Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Greatest Poster in the History of Roller Derby

In the average art competition, you have multiple works submitted to a panel of judges who scrutinize the works, evaluating them for beauty, skill, inherent meaning, uniqueness, and fulfilled intent. Then there's this art competition, where one work kicked down the door before the competition was even announced, slaughtered the judges and their families, wrested the trophy from their lifeless hands and hoisted it victoriously to the blaring strains of an Iron Maiden song. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the greatest poster in the history of either roller derby or heavy metal.




I sat down with artist, illustrator, "The Goon" comic book creator and children's book author Eric Powell to discuss his dedication to his craft and his growing love for the sport of roller derby.

Derby Helper: You're an Eisner Award-winning comic book author and illustrator with an impressive resume of past work in the comic industry and an upcoming movie in the works. What is is about roller derby that has captured your attention in such a dramatic fashion?

Eric Powell: *A blinding, fiery shock-wave of awesome belched from his mouth and eye sockets, scorching the hair off my arms and eyebrows and melting the digital voice recorder I was recording with. I ran screaming into the street and threw myself into a snow bank to extinguish my flaming clothing.*

Derby Helper (from the ambulance stretcher): Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today and good luck in your future endeavors!

(For a further searing flash of awesome, visit www.thegoon.com)

Edit:  If you're interested, it has been made available for purchase on Ebay at http://cgi.ebay.com/Eric-Powell-Roller-Derby-Poster-large-24x36-Signed_W0QQitemZ320485916173QQihZ011QQcategoryZ72182QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem





15 comments:

  1. *falls to knees*
    *eyes fill with tears*
    *worships*

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  2. absolutely mfen EPIC!!! wow wow wow!!!

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  3. Effin' awesome!!!

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  4. Frazetta Rip Off.

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  5. Ripe off?...how about an homage to Frazetta, you ass.

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  6. Rocky, you forgot hole.

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  7. This is Fkin beautiful. Would love to see more artwork from around the derby world. Our artist, Richard Vye, just made us a sweeeeeeet bout poster that you can see here:

    http://svrollergirls.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/tickets-now-on-sale-for-our-first-2010-home-bout-malice-in-wonderland-march-6/

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  8. If it was a tribute, a little credit to the original artist would usually be given.

    ...and what's a ripe off?

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  9. Yes, you're right all tributes obviously have a caption that reads: For the dickweed who will inevitably cry foul, this is a tribute to Frank Frazetta, one of the most recognizable and talented fantasy artists of all time. Thanks for completely missing the point, please go suck eggs.

    Never mind the fact that this was conceived, sketched and painted by hand by an EXTREMELY talented artist as an OBVIOUS tribute to one of his heroes. The amount of skill alone that went in to this supposed "rip-off" should make you shut your trap. This ain't no BS, Photoshop hack job, this a rich and gorgeous, hand crafted homage to an amazing artist and an amazing derby team.

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  10. Are prints of this available to purchase, my husband would love it?

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  11. Prints will be sold on Ebay, link to come shortly.

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  12. BUY THE POSTER HERE

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Eric-Powell-Roller-Derby-Poster-large-24x36-Signed_W0QQitemZ320485916173QQihZ011QQcategoryZ72182QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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  13. Providence Roller Derby has some talented artists as well, including Rhoda Perdition www.etsy.com/shop/rhodaperdition

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