Saturday, April 19, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - "To become an Immortal!" from The Mighty Thor #136
Saturday, April 05, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - "The Origin of Doctor Strange" from Strange Tales #115
Saturday, March 29, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Fantastic Four #44-51
Saturday, March 22, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - "What if Conan the barbarian walked the Earth today?" from What if #13
Saturday, March 15, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Astérix
Still, I must concede that these were some of my favorite comics as a kid. I should add that I didn't have the Astérix books as a kid BUT my uncle and cousins did have ALL the albums! So, whenever I visited them I had the good fortune of getting to read or at the very least see these wonderful books. I'd say that along with the work of Carl Barks, these were the first comics that gave me the impression of a unique fully realized coherent world - something incredibly hard to pull off in fiction. And the apparent facility with which Goscinny and Uderzo seemed to pull it off, only enhances its effect.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Prince Valiant
When I was a kid I would spend long afternoons at my grandparents house, especially during the summer holidays. Their next door neighbours had two sons, one slighlty older than me, already a teenager, and another around my age. Naturally, we would spend time together playing with action figures and zx spectrum 48k computer games, watching vhs movies and reading comics, doing the stuff kids do on long summer afternoons... or, at least, used to do.
The older kid was a sort of science geek with a huge collection of science-fiction pocket book novels that introduced me to writers like Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Philip K.Dick. He also had some old comics, including four or five giant-sized books collecting the early years of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant. Now, this was probably the most famous comic book character of my father's generation, which meant I was at least familiar with his name, but I had never actually seen any pages so I was extremely curious as to what the brouhaha surrounding it was all about. Once I laid my eyes on those books I immediately understood where all the fame of Prince Valiant came from - it was the most beautiful comic I had ever seen! Pardon me, it IS the most beautiful comic I have ever seen!
Even Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon with all its romance and vigourous drawing cannot top Hal Foster's Prince Valiant in terms of care and attention to detail, composition and just plain naturalism.
And the story... has there ever been an epic such as this in adventure comics? The cast, the settings, the grand adventure and the small quiet moments... unparalleled!
I was so enamored of this old comic that I begged the older kid to borrow them so I could read it properly and maybe swipe some of those fabulous drawings, "who knows, I might learn to draw this good if I copy it" ... but the little jerk wouldn't lent them. He didn't even really care about those particular books, it was all just a brutal display of egotism. And so I was left yearning for Prince Valiant, which, despite its success with previous generations, was completely out-of-print, at least as far as national editions were concerned at the time... No wonder I STILL think of this strip as the most beautifully drawn comic ever :-)
Saturday, March 01, 2014
My FAVORITE COMICS - Valérian & Laureline
Saturday, February 22, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Captain America #169-176 "The Secret Empire Saga"
Saturday, February 15, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Flash Gordon
Flash! Ah-Haaaaaa! He'll save everyone of us!
In 1980/81, Queen's song seemed to be omni-present and this kid couldn't get enough of it and of that year's hero - Flash Gordon! I had seen the movie, had a Flash Gordon rubber figure, was following the gorgeous comic adaptation which was being serialized weekly here and was stuck on tv for "The New Adventures of Flash Gordon" with those delicious Filmation trademark sound-effects.
But what I really tresured most of all was this big sized book collecting an Alex Raymond story with Flash Gordon's adventures in the Undersea Kingdom of Mongo in black and white - It was breathtaking! Forget the film, the soundtrack, the action figures, the animation or the followers, Raymond's art was beyond all that and beyond my wildest child fantasies. It had the verve of the romantic ideal taken to its ultimate level - the streamlined shapes of a dynamic future that never came to pass mixed with the primitive textures of a past that never was! It was pulpish and yet stylish! It was the best of both worlds in one... and it still is.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - The duck comics of Carl Barks
The work of the genius that was Carl Barks was a huge part of my comic book reading as a child and its effect still ressonates within me to this day. He was the first cartoonist whose artstyle I instantly recognized. His stories were so much better than most of the Disney stuff that I usually only bought the issues with his work. The world he created was so complete, his characters so lifelike and his stories so much fun to read that I can't pick up a favorite. In the early years between the time I could only grasp the meaning of books through pictures and the period where I was finally able to read properly, Disney comics ruled my world - they were cheap and accessible, available at any newsagent, therefore dominating most of my reading diet during those days.
