Game of Thrones 80/90s Art by Mike Wrobel

If you’re like me, you always wondered what the citizens of Westeros and Essos would look like in the ’80s and ’90s. Alright, I admit, it’s never crossed my mind. But after checking out Mike Wrobel’s renditions of our most loved and hated (Joffery, I’m looking at you) characters, it’s funny how perfect they fit in that era. I wouldn’t mind seeing an episode or two of them in a totally screwed up version of Full House.

Here’s what Wrobel had to say about his series:

What “Game of Thrones” would have looked like if the action had been set in the 80/90s?

What if swords, bows, spears and armors had been replaced with some NES guns, bats and tracksuits?
This is a fun project i ve been recently starting, imagining all the characters fighting for the throne in a 90s grunge/gangsta era.

You can find Mike Wrobel on…

Arya Stark

Arya Stark

Bran Stark

Bran Stark

Brienne of Tarth

Brienne of Tarth

Bronn

Bronn

Cersei Lannister

Cersei Lannister

Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys Targaryen

Jaime Lannisert

Jaime Lannisert

Joffrey Baratheon

Joffrey Baratheon

Jon Snow

Jon Snow

Khal Drogo

Khal Drogo

Maergery Tyrell

Maergery Tyrell

Robb Stark

Robb Stark

Sansa Stark

Sansa Stark

Talisa

Talisa

The Hound

The Hound

Theon Greyjoy

Theon Greyjoy

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister

Tywin Lannister

Tywin Lannister

White Walker

White Walker

Ygritte

Ygritte

Artist Alley: Julian Lytle

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I met Julian Lytle at New York Comic Con last year and we’ve became BFF’s on Twitter every since. He’s one of the few people I know who have a love for trap music and comics. Other than that connection, I’m a big fan of his art. What sets him apart from others is how he often mixes urban/street culture with comics and geek culture. For those who are fans of both, it’s a match made in heaven.

Interview with Artist Julian Lytle

It can be hard for some aspiring artists to make the first step towards pursuing art as a career, how did you know that’s what you wanted to do? 

by Julian Lytle daredevil_and_elektraWell for me it was something I was good at from an early age. I drew a lot and I got into this PBS children’s show called Secret City hosted by Mark Kistler. Along with Joy of Painting and the debut of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles really helped me to do it. But what really kept me into art really was the people around me. A lot of my elementary school really pushed me in art. Looking back my pursuits in art weren’t that much different than kids who were in sports. Art is what people knew me for. My peers loved what I did and so did the adults so it’s really the only thing I have ever known that I would do. The thing is actually doing it is something else entirely.

As comic book fans, I feel like we all have that one series that changed the way we viewed comics. For me it was Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles. Is there a series that did that for you? 

Hmm for me it’s hard because I started off reading more adult fare. I read DKR when I was 7 and Year One when I was 10. I was reading Concrete and Elfquest instead of all those books other kids were reading in 5th grade. So the comic the melted my brain was X-Men #1 by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee. It’s the comic that made me say I want to collect and read comics all the time. It’s what made read Wizard Magazine each month. It’s serious what made me want to draw comic books. Now as an adult and I’ve become more and more jaded it has been Grant Morrison’s work that keeps me interested in Superhero books. I think that right now the whole 10 years or so of what Morrison did at DC is what changed my thoughts on what you can do with the standard ideas of a how to tell a superhero story.

What’s the origin story of your webcomic, Ants? 

Guns and Honey by Julian LytleSo I made up the Ants in 9th grade (1994 was a good year) for a comic me and some friends of mine were doing at the time. We never finished the comic because one of us moved away but I still drew them all throughout high school. I always saw them as comic strip characters since before I got in to comic books I was super into comic strips. I high school they never really did anything but just hang out and that’s really all I did. When I was in college and part of the Pratt Institute comic I decided to bring them back out and do strips that along with doing nothing they would also explain urban or hip things to people who aren’t up on that stuff. So after college I’d go through times of drawing it and then just starting over. Then as time went by I got closer to 30 and Biggie’s Real Niggas lyric “Being broke at 30 give a nigga the chills” rang out in my head. Now Ants doesn’t make me rich nor did I expect it but I did need to just do it and not worry about how or try to get syndicated. So I decided to make a comic that was about them hanging out (which is in a meta way about me) while keeping the explaining certain trends and slang for people who aren’t into it and then add in some current events. The current events came from Doonesbury because I loved that comic as a kid until I was an adult so I thought I could put some of that in my comic. I also didn’t want to be as preachy as the Boondocks. While I love it he went in on Bush heavy. I see both sides as worthy of poking. On the internet I have full power over it and I really didn’t see or don’t see a webcomic like mine.

