Weekly Discoveries 04.17.2015 – Calley O’Neill, Jonathan Glapion and Archie vs. Predator

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Calley O’Neill

While on a trip in Hawaii, I (literally) stumbled upon artist Calley O’Neill plying her trade. We got to talking and I quickly discovered she is the Artist in Residence Four Seasons Resort Hualala’i at Historic Kaupulehu, where we were staying on our vacation. She was sketching with a mechanical pencil, so I naturally handed her a Blackwing and she began drawing with it immediately. Calley creates breathtaking murals, paintings, drawings and more inspired by the islands of Hawaii. One of her most intriguing projects, however, is an exhibition titled “The Rama Exhibition.” Rama was an Asian elephant who used his trunk to paint canvases. Calley worked with Rama by choosing the colors Rama would use and adding her own collaborative twist to the finished paintings. You can read more about Calley and Rama’s project here.

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Archie vs. Predator

This week saw the release the first issue of a 4 part mini-series, Archie vs. Predator… WHAT?! I wouldn’t say this is my dream crossover, but I’ll be honest here, I will consume ANY media that features the dreadlocked badass who caused Arnie so much grief back in ’87.

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Jonathan Glapion

We’ve celebrated a few comic pencilers in these posts, but this is uncharted territory. This morning, I came across a tweet recommending Blackwing pencils to Greg Capullo, the penciler behind the current run of Batman comics. Greg is one of my favorite comic artists, so I was, admittedly, pretty stoked. The Twitter user who sent the tweet was @jonathanglapion, a name that immediately looked familiar. As it turns out, that handle belongs to Jonathan Glapion, the inker who worked on the first 15 issues (or so) of the New 52 Batman series. I spent the better part of the morning scrolling through Jonathan’s DeviantArt gallery in awe of his drawings, sketches and ink work. If you’re a fan of comics or the art of inking, I highly recommend you check him out.

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Weekly Discoveries 04.10.2015 – Justin Hager and Berserk

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Berserk

I’d like to preface this week’s discovery with a statement: I am not what you would call a “manga fan.” Sure, I read Dragonball in middle school and watched Cowboy Bebop in high school, but Japanese comics and/or animation are generally not my thing. This past week, however, I played through Bloodborne, the latest offering from From Software, the Japanese video game studio behind the Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls video games. Fans of the Souls games know that the series’ creator Hidetaka Miyazaki draws a ton of inspiration from Berserk, a Japanese manga introduced in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I saw a ton of references to the manga popping up on the Bloodborne subreddit so, starving for anything related to Bloodborne and the other Souls games, I picked up the manga’s first volume. The story follows Guts, a wandering mercenary who hunts down monsters known as the “Apostles” (sound familiar?). It’s every bit as demented and unforgiving as the games it has inspired, and I’m loving every minute of it.

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Justin Hager

I actually stumbled upon Justin’s work late last year, but had forgotten to mention it here until now. His work focuses on wordplay and mashups utilizing pop-culture references. Here are a couple of my favorites. Feast your eyes and take it all in:

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Dogs playing Poker

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Burger Kings

He produces new content pretty regularly. You can check out a good chunk of it on his Instagram.

Weekly Discoveries 04.02.2015 – Aled Lewis and Flannery O’Connor

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War & Pizza by Aled Lewis

Everybody knows the Shredder couldn’t beat the Turtles in a pizza eating contest. But, for the nonbelievers, artist Aled Lewis has recreated the scene of the famous showdown here with pixel art pulled straight from the old Ninja Turtles arcade game.

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Flannery O’Connor’s Reading of A Good Man is Hard to Find

As a former English major and a lover of Southern Gothic literature, I don’t know how I’ve gone my entire life without reading single word written by Flannery O’Connor. Thanks to Grant’s recommendation (who himself was turned on to the author by Andrew Combs), I picked up A Good Man is Hard to Find, a collection of O’Connor’s short stories, and I’m sucked in. While searching around the web for more info on O’Connor, I stumbled across this reading of the collection’s eponymous story. I’ll let Ms. O’Connor do the rest of the talking.