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Second of the Christmas commissions by Joe-Singleton
Second of the Christmas commissions
As I mentioned with the first one, characters I've never drawn before... here you have Ginger, Rich's girlfriend, but the villains... Porcupine, who wasn't even included in the first two editions of the Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and Plantman, who was...two character I never thought I'd draw. I actually had fun with poor Porcupine. You almost feel sorry for the dude. A lot of fun with this one, too. 
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First of the Christmas commissions by Joe-Singleton
First of the Christmas commissions
Part of the fun of doing commissions is getting the chance to draw characters I've never drawn, and probably never would, like the Growing Man. And I don't think I've ever drawn the gun-totin' Yellowjacket, either. Both the first two Christmas commissions are Nova pieces.
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Sans Text Journey Into Adventure no. 247 by Joe-Singleton
Sans Text Journey Into Adventure no. 247
Thought I'd post this for anyone who wants to see the background elements covered by logos and text.
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Triplex Falls by Joe-Singleton
Triplex Falls
One of her, anyway. Based on the classic cover for Adventure Comics #340, by Curt Swan. It features, as does the story, one of Superboy's greatest failures. It's a good thing they wiped his memory when he returned to the past, because that kinda thing could mess aguy up. You swoop in, all heroic, and the computer kills the girl you're meant to save, while you wrestle with it's tentacle...and not even the one holding her!

I wanted to do a version of this cover, for the Imperial Guard, but it took some deep dives down the memory hole to come up with a good substitute for Computo, rooted in the Marvel Universe, and who/which could have been around in the early days of Marvel and the Imperial Guard. I was stumped...then I remembered Warlock. No, not the good Warlock, the golden-skinned angsty Warlock, the techno-organic "Technarch" Warlock from New Mutants. But, for this purpose, his race is perfect. Computo would have totally done this, if he'd been all nano-techy and such, but it's hard to self-replicate when you got tubes to replace! 

So, here we have a world in the Shi-ar empire, under attack by one of the Technarchy. Triplex, a girl who can triplicate herself due to a mutation, has been seized by the Technarch menace, as has Tempest. Like a smart robot, the Technarch is totally charging up from Tempest (keep them watts coming, Dura-Cell Lad!) and zapping Triplex. On the original cover, Triplicate Girl is crumbling, disintegrating, or something, but that's just so they could play nice and not have to show a dead girl in the comic. Triplex's colors are based on Triplicate Girl's. In my head, she's one of Gladiator's race, and they were an item. Ever wonder why Gladiator is always so grim and dour? Because watching a girl die when you could have saved her will MESS A GUY UP! Ripping arms off self-replicating intelligent machines may be fun and look muy mas macho, but it ain't getting the job done!

Also, the Technarch invader seems to have encountered a piece of Earth-tech, out there, that's it's adapted into a kind of plasma projector. Precursor to the Farscape project...

If I was writing this as a story, Gladiator would spend the next year with his head shaved, as a sign of penance. His grandstanding got his friend killed, one of her, anyway, and  that has consequences.

I'm hoping to do more of these, so, if you have any ideas, shoot them over and I'll see what I can come up with. It's tricky, because I want to do them using elements of the Marvel Universe, that could potentially cross over to the Imperial Guard equivalent to the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Thanos subbing for Darkseid in the Great Darkness Saga is too easy, though.
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So... I was thinking, the other day, about doing a special sort of deal for Christmas commissions.
I need to book them quickly, so that I can be sure to have them delivered on time. And, that's going to limit the number I can do, in the few weeks left until Christmas. So, here's what I have in mind:
I'm doing ten of these, for delivery by Christmas (in the US). Format is manga page size, approximately 10 x 14 inches, up to three characters, for $40 each. Shipping costs are around $7, usually. Black and white, inked, with minimal background and additional characters can be added for $8 each.
Original characters are a special favorite, of mine.

Merry Christmas!
Joe
Joesingularity@gmail.com
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Awesome Mix Vol. 1

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Joe Singleton
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
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Name: Joe Singleton
Artist, writer, plotter (evil and general), Defender of Liberty, Holder of Secrets, Keeper of the Eraser of Doom, Witness to the Great Becomening, payer of the taxes(under duress), Sitter upon the cushion of comfiness.
Creator of Heroblog.com and the web comic Ad Astra.
I work a strange schedule and our security software blocks parts of dA, so I'm always happy to answer emails, but I can't see messgaes left on the comments or other places until after work. Feel free to email me, I don't bite and I almost never pass along personal information to persons of questionable intent.

Current Residence: Little Elm, TX
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Favourite style of art: Old School comics
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Favourite cartoon character: Bugs Bunny
Personal Quote: If you can't fix it, don't break it.
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So... I was thinking, the other day, about doing a special sort of deal for Christmas commissions.
I need to book them quickly, so that I can be sure to have them delivered on time. And, that's going to limit the number I can do, in the few weeks left until Christmas. So, here's what I have in mind:
I'm doing ten of these, for delivery by Christmas (in the US). Format is manga page size, approximately 10 x 14 inches, up to three characters, for $40 each. Shipping costs are around $7, usually. Black and white, inked, with minimal background and additional characters can be added for $8 each.
Original characters are a special favorite, of mine.

Merry Christmas!
Joe
Joesingularity@gmail.com
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Awesome Mix Vol. 1

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derfs51 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
I want to ask you what were your thoughts on Thor handing the hammer down to a woman and the Falcon becoming the new Captain America?
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Joe-Singleton Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It will all depend on how it's done. I'm a big fan of passing torches and taking up legacies in heroic fiction, so if it's handled that way, it can be cool. If the Thor thing is another Beta-Ray Bill, that could be fun for awhile. I especially liked the Falcon in the second Cap movie, but I've always liked the mainstream Marvel U Falcon, too. Not so much the Ultimates version. Sam Wilson, as he's usually been written, would be a good Cap. 

That being said, I worry that these things are done to create publicity and stir up controversy. For me, that's weak tea. Tell a good story with good characters.
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derfs51 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
I do agree that if it's all for publicity and controversy and nothing else, then things can go wrong and you're right that good stories and good characters can go a long way in the industry. but what's so sad is that the best, iconic characters are the only ones that can always sell the most no matter what, it's either them or bust.
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Joe-Singleton Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, it's always possible that someone has figured out a really cool, interesting story involving a transgendered norse thundergod, but my experience tells me, that's not the way to bet. When you hear hoofbeats, think "horses", not "zebras". When Marvel and/or DC give one of their established characters a race/sex/sexual orientation change, I think "marketing gimmick", rather than "innovative way to revitalize the character!" That way, I'm never disappointed.
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wonderfully-twisted Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
thanks for the fav
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derfs51 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Happy belated birthday, Joe!
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Joe-Singleton Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Two days later, I wrecked my car, so being 51 is not starting out well. Thankfully, no one was injured, but my car is a total loss. I miss her.
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derfs51 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
I'm sorry to hear that. hey, how is your Heroblog website coming along?
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Joe-Singleton Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
everything is on hold, now while I'm working on some paying projects.
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