I really dig your superhero + album cover mashups on Deviant Art. How do you come up with those combinations? the_notorious_cable_by_julianlytle-d3fhykh

Well it’s always been in the back of my mine and my homie Sean Causley so we decided to make a Tumblr with these mashups called Longboxes on 22s. For a long period we were going hard in the paint but then life caught up with us. If you listen to rap there has always been references to superheroes or cartoons all the time. We just decided to take it to another level. Also I’m not going to lie Marvel did some 90s inspired covers and they had War Machine live Kurt Cobain in “It Smells Like Teen Spirit” video and I was nah both him and Iron man is Wu Tang this is wrong. Why is it always rock that they characters are turned into? A Drake album fits a pre-new 52 Superboy (Conner Kent) than most other types of genre especially if you read that character for a while. So that’s where it came from and the Tumblr has over 58k followers so I guess some folks really like the idea.

I’m completely in love with your Guns n’ Honey series (and currently have one as my computer wallpaper). Can you share with us how that series came about? 

New Guns N' Honey 1It’s actually has a sad beginning. See my mother died in the summer of 2006 and after that I really didn’t draw much at all for little while. It wasn’t until the late fall until I started drawing again using cool picture of women in magazines I bought. From that a cool phrase a friend of mine gave me popped in my head. He said I should do something with it. So the first ones I did were in black and white and they looked pretty good. All my art school buddies that I still talked to thought they were good. So I decided to do some more this time in color. The thoughts behind the early Guns N’ Honey were the image I saw at the time in a lot of the rap videos at the time. They were very glossy; scantily dress women are all throughout, a lot of grandstanding about violence and criminal acts, and a lot of emphasis on high end fashion labels. So I thought what if I mashed up fashion illustration with guns and the words from the more gutter rap music. With it I also enjoyed playing with graphic elements and trying to keep things to very limited colors. As time went on I got into other influences like sixties and seventies movie posters and old crime novel cover illustrations. Also I noticed that females I met at cons or other places seemed to like my pieces not only because of what they looked like aesthetically but also they like seeing a female in that type of stance like the protagonist of something that’s tough. From robbing a bank or getting revenge. Now my plans are to mix up some more of old comic iconography with more trill rap though to change it up.

We have some great Twitter convos about hip hop, particularly our mutual love for trill/trap music and southern hip hop. Is there an old or new hip hop track you’d love to illustrate and put your spin on? By Julian Lytle_Jubilee_sketch

I’ve literally been trying to figure out how to turn Slick Rick’s Mona Lisa into an Ants strip since before I put the strip out. I also in my brain have a reboot of Marvel’s Gen X in head where an issue would just be Ghostface Killah’s “Run” line for line with Synch for GFK’s verse and Skin for Jada’s verse. I have a lot of ideas for comics and series with certain rappers’ catalogues as inspiration though. I can’t say them cause then folks is going to steal them. Because I know they are that fresh. I do plan on one day somehow making a screwed and chopped comic story.

If you could choose three writers (dead or alive) you would love to work with, who would it be? 

This is a very hard one because some of my favorite writers are artist themselves. But I’d love to work with Grant Morrison one day. I think I found out about him later than a lot of his diehard fans but it was one of the first times I thought that ideas in my head about superheroes weren’t weird. I finally saw someone not living in the past but using elements of the past and what is actually going on in the world to make fresher comics. I’d love to work with Naoki Urasawa. That man makes the tensest comics in the modern world right now. It’s has so much suspense. I’d like to work with Matt Fraction because going by his twitter and interviews I think he would get and know all my random rap and slang references. Like we could title a comic Trill and he’s know what it meant in an interview, feel me?

Are you working on any upcoming projects? 

ElektraRight now I’m still putting out Ants twice a week well when I don’t get overwhelmed by my life and get too tired and miss an update. I hope to have a printed comic version for NYCC this fall and I’m slowly working on laying out a collection of Ants for the near future. The Ants comic I plan have at the cons is the first 20 pages of Ants vs. Blilluminati (or Black Illuminati). Also I’m checking my reserves to see if I can do another comic for the con in a completely different style and structure. I really want to do something digital using HTML 5 on the web and Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite and get some interesting comic apps out there on both iOS and Android that aren’t tied to Comixology and can use some different techniques besides just screens with stuff popping up and no use of changing panels or text and maybe pop ins. Some cool information or a different way to do note and thought balloons. So much more can happen. I think so of the Batman ’66 stuff Jim Lee announced might do some of the ideas I had so I better hurry up!

