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THX
05-29-2005, 03:16 AM
What comics inspire you? post pictures if u want

http://wrak.pl/sincity/postacie/marv9.gif

stepington
05-29-2005, 03:37 AM
"cave in" by Brian Ralph (http://www.lambiek.net/ralph_b.htm)
comic artist/writer Moebius (http://www.lambiek.net/moebius.htm)
comic artist/writer Craig Thompson (http://www.lambiek.net/thompson_c.htm)
Little Nemo! Winsor McCay (http://www.lambiek.net/mccay.htm)

Titan
05-29-2005, 04:11 AM
silver surfer extended one shot illustrated by Claudio Costellini,

Anything Conan
Whilce portacio's run on uncanny
Jimlee's run on anything particularly xmen
Mcfarlanes run on spiderman, amzing spiderman, and spawn issues 1-5
WAlt Simonson's run on Thor
Too many others to list.....
Of Course Joe Mads Battlechasers that seemed to single handedly redefine americanized manga..
and I'm hugely inspired by J. scott Cambell
many many others, Travis Charest,Jack Kirby, John Buscema, Barry Windsor SMith, Neal Adams, Art Adams, Frank Miller.............
sometimes I'm inspired by a kick ass cover illustration or a panel...or a story...I love the new wave of star wars books coming out from darkhorse..the art is really good....

THX
05-29-2005, 04:53 AM
The moebius silver silver surfer was awesome!

http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/earthmoebcover02.jpg

skurge13
05-29-2005, 05:52 AM
The new Conan series from Dark Horse is spectacular! The color is photoshopped on top of the pencils, there's no line inking. It gives it a great 'rough' look that is absolutely perfect for the material. I kid you not, every page of that thing blows me away. Kurt Busiek does a great job of sticking to RE Howard's work and of appropriately filling in the blanks.

Funny, I remember collecting comics in the 80s and thinking, damn, there's no way comic art could possibly get any better, it's at its zenith. Man, was I wrong. I think a lot of it has to do with better printing, which allows the artists more freedom. And I just love the digital color work that's being done these days.

Ilikesoup
05-29-2005, 06:20 AM
http://www.newsfromme.com/images2/groo08.jpg
Groo the Wanderer is probably the most perfect comic series I've ever read. Sergio Aragones' art, Tom Luth's colors, Stan Sakai's lettering and Mark Evanier's writing -- a true dream team. Reminds me of Terry Pratchett's novels with their sharp humor and topical themes.


http://www.lambiek.net/artists/sakai_stan/sakai.jpg
Usagi Yojimbo is another favorite. Some of the cleanest inking I've seen on a comics page, and the subjects drew from Japanese mythology and samurai lore. With an all-furry cast of characters!

Alexandrite
05-29-2005, 06:51 AM
hehe hope this thread's not restricted to only American comic books :P

because the "Alichino" manga by Kouyu Shurei is absolutely amazing in terms of artwork. the story's good too, but the artwork is simply stunning. I had the 3 Japanese volumes for a couple years, but just recently saw it in Coles, a regular bookstore in the mall :D i nearly fell over in shock, so glad to see this masterpiece of a manga make it into english translation over here.

(posting this link because it has a few "preview" pages)
http://www.tokyopop.com/dbpage.php?propertycode=ALI&categorycode=BMG

tayete
05-29-2005, 07:18 AM
Just three authors turn me on (I think comic died some years ago):

* Moebius
* HUgo Pratt
* Hernández Palacios

Invid
05-29-2005, 07:31 AM
Akira, Appleseed and Metabarons. These three high quality graphic novel series inspire me to attain higher plateaus everytime I read through them.

T4D
05-29-2005, 07:54 AM
Cool thread :thumbsup:
I'm only just getting in comics But shouldn't we be say "graphic novels" :rolleyes:

We 3 by Grant Morrrison & Frank Quitely

I found pretty cool- dog, cat, bunny turned to robot killing machines then you know what happens :beer:


Heavy metal has some super artwork in them


Steampunk- Chris Bachalo Artwork WOW,but story not so good it piss me off alittle really :hmm:


But the Greatest Comic I've read so far by far has been The Crow - J.o'Barr
Man that is one the the great works of art of any type, I must read In my opinion
makes the movie look like a disney movie and it hits you and you don't forget for months to come.

I want to buy more :buttrock: So i'll follow this thread with interest :applause:

paperclip
05-29-2005, 09:17 AM
I haven't read too many comic books since I was a child but here are my favorites from back then. I include pics of the authors- since we don't often see the authors of our favourites..

The Far Side (Gary Larson):

http://home3.inet.tele.dk/c-4/photogallery/Gary_Larson.jpg

Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson):
http://www.jimpoz.com/quotes/images/speakers/watterson.jpg

Asterix and Obelix (Goscinny & Uderzo): Goscinny is on the right.
http://www.asterix-international.de/asterix/pics/goscinny/bild1.jpg



Tintin (Herge, AKA Georges Remi):
http://www.princeton.edu/~ferguson/adw/tintin/herge.gif

RocketBoy
05-29-2005, 10:19 AM
Cool thread :thumbsup:
I'm only just getting in comics But shouldn't we be say "graphic novels" :rolleyes:


I think you should say Graphic Novel if you are talking about a graphic novel. I mean, I would feel rather odd calling Spiegelman's Maus a "comic" book or 'funny pages.'

