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Fan Expo Interviews: Robert Bailey

Fan Expo Toronto will be taking place this year between September 3rd and 6th, and Graphic Policy had the opportunity to talk with a few of their featured guests before the beginning of the convention.  Robert Bailey has had an amazing career in the art world, one which has taken him from oil paintings from the Second World War, to superheroes and Star Wars.  He joined us to talk about his career and what you can expect to see from his work.

Graphic Policy:  You have recently moved away from oil panting to pencil to do your art.  Do you find that it changes your approach to art, in what you choose to depict? Are there characters that better fit in one and not the other?
Robert Bailey:  I retired from oil painting about four years ago, due to a shift away from World War II subjects, and  because of market changes. I find pencil to be of course much faster and fluid. Large oil paintings can take up to a month, and a $25,000 painting is tough to sell. So the pencil drawings fit most budgets, being smaller and much quicker to do.
bailey004GP:  Are there any characters that after having worked on them, changed your appreciation of them?
RB:  The character I appreciate most from drawing her over and over again is Natalie Portman. I never tire of depicting her face in pencil. I would crawl ten miles over broken glass, just to kiss her feet.
GP:  Your favorite characters from Star Wars are C3P0 and Yoda.  What is it about these characters that are special for you?
RB:  C3PO and Yoda are opposites to depict. One being mechanical and the other living flesh. C3PO is very funny, and always amuses me when I am drawing him. Yoda is very quick and easy for me to draw, and he has many facial expressions. Fans love him, and he is the number one seller.
GP:  Do you have a favorite Star Wars movie?
bailey001RB:  My favorite Star Wars movie is The Empire Strikes Back. The Hoth battle scene really presses my buttons. Love it.
GP:  What is your impression of the next wave of Star Wars movies?
RB:  The next wave of Star Wars movies are very promising indeed, and I anticipate plenty of action. But of course this series is now fan driven, and they will decide if they are successful or not. But Disney appear to know what the fans want, and they will deliver.
GP:  The depiction of superheroes can be quite different from other art.  Does working with Marvel change your approach to the rest of your artwork?
bailey003RB:  Marvel….I don’t think that depicting their characters has changed my overall outlook on the other work I have done. Generally speaking, Avengers take longer to draw, because they are all human and faces and bodies slow me down, so three or four in one scene takes a while. Spiderman is the hardest to do….all that webbing. It can be discouraging.
GP:  The Marvel Cinematic Universe has changed both movies and comics.  Do you think that it is now as iconic for movie fans as Star Wars or Indiana Jones?
RB:  The Marvel Cinematic Universe…..well, there are enthusiastic fans of that, and many are Star Wars fans, too. But from what I have observed so far, both on the screen and with fans, is that Star Wars still rules. Of course, that could change. We will have to wait and see. Indiana Jones….well, it’s like Sean Connery is the original James Bond and Christopher Reeves is the original (well, almost original) Superman. I feel that subsequent actors playing an iconic character are battling uphill. Newer generations of fans are more accepting, but the old school prefer the original actors. That is what I have heard from fans.

Fashion Spotlight: Despicable Brunch, LOYO, and Robotic Trashcan

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Despicable Brunch, LOYO, and Robotic Trashcan, by Skullby, BoggsNicolas, and Donnie, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

Despicable Brunch

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LOYO

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Robotic Trashcan

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Hikari Friday: Patriot Gigantor & Starfield Vader

Glitter Patriot Gigantor Hikari Sofubi Figure

Quicker than quick, stronger than strong!

Our Gigantor Hikari is back and bears the colors of the American flag!

Glitter Patriot Gigantor is now available from Funko and is limited to 700pcs worldwide!

Glitter Patriot Gigantor Hikari Sofubi Figure

Starfield Darth Vader Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure

The Force is strong with this one!

Lord Vader appears to be made from the stars themselves!

Starfield Darth Vader is a Gemini Collectibles exclusive and is limited to 750pcs worldwide!

Starfield Darth Vader Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure

From the Vault: Tusken Raider Pop! Has Returned!

Happy Throwback Thursday! Funko‘s celebrating by taking Tusken Raider out of The Vault!

The indigenous nomad of Tatooine is always on high alert!

As with all of our Pop!s from The Vault, Tusken Raider comes in updated packaging!

Quantities are limited so make sure to get yours before the whole clan is gone again!

POP! Star Wars: Tusken Raider in September from Funko.

