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For the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con coming June, 14th I was commissioned by the convention director to do this exclusive variant cover for a new book by Aspen Comics called "Bubble Gun".

When I first got the character reference for this cover I knew this girl was right up my alley in terms of the characters' persona, but I had no idea how much fun she would be to draw. My favorite part was drawing her left leg with that boot and the way she has a sock peaking out the top and in retrospect I kind of with I had drawn this pose face on. I still like it, but she has this really cool chest armor that could have been fun to dabble with. (no pun intended). There wasn't any backside reference available for the character at the time so I had to improvise what you see here on her back.

It's rare these days that I get a concept pitched to me, but still I like the refreshing challenge a predetermined concept offers. For this one they were looking for a homage of two J. Scott Campbell covers from Danger Girl and Wild C.A.T.S. I think the end result here is a nice mash-up of the two images presented to me while standing on it's own by not being an obvious swipe. In my opinion homage covers work best on a well established series or character where the homage can easily be taken as such. With a new series such as Bubble Gun here a homage, especially on the first issue, Can be missed, or worse, mistaken as a swipe or lack of creativity on the artists' end.

All in all, I'm mostly happy with how this turned out and I hope you all enjoy it as well. :)

:iconsquirrelshaver: Pencils: me (Mike DeBalfo)

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:iconcirclesoftime:
CIRCLESOFTIME Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  New member Student Artist
Gorgeous piece. Your faces are top notch in the business and I've seen it all. SUPERB.
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mishteeshim Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
lovely pencil work. I really enjoy the back (shirt) part of the uniform for the hardware and the muscle definition. 
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Demon971 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Love it! She reminds me of Nova from Starcraft: Ghost. Awesomeness. :D

Added to faves :+fav:
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RaindropsAreTyeDyed Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love science fiction stuff, this is great and the torn space suit is a nice touch. ;)
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danzano Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Mike - keep up the great work!  As soon as I saw this print at the Aspen booth at SDCC 2013, my eyes popped open and I was blown away.  The thing I love about this piece is the slight sense of desperation, despite an over all pose of control.  It really draws you in and gives you an emotional connection to what the character might be experiencing.  I know that sounds lame, but it really does.  You've got the stuff man!  Keep running with it.  Love your work
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:iconstylez1980:
Stylez1980 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dope!..love your style!
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TaiketsuPRO Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS!!! my eyes likes...it likes alot...absorbing talent!!!!
nicely done
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:iconhykeekyh:
hykeekyh Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
oh man!! you're very good!!
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:iconprof-ohmgee:
prof-ohmgee Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The detail is amazing!

Top notch stuff.
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PeterSaga631 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Outstanding piece, she looks amazing!
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GuyverSnake Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Cool. Nice pose :)
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:icontzub:
tZuB Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is absolutely one of your finest!!! Wooow!
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:iconatram95:
atram95 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Your draw is Magnificent!! Congratulation I love it!!
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:iconalakram:
Alakram Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's sooo pretty.
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:iconjapfrek:
japfrek Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013   General Artist
really awesome work so cool :)
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Snakefangstryke Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This drawing is the bomb-diggitty : )
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
beautiful
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:iconjwiest:
jwiest Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks pretty sweet to me!
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KevyMetal Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Like it. Will not attempt to analyze, but simply will like it.
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:iconjag-comics:
JAG-Comics Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your lines! the proportions! the girl! everything is awesome!! :+fav:
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:iconandrewillustration:
andrewillustration Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Favorited it so hard I broke my mouse button.
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JCecalaIV Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Killer job Mikey D, great line work. Wanna see this one colored!!
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:iconplayer-designer:
Player-Designer Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Wow, amazing details, so clean and beautiful!
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:iconcournaando:
cournaando Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really awesome !
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:icontkmillersculpt:
TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Artist
LOVE it! Exquisite!
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:icontinanordloh:
TinaNordloh Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the muscle tone and the pose and the feel she is just about to turn around - it's beautiful!!
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MARCIOABREU7 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautifuuuuul!
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:icondarkereve:
DarkerEve Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Amazing
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Ultamisia Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice
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wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Fantastic stuff as always, Mike!
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:iconalaskandesert:
alaskandesert Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
love it, can't wait to get it at the con.
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:iconmarkraats:
MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Always, the most beautify linework!
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:iconksmith3620:
ksmith3620 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Love this and love the concept and the details. Very cool work. :-)
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:iconshadewolfe:
Shadewolfe Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I'd love to see some colors on this.
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:icondragonx81:
dragonx81 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice :D
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:iconrayartz:
RayArtz Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Yeah, she looks like fun character to fool around with - it'd be neat to work on
Sadly I can't get Aspen to give me second glance.
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:icongab13l:
gab13l Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
nice :D
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LittleBitLizbit Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is so cool!!!! I'm looking forward to reading it :)
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HectorMcreyes Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job
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Y-O-D-H Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Just because I haven't said so in a minute, and your work still bears it to be true: Mike, you kick ass.
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ana21410 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Very nice!
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diru915 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous work!
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Michael7S Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013   Interface Designer
:omfg: WOW! :wow: :deviation: :+favlove: :)
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:iconpastywhite:
PastyWhite Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Solid work man
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:icondelfine-kanashii:
Delfine-Kanashii Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Artist
Great Work !
Sexy.
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PenPencil2 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Great work and detail as usual but I would like to see some diversity in your female characters, they all are very cookie cutter anatomy wise.
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:icongrey56:
grey56 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
One of your most sound pieces of detail work I've seen, sir. Love her expression.
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:iconrevolucci:
Revolucci Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
super i love all the little details .. when can we see this colored in and finished???
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J-Skipper Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing piece! and very nice improvising on the back armor!
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