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RobertoOrtiz
02-23-2005, 05:44 PM
As part of the upcoming: COMING SOON: The Comic Strip.... (http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=205932) at the CGTalk Daily Sketch Forum (http://www.cgtalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=130)



I have been trying to compile a list of the best comic book/ comic strip artists
& illustrators to, as they say, inspire the troops.
Here is the list i have compile so far:

Here is my list, and I would love to hear what is your list....

Graphic Novels


Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed)
Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Nausicca and the Valley of the Wind)
Jean Giraud Moebius (Airtight Garage)
Comic Books


Berni Wrightson (Swamp Thing, Frankenstein)
Frank Miller (Sin City, Ronin, Dark Knight Returns)
George Perez (Crisis on the Infinite Earths, Wonder Woman)
Alan Davis (Cap Britain, Excalibur)
Jim Lee (X-men)
Neal Adams (Brave and the Bold)
John Byrne (Superman)
Mike Mignola (HellBoy)
Daily Strips

Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County, Opus)
Gary Larson (Far Side)
Charles Schulz (Peanuts)
Quino (Mafalda)

Troy
02-23-2005, 05:59 PM
Alex Ross and Simon Bisley http://www.simonbisleyonline.com/

dmonk
02-23-2005, 06:02 PM
Personal Favorites:

Humberto Ramos
Jim Lee
Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates)
Chris Bachallo (SP!?!)

Tons more, but these are a few.

tjnyc
02-23-2005, 06:03 PM
Comic Book:

Arthur Adams (X-Men)
Todd McFarlane (Amazing Spider-man & Spawn)
Walt Simonson (Thor(BetaRay Bill Saga), X-Factor)
Jack Kirby (The "true" Marvel Icon)
Mike Mignola (Hellboy)
George Perez (The New Teen Titans)
Frank Miller (Batman:Year One, Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil(writer))
Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman covers, Tomb Raider covers)
John Byrne (X-Men)
Jim Lee (Punisher, X-Men)

GN:

Hiroaki Samura (Blade of the Immortals)
Shirow Masamune (All his work published in the US)
Frank Miller (Sin City)
Mazakazu Katsura (Video Girl Ai)
Hayao Miyazaki (Nausicca and the Valley of the Wind)
Simon Bisley (Love freaking all his stuff)

I could go on and on, but these are the only ones I can think of right now, I'll probably remember some more later.


Cheers,

hypercube
02-23-2005, 06:27 PM
A few more:

Geoff Darrow (Hard Boiled, Big Guy & Rusty The Boy Robot, Concepts, Illustrations, Matrix)
Massimiliano Frezzato (Keepers of the Maser)
Katsuya Terada (Concepts, Illustration, Character Designs, Other, Blood)
Howard Chaykin (American Flagg, Black Kiss, Mighty Love)
Claire Wendling (Illustration, Character Designs, Other)
Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl, Gorillaz)
Juan Gimenez (Metabarons, Leo Roa)
Koji Morimoto (Illustration, Character Designs, Other)
Tanaka Tatsuyuki (Cannabis Works)
Jhonen Vasquez (Squee, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Invader Zim)
Shane Glines (Illustrations, Character Design)
Yoshitoshi Abe (Character Design, Other)

Leaving out a bunch but that's off the top of my head..along with many already mentioned!

Maybe it'd be a good idea to put the book titles of collected work for the Illustrators too? Might help for research. Let me know and I'll update.

Pinoy McGee
02-23-2005, 06:54 PM
Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Seth, Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad), Leinil Yu (Superman: Birthright), Michael Ryan (Mystique - no inks), Jan Duursema (Star Wars), Kagan McLeod (Infinite Kungfu), Joe Madureira (Battle Chasers, Street Fighter covers), Ma Wing Shing (Storm Riders and other uber cool kung fu comics).

John Buscema, Gene Colan, Alex Toth, Sergio Aragones

list goes on.....

but first without failing to mention Katsuhiro Otomo for volumes of Akira.

Andrew W
02-23-2005, 07:14 PM
Will Eisner,
Jeffrey Jones,
Mike Kaluta,
Alex Toth,
Frank Miller,
Bill Waterson,
Jamie Hewlett,
and Klaus Janson

would all also be on my reading list.

For what it's worth.

A

KolbyJukes
02-23-2005, 07:27 PM
Alex Ross (Marvels, Kingdom Come)
Mike Mignola (Hellboy)
Eric Powell (Goon)
Geoff Darrow (Hard Boiled, Big Guy and Rusty, Shaolin Cowboy)
John Cassaday (Astonish Xmen)
Frank Miller (Sin City)
Lee Bermejo (Batman: Deathblow, soon to be taking over Mignola's art duties on Hellboy)
Adam Hughes (Gen 13, Ghost)
Joe Madureira (Battle Chasers)

-K.

chromiumjade
02-23-2005, 07:32 PM
Off the top of my head and in absolutely no particular order:

Jamie Hewlett
Los Bros Hernandez (Love and Rockets)
Dave McKean (illustrations and covers for Sandman)
Ralph Steadman
Frank Miller
Alex Ross
John Romita (Sr & Jr)
Chris Ware (gotta root for a hometown guy)

cheers...

