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Title: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on November 17, 2012, 01:52:01 pm
The Art of Todd McFarlane

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Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on November 17, 2012, 01:54:57 pm
The Art of Todd McFarlane Q&A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9N2VAHeM5s

I'm very interested in this book since I am a HUGE fan of McFarlane. A couple of years ago I would have easily snapped up the $100 Signed Copy of the book, but now, it's kinda out of my price range. I think I will just stick with the non-signed version at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Of-Todd-McFarlane/dp/160706233X).
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Neumatic on November 17, 2012, 03:36:44 pm
Todd McFarlane's a weird one for me, on the one hand I was young when his stuff came out so he definitely inspired me, but I also have issue with his style in the 90s (I will modify that and say I don't know the most recent of his work that I've seen).   Having said that, I'm checking out a Tumblr of his work and I do love his sense of humour when it comes to homages and the like (and he seems like an interesting guy, too), and I do remember his messed up Wizard of Oz toys and that news bit a year or so ago about how some movie company bought the rights to those toys and would make a movie based on them, but of course you can't actually make THAT movie so it wound up being a Ripley-style Dorothy, which is cool but you didn't need THOSE toys and THOSE rights to get you there, did you?

I don't buy art books any more (no money plus no room), but even if I did I probably wouldn't buy this one, but I would TOTALLY take a good hard long look through it as a trip down memory lane.  But my art tastes lie elsewhere.

Having said that, he did do the best webbing.

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9x5kt7QD91qz5u9ao1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on November 17, 2012, 03:40:22 pm
Well before I even think of dropping my cash on this, I need to see more of what's inside. I do like that he is breaking it up into a "picture book", an "autobiography book" and a "how to book". So, you are getting 3 for 1. But I still need to see more first. FYI, his spaghetti webbing is the industry standard now.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on November 17, 2012, 03:43:33 pm
Rob Liefeld for the win!!! How NOT to draw like Rob Liefeld (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/comic-books-and-art/how-not-to-draw-like-rob-liefeld/msg202/#msg202) (http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Smilies/0%20All%20Smilies/IDontWantToSee-1.gif)
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Neumatic on November 17, 2012, 03:47:07 pm
Thank you, I was trying to remember Liefeld's name.

Oh, as I'm searching Tumblr for Todd McFarlane, THIS brilliant bit came up:

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7nt4m1uOV1rnhr86o1_250.jpg)(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7nt4m1uOV1rnhr86o2_250.jpg)

Oh yeah, and I knew McFarlane's webbing was standard, I was even drawing it as a kid before I knew who any of these names were.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on November 17, 2012, 04:11:55 pm
That cover of Spawn is still my favorite of his. I think I still have 10 copies of that. Man, I was on a spending spree win Image Comics exploded onto the scene. Good times....good memories....horribly late. Haha.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Neumatic on November 17, 2012, 04:27:17 pm
I also think, having looked through Tumblr, a big part of it for me is that I just don't dig satanic imagery, legions of hell and decaying flesh and so on.  It just never appealed to me, probably because I never believed in hell, the whole lure of the dark and forbidden just didn't work for me.  It honestly feels like the ultimate version of the "bad boys smoke" trope... bad boys smoke... and burn.. FOREVER!  I mean, a dimension of pain and torment that lasts forever?  Get real.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on November 17, 2012, 04:47:51 pm
There's always his run on Spider-Man. When they created a new title for McFarlane, I thought (at the time) his art was the greatest thing ever, although the stories were just okay for me. His art now is still fun to look at, but it doesn't have that hold on me that it did when it first came out.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: boyinblack80 on November 27, 2012, 04:40:58 pm
Todd rules....I think he's one of the best....and glad I'd got to watch an important part of his career grow.

granted the spider-man years were magic...but Spawn early on was pretty cool...albeit very dark/
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on November 27, 2012, 04:48:43 pm
I think his Spawn run is definitely underrated and part of the reason is that Capullo eclipse him with his own epic run that also had great stories as well. But people need to give Todd's run a second and third look. People seem to only talk about Greg's Spawn more these days. Both were great in their own way.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 08, 2012, 11:37:37 am
The Art of Todd McFarlane (Fan "Review")

