The Maxx is an American comic book series created by Sam Kieth and published originally monthly by Image Comics, then was collected in trade paperback collections from DC Comic's Wildstorm imprint. Starting from November 2013 it has been republished by IDW with new colors and improved scans of the original artwork by Sam Kieth and Jim Sinclair. The comic book, which stars a character of the same name, spawned an animated series that aired on MTV. The first appearance of The Maxx was in Primer #5, published by Comico Comics.
The series follows the adventures of the titular hero in the real world and in an alternate reality, referred to as the Outback. In the real world the Maxx is a vagrant, a "homeless man living in a box", while in the Outback he is the powerful protector of the Jungle Queen. The Jungle Queen exists in the real world as Julie Winters, a freelance social worker who often bails the Maxx out of jail. While the Maxx is aware of the Outback, Julie is not, though it is integral to both of their stories.
Brenton Bostwick was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where he currently lives and works. He has studied sculpture and painting at New York University and the San Francisco Art Institute. Having spent his life drawing and painting, it was during his time in college at NYU, he began to seriously study art . During this time, he was deeply attached to the idea of being a painter. From a young age he was drawn to the human form, studying portraiture as well as human and animal anatomy as sources of inspiration for his paintings.
After finishing college he worked as a carpenter and landscaper in San Francisco, and fell in love with working outside and building with his hands. This type of work felt far more real, and resonated with him more than any subject studied in the classroom. At the time his primary focus was still painting. Constantly searching for a more effective way of portraying his visual experience of the world, it was a natural progression to move outside the frustrating constraints of the two dimensional canvas, and in to the world of sculpture.
In 2008, he moved to the north bay of San Francisco and began to experiment with natural found objects as the material for his creative playground. The coastlines and mountains became the source of much of the artistic materials as well as the creative inspiration itself. Using the human form, as well as years of anatomy study as a template, he set out to use the cast off refuse of the natural world to show the beauty of life and emotionality held in both human and abstract forms. Through the process of learning the materials, the enjoyment of abstraction and play with the amazing texture and organic form held within the material itself, became one of the driving forces behind his creative endeavors. With every experiment, a new range of possibilities was exposed. Using nature and the our society as a backdrop, each piece shows the play between our human effort to control the natural world, and the effortless and powerful movement of nature around us.
New York Times
Toronto Blue Jays/Jays Care Foundation
Case Western Reserve University
University of Dayton
The Day I Hit a Home Run Enterprise
Idea Center at Playhouse Square
Design By Humans
_Kent State University (KSU)
School of Visual Communication Design
Bachelor of Science + Master of Fine Arts
Graduated Summa Cum Laude
Major: Visual Communication Design
Thesis:Painting heroes: using illustration to improve the standing of baseball in the inner city - Worked with Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Boys & Girls Club to develop a series of conceptual portraits designed to increase interest in baseball, among inner-city children, by highlighting the personal narratives of contemporary African-American baseball players.
Virginia Commonwealth University, VA (Summer 2003 + 2004)
_Illustration Master Class 2013
Amherst College, MA
Mighty Mouse is an American animated anthropomorphic superhero mouse character created by the Terrytoons studio for 20th Century Fox. The character made its first appearance in 1942 (originally named Super Mouse), and subsequently appeared in 80 theatrical films produced between 1942 and 1961. These films later appeared on American television from 1955 through 1967 on the CBS television network on Saturday mornings. The character went through two later revivals, once by Filmation Studios in 1979, and again in 1987, by animation director Ralph Bakshi, who had worked at the Terrytoons studio during his early career.
Mighty Mouse has also appeared in comics and other media.
Born in Fairfax Virginia, Henry Schreiber spent his childhood in the suburbs of Washington DC, the mountains of West Virginia, and the gulf coast of Florida. After receiving his MFA from the University of Central Florida, Schreiber established a studio on a family farm in the Appalachian Mountains. Following his two years of learning the ways of the groundhog, he packed up his studio and moved to Charlotte, NC.
Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Craig LaRotonda received his BFA in 1992 at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he studied with the internationally renowned illustrator Alan Cober. Currently working as a professional painter, illustrator, and sculptor, Craig divides his time between each endeavor.
LaRotonda's richly layered paintings are provocative; his signature iconic style is reminiscent of Renaissance and Byzantine art while remaining boldly contemporary. His work possesses a dark narrative and grotesque elegance. These distorted creatures are captured in a timeless space — surviving the brutality and beauty of existence. Craig's ability to make deformities and oddities become aesthetically magnificent is what makes his art so unique.
His paintings and sculptures incorporate mixed media and aging techniques, ultimately creating surreal figurative works. LaRotonda's artwork graces the walls of famous homes including collectors in France, Germany, Norway, Mexico, Canada, and the United States.
Through his relationship with Film Art LA, his acclaimed art appears prominently in television and five feature-length motion pictures - including the Academy Award winning film "Traffic" directed by Steven Soderbergh, and "The Other Guys" with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
LaRotonda's striking and unique art has been featured in Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Juxtapoz, The New York Times and numerous other publications. This commercial work has received awards from the Society of Illustrators (in New York and Los Angeles), Communication Arts and Print Magazine.
Exhibitions include solo shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Paris. Craig also exhibits regularly in group shows nationally and abroad.