Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Z v R
To tell you the truth, I never really liked zombies. Yeah, I know, George Romero is a cinematic diety (bla bla bla) and even I liked that comedy one with the Irish guys, but I'd find pretty much any movie where a non-zombie main character runs around with a dart in his head for fifteen minutes pretty hard to resist. But aside from that, I just don't get the big fascination with all the rotting skin and protruding bones, outsized contact lenses and other prosthetics. You can basically see scarier things on the red carpet at the Golden Globes. Scarier still is Vince, the evil-eyed SHAMWOW! on-air salesperson, but I digress...
And as for robots, well, let's just say their number was up with me when a little guy named Twiki shuffled onto the scene full of Mel Blanc sass and Billy Barty 'tude (pronouced: "Billibarttitude"). Not even the Terminator and Brit Hume could restore global robotic dignity after that.
But when you pit zombies and robots against each other, and have them be drawn by THIS GUY, hey you've gotten my attention. And attention has been gotten for well over a year, since I noticed a copy of THIS in my local pop culture and graphical novel salon (aka nerd haven). To be honest, even though I snapped up the first issue, I have a tendency to skip the pesky word balloons and just look at the pictures. Now the complete series is out in one big volume, so I can absorb all the pictures and ignore all the text in one, long, slothful indulgence. (No offense, writer guy, but to even things up I make a point of skipping pictures in books that have mostly words.)
Seriously, this guy Ashley Wood is a painter after my own money. I see his stuff on a cover and reach for my well-worn wallet as if there's a chalupa involved. He has a (kind of confusing) web site and a very accessible (BUT "NSFW" and "NOT KID-FRIENDLY SO UNDER 18-AGERS STAY AWAY!" ) BLOG, where you can see what envy inducing stuff he is up to on a regular basis. BE FOREWARNED: he is pretty "in yo face" with the risque content, but his skills are hard not to admire. Even things like gas masks, corpses, telephone poles and army helmets become things of beauty in his hands. He also does special edition toys and other cool stuff, but good luck finding even an image of one. These are all invariably snapped up by a more ardently devoted fan base than I am in, and whisked into the sanctitude of their bedroom closets and sock drawers, away from the prying eyes of the unfortunate.
(Editor's note: this post contains only links and no images because I don't personally know the artist, but he looks like he might be the kind of guy who'd kick my proverbial butt if I swiped grabs [or grabbed swipes] of his work and put them here. Likewise, I'd add a permanent link, but I try to keep things generally kid-friendly here, so nobody gets hoit. But if you're not a kid, and not particularly friendly, check it out.)