Even if you’re not an IDW fan, I really hope you’re spending some time at Robert Atkin’s blog, because he has been knocking it out of the park recently with some great insight and preview artwork for his upcoming stint on Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. But as good as his posts have been, they almost pale in comparison to what he released today.
Again, this is all from a comic artist point of view, but this is an amazing look into the process of designing a G.I. Joe character and it’s pretty astounding just how much thought and behind the scenes detail work goes into it. Atkins spends two fairly long blog posts going into pretty much every angle and every part of the inspiration for the updated uniform for Snake Eyes in the IDW comic. Part G.I. Joe: Resolute, part G.I. Joe: Renegades, and part real world military, Atkins does some incredible documenting of the build up to this Snake Eyes design.
It is really, really awesome. Even if you’re not big into comics, or big into IDW, this is the kind of thought process that most folks use when creating these figures, and I cannot thank Robert enough for spending some time outlining it. Some great art, some great ideas, and it’s really terrific seeing the process fleshed out like this.
Check out the links below to get the whole lowdown on the updated IDW Snake Eyes design!
And it’s a whopper! We had initially scheduled this episode to post an interview with Flint Dille, and we certainly accomplished that…but not only that, we also feature G.I. Joe legend Larry Hama, and G.I. Joe: Operation Red Retrieval masterminds Mark Cheng (director) and Joe Barbagallo (Beachhead). Mark, Joe, and Larry come on the show to make a very special announcement, and you will hear it FIRST right here on the podcast!
Check it out on our Podbean Page, or listen via the embedded player below. Don’t forget, show notes are after the jump!
It’s been a long time, but the national nightmare is over… the JoeCanuck newsletter has returned!
With the Canadian JoeCon coming up in August, things look like they’re rolling along again with the JoeCanuck newsletter, with a change in release schedule to quarterly, but the same exciting newsletter content!
Great articles about G.I. Joe: Renegades, G.I. Joe articulation formats, and an interview with Gary from What’s on Joe Mind, there’s a bunch of great stuff crammed inside one awesome PDF. Check out the latest newsletter right here.
Also make sure you keep your eyes on CanadianJoeCon.com for the most up to date information on the Canadian JoeCon, coming up August 10th and 11th.
As great as the recent IDW Cobra Command story arc has been, and as well suited to the story Alex Cal’s artwork has been, a big part of me really misses Robert Atkins’ work on a G.I. Joe title. Well, thankfully that problem gets rectified very shortly!
With Atkins slated to return to the art chores for Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow starting with issue #13 and I couldn’t be more excited. And as if I wasn’t fired up enough already, Robert updated his blog with some art for the issue. This includes the cover and interior art for one of the pages inside! Oooh boy this looks awesome.
Check out the links below for the various blog posts:
Love the looks of this. The style is so different from Alex Cal, yet awesome in its own right. Crisp, clear, awesome detail work, and I love the designs of those Red Ninjas. The pencil and ink work all belongs to Robert, with colors by the excellent Simon Gough, who has also posted some great detail shots on DeviantArt as well. You can find his work at Spidermanfan2099.deviantart.com. The links to the other pieces are below: