Stephanie McMahon and Andre The Giant 
I’m gonna be honest… at first glance, I thought this was a picture of a ventriloquist.
Best possible caption.
Art by KOJIMA Goseki (小島剛夕 ), story by KOIKE Kazuo (小池一夫 ), Lone wolf and cub / Kozure Ookami / 子連れ狼
look, hear, smell, breathe, admire
Poster art by Berni Wrightson and Francesco Francavilla
Siren Island™ © 2014 Francesco Francavilla
"THE HORROR THAT CAME FROM BENEATH!"
I am beyond thrilled and honored to announce this collaboration print with one of the comic industry and horror legends - and dear friend of mine: the one and only BERNI WRIGHTSON!
I fell in love with this SIREN pencil drawing (like I fall in love with everything Berni draws, really) the first time I saw it so when thinking of a special print to debut at Mondo Con, I thought to ask Berni if he was up for a collab piece and, to my joy and I hope yours too, he said YES!
I inked the pencils, added some skulls in for good measure ;), colored it, and at that point I noticed it looked like a movie poster: so I came up with a title and tagline and voila’, you get this limited print ready for the show!
The print run is limited to 100, numbered, 13x19” giclee prints, $50 each, bagged and boarded.
If you are at Mondo Con, you can get the print signed by both Berni and me. Any prints left over will be sold online on my store. I will try to get Berni to sign them all before I leave Austin, even if I can’t promise it (depending on Berni’s availability).
Hope you guys dig it! See you in Austin this weekend.
“There was a place near an airport, Kowloon, when Hong Kong wasn’t China, but there had been a mistake, a long time ago, and that place, very small, many people, it still belonged to China. So there was no law there. An outlaw place. And more and more people crowded in; they built it up, higher. No rules, just building, just people living. Police wouldn’t go there. Drugs and gambling. But people living, too. Factories, restaurants. A city. No laws.”
—William Gibson, Idoru
It was the most densely populated place on Earth for most of the 20th century, where a room cost the equivalent of US$6 per month in high rise buildings that belonged to no country. In this urban enclave, “a historical accident”, law had no place. Drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes lived and worked alongside kindergartens, and residents walked the narrow alleys with umbrellas to shield themselves from the endless, constant dripping of makeshift water pipes above….
Kowloon ‘Walled’ City lost its wall during the Second World War when Japan invaded and razed the walls for materials to expand the nearby airport. When Japan surrendered, claims of sovereignty over Kowloon finally came to a head between the Chinese and the British. Perhaps to avoid triggering yet another conflict in the wake of a world war, both countries wiped their hands of the burgeoning territory.
And then came the refugees, the squatters, the outlaws. The uncontrolled building of 300 interconnected towers crammed into a seven-acre plot of land had begun and by 1990, Kowloon was home to more than 50,000 inhabitants….
Despite earning its Cantonese nickname, “City of Darkness”, amazingly, many of Kowloon’s residents liked living there. And even with its lack of basic amenities such as sanitation, safety and even sunlight, it’s reported that many have fond memories of the friendly tight-knit community that was “poor but happy”.
“People who lived there were always loyal to each other. In the Walled City, the sunshine always followed the rain,” a former resident told the South China Morning Post….
Today all that remains of Kowloon is a bronze small-scale model of the labyrinth in the middle a public park where it once stood.
This isn’t to say places like Kowloon Walled City no longer exist in Hong Kong….
Nothing is more fascinating than hearing a first-hand account.
This is a pinup I did for matt-illustrations's barbarianlord comic! I love the shit out of that comic and if you’re into viking lore, Saturday morning fantasy adventures, talking animals and violence, you will find a warm home in the pages of his comics. Keep an eye out for this illustration in his next issue!