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Cagney Clone Corps by LeevanCleefIII
Cagney Clone Corps
My submission for the 'Kirby Gangsters Competition.' Got the idea for this knowing Jack was a big fan of Warner Bros. gangster films and more specifically, crime movies starring James Cagney. Actually from what I've read, the King chose the name "Jack Kirby" because it reminded him of the name "James Cagney" (not to mention a lot of people noted similarities between Kirby and Cagney for their similar appearance and demeanor). So with that in mind, I decided to make a fake (Kirby inspired) Cagney themed comic cover that would fit in with the type of sci-fi concepts the King was exploring during his time at DC Comics in the 1970s.
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I sympathize with the VFX and 3D animation community and their recent plight, but something about the whole thing doesn't sit right with me. The 2D animation business in the US has gone through much harder times (with so much of the work in the field outsourced to other countries for years now). I don't think there was ever this much outcry and support for the 2D community even when they've essentially been dumped on and pissed on for years. Almost seems like another instance of the so-called "animation age ghetto" playing out again. People seem only to care now because they are realizing that their beloved (somehow deemed less for kids) superhero, sci-fi, and fantasy films (which are essentially animated films as proven by sites like the Before VFX blog) are nothing without CGI. So many things going on these days to make me upset with the current state of the entertainment industry as a whole, yet so much drive for me to want to keep pushing at creating the stuff I love.

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Chad Kaplan
Artist | Film & Animation
United States
I was born and raised in the New England area and have been drawing for as long as I can remember. Art is my passion and I constantly strive to teach myself new methods and styles. In addition I have been watching films for most of my life. This became an obsession around the year 2004 and I embarked on the quest to try my hand at animation. Since then I have contributed animation to some independent film projects and I currently have a few new assignments in the works.
Please visit me at the following links:

Official Website: www.chadkaplan.com
IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm3588314/
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/Kabukifil…
Vimeo: www.vimeo.com/chadkaplan
Italian Film Review: www.italianfilmreview.com/sear…
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/profile/view?…
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/chadkaplanani…
Official Tumblr: chadkaplan-artandanimation.tum…
Portfolio: www.coroflot.com/chadkaplan

Current Residence: Rhode Island
Favourite genre of music: Punk rock, funk, soundtrack music, synth
Favourite style of art: 2-D Animation, comic books, Ukiyo-e, 1960s/70s hand painted film posters
Operating System: Mac OSX
Favourite cartoon characters: Daisuke Jigen, Race Bannon, Jonah Hex
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WednesdayWeek Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks for the :+fav: on Gangster Land!!:iconrikkavplz:
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broom-rider Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Thank you for the :+fav:! :)
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Mathieugeekboy Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks very much for the faves!
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cracked139 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for joining :iconralphbakshi-fc:
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Zakosauris Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
thanks for the fave, I truly appreciate it!
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Zakosauris Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Again, thanks!
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KurtBelcher1 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014

Thanks for the Favorites, Chad!



KAB

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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
It's Lee VanCleef! :iconthe-badplz: :faint: :D Thanks a lot for the :+devwatch: and :+fav:s, Chad! :wave: :ahoy:
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dalgoda7 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch and the faves...  great handle, too!  :)
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dfridolfs Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Thanks for the watch!

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