I saw her first…like 20 years before you) and Toy Biz action figures, I was balls deep in Marvel trading cards. The first series of X-Men cards (all drawn by Jim Lee if I’m not mistaken) were freaking beautiful. BEAUTIFUL. The third series of Marvel Universe cards were unbelievable. (The backgrounds look exactly like my Pigs in Space background.)

And before that, Series Two is where I gained my first glut of comic book knowledge. I fell so in love with those cards that I went out and made my own. I only remember this because I found those Marvel cards last week, and one lone example of a shitty trading card I made about a superhero named….Hardtop.

front

front

Hardtop’s head is metal, so he smashes into things, and his onesie is pink…because…you…won’t expect…a guy…in…uh…ink… to ram and destroy things…with his head…or something. I’d like to say that over 20 years of time have faded his red uniform to look pink, but no, right there over his heart is some sort of American flag logo, signifying Hardtop’s team affiliations, and the stripes are clearly red.

The back of this home-mading card (it’s loose leaf glued to cardboard) is a direct rip-off of the Marvel cards, with Hardtop’s strength and intelligence valued at four (of eight). His agility is only a three, and his speed is a beat two, so in all, Hardtop is a weakass.

Back

Back

I had so many other characters, like Ultra, who was half Rambo, half Cable, but those cards probably have not survived the test of time. Which makes this an ultra rare prototype. Let the bidding begin at one billion dollars.