I'm a writer. I read a lot of comics. My friend Jojo is an artist. She doesn't read any comics.

At lunch, she draws super heroes from memory. Her memory is not always very good.

As you look at these drawings, I can not stress enough that Jojo is a professional artist, and a full grown woman. It's important to remember that.

~ Wednesday, August 15 ~
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Today Jojo draws Bane!
She’d already drawn Catwoman (and done her own take on DC’s New 52 Catwoman) plus she redesigned Batman. So all that’s left is Bane and we’ve got the main characters of the latest Batman flick.
I asked her to draw Bane and she had no idea who I meant. I told her he’s from Dark Knight Rises and she said, “Is he the bad guy?” I knew she hadn’t seen the movie, but surely she saw some trailers, right?
I’m going to say that she only saw the billboards, because she seemed to only know what his head looked like. She said he’s supposed to be really scary, but she didn’t know how he dresses so she put him in a suit.
By dressing a super villain as a business man, It’s possible that Jojo is making a subtle connection between Bane and Bain, Mitt Romney’s former company. Either that or she put Bane’s head on the body of the Spider-Man/Daredevil villain, Kingpin.
Or the real answer: she just drew it for no reason.

Today Jojo draws Bane!

She’d already drawn Catwoman (and done her own take on DC’s New 52 Catwoman) plus she redesigned Batman. So all that’s left is Bane and we’ve got the main characters of the latest Batman flick.

I asked her to draw Bane and she had no idea who I meant. I told her he’s from Dark Knight Rises and she said, “Is he the bad guy?” I knew she hadn’t seen the movie, but surely she saw some trailers, right?

I’m going to say that she only saw the billboards, because she seemed to only know what his head looked like. She said he’s supposed to be really scary, but she didn’t know how he dresses so she put him in a suit.

By dressing a super villain as a business man, It’s possible that Jojo is making a subtle connection between Bane and Bain, Mitt Romney’s former company. Either that or she put Bane’s head on the body of the Spider-Man/Daredevil villain, Kingpin.

Or the real answer: she just drew it for no reason.

Tags: comics dark knight rises bane batman DC comics tom hardy
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~ Tuesday, August 14 ~
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Today Jojo draws Damian Wayne!
I’ve wanted Jojo to draw Damian, the most blood thirsty of all the Robins, for a long time. Well, now we finally get to see her take on the fifth Robin (fourth Robin if you’re Dan DiDio - SNAP)! This Robin also has the distinction of actually being Batman’s son, so that’s fun.
Anyway I told Jojo that he was younger than most Robins, and kind of a little dick. I think she tried to best to capture that. The color scheme is just about right, actually, and she gave him a scowl. She still gave him the haircut and mask of the animated Teen Titans Robin, but that’s the only one she knows.
All in all, Damian would approve of this. Well, no he wouldn’t. Damian approves of nothing.

Today Jojo draws Damian Wayne!

I’ve wanted Jojo to draw Damian, the most blood thirsty of all the Robins, for a long time. Well, now we finally get to see her take on the fifth Robin (fourth Robin if you’re Dan DiDio - SNAP)! This Robin also has the distinction of actually being Batman’s son, so that’s fun.

Anyway I told Jojo that he was younger than most Robins, and kind of a little dick. I think she tried to best to capture that. The color scheme is just about right, actually, and she gave him a scowl. She still gave him the haircut and mask of the animated Teen Titans Robin, but that’s the only one she knows.

All in all, Damian would approve of this. Well, no he wouldn’t. Damian approves of nothing.

Tags: comics DC comics batman and robin robin damian wayne
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~ Tuesday, February 28 ~
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Today Jojo draws Vampire Batman.
This week, Jojo is drawing famous alternate reality versions of super heroes. Today’s vampire Batman comes from the book Batman & Dracula: Red Rain. It’s pretty much what it sounds like, Batman fights Dracula and is turned into a vampire.
Jojo’s version is exactly right. She gave him fangs and turned his cape into actual bat wings. I guess some things are so obvious that Jojo reaches the same conclusions the original artist did.
Jojo of course is unwilling to portray Vampire Batman as a good or permanent change, and so has depicted him about to burn up in the sun. Since her Soviet Superman looked so miserable, and Vampire Batman is about to turn to dust, Jojo seems to be implying that we live the best of all possible worlds and any alternate reality would be unfavorable to this one.
Things are getting really deep.

Today Jojo draws Vampire Batman.

