I thought I’d take a stab at this, seeing as everyone else was doing it.
1. Empire Strikes back – There’s so many images from this movie that are forever burned into my brain, such as the AT-AT Walkers on Hoth, The carbonite chamber on Cloud City, Darth Vader inviting Han solo to dinner, and this one of Luke Skywalker with his sunken X Wing….. For some reason, that orange flight suit has always caught my attention.
2. Cerebus (Dave Sim)– 300 issues, self published. How can you not be influenced by that when you’re self publishing your own comic?
3. Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson) – As a kid, I couldn’t get enough Calvin and Hobbes. As an adult, I still can’t.
4. Sergios Aragones’ Mad Marginals – I never had a lot of MAD comics as a kid, but the ones I had, I read them a lot!
5. Looney Tunes (Chuck Jones) – The other directors were great (which is an understatement), but for some reason I’ve always been drawn to the Chuck Jones ones.
6. Ronald Searle – I was introduced to Ronald Searle’s work by Chuck Gammage, while I was in college for animation.
7. Tex Avery – Funny, funny, funny.
8. Amazing Spider-Man – Looking at them now, I really, really admire Ditko’s work on Spider-Man (he did create him and all the cool villains after all), but as a kid I grew up in John Romita Jr’s era, which had a huge influence on me. His father drew a good looking Spider-Man too.
9. Groo the Wanderer (Sergio Aragones) – Again, Sergio Aragones had a huge impact on me as a kid, and Groo the Wanderer was one of the series that I had every issue of.
10. Neal Adams’ Batman – This issue was in a box of comics my uncle left at our cottage for us to read (or maybe we hijacked the box at some point, unbeknownst to him), and a few drawings from it scared the heck out of me, but I loved it. (Batman with lipstick and no shirt, ready to kick the crap out of Ra’s Al Guhl inparticularly).
11. Don Martin – His drawings were just plain funny
12. Archie – I never realized until just recently, how much the Archie comics I had as a kid influenced me. It’s too bad that Archie comics suck nowadays.
13. Robin Hood (Milt Kahl) – How can you be an animator and not drool over Milt Kahl drawings?
14. Peanuts (Charles Schulz) – I like the early stuff the best.
15. Tekkon Kinkreet – The movie blew me away when I saw it the first time.
16. Maxfield Parrish (Mary Mary Quite Contrary) – I’ve just always loved this picture. I’m still trying to find a print of it….. (I passed up on an opportunity to buy one once for a really good deal, and I’m still kicking myself for it, but at the time I was poor……. much like now).
You can download the template from ‘fox-orion’ over at Deviantart and make your own influence map. (and post it in the comment section here too!)
Check out Mike’s over at his Ultraist Studios Blog Journal too.