There were tons of comics back then. You went to any newsagent and they could have a whole wall devoted to comics... and most of those were brazilian editions featuring Disney characters - Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy... and Uncle Scrooge.
Back then, I was simply interested in having fun, so the stories came first. The best, in Disney comics, almost invariably came on Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge stories. Slowly, I started to recognize a pattern, a way in which these particular stories I found so appealing were superior to all others - it was the way Uncle Scrooge, Donald and his nephews were drawn, as if they were alive; and the world in which they lived, as if Duckburg really existed somewhere; and the adventures they had, with references to stuff I might hear about on tv ... Whenever I was allowed to get a new comic, I'd first look inside and check which one brought stories by the "good" duck artist - that'd be the one I get!
Then, onde day, Editora Abril, the publisher responsible for the local translated editions, released a thick, 200 page edition dedicated to Carl Barks and I was finally able to put a name and a face along with the comics. These weren't the work of Walt Disney. These weren't the work of some committee. These were the work of one man: Carl Barks. Thank you, Mr. Barks!
Saturday, February 01, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Funtastic World of Hanna Barbera #3
Saturday, January 25, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Marvel Treasury Edition The Astonishing Spider-Man #18
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Saturday, January 18, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Famous First Edition Action Comics DC Treasury Edition #C-26H
The comic is one of those old treasury sized editions typical of the '70s, more or less double the size of a regular comic book, which means that on my tiny four or five year old hands it must have felt huge, like a heavyweight - the size, the scope and on top of that, the content - an anthology of old comic strips including Superman's debut!Jerry Siegel's imagination and Joe Shuster's art looked amazing to me -- they still do as a matter of fact! There's an honesty, a charm in their work, an almost warts and all approach, that I find quite uncommon nowadays in mainstream american comics, ugly as some of them can be. As Jules Feiffer put it in his book The Great Comic Book Heroes, "Shuster represented the best of old-style comic-book drawing. His work was direct, unprettied - crude and vigorous; as easy to read as a diagram. No creamy lines, no glossy illustrative effects, no touch of that bloodless prefabrication that passes for professionalism these days. Slickness, thank God, was beyond his means. He could not draw well, but he drew single-mindedly - no one could ghost that style. It was the man. (...) But, oh, those early drawings! Superman running up the sides of dams, leaping over anything that stood in his way (No one drew skyscrappers like Shuster. Impressionistic shafts. Superman poised over them, his leaping leg tucked under his ass, his landing leg taunty pointed earthward), cleaning and jerking two-ton get-away cars and pounding them into the sides of cliffs - and all this done lightly, unportentiously, still with that early (...) exhuberance."
Now, this Superman who shows up for the first time ever in the first tale of Action Comics #1 is significantly different from the one most people are used to all over the world nowadays. Sure, you have all the basic ingredients there - the clark kent/superman dual identity, the lois lane romantic interest, the alien origin, the superhuman abilities, the mild mannered reporter - but this isn't your friendly neighborhood Superman. He's more like a social-reformist bully, whose motto could very well be "might makes right". His costume is darker and his features rougher; he's concerned with real world threats and injustices like murderers, corrupt politicians, belligerent armies, spousal abusers and exploitive employers, not imaginary problems like alien invaders, giant robots or bald scientists (as he'd soon be); astounding as they appear, his abilities are far more within the grasp of the believable, not yet the physics defying powers he'd come to be known for - he's a superMAN, not the childish SUPERman with his superboys, supercousins, superpets and superfriends.
Time and the marketing machine would tame him down and power him up for a wider, more commercial appeal, ending up with what we have today. Yet, to me, this guy, as he originally appeared, would always remain the real deal. Ironically enough, Chris Ware's superman character in Jimmy Corrigan is far closer to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's creation than what passes for him in DC's own regular publications these days! Forget modern comics, forget the new film; you want to meet the real Superman, pick up this instead.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - DC Limited Collector's Edition #C-21 SHAZAM!
