Category Archives: Comics

Thank You & Good Bye

Weirdly’s World: Thank You & Good Night

Thank You & Good NightI have been blogging about Astro Monk for 8 months now and have come to a point where my other projects and work place needs are overtaking my world I just don’t have the time right now to keep a weekly blog going.

This was a new thing for me and I had a lot of fun writing WEIRDLY’s WORLD and working with Alex Paramo and Community Publishing was an honor. He really is a great promoter of the ARTS. We both work in theater thats where we met and found we had a common interest in the arts.

Next up for me I will be working on 4 graphic novels and a painting series called GUM and ROBOTS inspired by pulp magazine covers and WACKY PACKS bubble gum cards from the 70s. So as you can see I have alot on my plate.

Farewell but not Goodbye

I won’t say this is the end of my blogging days as Alex generously has given me a open invitation to come back sometime. If you have been reading ASTRO MONK you can still find him at his home weirdlycomics.com just without my commentary. Which could be good or bad depending… And with that I will say a very fond THANK YOU and GOOD NIGHT!

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Artistic Control

Weirdly’s World: Artistic Control

By Dave Weirdly

Artistic ControlOn this page of the Astro Monk series, CONTROLLER A.C.K. BOT gives an idea of what it is and also you get a sense of it’s voice. Its only two panels but you get the idea that this robot is passionate about it’s programing and a bit of a snark. Also of course it likes to smoke and definitely has a male persona. Its sort of reminds me of the PENGUIN in the 80s BATMAN movies the one DANNY DEVITO played so well.

Hearing Voices

It’s funny how fast these characters can get a personality when you come up with them. You do a couple drawings and suddenly you see how it moves and dialog starts to pour out of it. Its like you just gave birth to a baby that walks, talks and smokes cigarettes. Kind of weird when you think about it. As a creator you carry all these people and worlds inside your head.

The Un Control

I go on walks for inspiration an I will start speaking character dialog out loud at times. Thats how hard a character pushes to get out. It makes me wonder if Im the one in control or not. Maybe its best not to be.

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Kings of Control

Weirdly’s World: Kings of Control

The image above depicts a classic situation here the disempowered going up against the controlling powers that be. The force of change vs the entrenched dagoma of the past. I’ve simplified this conflict to bring it into an extreme focus.

The Astro Monk series continues with GLOP and GUN at odds with the A.C.K BOT controlers’s methods of control. I think this kind of struggle is always with us. We always have the unreasonable controlling minority and the unreasonably controlled majority. Is it in our nature to accept a system like this? I don’t know but I hope not.

Exterior Forces

Kings of Control

In GLOP and GUNS situation they start out threatening violence for change. It will end on a more passive note as exterior circumstances force their situation to change. In a way I think this is more the way things go in reality.

Exterior changes in energy sources or technological advances force those in power out making way for new people of power to come in.

I have this fantasy or maybe it’s a germ or a story. But it goes like this, an idea is presented to the masses that is so compelling it convinces every one to stop working . Then the powers that be would take notice and could only ask… What is it that you want? What do we want? Perhaps we will get our chance to ask and receive an answer to this important question.

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Rage Against the Machine

Weirdly’s World: Rage Against the Machine

By Dave Weirdly

Inside the Machine

Rage Against the MachineHere enters the brain’s behind the A.C.K BOTS it is the control the puppet master. This A.C.K BOT is loyal to it’s builder’s original plan. It has been awakened and knows it could do other things with it’s life but is more comfortable with what it is and really finds being awakened an annoyance.

The only thing it chooses to do beyond it’s programming is take up smoking. This was an affectation I gave it because it didn’t have any outward change that would illustrate that it now could make choices on it own.

Burn the Machine

I sometimes identify with the A.C.K BOT. I work in the money system that can gives me things that make me comfortable. In some ways it’s like being programmed . I think of other choices I could make for my life like going off grid or becoming a wanderer and selling wood carvings for food. Or getting some land and building a tiny house and farm it to sustain myself. I and or we do have other paths we can take to live our lives we don’t need to follow patterns. I think on this sometimes and as I get older I sometimes think of acting on it.

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Fun Violence

Weirdly’s World: Fun Violence

By Dave Weirdly

An example is being made of some of the towns people by way of having their faces removed. If I was drawing something more realistic I wouldn’t go this route. The drawing would be to horrific and gory. But since I was working in a more cartoony style I thought I could get away with it . The guy in this page looks more like a mexican sugar skull so not so bad.

Violent Grades

Fun ViolenceAn example is being made of some of the towns people by way of having their faces removed.  If I was drawing something more realistic I wouldn’t go this route.  The drawing would be to horrific and gory.  But since I was working in a more cartoony style I thought I could get away with it .  The guy in this page looks more like a mexican sugar skull so not so bad.

This does bring up the issue of violence for entertainment. I have to admit I do find comic book and movie violence fun. Though movie carnage can not sit so well with me because of the level of realism they can achieve. Some movie violence I wish I could unsee. Like the ear cutting off scene in RESERVOIR DOGS. I won’t see that movie again because of that scene. I don’t have a comic book equivalent of that. An evil character made CAT WOMAN‘s sister eat her husbands eyeballs but that didn’t feel as disturbing. For some reason comic books have a softer effect on me as far as violence goes.