This week, Jojo is drawing famous alternate reality versions of super heroes. Today’s vampire Batman comes from the book Batman & Dracula: Red Rain. It’s pretty much what it sounds like, Batman fights Dracula and is turned into a vampire.

Jojo’s version is exactly right. She gave him fangs and turned his cape into actual bat wings. I guess some things are so obvious that Jojo reaches the same conclusions the original artist did.

Jojo of course is unwilling to portray Vampire Batman as a good or permanent change, and so has depicted him about to burn up in the sun. Since her Soviet Superman looked so miserable, and Vampire Batman is about to turn to dust, Jojo seems to be implying that we live the best of all possible worlds and any alternate reality would be unfavorable to this one.

Things are getting really deep.

Tags: comics batman DC comics dracula red rain
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~ Monday, February 27 ~
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Today Jojo draws Superman from Superman: Red Son.
This week I’m asking Jojo to draw alternate reality versions of super heroes. We’re starting out with the Superman who was raised in Soviet Russia, from the famous Red Son comic. I don’t really expect Jojo to have heard of this comic, it’s more about seeing what she thinks Communist Superman should look like.
Superman is a very American symbol and transplanting him to Soviet Russia opens up all kinds of possibility for change. In the real comic, Superman’s colors are changed to grey, red and black, and his shield bares the hammer and sickle. 
Jojo’s Russian Superman is wearing a down jacket. Also boots. He also looks very upset. It’s possible that he regrets his life spent propping up a totalitarian government, but I think he just regrets not wearing real pants.
I imagine he’s wearing his costume under the jacket, but I don’t know where his cape is. When Jojo redesigned Supes, she took off the cape. I think she forgot he’s supposed to have one. I do like that he still sports his famous hair curl under his hood. 
When Jojo sent this to me, she said, “That’s supposed to be a bottle of vodka.” She also said, “I’m sure there’s a ‘Superman is saved by YOU’ joke somewhere in here…”
So here goes: In Soviet Russia, Superman is COLD!
Did I do that right?

Today Jojo draws Superman from Superman: Red Son.

This week I’m asking Jojo to draw alternate reality versions of super heroes. We’re starting out with the Superman who was raised in Soviet Russia, from the famous Red Son comic. I don’t really expect Jojo to have heard of this comic, it’s more about seeing what she thinks Communist Superman should look like.

Superman is a very American symbol and transplanting him to Soviet Russia opens up all kinds of possibility for change. In the real comic, Superman’s colors are changed to grey, red and black, and his shield bares the hammer and sickle. 

Jojo’s Russian Superman is wearing a down jacket. Also boots. He also looks very upset. It’s possible that he regrets his life spent propping up a totalitarian government, but I think he just regrets not wearing real pants.

I imagine he’s wearing his costume under the jacket, but I don’t know where his cape is. When Jojo redesigned Supes, she took off the cape. I think she forgot he’s supposed to have one. I do like that he still sports his famous hair curl under his hood. 

When Jojo sent this to me, she said, “That’s supposed to be a bottle of vodka.” She also said, “I’m sure there’s a ‘Superman is saved by YOU’ joke somewhere in here…”

So here goes: In Soviet Russia, Superman is COLD!

Did I do that right?

Tags: comics superman red son DC comics elsewords
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~ Wednesday, February 22 ~
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Today Jojo draws Black Manta.
This week I’m asking Jojo to draw super villains from memory. I wanted her to draw a DC villain today but had trouble finding one she had heard of (she already drew most of the Batman villains.) When I mentioned Black Manta her eyes lit up (as much as they ever do when I’m talking about comics around her) and she said, “Oh, the one with a butt for a face?”
I informed her that Black Manta’s helmet is supposed to look like a manta ray. She said, “Okay but what it looks like is a butt. That he has for a face.”
Well, she’s convinced me. This looks a hell of a lot like Black Manta, and it looks a hell of a lot like he has a butt for a face. It’s even more accurate if you remember she’s probably only seen the Super Friends version of the character. She added fins to his limbs and she gave him some extra cables (we know from when she drew Cable, that she’s good at cables.)
She also gave him a harpoon instead of a trident but she defended that, saying, “Whatever, it’s a water weapon. You poke people with it. It’s exactly the same but with a third as much poking.”
Fair enough Jojo. You win again.

Today Jojo draws Black Manta.