Do you have any advice you have to aspiring illustrators? 

That’s a really hard question. I’d say take opportunities when they come at you. I’d say diversify and use this new tech world to the fullest. Use instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Start things that make you draw each week along with whatever jobs you get. Really push and get work and get your stuff seen. I’d say that from what I’ve learned in the last few years you need to blend what is thought of as the fine artist with what you expect of the commercial artist. You should attempt to get into group shows and solo shows along with doing great jobs for companies. It’s all about building your brand. With everything being so democratized in terms of creating things it’s more important to cultivate who you are to get people into your stuff. Make a dope identity.

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Brussels Made in Asia Convention: Manga & Anime Art Show

Check out the artwork from the Brussels Made in Asia convention. The artists created work based on their favorite manga and anime from the 80s and 90s.

Matt-Ferguson-Akira

Matt Ferguson – Akira

Ibraheem-Youssef-Akira

Ibraheem Youssef – Akira

Matthieu-Lauret-Dragon

Matthieu Lauret – Dragon Ball Z

Arian-Noveir-Totoro

Arian Noveir – Totoro

Juicefoozle-Tribute-to-Kaneda

Juicefoozle – Tribute to Kaneda

Carlos-NCT-Vegeta

Carlos NCT – Vegeta


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Hexagonall – Gatchaman


Raphael-Cohas-Ken

Raphael Cohas – Ken (Fist of the North Star)

Andry-Rajoelina-Saint-Seiya

Andry Rajoelina – Saint Seiya

Anne-Viouly-drslump

Anne Viouly – Dr Slump

Ben-Guy-Takeshi

Ben Guy – Takeshi

Chad-Gersky-Optimus-Prime

Chad Gersky – Optimus Prime Chris-Gerringer-Racer-Family

Chris Gerringer – Racer Family

Greg-Guillemin-Robots-Nono

Greg Guillemin – Robots Nono

 

Ibraheem-Youssef-Love-in-the-Middle-East

Ibraheem Youssef – Love in the Middle East JB Roux – Goldorak

JB Roux – Goldorak

JB-Roux-Golgoth

JB Roux – Golgoth


Lerms-Saint-Seiya

Lerms – Saint Seiya Manuel-Kilger-A-Stranger-In-The-Alps

Manuel Kilger – A Stranger In The Alps


Oskunk-Saint-Stencil-Seiya

Oskunk – Saint Stencil Seiya

Ronan-Toulhoat-Space-Cobra

Ronan Toulhoat – Space Cobra Yves-Jo-Malgorn-Space-Sheriff-Gavan-X-Or

Yves Jo Malgorn – Space Sheriff Gavan X-Or

Raphael-Cohas-Pegasus

Raphael Cohas – Pegasus

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Raphael Cohas – Andromeda

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Greg Guillemin – Famous Capsules Manga

[Via Geek-Art]

Chungkong’s Minimalist Geek Art Posters

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. At my day job I’m a creative director for an ad agency. At nights I’m designing my own stuff.
How long have you been making art?
Since I can hold a pencil. Off course it wasn’t art then, but drawing and making my thoughts visual was allways my thing.
Where do you get the inspiration for all of your art?
I never about inspiration. For me being creative is a craft, it isn’t about being inspired. Just starting and making things. It is like Yoda told Luke: “Do or do not, there is no try”. Inspiration has nothing to do with making art.
Frame950-No144-My-AKIRA-minimal-movie-posterHow would you describe your artistic style?
When I started out designing, I strongly belied that “Less is bore”. Ironically, these days the majority of my work is about minimalism. So less is more, but I could not do it without that little devil on my shoulder telling me again and again: “Less is bore”, “Less is bore”. It keeps me sharp.
Favorite artists?
These day’s: Thierry Guetta aka Mr. Brainwash. Confusing and controversial, how much artist can you handle.
Do you have plans for any upcoming series?
They come as the go. Whenever I feel the need to make some.
Which film, book, game or show would you want to live in for one month?
One month, no more, as a vacation. Middle earth. I kind of like living where I’am right now.
If you were on a deserted island what would video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring? 
Just some crayons and whitepaper. Nice low-tech stuff.
Where can we find you in the web?

