The series artist from Static: Season One has been known for his manga influences and proves that Akira Toriyama’s style looks good on Virgil Hawkins.
Artist Nikolas Draper-Ivey has revealed how Static would look in Akira Toriyama’s manga style. The artist of the series by Static: First season has been known for its manga influences, proving that the style looks good on Virgil Hawkins.
Last year, Milestone returned to comics with titles including Static and Hardware together with Icon and rocket. From the lineup, Static has had a distinct sense of action and style, as Nikolas Draper-Ivey has paid homage to his own creative inspirations, often with reference to manga and anime. Since Virgil is a teenage boy, his interests have often responded to the series’ influences. As noted by Static: Season 1 # 4 variant cover by Draper-Ivey as incorporated Akira’s iconic poster, he has carried his inspirations on his sleeve throughout the first season of the title.
In a recent tweet, revealed Nikolas Draper-Ivey what Static would look like if illustrated in Akira Toriyama’s style, shelves Dragon Ball Z. Adaptation of Virgil’s first costume from the animated series Static shock, manga iteration is a natural fit. Followers thought the same way when both the tweet and the Instagram post received unanimously positive feedback. Draper-Ivey wrote, “It’s no secret that manga has influenced my run on Static. So when I finish the 6th issue, I would like to draw something I’ve wanted to draw for some time now; the milestone characters in the style of Akira Toriyama No matter how exaggerated it is, I had not seen anyone try it with Milestone characters, so I wanted to try my best. Rocket and Bulma have a similar vibe and I feel it will track. So I will draw her next time. Icon and hardware shortly after. Okay, back to work! “
It’s not a secret that manga has had influence over my run on Static. So as I wrap up the 6th issue, I wanted to draw something I’ve been wanting to draw for some time now; The Milestone Characters in the style of Akira Toriyama. pic.twitter.com/wvw1TAjUYl
— Nikolas Draper-Ivey (@NikDraperIvey) January 12, 2022
According to Draper-Ivey’s tweet, this is just the beginning of the Milestone superheroes’ manga redesign. From the other titles he has not yet illustrated Hardware, Icon and Rocket. However, Static’s friend and superhero partner from the animated series, Gear, can also provide a cool redesign. While Dakotaverse incorporates the styles of many artists, a manga-styled crossover would probably be a hit with fans based on positive reception of Static.
Given that Draper-Ivey is allegedly involved in the announced Milestone animated film, Dragon Ball Z could help to influence the project. So far, fans can dream based on the artist’s character design shared on social media. Static: First season # 5 will be released on Tuesday, January 25th.
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