My column over at Monster Popcorn is talking about an edgier film than usual, Trey Parker’s Orgazmo. Despite having no nudity (aside from a few guys’ well placed butts), the reaction most people give when I talk about Orgazmo is more on the repulsed side of things than I’m used to. I can see why someone could be put off by some of the content in Orgazmo, I guess, even though I don’t find offense with it myself. The film certainly isn’t for the squeamish, but it’s got enough heart and belly laughts to balance out all those crude jokes for me.
For an eagle-eyed comic-fan, there are several great comic book nods placed in the openning credits of Orgazmo, and in lieu of an original drawing this week (I’ve got good reason, I promise) I thought I’d share some of Chris Stiles awesome art from the film. For Orgazmo, Chris did a series of fake comic book pages referencing several different periods of superhero comics and containing some pretty awesome homages.
The first thing that caught my eye, was an homage to a Dave Stevens’ Rocketeer print (check out the center panel of the right page):
As compared to it’s inspiration from Dave Stevens:
Another stand out for me was an homage to Frank Miller’s emotional ending to the Elektra Saga from the Marvel comic, Daredevil (also drawn by Chris Stiles, but this time in the style of 80s Frank Miller):
Honest, I tried really hard to find the Miller reference this was pulled from but the internet let me down. Sorry kids.
Chris Stiles went on to do major comic work, and is probably better remembered by some for his actual storytelling. But, for me, I’ll always remember him for his incredible illustrations with “Now You’re A Man” by DVDA blasting over them during the opening credits of Orgazmo. Check out my post on Orgazmo over at Monster Popcorn, and keep an eye out for news of the awesomeness that kept me from drawing for my blog this week.