If violence is well placed and moves the story along I think it’s ok. And yes if it demonstrates superhuman powers it is sooooo much fun! I think there are limits to the levels of violence shown corresponding with who your audience is. As a storyteller you definitely have a responsibility there.

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Spock Lives

Weirdly’s World: Spock Lives!

By Dave Weirdly

Spock Lives This blog is a little off subject but well within the geek realm so here we go. Recently Leonard Nimoy moved past us into the great beyond. We lost an actor who infused life into one of the most recognized character icons in the world. I think that speaks to how effective of an artist Leonard Nimoy was.

Spock was put through the ringer as characters go. Mr Spock was blinded and healed, had his brain stolen and then replaced, lost loves, as well as having his home world sucked into a black hole. And not to mention dying and being reborn. I think what makes him so endearing is that he meet all this head on and wasn’t corrupted by
his troubled journey.

Fictional History

I grew up with Spock of the original series to me he’s a superhero. He is smart, superhuman and mystical as well. Spock was even cool he got along with space hippies when no one else could. I always wanted to have pointed ears and he had pointed ears whats not to like!

Losing Leonard Nimoy affected me more than I thought it would. I had a fictional history with Spock that I carried into my adult life. He became part of my tribe even one of it’s figureheads. He has been and always shall be with me.

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Metamorphosis

Weirdly’s World: Metamorphosis

By Dave Weirdly

MetamorphosisThis next page is an interesting one in how it came to be. I was stuck on a character arc for GLOP the now sentient thought gel. It needed a goal or something to strive for to flesh out it’s character and give Gun something to bounce off of.

At that time Larry Wachowski, one of the co-directors of the Matrix trilogy had come out saying he was going to have a sex change. That was a WHOA moment for me.

I loved The Matrix movie(s) and saw and read alot of interviews with him and his brother. From that he just never seemed like a guy who would seek out a sex change. Interestingly enough he did, and now Larry is now Lana.

So that got me to thinking about our old friend GLOP. As it stood in my mind GLOP was a male but since GLOP was a thought gel it really has no sex at all. So I thought what if it wanted to have a sex and what if it wanted to be a woman. That kind of blew the doors off things and added another dimension to the story. And gave me a nice character arc for GLOP.

The Ether

You never know where your going to find inspiration. Letting things happen organically and bathing in the ether of existence can do wonders for your work.

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Time Tunnel

Weirdly’s World: Time Tunnel

by Dave Weirdly

Time TunnelI’m including two pages this week because the really go hand in hand with each other. I think these two pages show off the surreal, cartoony, silver age comic, absurdity that I was after.

I’m an artist who responds off other artist work. I used to have a problem with this. But I realized that most artist work is a progression in time . Building on what others have done much like science and technology builds on others work to move it forward.

Each person that touches it will change it and bring their own voice to it. When you make something it is really like stepping into a time tunnel.

LIKE POLLOCK

I’ve seen alot of artist myself included who’s work looks a like someone else’s. But in time and as they evolve the work takes on a character of it’s own. Jackson Pollock‘s work looked a lot like what others where doing before he grew into the splatter paintings. Its not stealing or swiping from others its part of a growth process. Nobody works in a vacum. We all come from somewhere.

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Astro Monk

Weirdly’s World: High Art vs Low Art

By Dave Weirdly

This and That

Dave WeirdlySome new characters are being introduced in the ASTRO MONK saga by the names of GLOP and GUN. A thought gel and a talking gun that needs to be held.

I really had fun with this page in particular the first six panels were a blast to draw!

They feel very expressive to me. I sort of thought about making them bigger for gallery exhibition { I used to show in galleries.} but I think their good as they are.

High and Low

It’s really odd but when I dropped out of the gallery scene and just did comics I would get ” Oh now your just an illustrator”. Well no… I’m still just an artist I would say. Finally things are changing comics and illustrative works are starting to be considered more on the same level as so called high art. You see shows of this work in museum’s and galleries now where as 15 years ago these same places would have turned up there nose at this art forum.

I think people’s love of this work has demanded that the art world take a more sympathetic eye. We do live in a world that anything can be art after all. I don’t make any distinction from so called low art and high art it’s all art to me.

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Chaos

Weirdly’s World: the Chaos Window

The Chaos Window by Dave Weirdly

The Chaos WindowA new story is emerging in the ASTRO MONK saga. Involving a Thought Gel a Gun and a few A.C.K.Bots. This page is the start of that story. The AWAKENER finds a planet of abandoned buildings and inadvertently awakens a Gun and a Thought Gel which is a substance used in artificial intelligence in the ASTRO MONK universe.

This page is a favorite of mine when I look at it there is nothing I would change in it . It feels whole to me. It’s a rare thing when this happens. I remember the filmmaker Steven Spielberg once said that out of all the movies that he has made there is only one that he would not change a thing in. That movie was Raiders of the Lost Ark. The first of the Indiana Jones movies and one of my personal favorites of his. Feeling like you made a perfect thing just doesn’t happen a lot even to the most talented people.

Chaos

There is a lot of stuff that swirls around you and funnels in and out of you when you make something emotions ,influences, opinions (yourself and others) thoughts, stories how you feel that day utter chaos swirling around you till all those things converge into you and then pour out of you. It’s a birth. Sometimes you win sometimes you lose. But the most important thing is that you go ahead and look into that window of chaos and open it.

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