Thursday, 19 March 2015

WHO IS YOUR WONDER WOMAN? By Des Taylor


She's the most popular female superhero in the world, an Amazon Princess, an ambassador and a warrior. She's had yet another costume change in the past 5 years and got more aggressive. So much so, I don't even know the character that I have loved since the great days of the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman TV show.
So the question I threw to myself was 'Who is MY Wonder Woman?"

My Wonder Woman (in no particular order):

1. Is an ambassador for peace, unity and love around the world. She's compassionate, understanding and takes time out of her JLA duties to visit the less fortunate. She has her own world charity due to her frustration towards the UN. She feels they could be doing more.

2. She's an icon to women around the world to show strength and leadership. She is controversial to certain nations for her belief's about equality between men and women. Her quote
"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition" doesn't sit well with a lot of people during her sell-out World tour.
(The tour was cancelled after 25 sell out shows after an attack from the villainess Cheetah in Dubai killed 10 people and caused $100,000,000 in property damage.)



3. She's sexy, but doesn't try to be. She's shy, but confident. She's strong, but vunerable. She's proud of her body and femininity and knows how to take a compliment. However, she can give as good as she gets when any derogatory comments are thrown her way.

4. She's an intellectual. She reads constantly, mainly history and philosophy. She's interested in Eastern philosophy and loves Bruce Lee, not necessarily for his fighting prowess but more for his way of thinking. She can put you in your place with a few choice words and is forever quoting from the greatest minds in history.
Violence is her last resort.

5. She want's to know everything!! She want's to be the best she can be. She's not scared to take advice and learn skills from others. Black Canary teaches her the principles of Wing Chun and Krav Maga. Batman teaches her how to search for clues and most probably psychology of the criminal mind. Green Arrow teaches her archery on the weekend.
She loves sports especially the Olympics and is forever challenging her comrades to duels.


6. She's a cool person to hang out with. She knows when to let her hair down and chill out. She listens to jazz , classical and folk music when she's at home. She likes to cook for her guests and entertain. She cooks a mean leg of lamb and her barbecue Shish Kebab's are the talk of the DC Universe.

7. When she's in the JLA gym she listens to funk, Rock and old skool hip hop!! Cyborg created her a mix-tape. James Brown the Payback, Marva Whitney-' It's my thing,  Dee Edwards " Why Can't there be love , Craig Mac 'Flavor in your ear'  Missy Elliot 'Work It 'is on her track list.
She likes Metallica, Aerosmith, ZZ Top. Sure she listens to POP... she just dislikes Justin Bieber. (LOL)

8. Her favourite films are classics. Ben Hur, Spartacus, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Some Like it Hot
and Gilda. She dislikes senseless violent films (like Hardboiled, Starship Troopers, Nightmare on Elm street etc) and is a pain in the ass if you're watching one with her.
( I see her as one of those people who constantly whine "How unrealistic is that?" and she definitely
goes off on ANY scene where the damsel is waiting to be rescued)

Batgirl bought her  Sex and the City for Christmas. She watched 4 episodes before throwing the box set out of the window. Batgirl is still not talking to her after that.

9.She has an enormous fan club and loves her fans. She has a PR machine that keeps her in touch with her followers on social media and deal with the amount of brands and companies dying to use the most beautiful woman on the planet for campaigns, endorsements and licensing.
She deals with modern media and being in the spotlight with a touch of humour. She avoids anything and anyone that has a political motive and shuns celebrity lifestyle.
(I think she'd use her fame for charitable causes though.)

10. She has a vast wardrobe. Mostly clothes created for her by the world's top designers ...FOR FREE!! ( C'mon... you know Dior, Chanel and Paco Rabanne would do anything in their power to sign her!)


11. Her best friends are Julia and Vanessa Kapatelis ( yes, I love the George Perez era), Donna Troy Black Canary AND Lois Lane. ( Don't see why they should dislike each other. Not unless one was sleeping with Superman when the other is seeing him) She knocks back some serious beer and wine with Big Barda...and sees Clark Kent after work  occasionally to catch up on civilian life.


12. Lastly. Love life. Who is she seeing? Well, for some reason I don't see her ending up with Superman. Hey, in my eyes they tried it, it didn't work, they stayed friends ('cause come on... who wouldn't ?) . I see Wonder Woman with Steve Trevor or maybe dating some unknown guy like a Marine Biologist, Surgeon or something like that.

That's me done! This is not scripture... this is the way I see Wonder Woman. I'm sure you are reading this and have your own perception of her.

