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Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters 2 by PaulHanley Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters 2 by PaulHanley
Pencils and Inks by me, colors by the great Charlie Kirchoff [link]

So here's something I've been keeping secret for a very long time- I'm working for IDW!!! Have been for awhile- the road that led to this cover (for the 2nd printing of Kingdom of Monsters #2) started all the way back in November when my friend Tim Doyle suggested I send my Gigan pic [link] to an editor he knew. I had to do some sample art to get approved by Toho, so I whipped this up, and it was liked so much that they decided to run it as a cover. Yeah, I was pretty happy. :)

KOM #1 was the number 16 book in the country last month- so this is easily the highest-profile thing I've ever worked on. The talent they've assembled for the Godzilla books is incredible- Geof Darrow, Eric Powell, even my new pal and fellow Austinite Matt Frank [link] it's humbling to be working in the company of these guys.

And yes, this will probably not be the last "official" Godzilla piece ya see from me, so stay tuned... ;)
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
I LOVE IDW's Godzilla series.
I've just started the "Ongoing" line, with Boxer and his crew--holy hell, they're awesome! Seems I have some other series to check out...
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Letdragon Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
All this Goji comic awesomeness, I can't keep up! T___T
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geekspace Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Unwritten Tohoverse Rule #47-B: "Regardless of the real-world sensor/munition-range or terrain-masking capability of their vehicles, military units shall move up to within the direct sightline and spitting distance of the targeted monster before ineffectively opening fire, then being dismantled with bestial prejudice."

Anyhow, nice choice of impending tax write-off...we don't see too many MLRS launchers in the four-color venue. The backdrop detail also strikes me as pleasantly atypical for kaiju-action. Big G, of course, is rendered to a T, and those crumbling bits o' forest at his feet lend a great sense of scale.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional
Thanks! And yeah, an MLRS could probably hit him and be just as ineffective from 20 miles away. That's nowhere near as fun though. :D

I wonder what the actual range on MASERs are? :D I mean, some lasers can shoot things in freakin' space- you'd think they'd pick a high spot that was out of Big G's "breathing distance".
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geekspace Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
If I recall properly, real-world lasers can be diffused/compromised by atmospheric funk, and Big G tends to kick up plenty of dust/smoke at any rate when he hits a population center...so perhaps at a survivable range for the M-tanks, it'd be less "RRR. Stingy metal box DIE!" and more "Hmm...where's the tickle coming from?"

Come to think of it, fun though Rule-47-B is in practice, it'd give the ineffective military response a bit of credit if their fire was employed as a diversion, luring the beastie in question clear of a population center...or into a ravine to collapse upon its scaly noggin, as seen way back in "Godzilla Raids Again". By no means a long-term solution, but slightly less suicidal than the standard Wall of Pending Slag(TM).

Anyway, best of luck with the good folks at IDW.
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OniGojirakaiju Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
This pic I sketched is inspired by your cover pic. :) Humans who shoot at Godzilla don't live very long after that. [link]
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DocRedfield Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured this in my latest Journal :)
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OniGojirakaiju Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
I just got this issue with cover today. Awesome art there Paul. :) I like the Heisei design of Godzilla you used there. Pity the comics never went with that look.

I hope you and the other creators of the new comic will be at G-fest 2011 this July. :)

Here is a sketch I made of the 1991 Godzilla design, many fans see this look as the best design of Godzilla as it shows his power just by looking at his size. 100 meters tall and looks like nothing can get in his way. [link] I put two sketches I did together as if I did make a full pic of his profile, it wouldn't fit.

I hope you guys who did the cover art can do the art for the comic itself someday as to me, the covers pretty much steal the show. The inside art does look like the style that would fit if this comic became a new tv series,and I hope it does.

I honestly would put these covers up there with Dark Horse's Godzilla comic style. and up there with artists like Chris Scalf, Bob Eggleton, and others who've made awesome kaiju art.

I just read issue 3. Creepy twins there, *spoiler* and on Battra's side. I wonder if someone like Miki Saegusa of the Heisei Godzilla films will also make a cameo?
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional
Thanks! This cover was originally a "tryout" piece for the upcoming 'Zilla miniseries GANGSTERS & GOLIATHS. That one is using the Heisei design, so I was instructed to stick to that. Which was fine by me, b/c that's my personal favorite design for G. And btw, the Dark Horse stuff is the pinnacle of 'ZIlla comics for me (especially the Art Adams stuff).

I'd love to hit G-Fest, but can't justify the cost this year. I'm still a "newb" to the G-scene, so I don't think I'd make enough money to cover the trip. Next year, however... well, let's just say I'm hoping I'll be a more familiar name to fans by then. ;)

I'd maybe be up for drawing a SHORT Godzilla story at some point- maybe a one-off or something. Maybe. The style I do for the Godzilla stuff is really time-consuming, so I don't think I could make it work on a time/money basis. For now I'm happy to stick to covers though. IDW's giving me a lot of freedom and it's been pretty fun so far. :)
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OniGojirakaiju Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
You're welcome. :)

Art Adam's art inspired me as a kid to start drawing Godzilla, and also many other artists. Your pic also gave me an idea for a new sketch. :)

Say is there a line drawing of your cover sketch and will there be any new sketches of the Heisei Godzilla? :) You should draw the 1991 design man. What about your take on the planned 2012/ 2013 Legendary Pictures Godzilla film? Everyone who is a fan is wondering a lo abut the new movie from creature design to plot.

