Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Savage Pencil X Stussy

One of the highlights for me at Savage Pencil's 'Freek Meet' opening, at Into You Tattoo, was the chance to finally get hold of one of these awesome, and long sold out, t- shirts.

Back in the summer of 2009 Savage Pencil teamed up with Stussy to create a couple of designs.





Stussy have a long tradition of collaboration with artists but with "Super Fly" Savage Pencil decided to push the envelope...

His inspiration, he said, was to create a shirt in the style of the old Marvel “Here Comes The Incredible Hulk"... “There Goes the Incredible Hulk” shirts, where the back of the shirt shows the back view of the design on the front.  




Here comes Super Fly!



There goes Super Fly!

In a perverse twist Sav chose to have 'Fly' written backwards on the front and 'Super' backwards on the back to enhance the criss cross effect.

But he wasn't content to leave it there and expanded the concept to reference the work of, notorious plagiarist, & so-called "YBA" Damien Hirst.


This is where things get clever... in what is probably a first in the realm of wearable art, the inside front and back of the shirt, show the inside front and back cross sections of the Super Fly character.


What's inside a Fly?



To top things off a 5th screen is used for a gorgeous little Savage Pencil/Stussy eyeball signature motif on the sleeve. 


All in all this beautiful shirts is an exceptional landmark in  the history of pop culture combining, comix, fashion, art, satire... not to mention music, take it away Curtis!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Tronics at Safari

Yesterday afternoon I visited the first Breakdown Press Safari Comics Festival.



While making this sketch of "Boy Crazy Boy" comics creator Sina Sparrow I was surprised to hear the DJ playing "TV On In Bed" by futurist punks The Tronics.
I was surprised because:
1, I've never heard The Tronics played out by a DJ, and...
2, many years ago I played in a later incarnation of this group then know as The Zarjaz.




The DJ explained that it seemed to him like an appropriate choice for an indie comics event, 
he had no idea how appropriate.

One of my first self published comix "Technotribe" starred, Tronics lead singer/song writer, 
Zarjaz Baby in a tragic love story.

I also produced a set of comic style illustrations depicting several Tronics/Zarjaz songs.


Venus Flytrap Jungle


Lunar love


TV Onne Inne Bed


Interblock Rock (standing outside the Subway Club)

Around this time I also designed this poster for West London Freaks 
"The Genie Nucleus Experience"







Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Marvel Comics X The Process Church Of The Final Judgement


As it is...

Process X Marvel by Jason Atomic

This blog is produced as a Team-Up between Satanic Mojo & Comixstripped blogs and concerns the connection between The DeGrimston's Process Church Of The Final Judgement and Stan Lee's Marvel Comics.

In his book "LOVE SEX FEAR DEATH
Timothy Wyllie, describes meeting Stan 'The Man' Lee at Marvel Comics HQ. 
He and an associate were "welcomed by him much as if two of his caped crusaders had muscled into the room." 

This tale is repeated by Sean Howe in his "Marvel Comics The Untold Story"
“The phone calls from drug-addled Doctor Strange fans gave way to weirder visits, like the appearance at 635 Madison Avenue of two members of the Process Church. As usual, Lee was gracious, and if he had any discomfort when he figured out his guests praised both Jesus Christ and Satan, he masked it well. “He was predictably thrilled by our garb,” the Process Church’s Timothy Wylie remembered, “and, if I remember rightly, listened intently to our spiel about the reconciliation of opposites. He was both intelligent and funny and kindly agreed for us to use some Marvel material in one of our magazine cartoon pastiches.”

They did indeed use Marvel material the X-Men in the "Sex" issue and Hulk in "Fear"



Several Marvel characters appear in this illustration from "What Is The Process", the title of which itself shows quite a Marvel Comics influence. This feature also contains several original Process cartoon illustrations.


The Secret Fear Of The Incredible Hulk, features Herb Trimpe illustrations and re-written speech bubbles.


This strip is most likely derived from The Incredible Hulk #115. 



The Process kept in touch with Stan Lee and, in Aug '72, Mother Flavia contacted him with a series of questions about Death, questions he answered though the mouths of his characters.

Here are Smilin' Stan's answers from the 'Death' issue of Process magazine (which also featured original content from a host of celeb names including Salvador Dali and Charles Manson!)

All magazine page scans have been taken from "PROPAGANDA AND HOLY WRIT OF THE PROCESS CHURCH OF THE FINAL JUDGMENT", Feral House 
                                            Excelsior!