Etsy Crush of the Week: Red Lotus Designz Featuring Manga & Comic Book Jewelry

When I was trying to figure out which manga and panels I wanted Red Lotus Designz to make into a bracelet for me, I knew one of them had to have Tetsuo’s arm being blown off (because it’s beautiful). Needless to say, I got what I asked for and more! I couldn’t be happier with my custom Akira bracelet. The quality of the manga and craftsmanship are both great.

Get 15% off your entire order at Red Lotus Designz is using the code: GEEKISSEXY2013

My Akira Bracelete by Red Lotus Designz

Interview with Diana of Red Lotus Designz 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Diana from Red Lotus Designz

Diana from Red Lotus Designz


RLD: 
My name is Diana Chin and I’m the co-founder of RedLotusDesignz.  My husband and I run a small business where we create handmade custom order jewelry and amigurumi.  We also specialize in website and app development. 

How long have you been making jewelry?

RLD:  I’ve been crafting jewelry and amigurumi since 2005.  It was a form of therapy for me while I was working on my Masters in Internet Technology.  Believe me – writing a thesis on social media and privacy while trying to design and program user interfaces was very stressful!  But it was worth it :) Plus I was able to produce some pretty pieces for me to wear during grad school!

What is Red Lotus Designz’ origin story?

RLD:  Our small business was founded in the Year of the Rabbit (February 2nd 2011). We wanted to create affordable jewelry pieces that are fully customizable and won’t break the bank.  When I first started selling our jewelry pieces, they were mostly anime/manga related.  Etsy had a market for people who sell comic book jewelry.  While I love them, I felt that there weren’t enough upcycled manga jewelry pieces available.  So I started making Sailor Moon earrings.  I felt fortunate (and lucky!) that we were able to make a good amount of sales right after we posted them. Eventually, we started to introduce more custom order listings (currently we have 17), and the option to make photo jewelry pieces.  I’m pretty happy that after two years, we’ve managed to bring a variety of character customizations (from anime/manga, video games, comic books, etc.)!

It brings back to why we named our shop RedLotusDesignz in the first place. In Asian culture (my husband is Chinese-American and I’m half-Guyanese), we believe that the color red symbolizes good luck.  The lotus represents the ability to bloom beautifully in times of disaster.  The “Designz” part, we added the “z” since we were deriving it from the slang term “azn” (that was actually my husband’s idea lol).

Do you have any funny crafting stories? Red Lotus Designz- Comic Book Braceletes

RLD: Well…there was this one time that I did drop all of my yarn supplies while carrying them upstairs to my storage room.  It wasn’t fun when I had to walk back down the stairs to gather all of the amigurumi eye pieces that were scattered all over the floor >_<

Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?

RLD:  Anything related to Sailor Moon! It was the first anime / manga that I was exposed to.  Even until now, the story never gets old :) I sometimes reread the manga when I feel nostalgic.  Whenever I receive a custom order that features one of the characters from Sailor Moon, I get really excited :D That’s how much I love the series!

If you could live in any anime show, film or manga for a month, which would it be and why?

RLD:  Hands down, it will be Sailor Moon.  What I love about the series is that the storyline doesn’t focus only on the romance between Usagi and Mamoru.  The friendship that Usagi shared with her teammates was even more spectacular.  It goes to show you that with the power of friendship and love, the impossible can be achieved.  Despite the odds stacked against you, Usagi was a normal girl that simply had her strong faith with her friends and the love of her life :) That’s how I feel towards my husband and our friends/family.  Without their support, we wouldn’t went this far with our dream to start a small business.   

Where do you live on the internet?

RLD:  Our official website is http://redlotusdesignz.com.  Here, you can find our latest blog updates regarding our shop and website/app development projects. We recently moved our pre made and custom order listings to our main website.  It’s under the Shop link :)

 

20 Pieces of Artwork from the Dead Space Exhibit in Paris

From the Louvre to Montmartre, artistic culture has always thrived in Paris. Now I’m not well versed in Parisian gamer culture, but I think it’s a good sign when Paris holds an art exhibition spotlighting a video game. EA and Geek-Art put on the Dead Space Art Show at Dernier Bar Avant la Fin du Monde in Paris, France to promote Dead Space 3. The exhibit runs from February 7th to March 7th, so if you happen to be in the area, you should definitely check it out!