Sil3
02-23-2005, 07:37 PM
There are so many to choose from hehehe, but were we go with some of those that are MUST have for me:

- Berni Wrightson (Frankstein, Swamp Thing):bowdown:

- Alfonso Azpiri (got known in USA for the amazing work on the long defunct Penthouse Comix, publishs regularly on Heavy Metal magazine) :buttrock:

- Rick Leonardi (SpiderMan 2099 - almost no one recognises this guy as a BRILIANT artist :sad: )

- J.Romita Sr/Jr (the best Spider Man artists IMO )

- Jean "Moebius" Giraud (The Incal although i prefer he´s Bluberry books/style)

- Regis Loisel (Peter Pan)

- Mike Ploog ( lot´s of work to mention, but all AMAZING)

- Enki Bilal (Immortals saga and everything else)

- Walter Simonson (the best THOR saga EVER)

- John Buscema (Savage sword of Conan among lot other stuff)

-Will Eisner (everything he ever did :bounce: )

- Kerry Gamil (Captain America in the 80´s and bazilions of covers, now is a concept artist)

- Sam Kieth (The Maxx)


Im forgeting a lot of others, but this are the ones that when i see something new i just need to HAVE IT :applause:

rwijaya
02-23-2005, 07:40 PM
winsor McCay
emile cohl

??

djmagick
02-23-2005, 07:43 PM
Kevin ONeill - (Nemesis the Warlock, Marshall Law)
Carlos Ezquerra - (Judge Dredd, ABC warriors)
Jim Woodring - (Frank, Jim)

These are my three that havent been already mentioned.

EricUNSL
02-23-2005, 08:05 PM
Travis Charest, Whilce Portacio, Geof Darrow, John Bryne, Alex Ross and Me. Well I used to do comic characters in high school I thought were damn good:shrug:

SheepFactory
02-23-2005, 08:07 PM
Joe Madureira (Battle Chasers)

-K.


He also gets the award for the laziest comic book artist :)

Sil3
02-23-2005, 08:22 PM
He also gets the award for the laziest comic book artist :)

Nope..that one goes to Dale Keown (The Pitt) :D

FloydBishop
02-23-2005, 08:32 PM
How about Bill Waterson

http://www.ncf.ca/%7Edw350/caldance.gif

and Gary Larson

http://www.bo.astro.it/%7Efabrizio/comics/far8.gif

KolbyJukes
02-23-2005, 11:14 PM
He also gets the award for the laziest comic book artist :)

yeah, what is that guy up to these days?

It's like he disappeared. Last I saw he was doing covers for video games and gamer mags.

-K.

mahir
02-23-2005, 11:16 PM
Haven't looked at the newer artists recently since my comics addiction isn't as intense as before so i can't really comment on them. Aside from the often repeatedly lauded greats (Adams, Byrne, Ross etc.), here's another vote for the cool styles of Mike Mignola and Travis Charest!
Also a couple not yet mentioned: Jae Lee, Texeira.

paperclip
02-23-2005, 11:30 PM
Watterson and Larson for sure, but how come no one mentioned:

Goscinny & Uderzo:

http://picserver.org/view_image.php/2S4A0095648I/picserver.jpeg

and

Hergé:

http://picserver.org/view_image.php/1UV9HN269T6V/picserver.jpeg

I was reared on these guys! How about the rest of you? Black gold, anyone? Or a menhir?

MadMax
02-23-2005, 11:42 PM
I am surprised to see actual talented artists being listed here.

Here I was expecting to come in here and see fanboy ravings for talentless hacks like Rob Liefeld.

leigh
02-23-2005, 11:56 PM
I am surprised to see actual talented artists being listed here.

Here I was expecting to come in here and see fanboy ravings for talentless hacks like Rob Liefeld.

And exactly why is he a "talentless hack"? I'd never heard of him before (I don't know much about comic art), but after looking at some of his stuff via Google, I'd hardly describe him with such words myself. It would probably be helpful to the thread if you would elaborate a little on your appraisal.

BillSpradlin
02-23-2005, 11:57 PM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Tim Bradstreet, phenomenal comic artist and illustrator.

KolbyJukes
02-24-2005, 12:05 AM
And exactly why is he a "talentless hack"? I'd never heard of him before (I don't know much about comic art), but after looking at some of his stuff via Google, I'd hardly describe him with such words myself. It would probably be helpful to the thread if you would elaborate a little on your appraisal.

I wouldn't go so far as to call Liefeld a talentless hack...but his work really left something to be desired. I remember for awhile there everybody was emulating his style, kinda flavour-of-the-week...then all of a sudden it just died off.

Leigh, check out these articles, they summerize why people have a problem with Liefeld:
http://www.fortunecity.com/tatooine/niven/142/talentpo/tp03.html
http://members.aol.com/chrisv82/america.htm

I shudder at thought of Youngblood.

-K.

leigh
02-24-2005, 12:08 AM
Thanks for the info, Kwak. As I said, I don't know much about comic art, so it's interesting to start learning more about it! :)

Art2
02-24-2005, 12:10 AM
Liefeld... always hated how he designed his guns... and his characters.

Anyway, most have been mentioned already...
Weapon-X, BWSmith
Franquin linky (http://www.franquin.com/in/illustrations_in.php)
Joe Quesada (x-factor)
Adam Warren (dirty pair- dark horse)
Chris Claremont :) (loved his xmen)
Mark Silvestri (xmen, wolverine)

weasel.acuh5o
02-24-2005, 12:13 AM
hm, I'd say joe madureira (battle chasers) and chris bachallo (uhm, various comics) are pretty good, so is mike mignola. I prefer comic-like style over lifelike, so you can pretty easily see why I chose them. for manga artists I'd go with masamune shirow (more for his overall work, including the stories and all), yukito kishiro (battleangel alita, great mechanical stuff imho) and, last but not least, inoue takehiko for his work on vagabond. he's doing an amazing job with the art, let alone the story...

RobertoOrtiz
02-24-2005, 12:41 AM
And exactly why is he a "talentless hack"? I'd never heard of him before (I don't know much about comic art), but after looking at some of his stuff via Google, I'd hardly describe him with such words myself. It would probably be helpful to the thread if you would elaborate a little on your appraisal.


