Vaughn Bodé is one of the few comics creators whose work transcends genre and style – his art can't be compared to anything but itself, and can really only be described and categorized as "Vaughn Bodé style". In his brief career, he redefined the very idea of what a cartoonist could be, pioneering a drawing style that inspired and confounded, blending and distorting fantasy tropes with every pen stroke. His stories were filled with spaced-out hallucinations and a direct, earthy sensuality, and established him as a guru of graphic storytelling and the first proper rock star of the comics field.
To mark the occasion of his birthday, ComicsAlliance reached out to a handful of our favorite modern-day artists to offer their takes on Bodé – his characters, his style, his feeling, and his inspiration.
Rapper Froggy Fresh (formerly known as Krispy Kreme until a certain vendor of fried pastries told him he couldn't do that anymore) has released a music video that should certainly appeal to fans of Power Rangers, Predators getting kicked in the chest, and hip-hop. (In other words, probably the exact sort of person that reads ComicsAlliance.)
In "Street Rangers," Froggy Fresh and his best friend Mike discover a pair of Morphin' Watches and find themselves blessed with the ability to become super sentai sorts. Soon after, they come across a Predator bullying a kid at a playground, as Predators are apt to do when they're not destroying large sections of South American jungle or wreaking havoc in Los Angeles.
Believe it or not, I am the proud owner of multiple concept albums where rappers take on G.I. Joe-related personas and rap about how awesome Cobra Commander, Destro and the Baroness are. Seriously, I think if I get two or three more of these things, it will officially qualify as a subgenre. Cobracore, or maybe Wrist-Missle-Hop.
The latest? A brand new album from Wordburglar, rapping in character as Rap Viper (described as the Commander's chief operative in "indoctrinating the youth with Cobra propaganda") titled Welcome To Cobra Island. What's more, Wordburglar released a pretty awesome fan-film video with the album's lead track, featuring HISS Tanks, Rattlers and even Cobra Commander himself scratching on the ones and twos. Check it out below!
Your favorite nerdcore rapper is at it again. Adam WarRock, a.k.a. Eugene Ahn, is putting his deft blend of lyrical skill and comic knowledge into a brand new album, titled The Middle Of Nowhere. We've written in the past about the connections between hip hop and comics, and Adam WarRock is at the forefront of the next wave of emcees to hone their craft while inspired by the comics and characters they love. Simply put, WarRock is dope, and he's just debuted the video for his first single off the album, titled "B.S.F.X." (Batman Sound Effects). You can check out the video, featuring WarRock flanked by ComicsAlliance's own superhero sartorialist Betty Felon and fellow cosplayer AK Wood, below.
Sitting on a hip hop and comics panel at last year's New York Comic Con, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels -- one third of iconic hip hop group Run-D.M.C. -- spoke about his love of comics, and how they informed his approach to rap. Now his celebrated career is informing his approach to comics. Yesterday at Midtown Comics McDaniels announced the launch of "Darryl Makes Comics," his new comics imprint under which he'll be producing a 48-page graphic novel with contributions from creators Damion Scott, Dexter Vines and Ronald Wimberly.
If you're reading comics news online, chances are pretty good that you have some pretty strong feelings about the X-Men. We know we do. But the question is, are your feelings about the X-Men so strong that you're willing to do an entire ten-song hip hop album dedicated to Marvel's Merry Mutants...
The esteemed nerdcore rapper with whom we've been honored to collaborate on several occasions, Adam WarRock is back with a new release. Called City Dangerously, the eight-track EP includes a brand new Rob Viktum remix of WarRock's debut single "The Silver Age," a touching, affectionate and "dope" remembrance of a childhood collecting comic books featuring Tribe One...
Threads: The next Comics-On Tees line from Threadless will include creations by Jeffrey Brown, Jeff Lemire, Anders Nilsen and Paul Hornschemeier. Brown's design is now online, but fans will have to wait until C2E2 in April for the line's full reveal...
Former War Rocket Ajax co-host and friend of CA Adam WarRock (a.k.a. Eugene Ahn) has released the first single from his upcoming full-length, and it's a good reminder of how things are done in Marvel's core continuity -- and beyond...
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