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Hunter: Magic by DarthFar Hunter: Magic by DarthFar
[I've been drawing far too much serious stuff lately; time for a little fun ;)]

100 Pictures Challenge #62: Magic. Er, duh.

Long before Harry Potter started making his rounds, there was *another* bespectacled British boy with the potential to become the most powerful magician of this age - if he lived long enough to learn to harness his magical powers. His name was Timothy Hunter, and he was created by Neil Gaiman of Sandman and Stardust fame. Oh, and he also had an owl - only it was his yoyo, before Dr. Occult turned it into a bird.

[Oh, and before anyone bashes me: nobody's accusing Ms. Rowling of plagiarism. Mr. Gaiman himself stated that "the similarities were either coincidence, or drawn from the same fantasy archetypes. "I thought we were both just stealing from T.H. White", he said in an interview, "very straightforward."]

Just a personal tribute to one of my favourite Vertigo comics series (which seems to be highly under-appreciated here at dA -- !). I hear they're in the process of making a Books of Magic movie... but who knows when it'll hit the big screen.

If you're a stranger to the DC universe, the "Trenchcoat Brigade" consists of: The Phantom Stranger, John Constantine, Dr. Occult and Mister E. And yes, that's a slap mark on JC's face, courtesy of three stewardesses in Part II of the original miniseries. ;)

If you would like to know more, please read:

The Books of Magic (miniseries): 1990-1991
The Books of Magic (series; #1-75): 1994-2000
The Names of Magic (miniseries; #1-5): 2001
Hunter: The Age of Magic (series; #1-25): 2001-2003
The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime (series; #1-15): 2004-2005


Technical Note: The "noise" on the paper is actually ink spattered with a manual "hand-pumped" airbrush.
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Carnage1236 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
I actually read Books of Magic and The Trenchcoat Brigade pretty recently, and I'm absolutely in love with the magic side of DC now. Beforehand I always knew it existed what with the more vibrant magical characters like Doctor Fate and Zatanna, but there's just this whole other world in the DC universe that's so different to the Superman, Captain Marvel Wonder Woman type side.
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ladymidath Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Timothy and The Trench Coat Brigade.
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ovalportrait Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
I quite like your Mr. E.

--also, Life During Wartime is technically an alternate universe. I would also suggest the Mister E mini-series (it tied in SOMEWHERE to Books of Magic, but the timeline's very iffy).
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carlianwhately Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Simply brilliant work.
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Ghostbusterlover Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. Oh my. I love "The Books of Magic" miniseries! The art there is extraordinary splendid and at most times breathtaking when it comes to photorealistic as possible. Vertigo and their takes on the DC occultists/magicians like the Trenchcoat Brigade often fascinates me. (Yes, Timothy and his owl sure is very similar to Harry Potter and Hedwig. However, I do believe in coincidences.)

This is one of the best tributes I've ever seen of the Trenchcoat Brigade and "The Books of Magic" in general (and perhaps the only one?)! The colors are great, the textures is a nostalgic touch and a reminder of the artists behind the miniseries - the same goes to the noticable details for the characters, from Timothy's book to Stranger's glowing eyes or Constantine's constant smoking. And the text there is just perfect - it really tells a lot about the plot with a few words. =D What else can I say? Superb work! :clap:

Wait... they're trying to make a movie? :wow: Ohpleasepleasepleaseplease...! :eager:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Hey, a fellow BoM fan - awesome! :highfive: I loved the entire series, but that miniseries just totally rocked. I love Bolton's art in particular: it's more like fine art than comicbook art. Very glad you like the drawing. :)

And uh... I have no idea where they're going with the movie, but yeah, I think somebody already bought the rights to it. (Although I have no idea how much they've "de-Potter-fied" it, or if the project's even still going on. But one can hope!).

Have you read any of the vintage Phantom Stranger comics?
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Ghostbusterlover Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you. =D

I hope they'll make it justice! =) And good appearances of The Trenchcoat Brigade with great roles.

You mean the two volumes of his own comics and the miniseries? Yep! Those were the first ones I've read to acquaintance more with the character. ^^ I just love them!
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BlueSequinHearts731 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student General Artist
GAHHHH! Best. Graphic. Novel. Series. EVERRRRR! Neil Gaiman is a GENIUS!!!!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Yes it is! yes he is! :D It's too bad the series has stopped... in the middle of nowhere?
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BlueSequinHearts731 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student General Artist
Hm. The original series already ended. But if you're talking about "The Books of Magick" (you know, with a K) then you're RIGHT. I've got it, and I've been waiting on the next one. And waiting...and waiting...and waiting....SMH. TimeBetweenSeriesInstallments Fail? :p
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