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1-21-07

1-21-07

Day 163 of 365 days.

Ok, this will probably be the geekiest thing I ever do in this 365 day project.

I spent a lot of time playing video games yesterday, and I started thinking "I haven’t done a big massive photoshoppy picture in a while. I’ll have to do one soon." Then I went back to my game, Marvel Super Heroes Ultimate Alliance. While playing I started thinking, "I haven’t done a superhero pic in a while either. Maybe that’s what I’ll photoshop." Then the idea hit me. You see, the fun of the game is that a bunch of superheroes who don’t normally interact get to be in the game at the same time. It reminded me of a comic book that came out when I was a kid. Secret Wars. Really, Secret Wars is kind of a crappy read, but as a kid, I loved it. While not the first comic I read, It may very well be the book that made me a lifetime comic book fan. And there I decided that a great pic would be to recreate the cover but adding me to it. Then I thought, why add myself to the cover? Why not completely recreate the cover and I’ll be every character?

I don’t think I’ll ever think that again.

I knew it would take quite a while to get this done, but I didn’t want to break the 365 rules, so I gathered up a bunch of outfits, and waited til midnight. As soon as it was midnight I went downstairs and started snapping pictures. It took 120 shots to get all 16 poses I needed. Then I spent several hours compositing them together. I told myself I’d just do a little and get some sleep around 4am. No such luck. I finally laid down and took a nap at 6am. Woke up at 9 and went right back to work. Luckily, I didn’t have anything else to do today except watch the AFC and NFC championship games (which I am totally capable of doing while photoshopping). So starting at midnight and ending around 10:30, I present to you, the most extensive cloning shot I have ever attempted.

I hope you don’t mind when tomorrow I take a picture of my toe with my camera phone.

365 days

EDIT: Oh yeah, if this doesn’t make explore, then I think I quit. 🙂

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108 comments for “1-21-07

  1. avatar
    January 21, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    the original, for the non comic geeks:

  2. avatar
    January 21, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    That’s it. The internet is over. We can all throw our computers away now. It doesn’t get any better than this.

  3. avatar
    January 21, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    I love it and I’m so jealous that you can photoshop like that 🙂 One question…outfits?..lol

  4. avatar
    January 21, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    Holy crap dude!!! That was seriously ambitious. Not bad at all for a one day project. I’m impressed by both your nerdiness and dedication. :oD


    Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)

  5. avatar
    January 21, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    Stan "The Man" Lee would be so proud! Nice job! But aren’t you jumping ahead of the storyline by putting Spidey in the black suit? 😉

  6. avatar
    January 21, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    Holy crap, Mav! This is so incredible. I’m impressed that you managed to continue working on it all freaking day… there’s no way I’d have been able to. Awesome, awesome job.

  7. avatar
    January 21, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    Holy Clone Batman! I cannot believe you did that! I had a clone idea for my 100th day (which was today) but realized that A) it would have been as time consuming as your project and B) it’s probably not the best idea to have a very complicated first clone picture. So I came up with something simple instead. Still I may take a picture of my big toe tomorrow…at least you have a valid reason for doing so. I have no excuse.

    Great work, Mav.
    Lovin’ this group!

  8. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 12:09 am

    Now this is dedication.
    Fantastic!
    You always impress.

  9. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 1:14 am

    Awesome! ‘Nuff said.

  10. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 1:49 am

    Chris, this is freakin’ amazing! Wow!

    Lately I’ve been puting little to no effort into my shots.

    Go Colts!!

  11. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 7:12 am

    Haha. Great shot Chris. I saw it and immediately knew what it was being the huge comic book geek. Loving it. Blows my Spidey photo from the weekend out of the water lol.

    Next I challenge you to recreate the Alex Ross Crisis on Infinite Earths poster. You know the one – every DC hero ever created lol. OK so I’ll accept a picture of your big toe with a camera phone instead….

  12. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 8:11 am

    geekiest? whatever….most creative, absolutely!!! massive post production, massive amount of time…and just super cool…really showing off in this shot, and a tribute to one of your favorite things in life…comic books!!

  13. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 10:30 am

    d00d… I’m speechless. This is like my favorite one of yours EVER. It just typifies "mav" ness… both in attitude and execution…. portfolio-worthy.

  14. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 10:35 am

    bwahahahahahaha! That’s AWESOME!!!

