If Aardman animated The Avengers

At last months Motor City Comic-Con, I picked up a very funny/cool figurine combo of Batman & Robin designed by Rich Webber and sculpted by Phil Ramirez for Aardman and DC entertainment. What makes it so cool for me is that they combined two of my favorite passions, comic characters and animation.

Now, I’m a Marvel guy, but I do have an appreciation for many of the DC characters and with all the great writers and artists creating the bat books over the years, it would be hard not to find something you like. Aardman animation is different. I fell in love with the stop motion claymations of Wallace and Gromit when I first laid eyes on them while in collage at CCS. Many of my fellow classmates and I would walk over to the DIA theater to see the annual Spike and Mike Festival of Animation. With classics such as No Neck Joe and Bambi Meets Godzilla, it was always good entertainment. Wallace and Gromit’s adventure to the moon, A Grand Day Out, was my first taste of Aardman short films and I was hooked.

Now, if I could just get them to do a spoof animation of the Avengers……..

With that in mind, I sketched this out to see what an Aardman Avengers might look like.

No Pain No Gain

Let’s say you’re a personal trainer at a gym, and one of your more attractive female clients turns you down. It’s obviously because you’re broke right? Now all you have to do to resolve this issue, is kidnap a wealthy client and steal all of their cash. Then you’ll have everything you want, along with that girl you couldn’t get. Easy enough.

This is basically the main characters’ idea in Michael Bay’s film, Pain & Gain. Three lugs at a Florida gym, seeking riches without doing any heavy lifting. Unfortunately, everything goes wrong and they end up in deep doo doo (pardon my French). By the end of the film, you’re left wondering how someone could be so stupid, but then you give up and laugh about it.

I thought Pain & Gain was a great movie, I’ll definitely be adding it to my collection. …and I thought Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson did a spectacular job, so I decided to sketch him up. -BL

Twilight is for Chumps


Here’s a quick sketch of Johnny Depp as Barnabas from Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, which was released in theaters early last summer. I didn’t quite dig the long fingernails, but at least his skin wasn’t all “glittery”. Mr. Depp’s going to play Tonto in Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” this summer. Be on the lookout for sketches based on the new movie from us coming soon!