“I Will Steal Your Heart”? Yes, please!
Howdy friends, Mark here. And I’ve got a few questions for you.
Do you like 80’s music? Yeah, of course you do. Either you were around during that golden era of guitars and synthesizers and remember it with fond devotion, or you are young enough that you missed it the first time around, but you clearly have such exquisite taste that you have discovered the magic of it for yourself years later. How do I know you have such good taste? You’re reading this blog post aren’t you?
OK, so down with 80’s music. Check.
How about comics? You like comics? How about that Deadpool movie? That was good times right? Well, in the 80’s there was a comic called The New Mutants and years later, it would be where Deadpool would make his first appearance. But long before that, there was the writing of Chris Claremont and the awesome stories he was crafting in X-Men and New Mutants. Interested? Of course you are! You have good taste, remember?
OK, so cool retro comics fascinated you as well. Check.
Well, then, do I have a treat for you. You see, there is a gentleman named Arvin Bautista, and he runs Greasy Pig Studios. And Arvin went and put the chocolate with the peanut butter. He has created the perfect 80’s Comic Book Music Video.
I’m just gonna let that magical phrase sit there for a moment. 80’s. Comic Book. Music Video.
Don’t believe me? I’m gonna need you to watch this now. Go ahead. I’ll be here when you get back.
Yeah, I know. You were gone for a little while. It’s cool. My first time, I watched it like four times in a row too.
So now that you’ve seen it, let me talk about just how awesome this video is.
I first came across this video from this article on Tor.com. The article drew me in, and I clicked on the video, and my god. I was blown away.
You see, as a kid growing up in the 80’s, Chris Claremont’s run on the X-Men and the New Mutants were one of my gateways into geekdom. Claremont crafted stories that were larger than life and epic, while still focusing on character relationships and personality. In a way, a lot of his work on those comics became a sort of subconscious blueprint for me when it came to my own storytelling. There was a feeling to his work that mingled that sense of adventure and fun with an intimacy of character that made you love these four-color heroes.
And that is what Arvin Bautista has captured here. The little character moments that each New Mutant gets while they are trying to get into the club? Perfect. The sheer swagger that Lila Cheney has on stage? Perfect. The moment during the bridge when Dazzler takes over? Beyond perfect. I love me some Dazzler.
And she rules here. Headband, blue jumpsuit, and all.
And that’s not even getting into the song itself. “I Will Steal Your Heart” is pure 80’s joy. It sounds and feels like a track that Pat Benatar never got around to recording. It is rocking and sweet, and I love it.
The song is available from Amazon and itunes soon. You can find the information here.
There is so much I love about this whole project, but more than anything, what it comes down to is this: Arvin has taken his passion and matched it with his talent to create something truly awesome, and that speaks to me. Because it is exactly what Joe and I are trying to do. Arvin has a much better soundtrack though.
So check out the video again, and buy a copy of the song. Blast it from that cubicle at work and get a Lila Cheney t-shirt made.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, Arvin’s first video is up on youtube as well. It’s a music video for a song called “The Sight of the Sound,” from Alison Blaire. Yup. A Dazzler music video.
And as a bonus, here is the special VHS Demo Version of the video for added nostalgia love.
Until next time, keep finding things you love. Even if they are as gloriously dated as Longshot’s mullet, or great 80’s music. I know I will.