  15. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 11:49 am

    Wow!! This is beyond words! So awesome!

  16. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    This is awesome……….nice comicbook!!

  17. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    I am BLOWN AWAY!
    I bow down to your superior dedication and mad skillz, Mav.
    This is so awesome…incredible idea and so well done!!
    Had to fav it.
    You are the King of Geekdom, man. 😉

  18. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Sheer awesometasticalosity.


    Seen in 365 Days (?)

  19. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    wow this picture is unbelievably amazing!!!
    and to think I’ve never worked on a picture for more than an hour in photoshop 🙂

  20. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    Absolutely amazing! An instant fave!

  21. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    Awesome!

  22. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    Ok this is like the coolest geek thing ever!!!

  23. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    Holy Moly! I’m seriously jealous…….

    I was going to do something like this but only with one hero. What a slacker I am……

  24. avatar
    January 22, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    Amazing. You really do have superpowers.

  25. avatar
    January 23, 2007 at 12:14 am

    how the hell did you post the other one and disable comments?? that could come in handy on my stream 🙂
    L-O-V-E this… except for some reason your spiderman reminds me more of that character samuel l jackson played in unbreakable 🙂

  26. avatar
    January 23, 2007 at 12:42 am

    Thank you, all. I’m glad you all liked it, Makes the time it took to create it feel worth it.

    @Sandman5: I actually have the regular black suit t-shirt, and a red suit baseball jersey (sorta like the cap football one I’m wearing) but i wanted the characters to be very me, not just the heroes they represent, and that just felt right. I’m also wearing the War Machine armor instead of Iron Man armor.

    @AJ: I actually made a joke just after I posted this that I wanted to see someone do the Crisis 7, death of supergirl cover.

    @Jill: I dunno about portfolio worthy. But it was fun to do.

    @Jessie: Edit the privacy settings for the phot, and "Show All privacy settings" and you can change them.

  27. avatar
    January 23, 2007 at 7:37 am

    Mav: Haha. Well if our paths should ever cross lets go for the Crisis 7 look. Of course it’d have to be death of Superboy instead…Get all the 365ers to send in a photo with heads bowed for the background. One massive photoshopping exercise later….

    Ummm. On second thought maybe not. But yeah you’ve got my head inspired to do something comic book related in costume this time lol…

  28. avatar
    January 23, 2007 at 7:42 am

    Hah! Cool.

  29. avatar
    January 23, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    OH MY GOD… MAV… it’s time you get a new job. I wish i had time to play around like this. LOL, GREAT just awesome, electric fuckin brilliant, super-special. Damn is that good. AND funny and wow!

  30. avatar
    January 24, 2007 at 2:57 am

    The wolf guy is my fav – LOVE the hair

  31. avatar
    January 24, 2007 at 9:35 am

    This is great. Can’t stop laughing. In a good way. 🙂

  32. avatar
    January 25, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    this is amazing. I loved the original Secret Wars.

  33. avatar
    January 27, 2007 at 6:24 am

    This is amazing, your committment and effort are TOPS. Very well done indeed.
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  34. avatar
    January 27, 2007 at 9:58 am

    This is the best thing ever.

  35. avatar
    January 29, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    Being a comic book geek I can appreciate this. Great job!

  36. avatar
    January 31, 2007 at 1:27 am

    I agree with jack’s comment waaaaay up there.

  37. avatar
    January 31, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks everyone.

    @AJ: I keep looking at your comment and considering it. Then I want to shoot myself. 🙂

  38. avatar
    January 31, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    @ Chris – which one? The Alex Ross Crisis poster? Or the big ol’ Crisis 7 shot?

    * pulls out Superman t-shirt *

    hehe.

  39. avatar
    January 31, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    I meant the Crisis 7. But either one would be insane.

  40. avatar
    February 5, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    Oh. My. God.
    Or as the Beast would say " Oh my Stars and Garters ".
    Nice.

  41. avatar
    February 5, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    ok that was just great…made my day

  42. avatar
    February 7, 2007 at 1:50 am

    You Rock!!!! I think my favorite is Wasp. LOL Awesome job!

  43. avatar
    February 13, 2007 at 4:11 am

    I’m almost stunned (in a good way) into silence … but anyone who knows me will know that it won’t last long! So ….

