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Batman Returns

Catwoman Illustration by Christopher King

Illustration Friday’s theme of Whiskers led me down the path of Catwoman, and specifically Michelle Pfeiffer’s version of Catwoman from Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. After all the different Batman movies including Christopher Nolan’s excellent trilogy, Batman Returns remains my favourite (I could even say that Michael Keaton is my prefered Batman) with its festively dark atmosphere, political undertones and brilliantly designed characters including (aside from the S&M inspired Catwoman) Danny DeVito’s Penguin and Christopher Walken as Max Skreck. I’m now taking requests for upcoming additions of the Comic Book Movie page, so if there’s an old favourite that you’d love to see re-created in comic book form let me know, and who knows, yours might be next! Anyone who’s suggestion is used will get a special mention on the site….

Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho - Illustration by Christopher King

The countdown to Halloween starts here with my first of three horror favourites leading up to the fright filled day. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is a classic example of sophisticated horror that manages to get under your skin by the use of clever visual design, music, and ideas; never having to resort to cheap gore  or loud sudden bangs for its scares. A true horror classic and my first Halloween themed Comic Book Movie. Oh, and keep staring at the image for a spooky surprise, if you dare…. and don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the next instalment. If you’re a fan of light-hearted 80’s horror, you’ll love it.

Army of Darkness

Army of Darkness - Good Ash, Bad Ash - By Illustrator Christopher King

In a brilliantly overacted performance by Bruce Campbell in a scene from Army of Darkness, Ash spawns a twin! This week’s Comic Book Movie working to the theme of ‘identical’ as set by Illustration Friday, is a more developed drawing than my usual sketches, but i’m pretty pleased with how this one turned out and was well worth the effort.  

The Breakfast Club

Paul Gleason from The Breakfast Club by Christopher King - www.wingsart.net

John Hughes 80’s classic The Breakfast Club took a while to grow on me, but is now one of those films that seems to get funnier every time I watch it. There are great one-liners from the character Principle Vernon, played in a brilliant hard-ass fashion by Paul Gleason, who seemed to have reprised this role for Die Hard. The Breakfast Club is my illustration Friday sketch this week on the theme of teacher.

Aliens

Aliens

After losing the entire crew of the Nostromo on LV-426, nobody was going to convince Ellen Ripley to return. Corporate lackey, Carter Burke manipulates her into facing the Alien for a second time in this scene from James Cameron’s 80’s classic, Aliens. This week’s Illustration Friday submission.  

Clueless

Clueless - What's a Monet?

There’s a conversation between the characters Cher and Josh in the movie Clueless about how Marky Mark (aka Mark Wahlberg) would like to use his popularity for a good cause. My intention was to use that as the basis for my Illustration Friday sketch this week. It didn’t quite work out so I give you the Monet quote instead. 😉

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