Comic Book Artists: Chris Bachalo

[Chris Bachalo Official Website] This is the second instalment in what I hope will be a fortnightly feature where I highlight some of the artists I like. There is no preference to the order – just what I feel like at the time – and I’ll post some art and try to talk about why I like the art. I could go through my old comics and scan images to assist my discussion, but then I’d never get round to posting anything … I first saw Chris Bachalo’s art in the pages of Shade, The Changing Man, the updating of […]

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Comic Book Artists: Travis Charest

On this blog, I have a tendency to talk more about the writing and the story of the comic books I love. This is partially because a lot of what draws me to comic books is the writing, but also because I feel inadequate in explaining and discussing appreciation of the art styles. However, the art is still important to me. To this end, I thought I’d try to start a regular feature by posting the work of an artist I enjoy, including some links, and a few words about them. I do something similar on my Tumblelog [LINK] but […]

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Comic Book Cameos

You can call it cameos. You can call it Easter Eggs. You can call it in-jokes. Whatever your name of preference, it is one thing that comic book art can do better and easier than just about any form of entertainment I can think of. The artist can tell the story but put in little references to other things, if you look at it close enough. Take Excalibur #14 by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis. This is the first page. Can you spot all the people hidden in the crowd shots? I can see Dr Strange at the top, the […]

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David Artists-Just-Outside-My-Favourites (Part 2)

Following from the previous post, this is the second part in my list of artists I dig but who are just outside my Top 5 (in continuing alphabetical order): Dale KeownPeter David had a great run on the Incredible Hulk; not completely perfect by any means, but pretty damned good, it has to be said. It was made even better with artists who had a little something extra. Keown was such an artist for me, and his run on the Hulk came at the zenith of PAD’s run on the Hulk, leading up to the unification of the three personas. […]

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David’s Artists-Just-Outside-My-Favourites (Part 1)

I mentioned the fact I would be talking about the artists I enjoy, so here is the first part of the preliminary rounds – the artists I dig but who are just outside the Top 5 list of my all-time favourite artists. In alphabetical order, here are the first six in the category of Cool Artists: John CassasdayFor his Planetary work alone, Cassaday has earned a place on my list of artists whose work I love. I even bought the X-MenAlpha Flight mini he did with Ben Raab, solely because of his eye-poppingly gorgeous art. An absolute joy to behold, […]

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Work kills, links feed … oh, and something about artists

Wow, work just came out of nowhere and bit me in the arse. Bastard. How am I supposed to blog if I have to earn a living? So, first some linkblogging, then some thoughts on artists. Scott at Polite Dissent is back. Seems there was a problem with his hosting service, which has been sorted. Good news. Tom presents a very well-reasoned look at the two-faced nature of Joe Quesada when it comes to Spider-Man [EDIT: post has been removed]. Makes a lot of sense to me, especially as Joey Q will let JMS and Kevin Smith do whatever they […]

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