If you want an idea how is seen...
Check out this penny arcade cartoon:
http://www.penny-arcade.com/view.php3?date=2004-07-22&res=l

doodlehead
02-24-2005, 12:49 AM
Some contemporary comic book artists of good repute: Doug Mahnke (Justice League Elite), Adam Hughes (mostly covers nowadays), Dustin Nguyen, Travis Charest (check out his work on Wildcats), Gene Ha (Top 10, 49ers), John Van Fleet, Tan Eng Huat.

And some cartoonists: Zander Cannon, Ted McKeever, Peter Bagge.

Some of the all time great cartoonists: Al Hirshfeld, Carl Barks, Herge, Walt Kelly, George Herriman.

erilaz
02-24-2005, 12:50 AM
Jhonen Vasquez! :buttrock:

MadMax
02-24-2005, 01:50 AM
And exactly why is he a "talentless hack"? I'd never heard of him before (I don't know much about comic art), but after looking at some of his stuff via Google, I'd hardly describe him with such words myself. It would probably be helpful to the thread if you would elaborate a little on your appraisal.


Basically Rob has no originality. He steals everything he does. At staff meetings, Rob would say things like "We need a Captain America" or "We need a Sub Mariner" character. Then they would copy Marvel designs, sometimes blatantly so.

For Example, Sub Mariner.

Marvel Character name Namor. Image Character name Roman. Clever huh?

Marvel character generally wore green speedos with a fishscale patter and gold belt.
Image charachter generally wore green speedos with a fishscale patter and a gold belt.

Both of course wer "Atlantian".

Both had Pointed ears and arched Eyebrows which made them look like they were from Vulcan.

Rob cannot draw hands, shoulders or feet. This includes ankles.

Hands: look at his characters holding swords or guns. Hand is completely closed, so it couldn;t actually be gripping anything.

Feet: we never really see feet because all of Rob's characters are conveniently standing behind a rock or ground fog, no matter what the situation.

On the rare occasion you see feet, the ankles are so thin and brittle looking that the character would snap apart.

Shoulders. again, the great unknown. Rob always draws characters with bulky metal should pads that would weigh about 800lbs. His ankles wouldn't support the costumes.

I could go on and on with Rob indiscretions as well, like how his branch of Image comics stole famous covers of other artists. Rob would call them tributes AFTER he got busted for it, but never made any acknowledgement of the artist in question that he ripped off.

then there is Rob the person, a delightful little a$$wipe if you ever met one. There are few people in the creative world with more hubris and arrogance than Rob.

It was once said that the Image gang wanted to be Marvel badly, and they suceeded.

Sil3
02-24-2005, 01:58 AM
yeah, what is that guy up to these days?

It's like he disappeared. Last I saw he was doing covers for video games and gamer mags.

-K.

Madureira got so into games (besides games cover mags) that some years ago he made he´s own game company, at the same time he was publishing Battle Chasers i think, it went bankruptcy before launching the first title, after that he pretty much disappeared...

MadMax
02-24-2005, 02:07 AM
GOOD GOD!!


I should know better. But no, I followed the Liefeld links. I forgot how much that style of art made my skin crawl it was so bad.

jud
02-24-2005, 02:11 AM
Alex Ross and Simon Bisley http://www.simonbisleyonline.com/

I'll second that.

jud

FloydBishop
02-24-2005, 02:18 AM
I almost forgot about Walt Kelly.

http://www.lambiek.net/kelly.htm

Fired from Disney after taking part in a strike in 1941.

Creator of Pogo.

EricUNSL
02-24-2005, 03:37 AM
I've never really understood why there are so many liefeld haters out there. I mean DAMN that's alota hate!! I really don't know much of what he did after youngblood tanked but ya gotta give it up to his old marvel, x-factor/x-force days. The guy did design Cable I think? I was one of the kids drawing stuff that mimicked his and jim lee's stuff. That's what you do when you're sixteen, have a passion for drawing and want to learn how to draw comics so you can get a job doing what your idols do. There are alot of guys out there with funky drawing styles. Mcfarlane's stuff wasn't exactly anatomically correct either but he was able to pull stuff off with tons of detail lines in every panel. I think maybe if it wasn't for his personality flaws and reputation for copying designs, Rob would have faded away like other break out sucesses that eventually got out of the biz or took on other roles in the company. I really don't follow comics anymore but is Rob still doing anything? So much hateration:curious: I thought that comic con 2004 sketch was soooo mean. I laughed for like 2 minutes straight but felt kinda sorry for the guy. I'd be pissed if I were him and not in the game anymore and still had people making fun of me.

Sil3
02-24-2005, 03:49 AM
Liefeld got back at Marvel and he´s drawing X-Force again... i took a look at it one of this days when i was "browsing" the Comics at magazine store.

Take a look and judge for yourself:

http://www.marvel.com/catalog/listing.htm?cover_art=ROB%20LIEFELD

EricUNSL
02-24-2005, 04:13 AM
Well I don't wanna come off sounding like I'm defending Rob. It's nice to know that after all that's happened, especially with that whole captain america / agent whatever comic that he could still go home again and get work. At the end of the day that's what matters. I just don't see his stuff as being completely awful. I mean what is the point of comparison? You can't exactly put his stuff up against Alex Ross or Adam Hughes and say ok who draws better? However if you look at it, his stuff is consistent. Good or bad it is his style and he really hasn't deviated from this look.. ever. In fact I think he's improved alot since his old x-factor stuff. Erik Larsen, Jack Kirby, even Frank Miller have some real funky stuff going on when drawing human figures. However these guys are far superior storytellers no doubt. Just trying to say that all of them have unique ways of drawing iconic characters. Some better than others but it all comes down to style unless the artist is drawing direct from photo ref like Ross, Tim Bradstreet and others..

shy-guy
02-24-2005, 04:40 AM
Jack Kirby,Frank Miller,Pat Lee and Matt Groening ( i think he counts...)