If you’re interested in buying prints you can get them on Geek-Art’s online store.

By Nicky Barkla

By Nicky Barkla

 

By Mike Puncekar

By Mike Puncekar

 

By Kilger Manuel

By Kilger Manuel

 

By Ben Guy

By Ben Guy

 

By Anna Tluczykont

By Anna Tluczykont

 

By Hannes Beer

By Hannes Beer

 

By Josh LN

By Josh LN

 

By Anne Viouly

By Anne Viouly

 

By Youssef Ibraheem

By Youssef Ibraheem

 

By Rajoelina Andry

By Rajoelina Andry

 

By Nicolas Obery

By Nicolas Obery

 

By Lerms

By Lerms

 

By Barrett Biggers

By Barrett Biggers

 

By Roberts Ball

By Roberts Ball

 

Dead Space By Matt Ferguson

By Matt Ferguson

 

By Justin Van Genderen

By Justin Van Genderen

 

By Van Genderen

By Van Genderen

 

By Fran Asensio

By Fran Asensio

 

By Arian Noveir

By Arian Noveir

 

By Greg Guillemin

By Greg Guillemin

Etsy Crush of the Week: Tom Kurzanski’s Doctor Who Valentine’s Day Cards

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I love my Doctor Who Valentine’s Day cards as much as Rose loves Ten! Okay… that may be a bit extreme, but I do like them a whole lot! The card stock is thick and they are printed in great quality. I like that Tom’s cards are a mix of some of the older characters like Daleks and Cybermen as well as new ones like Oswin and the Silence. These V-day cards are a great way to whisper sweet nothing’s to your favorite Doctor Who fan!

Interview with Tom Kurzanski:

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Tom KurzanskiI’m an illustrator and designer based out of Centennial, Colorado – a Navy brat whose time growing up was spent traveling along a dotted map line that Indiana Jones would be proud of. Now I’m content to doodle the days away creating comics, parody art, and t-shirts alongside my fiancé, Annie, and our pup, Lucy.

How long have you been illustrating?

Since I was three. My dad sent me a simple drawing of a Knight while he was away on a ship, and I took it upon myself to flip it over and do my own version. This led to creating my own comics and stories under the kitchen table. I attribute my creativity to my sister, who shoved a crayon up my nose on a long car trip, lodging it snugly against my brain.

How would you describe your artistic style?

Transformative and effervescent, with subtle earthy notes… or maybe fluid, cartoonish jokery.

Favorite artists?Doctor Who Valentines Day Cards by Tom Kurzanski

Tough question to answer, as there are so many artists I love the work of – many of them comic artists. Brian Hurtt, Les McClaine, Kazu Kibuishi, Darwyn Cooke, Roger Langridge, TaraMcPherson, Linda Medley, Mike Allred, Philip Bond, D’Israeli, Eduardo Risso, Tony Millionaire, John Currin… I could go on for ages.

Since you’re a fellow Doctor Who fan I’ve got to ask, who is your favorite doctor and favorite companion?

My favorite Doctor remains the seventh. While I love the Doctors who have come since, Sylvester McCoy introduced me to Doctor Who during my three-year stay in the UK. His dark clown with the trademark umbrella will always hold a special place in my heart. I had a crush on his sidekick, Ace, but as a companion Rory Williams cannot be beat.

Tom Baker/4 had the scarf and Matt Smith/11 has the bow tie. What would your signature item be if you were the Doctor?

A full, glorious beard. Out of which I would pull various objects, as needed.

What else are you a fanboy for?

Venture Brothers, Futurama, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Supernatural, Twin Peaks, the Parker books, Parks & Rec, Community, Nerdist, the Thrilling Adventure Hour, D&D, and Paul F. Tompkins.

Doctor Who Valentines Day Cards by Tom Kurzanski 2If you were on a deserted island what would video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?

Video game– Dark Souls (so I could finally get around to playing it)

Book– Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design (I never get tired of drooling over his work)

Movie—Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

TV Show—Secret Agent, a.k.a Danger Man (I love re-watching it when I can, and there are a million episodes)

Where can we find you in the web?

PORTFOLIO http://www.tomkurzanski.com

FANDOM http://www.facebook.com/t.kurzanski

SHIRTS http://tomkurzanski.redbubble.com

GOODIES http://tomkurzanski.etsy.com

TUMBLES http://tomkurzanski.tumblr.com

TWEETS http://www.twitter.com/tomkurzanski