After spending an awesome weekend geeking out at Stan Lee’s Comikaze and having the opportunity to record tomorrow’s episode with one of our favorite listeners, I realized I’ve run a little short on time to write my post on Skyrim: Dragons vs. Vikings: Part II. However, the time spent at Comikaze gave me a chance to catch up with one of my favorite independent artists, Pao, the creator of HANGBoY. I first had the opportunity to check out his unique take on history (and particularly the Second World War) at San Diego Comic-Con in 2011 and again at WonderCon 2012, and now he’s definitely on my to-see list of any convention we happen to both attend. Why? Because his work IS AWESOME!
Pao’s work not only appeals to the World War II historian in me, but it also calls to my sick and twisted sense of humor. I definitely appreciate his taking on what can be heavy subject matter – everything from genocidal warfare, historical conquests, murder, and suicide – and putting a palatable spin on it while still maintaining the integrity of how dark the subject is! It’s a tall order, but boy does he have the guts to do it, and do it well!
I could go on for pages and pages of posting Pao’s art, but, you all should really head on over to his site here! Also, if you get a chance, pick up a copy of his newly released hardcover art book, World War Too. Not only is it a beautiful coffee table book, the contents are sure to be a great conversation starter!