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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Maakika Art and its Origins and the Book!

Whenever I try to explain to someone the origins of The Maakika I get odd looks. I have no idea why, unless the people I'm explaining this to have no artistic minds and have never known a fevered mind!

However, the story I told on the original Maakika Art site in 2008 is factual. These pieces have been called some of the best work I've done -my comic work getting swiftly dismissed! I'm also told, though I never saw it that way myself until I went through all the pieces again, that the pieces seem to form a type of mythology or at least hint at one.  I'll let YOU decide.

The Origins
"What is Maakika Art?"  I get asked that a great deal and to be honest it is a very brief story!

In 2006 I had a serious respiratory infection.  It came and went but,in 2007,it came back with a vengeance over several months and with complications I thought it would see me shift this mortal coil -and I am NOT joking!

Around May, 2007, it got really bad.  Then, suddenly,pouring with sweat, while seated on a bus, my mind started getting a rush of images -maybe 50-60.  I got home exhausted but I sat down and began to draw.  Honestly, at 50 years of age I had drawn many things but these new images were so out of my usual frame of image reference that I was stumped.

I drew a few, sat back and thought "What the bloody hell have I drawn?!" Almost instantly the word "Maakika" [pronounced "Mah-kee-kah"] came into my head.  At the same time I got the definition "solid black and white art under guidance from the Maakika".  Ahh, a fevered mind -and no drugs involved!

I've searched the word on the internet, in books and anywhere else I can but it seems not to exist. I cannot find anything similar.

And with each came a title or description.

So,a divine gift from the Maakika pantheon seems credible!

And lucky.

The original images are all 21x29cms and though I've not parted with the first "inspired" drawings which look crude to my eye, several were sold for between £150-£300 each.

I still have the original images in my mind [they won't shift!] but I've been inspired to work on larger images [60x42cms]. 

So,if you have any questions or comments get in touch! 

And remember:only one person does Maakika art -me (and I have absolutely no idea what's coming next!)

The Maakika Art ~ you can buy the book!

32 Pages 
Price: £10.00 (excl. VAT)
Prints in 3-5 business days

According to  one review:

By J Stransky

"Unique and eye catching. It is equal parts disturbing and wonderful. I've cut a few out and put them in frames on the wall in my work room. They are, I tell you, really quite though provoking. Recommended to someone with an interest in primitive art or hypnosis-state painting. Look at these images deeply for a while, they will seep into your soul."
Can you resist?

Comic Book Palace - Episode 3 (Season 2)

Michael Cho First Marvel and now...DC Comics

"Didn't you interview that guy does the JLA collection covers?"

Thank you for remembering.  Yes, I did though the interview looking at Michael Cho's early career is only available in The Hooper Interviews now. And at the time I did say he had a great talent and to watch out for future work.

Here is some of the DC work and an article from 2015.

Michael Cho Covers the Marvel Universe

You may ask who Michael Cho is?  He's a very talented Canadian artist I interviewed in 2011 -the interview (I believe his first) can be found in The Hooper Interviews

 Michael Cho Covers the Marvel Universe with Exciting Variants

Artist to provide over 20 variant covers in February!
This February, artist Michael Cho puts his own stamp on the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe. Marvel is pleased to announce a series of stunning variant covers, all illustrated by Michael Cho, coming to your favorite new Marvel launches!

An illustrator and cartoonist, Cho’s unique style breathes life into some of Marvel’s most popular characters. Featuring Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Wolverine, the Inhumans, Daredevil, and many more, you won’t want to miss these gorgeous covers coming in February.
“Michael Cho’s stylized, graphic approach abstracts the Marvel heroes into Pop objects while still maintaining their individual personalities as characters,” says Marvel Senior Vice President, Executive Editor Tom Brevoort.

“They’re vibrant and striking,” he adds.

