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GI JOE Origins cover 20 by gatchatom GI JOE Origins cover 20 by gatchatom
I think this is going to be one people either fucking love or fucking hate.

This cover is for a storyline takes place in Bangladesh. It covers how Cobra recruits it's soldiers from impoverished nations. My editor asked me to do something along the lines of a propaganda poster. The WW2 type of posters have been done to death so I wanted to find something different. I remembered seeing a book on Propaganda art of China and I did some research. What struck me was the creepy happiness of the art. It's all designed to show how wonderful life in China is. There's a variety of styles to the art, but it all shares a bright color palette. I thought that might be a interesting take on Cobra, and how they recruit soldiers, followers. I really have to thank my editor, Carlos Guzman for trusting me to do this. When you have an editor that gives you room to try things out of your wheelhouse you really have to appreciate that level of confidence and faith.

So, about this image. The flowers in the background are all native to Bangaladesh. The writing at the bottom translates loosely to "PRAISE TO COBRA" in Bengali. This was one of the more difficult covers I've done. I wanted it to look crudely painted, but not badly painted. I must have at least 20 different versions of the kid's faces.

By the way this cover is why I made this: [link]
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metalformer Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful work! It gives an otherwise "typical cartoon bad guy" depth and personality. I subscribe to the idea that COBRA started out as a revolutionary and may even once had good intentions but got corrupted by greed and hate along the way, just like real life dictators had.
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gatchatom Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I would recommend checking out Mike Castro's COBRA series at IDW!
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KO-Corral Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
I maintain that this is possibly one of the most brilliant pieces of GI Joe art ever. EV ER .
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bafocomics Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
everything about this one is great, the atmosphere, the theme, the way you showed so much with so little, because even before i read the description i already guessed what was the meaning behind it.
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gatchatom Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm glad that all came across. Thanks for commenting!
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Uber-Fiend Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
This cover never fails to send a shiver up my spine! The happiness of the kids, the expressionless mask of the Commander... perfect!
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gatchatom Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! Great comment!
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Uber-Fiend Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
My pleasure good sir! Please keep making art as good as this!
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gatchatom Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Make sure you let the folks at IDW know you like what I'm doing!
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Uber-Fiend Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Will do. My pleasure!
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