G-fest is awesome. This year has mainly the spfx directors and producers from some of the films. Last year had Akira Takarada from the original film. He even said he'd like to be in the new movie when that is confirmed. That would make a cool nod to the past films, and the original 1954 movie. Books, movies, model kits, etc.
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Draculasaurus Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Wow, I'm not around for a few weeks and look at all you've been up to!
congratulations dude.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional
Thanks, Drac! Just got my 2nd cover approved last Friday, so hopefully that'll be popping up online soon... :)
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Metallian1990 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
Godzilla rules :horns:
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kaijuverse Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
sweet !
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GFSA3 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Re there any places around Chicago where this is available?
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DocRedfield Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so cool, Paul, and written by Eric Powell..!? Goon is one of the best books out there. Bravo, and great stuff!
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional
I agree- the Goon kicks major ass (and so does Franky :D ). The Godzilla book has the same kind of dark humor going on. It's a fun read so far.
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savagehenry89 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I so so need to read this!!!
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional
It's a cool book- actually only just read it today! That's the weird world of being a cover artist- sometimes you have no idea what your work is gonna be wrapped around...
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WoGzilla Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) Great ;P
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sir-zeke Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's Awesome, and it's the real Godzilla too! not the american Zilla.

It always bothers me when artists submit pictures of the american zilla and say "I'm a Huge Godzilla fan!".

Great Picture!
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional
Puh-leez- that tuna-eating Iguana doesn't even count! :D Did you see "Godzilla: Final Wars" by any chance? The American 'Zilla is in it for about thirty seconds, fighting the real Godzilla. Guess who wins... ;)
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sir-zeke Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep I saw it, it was the shortest Godzilla Kaiju fight in the history of Godzilla, 19 seconds.
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Marker-Mistress Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work man! I'm so proud!
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional
Thanks, Danielle! Sorry to hear about the job woes, btw- been meaning to email ya bout all that, but I've been swamped with cover work. Hope things are looking up...
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Marker-Mistress Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
No worries man, I always land on my feet somehow so I'm not too worried. New York State has a month long gap in my paychecks when I start so I'll still get my last two paychecks within a month to cover my rent etc. And really the silver lining is that I won't have this god awful amount of stress from that job anymore and I can start focusing on my art for a bit.

Also, you gotta tell me how your trip went!
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! this is a very cool cover! its expertly done! the combination of your design along with the other guy's colors really make this an awesome piece to look at. everything is so awesomely detailed. Godzilla came out really great. you did a great job making him look like a dinosaur. when will the JP army ever learn? its futile to attack him especially with just one rocket artillary vehicle and launcher. but he'll soon dispatch them. anyway really awesome job! but man those are some pointy trees lol! :)
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Now THAT is simply EPIC work :D
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional
Thanks!
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supermechagoji Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
WHO THE HELL ATTACKS GODZILLA WITH ONLY ONE TANK!
Those guys are screwed.
Nice cover.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional
Yeah- these guys do seem woefully under-equipped. Maybe Donald Rumsfeld was masterminding the attack. :D
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
How do you like the idea of this comic starting the whole Godzilla story over?
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional
I like it. The movie continuity has been re-booted so many times anyway that I think it's not even an issue at this point. It also frees the writers up to really have fun and make the story their own. IDW did the same thing with their GI JOE comic and I think that's paid off brilliantly, so here's hoping 'Zilla does as well.
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fresian-cat Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Nice. Very nice. The pic really looks good as a cover. It's all come together well, hasn't it?
Really pleased for you. It seems like its been a heck of a long time coming, but I bet you feel it's been worth the wait. Good job, mate! :D
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional
Thanks, man! Wait'll ya see the cover I'm working on now. It's fun. ;)
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TheDeviantMakepeace Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
~Sweet~! I'm looking forward to this one. Congrats Paul!
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ShawnVanBriesen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Finally! It looks friggin' awesome. Nice job , Paul.
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SuperSparkplug Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
"You've got to be F***ing Kidding me!"

Ha! Loved the first issue! Awesome, can't wait for Issue #2.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional
Yeah, it's a cool book, isn't it? I actually didn't have a clue about the actual story when I drew this, so it was a pleasure to finally read the first ish and see what a fun book it was. I mean, it starts with Godzilla eating little kids! Now that's how ya launch a comic!:D
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Wonder how Gamera would feel about that
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Myuutsuu85 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
*shakes head* they should really know better..
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional
Yeah, as Gene Wilder said in Blazing Saddles- "Oh no- don't do that. If you shoot him, you'll just make him mad." :D
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Myuutsuu85 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Awesome work here
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Looks like IDW have not only gotten themselves quality artists of newer talent, and its awesome to see you among such!

Your style is suited to the skin textures and little details that make giant monster art work, as evident by your still awesome Gigan and K1 Robot pieces.

This illustration is simplistic by comparison, but Godzilla looks great non-the-less!
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional
Thanks! Yeah, I kept this one relatively simple, as it was initially just a sample image and I wanted to turn it sround quickly. Now that I'm "in" with IDW, I'm gonna try to ramp it up a bit, deadlines allowing. ;)
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
If things really work out, they could give you at least a one-shot, but official Godzilla covers alone is most fan's dream come true.

Not mine though; I love Godzilla, but of all the giant monsters, he's surprisingly difficult for me to draw, with all the demanded details and bumps of his body (the pot-belly, feline cheeks, the manly mutant triple-chest, etc). In this one regard, I am envious of you, but equally as proud too. ;)
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RobertHack Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great cover, Paul!
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional
Thanks, Robert! :)
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Good job. The missle marks on him is a nice touch, makes Godzilla a giant tank.
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KaijuSamurai Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Artist
LOVE the coloring and the lighting. Great work!
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