“Just how thin is the line that separates movies from comics?” asks Butcher Billy, a graphic artist, illustrator and web designer from Brazil. Have we really come that far, or are our modern films just rehashing classic themes… or as he puts it, exchanging “ink” for “pixels?” As we can see from his new series, The Superhero Media Crossover Project, despite the massive advances in technology and a complete change in format, much of our new movies owe a serious debt to the comic artists of the past.
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The mashed up images Butcher Billy has created – which combine art from classic comic books overlayed on screenshots from the latest films – show how often filmmakers rely on the storyboard format of these classic works, easily translating them to the screen.
The series is a homage to Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita Sr., and all the other comic artists from the 60s and 70s, as well as a way of showing how they continue to inspire modern media. You can find more of Butcher Billy’s work on Behance or follow him on Twitter.