This week I’m asking Jojo to draw super villains from memory. I wanted her to draw a DC villain today but had trouble finding one she had heard of (she already drew most of the Batman villains.) When I mentioned Black Manta her eyes lit up (as much as they ever do when I’m talking about comics around her) and she said, “Oh, the one with a butt for a face?”

I informed her that Black Manta’s helmet is supposed to look like a manta ray. She said, “Okay but what it looks like is a butt. That he has for a face.”

Well, she’s convinced me. This looks a hell of a lot like Black Manta, and it looks a hell of a lot like he has a butt for a face. It’s even more accurate if you remember she’s probably only seen the Super Friends version of the character. She added fins to his limbs and she gave him some extra cables (we know from when she drew Cable, that she’s good at cables.)

She also gave him a harpoon instead of a trident but she defended that, saying, “Whatever, it’s a water weapon. You poke people with it. It’s exactly the same but with a third as much poking.”

Fair enough Jojo. You win again.

Tags: comics aquaman black manta super friends DC comics
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~ Friday, January 27 ~
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Today Jojo draws Dr. Manhattan.
And with this, Watchmen week concludes. It’s been a wild ride. From the very accurate Rorschach, to the fairly accurate Comedian and Nite Owl, and the… very misguided Silk Spectre.
Today we get what we’ve all been waiting for, a naked blue man. This drawing of Dr. Manhattan is spot on, although I don’t think the real Dr. M would strike such a sassy pose. She even got the symbol on his head basically right. When I told her it was supposed to be a hydrogen atom, she said, “Ugh, I knew it was some science thing.”
Next week we’ll be doing the Sailor Scouts, but if you’ve got any requests for the following weeks, send em on down.

Today Jojo draws Dr. Manhattan.

And with this, Watchmen week concludes. It’s been a wild ride. From the very accurate Rorschach, to the fairly accurate Comedian and Nite Owl, and the… very misguided Silk Spectre.

Today we get what we’ve all been waiting for, a naked blue man. This drawing of Dr. Manhattan is spot on, although I don’t think the real Dr. M would strike such a sassy pose. She even got the symbol on his head basically right. When I told her it was supposed to be a hydrogen atom, she said, “Ugh, I knew it was some science thing.”

Next week we’ll be doing the Sailor Scouts, but if you’ve got any requests for the following weeks, send em on down.

Tags: comics Watchmen DC comics Dr. Manhattan
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~ Thursday, January 26 ~
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Today Jojo draws The Comedian.
Watchmen week continues, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results so far.
This drawing is much closer than yesterday’s. She got the attitude, the guns, the suspender-y things. She gave him camo pants, which he doesn’t have, but he does spend time in the military, so that’s an easy mistake. She also left off his mask and mustache but I’ll allow it, since she remembered his cigar. I especially like that he’s not aiming his guns at anything, just happily showing them to us. He’s so proud of his guns.
I was very impressed that she remembered to give him his smiley face button. When I pointed this out, she said, “Well yeah I remember, it’s on the first page.”
To which I said, “Sure but Silk Spectre was on lots of pages and you still drew her like a pouty 80s dancer.

Today Jojo draws The Comedian.

Watchmen week continues, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results so far.

This drawing is much closer than yesterday’s. She got the attitude, the guns, the suspender-y things. She gave him camo pants, which he doesn’t have, but he does spend time in the military, so that’s an easy mistake. She also left off his mask and mustache but I’ll allow it, since she remembered his cigar. I especially like that he’s not aiming his guns at anything, just happily showing them to us. He’s so proud of his guns.

I was very impressed that she remembered to give him his smiley face button. When I pointed this out, she said, “Well yeah I remember, it’s on the first page.”

To which I said, “Sure but Silk Spectre was on lots of pages and you still drew her like a pouty 80s dancer.

Tags: comics Watchmen DC comics The Comedian great comics bad movies
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~ Wednesday, January 25 ~
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Today Jojo draws Silk Spectre… sort of. Not really.
Today we’re having Jojo draw characters from Watchmen. As I said, Jojo has read part of Watchmen but not all, and Silk Spectre is a lot of the reason she abandoned it. She told me she remembered her as “super bitchy, with a gross costume.” Jojo was also frustrated that when Dr. Manhattan took her to Mars she was all like, “oooh I want to fight about our relationship instead of being amazed that I’m on mars!” (Jojo’s words, not mine. I love Watchmen, don’t lynch me).
So she drew what she remembered: a sullen, bitchy woman in a gross costume. I don’t know that you can say this is Silk Spectre though. The boots look kinda like the boots from the movie, and I guess the bathing suit-thing is not totally off. But in the comic she’s wearing a yellow, see-through dress over the whole outfit, and has flat hair. I think she’s remembering the hair of the original Silk Spectre, Sally Jupiter, who had a 40s style hair cut that was a little bit like this, a very little bit. And anyway, Sally Jupiter also wore a sort of yellow dress as a costume, and Jojo was trying to draw her daughter.
Also, there’s no excusing the hoop earrings and headband.
This does look like it could be a super hero from the 80s, a lot of them looked a little like this. I like this brand new character Jojo has accidentally created.
I call her Bitchy 80s Lady.

