Monday, June 25, 2007

My Gym Partner is a Monkey Comic cover



hey everyone,

well, to take a break from the sliver fun, i thought i'd put up a little bit o' extra work i did last week.
some of you may or may not know that i've been working as a character designer at cartoon network for the last 3 and 1/2 years. i was on Juniper Lee for most of it, and the last year or so i've been on My Gym Partner is a Monkey.
this is such a great, fun show!
i love it for all its wackiness and silly humor! it gives such a great opportunity to draw a lot of crazy designs and special poses.
anyway, i recently was asked to do the cover for the debut issue of Gym Partner in the Cartoon Network Comics from DC. just something fun on the side. i'm not gonna be able to do the inside story as i've got some prior committments that are gonna consume for a bit, but i really wanted to help out by doing the cover.
so here's the cover image. sooon i'll post some of the ruff pencil designs and poses from the show too.
enjoy and all the best!
m . . .

23 comments:

Mike...'s mum said...

Why square fingers and hands?
Mignola did this with Hellboy and his designs on Atlantis...

Your father and I thought you drew wonderful, rounded fingers - what happened???

:P

pet said...
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pet said...

don't you think it's a good idea to reduce the number of posts that are shown on the main page of your blog (formatting)? i think there are too many posts shown at once...
either way, i really like your artwork though!

Michael J. Ruocco said...

Nice job, Mike!

I like the square digits, it's unique. The characters basically are a hodge-podge of geometric shapes. Very angular. Do they let you leave your signature on there, or do they remove it?

I miss Juniper Lee. Oh well, it was great while it lasted.

Alikins said...

i miss juniper lee too :( oh well, i'll just have to wait for more comic books to come out :)

jake & adam are two of my most favorite characters ... now, if i can convince you to start working on Foster's i'd be beside myself with happiness :) [sorry, it's still my most favorite ;)]
but you are my other most favorite, does that help?

David Colman said...

dude, theyre lucky to have you on that show, too bad it is now being canned!!!! WTF!! We are possibly next, although not there anymore....I do miss CNS....hope to see you soon genius

Scoots said...

I just want to know when we'll next see another installment of Herobear.

Carol said...

Awesome Job Mike!

I think the pinky swirls on Jake are sooooo smart! XD

Aw...how I love good ol' CDMS...

Shontoon said...

Love the cover Mike and all the crazy characters too. Your the Best God Bless,
Shon

GOT said...

Ooo awesome work man! I like the more geometrical style!

COMIKXGUY said...

HOON HOON HEEN HEEN OOK OOK!

that's my monkey talkin'

he says he can't stand it anymore

stand what?(talking to my monkey)

OOK AK!!!

oh, he says he can't take the mistery, he knows its shazam he just wants you to say it, its driving him BANANAS!

OOK!

oh yeah, he also says more HEROBEAR soon or he fling poo!

:)

Mukpuddy said...

Great stuff Mike, we wondered what show you were currently working on!!
Also, damn you and your secret slivers of secrecy!!

studio 5 said...

Mike.. Finaly got you linked. Great stuff! Marc

COMIKXGUY said...

GOIN' TO SDCC?

COMIKXGUY said...

HI EVERYONE, THIS POST IS COMING FROM SKOTTIE YOUNG'S BLOG -



I THINK THIS NEEDS TO BE READ:



"When I became a man I put away childish things, including the desire to be very grown up."


C.S. Lewis said this when people asked him why he wrote books for children. This reminds me to keep in mind the origin of what I love most...drawing. Before I knew what Marvel or D.C. was, before I knew what a comic book, or super hero was, I drew pictures. I love drawing. I can't recall what I liked drawing the most, probably because I drew so much there is no way to remember. I drew all the time, with any tool that created a line on paper.

Amongst the contracts, negotiations, signings, failed projects, good and bad reviews, deadlines, tussles with editors and studio execs., 35 airports a year, the same convention halls over and over, and anything else that goes along with the professional artist label...it is easy for me to forget what I wanted to do this for.

I love drawing.

That's the end of it really. I love it. I love the kid that lives here no matter how many books I sell, or how much money I put in the bank. I need to remind myself to put away the childish "desire to be very grown up." and just put pencil to paper. I never used to need anyone to like what I drew. I didn't know to want it. I just wanted to turn a blank piece of paper into something, anything, just as long as it looked fun. An animal, a world that I have never seen, a twist on the world I have. Amongst all the things that have over shadowed that ideal, I have lost the child.

After hearing this quote, I wrote it down and pinned it on the bulletin board in front of my table. That's why these warm up drawings started happening. I always told myself I didn't have time to draw anything for fun, I had to work. But, like those parents who have kids and need to make time for them no matter what...I am reminding myself to do the same.

PLEASE GO TO SKOTTIE YOUNG'S BLOG AND COMMENT THERE

AND REMIND YOURSELF TO DO THE SAME

THANKX

COMIKXGUY said...

THANKX FOR POSTING A COMMENT AT SKOTTIE'S BLOG

MUCH RESPECT SIR :)

COMIKXGUY said...

THIS IS WHO POSTED POSITIVELY TOWARDS MY LONG POST:

1) ROB CORLEY
2) ROBIN MITCHELL
3) TIM KANE

THESE ARE WHO LEFT A COMMENT AT SKOTTIE'S BLOG:
(MOST LIKELY BECAUSE I LEFT MY POST AT THEIRS)

4) YOU, MIKE KUNKEL :)
"REMEMBER YOUR CHILDHOOD AND PASS IT ON"
5) CRISTOPHER "CRISPY" COPELAND
6) JAMAL IGLE

AND...

7) "BIGG GUNN"

ALL OF YOU ARE TOPS IN MY BOOK

THANKX AGAIN!

COMIKXGUY said...
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COMIKXGUY said...

:] :] :] :] :] :] :] :] :] :] :] :]

SEE YA TOMORROW MIKE ? !!!!!!!!!!!!

:] :] :] :] :] :] :] :] :] :] :] :]

if not boooooooooooooooooooooooo

maybe next year :)

Joe_O said...

Hey Mike,
Thanks for buying our book at Comic Con! We would have given it to you for free but you wouldn' take it. Thanks for showin some small press love!
-Joe O.

Tevik Avakyan said...

Very Nice! I love the posing and colors.

COMIKXGUY said...

WHAT! YOU WERE THERE!


well shoot

next year then?

Bobby Chiu said...

Great to meet you at the Con Mike! Looking forward to more of your comics!