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13 November 2010 @ 02:39 pm
 two for the man hisself, and a sketch:

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25 October 2010 @ 07:24 pm
  So, I'm more of a natural Comics Reporter reader, but I've been reading a lot of Ms. McDonald's blog lately, and she had a series of bits that've coalesced with my thoughts and feelings on the industry lately. 

Largely to the tune of:
§ David Brothers runs down the senescence of the superhero and tags Flex Mentallo for its part:

'All of your illusions and ideas of the superhero are deconstructed and proved false by Watchmen. They’re normal people, rather than superheroes, and act accordingly. There’s no magic, no aspirational aspects, and nary a wink from Superman. Just hard edges and gritty realism. '

'DKR is the blaze of glory. It’s a revitalization before death. Watchmen is the autopsy. At the end, there are no secrets. What’s Flex Mentallo? It’s a wake, that time when everyone gets together, gets drunk, and talks about the deceased.'  

"We’d throw Brat Pack in there as well. Heck, maybe we will."

...That's an on-point piece of observation to pull out, and for me, fresh off yet another raft of 'you still have major-league craft issues before we can use you to sell licensed product' criticism at cons, it's at least slightly invigorating. 

Most of my portfolio's up at my DA at this point, but here's some clips of the stuff I actually like. I may post the rest later.

..and the finished inks on that piece i posted a while ago, followed by a short i might color. 

 ...More than likely though, i'll be on to finding a real job and focusing SOLELY on my own projects. F##K the B#LLS##T.
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30 July 2010 @ 02:00 am
 5 more hours to go.

at least i had a great time with Ron and his pals after yesterday's shift...
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28 July 2010 @ 05:25 pm
I've gotten ~11 hours of sleep since this past saturday, thanks to my dayjob (>o<)

...6 were just now, so I'm posting something now, with hopefully some more finished shenanigans when there's a lull and i can actually scan. 

..this one's mad old...I have a half-colored copy somewhere i need to upload.

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18 July 2010 @ 07:59 pm
'nother sketch

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16 July 2010 @ 09:09 am

Couldn't decide which is best, so I figured I'd post all 3 here. I used the purple over at my DA, and the teal at my blog, but I kinda like the brown one the best...

Two other color schemes and a whole buncha other peoples' better stuff below the cut...Collapse )
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02 July 2010 @ 12:20 pm
 forgot to post the last couple weeks. here's a couple:

...heard the news about all the contracts being cut at Zuda. Consolations. I may still keep working on that piece. Either way, further confirmation that doing it for YOU is the only way that makes any real, moral sense. Sad, isn't it?
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06 June 2010 @ 12:39 pm
At Teh Graham's behest, I went ahead and drew one of my childhood fave characters as a girl:

It was WAY TOO FUN. Do I call it a fanfart? Fanqueaf? Too mysogynistic? I dunno, but I'm definitely gonna hafta do more. I got 2 in mind so far, so we'll see what happens...if anyone else wants to join in and make a thread/meme of it, go ahead, too! I'll repost if it picks up steam.

Speaking of Cable, I've been meaning to post these scans for a couple months now. Anyone remember how huge Rob Liefeld was? Anyone remember that he was, in fact, so huge that when he took an issue off from X-Force, they got this guy to cover for him?

Yes, that's Mike Mignola filling in for Liefeld..crazy right?
Have a couple more.

I'll post the rest when I finish inking and coloring that sucker up top.
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05 June 2010 @ 07:36 pm
This basically comes as a result of me being dead sick of seeing no changes in my online sichiation in like…..8 months? Not including Planet Land, of course.

Either way, as all forms of finished artworks are currently in process, I’m resorting to sketchposting for the next couple of months. I’ll be endeavouring to make a minimum of one a week.

These will all be posted on my new site: mmmmmike.com , until I can figure out how to do a cascading post from my site itself. either way, hope you've all been well!

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27 September 2009 @ 10:39 pm

Q:You say we've undergone a devolution from citizen to consumer, getting not just our production but our opinions in pre-packaged forms. Do you see evidence of that at work in the current health care debate?

Rushkoff: For sure. The most obvious flaw in the current healthcare debate is that it assumes anything valuable is coming from big pharma or centralized medicine. We're totally focused on endgame health technologies, and highly centralized solutions to extremely localized, individual problems. And the result is we look at healthcare as a corporate product. That's not healthcare - that's critical care, which should really only be affecting a tiny population of people until end of life.

But to your point, our perspectives on the healthcare debate are mostly second hand. And even the people arguing about it in congress - or especially those people - are not even talking about anything that has anything to do with anything. The whole debate is a sham. Obama said he wanted national healthcare, and presented Congress with a bill that would create a public health insurance option for people who can’t or won’t afford the ones offered by the private sector. It’s like having public school for people who can’t/won’t afford private, or even public libraries for people who don’t want to buy and own books. The idea was that it would save so much money by preventing poor people from showing up at the emergency room in crisis (or just being sick at all), it would pay for itself. The insurance companies got really upset, and got Republicans to argue that this would hurt competition, and upset the free market.

Obama understands this perspective: that the sanctity of the free market is in some ways more important than the health of the nation’s people, and has begun to back down. What is being ignored is that health insurance is not a free market. It is part of a monopoly of corporations currently controlling what we call healthcare in America – a healthcare system that promotes the use of costsly patented pharmaceuticals over preventative care, nutrition, and basic health education. If we had a truly free healthcare market... well, don’t get me started.

But all that aside, when Obama suggests he is open to removing the national healthcare part of the national healthcare act, he is turning it from social spending to straight corporatism. Now, instead of requiring everyone have insurance, and then subsidizing a person’s participation in a government health plan, the act will still require everyone have insurance, and then subsidize a person’s participation in a private health plan. So the net effect of the law is to use public funds to subsidize a private, highly inefficient healthcare insurance industry which has been documented to care much more about profit than anyone’s health.

This is corporatism.

And it is not even a step in the right direction, not a step towards getting America healthier or more people properly insured. It promises only to exacerbate the very features of private-sector healthcare that already puts America fiftieth in the list for life expectancy and general health (Canada is 8th, UK is 36th).

But the weird part is that Republicans – in the thrall of the insurance companies – are now still making a show of arguing against the bill on grounds that it’s socialism, when in fact it’s really just corporatism or corporate welfare. This is the bill they actually want passed. But in addition to making sure it passes (all they need is enough Democrats to vote for it) they want to earn political points by arguing against the steamroller of socialism that Obama is supposedly driving over us all. Get it? It’s all backwards.

And meanwhile, most Americans look to the talking heads on their favorite shows for cues on how to talk about all this with their friends. And those talking heads pretend that the debate is real, because otherwise what are they supposed to talk about?

Go read the whole thing here.