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMPerWgQXhc

Found this clip of a fan giving people a little more stuff for us to see regarding the book's interior.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 17, 2012, 05:35:16 pm
My 2012 Early Christmas Presents

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How fricken' awesome is this? My buddy boyinblack, his daughter and wife got me this for Christmas!! It is awesome!!! Thanks you guys!! All 3 of you are the BEST!!!!
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Mac on December 17, 2012, 08:22:21 pm
Pretty dayum cool
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 30, 2012, 09:42:32 am
The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil's In The Details
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(http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Books/The%20Art%20Of%20Todd%20McFarlane/TheArtofToddMcFarlane.jpg)


The Art of Todd McFarlane is basically a placeholder for the real Todd McFarlane to talk to you one on one to encourage you to pursue your artistic dreams. Simply put, this book comes in 3 parts. It's one part autobiography, one part art book and one part instructional when Todd gets into explaining the thought process about some of the pieces he has done over the years. In a way, this book is very similar in style and structure of another coffee table book: Icons: The DC Comics & Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/comic-books-and-art/icons-the-dc-comics-wildstorm-art-of-jim-lee-jim-lee/msg83/#msg83). But what Jim leaves out of the book, Todd includes everything from his formative years. This is where the motivation and idea of The Art Of Todd McFarlane comes to the forefront.

There is something exhilarating to have a superstar of Todd's stature to collect and print in a book all of the drawings leading up to his big break in the Comic Book industry. He is driving home the idea that even the biggest stars have to start somewhere and he is no exception. The drawings, by his choice of words....are crude. We all can relate because we all drew just as bad as he did. But it was his desire to just keep pushing forward and not taking 'no' for an answer. He got plenty of rejections trying to get his foot in the door. He even makes it a point to show the rejections letters that he got, once again pointing out he wasn't immune to having people slam his art at the time.

But the main thing most people are going to want to check out this book is for the art, namely his Spider-Man run and then later his Spawn stuff. It's pretty damn cool to basically see a timeline of Todd's stuff all in one book from his first submissions all the way to and beyond his more revered art pieces. It's just mind boggling to see his transformation from such humble beginnings. I love the book for sure. But I did feel like that I was missing something. Yes, the book is a whopping 400 pages long, but I wanted even more art. Call me greedy, but it is what it is. Also, the last few pages deal with Todd's foray into directing music videos and his toy company. It's an 'autobiography', so I get why it needs to be included. But from the art side, those pages would have been better spent on more art.

Anyway, if you're a fan of Todd McFarlane, Spider-Man, Spawn or Art Coffee Table books, this is the one to get. I highly recommend this as a Buy.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Mac on December 30, 2012, 09:54:14 am
Sounds like they were trying to appeal more to than just the **** fan. Make it available to everyone that has some interest in the the art, the man, history of A to Z.













You fargin' greedy bastige




 :P
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 30, 2012, 09:56:21 am

You fargin' greedy bastige


(http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Smilies/0%20All%20Smilies/FU.gif)
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: boyinblack80 on January 01, 2013, 11:54:25 am
sounds good...and I know what you mean by even more art would have been cool.

I am not sure they could have packed more...but even as I was moving through the spider man section I was wanting more.

but that said....I'd totally agree Todd dug deep for this and like just about everything he puts out...it's the best quality and I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in comics or Todd's art.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: boyinblack80 on January 01, 2013, 11:55:46 am
I am glad to get you the gifts....a little thank you..and hopefully some inspiration!
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 01, 2014, 12:34:00 pm
Comic Book Legends Revealed #482: What Panel caused Todd to quit Marvel (http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2014/08/01/comic-book-legends-revealed-482/)

Spider-Man Issue #16 Printed Page

(http://i.imgur.com/sjUEuBR.jpg)

Spider-Man Issue #16 Original Page

(http://i.imgur.com/y52e2tV.jpg)

I remember this book and that panel very well. But as someone mentioned in the comments section, I too remember the 'Original' panel as well and had seen print. Second printing perhaps?
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: boyinblack80 on August 01, 2014, 12:55:24 pm
don't mess with the Todd-ster!!!

Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 14, 2014, 08:38:54 pm
CBR TV: McFarlane on "Spawn" Numbering, Al Simmons' Return and the Future of Image Comics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv9d0RNcKDw

Great interview. I actually read the transcript to this interview last week. But you have to hear Todd talk because he brings so much enthusiasm to everything he is addressing. He makes you excited for comic books, movies, Image, Spawn and anything else that's on his plate.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: boyinblack80 on August 14, 2014, 08:41:03 pm
da todster.

his walking dead lego things look cool!
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 14, 2014, 08:42:47 pm
You talking about those miniatures on the glass cage where he was signing? Whatever they were, they looked great. Was tempted to push the display over, grab him and get the f*ck outta dodge.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Neumatic on August 14, 2014, 08:44:25 pm
I wonder how expensive those Lego things will be.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: boyinblack80 on August 15, 2014, 09:58:06 am
I saw the pieces at comic con Chip.  My friend works for them...and they were setting them up.

Neumatic.  I don't know the price point...my guess is they would be inline with a Lego style pricing...so sets might range from $12-60- or more depending on what the set includes.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 03, 2014, 06:26:40 am
Todd McFarlane The Devil You Know

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1pn6g7WIC4&list=PLp2e7UfInEgmB-5r4rtQOEsq-H-mNmQhk&index=49


Interesting Doc. There's a lot of behind the scenes stuff that I've never seen until now. I don't know how old this is. Looks like it was made 15 years ago based on the fact that they actually show Todd bidding for Mark McGwire's record breaking home run balls. The look on his face as he realizes he is spending way too much for these balls his priceless. We all know they are worthless now for the obvious reasons. That dude with 1500 (at last count) McFarlane Toys is nuts and Todd nailed it in how to keep them hooked because once you "give a collector a reason not to buy it.....they are gone". I collect a few things here and there, but it's not extreme. I for one am glad that I don't collect Comics or Toys anymore because I would hate to be that guy. To be chained to your stuff like that would feel like a noose around your neck.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: boyinblack80 on October 03, 2014, 01:24:42 pm
hmmmm./

can't remember if I've seen this before....I am sure watching it would help!!

hahahaha

great link!!
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 05, 2016, 05:18:00 pm
Sneak Peek at Spawn Kills Everyone And Giveaway Announcement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljMoYHfTpY0


Having just watched this video the other night, I was under the impression that Todd was doing all the artwork. We get a glimpse here and it looks great and made me want to get this. Having done a little bit a research, looks like art duties are being handled by J.J. Kirby and Todd. No idea how many pages each is doing. Doesn't matter.  I'll take it. Plan on getting this....a rare comic book buy for me.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 03, 2017, 04:54:35 pm
Spider-Man to Spawn, How Todd McFarlane Became the Biggest Comic Book Artist Ever | Blueprint

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvKbRIuWFio&list=LLTVgXy5pOO9ff20O1Z1QPMw&index=1

This is without a doubt the best f*cking TM interview ever. Talk about inspiring! I love how defiant Todd is with some of his answers. Seriously, this is good sh*t from start to finish. Riveting.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 03, 2017, 05:00:22 pm
Todd McFarlane Shares Original Spawn Artwork | SYFY WIRE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7xCDqVL394


Also of note (just found out about this yesterday) is the Oversize Spawn Vault Edition Book. Tell me this doesn't make you drool? I want this. Suppose to come out sometime this month. But at $150 price tag, it's priced itself out for me. If I can find a place that sells it cheaper, than definitely.
Title: Re: The Art of Todd McFarlane (2012)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 03, 2017, 05:24:37 pm
Live: Signing of Spawn Vault Edition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVVZKG4OIiY

This is the video that I caught yesterday that tipped me off to the forthcoming Vault Edition. Golden Ticket for the free drawing being inserted in random books. Nice!