Posts Tagged ‘superheroes’

Batman by Sardine for Ikimuk FB
Na na na na na na na na na na na na … Batman!

To those of you who don’t read Arabic here is a translation of the above illustration.

Word Bubble:

Where are you?

Batman:

My city calls …

Waynak?/Where Are You? is my submission to the Ikimuk, a wonderful t-shirt company based in Beirut, Lebanon, competition. This month’s theme was Arabian – or Arabized – superheroes.

In order for this to get printed it has to reach a certain number of orders … hmm … around 25. What am I saying?

I am saying that is available for order and if it is to be printed you have to order it before May 22nd. You can order it by pressing on this magical blue sentence http://ikimuk.com/design/78/Waynak-?

Why Batman?

At first I wanted to do a Geisha riding a toy Godzilla, don’t get any dirty thoughts now, but than I remembered I was supposed to draw a superhero theme.

The design that you are now looking at is the one I ended up drawing. If it weren’t for The Long Halloween comic book that was written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Tim Sale I would have never dared to draw Batman in my own style.

I originally wanted to have the Bat sign to say “Waynak Ya *Khara?” or “Waynak Ya *KharaMan?” but I wasn’t sure I was allowed to.

Anyway …

I think I said enough!

Don’t forget to check out Ikimuk’s wicked designs that were made by some really awesome Arab illustrators and comic artists. Thank you Ikimuk for accepting it :-})

Lately, and part of my work as art director at Mlabbas, I have been focusing a lot on designing t-shirts and illustration. I’ve been submitting to Threadless and Design by Humans, where I now have a submission up for voting.

Yep, I am talking about Nachos of the Living Dead that I blogged about earlier. The voting process for this one is about the likes, comments and shares on Twitter and Facebook.

http://www.designbyhumans.com/vote/detail/225735

So why am I going through all this trouble? Well, for starters my agent got held up in a Mexican prison. He was trying to smuggle some historic luchador, wrestling masks, back to Jordan when he got detained. I think he got five years in a maximum security prison.

It is time to burn the afternoon candle from both ends!

P.S: Will post the Geisha riding on Godzilla soon.

And yeah, don’t forget to “order” my t-shirt as Facebook LIKES won’t get it printed ;-})

*Shit

*ShitMan

The brave people of Egypt in the past few months have proven, once and for all, that they have the best sense of humor among Arabs.

The following photographs are photoshoped images  that spread across the internet, like wildfire, through which Egyptian creatives reflected their sense of humor,  love of comics and pop-culture, and of course courage and freedom under fire.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) is clinging to power neglecting the free will of Egyptians who are demanding that power be handed to a civilian governmental council until a president is democratically elected.

Hundreds of protesters have fallen and thousands injured yet many, young and old brave Egyptians, still stand their ground at Tahrir Square, where giant robots, UFOs, monsters, heroes and anti-heroes have been making an appearance, to protect their January 25 Revolution.

The first robot to appear was Mazinger Z. It is unclear if this heroic robot from Japan is with the freedom fighters of Egypt or with SCAF!

Mazinger Z’ second appearance. It hasn’t been confirmed yet if Mazinger Z actually used his Rocket Punch to hurt demonstrators, however, there are confirmed accounts of coward snipers who have been putting out the eyes of people present at Tahrir Square.

Unidentified flying objects (UFOs) than made an appearance. There are no reports of alien abductions, however, SCAF has been throwing people in jail for the most trivial of reasons: Freedom and democracy.

Another robot from Japan soon arrived to Egypt: Grendizer, manned by the heroic Duke Fleed, gave hope to thousands. The arrival of the alien robot makes us wonder if  SCAF are the minions of Vega?

The abundant use of tear gas, or the lack of as SCAF spokepersons have been trying to convince the media, brought a renowned anti-hero to the scene. What is the Goddamn Batman doing in Tahrir Square?

Another question that comes to mind with the appearance of the Dark Knight of Gotham in Tahrir Square: Are Scarecrow and Ra’s Al Ghul on SCAF’s payroll?

To the marvel of everyone present the Amazing Spiderman, probably jealous of DC’s involvement, decided to make an appearance. No Stanley Lee wasn’t there!

Another less famous robot, thanks to Michael Bay’s unimaginative re-imagining of Transformers, decided to make an appearance: Bumblebee. Shia Labeouf was probably somewhere screaming his lungs out.

There were sightings of a bizarre creature that appeared to be throwing gas bombs at panicky bystanders. It seems that SCAF is working with some rather heavy dark forces.

Someone from SCAF actually thought that slipping inside a wooden horse was a good idea. Well, it beats the election campaigns of some candidates out there. “Can you do it!” a candidate asks his doppelgänger, who answers with a smirk, “Yes, I can because I lover her!” Damn freedom you have to hire some better writers.

Ezio Auditore da Firenze from Assassins Creed wasn’t able to keep a stealthy presence. Someone took a photograph of the master assassin. I am not a gamer but I’ve watched a colleague of mine play this game at the office.

In spite of the humorous approach of these photographs what is happening in Egypt and to its brave people is tragic and I hope the Egyptians find peace and the path to democracy as soon as SCAF decides to let go of power.

A big round of applause goes to the creatives and freedom fighters who created these images :-})