Lunatique
02-24-2005, 07:12 AM
Comic Strips:
Bill Waterson - Calvin and Hobbes.


Manga:
Kitagawa Sho - Complex, BB Fish, 19..etc.

Nishi Keiko - all of her stuff.

Shirow Masamune - His early works (Appleseed, GITS, Orion, Black Magic..etc).

Yamashita Ikuto - Dark Whisper.

Sanctuary - Story by Sho Fumimura, art by Ryoichi Ikegami


Comic Books/Graphic Novels (I don't think there should be a distinction--it's only a matter of binding format or being serialized or not, but the craft itself is identical):

Hernandez Brothers - Love and Rockets

Milo Manara - anything he does

Alan Moore - anything he does

Neil Gaiman - anything he does

Jon J Muth - anything he illustrates

hanzo
02-24-2005, 07:49 AM
I like a lot of stuff, I can only mansion a few off the top of my head...

Hiroaki Samura
Kia Asamiya
Yoshihiko Ochi
Shirow Masamune
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

Pat Lee
Joe Madureira
John Romita Jr.
Todd McFarlane

and me real soon :twisted:

Kirt
02-24-2005, 08:18 AM
On the subject of Rob ... here's another link (http://adlo.dreamers.com/estudios/comparativas.htm). You make up your own mind.

My fav comic artists have already been mentioned. :thumbsup:

Enayla
02-24-2005, 08:34 AM
My favourite graphic novel as to date has to be The Compleat Moonshadow (gah, the spelling of 'complete' gets to me every time, I hate writing it like that, ha ha)

It is so beautifully drawn that it is almost ridiculous. It's funny, sad, and intriguing. I love and hate some of the characters equally and at the end of the book, I always wish it wouldn't end.

John J Muth and John Marc DeMatteis make such a wonderful team. Ah, now I think I shall have to re-read the book again :love:

EricUNSL
02-24-2005, 03:09 PM
On the subject of Rob ... here's another link (http://adlo.dreamers.com/estudios/comparativas.htm). You make up your own mind.

My fav comic artists have already been mentioned. :thumbsup:

OMG!!!I didn't know it was that bad. Ok I now retract all earlier statements. He should be ashamed of himself. I would never hire a copyright liability artist like this. Wow. Thanks for the education. I have that issue of youngblood where he ripped that panel from DC comics.

mv
02-24-2005, 03:22 PM
Masamune Shirow
Katsuhiro Otomo
Enki Bilal
Jean Giraud
Lewis Trondheim
Simon Bisley

jcorkery
02-24-2005, 04:16 PM
OK, maybe this guy wasn't mentioned because he's probably the least prolific comic book artist of all time, but I think he's one of the best and I wish I could get my hands on more of his stuff, especially illustration and cover work:

DAVE STEVENS!

P.S. I also used to love Berni Wrightson and Richard Corben.

SpeccySteve
02-24-2005, 04:21 PM
First ones that spring to mind..

Mark Harrison
http://www.bath.ac.uk/~pypmsa/artist/mharrison/mharrisonf.html (http://www.bath.ac.uk/%7Epypmsa/artist/mharrison/mharrisonf.html)

Dave Mckean
http://www.mckean-art.co.uk/
http://www.dreamline.nu/

Simon Bisley
http://www.simonbisleyonline.com/

MadMax
02-24-2005, 04:26 PM
OMG!!!I didn't know it was that bad. Ok I now retract all earlier statements. He should be ashamed of himself. I would never hire a copyright liability artist like this. Wow. Thanks for the education. I have that issue of youngblood where he ripped that panel from DC comics.

Funny thing is, that link only provides the smallest fraction of ripped off artwork. There were literally hundreds upon hundreds of pages of art like that. Plus numerous covers.

THAT is why there are so many Rob haters.

mahir
02-24-2005, 04:53 PM
Waitaminit i didn't know Neil Gaiman drew comics?
I thought he had guest artists do all his Sandman stuff that's how i remember it reading them all. It was cool he had different artists interpret his stories. Added to the concept of the title i felt. I remember he had one guy (Zulli?) who drew the last few issues that were basically all pencil work and no inks. His artwork was wonderfully intricate.

As for Liefield, i never liked his artwork back then when his books were all the rage (i still can't fathom what all the adoration was about). Small heads with limited expressions on bulky oversized shoulders tottering on tapered legs with brittle ankles and big feet. I just don't get it. At least to me it meant i at least had some taste even back then :p

dmonk
02-24-2005, 04:58 PM
Funny thing is, that link only provides the smallest fraction of ripped off artwork. There were literally hundreds upon hundreds of pages of art like that. Plus numerous covers.

THAT is why there are so many Rob haters.

Yeah, back when I started collecting I really liked his stuff, but as I got older and seeing more good illustrator, I noticed theat Rob had a kind of formula in how he drew his characters and I stared to see that he repeated his poses very often in different books that he did. I haven't bought one of his books in years. I honestly never realized that they were straight rip offs until I saw that link about 30 minutes ago.

SpeccySteve
02-24-2005, 05:19 PM
Waitaminit i didn't know Neil Gaiman drew comics?
I thought he had guest artists do all his Sandman stuff that's how i remember it reading them all. It was cool he had different artists interpret his stories. .