Feel free to share it with me.



Thursday, 12 March 2015

Major Wonder and the Cosplayers who bring my art to life By Des Taylor

I love designing Cosplay outfits. Here's my latest one for my friend Jean Cova Gomez- Major Wonder! To compliment the Major Glory design I created for Stephanie Castro.

Attached are a few other I've created for Cosplayers Emmy Clapp and Jessica Gonzalez who have been so awesome to spend the time and effort to bring them to life!

Jean Cova Gomez as Western Wonder Woman.



Stephanie Castro as the Evel Knievel inspired 'Danger Dame'.










... as as MAJOR GLORY!






Victoria Lee took a stab at Katie Rogers awhile ago! Jaw dropped when she cosplayed
a character I have in the computer called Dirty Martini. 


Emmy Clapp as my OC Sith Apprentice RAVAN SEDUCTRESS

 


Emmy also put in a shift when we collaborated on Raven Rocketeer for LSCC.



Jean Gomez rocked my Showgirl Zatanna design in 2014.


as did Jessica Gonzalez as Vesha Valentine 



Nina Hearne did an amazing job bringing Vesha Valentine to life. Totally owned the character
and sent the temperature rising in these lingerie shots courtesy of photographer Nathen Atia.






For NYCC 2014 I designed this Caporette outfit for cosplayer Lauren Dion. Loved the result!




The amazing Jerri-Kay Walthew went ahead and cosplayed Rockabilly Mary Jane!



and how could I forget the darling Viktoria who most recently became the face of my new
book Scarlett Couture.  Watch out for more pics from this young lady in the near future.
















Friday, 23 January 2015

The Four Comics That Changed My Life- by Des Taylor

Answering a question that was so hard but I sat back and thought with my heart.

I chose these especially for the memories. I can remember where I was, how I felt after reading them and the way my view of comics has changed in this era of the medium.

Amazing Spiderman -The Green Goblins Last Stand will be forever etched in my consciousness for it was published at the time many felt that comics had grown up. After Sharon Tate was murdered by Manson in '69 , the next few years of Hollywood spurned out slasher films, revenge movies and everyone was taking the law into their own hands in movies like Death Wish and Dirty Harry.
You sort of get that feel in the stories that led up to this shocking episode in Spidey's history which was told in '73. Drugs, depression, Paranoia, Racism- Amazing Spiderman had it all.
I didn't read this book till 1986 when I first started collecting stories seriously. I hung on that final page ( when Spidey is cradling Gwen after his failed attempt to save her ), feeling his pain and understanding how dangerous the Green Goblin really was. Something they can't emulate with the character even to this day.

The Trouble With Katie Rogers changed my life.... cause it was my first comic book I created. I originally wanted to create a female superhero but was inspired by the everyday life of my girly friends. In a world filled with superheroes and dark thriller comics, I had the balls to throw something completely different in the mix. She also got me to meet the amazing guys at ITVAmerica, who are trying to put this together as a series at this moment in time.

Breaking The Bat- This book changed my life cause I was the BIGGEST BATMAN FAN at the time.
I had split up with my girlfriend, my favourite pop star Michael Jackson was fighting a court battle against Jordy Chandler and my other hero Mike Tyson was on the ropes himself. All I had to look forward to was my Batman.
And Bane broke his back. I was in shock and felt sick to my stomach. I remember walking into the student bar at West Herts College in a trance. My friend Hayley asked me "what's wrong Des?"
I answered "Bane broke Batman's back. I need a beer!" She laughed in my face.


Batman the Killing Joke:
Was the book that got me into Batman in the first place- and subsequently was the last gift to me from my ex-girlfriend at that time ( Yeah... comics and women). Which didn't fucking help much as the book outlined how the Joker see's the world as a joke and does his crazy shit to hide his pain!
I felt that I  related to him at that time.
It spurred me to collect EVERYTHING connected to Batman . So in effect everything turned out rather well as the collection is worth a bit now!
RESULT!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

NEW Scarlett Couture trailer featured on CBR


SCARLETT COUTURE Issue One out this April!
Comes with two variant covers -Cover One /Des Des Taylor Cover Two featuring the lovely Viktoria Dobos.

Check out the new trailer from Titan Comics here-
http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2015/01/sharp-styles-sharper-shooting-in-new-scarlett-couture-trailer/

Monday, 5 January 2015

Agent Carter By Des Taylor

Looking forward to the mini-series of Agent Carter tonight. So hoping they smash it out of the park!