    I’m am in awe of your work .. it is amazing! Fantastic job

    Ohh …. and did it make explore?!

  44. avatar
    February 13, 2007 at 11:18 am

    Thanks to everyone.

    @Pommykiwi: It bounces in and out of explore. Right now it is in at #42. It’s highest was #14.

  45. avatar
    February 13, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    LOL…. oh, dude. DUDE. I hope this isn’t creepy or anything, but seriously, I could just hug you. You are the coolest.

  46. avatar
    February 14, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    So, I’m a complete newbie to flickr … what’s the 365 Project? Do you take and post a picture of yourself every day for a year?

  47. avatar
    February 14, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    @kl_moore: yes, that’s the basics of it… go to the 365 Days Group for more details. Good luck.

  48. avatar
    March 10, 2007 at 11:41 am

    absolutely amazing.

  49. avatar
    March 10, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    @Grateful Clem: Thank you.

  50. avatar
    March 14, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Damn. Wow. Damn. =)

  51. avatar
    March 14, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    @Kung Fu Grip! Zine: I hope that’s good. 🙂 Thank you.

  52. avatar
    March 19, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Okay, I’ve been away for a while and totally missed this day. This is the greatest thing EVER!! LOL… I love it! My favorite part is how you got your hair shaped like Wolverine’s. CLASSIC!!

  53. avatar
    March 19, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    @Stephen Poff: hah! Thanx. I was wondering if you’d ever come back to the land of flickr.

  54. avatar
    March 20, 2007 at 9:11 am

    this is amazing! best clone job ever.

  55. avatar
    March 20, 2007 at 10:13 am

    @Elimare: thank you

  56. avatar
    April 24, 2007 at 8:58 am

    This is so damn cool. I was going to try and matte myself onto one of the Ultimates, but chickened out. After seeing this I may have to try. So damn cool. And in case I forgot to say; so damn cool.

  57. avatar
    April 24, 2007 at 10:14 am

    @angelinawb: you should go for it. I’m glad you like this. Thank you.

  58. avatar
    April 24, 2007 at 11:35 am

    I love this!! Great job!

  59. avatar
    April 24, 2007 at 11:54 am

    @Denis Ryan: thank you.

  60. avatar
    April 24, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    You rule! It’s faultless!!

  61. avatar
    April 24, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    @fengschwing: thank you. A lot of people are finding this today? Where are you all coming from?

  62. avatar
    April 24, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    Ah, well Angelina is my wife, she pointed it out to me!

  63. avatar
    April 24, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    @fengschwing: and she and Denis Ryan were a coincidence then? No worries, btw. I’m just wondering if I got linked anywhere cool, that’s all.

  64. avatar
    April 24, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    It’s all cool baby!
    I think we’ll both be having a go at something similar ourselves now!

  65. avatar
    April 24, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    And I found it while looking through the 52 Weeks pool. As a comics fan, it jumped right out at me. Humourously, it was fengschwing that tipped me off to that pool in the first place!!

  66. avatar
    April 25, 2007 at 2:15 am

    @fengschwing and @Denis Ryan: well, thank you to you both.

  67. avatar
    April 25, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    Chris, thank you. I come home from a crappy day at work, see this pic and I’m smiling again, cheers!

  68. avatar
    April 25, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    @fengschwing: glad I can be of any help.

  69. avatar
    April 27, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    I don’t know where to begin.

    😉


    Seen in your Explored set. (?)

  70. avatar
    April 28, 2007 at 1:50 am

    @alaskanmariner: I take it that’s a good thing. Thank you.

  71. avatar
    April 30, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    So.
    Awesome.

  72. avatar
    April 30, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    @ElDave: thank you. Glad you like it.

  73. avatar
    May 16, 2007 at 12:56 am

    just thought youd like to know a little fun fact

    i typed in "spider man" in the search bar, and this was the number 10 image that came up. there you have it.

  74. avatar
    May 16, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    @Doug Schwarz: cool! Of course it would be cooler if I were #1. But still cool.

  75. avatar
    June 1, 2007 at 11:10 am

    Secret Wars was just coming out when I first got started in comics as a kid. Great memories! Thanks for your hard work.

  76. avatar
    June 1, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    @GabrielliPro: yeah, it was one of the earliest books from when I first started seriously reading too. Thank you for the comment.

