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Gangsters and Goliaths 4 by PaulHanley Gangsters and Goliaths 4 by PaulHanley
This has been solicited, so I can finally upload this- my second cover for IDW's Godzilla range! This one is for their excellent miniseries GANGSTERS & GOLIATHS. The colors are by the talented Josh Perez: [link]

I actually hadn't read the comic (did I mention it's EXCELLENT?) when I pitched this idea- so I was just going by the title and the general description of the series as "Godzilla and Mothra vs. the Yakuza". "Sounds like a short fight", I thought. So I ran with that and did this image of some Yakuzas about to throw down with the G-Man John Woo style.

I don't think it quite came through in the end, but I kinda modeled the boss at the sushi bar on Roy Orbison. And he's eating shrimp, which I had a special hatred for at the time (having just come back from two weeks in Vietnam, where they serve shrimp in just about everything).
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M-SEIJIN Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
A Japanese national in Japan depicted eating food with chopsticks as is tradition? Excuse me, I have to write a lengthy news article on how this artist is the new Hitler

....Oh wait. I'm not going to do that, BECAUSE I'M NOT A COMPLETE PUSSY!!!!!!!!
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional
Thanks.  After the "controversy" that happened over the Rulers #15 cover, ya had me worried for a sec. :D
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M-SEIJIN Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
*googles said cover* ...Oh. Actually, I was referring to Avril Lavigne's recent video and how everybody shit their diapers over her doing and saying stuff that weeaboos say & do every single day on the internet.

As for Issue 15, I don't really see how that's racist either. You only have a couple of people chugging vodka, and Russia's done nothing really to keep it a secret that vodka is their national drink. I mean, are Americans supposed to get offended when they're portrayed as drinking watered down shitty beer?

I really can't stand how people nowadays are unable to differentiate between actual racism, and simply acknowledgement of cultural archetypes. Should we all just pretend that humanity as a whole are a group of grey blobs like in that one episode of the Fairly Odd Parents?

God, this turned into a rant pretty quick. 
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional
My thoughts exactly. They also need to just lighten the f*** up and stop looking for a new internet witch hunt to get outraged over every other day.  Mind, the person who made the accusation was pretty clearly a troll, from looking at his homepage (every single comment was hidden).  I get the feeling I'm not the first person to block him. 

In a way, I'm almost relieved to get a little histrionic internet hate- it's usually a sign you've arrived. :D
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CreaturesOfZenith Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Godzilla: Can I join the party? I have punch!
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pytko3 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Godzilla:"I hear you guys are looking for new members."
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Samurai-Poet Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Now, THAT'S art I wanna see! Yakuza Gojira!
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pytko3 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Those no good Yardis wouldn't have a prayer.
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Samurai-Poet Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Not a chance, man, not a chance.
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BeowulfDoomhammer Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Godzilla's just there to talk things out, get the gangsters to reconsider their lives of crime... Yeah, that's it!
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jemilfk Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really nice colours too.
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jemilfk Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha! epic drawing.
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geekspace Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Pointless personal update: just picked up this series' trade paperback. Good read with passable interior art & a fairly well-integrated human storyline...but lordy, those pieces of cover art (including this beauty). It's good to have a hard copy of such killer material. Carry on.
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Letdragon Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Goji wants his cut damn it. XD
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KaijuX Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my besties loves this pic to death. And this itself is incredible. Definitely one of the better miniseries covers I've seen... Bah, what am I talking about? All of them are good! :D
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BlackCorbis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all of those people are D-E-A-D!
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geekspace Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Rule 38-F: "Early warning of any given monster attack consists of perhaps half an hour's heads-up before said atrocity surfaces in the harbor. Evacuation procedures primarily entail gridlocked, lemming-swarm chaos, and criminals/hobos/corrupt government officials are especially SOL, as daikaiju can apparently track the stench of low moral fiber like quarter-megaton bloodhounds."

Anyhow: delightfully offbeat story concept, and your cover fits like a well-maintained polyvinyl suit. I'm half expecting Big G to stop and ask the Uzi-toting goombas: "Seriously, guys?"
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LDN-RDNT Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow! this is such a revelation.
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Martgritte Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful work, a really great cover image. I love the guy caught in mid shrimp eating.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional Artist
Sorry for the double posting, but you know how crummy DeviantART systems can get?
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional Artist
I've yet to read "Gangsters and Goliaths" myself, but the reviews for it have been very positive, and it sounds like a good return to the imaginative Showa era Godzilla movies, with some much needed offbeat humor. This now cover illustration of yours perfectly demonstrates that.

And its also great to see bewildered Yakuza for a change, as opposed to their seemingly invincible standing in popular fiction...but than again, it is Godzilla we're talking about here. Love his slightly humorous expression on him as well, as if he's thinking 'what'd little guys up to in there?'
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Catlore Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
"No one said this was black tie."
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savagehenry89 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
"Im the party pooper." lol
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ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
awesome
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supermechagoji Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Some people are about to get whacked.
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Mexicankaiju Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
The green sky fits very well with the cover. The environment looks like one of those environments from 50's, 60's and 70's Asian movies, it also reminds me the KILL BILL movie, and it's theme song, Urami Bushi by Meiko Kaji.

Man, you should make more covers for the Godzilla comic series!!
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
AWESOME COVER! I love how ya used the 80's-90's Godzilla for the scene, he's one of my fave Godzilla designs & the people's expressions as the King of the Monsters crashes their party is priceless! :D
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potatogoji Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
haha take that yakuza
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Gid-e-oN Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Godzilla = Win.


I totally love this. :la:
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fresian-cat Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
I like the way the guy in front is eating his sushi, as Godzilla eyes up his human sushi. Good composition as always.

Do you think you'll be given a crack at the main strip? That would rock!
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Muscle-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
I got the first issue last week. Looks like fun
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Myuutsuu85 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
for this i give you three thumps up.
... eh?
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! that would sure be a SHORT fight alright. you wouldnt even need Mothra here. Godzilla or Mothra alone would RAPE these guys. it suck being at that party, even though it has an awesome peeping tom looking through the window. anyway really awesome job dude! :)
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional
Thanks! Yeah, I would've loved to have drawn the "five seconds later" version of this as an alternate cover. :D I just think of that bit in "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah" where he blasts that guy in the skyscraper...
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Well, you always can you know lol. it would be cool and funny to see. thats a perfect way to get rid of those pesky, deadly gangs, just send in Godzilla lol. he does look awesome through that window though. so whats the comic about? :)
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional
It concerns a Tokyo cop trying to use Mothra and some of Monster Island's other residents to take down some especially nasty gangsters. I've only read the first issue, but it's damn good stuff so far. It'd make a pretty good movie, actually.
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
A cop asking for the help of kaiju to take down gangsters? what happened to the old fashioned style of sending in highly armed special forces to deal with them lol? i mean using kaiju to deal with them is a BIT of an overkill dont you think lol? it sounds cool and funny. what kaiju are in it? :)
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional
As of the first ish, it's mostly Godzilla and Mothra- but Ghidorah and Battra get cameos on Monster Island.
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Really? the guy enlists the help of Japan's most hated and destructive kaiju to deal with a bunch of gangsters? and to think i thought the Japanese military was mentally challenged, i guess the police force is 10x worse lol. i mean seriously, what happened to special forces? well, Godzilla fighting crime would be cool though. i wonder how Ghidorah and Battra are going to fit in. it would be funny if the gangsters were using them to conduct their illegal affairs lol. this sounds like a great comic :)
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HayesAJones Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Hi there, how's it going?"
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional
"Hey, can I try one of those shrimp?" :D
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