Yeah, you're spot on man, I meant to put Dave McKean. ( BLack Orchid etc ), edited.

mahir
02-24-2005, 05:21 PM
Yeah man, Dave McKean is super surrealistically cool!
I wanted to put his name in but forgot. Good one.

Boone
02-24-2005, 07:44 PM
Hmmmmm...

Cam Kennedy ( Dark Empire series )
Masamune Shirow( Orion, Appleseed, Black Magic...)
Kenichi Sonoda( Gunsmith Cats! )
Kosuke Fujishima( Admidst all the violent'n'brutal shit in my collection, I still have a place for Oh My Goddess! )
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto( Evangelion )
Yu Watasi( Fushigi Yugi )
Hiroyuki Utatane( Seraphic Feather )

"The guys who made the Asterisk comics"...the most awesome comics in the whole world! :cool:

Sil3
02-24-2005, 08:00 PM
Hmmmmm...

Cam Kennedy ( Dark Empire series )
Masamune Shirow( Orion, Appleseed, Black Magic...)
Kenichi Sonoda( Gunsmith Cats! )
Kosuke Fujishima( Admidst all the violent'n'brutal shit in my collection, I still have a place for Oh My Goddess! )
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto( Evangelion )
Yu Watasi( Fushigi Yugi )
Hiroyuki Utatane( Seraphic Feather )

"The guys who made the Asterisk comics"...the most awesome comics in the whole world! :cool:

OMG i forgot Cam Kennedy...shame on me :blush:

Uderzo (Asterix) is a legeng for a couple years now, but Asterix stories suffered when Goscinny died ...same happened to Blueberry when Jean-Michel Charlier died. Without this two most talented writers none of the series i mentioned would have the impact they did.

Ilikesoup
02-24-2005, 08:11 PM
Here's a few names I haven't seen yet:

Comic Strips:
Jimmy Johnson (Arlo & Janis)
Patrick McDonnell (Mutts)
Pat Brady (I think that's who does "Rose is Rose" http://www.nightswimming.com/rose/pasqual.html)

Comic books/Graphic Novels:
Charles Vess (Sandman-Midsummer Night's Dream)
P Craig Russell (Sandman-Ramadan)
*we could have a whole separate category for Sandman artists


Eric Powell (Goon)
Jeff Smith (Bone)
Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma 1/2, Inuyasha)
Dave Sim (Cerebus)
Matt Wagner (Grendel, Mage)
Larry Marder (Beanworld)
Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, Zot!)
Eric Powell (Why I Hate Saturn, Plasticman)

STAN SAKAI ! ! (Usagi Yojimbo) Sorry, didn't want him to be overlooked.:blush:

As for the great Rob Liefeld debate, for me he was the Kenny G. of comics. It's not a crime that he was a bad artist who had little knowledge of human anatomy. It's since he was extremely popular, one couldn't avoid seeing his work and he led good kids to make bad drawings. I hadn't known that he ripped off so many poses but his characters were unoriginal and his style was a poor imitation of Todd McFarlane's.

Boone
02-24-2005, 08:17 PM
Re: Sil3.

Yeah, I noticed one or two new Asterisk comics once in a while...the first 20 or 30 were the best ones, though.

A little trip down memory lane, but when I was young( wayyy back in the 80s) I use to cherish the times watching my brother copy pictures from the Asterisk books...my brother was simply a ****ing awesome artist back then. I really wished he kept it up...but he failed to enter an art college and I really think it hurt him badly. I think my favourite picture he copied was one of Asterisk and Obelisk coming back to the village with wild boars under their arms...

Zethriel
02-24-2005, 08:46 PM
Good story,great detail,tons of characters.
Kentaro Miura --> Berserk.

Supervlieg
02-24-2005, 09:00 PM
Just a few from the top of my head.

Don Lawrence
Simon Bisley
Alex Ross

Katsuhiro Ôtomo (Akira)
Yukito Kishiro (Battle Angel Alita)
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

slaughters
02-24-2005, 09:57 PM
Silly people. It's not the artists who is important to a Comic Book. It's the writer.

Warren Ellis - really enjoyed almost everything he has worked on (especialy "Planetary"): http://www.warrenellis.com/index.php?cat=5

jcorkery
02-24-2005, 10:00 PM
Oh, yeah... I forgot to mention Frank Cho. He's great.

FutureTense
02-24-2005, 10:35 PM
Frank Cho is great. I don't follow comic books quite as much as I perhaps would like to, but I've always liked Marc Silvestri's work (Darkness, Cyber Force, and probably every other Top Cow comic series). And I'm also a big fan of Phil Foglio http://www.studiofoglio.com (http://www.studiofoglio.com/).

skurge13
02-24-2005, 10:43 PM
I've only browsed through the posts, but I can't believe I didn't see (unless I missed it) Bill Sienkiewicz (http://www.billsienkiewicz.com/). Hmmm, I just noticed that all these artists I like either have names I can't spell or can't pronounce. I think Gary Kwapisz (sic?) of Savage Sword of Conan in incredibly underrated. Has anyone mentioned Sergio Aragonez (sic?)?

JDex
02-24-2005, 10:49 PM
I haven't seen alot of comics for many years... but the best illustrated and told story I can think of was the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles book... I wish I still had my copy of it.

As far as artists go, from the recent works that I have seen, I'd have to say I really like Alex Ross' style.

Apoclypse
02-25-2005, 12:03 AM
This might sound a little fanboyish, but creg capullo deserves a nod for living under Mcfarlanes shadow ( let the man free todd). He did some great stuff with cable #1 and spawn as well as wolverine. He's a great artist but his style seems to adapt more to the creators vision of the comic as opposed to injecting his own style, but when he does his talent is unmistakable.

