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2012 is winding down, the Mayan Calender doesn't appear to keep accurate time for the apocalypse, the U.S. presidential race has ended without coming to physical blows, and I'm finally recovering from the blogging toll of September and work tolls in October. I curtailed the presentation of our Comicpalooza and Space City Con commissions out of necessity last month, and now I'm thinking we'll save most of the rest for after the holiday season. All three Johnny J. Segura III pieces ran, and given that this year was meant to spotlight supporting players, completing the Lane Montoya hat trick with J'Onn J'Onzz's JLTF sidekick seems highly appropriate.
Lane Montoya, without any conscious forethought on my part, illustrated nothing but friends of the Alien Atlas. The arranged couple of Princess Cha'rissa and Jemm, Son of Saturn each received 8½" x 11" full color pieces, but the third option landed closer to home.
For Montoya's final commission, I handed her a batch of reference pages I'd had printed up, and let her choose her own subject. If I recall correctly, she gravitated toward Gypsy immediately, based on the Sal Velluto art used for her sub-menu at Justice League Detroit. I told Montoya that she could draw Gypsy however she liked, in any costume she chose, or even a mingling of several looks. As you can see, while Montoya kept some of the ethnic flair Velluto brought to the character, there's a lot more of Chuck Patton's original design. Thank Google for that. Cleaned up and streamlined, I think Montoya offers the Gypsy we might have seen had she stayed in the game after Vibe and Steel fell victim to Professor Ivo. It works as a costume, but unlike her comics debut, I can believe a girl would actually wear this. I also like the Latin flavor, and should she return in the New 52, I'd prefer a "Cynthia Reynaldo" to Cindy Reynolds. Pretty and exotic, I was very happy with how Montoya captured the youngest Leaguer.
In case you're curious, there's about twelve commissions still waiting in a queue, and I expect at least a couple to run this December. There's a number of repeat performers, as well as one longtime favorite responsible for artwork on a recent TV show ad campaign and the co-founding of Image Comics. I'm looking forward to presenting them, but for now, I'm happy to end with this sweet piece. For more, be sure to check out Montoya's deviantART page