I am SO happy to finally get to debut this piece.  I made it for APE 2012 and wanted it to be a show exclusive.  But now, the show’s over so here it is.  If you can’t tell who or what this is of, give it a second.  Think.  Percolate.  Ruminate.  It’s SAILOR MOON!!!  Well, it’s the Sailor Scouts, but I named it for the tv show.  I won’t deny that I watched this show (hardcore) during my childhood, and drew these girls nonstop.  All my little girlfriends in the third grade and I would discuss episodes and draw little anime people.  Cute, right?

I wanted to grunge up the girls a bit.  The show is very saccharine and sweet and playful - which is fantastic, but as with anything I do, I have to add something else.  Reinterpret things, make it mine.  Not that reinterpreting this series is new, it’s been done to death.  I always had a soft spot for Mars and Jupiter: one being super bitchy and hot headed, and the other being really athletic and hardcore.  Both of them were far from boring, and you can see why I featured them so prominently (Mars may be my favorite in this piece).  I only watched the series before the additions of other scouts, so I’m not as familiar with them.  Either way I hope you enjoy the piece.  It was a big hit at the con.  It will be going up on my store in two sizes within the week :).

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Favorite Artists Meme → Kevin Wada

↳ ft. Erik Lehnsherr, Emma Frost, Roberto da Costa, Pietro Maximoff, Tommy Shepherd, Billy Kaplan, Kitty Pryde, Jennifer Walters, Ororo Munroe, Betsy Braddock, Stephen Strange, Carol Danvers, Wanda Maximoff, and Jean Grey

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So. as a few of you out there figured out, kevinwada and myself were working on a Marvel Swimsuit book.

I write to you today with the somber news that after a few months back and forth with the powers-that-be, circumstances have arisen that have forced us to stop production on this project. 

Kevin and I are currently looking into some way to salvage some of the pieces to do something with, but in the mean time, we thought we’d treat you all to the pieces we had finished so far.

While we are both disappointed that we can no longer work on this, there was no malice behind this decision. It is what it is. Although on the plus side, this now free’s Kevin and I up to some new things potentially this year, so who knows.

EDIT: 

The wording of my previous post created some confusion that I want to address:

The sketches I posted were not for an official project to be published by Marvel. They were for an artists’ sketchbook that Kevin Wada and myself were going to pitch to Marvel for approval.  Kevin and I decided to pull the plug on this project, not Marvel.  We were proud of our work so far, so we wanted to share what we had done. The wording of my previous post painted a false picture of the situation.

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So, ZeroWave, the next HoodieRipper novel, has a cover artist lined up and it’s Kevin Wada!

Oh, BTW, did I mention that the next HoodieRipper book is almost done? And that it’s slated to be released in June, 2014? And that the amazingly talented Kevin Wada is going to be doing the cover? (Wait, I’m pretty sure I mentioned that part. Did I mention I’m bad with press releases and announcements? No? Well, yeah.)

If you’ve ever wondered how a love of both crust punk and K-pop could exist comfortably in the same person (let alone universe), ZeroWave will give you your answer. And if you’re wondering what other things the book will contain, here’s an incomplete list: more punks, more drinking, more geekiness, more queerness, more making out, more sex, more kink, more singing, and more choreographed dancing. Plus all the romance and love you expect from a HoodieRipper novel.

Anyway, I encourage you to appreciate the pictures above and get stoked about the cover art Kevin Wada is going to make, because I’m sure as hell stoked about it already.