Jae lee, and his wok on the submariner, he brought a whole new maturity and feel to the comic book just with his gothic style alone. Hellshock 1-4, the ill-fated series that was released at Image, still inspires nme till this day, eventhough my mom threw them away because she thought them vulgar. The story was just so out there and the art was even more so.

Sam Keith, his style is so unique and he created one of the best and most original comics ever, The Maxx.

Ofcourse, the staples: Alex Ross, Jim Lee, Masamune Shirow, Katsuhiro Otomo, and whole bunch of others I can't really remember right now.

Lunatique
02-25-2005, 03:30 AM
Jae lee, and his wok on the submariner, he brought a whole new maturity and feel to the comic book just with his gothic style alone. Hellshock 1-4, the ill-fated series that was released at Image, still inspires nme till this day, eventhough my mom threw them away because she thought them vulgar. The story was just so out there and the art was even more so.


Jae Lee's second attempt at the Hellshock series was absolutely stunning--in both art and writing. At that point, his art had matures so much, as he dropped his comic book-ish influence and took on a more realistic/naturalistic approach--his drawings looked like life drawings instead of made-up stuff. His writing for the second series was also a huge change--it was very mature, realistic, and nothing like a typical superhero comic book. It dealt mostly with psychology and practicing psychologists in an insane asylum. The dialogues were realistic, and he obviously researched all the medical information on the subject. The feel of the whole thing was very moody, and quite intriguing. It's a shame he didn't continue with it. It really was one of the most impressive things I'd ever seen in American comic books.

mahir
02-25-2005, 04:16 AM
I'm proud to say i mentioned Jae lee 1st :p
I still have the 1st run of Hellshock. I might just check out his second attempt...
Here's another one (don't know if he's been mentioned) - Mike Wieringo (http://www.mikewieringo.com/)

slaughters no doubt the writer is most times the most vital component, but this is a thread about the artists eh? ;) But you're right there - Warren Ellis is one of the greats! And what about that incredible Mr. Kurt Busiek? We could start another thread on comic writers!

FUG1T1VE
02-25-2005, 07:41 AM
some more

comic books
Ryan Benjamin (phantom Guard)
Brett booth (Backlash)
Greg Capullo, (The Creech, Spawn)
Tony Daniel
J Scott Campbell (gen 13)
Angel Medina (kiss, spawn)
Marc Silvestri

Ilikesoup
02-25-2005, 04:30 PM
If anybody's interested, here's the people being recognized as the best and brightest in comics:

http://www.harveyawards.org/

http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_eisners04rcv.shtml

jeffthomann
02-25-2005, 04:58 PM
ever seen the Marvels comic? It's sort of a highly detailed painting comic that Marvel did for a few special episodes. Not sure if they still do them or not. Very great stuff. It's not your typical ink job... Can't remember names of artists off the top of my head, but that sort of style would be cool.

Also, LONG, LONG, LONG ago (1993), there was some kick A5$ artwork done for the Deathmate crossover series. I still have a few of the Deathmate series. Never got the full series.

http://www.valiantcomics.com/valiant/title.asp?tc=dm&u=1


Oh, and even though she didn't really do actual comics... We can't forget the AWESOME comic book trading card series done by Julie Bell!

http://rivendell.fortunecity.com/rhydin/959/bell.html

Harry D'Amour
04-01-2005, 10:49 PM
Maybe an old thread, but I don't think Steve Yeowell and Grant Morrison (writer) have been mentioned. And of course is David Mckean one of my favorites but he has been mentioned already.

http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/z/zenith.jpg

jmBoekestein
04-01-2005, 11:20 PM
gotta say,

www.segrelles.com

he also switched to cg at an old/elderly age. Really good stuff I think.

the sparky
04-01-2005, 11:20 PM
I'm glad you brought this topic back, I missed it the first time around, and I'm always looking for more comic book/graphic novels to read.

Someone already mentioned him, but I love Jeff Smith (http://www.boneville.com)
Also Hergé.

Craig Thompson (Goodbye Chunky Rice and Blankets - although I haven't actually read Blankets)
Art Spiegelman (sp?) - Maus. That book is amazing.

for comic strips, I love Bill Watterson and Darby Conley (Get Fuzzy).

mr_wowtrousers
04-02-2005, 03:25 AM
I am going to put another vote in for Jeff Smith. His linework is just stunning. I'm afraid I can't vote for too much manga stuff as much the art seems very "samey". I prefer indie comics where perhaps artists have more freedom to have an individual style vs an in-house style.

I have been reading The Complete Peanuts books, and all the interviews therein, and I have to agree with Sparky that not many comic *strip* artists are very good these days. I don't read them any more as:

1. Mosty aren't funny
2. The art is terrible.

(Dilbert and The Far Side get away with average art as the writing is great).

The last truly great strip I read was Calvin and Hobbes, and that was 10 years ago!

ETA: Hey "the Sparky" (Emily), will you marry me?:love:

wmendez
04-02-2005, 04:30 AM
One of my favorites has always been Vaugh Bode, creator of the Cheech Wizard as well as his son Mark their characters have become icons in graffiti /Pop culture.


http://img51.exs.cx/img51/3702/cheech14qa.jpg


http://img51.exs.cx/img51/893/cheech26zo.jpg

eliseu gouveia
04-02-2005, 05:32 AM
Right now, Ryoichi Ikegami is the be-all end-all of my existence.

RavensHaelo
04-02-2005, 08:24 AM
Humberto Ramos. Jhonen Vasquez.
I'd buy anything by either of them. I even have the Bad Art Collection. o_o;
Hmm...

James O'Barr? The Crow started off kinda wonky, and I didn't like the art at first, but it got a hell of a lot better towards the end. I even started liking the style...

