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Starlight by RobertMacQuarrie1
I picked up the Starlight trade paperback this weekend and I loved it to bits, to the point of having to do this piece of fanart. 

Mark Millar is pretty much being known for his tales which definitely skew more towards the harsh and cynical side of things.  People are cruel, selfish, and petty.  Heroism is derided and the world is a cruel place. 

But not here.  The saga of Duke McQueen is at both quiet, humble and all too human, and yet a raucous space adventure in the vein of the old Flash Gordon serials, without a single hint of irony or cynicism.  Duke is a hero, through and through, caring not for glory or fame but just for the love of a good woman.  He may be old, but he can still hold his own with the best of them.  And his sidekick Krish aka Space Boy is one of the rarest of all child characters- an endearing, competent sidekick who is not at all annoying or drags down the narrative.

I really can't rave about this book enough.  It's a really great read, and I'd really encourage people to read it if they get a chance.
Rom and Starshine by RobertMacQuarrie1
Rom and Starshine
I was inspired to do this piece of Rom and Starshine after seeing Lewis Lovhaug's/ Linkara's ROMtrospective as seen here:

I remember these two from my childhood as well.  I never really got into Rom when I was a kid, mostly because the series came and went before I seriously got into comics.  But I still remember picking up a comic here and there when I could from the back issue bin, mostly because- hey, cool space robot!
Mystique- Change of Face- Black Cat 2 by RobertMacQuarrie1
Mystique- Change of Face- Black Cat 2
No real big story here.  I just was simply not happy with the first ever "Change of Face" with Mystique turning into the Black Cat, and I always wanted to do another one.  I just decided to finally get around to doing it.

Plus, I wanted to start drawing Mystique in a lighter shade of blue, with a different style of belt that I prefer more, so I thought this might be a good place to "relaunch" it.
Hulked Out by RobertMacQuarrie1
Hulked Out
Now this was an image I'm a little happier with in regards to it's stylized nature. 

I was inspired by another image here on Deviantart that I couldn't really find, that had a very stylized version of the Hulk and I wanted to do something like that on my own.  I really had the urge to really make it very stylized and over the top in regards to his musculature and upper toro, plus to make his face a little more cartoony.  The upper torso, mainly the chest and shoulders, are really just one big circle, with the arms attached to the sides.  His face if very Humberto Ramos-esque (And I don't care what people say- I THINK HE'S A GOOD ARTIST!  Working on a crappy book right now, but a good artist nonetheless).  I just really wanted to draw the Hulk with some massive bulk to him, and I kind of like the results.

I mean, for now.  Ask me again in about six months and I'll probably hate it.
The Flash- Coming Atcha! by RobertMacQuarrie1
The Flash- Coming Atcha!
Again, this was another one of my experimental pieces.  I was trying to do something a little more stylized and cartoony, but I felt it was more important to get the pose right and deal with the other stuff in another drawing.  I really wanted to do an image of the Flash that promoted the idea of him running at the viewer at high speed, without the use of speed lines or anything like that.  I'm a little happier with this than I was with my Spider-Man piece, as it at least gave me some good practice with some forced perspective.      
So, we're back to doing this again:……

This sort of thing really pisses me off.  This continual blame of a certain aspect of fandom for expressing said fandom in a different way than what some may be familiar with.  To make enemies out of people who, let's face it, aren't harming anyone. 

Look, I'm not a cosplayer.  But just because someone decides to dress up in a costume to go to a convention doesn't automatically make them into a fame obsessed, egotistical attention whore who knows nothing about the character they are dressing up as.  Trust me, if these people JUST wanted attention, there are FAR easier ways to get it other than spending weeks if not months, and hundreds if not thousands of dollars on costumes.  This is NOT an inexpensive hobby. 

Now we've gotten into the "sales" aspects of things, with retailers at the shows blaming cosplayers for not spending money at their booths.  Or not knowing enough about the characters to apparently match their supposed ideal of what fans are supposed to know. 
But I'm a bit familiar with sales, and I know that, to be successful, you can't just sit back and wait for sales to come to you.  You need to go out and SELL!!!  Meet with people, ask questions, find out what people want.  And I've been to plenty of conventions, and the one thing that I can tell you is that the people manning these booths- for the large part- don't engage their customers.  They don't ask them what they want.  They don't talk to them, unless it's about how much something is and where to pay.  Now, granted, these are busy shows.  But if you're booth isn't doing a lot of business, maybe you should go out and ENGAGE to bolster sales.

And you know who might be easy marks?  How about those people DRESSED UP IN COSTUMES!!!  That guy dressed up as Hellboy?  How about asking him if he is looking for any Hellboy merchandise?  That girl dressed up as Sailor Moon?  How about asking her if she's looking for any anime, or art books to use as reference guides?  Seriously, someone dressing up should be an EASY way to determine WHAT they are interested in.  But instead it just paints them as easy targets for a small number of businesses that don't want to admit their lack of business acumen.  You can bet that a few of these types of booths are the types of shop owners who probably ignore their own customers in their own stores, and would probably use their station behind the cash register as a podium to spout off their views to people who just want to pay for their damn comic already. 

Because here's the thing- these conventions that these booth owners are selling at?  They're not going away.  In fact, more and more people are showing up every year.  So that means that there are a LOT of fans going there, and a LOT of potential customers.  If you're not managing to find a way to sell to this audience, that is CLEARLY interested in the material that YOU are selling in one way or another, then you might need to take a good long hard look at not what the customers are doing wrong, but what YOU are doing wrong in not building your business. 

And let's face it- these shows aren't cheap.  A four day pass at some places can cost over a hundred dollars.  And then there is transportation fees if it is out of town for some people.  Costs for staying at a hotel if they are coming in from out of town.  Trust me, it can get expensive even if you AREN'T a cosplayer.  Some people may not have jobs that give them a lot of disposable income, and especially not enough to drop $250 for a Dragonzord toy (That one could get for $75.00 at a Toys R' Us just a few months prior).  And then when it comes to cosplayers, there's the additional expense on top of that.  So by the time these fans get to the conventions, they may not have ANY money to spend on the overpriced merchandise a lot of these guys may be hocking from behind their tables where they just sit back, and wait for the sales to come to them, rather than actively trying to engage people.

Sorry that this is a bit of a ramble, but I'm just sick and tired of people trying to insist that there is only ONE type of way to be a fan.  That someone has to meet certain conditions if they want to be considered "real" fans, and are blamed for stupid things for bad sales at shows that show record attendance. 

There is no "one" way to be a fan.  If this means dressing up in costume, or just wearing a Flash T-Shirt while out on errands, no one is wrong as long as they aren't harming anyone by doing it.  This isn't a problem that the fandom has.  This is a problem that a small few have with the fandom, which isn't nearly the same thing. 

Robert MacQuarrie


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wolverineclassified Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
amazing art! very inspiring! keeps me nose to the grindstone to get there myself, cheers!
hayley566 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist
hey Robert! You know the stupid pills from "superior spider-man"? Well, I have an idea for the "medicine" that is OMD, that you can use:…
littleman38 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Its done, sorry it took so long, school is really wasteful.
deathchrist2000 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student Writer
mr-redx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey Robert! I've got a challenge for you!
RobertMacQuarrie1 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
I'm not really doing requests at this time.  I do take commissions.
DefendCastle8 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MarkFanboy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday and Merry Chrstmas!
NickyVendetta Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas :santa::cake::party::heart:
Estonius Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
Happy Date o' Birth!
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