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Bad Digital Art

By Centaura


Artist Comments:

“This is a commision of Centaura’s cyborg character Vance Yarehasu fighting a killer robot. WIP. As you can see, there is now a complete killer robot… firing a laser in the general direction of a floating torso.
Vance is fighting his combat simulation robot Testbot. Contrary to popular belief, his hair is not a wig to replace the synthetic plastic polymer he got in the future to replace his real hair. It’s all natural, baby. Because, evidently he didn’t get the futuristic polymers in the first place, which is what happens when you time travel.

All copyrights to the cyborg belong to Centaura. Only she may freely copy, use, profit from, or otherwise reuse this work. If you want to use this picture for any reason at all you MUST get her permission. Centaura is at [link]

“Don’t blame the tools blame the carpenter,” isn’t that the saying. This artist can do more with a computer than me, but looks like Centaura’s training is pretty weak when it comes to figure work. This is a good reminder for me of why I’m paying out the big money to study art.


January 31, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment


Marcin Jakubowski, digital painting


Can we call this “digital painting?” Does the maker create everything himself or does he sample textures to create the walls? Artists have been appropriating materials for their art for many years.

The realistic setting gives us believability of place and the abstraction of the  figure allows us to drop into the scene and identify with the subject.

January 31, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Abstract Digital Painting


This is a digital painting by artist “Chrome Underwood.” It’s very exciting to see abstract painting done digitally. I’ve been working in abstract painting for a brief time. Digital art would be a new challenge but I think it would have a lot of advantages in making print runs.

January 31, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Technology: A Threat and a Promise

What will we become?

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January 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wireless Hazard?

  • “People are being subjected to “electromagnetic smog” invisibly spread by wireless routers, portable phones, and other devices, he said. Just a two-minute conversation on a cell phone causes the blood-brain barrier to open, making one susceptible to neuron damage that might lead to Alzheimer’s, and “instant aging,” he warned. The kids of today who are using cell phones may be unable to mentally function by the time they are 30, he added.”

This interview on the syndicated radio program, Coast-to-Coast, featured a guest who argued that constant exposure to wireless technology like cell phones and wireless computers breakdown the blood-brain barrier, increasing the risk for stroke over time. This theory is supported by studies of exposure in rats, efforts in Europe and Israel to limit wireless exposure to children, and according to the guest, suppression of industry research on wireless exposure.  Guest, William Thomas, compared the cell-phone industry’s approach to scientific studies to be similar to the tobacco industry in hiding the danger. Continue reading

January 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hazards of a Heroine- Supergirl’s Secondclass

Introducing family

Reintroducing family…


And you never will... Faster than a speeding bullet...


Sometimes it doesn't pay to be nice, buttinski.

Publication History: The following images and text taken from

In February 1944, DC filed this "ashcan" with the government in an attempt to claim a trademark for the character Supergirl. Whether such actions had any legal validity is hard to say, but DC filed a bunch of these "ashcans" as did many other publishers.

It wasn't until November 1949 though, that DC actually introduced a character who was actually called Supergirl. William Woolfok and John Sikela introduced a European olympic star and royal princess, Lucy Regent, and dropped her into Smallville for a whirlwind romance. Nothing much came of it, but the story was reprinted in the Superman in the 1940's trade. Superboy #5 by William Woolfolk, John Sikela

In August 1951, Lana Lang got her first shot at the Super-Girl name when she's convinced that an ancient helmet gives her super powers. Superboy indulges her for awhile. Adventure 167 "Lana Lang, Super-Girl" by Ed Hamilton, Curt Swan, and John Fischetti

The Lead mask covers Lana's face but this time she really has super-powers, courtesy of Jerry Coleman and John Sikela. Adventure 189, June 1953

Superboy 36 "Lana Lang, Superboy's Sister" October 1954 In this tale, Lana' parents are lost, presumed dead in Aftrica, so Ma and Pa Kent adopt her. Clark accidentally sits on her perfume bottle. And the crooks decide he must be "a dame". Previous to that they'd used a geiger counter to track a supposedly radioactive Superboy back to the Kent house, and therefore concluded that Lana was Superboy. Clark can't disabuse them of this notion without reinstating himself as the likely suspect. Lana, meanwhile, decides to go along with the gag in hopes of proving Clark is Superboy.

Eventually Lana's parents are found, Clark finds out they sent Lana a radioactive artifact which is the real source of the criminal geiger counter readings. Superboy shows up and puts the crooks in jail and everything is back to "normal". Lana, as usuall, has no scruples whatsoever, willing to do anything and endanger anybody to prove that Clark is Superboy. No wonder he chose Lois. Art by John Sikela. Written by Jerry Coleman (probably).

In June 1957 Alvin Schwartz and Curt Swan (ignore the Wayne Boring by-line) introduced a new character into the daily strip, Myrtle Pepper, given super powers by a blood transfusion from the Man of Steel. The sequence ran from June to October. And I really wish I'd ever seen more than this one episode. (swiped from the Speeding Bullet)

In August 1958 Superman met a real Super-Girl courtesy of a voodoo totem and Jimmy Olsen's imagination in Superman 123. By Otto Binder, Dick Sprang and Stan Kaye.

