Everything X-Men, but mostly comics. Current X-titles on my pull-list: Uncanny Avengers, All-New X-Factor, All-New X-Men, Amazing X-Men, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Force, (and, soon, Magneto).
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Favourite comic book ladies: Rogue/Anna Marie
↳ When ah went to the X-Men, ah was desperate. They had every reason to turn me away. But they didn’t. Ah figured if they believed in me, ah owed it to them to believe in myself. To try. To get better. Ah found out ah could. So much more than ah ever imagined possible. Ah’m still learnin’ that. Biggest lesson was that there were people who cared enough to help…but at the end of the day, it was up to me. Ah ain’t gonna lie. It was hard. Still is. And ah live knowin’ it could all unravel if ah make one wrong move. But it all started with someone believing in me. And me takin’ that first step. Ah believe in you. Now it’s your move.
Sure, of course we want you to root for you favorite relationships between our characters—that’s what the soap opera is all about.
That said, by the nature of serial storytelling, a happy ending is never guaranteed. The hurtles to be overcome and the jeopardy the characters face is legitimate and genuine.
It’s also a truism of storytelling that a static relationship is seldom as interesting as a dynamic relationship. Hence, constant chance. Hence, no guaranteed happily ever after.
Going back to Gambit and Rogue, they were pretty much THE Marvel power couple of the early 1990s—made more so by the X-MEN cartoon, I suspect. There was something very elegant about the dynamic of the girl who couldn’t be touched, and the rogue thief whose heart she’d stolen. But that’s a relationship that’s completely based on unrequited, unfulfilled, unconsummated love—that’s the dynamic. Once she can be touched, once he stops being a rogue, all of that energy dissipated. And that happened at some point—and it happened in such a casual way that I can’t even specifically remember how and when. (I seem to think it was when Gambit’s connection to Mister Sinister was revealed circa UNCANNY X-MEN #350)
Since then, it’s been a relationship that different creators have gone back to from time to time and tried to re-spark. But somehow, it doesn’t seem to work the same way. Having overcome the hurtles, having touched the untouchable, it’s difficult to make it untouchable again and for it to mean the same thing. There’s always going to be great nostalgia for it, especially for readers who experienced it all playing out in real time—but it’s been at least a decade, maybe longer, since it was a truly active relationship. No way around it, at this point Gambit and Rogue are exes. And sure, exes can get back together, but at least so far every attempt to reignite that spark has fizzled.
So, to me, far better and more interesting to see what new combinations you can come up with, pairings that might capture some of that same lightning in a bottle without being dances that have already been danced. And that goes for Gambit and Rogue and a lot of other classic Marvel characters whose romances have hit the rocks over the years. At least in my opinion.
Some pretty artses I did for a recent comic convention! You may have seen this (in form of prints) from a couple of my Tumblr posts, so here are ALLLL of them.
I had initially wanted to draw several of the X-Men in different seasons (I have Kitty Pryde slotted for Spring, and Jean Grey for Summer), and got stumped for a season that would best represent Ororo. When in doubt - ask the Internet - I posed the question to my Facebook fanpage followers. The answers were? Draw her in ALL the seasons XD
So here she is, Storm for all Seasons. I wanted to draw her for ages in an appropriately awesome setting because she is one awesome character - and I ended up splurging on four illustrations of her at once lol
I tried to insert some references of the weather in each seasons (rain for Spring, a summer thunderstorm in the Summer piece, wind for autumn etc).. nothing very out there but hopefully it’ll add something to the overall piece!
Thanks for viewing :) And should anyone want to own a piece (or four) - the prints are available at the following links:
http://etsy.me/1hAqq3i (A6 prints, full set)
http://etsy.me/1jCHavb (A4 prints, full set)
http://etsy.me/1cjDJUI (A4 prints, singles)