In his book "Satan's Power: Deviant Psychotherapy CultWilliam Sims Bainbridge also remarks upon the proliferation of Marvelites amongst the Processean ranks. 

For example, In relation to Sacred Names he tells us:
“From the moment of receiving his new Sacred Name, each Messenger cultivated a distinctive personality.  They wanted to be superheroes. They delighted in the similarity between themselves and the superheroes portrayed in Marvel Comics. “

He goes on to describe having observed young Processeans reading, Thor, Spider-Man and The Avengers, commenting further that they took these tales very seriously keeping up with the news from this magical 4-color world rather than the grey one depicted in Time or Newsweek.

See the scan below for further detail 
note: Bainbridge call the Process by the code-name “Power”, in the same book he refers to Scientology as "Technianity"



The card mentioned was part of the highly prized “Third Eye” Marvel comics series 
(Third Eye produced some of the most sought after Black Light posters of the time)


card images stolen from: Vintage Trader
So Be It!



Jason Atomic's illustration "The Processean" at the top of this article borrows it's layout from the (now public domain) Golden Age title "Adventures Into The Unknown" #15. "The Apocalyptic imagery seemed appropriate" he said.


Thursday, 20 February 2014

Va-Va-Valentines'


logo design: Steve Cook
On Feb 14th 2014 model supreme Manko once again killed it at Orbital Comics 'Va-Va-Valentines' life drawing event.

This was the second in a series of life drawing sessions featuring Manko & hosted by artist Jason Atomic.
 Costumes, projections, props and atmospheric background music was used to create a hard-boiled 'film noir' effect inspired by the work of Frank Miller, Jim Steranko & Will Eisner.
sketch: Ana Dias
photo: Rossetti Rogers
The sensational costumes were supplied by House Of Harlot, whose designer Robin Archer's 40ies-inspired cuts gave the perfect silhouette, while glossy rubber dramatically reflected the specially designed projections, and heightened the stylised cartoony effect.

photo: Rossetti Rogers

photo: Rossetti Rogers
sketch: Ana Dias
sketch: Rainer Stolle
photo: Rossetti Rogers
photo: Rossetti Rogers
photo: Rossetti Rogers
photo: Rossetti Rogers
photo: Jason Atomic

sketch: Jason Atomic
These un-tutored life drawing sessions at Orbital Comics are tailored specifically towards comic strip illustration. Enthusiastic amateurs and professionals alike are welcomed. 

The next session will take place alongside the Satanic Mojo #2 exhibition on Friday May 23rd.
photo: Jason Atomic







Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Va Va Valentine's

If you're a comic artist or merely an art fan looking for an interesting date idea in London's West End on Valentine's Day 2014, why not join us at Orbital Comics for some 'noir' themed life drawing?



It's £10 for 2 hours, our Femme Fatale Model is the exquisite ms Manko & your entry price includes free refreshment.

Contact store for bookings, you can buy tickets here

plus....
FREE Taxi ride home!
go to Uber sign up with this code:
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and get £20 free taxi ride.


logo: Steve Cook photo: Jason Atomic

This is the second of these life drawing sessions aimed specifically towards comic strip illustration. The first "Catsuits & Rayguns"took place at Orbital on Dec 13th 2013. It attracted a mixed crowd of artists and illustrators ranging from absolute beginners to industry professionals, you can see a gallery of photos form that event over at Steve Cook's Secret Oranges blog.


Friday, 17 January 2014

Paint Is... Battle Of The Eyes.

I'm a massive fan of Savage Pencil & Chris Long's "Battle Of The Eyes" art group.


Since the mid 80ies (when their NYAK NYAK comic was given away free with Jim Thirlwell's awesome Wiseblood "Motorslug"12") I've been obsessed with collecting their work. 




In recent years the duo have ressurected themselves as an expressionistic live art phenomenon and I've had the honour to watch and sketch them during several live painting events, paint a portrait of Savage Pencil and even had a cameo in one of their films, 'What We Do' by Mario Cavalli, (see below).

Savage Pencil by Jason Atomic
Battle Of The Eyes by Jason Atomic

From Jan 22nd to Feb 14th 2014 Battle Of The Eyes will start an artists in residence, live art installation at Orbital Comics, don't miss Paint Is...


Be there or be square,
Cheers,

Jason Atomic
MMXIV

UPDATE!
Savage Pencil himself will be delivering a talk on underground comix on Friday,
February 7 from 7.30pm.