Faber
04-03-2005, 03:01 AM
they have most likely all been mentioned, but here are the ones that stands out in my memory..

childhood:

F. Ibanez FLIP & FLOP (atleast thats what they are called here in Denmark) for the insanity, not so much the visuals.
J.C. Mezieres & P. Christin Linda and Valentin
Hergé..

later on in life:

R. Crumb Freak brothers, Mr. Natural and Underground
Enki Bilal..
Moebius..
Neil Gaiman (no he is not an illustrator, but what would sandman be without him...) and the horde of illustrators that contributed, like Teddy Kristiansen.

tunedby
04-03-2005, 06:41 AM
"El Corto Maltes" by Hugo Pratt. I hope some day will be a complete edition of this series. This Comic run in the 70's in South America.

dexter1219
04-03-2005, 03:55 PM
WOW!! after seeing the link, Rob Liefeld is the Ashlee Simpson of the comicbooks world. Looking at the drawings comparison, saying he copied is too kind. It looked more like tracing than copying.

mashakos
04-05-2005, 12:07 AM
Adam Kubert
Favourite: The cover of Wolverine issue 79
That was the first time in high school I ever picked up a comic and thought "wow! what's going on?"
The cover showed wolverine kneeling on the ground screaming, the claws from his right hand lying broken on the floor. I read the comic till that story ended (issue 90 i think) and haven't picked up a comic since. I could only find an image of the cover on issue 90 (which wasn't done by adam kubert but it's cool):
link (http://wolverine.x-knights.com/fullsize/wolverine232.jpg)

cok3
04-05-2005, 02:27 PM
Alex Ross!
His work on Kindom Come was amazing, and it still blows me away everytime i open it.

I love Adam hughes line work. Great style with the thick outlines, yet the details come out so perfectly.

Haiku
04-05-2005, 03:54 PM
please someone tell me geof darrow (hard Boiled, City of fire, Burbon threat, Big Guy) is included in this list because I am sorry you dont get much better then that. Also John Foster who is one hell of a artist.
I almost forgot
Dave Mckean-everything he does
Simon bisley-lobo, melting pot, slain
Seth fisher-green lantern-will world and the flash
Ashley wood-batman
Travis Charest-wildcats, dream shifters

mummey
04-05-2005, 04:27 PM
Mental Note Press: Hoax http://tinyurl.com/58k95

A friend who is a medical illustrator contributes to this comic. Very graphic stuff.

AnimZiggy
04-05-2005, 05:01 PM
awww god, hit a weak spot here, I can go on for hours:
top of my head...

Jodorowsky/Moebius for Inkal and the later for everything he has done!
Milo Manara
Enki Bilal
Hugo Pratt
Schulz
Quino
Herge
Uberto
Goschinny
Jim Davis
Everyone on Lucifer Morningstar
Roy Tomas/Barry Winsdor Smith for Conan
Grzegorz Risiniski for Thorgal
Arkas (http://www.lambiek.net/arkas.htm) <--- check out the greek export. LOL
Moriss mainly for Lucky Luke
Everyone for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Katsuhiro Otomo
Kyoko Mizuki/Yumiko Igarashi
Jordi Bernet/Carlos Trillo et Maicas for Clare de la nuit (http://theloma.free.fr/bernet/bclarafra.htm)
Carl Barks (when i was petit :rolleyes:)
James O' Bar
David Mack Kabuki (http://www.davidmack.net/) is just great! I just discovered he s working on a Kabuki film we hee!

Right, there loads more but I can't think of anything else at the mo...And my collection is back home in Athens :(

:bounce:

mack72
04-05-2005, 05:04 PM
This thread is great! In no particular order:
Travis Charest
Moebius
Enki Bilal
Bill Sienkeiwicz
Serpieri (Druunna)
Adam Hughes
Alex Maleev
ALex Ross (mainly for technique. Bit sick of seeing 'middle-aged' superheroes!)
Dave Dorman
Gabrielle Del'otto (sp?)
Bryan Hitch
Carlos Ezquerra
Mike McMahon (Drew Judge Dredd when I was growing up)
Windsor McKay
Jim Steranko
Jack Kirby

...to name but a few!

cookepuss
04-05-2005, 05:24 PM
John Romita Jr. (Spider-Man)
Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl)
Art Adams (X-Men, Longshot)
Bret Blevins (New Mutants)
Bill Sienkeiwicz (New Mutants)
Salvador Larocca (X-Men)
John Bryne (X-Men, Fantastic Four, She-Hulk)
George Perez (Avengers)
Mike Allred (Madman, X-Statix)
Frank Quitely (New X-Men)
Kaare Andrews (Spider-Man, Gen13)
Mark Silvestri (X-Men)
Mike Wieringo (Fantastic Four)
Bob McLeod (New Mutants)
Steve Ditko (Spider-Man, Speedball)
Alan Davis (Excalibur)
Bryan Hitch (Ultimates, She-Hulk)
Alex Ross (Kingdom Come, Earth X, Universe X, Paradise X)

Foshizzle
11-28-2005, 03:52 PM
no Alvin Lee/ Arnold Tsang love?

http://www.streetfightercomics.com/StreetFighter/Issues/series1/issue04/SF04-Cover1.jpg

A.Cerasoli
11-28-2005, 10:20 PM
Vaughn Bode'

http://www.pha.jhu.edu/~jdavies/bode/cheech/ch_hat2.jpg

Mark Bode'

http://www.markbode.com/site/allpics/othergrounde.jpg

Aaron McGruder

http://images.ucomics.com/comics/bo/2005/bo051126.gif

http://images.ucomics.com/comics/bo/2005/bo051125.gif


Bill Waterson

http://www.angelfire.com/wa/zzaran/images/Horror.gif

http://www.angelfire.com/wa/zzaran/images/Sharks.gif

ashu_chikerur
12-05-2005, 06:40 AM
A lot of my favs are already on the listings..
alex ross
dave Mckeane
joh cassaday
chris bacchalo
sam kieth
humberto ramos
john romita jr.
frank miller
tim sale
mike mignola
i dunno if i missed but why isnt the name