Saturday, January 04, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Super Friends (1976) DC Treasury Edition #C-41
Saturday, December 28, 2013
New Year's Resolutions
Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 21, 2013
The Mighty Enlil Arrives!
Recebi um conjunto de cópias do meu livro The Mighty Enlil e é uma beleza apreciar esta bd finalmente em papel! Os interessados em comprar uma cópia autografada do livro podem contactar-me através do meu email pedrocruzcomics arroba gmail ponto com. Feliz Natal!
Saturday, December 14, 2013
O Inominável Homem-Sapo no TLS magazine
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Comic Book Artists Drawing - Jaime Hernandez
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Saturday, November 09, 2013
The most recent book I've illustrated for Airship 27 is now available! Here's the press release:
Saturday, November 02, 2013
O Inominável Homem-Sapo II
This comic was published in the October issue of CAIS magazine. It was scripted by André Oliveira and the art was by myself.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
De acordo com Geraldes Lino, editor do fanzine, o lançamento do zine está marcado para o dia 2 de Novembro, às 17h, no Fórum Luís de Camões, na Brandoa, no decorrer do Festival Internacional de BD da Amadora 2013.
Here's a teaser for the one page comic I did for the fanzine Efemérides #6, the first of four volumes under the theme "comic book heroes in the 21st century". For this first volume, I re-imagined the character of Conan, the barbarian, in our current century. Any similarity to reality is mere coincidence...
According to Geraldes Lino, the fanzine's editor, the zine will be officially released on the 2nd of November, at 5pm, at the Forum Luís de Camões, on Brandoa, during the comics International Festival of Amadora 2013.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
O Inominável Homem-Sapo I
This comic was published in the August issue of CAIS magazine. It was scripted by André Oliveira and the art was by myself.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Shape of things to come
Saturday, October 05, 2013
THE MIGHTY ENLIL in print at AMAZON!
Finally, my webcomic, THE MIGHTY ENLIL is available in print at Amazon.
Epic battles, sibling rivalry, time-travel, love and jealousy on a mighty scale—this is the realm of The Mighty Enlil. Nominated for best national webcomic of Portugal and highlighted at the PPBD2013 expo on the 9th Festival Internacional de Banda Desenhada de Beja, THE MIGHTY ENLIL is the graphic storytelling brainchild of Portuguese artist and teacher Pedro Cruz. Redbud Studio is proud to present Pedro’s creation in print for the first time ever.
Os leitores portugueses podem comprar-me directamente o livro. Os interessados podem entrar em contacto comigo através do email pedrocruzcomics at gmail.com
Saturday, September 28, 2013
In the meantime...
In the meantime, here's a photo I found online from the Prémios Profissionais de BD 2013 showing a couple of Enlil's pages that were present when the awards giving ceremony took place. The picture is from Nuno Amado's blog.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
The making of The Mighty Enlil cover - The final art
Saturday, September 14, 2013
The making of The Mighty Enlil cover - The color sketch
After the line sketch was done, I did another colored version in order to have a proper idea of how the cover would look like.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
The making of The Mighty Enlil cover - The sketch
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Saturday, August 03, 2013
The Mighty Enlil - lost page 01
On the following weeks I'll be sharing a few unfinished pages that were originally intended to be part of The Mighty Enlil webcomic. At a certain point in the story I thought of just having Enlil wander around the big city looking at the brave new world of the 21st century for awhile . These pages featured some of the best art in the comic (imho) but upon reflection it became apparent to me that while they might have worked in book form, their contemplative nature would quickly deprive the weekly webcomic of its momentum. So I decided to cut these pages out of the webcomic and move the narrative full steam ahead. Now that the story is over, I've decided to post the pages here as a sort of addendum. Think of it as a kind of "DVD extra" and enjoy the pages for what they are!
Saturday, July 27, 2013
The Mighty Enlil went to Beja ...
André Oliveira asked me to supply a couple of pages from The Mighty Enlil for the PPBD2013 expo at the 9th Festival Internacionalde Banda Desenhada de Beja. The event took place between the 1st and 16th of June and I managed to make a brief visit to the expo on its final weekend.
Here’s a few photos . Guess who's posing between those pages?
|The Mighty Enlil page 13|
|The Mighty Enlil in Beja|