The Gambit Effect


With art, I got 3 masters: Fernando Amorsolo (a distant lolo), Stan Lee and Nelo from “The Dog of Flanders” cartoon drama series (ya know, that kid who had a dog named Patrash. That little boy drew really well).
Stan Lee was the main man. His cross-hatching and over-all ink work from the 90’s was perfection. I have fallen in love with his Marvel Comics creations and X-Men in particular; they have influenced me so much and opened the doors of art and literature for me (yes, comic books count as literature). Stan Lee had so much power over me when I was still a twink. But he probably did not have so much influence over me as much as Gambit the X-Man did.

Gambit, ink on paper. Drawn on a horny day in 1998, 2nd year hischool.

Gambit. Now that man’s hot. Everything he touches ends up in hot explosion. His French accent coupled with his tousled hair and scruffy devil-may-care rockstar nonchalance was too much for a growing faerie like my pubescent old self.  I could’ve imagined the musk emanating from his hot body hidden under that worn-out trench coat like the undulating heat of sand dunes on a desert afternoon. Everything just lent to a mystery and je ne sais quoi so successful on me that I tried to emulate it during my (very few) visits to Bed. Most visits I was alone. I would come in a turned up hoodie, stay on a corner and drink my beer as I observe the crowd and absorb the music. Then maybe flash a Gambit smirk. Or a Gambit wink. Then wait to be picked up like a bitch.
It would be so convenient to blame my sexual orientation on a fictional character, but sometimes I could be very much convinced that Gambit gave me the purple faerie wings.

That bastard. That sexy, sexy bastard. 

13 coumouents:

Tristan Tan said...

There's really something about French guys that make me want to uhmpf. Haha. Hope to pick you up in Bed one of these days.

Herbs D. said...

gambit's just really hot. but the whole fact that Stan lee can do crosshatching in the most awesome way possible-now that's hotter!

though I've always had this huge crush on cyclops (because I love men wearing glasses) , gambit was always second on my list, following ... Collosus. Russians will always be hot on my list. teehee.

Johnny Cursive said...

Monogamous Johnny Cursive loves his boyfriend very much. My naughty Bed trysts are all in the past =P

Galen said...

Now that you've mentioned it, I like Gambit's not-so-flashy presence unlike Wolverine. It adds a mysterious appeal to him.

caloy said...

he's also my favorite..those kajun explosion and royal flush..i miss those days..hahaha!

Manech said...

Maybe it's just me, but I'm more of a cyclops guy. But a scruffy, mysterious guy with a French accent isn't bad at all. :)

Boying Opaw said...

ayaw niyo kaw Beast? yung blue.

Johnny Cursive said...

ayaw. parang mangangati ako dun.

Brent a.k.a. yourkidatheart said...

:'( Why oh why wont they bring back Nelo and Patrash?!
And the X-Men... wow! Almost raised hell then when I cant watch it!

Eternal Wanderer... said...

ahmmmm.

stan lee WROTE, didn't he?

it was jack kirby who drew :P

nice blog johnny! hope you don't mind if i follow it ;)

Johnny Cursive said...

I don't mind at all, bro! Alam ko kasi Stan Lee wrote and illustrated for marvel -- what a rockstar, that man. I guess I should be giving more credit to Ditko and Kirby haha =D

Eternal Wanderer... said...

yap, if i have my comics history down pat, lee wrote, and kirby and dikto drew.

calling engle, rude, xtian, and makmak for lifeline pls. teehee

Johnny Cursive said...

Kirby and ditko for the win! Mga alamat silang lahat. Stan did the art direction so he still gets to keep his pogi points. LOLs