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i am the maxx by dholms i am the maxx by dholms
'it's wet.
dark and wet.
it's the kind of weather that penetrates.
it makes your skin feel itchy and oily.
dirty, kind of.
but real too.
that's good.
it's time for cheers.
sam and diane. norm peterson. the coach.
and then, after he died, woody.
i don't have a tv now,
but that's okay.
the shows in my mind
are almost always better.'

-'the maxx' issue one
created and drawn by sam keith
dialogue by bill messner-loebs


his name was dave. he was homeless. lived in a cardboard box.
he was good. to a fault. but he always stood up for the little guy.
he lost more than he won. but he never quit.
that made him real.
a tortured soul. a romantic. a hero for the common man.
finally, a hero for me.
he was the maxx.
no. that's not right.
he is and always will be,...the maxx.

you really didn't think i'd let my anniversary go by without the maxx,
did you?

loud love you people.
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work-is-play Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
You fuckin rock dude.
KevMcNamara Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work on all your pieces man
zyphryus Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
WHA! its the MAXX!!! :D :XD: :dance:
its a ~dark~ Maxx in action! kick butt!
terriblekim Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2006
how the hell did you get the red so obviously vibrant red on this? there is so much i love about this i dont even want to start ok.
no really .. how the fuck do you pull this shit off.
BillyPothead Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
The Maxx is one of THE greatest comic book characters of all time. Awesome work. +faved
BaaingTree Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2005
Hello! I've come to invade and celebrate the anniversary over a year too late. You might not even be on DA anymore. :shrug: Oh well. I too am another fan of the Maxx, but since you've heard all that, I'll keep my fangeek rantings to myself. I love the textures in the background here, and the sketchy movement of everyone, with the gritty colors. My favorite bit is the Isz for some reason, ask me not why. He just stands out the most to me.

*thwacks with "Thank you for drawing organic!" stamp and stomps away*
god-of-insects Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2004

The Maxx is my favourite big purple man.
tralynn Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2004
Depth. I really like the way you hid " The Max" in the background. You seem to really enjoy playing in the shadows in your art work (well from what I've seen so far). It's really Nice work.
scotto Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2003   Photographer
Thats excellent. I used to collect this comic (well I bought issues 0-5 anyway) Your artwork is as good as I remember the comic to be. Great work! :)
hellraiserdemon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2003
haven't seen the maxx in any form in a long time. don't realy remember the plot,if i ever knew it, but he definatley deserves to be remembered and shown and this is a sweet pic of him
thedecline Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2003
Love the commentary and the picture is incredible.

Love they eyes on the beast.
atrophyentropy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2003
Oh you evil bastard... this is your work, you better take care of me lord because if you don't, you're gonna have me on your hands....

...few people understand the psychology of dealing with a highway traffic cop. Your normal speeder will panic and immediately pull over to the side. This is wrong. I arouses contempt in the cop heart. Make the bastard chase you - he will follow. But he won't know what to make of your blinker signal that says you're about to turn right. This is to let him know you're pulling off for a proper place to talk. It will take him a moment to realize he's about to make a 180 degree turn at speeds, but you will be ready for it, brace for the G's, fast heel-toe.

That's all I can think so say, or quote.
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2003  Professional Digital Artist
man that is so fantastic!!!! its been such a long time since ive been to your wonderful page.. i remember the last thing i faved from here was your Brandon Lee tribute!


rock on!!!!!! :+fav:

is that mixed media or ur usual watercolours
thelonegunman Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2003
excellent piece of this classy character.
monertia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2003
Just wonderful! The Maxx is great on its own, and you definately do it justice. Beautiful detailed line work, lettering, texturing, and I just cant get enough of how surprised that tiger looks.
showna Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2003  Professional Photographer
I adore that liitle white evil-looking thing
in the top right corner.
you should do a whole piece on him lol :)
glimmerfish Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2003
you really didn't think I'd let your Maxx post go without a comment did you?

yeah, you first brought me in with a Maxx piece. And you kept me there with a wonderful gallery beyond my comprehension and the ever lingering hope of some more Maxx related art. Everynow and then I'd wake up and go, " YAY!"

Today was one of those days.

This is piece is all kinds of cool. I love the blood and the cracked background and the little guy up top and the vegetible below him that picked the wrong hobo to mess with and, above all, a kickass Outback attack Maxx.

