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never broken for you-the maxx by dholms never broken for you-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 ok.

The shows in my mind are almost always better.'

-The Maxx Issue #1


Very special thanks goes out to lockstock/vkacademy for her most excellant
stock. The particular pose I used was the catalyst for this piece.

Another big helping of thanks goes out to rl-brushes for her incredible brushes
which were instrumental (what an understatement!) in the creation of the border.

The font I molested was acquired from

Of course thanks goes to Sam Kieth for creating The Maxx and to Bill Messner-Loebs
for giving The Maxx a voice.

More than anything though, thank all of YOU deviants to whom words could never be enough,...
I continue boring you with them anyway.


I may get around to coloring it.
Hey! It could happen!
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wywrocki Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
love THE MAXX 
MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
I actually don't recognize anything in this illustration except for the woman, but it still makes a lot of impact. Very nice composition and contrast.
dholms Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so you're not a maxx fan i take it?
no problem man.
it was a comic published by the ground breaking group Image back in the nineties by sam keith.
later it was animated series on mtv's oddities. it was awesome as well.
thanks so much for the words!
MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's hard to be a fan of something you've never heard of ;)

I've never been much into comics and never saw it on MTV.
MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Okay, that message wasn't completely fair. I can see a dream catcher and two muscular arms and fists with a big, boney index fingers. Apart from that it looks quite abstract to me.
TomWilcox Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Great work!
gladlad Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Dude! The MAXX is one of the best comic series EVER! This drawing fits it sooo perfectly! Awesome line density and balance. It's almost Mucha-y.
dholms Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hey man. thanks so much for that.
i'm definitely into mucha.
he's an influence of mine.
gladlad Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
I have his stuff all over-- I'm kinda obsessed. You shoulda seen me when a Czechoslovakian dude opened up a restaurant in our little town; he was impressed that I knew anything about their national treasure, but I think I was a little overbearing in my awe and reverence. Did you know Mucha designed their money? It made me hate our money even more than I already did. We should get Keith Haring or, appropriately, *Sam Keith* to design our money! How cool would that be?
Nazaxprime Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Is there a higher resolution version anywhere? Id like to give colors a shot, but figure I should get the highest res possible... that is to say, I will anyhow, so long as there is no higher res available. That said, after I'm done, Mind if I put it up on my gallery if I link back here and credit you and Sam? ;D
Great work, one of the best renderings I have seen in a while, of one of the most iconic characters ever. Makes me want to break out the paper and veg out like the good old days.
PoeticLotusCreations Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOWOWOWOWOW Hold up! You're one of the few I've seen do recent work from ol school 80's/90's stuff!! Now, there, right here is just amazing!!
Tuiridh Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
Amazing! Perfect!
bad-dolomite Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
You should put on some colour to see better the datails
kayceeus Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool! It reminds me of the great Filmore Auditorium posters from the 60's!!
mattuart Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
great work, its the maxx in every way you look. i loved that comic.
the greatest comic ever (next to spawn of course)
Too awesome! The Maxx was an incredibly good comic. You've done an awesome job on this! Definite fave!
ShockerToys Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
Great Work!
MTV's The Maxx is a Purple Machine! Now you can act out with The Maxx vinyl action figures! Yes they are real own it. MTV's The Maxx vinyl action figure is available at [link]
casperdj777 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008
they cut out a lot when they put it on vhs ! i want an uncut dvd !
IsIj Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
amazing work :)
Comrade-Max Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats beyond cool dude :D
DungeonsDeep Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007 MAXX!!!! and i love dholms!
dholms Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
heh. thank you so much! i'm a maxx addict myself as well!
thelonegunman Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
great maxx piece, i'm a fan ever since my lil eyes caught a glimpse of him on mtv waybackwhen.

i like the nouveau feel, its an odd fit
dholms Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
hey man. thanks.
'odd' is definately good in my book. heh.
been a huge maxx fan forever myself.
5cott-13ird Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
Ah, Da' Maxx! This so takes me back to Maxx Traxx, I could so see this in the letter column.