POP! Star Wars Tusken Raider

Disney Posts New Star Wars Teaser

There has been an awakening… #StarWars #TheForceAwakens

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We’re counting down the months, and get excited for each new tidbit. Disney today posted a new teaser for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens on Instagram.

Review: Lando #3

lando003The relaunched and revamped Star Wars universe, as told in the pages of Marvel Comics, has been one with a focus somewhat away from where one might expect.  The main Star Wars series has focused on the regular selection of heroes, but the miniseries have featured characters that might be considered to be a bit odd for choices to headline a series.  This is no more true than with Lando.  Although Leia was an odd choice for her own series, it was nonetheless one which featured one of the core group of characters, but although Lando played an important later on in the original trilogy, he is not completely in the core group.  A part of the problem of the previous comic series and expanded universe properties, at least to some, is that it deviated a bit too far away from what was the true essence of the Star Wars universe, but the new series have proven that there are still a lot of great stories to be told while staying closer to the original source material.

So far Lando has managed to get himself out of trouble by agreeing to steal a spaceship, which in turn got him into a lot more trouble after he found out that the spaceship belongs to Emperor Palpatine.  Much of this issue deals with the direct impact of the last panels of the second issue, when Lando found a pair of Imperial Guards awaiting him inside the vault of his new ship.  A lot of this issue is thus a battle scene between Lando’s two melee experts and these guards, though the plot is filled in a bit more with the bounty hunter that is sent after Lando.

This series is once again showing that the direction of the now canonical comic series is heading in the right direction.  There is not much here which is trying to redefine the Star Wars universe, or to send it off on some tangent, but rather the focus is on telling engaging and fun stories within this continuity.  This issue stumbles a little bit as it loses some momentum with the battle sequence, but still keeps the series moving along well.  After all, this is not meant to be a defining Star Wars experience, rather a complementary one, and it succeeds at being that.  It helps, not hinders, the main story telling of the movies and offers insights into bypassed characters along the way.

Story:  Charles Soule Art: Alex Maleev
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5  Recommendation: Buy

 

The Force Is Strong With This Nerd Block!

Nerd Block Classic is entering Hyperspace this September, taking fans on a trip across the stars to engage their favorite sci-fi franchises at maximum warp!

As the world prepares for the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens this year, Nerd Block Classic subscribers can anticipate one of the very first items based on the new film sent straight to their doors this September!

But wait, there’s more!

They’re also bringing the goods from other treasured franchises. They’ve combed the galaxy and returned with surprises for fans of Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek.

September’s Nerd Block Classic holds a universe of surprises, so make sure you don’t miss your chance to experience a day that will be long remembered!

Subscribe today!

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Around the Tubes

It’s a new week! What’d folks thing of Fear the Walking Dead? Sound off in the comments if you haven’t in our review.

While you think about that, here’s some news and reviews you might have missed from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

ICv2 – Games Workshop to Rebrand, Open More Retail Stores – Interesting to see.

GQ – Why comic books are helping us process human rights issues – Some amazing work going on today.

Los Angeles Daily News – ‘Apocalypse’ of comic book shows to descend on Cal State Northridge – Could be a cool exhibit.

iO9 – Boston Police Arrest Two Pokémon Players After Apparent Gun Threat Against World Championships – So odd.

iO9 – A Girl Was Bullied For Liking Star Wars, And Was Helped In The Best Way – Fantastic to see this.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Superman/Wonder Woman #20

Talking Comics – Welcome Back #1

Fashion Spotlight: TRON-SOLO, Concentric Imperium, and Drone Star

Ript Apparel has three new designs today for Star Wars fans. TRON-SOLO, Concentric Imperium, and Drone Star from DJKopet, manuel.peters, and 2mz will be for sale on August 23, 2015 only!

TRON-SOLO by DJKopet

TRON-SOLO

Concentric Imperium by manuel.peters

Concentric Imperium

Drone Star by 2mz

Drone Star

 

 

 

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Hikari Friday: Bloody Wampa & Ice Freeze Wampa!

Bloody Wampa Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure

Bloody Wampa is fresh from the hunt! The scourge of Hoth gets an intimidating new Hikari figure!

Bloody Wampa is now available from Funko and is limited to 750 pcs worldwide!

Bloody Wampa Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure

Ice Freeze Wampa Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure

Ice Freeze Wampa pays homage to the creature’s habitat on the ice planet Hoth!

Ice Freeze Wampa is a Gemini Collectibles exclusive and limited to 500pcs worldwide.

Ice Freeze Wampa Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure

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