What did you drink as a child that made you so much better than me? Is it too late for me to get some?


memmin Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2003
Ahhh I love your work.. it's so.. refreshing. A nice break from everything so digital. Really makes me appreciate the effort and precision of natural media. Nope, no magic erasers or "undo" buttons for paper.. I love all the lines in this.. ALL the lines! It's all just too awesome, and I love the colors! So dark but vivid at the same time! I really love the mixtures of purples on The Maxx.
You rock Big D! You rock socks!
dholms Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
oh no!
who told you about my magic erasers????

thanks mems.
you're WAY too kind to me!
memmin Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2003
I still need to comment on the rest of your submissions :P
Hopefully soon I can! I finished a lot of my projects last night in open so hopefully I'm good to go!
Now for all my object perspective projects :x
Aieeee I hope I can get them done nicely!
Yo ho yo ho a pirate's life for me!
Paula-Rosa Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2003   General Artist
Ahah! Wanna pet them all!

terriblekim Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2003
you are the best artist on da :O omgomgomg d this is so radical and awesome ;___; *sheds a tear of love*
dholms Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
ya nut.

miskis Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003
YOU are the maxx! ;) awsome awsome awsome..have my art babies??
dholms Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
'have your art babies'?

well,'ll have to stand in line.

aw heck.
i'll move ya on up to the front!

bren Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003
egads...the's awesome!! VERY cool looking...I love your style!
aidos Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2003
Yes. You da maxx.
AthenaTT Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2003
I love the Maxx so much! This is just wonderful.
perkan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2003  Professional Traditional Artist
Your style speak for its own. THis is just superb.... The mix of hard inking and traditional colouring is both original and genoius; not to mention well executed.

-michell-n Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2003
heh this is awesome! the textures you do are great!
and happy anniversary too :D
getcarter Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2003   Photographer
Happy anniversary, my friend,

you ´ve chosen the right character for this occasion!

The MAXX rocks for ever!
deep Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2003
you machine.

-fourstars & a big ol' blunt.
dholms Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
i like the machine reference.

keep the stars bro.

front me the blunt.

godling Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2003
Nicely done. The Maxx is one of the most inspired comics I've ever read. I really love the way you did this. The shading technique you used is very.. familiar to the character. =)

asclaire Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2003
I wish I have your style, and imagination ... :)
hey, Happy anniversary :hug:
evanjensen Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2003  Professional Traditional Artist
We didg the maxx. I want the entire comic series damnit. I really like your pseudo-Keith art... more gritty than his style in some ways, but much nicer with the washed-out look of the BG. And ncie work with bringing in that old picture into this one. ; )
musickrazy57 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2003
That blood fx rocks. I dig this man , your style is perfect to portray the maxx.
cheshirecheck Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2003
*uses the weird little asteriks/third-person way of stating what's going on*

*screams like a school girl*

Dholms rocks my world sideways!

Even if he does smell like cabbage sometimes.. ok, all the time.

Seriously. Take a shower man. Or has that sort of revolutionary plumbing mechanism not reached your corner of the boondox yet?
dholms Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
i like cabbage dinkus.

and school girls.

so c'mere my little *beOtch*

oh shit.

pearl jam is on snl reruns.

gotta go!

lucky you.
cyphixation Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2003
Bloddy.h.christ man....where do i even start?

Prolly the way i start on all your work: fuckin.A, that is great!

Seriously....when do you find time to do all of this kickass work man?

i love it. i love you....oh, scratch that....well i mean, don't think i don't (or couldn't) i mean, i know if i was...well, you know.... i have to go now...

Kickass work bro! :)
gramarye Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2003
Wow. You're so amazing! The izz is awesome! I love his tongue! :giggle: And his coloring is outstanding! And that wicked tree he's holding onto with the mossy stuff hanging off it is wonderful! And of course, Maxx and the tiger are out of this world! That blood looks almost 3D! I really like the cool stuff you've got going on around the edges of the picture as well. Your stuff rocks, D! Fantastic as always! :clap:

dapejn Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2003
I really love the upper right part of it and especially the coloration... I see it's some tongue but I really can't say what exactly this is supposed to be... anyway I just see it's great ... I also like how the guy on left smashes the guy on right... all the detail, the blood, that claw... great work!!!!!!
fangedfem Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2003
Ah yes the maxx rawks-- as you do mah dear =D Damn the details you achieve always blow me away!
cornerstreet Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2003
very kewl

I got this weird hint of W. Blake and Ralph Steadman in the tiger
dholms Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
i totally love william blake and mo' specially steadman,...
(recently dragged out my pink floyd 'the wall' and have been
intravenuosly pumping it into my system 24/7 lately)
but,...i'll give you a little 'inside' (actually, i meant to relate this
in my 'scipt),...the kitty-cat is a total ripoff of frank frazetta.
who is God by the way.
did you know that, incidently?

thanks for the attention by the way.
psaion Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2003
maxx rocks. nicely done, thats a creepy looking iz there at the top :O
azarath Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2003  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeeeaaah you know i love it! :+favlove:
temabina Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2003
Wow this is nice, i really love the coloring.
NickTrip Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2003   Traditional Artist
This is awesome. Great job!
playground Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2003
maxx is baddass =) awesome pic
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