Oh How I Loved Savage Sword of Conan – And There’s Extras
While I’m working on illustrating the first chapter, I’m also doing some graphic design. I’m offering limited size options in the wallpapers for now, but will add a variety as time permits.
Besides wallpapers, you’ll find collateral materials including maps and charts and character bios.
I will try to include links and items that have been inspirational materials over the years, as well.
Inspiration for the world of Darklaw includes the late Roman empire, the 1890’s American West, natal astrology, and Kabbalah. Inspiration for the art includes mainly John Buscema, Boris Vallejo, and Frank Frazetta.
Savage Sword of Conan (SSOC) was (and is) my all-time favorite comic book. A lot of writers and artists worked on it, and it was consistently good. Buscema drew for it, as well as for Tarzan, which is the comic that I learned to draw from. I collected years of both SSOC and Tarzan. SSOC was a larger comic and black & white. I prefer black & white illustration because I love the purity, the clarity, the tone.
Buscema had the ability to draw anything, from forests to cities, from beautiful bodies to sick and twisted ones, from noble animals to horrid monsters. His layout was fantastic, too, from sprawling vistas or profile shots all equally articulated and styled.
I even had a letter published in SSOC, when I wrote to complain about how most women were merely “wenches,” except for someone like Red Sonja, who was supposedly a warrior yet built like the “wenches.” I was around 12. The editor responded with, “We draw what the fans want.”
Comics are predominantly bought by boys and men (at least then), but that doesn’t mean the women need to be servile and wimpish. Are men THAT insecure that they need depictions of women who can’t compete? I don’t believe it. Industry needs to quit underestimating their audience. If the artists had drawn female warriors on par with the male warriors, the industry would have sold even more.
Ooo…don’t get me started!
You can still get these old comics in collections from places like TFAW.