12/3/06

Zoom


I almost completely forgot about this stuff. I was organizing some shelves and stumbled onto the place I had buried all of this. For a few weeks last year, I worked on a piece of...cinematic history known as 'Zoom'. My job was to create some fake comics featuring the lead character in his heyday. I was hired by a nice fellow by the name of Barry Chusid, who also happened to be the production designer on Serenity, which I worked on previously. Barry has hosted myself and some friends on the sets several times, which I greatly appreciate. For this job, I had to keep the style appropriate for the era in which the comics were meant to have been printed, which turned out to be fun. I even went so far as to print the prop comics myself on newsprint complete with old advertisements and filler pages from the quarter bin at my local comic shop. I haven't seen the film, so I have no idea if anything I did made it in, but from what I understand, it might be one of the worst-reviewed films in history, so I don't know that I'd be all choked-up if nothing made the cut. Because I was really under the gun with lots of other work, I ended up enlisting a fellow artist by the name of Dan Panosian to contribute a sizable portion of the job, but here is some of what I came up with. The inimitable Dexter Vines inked the interiors. I only ended up coloring four of the six interior pages, but I have posted all of the line art. I also have some conceptual stuff that I will share once I get around to scanning it.

17 comments:

Scott Forbes said...

These are nice! Very old school look to them. They do look believable, like they were from that period.

Dominic Bugatto said...

Pretty cool. Thanks for sharing.

arnie said...

your old school retro, looks better than most new school, now. thanks for sharing.

peace out

James Cordeiro said...
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James Cordeiro said...

Very good this generic Joshua:) Great I hug!

EGO said...

Really awesome work... As all you do...

Amilcar Pinna said...

Man!!! I am a brazilian fan of your work! (sorry the poor inglish)
When you have time come visit my blogspot, will ya?
Your work is awesome!

http://www.amilcar-pinna.blogspot.com/

Ben Baker said...

Wow! I just discover your blog, and there is really beautiful things in it! Nice Work!

Joshua Middleton said...

Thanks everyone, and I am glad to see more new faces visiting the blog.

J

Francis said...

Hello, Joshua.
I have created a community for anyone who appreciates your art at orkut.com
By know there are only two members... hehehe
But as soon as "NYX" becomes well known here in Brazil, I'm sure that you'll be known as well.

http://www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=24582523&refresh=1

Congratulations on your work.

LauraBraga said...

Hi Josh!!!:))

Great work as always....even if is old stuff, and your style was quite different, these are great pages of comics!!!

thank you for sharing with us!!

Laura:)

Joshua Middleton said...

Hey Laura,

Just to be clear, these pages are not old. They were intentionally drawn in an old-looking style for the movie. I drew them last year.

Thanks,

J

Mark said...

Does the logo deliberately look like the original 2000AD one (designed way back when by Kevin O'Neill)?

Joshua Middleton said...

I didn't design the logo, so I can't say if they were "inspired" by 2000AD or not.

J

francis said...

haha awesome! so old school..

EDDE WAGNER said...

I really love your work. As you see, you have a lot of fans here in Brazil.
Great art, great artist!

roque said...

Ooo oooo, are you ever going to post up your Serenity work? Would love to hear about your experience...