It’s obvious that Bobby Rubio (aka Barry Presh) is a gifted illustrator, but it’s his cheeky sense of humor that quickly grabbed my attention. Check the cred: He’s a story artist for Pixar who has worked at Nickelodeon and Disney, and his comics resume includes Wildstorm and Dark Horse. You might be familiar with his creator-owned books Alcatraz High and 4 Gun Conclusion.
His illustrations are full of energy, and the Wonder Woman drawing below is a perfect example. You can practically hear the bullets zinging off of her bracelets, and her expression says, “Bring it!” I do believe she’s smiling. Beautiful color work, too.
Did I mention Rubio was funny? This homage to one of Saturday Night Live‘s best-ever sketches made me laugh out loud — twice. The video that inspired it might have been even funnier if Timberlake and Samberg had dressed like Gambit and Cyclops. I know what Rogue’s getting for her birthday!
I could totally get behind this version of the Fantastic Four, and you can read Rubio’s explanation here. The expressions on Reed and Johnny’s faces are almost as awesome as She-Hulk’s we’re-running-this-now smirk.
This rendering of the character Guinness (from his comic 4 Gun Conclusion) sizzles – the splattered colors, the sharp edges, the scratchy lines. Brilliant.
Finally, who knew there was an artist who could make one of my least favorite comics couples endearing? Undeniably adorable.