  77. avatar
    July 28, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    That’s great. Time to do a DC cover now. 🙂

  78. avatar
    July 28, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    @frelling_cute: Thanks. But, if I were going to do one for DC, it would have to be Crisis on Infinite Earths #7, and I just don’t have that kind of patience.

  79. avatar
    September 20, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    Now THAT’S off the friggin’ chain, Maverick. There were 2 characters missing Power Man (Luke Cage) and Bishop (21st century X-men). That would’ve been even sweeter.

  80. avatar
    September 20, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    @313 Arts and Photography: Thank yo. It’s based on the cover to Secret Wars #1. Luke Cage wasn’t in it and Bishop hadn’t been invented yet.

  81. avatar
    October 4, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    I stand corrected about Bishop not being in Secret Wars-like you said, he hasn’t been created yet-but Power Man (II) should’ve been in it, though.

  82. avatar
    October 5, 2007 at 12:23 am

    @313 Arts and Photography: he wasn’t in it either. Cage was a relative nobody at the time. He was teamed with Iron FIst, but had not yet become anywhere near as popular a character as he is today.

  83. avatar
    October 5, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    True. But he was ahead of his time, U gotta admit that. Hard 2 believe he’s been around for over 35 years (there were other black heroes before him, but I beleive he was the 1st black superhero 2 have his own book). I agree that when he teamed up with Iron Fist, He still wasn’t as popular as he is today. I’m surprised his book lasted as long as it did (1972-1986). I believe Weather Report lasted slightly longer (if you’re a jazz fusion fan like myself).

  84. avatar
    October 18, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    awesome

  85. avatar
    October 18, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    @nexus_icon: thank you

  86. avatar
    October 29, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    this is awsome

  87. avatar
    October 29, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    @[J4CK]: thank you.

  88. avatar
    November 12, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    lmao nice photograph. 🙂

    i just started learning how to use photoshop and cloning

  89. avatar
    November 13, 2007 at 12:34 am

    @gabkicks: thank you. Glad you like it. Its a lot of work to get to this point.

  90. avatar
    January 9, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Flickr "BEST" Creative & Unique Collages, and we’d love to have your photo added to the group.


    Flickr "BEST"
    Creative & Unique Collages
    "We’ve Got The World In A Frame"


    5 Stars of Excellence Award
    "Our Stars Shine All Over The World"

  91. avatar
    January 10, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    @Shu’Atum-Ra: sorry, I’m not interested in adding my pics to private groups.

  92. avatar
    March 24, 2008 at 2:22 am

    This is the freakin bomb! I love you as the wasp LOL!
    I’m an admin for a group called Supermanipulation, and we’d love to have your photo added to the group.

  93. avatar
    March 27, 2008 at 10:05 am

    @dmh2k7: its in enough groups already, but thanks.

  94. avatar
    April 15, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    This pic is a beast! Great Work!

  95. avatar
    April 16, 2008 at 8:40 am

    @j19kbryant@yahoo.com: thank you. Glad you like it.

  96. avatar
    May 7, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    lol this is great

  97. avatar
    May 9, 2008 at 10:08 am

    @Mr Puma :D: thanks.

  98. avatar
    May 10, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Marvellous! ;D

  99. avatar
    May 12, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    @Topok: heh… thanks.

  100. avatar
    May 19, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Super Dorks, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

  101. avatar
    June 11, 2008 at 12:04 am

    This is Pro!
    I think you should print this out and send it to people as your x-mas card.

  102. avatar
    June 11, 2008 at 10:34 am

    @camtron.brooks: eh… I don’t know that its very Christmasy. But thanks.

  103. avatar
    January 14, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Oh. My. God.

  104. avatar
    January 19, 2009 at 1:03 am

    You are truly my hero thanks for this nice pro job

  105. avatar
    April 28, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    This is frigging brilliant! A+ sir!

  106. avatar
    August 17, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Come Vote! You seem like you would have a good argument

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/17255467@N05/3829310743 /in/photostr…

  107. avatar
    September 13, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    I am Jack’s Sense of Complete and Utter Awe.

    But I’d like to challenge you to the next level. My comic reading really began with the miniseries that was the precursor to this one (and I think also Marvel’s first limited series?), Contest of Champions. If you can re-create the cover of that series’ #1, you win. Everything :o)

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contest_of_Champions

  108. avatar
    March 5, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Brilliant work! keep it up!

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