I'm currently doing my part to celebrate the 30th anniversary of He-Man by creating two new fan comic web series (Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power, respectively) and posting them at my website (see my signature below). I thought I'd share with some of the artwork. I'm certainly not the talented artist most of you are, but this is something I had a blast working on and I'm kind of proud of it.
The characters are modeled to look like the action figures, as my stories are strictly based on the 80s action figure lines. First up, Brown-haired He-Man, Beast Man, and Man-At-Arms.
Next, we have Angella and Bow.
And finally, we have Catra, Double Trouble, and Princess Adora.
If you guys like these, I'll keep posting more artwork as the comics progress.
Here are a couple of mock cardbacks from my website.
The first issue of each comic is posted on my site or you can go directly to them from here if you would like to read them. They are in pdf format.
Oh my lord... I'm laughing my butt off and I haven't even finished it! The way you've combined elements of the toy-line with those Golden Books I'd never read because they looked waaay too Princess-y, it's remarkable. I'm really enjoying it!
Loved Double Trouble's happy expression as she announces the Rebels are attacking...and Catra! Ha - since when has she been such a laugh riot?? "They got blood on your pretty dress! Those scum!" What a catty gal! Interesting how you repainted her as Adora's "sister" of sorts (though Adora clearly isn't comfortable around her).
I'm loving this, and I hope you make more volumes. I'm grinning ear to ear here! Wonder what secrets Leoric is hiding...? Wonder when Hordak will appear...? Wonder how Glimmer figures into this new interpretation...? So many mysteries to solve! Get that 2nd volume finished STAT!
Thanks, I'm glad you like the story. I'm actually several issues ahead as the first eight issues cover the first wave of the toyline (for both my He-Man and She-Ra comics). I didn't want a big gap between issues 8 and 9 so I thought I'd roll them out once a week, but I guess if enough people wanted to read them I'd consider putting them out faster.
I wanted to do something different without straying too far from what people are familiar with, so I decided to base the series strictly on the toy line and try to forget everything else (with a few exceptions). I want to eventually cover the whole line and have it be one big epic story. I spent a lot of time writing the scripts and the back story, so I promise I'm not just winging it and there will be continuity throughout the series.
Hordak will enter the story in issue 2. The first couple of issues for each series deals with setting up the storyline and then we're kind of off to the races after that. Catra and Double Trouble were by far the most fun character to write for and their rivalry will continue throughout the next few issues.
The second issues of Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power have been posted.
You can download the second issues from here:
MOTU Issue #2: "Power and Wisdom"
POP Issue #2: "Sins of the Father"
Here are some of the characters from the second issues of my comics. First up, Skeletor and Teela from Masters of the Universe (remember to click on the pics to see them in their proper form).
Next is Skeletor and Hordak from Princess of Power.
Just read POP volume 2 and I have to say, I'm still enjoying it. You really are having fun with "Dot" and Catra Interesting take on the myth of the Sword of Protection. Were all the clothes in Adora's room Fantastic Fashions? I know you used that line in issue one, and forgot to mention it...
I also get the biggest chuckle out of Swiftwind's slow-motion takeoffs and swoops! Keep them coming!
Yes, the clothing in Adora's closet is the Fantastic Fashions. I was going to have her wear them in each comic, but I couldn't make it work so I just hung them up in the background instead. My goal is to include everything from the toy line if I can - even the pink comb makes an appearance later on.
It took me a few issues to figure out how to portray sudden movement, so for now the horses have to settle for slow motion swoops
The third issues of Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power have been posted and can be downloaded here:
MOTU Issue #3 - "Beast Man's Castle"
POP Issue #3 - "The Know-It-Owl"
I should have artwork for these issues up by tomorrow.
Here are some characters that debut in the third issues of my comics. First up is Battle Cat, sans mask and armor, from Masters of the Universe,
Next we have an original Horde member, Croc-Attak, and Kowl, from Princess of Power.
Cool stuff, ZacMasters!
I like the Horde Apprentice Skeletor!
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Catra poppin' up to spy - classic POP mini comic trait I cracked up at the cutaway to Spirit (who is a "she" in this version) and Arrow....
Here are the next issues of my comic series:
Masters of the Universe Issue #4 - "The Egg of Avion"
Princess of Power Issue #4 - "Glimmer of Hope"
Glimmer and new character, Bowl-Dar:
Here is some artwork from the fifth issues of MOTU and POP.
Mer-Man battles He-Man under the sea:
Glimmer and Captain Silverfoot greet Enchanta at sunset:
All of the issues available so far can be downloaded from here:
Masters of the Universe
Issue #1 - A Hero Emerges
Issue #2 - Power and Wisdom
Issue #3 - Beast Man's Castle
Issue #4 - The Egg of Avion
Issue #5 - The Ocean Warlord
Princess of Power
Issue #1 - The Revelation
Issue #2 - Sins of the Father
Issue #3 - The Know-It-Owl
Issue #4 - Glimmer of Hope
Issue #5 - Swan Song
Here is the download link for Masters of the Universe Issue #6:
MOTU Issue #6 - The Power of Grayskull
The long journey to Castle Grayskull finally ends with the first encounter between He-Man and Skeletor.
Here is the download link for Issue #6 of Princess of Power:
POP Issue #6 - Icer's Realm
Adora and Bow search for the final Crystal Key in an icy domain ruled by the tyrant, Icer.
I'm going to try this experiment. My Princess of Power comic is the more popular one so I've created a slideshow for the first issue. It's through photobucket and, honestly, it's kind of crummy compared to the pdf version, but I thought I'd put it up for anyone who wants to read it but hasn't downloaded it. Keep in mind this is rescaled and the quality suffers quite a bit. The slideshow has inserted fades between the slides which looks terrible so if you want to skip that, just hit the NEXT button at the top of the screen and you can manually scroll through the images. I've broken the issue up into two parts because it is 158 pages. I still recommend downloading the pdf versions if you want the comics in their best quality, but if not, this will give you a rough idea of what they look like.
Princess of Power Issue #1 - The Revelation, Part 1
Princess of Power Issue #1 - The Revelation, Part 2
The newest issues of Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power should be up by sometime on Monday. Until then, here is a clue as to who will be debuting in issue #7 of MOTU:
Only a couple of issues left for Wave One. If you haven't been reading but would like to, you can find links to all 6 issues of each series posted here or on the website in my signature.