And so begins part 1 of my 2-week salute to SMALLVILLE, as it winds down its final season. We love you, SMALLVILLE, even though you are silly and nonsensical at times.
Another nice write-up about my artwork (and redesigning teen heroes) at J. Caleb Mozzocco’s“Every Day Is Like Wednesday”:
“Walko’s stripped down, simplified, only-the-necessary-lines approach highlights how strong an awful lot of those costumes are (Tell me Rose Wilson didn’t look cooler back then than she does now!), and even makes the gaudier, more over-adorned ones like Donna’s or Minion’s look pretty cool (of course, he drew Minion in the act of putting on his big, goofy liquid metal battle suit that made him look a bit like the Hulk wearing the Silver Surfer’s skin).
Walko, of course, has the advantage that comes with this amount of distance from the year 1994, but none of his characters suffer from steroidal, tree trunk + Liefeld anatomies, the all look pretty human, if exaggerated to show off the fact that they are idealized humans. Plus, the teens look like teens and their expressions vary to the extend that you can tell that, say, Mirage and Terra have pretty different outlooks on life and being Titans, and that Impulse and Damage probably don’t agree on all that much.
The art boasts a sense of style, of youth, of energy and, well, coolness that was lacking in covers like that of the sole New Titans Annual featuring these characters. Certainly, the art was produced in two different eras, but even in the ’90s, covers like that one were things I had to look past in order to read New Titans; artwork like Walko’s makes me want to read…whatever he’s drawing. ”
Wow, thanks, Caleb!
Or, so Comic Alliance says. They have a really sweet write-up spotlighting my art:
“If all superheroes lived out their lives in ways that mirrored the social activities of Archie Comics and Flintstones character spinoff series, the world would look a lot like the works of artist of Bill Walko. Walko has composed some lively sequences involving well-known faces from the Teen Titans, X-Men and Wonder Twins that would fit nicely into their own animated Hanna-Barbera teen bands.
Walko’s comic art, which resembles what you might expect superhero Archie comics drawn by Josh Howard to look like, can be checked out over on his deviantART page. Whether you love Hawk and Dove or have always wondered what Booster Gold would say if he found himself hitting on Fred Flintstone’s daughter Pebbles and what Skeets would say over his shoulder, you should check his work out.”
Thanks to Brian Warmoth for the shout-out!
Here’s a little eulogy on the Comics Code Authority, founded in 1954 as a way for the comic industry to self-regulate its content. The code has been pretty pointless for years; Marvel abandoned it back in 2001, while DC just recently dropped it.
So, here’s the Hero Business version of the code. Maybe we’ll be seeing them again, ‘cuz this strip was a lot of fun (well, to me anyway).
Sweet Christmas, comics can be unintentionally racist! It gets even harder when some of these antiquated notions become part of their history. Here, we see just how blindly old school Bravado can be in that regard.
Another nice shout-out for The Hero Business, from the Myriad Worlds of Chris Roberson (writer of SUPERMAN, co-creator/writer of iZOMBIE, and a bunch of other cool stuff):
“Last year I raved about Bill Walko’s fantastic Wonder Twins fan art, but at the time I wasn’t aware of his ongoing webcomic, “The Hero Business.” Set in a PR firm that handles superhero clients, the strip has alternated between longer story arcs and done-in-one gags, but along the way Walko is gradually mapping out the boundaries of his world and how it works, and using some clever twists on the conventions of the superhero genre along the way. Well worth checking out.”
Another nice blog review of the Hero Business, from Dark Matters:
“I want to thank my good friend Bob Voros for introducing me to two great webcomics.
Comiccritics.com is follows a group of comic geeks who work in a bookstore. It also takes a funny look at the business and insider news of the comic book world. It’s pretty cool.
The Hero Business is my personal favourite. It’s about the people who work in a marketing firm for superheroes. It combines office humour with standard superhero tropes. It’s very smart and very funny. Check it out.
It takes me back to one of the first webcomics I discovered in 2009. Snafu comics used an anime-inspired style to combine characters and from some of my favourite Cartoon Network cartoons such as Dexter’s Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack and create what I still think are some of the coolest art on the web. Sadly, the site hasn’t been updated in nearly a year. You can still see them here.”
Thanks for the kind words, Chinelo.
I also second her thoughts on Comiccritics.com. It’s a pretty funny comic! Check it out.