|“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum.”|
I have said many times that John Carpenter has been a big influence on my as a storyteller. But, in my mind, THEY LIVE marked the end of an era. Almost every film he made up through They Live was an instant classic (I might make exceptions for The Fog and Prince of Darkness) and The Thing remains one of my all-time favorite movies. When I first saw They Live I was probably in my early teens and it didn’t do a lot for me. But having seen it a couple times in recent years I have grown to appreciate it so much more. I now consider it Carpenter’s least appreciated film (much of that probably has to do with the easily dismissed star, professional wrestler Roddy Roddy Piper, who is actually pretty good in this).
All that said, I was excited to get this commission for the main man, Nada, and the opportunity to draw the world of this classic sci-fi.
|due to scanner limitations the final image (at top of post) has actually been cropped at the top just a bit. You can see the full composition in this prelim sketch.|