Today Jojo draws Silk Spectre… sort of. Not really.

Today we’re having Jojo draw characters from Watchmen. As I said, Jojo has read part of Watchmen but not all, and Silk Spectre is a lot of the reason she abandoned it. She told me she remembered her as “super bitchy, with a gross costume.” Jojo was also frustrated that when Dr. Manhattan took her to Mars she was all like, “oooh I want to fight about our relationship instead of being amazed that I’m on mars!” (Jojo’s words, not mine. I love Watchmen, don’t lynch me).

So she drew what she remembered: a sullen, bitchy woman in a gross costume. I don’t know that you can say this is Silk Spectre though. The boots look kinda like the boots from the movie, and I guess the bathing suit-thing is not totally off. But in the comic she’s wearing a yellow, see-through dress over the whole outfit, and has flat hair. I think she’s remembering the hair of the original Silk Spectre, Sally Jupiter, who had a 40s style hair cut that was a little bit like this, a very little bit. And anyway, Sally Jupiter also wore a sort of yellow dress as a costume, and Jojo was trying to draw her daughter.

Also, there’s no excusing the hoop earrings and headband.

This does look like it could be a super hero from the 80s, a lot of them looked a little like this. I like this brand new character Jojo has accidentally created.

I call her Bitchy 80s Lady.

Tags: comics Watchmen Silk Spectre dc DC comics great comics bad movies
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~ Monday, January 23 ~
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Today Jojo draws Rorschach!
Here it is, everyone: Watchmen Week!
We start out with everyone’s favorite homophobe, Rorschach! This is basically accurate but, as always, she got some details wrong. Rorschach’s jacket is almost always buttoned up, and he doesn’t wear a neck tie (he wears his weird, scarf… thing… what are those called?). His pants are actually supposed to be purple (missed another chance Jojo), and he always wears gloves.
to show Jojo’s commitment to artistic detail, I asked what we were meant to see in the ink blot on his face?
She said, “A blob?”

Today Jojo draws Rorschach!

Here it is, everyone: Watchmen Week!

We start out with everyone’s favorite homophobe, Rorschach! This is basically accurate but, as always, she got some details wrong. Rorschach’s jacket is almost always buttoned up, and he doesn’t wear a neck tie (he wears his weird, scarf… thing… what are those called?). His pants are actually supposed to be purple (missed another chance Jojo), and he always wears gloves.

to show Jojo’s commitment to artistic detail, I asked what we were meant to see in the ink blot on his face?

She said, “A blob?”

Tags: comics watchmen rorschach alan moore DC comics bad movies
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~ Friday, December 9 ~
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Today Jojo draws scenes from Catwoman #1.
This concludes Jojo’s retelling, based mostly on reading blogs about it. If you missed them, check out part1 and part 2.
There’s some great stuff here, I love Batman’s giant puppy dog eyes, and I like Jojo’s interpretation of the infamous “most of the costumes stay on” line.
Jojo was actaully out sick the day she drew this and sent it to me with this note: “when you’ve taken codeine, it makes sense to draw windows that way…”
Now that we’ve wrapped up Catwoman #1, I’d love suggestions on what real life comic Jojo should interpret next.

Today Jojo draws scenes from Catwoman #1.

This concludes Jojo’s retelling, based mostly on reading blogs about it. If you missed them, check out part1 and part 2.

There’s some great stuff here, I love Batman’s giant puppy dog eyes, and I like Jojo’s interpretation of the infamous “most of the costumes stay on” line.

Jojo was actaully out sick the day she drew this and sent it to me with this note: “when you’ve taken codeine, it makes sense to draw windows that way…”

Now that we’ve wrapped up Catwoman #1, I’d love suggestions on what real life comic Jojo should interpret next.

Tags: comics catwoman dc comics new 52 batman Batman: Arkham City
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