Monday, April 16, 2007
HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE COVER
A Child's Dream, A Grown Up's Nightmare
I was asked a year ago or so to illustrate a cover for Heavy Metal Magazine, I immediately said yes even before I knew what the rate was. It turned out the pay was dog shit but I still went ahead with it because ever since I was a kid I dreamt of one day doing a cover for HM, only it wasn't known as HM back then but rather MH.
I'm talking about the original Metal Hurlant Magazine, which started publication in 1974; the French adult fantasy magazine which was reprinted in North America as Heavy Metal, by the same people who gave us The National Lampoon Magazine, namely, Leonard Mogel. I don't care much for the magazine these days, it's pretty sucky to tell you the truth (not that I lied to you before or anything ) way back in '77 the French version was outstanding, it included: Moebius, Ives Chaland, Serge Clerc, Druillet, Caza, The Schuiten Bros, Tardi, Enki Bilal and a slew of French, Italian and Spanish masters on a regular basis.
Its American counterpart featured Vaughn Bodé, Howard Chaykin, Jeff Jones, Bernie Wrightson and many more American artists in addition to its European roster, which I thought made it even stronger than the French version at one point, but like everything great in this country, it slowly began to deteriorate, more and more smut and poorly drawn "adult" comics as well as a myriad of advertisements for porn art books, the covers always feature that "beautiful" "fuck me in the mouth" airbrushed girl. Shit, I'm going to hell!.
You guys already know I'm not a big fan of what's called "erotic art" nowadays, maybe the stories are still good, but I care very little for stories in comic book format, I'd much rather read a book, I'm a visual being, I like art and most of the art in there these days is god-awful. Once in a while I find something good published in HM; the other day my friend Jonathan Lopez gave me a copy of a Heavy Metal issue that had nothing but Sky Doll art in it, now, that was something! I still have no clue as to what the story is about but DAMN! that is one beautifully drawn book!
The sketch above is based on an old drawing (at least the bottom half is) This drawing, which I am very fond of was rejected because the girl was considered "too ugly", I beg to differ but what the fuck do I know? Now you understand why I self-publish.
I still like it better than the actual cover, which I can't show you now but you will see in July.
On The Book Front
All the artists have their books now, so please visit their websites and buy their respective volumes signed by the creators themselves. Support independent thinkers. Like my Mom likes to say: "Hoy por mi, Mañana por Tí"
Here are their links:
Alberto's nest of hornets