Star Wars Storyboard Artist David Russell on Jack Kirby

When asked where his inspiration comes from Russell cites Jack Kirby.

I would have to say Jack Kirby. I picked up my first Jack Kirby comic around 11 or 12 and it was something about his keen visual narrative that set off an explosion in my mind. I later had the chance to meet him and he became a great friend and mentor. I’ve applied his narrative techniques in all of my films. I believe to this day that comics are one of America’s most powerful art forms.

Via The Movie Blog.

Comics Creator cuts up Fantastic Four #2, makes something new

It’s a Burroughs-esque effort at creating a new piece of art by cutting up an existing one and re-purposing it.

My first reaction on seeing this was, “Wait. What? Seriously?” but I love comics destroyer/creator David Hines’ comment on it.

Don’t forget that a comic book is not an original work of art. It is a printed copy, created to be disposable. However, by using a comic book as material for a new creation – in this case a new cut-up narrative – it does become an original work of art, unique and arguably more ‘valuable’.

I have no problem with collectors choosing to keep their comics in nice condition as long as they still read them. For me, the really pointless ‘desecration’ of comics is to seal them forever in blocks of plastic.

You can buy your own copy and do the same thing if you have five or six hundred dollars lying around that you’re not using.

Prado’s Mona Lisa Copy Was Probably Made Alongside the Original

This could prove to be really interesting.

The Art Newspaper has reported that conservators at the Prado in Madrid now believe that a copy of the Mona Lisa in the museum’s collection that was long thought to have been executed much later than the original may have been made by a student of Leonardo as Leonardo was creating the masterpiece.

If this is true I’m looking forward to hearing more about what this could reveal about Leonardo and his work. Also, check out the restoration work in the article. It’s incredible..

Via Matías Ventura through the aether. He really should blog more.