Jerry Coleman and Creig Flessel gave Lana super powers again in Superboy 72, April 1959. Curt Swan cover. Maybe Stan Kaye on inks. (Looks like John Forte to me)

Sales on that story must have been spectacular enough that the decision was made to boot Tommy Tomorrow out of the back of Action Comics and replace him with Superman's teen age cousin, Kara Zor-El in Action Comics 252 May 1959, by Otto Binder and Al Plastino.

One of the most infamous Superboy stories, magic turns the Boy of Steel himself into a girl, in "Claire Kent, Super Sister" by Otto Binder and John Sikela, Superboy 78 January 1960.

(Did anyone else see that coming?)

"Not a Hoax, not a dream, not an imaginary story!" The first issue of Lois Lane I ever bought. And I didn't even feel ripped off afterwards. Sylvia DeWitt as Super Woman from Lois Lane 15, February 1960 by Otto Binder and Kurt Schaffenberger.

Jerry Siegel, Curt Swan and Stan Kaye gave Lana super powers again (this time as an adult) in Lois Lane 17 May 1960 and again in Lois Lane 21 November 1960. The iconic uniform would return again in Alan Moore's "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow", the last Superman story ever published, back in 1986.

Otto Binder and Jim Mooney couldn't rest until Supergirl had actually met Mary Marvel, um.... excuse me, Marvel Maid in Action 272-3 February 1961. Yet another scheme to prove that Supergirl was ready to be revealed to the world went awry.

Here's Lana again in Adventure 285 as "Gravity Girl of Smallville" by Robert Bernstein, Curt Swan, and Stan Kaye. June 1961. The astute will notice this is the exact same story as Sky Girl from 1953.

Jerry Siegel created one of the most insidious villains of the Silver Age- Lesla- Lar, the Kandorian scientist who almost succeeded in stealing Supergirl's entire existence. Action 279 July 61. One of those multi-part serials DC supposedly never did. Oddly Linda and Lesla never actually met. Art by Jim Mooney.

Lesla Lar died at the end of her first adventure, but her legacy lived on, as another Kandorian renegade used her equipment to become the Black Flame. Action 304, September 1963 by Leo Dorfman and Jim Mooney.

This one is so convoluted it requires two pictures. One of those great- "no scene remotely resembling this occurs in this book" covers but Curt Swan and George Klein, shows a super-powered Lana Lang living with the Kents. Adventure 297 June 1962.

Well, ok, Lana does have a one panel day dream that resembles the cover, but in one of her wackier schemes to proved Clark is Superboy, she dresses as Superboy herself, thinking that Clark will have to reveal his identity to save her from her own stupidity. Bill Finger and George Papp are the culprits responsible. This story bears a strong resemblance to Superboy 36, above.

And here in Action 289, from June 1962, is a grown-up, non-incestuous version of the character, Luma Lunaii, just perfect for a little cosmic snuggling with the Man of Steel, if only..... Jerry Siegel and Jim Mooney pull the rug out from under the amorous Man of Steel at the last minute.

Joan Kent, the Super Daughter of Superman and Lana Lang, falls in love with Larry Luthor, the villainous son of Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, in this highly convoluted imaginary story by Jerry Siegel and Kurt Schaffenberger from Lois Lane 46 January 1964. Larry and Joan were the names of Jerry's own children.

Of course, once Mary Marvel joined the Superman Family, it couldn't be long before Freckles Marvel followed her, could it? Candy's powers were only temporary in Action 308, but they said the same thing about Streaky. Jan 1964.

In the "No good deed goes unpunished" sweepstakes, Debbie Porter certainly takes a prize. After Supergirl generously donates blood to her, she uses her temporary super-powers to try to destroy the Maid of Might's life. Action 321 Feb 1965. Mooney.

Going way off the reservation, Julius Schwartz, Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky created a Super Woman for the Crime Syndicate of America in Justice League of America 29, August 1964. In a standard example of What Was Wrong with DC? in the sixties, these characters did not appear again for 15 years.

The Phantom Zone is an almost completely male bastion. Faora Hu-ul from Action 471, created by Cary Bates and Curt Swan in May 1977 was almost certainly a reaction to the inclusion of a female Kryptonian (Ursa) in the Superman movie currently in production.

Laura Kent, the imaginary daughter of Clark and Lois, appeared in Superman Family 200, courtesy of Gerry Conway and Bob Oksner. March/April 1980

Louise-L, the Supergirl from 500,000 years in the future once switched places with Linda Danvers in order to track down two villains who were hiding in time. Courtesy of Marty Pasko and Win Mortimer in Superman Family 215 and 16 February 1982 in a story titled "Crisis At the Crossroads in Time!". The future Supergirl came from a world with an orange sun, with predictable power scrambling results.

