Monday, February 22, 2010
I am not an artist. Heh, to a fault. But I am a doodler, and this drawing was made with my preferred media: Uniball pen on blank white paper. And it's a reference to my preferred musical: Godspell.
What happened was that I didn't just want to ape the angular eyebrows and sinister grin Geist sports on the Hero House cover. So I drew his mouth into what I thought was going to be a sneer. Then I inverted his eyebrows so he'd look worried rather than pissed off. This had the effect of making his "sneer" look like a plea for help. Combine this with the off-model length I gave his ratty hair and that prominent Hero House logo on his t-shirt, and I started thinking of Jesus and his Superman shirt during the crucifixion in Stephen Schwartz's wonderful musical. A few paraphrased quotes from the lyrics to "Finale" and boom, a sketch with cross-market appeal to both superhero fans and musical theater devotees. Since the LAW includes several of both, including Geist's creator Justin, I figured this would be spun gold.