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KAIJU KAMEN Poster Comic by javierhernandez KAIJU KAMEN Poster Comic by javierhernandez
Here it is, my entry in the giant monster sweepstakes!

A new Poster Comic featuring Kaiju Kamen, a brand-new character I created. Totally inspired by the Japanese giant monster genre (with a little bit of the INCREDIBLE HULK thrown in there!). My two favorite kaiju films are the original Japanese GOJIRA, and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS. (It's not until I was well into the coloring stage that I realized I was recreating the scene where the Green Gargantua is battling the giant octopus at the beginning of the film!)

I'm using 'Kaiju Kamen' as a rough translation for Monster Mask (or Masked Monster). The giant octopus thing...Well, c'mon, you can't go wrong with a giant octopus! Like with most of these Poster Comics, they're ideas for stories that I don't want to keep locked in my brain forever. Getting them out in this one-pagers at least gives them a chance to be seen. Obviously a longer story is ultimately more satisfying, but I'll take whatever route is available to me to 'trickle' out my ideas. Not everything I create will find release in a proper comic. At least not with my working method (time/speed/resources).

Thanks, and let me know what you think....

Kaiju Kamen, Elizabeth Mancini & King Krakken © & ™ Javier Hernandez, 2013. All Rights Reserved.
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R-gonz Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
The octopus monster reminds me of Cthulhu.
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javierhernandez Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Artist
Yeah, I can see the family resemblance! ;)
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LegacyHeroComics Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Brilliant sequential storytelling, Javier!

Aside from your incredible artistic talent and sense of character design, your ability to pack so much story into so little space has been a thing that impressed me the most about you.

Bravo to you, sir.
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javierhernandez Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks, Eric. Your comments are very much appreciated. I try very hard to focus on those two elements you mentioned (storytelling and character design), so I'm glad that comes across!
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Skaramine Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a great introduction!  More story than the first hour of Man of Steel (and I liked that!)
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javierhernandez Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks, Skaramine. These are like little cans of sardines: Pack in as much as I can! (And I'm not a fan of those sardines!)
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Skaramine Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is why I love older comics.  More story, more story, more story.  You've learned that lesson WELL.
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jasinmartin Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional
Nice!
Super cool man.

Joe's Crab Shack?!?

and... good ol Kamen Bixby! ;)
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javierhernandez Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Artist
Well, it's was somebody's Crab Shack!

Remember a few years ago we had dinner in that Seaport Village next to the Convention Center? That's the place I had in mind when drawing that scene! So, you and me are probably squashed under that octopus monster thingie...  :)

Oh, and yeah, the 'Lonely Man' piano theme is playing in that last panel!

Thanks, Jason.
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Comickpro Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
haha awesome! Those middle panels of action were great too..nice variety of poses there and the zap reminded me of old classic sci-fi comics haha. :D I have seen some giant monster films...so if you havent seen it I highly recommend the newest one Pacific Rim (they pulled it off very well I thought!). and I bet you already know they are making a new Godzilla movie...coming 2014 and he look amazing by the sneak peeks I've seen. anyways great page!
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javierhernandez Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks, Crystal.

I love being able to do scenes like those three panels.... Picking key scenes from a particular moment. And yeah, the electric eyeballs were given that old school lightning effect!

PACIFIC RIM was glorious, actually. Nice to see a big Hollywood film using the aesthetics from Japanese monster movies. Looking forward to see what they do with Godzilla.

Thanks, and see ya around!
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PhilRood Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Sweet monsters Jav!  Cool story man, and as always, I'm in awe of how you manage to get so much story in a single page.  It really hearkens back to the Silver Age, when there was just a ton of information jammed into each page and you could get a huge story in just 22 pages.

Great job again Javier, thanks for sharing.
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javierhernandez Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks, Phil. These actually take a lot more editing in the writing stage than my floppy comics (at least I feel they do). Plus planning the page ahead of time is even more critical than usual.

The character designs are always exciting to work on. It's like a safari in my head, I go digging around from whatever cool designs I've seen in movies and comics, then pick textures and colors I want to try and BAM! We've got some new characters!

I always appreciate your comments. And, I got a kick out of that 'dino dump' drawing posted you posted! Jurassic Poop!
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