Nelson Bridwell and Kurt Schaffenberger introduced yet another Earth-2 doppleganger in the Mr. And Mrs. Superman story in Superman Family 220 (July 1982). Liandly of Rolez, called "Linda Lee" by Lois Kent, had strange powers including telepathy and the ability to restore Superman's powers when Col. Future stole them. The series only ran two more issues so she never appeared again.

I'm sure there are other Supergirls I'm blanking on at the moment but for now we'll just jump to.... Elliot Maggin and Keith Pollard sock in another trademark when DC finally introduces a real Superwoman in DC Comics Presents Annual #2, in 1983.

Lois's first chance to experience the thrill of flying on her own occurred in Action Comics 60, May 1943, by Jerry Siegel, John Sikela and Ed Dobrotka.

The story must have been moderately popular because Lois was back in super-tights in Superman 45, in April 1947, this time courtesy of "magicians" Hocus and Pocus. by Alvin Schwartz, John Sikela and George Roussos.

This may look like another Lane power trip, but actually it's Lois 4XR from the far future! Is there a family resemblance or not?! Will Superman ever know? From Superman 57, March 1949, by William Woolfolk?, Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye.

In Action 156 Lois's super powers were courtesy of Luthor. May 1951. Art by Al Plastino.

Lois became Power Woman in this memorable dream sequence from Superman 125 by Jerry Coleman and Kurt Schaffenberger. November 1958. Then shared her powers with meek Clark Kent!

1958. Then shared her powers with meek Clark Kent! Back to the standard crimson-and-blue for Lois Lane #8 in April 1959, by Alvin Schwartz and Kurt Schaffenberger.

Not a hoax, not a dream, not an imaginary story! But it isn't Lois either! From Lois Lane 15 , February 1960, by Otto Binder and Kurt Schaffenberger. Cover by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye.

Why should Lois have all the super-fun? Lana gets in on the action too in Lois Lane 21, November 1960. "The Battle Between Super-Lois and Super-Lana" is by Jerry Siegel and Kurt Schaffenberger. Cover by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye.

That's right. It's Lois 4XR again! This time by Bill Finger? and John Forte. Cover by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye, from Lois Lane 28, October 1961.

Action 274 Jerry Siegel and Kurt Schaffenberger. Cover by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye, March 1961. I forget which this was, a hoax, dream or imaginary story.

It was another Great Imaginary Story in February 1963 when Edmond Hamilton, Curt Swan and George Klein sent Lois Lane to Krypton instead of Kal-El to Earth. Everything came out more or less the same though. Isn't that ironic? From Superman 159.

Imaginary stories were rife with possibilities for variations on a Super Lois. Here she is as Krypton Girl in Lois Lane 47, February 1964. Here Lois uses a black wig to disguise her black hair. (?) Leo Dorfman and Kurt Schaffenberger perform this dastardly deed. Imaginary stories increasingly began to be seen as cheating, because you could dump your characters into the most awful situations and not have to be able to think of a resolution.


Born loser?

Well qualified...

I have all your powers.


Now she can't serve at his whim.

First a girl then animals...

Blow to his ego.

Mightier than... tiny little men.


Animal association



Supernatural animal association

Just because she got there second?

Animal/Snake association

Animal association

Equal in peril

She can't do it alone.

Um..., but on the good side, at least there's no war.

Can't have that!

She helps by being left behind.

Equals, but disadvantaged...

An Alternative?

Oh, now it make sense...

Here’s an argument for the “alternative reality” version on Supergirl. Is “Powergirl” the solution to sexist portrayals of powerful women?

Power Girl and Feminism in Comics It's no secret comics and feminism have a contentious relationship, because of the dreaded Women in Refrigerators Syndrome (something even my beloved "Dark Knight" succumbed to). It's also no secret that girls who ARE into comics tend to gravitate more towards manga volumes rather than superhero books, and who can blame them? How can you get into a series when your favorite heroine might get raped, murdered, or depowered? That's why I'd like to give special attention to the new Powergirl run written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti, with art by Amanda Connor. I think it's not only an example of how female superheroes should be handled, but how superhero books as a whole should be handled.

First off, Powergirl has all same powers as her cousin Superman, and is shown to be just as capable. Plus unlike lessers writers Gray and Palmiotti play up Powergirl's physique without getting exploitative. I think it's better to just address this aspect head on, rather than deny a woman's impact as a sexual being altogether.

Plus unlike Wonder Woman, Powergirl's alternate identity is as CEO Karen Starr, a competent and successful business woman. Showing Powergirl/Starr trying to balance her life as a superhero as well as a working woman trying to have a normal life outside of day-saving is probably one of my favorite parts about the series. I have a feeling the issues addressed in these scenes would resonate even removed from the context of this character.

But most of all, it's fun. Remember fun, what we used to have? I think Powergirl could really serve as a great example of comics in the future, and the fact it's headlined by an extremely talented female artist is no small coincidence.

I think there’s a hole to the above argument.

Er, uh... This isn't really his cousin... It's a make-believe woman his buddy got for him...

Pin-up art

Even a Supergirl thinks she's unlovable

January 19, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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January 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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