The mattress has been modified SLIGHTLY to fix a clipping issue with the scaled down frame. I do not think this will conflict much with other separated bed frames, but am just posting this for informational purposes. You can still use the frame with other toddler mattresses but there may be slight clipping.
Kiakshuk (1886-1966) was an Inuit artist and storyteller. It was not until he was in his 70s that Kiakshuk took up drawing and print making, thanks to the encouragement of a friend. Over the course of six years, Kiakshuk produced 52 prints that became vital to the development of the Inuit graphic arts history. His body of work is filled with imagery and stories from the traditional Eskimo lifestyle.
It’s been two years since I first saw the cover of Static Shock #8, drawn by Khary Randolph, inked by Le Beau L. Underwood, and colored by Emilio J. Lopez.
It was the final cover of a title that had been maligned by an artist/editor tandem with no understanding of the original character at all (they never even seen the award-winning animated series) forcing out a writer who not only knew the characters but actually written them for the original publisher two decades earlier. By the time this issue was done, complete with a new writer onboard, the damage was already done and DC decided to kill the book and, unfortunately, any chance of Static or any other Milestone characters being seen in any DC books (aside from the one scene Static was in during the first Teen Titans series and the appearances of Icon and Rocket in the adaptations of the Young Justice animated series, they pretty much vanished without a trace).
When I saw this cover a few years ago, it hit me hard.
I wrote the following to Mr. Randolph because I was a fan and wanted to thank him for making this great image that bridged the Static Shock series with shadows of the Milestone days. The feelings remain the same as it did when I wrote this:
I was 14 when the books were announced. I still have the Va Pilot article with the first sketches and the interview with Mr. Dingle. I read the Milestone books when I could find them. Hardware. Blood Syndicate. Icon.
Static broke out, and rightfully so because he offered something different. Heck, the entire Milestone line brought out a world of comics that were entertaining with something to say instead of just battering our heads with a morality lesson like a lot of books did. Finally, books where the lead Black character wasn’t an ex-con, an African prince or princess, or a hell-borne demon with some unearthly voodoo spellcasting. They were relatable, and they were real, if not in flesh and bone, then on the printed page and, for 52 glorious episodes, on Saturday mornings.
I think the Milestone books were the reason I wanted to pursue creating my own comics, my own characters, my own voice. I was just lucky I told Mr. McDuffie that while he was still with us. I look at how he and so many others kept Milestone’s legacy alive over the years in other media, and I look at them all with a sense of pride. Proof that in the great cosmic sense of comic book myth-making, we exist. We may be shrouded in shadows most of the time, but when we’re out in the light, it’s a beautiful thing.
I look at this cover, and I see that you feel this too. You see the present but don’t ignore the past, and every Milestone fan out there recognizes that the final issue of Static Shock is AN end, not THE end. He’ll be back one day, but time goes on and the volatility of the market and the unspoken bigotry of the direct comic shop marketplace still exist.
You have made a very impactful cover, Khary. I probably talked way too much here (I have a sickening need to do that from time to time). Much success to you and your colleagues in the months and years ahead.
Hey guys! So i helped put together a spooky art zine with fellow artist Tait Howard, and it’s finally ready to be premiered at the coming Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland on the 19th and 20th of September! It will be available at tables H7B (me!) and M2 (Tait!). The book features 60 artists, each tasked with illustrating a different room in a haunted house! The work is truly incredible across the board, as you can see. Pictured above from top to bottom are:
The Nursery by Jackie Lewis - jackiemakescomics.tumblr.com The Twin’s Room by Matthew Seely - matthewseely.tumblr.com The Mausoleum by Rich Daley - poornitely.tumblr.com The Gardens by Paulina Ganucheau - paulinaganucheau.tumblr.com The Quarantine Room by Leslie Dorcus - print-52.tumblr.com The Sauna by Sera Stanton - serastanton.com
Kiakshuk (1886-1966) was an Inuit artist and storyteller. It was not until he was in his 70s that Kiakshuk took up drawing and print making, thanks to the encouragement of a friend. Over the course of six years, Kiakshuk produced 52 prints that became vital to the development of the Inuit graphic arts history. His body of work is filled with imagery and stories from the traditional Eskimo lifestyle. communedesign