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Flavio Sapha
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Posted: 11 March 2014 at 2:39am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Congrats, Greg!

Only a twisted mind could come up with this scene!

Hat's off to you!
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Posted: 11 March 2014 at 5:29am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Also, a great big hug and kiss for doing Harley in your own style. I love the Bruce Timm version but I wanted JB style Harley and feel you did a great job with the piece.

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I've done Harley a couple of times before, that I recall, once in and once out of costume, and both in the Timm style. So it was fun to be able to do her "my way". Too many artists, I feel, completely lose the essence of the character when they draw her in their own style. She becomes, like so many comicbook females these days, slutty. It becomes all about tits and ass. I think I managed to avoid that pitfall.

So, glad you liked my version.

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Thomas Moudry
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Posted: 11 March 2014 at 5:50am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Trying to imagine the battle with the Hellfire Club with Harley Quinn dropped
into it...nice one, JB!
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Jason Mark Hickok
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Posted: 11 March 2014 at 6:56am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

This one really is great! A fun commission and JB nailed it. Congrats,
Greg!
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Richard Stevens
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Posted: 11 March 2014 at 7:50am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

>And there's something oddly satisfying about the pairing of Wolverine - a character turned into the poster-boy for gritty, violent, 'kewl' anti-heroes - with Harley doing a full 'Looney Tunes' on him…

That's a really good point. This one has a contrast of characters that gives the piece a dramatic tension, similar to how it is with a pairing like Superman and Batman.
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Posted: 11 March 2014 at 8:20am | IP Logged | 6 post reply


Great fun!  And Barney to boot!



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Anthony Dean Kotorac
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Posted: 11 March 2014 at 7:25pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I think we need a Joker and Harley Quinn commission done by JB one day...

As for this piece: Fantastic!

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Greg Tigges
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Posted: 12 March 2014 at 10:12am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

This commission idea was initially sparked by the Wolverine / Kitty Pryde relationship. I thought substituting Harley for Kitty would make for an interesting relationship/interaction, right? I think JB's piece here visually demonstrates what that relationship would be like. Am envisioning Wolvie rolling his eyes after being konked on the head by Harleys hammer right now.
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Eric Russ
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Posted: 13 March 2014 at 1:11am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Suspense/anticipation and comedy. Great commission...great title.
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David Allen Perrin
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Posted: 13 March 2014 at 3:32pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Sadly for Harley, Wolverine knows full well she is behind him.  He heard and smelled her coming from a mile away.  The next panel is decidedly not for our younger viewers…..
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Paul Go
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Posted: 13 March 2014 at 4:45pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Fantastic!
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Jeffrey Rice
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Posted: 13 March 2014 at 10:09pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Yes, Harley done right. Not a slut, but sexy. 

Wolverine looks great, as if you have done him on more than one occasion! ;)

And great debris! 
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Posted: 14 March 2014 at 4:40am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Sadly for Harley, Wolverine knows full well she is behind him. He heard and smelled her coming from a mile away. The next panel is decidedly not for our younger viewers…..

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Your comment reminds me of how times change. Back in my days on X-MEN, a scene like this would have played out with Logan suddenly whirling about, pinning Harley's arms, and planting a big wet one on her.*

Today, he'd more likely spin and strike, disemboweling her with plenty of spewing eviscera.

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* Prompting letters of complaint from some quarters about the "rape". That, at least, was the minority response to the similar scene between Hawkeye and Deathbird in AVENGERS.

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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 14 March 2014 at 5:22am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Make war, not love, eh?

It reminds me of a line from "Victor/Victoria" - to paraphrase, "Kill her, but mustn't kiss her."

What the hell ever happened to FUN in comics? Even if a surprise kiss is a bit offensive... repainting the streets in arterial red is a little more so. Not to readers though, I surmise...
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James Best
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Posted: 14 March 2014 at 6:36pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Beautiful work, as always, Chief.

Makes me wish I had the money for a Wolverine vs Joker commission... but I have to buy a new house out in Tacoma first so no such luck :-)

BTW - Did the Powers That Be over at DC and Marvel ever green light a Wolverine vs Joker crossover? Given the popularity of the characters, I would have thought it would be a no-brainer. But I may have missed it given all of the Army stuff I was doing back in the day...
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Blair Herd
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Posted: 15 March 2014 at 6:49am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Love the sense of whimsy with this piece.  As many have said here, something that is lost in recent times with the industry.
The sense of composition is what amazes me.  From the positive and negative space in the background to Wolverine in the foreground.  JB has created a sense that Wolverine is climbing right out of the page.  Continues to blow me away.
Another thing, and why I think JB owns the character, is Wolverine's mask.  He captures it perfectly from every angle and gives it the 3D look the mask should have.
Lastly, the sense of mass to the mallet that Harley is holding.  The muscle tension that you can sense in her, as well as Wolverine.
Great idea for a commission and superbly executed.  Love it.
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Posted: 15 March 2014 at 7:07am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Makes me wish I had the money for a Wolverine vs Joker commission... but I have to buy a new house out in Tacoma first so no such luck :-)

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I dunno, dude! Sounds like your priorities are totally messed up!

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James Best
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Posted: 15 March 2014 at 8:34am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

I dunno, dude! Sounds like your priorities are totally messed up!

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LOL! Believe me, Chief, when I say that after having lurked on the JBF for so long before actually becoming a member, I have long enjoyed your commissions and the dialogue that they generate.

Maybe once I get a new roof over my head out on the West Coast I can start saving my pennies for my own commission. Until then I have to keep following the mantra of "Happy Wife, Happy Life" :-)
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Juan Jose Colin Arciniega
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Posted: 16 March 2014 at 1:37pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Lovely commission.
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Posted: 05 May 2018 at 9:55am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Wandering, wondering.

Wandering thru the commissions thread, wondering if so doing might inspire me to DRAW something.

Instead, just made me sad again, being reminded that the current version of Harley looks NOTHING like a harlequin.

sigh

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Doug Centers
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"...Instead, just made me sad again, being reminded that the current version of Harley looks NOTHING like a harlequin."

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True. But doesn't that make you want to show people how it should be done?      (rhetorical)
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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 06 May 2018 at 12:18am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Mr. Byrne, you do good science fiction comics (just read Fantastic Four #220-221 for the first time in years, and I love those aliens talking with Sue), so who cares about some support character being merchandised more aggressively lately... I say space is the place! I wish someone could adapt James H. Schmitz' Telzey Amerdon and Galactic web stories to comics. They used to run in Astounding/Analog alongside Heinlein, Asimov, George R.R. Martin etc..
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Gundars Berzins
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Posted: 07 May 2018 at 8:11am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

I smile and chuckle seeing this commission again. Then there's the wow. Thanks JB, great stuff.
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