I just wanted to say that not only are your pencils and inks otherworldly, but the story you have provided with Punk Rock Jesus has been a huge inspiration for me in making comics! Naturally all of the covers have rocked!
From a theological standpoint, there wasn't anything too special about Jesus' DNA. He wasn't any kind of super-human, he was just a man. People like to say he was 100% man and 100% God. Where it gets different is on the spiritual level, not particularly on the physical. I would say, if we were to make clones someday, they'd be just normal people that look similar to others, sorta like twins. A movie that I really love is The Island which touches on this. Love your rough and dynamic style! Keep it up!
I haven't read your book yet (I plan on it!) so I don't know this character's role in the story. It reminds me a lot of Peter though, one of Jesus' disciples, with the whole crucifixion thing and the upside down cross. I'm sure you know, but supposedly Peter decided to be crucified upside down since he felt like he didn't deserve the same death as his Lord.
Anyway, that's what I thought of. It looks really great! Plan on picking it up soon!
like many have said, the image is powerful. its a melting pot of iconography/iconoclasm. to still crucify him normally but put the cross upside down, add the stars, leather jackets, american flag, mohawk, earrings, chuck taylors, white background. every element itself has its own mental association and through your artistic choices you made an image that far exceeds the sum of its parts. an image that resonates and makes each element resonate. every artist makes choices but i always find myself looking at your work like "damn he made the realest choices EVER" but perhaps typing it out has helped me to realize. you make choices that RESONATE. small details that bounce off of eachother and push each image to the next level. damn man i cant get enough of this "art" shit in my life.
I'll be honest and say that i was REALLY taken aback by this image. I literally stopped for a sec to take it in, because of all the amazing and bold decisions going on here. I'm really glad you got to do your thing with these books, and it's the sort of thing that gives hope to artistic integrity and individual expression, you know?
Haha. Jumping off this topic, I really admire your work Sean, so despite my own spiritual views I'm excited to see what this story is about and what you want to say. Your art has so much integrity so I'm hopeful that the message won't blatantly be something crude or thoughtless (your journal posts haven't proved to be either of those) or something very basic like "I hate Christianity and God. The End."... just flipping the bird at it all. There's much more quicker ways to say and demonstrate sentiments like that then pour one's time into a well crafted comic, so I doubt it will be something so negative or hateful.
The title of the series alone is meant to evoke a little jolt, turn heads, and make interest, but it's not offensive (to me at least). Pieces like this one are really strong, with seemingly straight forward anti-religion symbolism, but I believe there's gonna be a lot of depth and fantastic art in the storyline.
Thanks for being open minded. To be honest, the clone does get really upset and sound off against religion in issue #4. He's been toyed with and used his entire life and he's pissed off, so I don't imagine religious people being upset (especially when you read what happens up to that point). There are a lot of characters who don't agree with him and continue to hold onto their faith, so I hope you don't feel too negative toward issue #4 when it comes. Besides, we still don't know if he's ACTUALLY a clone or not.
thats pretty awesome. i was thinking itd be really cool to see a pin up of chris in vitruvian man kinda print. this is pretty close. i also dig the white background, a nice break in the black ones and really makes him seem ...for the lack of a better word... divine. and i have to say that i really dig the slow burn you developed for the story, you're really letting things develop rather than rush it, and i have to say they are developing very nicely. i have my local comic shop collecting the coming issues for me and putting them aside, and i cant wait for the next issue. -J
I don't think that the cover would be nearly as powerful without the white in the background. There is a true sense of power and divinity emanating from him, and that is something the son of God, or a clone of the son of God, should definitely have in abundance.
When I look at that image I can easily imagine Chris on-stage in front of thousands of screaming and chanting fans and followers.