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Shaun of the Dead is about as close to a perfect film as I can think of right now in this moment. In fact, I often say that it serves as a litmus test for whether or not I can be good, solid friends with someone. If you don’t like Shaun of the Dead, chances are we’ll never be close friends. Because you suck at liking good movies.

Now, I know that Shaun’s weapon of choice in the film is a cricket bat, but the scene drawn here is one of my favorites in the film. The choreographed beating of an old man set to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” serves as the pinnacle of brutal murder comedy.  Seriously, this movie is great. Go home and watch it with a loved one today!

Wanna buy this drawing? Original pen and ink on 8.5x11 bristol: $20. If you want a high quality color print to go along with it, just tack on an extra $10! Email me for availability and payment options at derek@pirateclub.com  SOLD

George Lucas is a no good Indian giver*! One of the few saving graces of the Star Wars Special Editions is that with Greedo shooting first he was granted at least a sliver of dignity by the monomaniacal filmmaker (who seems even more hellbent on revisionism than American public school textbook writers). So here we have it, an image of Greedo right after Lucas pulled that sweet gift of shooting first under the poor Rodian mercenary.

*I realize that this is considered an outdated and offensive term, but we all know it is the best term at the English language’s disposal for what I’m talking about. Apologies to my Native American friends.

Wanna buy this drawing? Original pen and ink on 8.5x11 bristol: $20. If you want a high quality color print to go along with it, just tack on an extra $10! Email me for availability and payment options at derek@pirateclub.com  SOLD

Angry Birds will destroy you! 

So, I guess this week is going to be “Derek’s top 5 apps” week. And that’s cool with me! Yesterday was Plants V Zombies obviously, and today is Angry Birds! The punk rock high schooler in me would be disappointed in how mainstream my tastes are and even worse, how freely I admit to it. But I don’t care! Angry Birds is fun and a great pick up and play game for late night insomnia, waiting in line at the DMV and church.

Spider-Man Vs. Doc Ock!  More specifically, Spidey Vs. Doc Ock, leader of the Sinister Six as portrayed in 12 fabulous issues of Spider-Man in the early 90’s. 

In my opinion, Spider-Man was never better than when he was written and drawn by Mr. Erik Larsen.  It is hard for me to say that as I have great love and respect for the Ditko/Lee issues as well as the Straczynski/JRJR and Jenkins/Ramos issues of the early-mid 2000’s. But there’s something about Larsen’s take on the character, the world, and the rogues gallery that made it feel magical.  He gave me a Spider-Man that was portrayed in classic funnybook style. A Spider-Man that was “All Ages” but wasn’t pandering or “safe”. People were hurt, lives were at stake, but it was done in such a way that it was still fun and exciting without getting too “real” if that makes sense. So there you have it, I’ve rambled too much about my love of Erik Larsen’s Spider-Man.

Wanna buy this drawing? Original pen and ink on 8.5x11 bristol: $20. If you want a high quality color print to go along with it, just tack on an extra $10! Email me for availability and payment options at derek@pirateclub.com  SOLD

 I have a tendency to post things before they are fully finished, I just get excited sometimes… 

I’m putting together a proper Lobster Ladd pitch to send out to publishers and this is the image I’ve reserved for the last page, showing Lobster Ladd with a bunch of his suit upgrades fully deployed and a smattering of villains in the back.

I had a lot of fun with this image, but it did take a lot longer to finish than it would have before the baby came, haha! Oh, well, at least I’m back on track with my art finally!

Molotov Cocktease!

A companion piece to yesterday’s Brock drawing.  Obviously, I would like to write more about it, but I have a meeting to go to.

Wanna buy this drawing? Original pen and ink on 8.5x11 bristol: $20. If you want a high quality color print to go along with it, just tack on an extra $10! Email me for availability and payment options at derek@pirateclub.com  SOLD

GOONIES! I love this movie. It cannot be understated. Goonies has been the biggest influence on my comic, Pirate Club, as well as a lot of other comics I write. The kids in that movie are real.  They’re dirty, a little bit stupid, and full of adventure, imagination and swears. I hope they don’t make a second one…besides, how could they ever replace Sloth?  RIP, John Matuszak.

Wanna buy this drawing? Original pen and ink on 8.5x11 bristol: $20. If you want a high quality color print to go along with it, just tack on an extra $10! Email me for availability and payment options at derek@pirateclub.com  SOLD

“Hey, I thought this was ‘Derek’s top 5 App’ week?! Why did you draw yourself attempting to rock out?”

Yes, this is a drawing of me with my music crap…and that is because one of my favorite apps is Amplitube (w/ iRig)! I know that it’s probably cooler to see me draw stuff like Plants V Zombies and Angry Birds, but I love writing and recording songs on my iPod!

Growing up as a bratty punk rock kid in multiple bands from Jr. High and on through college, I had a special relationship with every 4 track I ever owned, from the Tascam Portastudio MKII to the BOSS BR8.  I would stay up late at night, writing new songs to take to band practice; programming beats on my Boss DR5 and record my guitar parts (no amp) straight into the 4track so I didn’t wake my parents. And then later, recording live in my parent’s basement to make demo tapes to sell at shows…I think my favorite part of being in a band was recording actually.

So when I saw the iRig interface with Amplitube software available for my iPod touch, I knew I needed it! Especially with a new baby, Amplitube’s built-in amp modeling has been perfect for recording like I did on those late nights plugging straight into the recorder…only it sounds great, not like shit. I sound like a marketing goon…and I apologize… but this app easily makes my top 5. It takes me back to the good old days of simple 4-tracking and I love it.

Battleheart! For my last day on “Derek’s Top 5 Apps” week I include my favorite character from the game that takes up most of my time. Battleheart is an RTS/RPG but without all the bullcrap story that I get so annoyed by in handheld RPGS. I want my handheld games to be quick plays, and with Battleheart’s fun battle system, great art style, and cool upgrades I can come back to this fun game over and over.

And even though I’ve already beat the game, the “endless mode” in special battle arena levels that tend to spit out armor and weapons you can’t get in the normal game if you get far enough, as well as forthcoming updates with new classes and levels ensure this to be a game I’ll come back to for quite some time.

Go check out Battleheart in the iTunes app store!

This one is for Elias, my frequent comic writing collaborator.  He’s always bugging me to do Street Fighter art and I finally caved in…caved in with his favorite character (I think), Chun-Li.  I was never a huge fan of fighting games growing up…same goes for Halo-type online games now, I think it’s cause I like games that take me on a journey. Games with a protagonist that needs to overcome great odds to finish their quest.  I like games that take me to different worlds where I must face a variety of enemies in different locations.  But I digress…

Capcom has made some damn fine looking games, and their character designers are top notch!  I love my Street Fighter art book, and I love my Mega Man art book, so drawing Chun Li was a pleasure.  I hope you enjoy it, Elias.

Wanna buy this drawing? Original pen and ink on 8.5x11 bristol: $20. If you want a high quality color print to go along with it, just tack on an extra $10! Email me for availability and payment options at derek@pirateclub.com  SOLD