As for "Advanced Critique", the feet look funny, are they suppose to be wrapped around the dreamcatcher?

Oh, and is Mr. Gone hiding in the feather down there? That tricky Mr. Gone!
dholms Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
uhm. to be honest, i did have one sketch in maxx traxx and one on the back cover of two issues.
as for the feet,...well,...those aren't the feet. heh. the feet are hidden behind him and the hill top. what you are seeing is my
stupid visual way of having the hilltop segue into some art nouveau design.
i think you're the first one to catch the mr. gone thing. good eye!
5cott-13ird Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
You lucky sonuvva bitch! I got into Maxx right as it ended, so I never got the chance. What issues, I got 'em right next to me in my comics box.
5cott-13ird Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
I've got the one of his own art, but not the one of other people drawing The Maxx. Way to go on getting the autographed card; I happen to have me a Sam Kieth autograph myself.... oh FUCK!! Actually I *don't* have that anymore. Y'see, I have a box of things that got thrown out due to my room mates stupidity, and every month or so I remember something else that was jammed inside that big box. Like right now. Anyway, I *had* a Sam Kieth autograph on the sketch book he sold through the internet. Dammit.

But tell me, what issues was your work in, I want to see it.

As for me, I've got the figure, the issue of Hulk he drew in the early 90s, almost all of his MCP covers, and I Before E #1 and #2. I use to have a comic with Wolverine and Jubalee from his MCP days that you could only get by sending in proofs of purchase to Charlston Chew. I *use* to have this way rare comic, but it got thrown out in that box too. Grrrrrrrrrr!!!! Fuck!
dholms Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
hell i even got all the art card sets,...AND the mcfarlane toys action figure! heh. that's how stupid i was over sam kieth and the maxx.
incidently, i got his autograph on one of the cards. yes. you may exercise envy now. ;)
MrWorks Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional General Artist
Great piece of work
SwissHippies Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2006
Eh ben j'ai rarement vue des ligne de se genre, just parfait et une imagination a faire mourir des ptit desbutant dans mon genre....

(in english: you're a bit too good for me !!!! about...hehe. Amazing!!!!
scribblesartist Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2006
this friggen rules. My good. Maxx @ his best:)
cornflakegal Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
that's so cool! :D
adn-pera Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006  Professional General Artist
So beauty. Worths a fav instantly!

MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2006  Professional General Artist
That looks really neat! I especially like the twisted roots. I can't think of any constructed criticism, so concider yourself granted haha
kanda-cgroom Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the composition just amazes me o___o
that's really powerfull, even if it's only in black and white *_*
TinyPEN15 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2006
Nice, such great style and design. I miss the Maxx.
GunnerRomantic Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Aaahhhfuck. This is so friggin' wicked. I have nothing but love for you.
no-wang-involved Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006
im so exited to see things like this online. it gives me hope for humanity. or lack there of
DarkLeaDeR Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
esto es muy bueno, y buen estilo
OhAnneli Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006  Professional General Artist
WOAAA!! :heart: I looove!! It took me a while to see the creature in the picture, but when he faded out... whoaaaaa.... I am impressed, I looove it. love love love it! :heart: Fav!!
smartmonkeee Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
total yumminess... seriously... i love it... what detailing and it reminds me of the old beaux artes posters...

i know im late on this comment... but geeeeesh, i was out tossin cheezedoodles off the overpass...
michelln Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2006
Wow! That is some sexy SEXY linework!
Very awesome design, would love to see some colour too!
and hey! what's that little ^ thingy doing there beside your name?
Guess you're one of the big kids now eh! When did that happen?
Damnit I've been away too long!
herrguizmei Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006
so impressive work
DarkModex Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
KOOOLLLL!!! :headbang:
seadogz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
very detailed ^_^
ddt-poison Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006
Black and white. So much made with so little, such complexity from so much simplicity! I love the use of what i have now learned is "positive and negative space".
I congratulate you on a piece well done.

:+fav:ing it for future inspiration! (no worries wont copy your work!:P)
Canadiano Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006
Excellent!!! +fav
tsheva Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous lines. Can't wait to see it colored.
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