Some time ago I drew these Harry Potter characters, but I don’t think I ever put them all on Tumblr in one big thing, just a few here and there and a photo of the paper figures that I made from them.
With these drawings, I was trying to follow the physical descriptions given in the books while diverging as much as possible from the movie and original illustration versions. With the three main kids, I don’t think I did much by way of giving any of them a new spin - something I might try to rectify some time down the road - but I had fun drawing all of them, and that’s the important thing, ain’t it?
Chris Schweizer is The Man.
(I know next to nothing about Harry Potter but I do know good draw draw.)
weakwar: Maybe a silly question, but do you like Morrison's run of Doom Patrol? I still think its some of his all time best work.
I think it’s one of his best all time works, too. I put it right behind Animal Man in my list of Morrison stuff.
But Doom Patrol.
My first interaction with the Doom Patrol was as occasional cameos to Changeling in the pages of the Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans (Changeling’s best friend/foil was Cyborg because before it was Robotman. Awesome). But, my first REAL introduction was via the Morrison run. My brother was getting all the Vertigo stuff back in the 90s and I was straight crazy about Doom Patrol.
It was weird and bonkers and nonsensical but it wasn’t that popular ouevre that was coming through of weird for the sake weird - the weird was thought out and intentional. Guys weren’t just talking nonsense they were referencing Burroughs cut-up technique. The Brotherhood Of Dada is a headnod at the Brotherhood of evil but with the SPIRIT OF DADA instead of evil. Rebis’s obsession with matroyshka dolls. And Morrison took that nonsense and made things that no one had seen in comics before like sentient streets, robotic Body questioning the worth of it’s human Mind, transgendered gestalt superheroes, homosexual interspecies supervillains, etc etc. And I loved it all.
But the thing I loved most about that series (and now by extension the entire run and all of Doom Patrol) is Cliff Steele. Morrison made this completely crazy, chaotic universe and yeah, man, these are the only dudes that are going to save anyone from the Scissorman or Red Jack - that’s pretty cool. But Superman is not suited to fight the painting that ate paris guys. He just doesn’t have the toolset.
And Cliff? Cliff is just a normal dude with a robot body. Cliff has a remarkable circumstance but really other than that? Nothing. He’s simply the most durable dude in the DCU. Cliff will not outsmart anyone, he won’t overpower anyone. Very rarely does Cliff ever get the upper hand on anyone in a fight. In fact, it seems like he gets something destroyed or crushed or torn off almost every issue. But he is the Rocky of comics - dude can take a hit. He takes the hit and he keeps getting up.
This is what makes the best superheroes, at least to me. It’s not the remarkable abilities or special gifts. It’s not fantastic costumes or nifty gadgets. It’s the hero that, in the most insane circumstances, never give up. No matter what, no matter how hard, how weird, how outnumbered, how much you might be in weird, other dimensional butterfly house fighting God himself you never give up. You NEVER stay down even when you absolutely should just not get back up you do.
Cliff Steele always gets up. And he’s not Superman and his vanilla boy scout sense of responsibility, he’s not Batman with his overdeveloped sense of justice and mama birding his Gotham nest, he’s not that with great power comes great responsibility dude. He’s you and me, he’s the everyman in a robot body, and he’s just not going to let any of this bullshit take him down because someone has to keep going.
THAT is a superhero.
That’s the comic book philosophy I took to heart: Do the right thing, no matter how hard, and never give up. Never stay down. And it’s in pretty much every comic I’ve made (have you read Legend of Ricky Thunder? Available for purchase here or read it for free on my website if you don’t want to support independent comic makers like a handwringing super-villain.
Remember the time Cliff Steele went into his schizophrenic, multiple personality friend Crazy Jane’s head and FOUGHT her mind’s personification of the abusive father that caused all her pain and fragmentation? Is there really a bigger villain in the history of comics than that dude? And Cliff volunteered himself as sacrifice to that creature just to wake his friend up and you know why? Because HE could take it. He can take even that most terrible of punches- the kind that break minds, kill innocense and ruin lives. He will take it for you because THAT is a real hero. And he’ll get back up.