Read about Michael's influences, work and how he started:
 The Hooper Interviews

Ron Howard Steps in to Direct Han Solo Movie

The Millennium Falcon has a new pilot.
© Amanda Edwards/Getty Images Ron Howard
Ron Howard has been named as the new director of Lucasfilm and Disney's untitled Han Solo movie, sources tell to The Hollywood Reporter exclusively. The official announcement is expected Thursday morning.
The move comes two days after directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go from the movie they had spent over four-and-a-half months directing. Creative differences over style and tone came to a head between the duo and Lawrence Kasdan, with the studio backing the veteran screenwriter.
The firing sent shockwaves around Hollywood and beyond as the movie was about three-quarters through principal photography and the replacement of a director at that stage is near-unprecedented.
Howard, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, will meet with the actors -  Alden Ehrenreich is playing the iconic smuggler, Donald Glover is playing Lando Calrissian, with Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton also on the roll call - to soothe a rattled set and will pore over a rough edit to see what the project has and still needs.
The movie was scheduled to shoot for three-and-a-half more weeks, with five weeks of reshoots built into the schedule - the latter a standard procedure on large franchise productions.
Howard, who won an Oscar for directing 2002's A Beautiful Mind, comes to the Han Solo film with several connections to George Lucas and the worlds of Lucasfilm. He appeared in Lucas' 1973 breakout film American Graffiti, and implemented Lucas' 1988 pet fantasy project Willow as helmer. Howard also revealed on a podcast in 2015 that Lucas had approached him to direct 1999's Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace.
Howard is considered to be a safe choice to complete the task, someone who will more than ably finish the movie while being a calming presence on set.
Howard's recent movies include Inferno and In the Heart of the Sea, costly ventures that have underperformed at the box office. 
He is repped by CAA.

Questions and Other Things

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The First Ever Post On Blogger CBO

Because the number of visitors to the old Word Press CBO kept shutting the site down (on one day 20,000) I needed to set up an emergency back~up blog.  Lucky considering what happened later.

However, this was the first tester post on CBO!


Merriwether [Vol.1] Pages

Three pages from the above titled book published in 2009 and up-dated and published in a second edition this year.
I ought to address a few questions about the Good Reverend.

Firstly,how did I go about creating him? Well,I once lived next to a church and on one occasion saw a group of clergymen of all shapes and sizes. However,one was at least 6.5 feet tall-that’s about 1.82m. He had greased back hair and rounded spectacles. Thing was this Reverend was also skinny. I thought “If he had some muscle on him he’d look impressive!”

When I decided that I needed back-up strips for Black Tower Adventure in 1992 I thought that a demon-thumping Christian would be great. However,I wanted to avoid the cliche of a Roman Catholic priest and thought “Why not a Church of England vicar?” Yes,the soppy,liberal Church of England was going to become hardcore [and we're not talking mucky videos here!].

So I beefed up [is everything sounding like a double entendre?] the tall vicar and immediately his name came to me.
The series was to have been much longer with the warning given in “The Horror Of Hobb street” coming to pass [buy the book and see what I mean]. Vampires,werewolves,a village of demons and then I thought to myself that the series needed to end quickly [for personal reasons I'll not go into here]. And so,the Very Reverend Merriwether confronted the ultimate evil -Satan himself!

And if you’ve bought the book you’ll see how that ends.

After drawing this I was given a batch of old videoes which included End Of Days starring the 20th Centurys greatest action hero -Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ahh,luckily I’d not seen the film before that final Merriwether strip was drawn!

That said,Arnie is too short to be Merriwether.

Comic Book Palace - Episode 2 (Season 2)

The Mummy, Dark Universe, and Tom Cruise blame? ►Movie Blog

Japanese Yokai


Japanese Yokai ~Preview

Benjamin R. Dilworth Paperback,  A4 Black and white 32 Pages
Price: £5.00 (excl. VAT)Prints in 3-5 business days
The follow-up to Dilworth's Western Yokai is here!
Text accompanied by some superb illustrations by Ben Dilworth of supernatural beings interwoven in Japanese culture such as "Kappa" the Water Monster; "Azuki Arai"; "Kuchi Saki Onna" (the Big Mouth Woman) and others.
Into ghost stories or ghost comics then this will suit you to a terror!

Mr Dilworth

All going okay?