The Art of Evan Shaner

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Flash Gordon is a gorgeous comic-book, and that is all thanks to Evan “Doc” Shaner, as well as colorist extraordinaire Jordie Bellaire. So much so that between Jeff Parker’s writing and those dazzling visuals, I am wholeheartedly on board for as long as this title runs. But what about this Shaner guy? What’s his story?

So this guy – this guy attended Central Michigan University, which he graduated in 2008. During that time he was also a Staff Cartoonist for Central Michigan Life. Afterwards, he began freelancing, and has done so for the likes of Archaia, Dark Horse, Marvel, and DCFlash Gordon marks his first ongoing series, and it’s a heck of a first at that! His art has a timeless, but modern feel to it, that perfectly captures high-flying action and adventure.

You can find him online on tumblr, twitter, and even deviantArt (even though there doesn’t seem to be much there). You should also check out the short Christmas tale he illustrated (over on ComicsAlliance) about Klaubauf, the Bavarian version of the Krampus, which was written by Benito Cereno. Plus some favorites below! Read More

[Retrospective] The Art of Gustaf Tenggren

Gustaf Tenggren (1896-1970) was a Swedish-American illustrator, and one of the defining artistic voices for early Disney films, like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)Fantasia (1940), Pinocchio (1940), and Bambi (1942). Starting at age 11 he apprenticed for a lithographer’s shop, which in turn, two years later, resulted in a scholarship in Gothenburg at the Valand School of Fine Arts.

Like John Bauer, he contributed to Bland tomtar och troll (Among gnomes and trolls), and did so from 1918 until 1926, totaling 10 volumes (which is two more than Bauer, for those keeping track). In 1920 he moved to the United States, and eventually in 1935 accepted an Art Director position working for Walt Disney’s Snow White. He only worked for the studio until 1939, but was greatly influential.

Afterwards, he dedicated himself to book projects of his own – a full list of which can be found, here, and includes Janette Sebring Lowrey’s The Poky Little Puppy, which he illustrated, and which by the end of the 20th century became the world’s most printed and sold children’s book. On April 6th, 1970, he died from lung cancer.

You can find examples of his work, here, here, here, and here. Plus some favorites below! Read More

The Art of Scott Godlewski

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Scott Godlewski is an artist from Arizona. He is the co-creator of Mysterious Adventure Magazine, the creator of Mostros: Dinosaur-Man From Neptune, and illustrator of Dracula: Company of Monsters, which was written by Kurt Busiek & Daryl Gregory. Also, he’ll be doing the line art on the upcoming Copperhead from Image, which will be written by Jay Faeber and feature color art by Ron Riley.

It’s an exciting comic, partially thanks to the setting – a gritty 24th century western – and partially thanks to Godlewski’s art, which looks fantastic! There’s a preview on CBR, which you should check out, and since Diamond’s initial order deadline is July 23rd, you should probably tell your local comic-book store about it right away!

Anyway, you can also follow him on deviantArt and twitter, plus view some favorites below! Read More

Hey, Look! Comics! (7/16/14)

Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds

Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds

There is a ton of news this week, including a very exciting announcement coming out of DC Comics! Seriously, this could be a legitimate game changer. Also, many new comics to pick up! Let’s get this show on the road!

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Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds - Scott Pilgrim is a singular comic-book, one that mixed a variety of styles and themes into a fun and meaningful story. Not only was the initial run incredibly successful, but it also launched an underrated film and currently a series of color reprints. It goes without saying then that O’Malley’s next endeavor would be hotly anticipated. This is that, and it is finally upon us! A young restaurant owner, a second chance at love, and magic! It’s bound to be funny, full of poignant personal moments, and cool moments! Easily the hottest item this week! Read More

[Retrospective] The Art of Margaret Clark

Margaret Clark (1901-2001) was an Australian illustrator. She briefly attended the Julian Aston Art School, then in 1918 she was commissioned by the Sweetacres Confectionery Company to decorate an exclusive line of chocolates. She exhibited with the Sydney Society of Women Painter in 1924, and later solo at the Sydney Art Salon in 1926, the latter of which was very well received.

Her illustrations were also published, first in Young Australia in 1923, and later in Australian Childhood in 1930. After marrying in 1929 she did not exhibit again, and her artistic output ceased. In 1985 her work was included in an exhibit of children’s illustrations hosted by the James Hardie Library in Sydney’s S.H. Ervin Gallery.

You can find examples of her work thanks to the “Federation Fairies – Margaret Clark” Facebook page, as well as other examples, here, here, here, and here. Plus some favorites below! Read More

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