Today, we’re taking the Art Appreciation Moment and giving it a unique twist.Â Instead of featuring sketches, or finished pieces from previously published work, we’re taking a look at Sean Gordon Murphy’s work from the upcoming Joe the Barbarian series by Grant Morrison and published by Vertigo.
Here’s a two page spread I just finished after 3 days.
The kid is in a dream state where he’s seeing all his toys come to life as they’re fleeing their village after an attack. It’s fun to create generic characters based off of existing characters, but to change them just enough to avoid legal problems. Then add screws on their joints and–presto–now they’re toys.
And drawing a Transformer that turns into a yellow CRX (my first car) means I can die happy.
Here’s how Grant Morrison describes the series
Iâ€™ve wanted to do one of those Narnia-style worlds in a wardrobe-type stories but I didnâ€™t want to do it until I had the energy and time to do it. Itâ€™s about a little kid who has diabetes, which makes you hallucinate if you donâ€™t take your medicines. And something happens to him in his home. The Hollywood pitch is â€œHome Aloneâ€ meets â€œLord of the Rings.â€