Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mark Arnold:

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What Were They Thinking? + Octavia Monster Sketchbook

What Were They Thinking?

Genre: Western, Comedy

Boom Studios does it again, taking another classic comic book genre, wiping the original dialogue of the story and adding new, goofy and sometimes hilarious dialogue. This time the genre is the old fashioned Western. The stories are all public domain and since there aren’t any copyrighted characters about, everything is on the level. The silliest moment occurs in the story called “Savage Steel” in which the Native Americans encounter a Norseman who only seems able to utter “Bjorg” and “Eye-Kee-Ah”.

The Octavia Monster Sketchbook

Genre: Horror, Artbook/Sketchbook

Mike Hoffman continues to delight with his latest art book of nude and semi-nude female sketches that are done in his typical art style as a cross between Jack Davis and Frank Frazetta. The character of Octavia is a creation of Hoffman’s that traditionally appears in The Octavia Trilogy and is strongly reminiscent of Vampirella, but with blonde hair. The very prolific Hoffman is a talented master of drawing and inking the female form.

Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at thft@att.net. Whew!

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