BILL SIENKIEWICZ

being seen
i love this guys scratchy & moody feel.. just awesome..pick electra assasin & ull fall in love..
im deeply pained not see his name in..
cheers for having such a thread.. refreshes the mind..
:thumbsup:

gjpetch
12-05-2005, 12:53 PM
Paul Pope is a pretty awsome comic book artist:
http://www.paulpope.com/

takshaka
12-05-2005, 01:03 PM
i really like matt wagner especially the grendel saga...by far my favourite comic book... www.mattwagnercomics.com (http://www.mattwagnercomics.com)

i also really like Régis Loisel http://www.regisloisel.com/

dbclemons
12-05-2005, 05:51 PM
Most of these are "old masters" and I tried not to repeat anyone already mentioned:

Comic book artists:
Neal Adams
Al Williamson
Wally Wood
Jack Davis
Steve Ditko
Gray Morrow
Richard Corben
M.W. Kaluta
Harvey Kurtzman
Katsuhiro Otomo

Comic Strips:
Milton Caniff
Hal Foster
Alex Raymond
E.C. Segar
Stan Drake
Pat Sullivan
George Herriman
Burne Hogarth
Al Capp
Herge

and everyone else :) Here's a good listing:
http://www.lambiek.net/home.htm

-DBC

BruceAzevedo
12-06-2005, 12:25 AM
Hmm,I'm sorry to hear that comic book colorists aren't quite seen as artists.I'd also include the inkers but they're a lot harder to define who is really good and who's not,because they're work is so dependent of the penciler.But I think the comic book colorists are becoming more n more important not only to the looks but also to the storytelling.And if that's not enough,somebody tell me Jim Lee's work has ever looked better before being colored by Alex Sinclair,in Batman:Hush.Another great example is Humberto Ramos colored by Edgar Delgado.Not to forget legendary Brian Haberlin and his Avalon Studios!Liquid inevitably springs to mind,also.But I guess I made my point so I'll leave all the other great names for someone else to point.
As for other artists that I didn't see named,I'd add(and really advise everybody to take a look at they're work cuz it just rocks like crazy):

Marini-Rapaces
Juan Bobillo-Bird
Massimiliano Frezzato-I Custodi del Maser
Juanjo Guarnido-Blacksad
Barbucci and Canepa-Sky Doll


P.S.Still on the topic of the colorists,here's a link to a great article about colorist/color artists:
http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=4356

dbclemons
12-06-2005, 04:25 PM
You make a good point, ShinobiXXX. Comic books are a colaborative effort of several artists; although, some have been known to ruin the pencils too. Many great inkers are not so hot when you see them inking their own layouts. I tried to list artists who do great work in all aspects. Neal Adams is a great artist in many areas, but his coloring is poor. My favorite artist known for his coloring is Dave Stewart of "Conan" and "Hellboy."

-DBC

BruceAzevedo
12-06-2005, 05:05 PM
I agree with you,dbclemons,when you say: although, some have been known to ruin the pencils tooThere's a lot more artistry to coloring comics,nowadays.Long are the days that every comic book was pretty much flat.Thankfully the technology allows colorists to a much better work than ever before but it doesn't mean that it is easier.There's a lot more skill and knowlegde to it,not only about anatomy,lighting,color,stoytelling,etc.,but also about the tools,computers and programs.So I think it's a bit ridiculous that colorists ,most times,still are perceived as they were 15 or 20 years ago both creditwise and and paymentwise.
Of course,that may just be me,being an aspiring comic book colorist...:)

willbrown
12-06-2005, 07:00 PM
Frank Fazetta (best of all time IMHO)
Hal Foster
Alex Raymond
Jack Kirby
Reed Crandall
Angelo Torres
Mike Kaluta
Gray Morrow
Mobieus

The list is endless... Comics are highly disciplined work; it takes true committment to work successfully in that field.

autieri
12-07-2005, 08:10 PM
I'll keep it short:

Classic:
Frank Frazetta
John Buscema
Walt Simonson

Modern:
J Scott Campbell
Cary Nord
Al Rio
Mark Silvestri

Manga
Goseki Kojima
Hioraki Samura

z3djinn
12-11-2005, 06:09 AM
Head on over to http://comicartcommunity.com/gallery/index.php and choose for yourself.

nebezial
12-11-2005, 03:08 PM
[There's a lot more skill and knowlegde to it,not only about anatomy,lighting,color,stoytelling,etc.,but also about the tools,computers and programs.So I think it's a bit ridiculous that colorists ,most times,still are perceived as they were 15 or 20 years ago both creditwise and and paymentwise.

that is true but in my opinion the blame also lies inthe colourists who seem to insist of keeping things in a sort odf a standstill zone being satisfied with average fill and render tricks. i guess the problem also lies in the concept of the teamwork. sometimes the vanity of a single teammember can degrade the quality of the comic. in this way sometimes inker is just a tool to boss around the colourust to keep everything within the vanits limits of the penciler.only when there exists trust between penciler and a colorist something amazing can be created. but hey dont get me wrong im not saying inkers are bad i personally saw some who upgraded pencilers work vastly and in a way they operated on trust. here is an example of a penciler-colorist trust
http://www.jadedexpressions.com/feature/articles/arcana.php

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