So, I'm a bit of a Comic fiend, and to name all of the various creators who i feel inspired by would take a really long time. So i'll limit it to a few.

The Classics:

Jim Steranko
Alan Davis
Moebius

The Currents:

Craig Thompson - I felt very moved by Blankets. Some of the sketches in his Carnet De Voyage are breathtaking in their beauty and simplicity.

Joshua Middleton - NYX

http://middletonfan.free.fr/nyx/nyx03.jpg

Ben Templesmith - 30 Days of Night
http://www.templesmith.com/faze2/images/gallery/G51.jpg

And others I've been recently inspired by are Frank Quitely(We3 and the upcoming All-Star Superman), Pascal Ferry(Adam Strange), and Frank Cho(Shanna the She-Devil)

Art2
05-29-2005, 10:56 AM
This issue of uncanny x-men brought me back to comics and drawing... heck without this issue I wouldn't even be here ;)

http://www.geocities.com/musac_2000/xmen258.jpg

SpeccySteve
05-29-2005, 01:32 PM
I loved 2000ad when I was growing up they had some fantastic artists and writers.

One of my current favourites is Mark Harrison, really like the way he mixes computer gfx with traditional work.

-Steve

http://www.lambiek.net/harrison_mark.htm
http://www.bath.ac.uk/~pypmsa/frame.html (http://www.bath.ac.uk/%7Epypmsa/frame.html)
http://www.2000adonline.com/index.php3?zone=droid&page=profiles&choice=MARKH
http://www.2000ad.org/markus/?gallery=1

Edit: big fan of Dave McKean as well..
http://www.dreamline.nu/
http://www.mckean-art.co.uk/

Rather keen on Simon Bisley too..
http://www.simonbisleyonline.com/

eliseu gouveia
05-29-2005, 02:14 PM
- Bourgeon´s run on Les Compagnons du Crepuscule:
Le sortilege du Bois des Brumes
Les Yeux d ´Étain de la Ville Glauque
Le Dernière Chant des Malaterre
- Schuiten and Peeters´The Tower
- Bilal´s run on:
La Foire aux Immortels
La Fême Piège
Froid Equateur
- Alan Moore and Bissette´s run on Swamp Thing
- Arkhan Asylum, by Morrison and McKean
- Black Orchid, by Gaiman and McKean
- Hugo Pratt and Milo Manara´s Indian Summer
- The Incal, by Jodorowsky and Moebius
- Hugo Pratt´s Ballad of the Salty Sea
- Herman & Greg´s entire run on Comanche
- Goscinny and Uderzo´s Asterix
- Frank Miller´s Daredevil
- Chris Clairmont and John Byrne´s X-Men, namely the Proteus and Hellfire Club Sagas
- Charyn and Bouq´s The Magician´s Wife
- Frezzatto´s Guardians of the Maser
- Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross´Marvels
- Mark Waid and Alex Ross´Kingdom Come
- Ryoichi Ikegami´s Mai, the Psychic Girl
- Ryoichi Ikegami and Buronson´s Strain
- Serpieri´s Morbus Gravis
- anything Civiello
- Russ Manning Tarzan
- Hal Foster´s Prince Valiant
(...) to be continued

scrimski
05-29-2005, 02:39 PM
Akira
Ghost in the Shell
Sin City
Grendel
Batman Adventures - less the stories than the style, copied it very much
Horologiom
Monsieu Mardi-Gras Descendres

and a lot of spanish and french graphic novels published by SpeedComics and by Splitter

Ilikesoup
05-29-2005, 03:13 PM
This issue of uncanny x-men brought me back to comics and drawing... heck without this issue I wouldn't even be here ;)

http://www.geocities.com/musac_2000/xmen258.jpg

Well, then thank you, Jim Lee! :beer:
Issue 230 was one of the first comics I ever bought. Marc Silvestri was drawing it then. Great stuff.

THX
05-29-2005, 03:31 PM
Batman judgement on gotham, that comic changed my life! haha Just kiddin:)

btw for all you simon bisley fans check out this simon bisley (http://www.jhalpe.com/collection/search.php?search_text=Simon+Bisley&action=searchbox) original art page!!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v346/suicideispainless/1562.jpg

ThirdEye
05-29-2005, 03:52 PM
Diabolik

http://www.nonsolomusica.it/files/RUBRICHE/EVAKANT%20E%20DIABOLIK.jpg

Roman Ro
05-29-2005, 04:50 PM
After not having read any comic book for years, I was very impressed by Spiegelman's "Maus". And only recently Moore/Gibbon's "Watchmen" was recommended to me, which is indeed amazing and works on many levels - a kind of "meta"-comic book...

Jean Genie
05-29-2005, 04:53 PM
Jimmy Corrigan the Smartest kid on earth by Chris Ware

So sad and darkly funny at the same time.

Squibbit
05-29-2005, 04:55 PM
Batman judgement on gotham, that comic changed my life! haha Just kiddin:)

btw for all you simon bisley fans check out this simon bisley (http://www.jhalpe.com/collection/search.php?search_text=Simon+Bisley&action=searchbox) original art page!!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v346/suicideispainless/1562.jpg



JUDGEMENT on GOTHAM RULEZZ!!!



.

THX
05-29-2005, 05:00 PM
I remember the watchmen comic along with the dark knight returns those two were like the "pinnacle" in graphic novel storytelling in the 80's. I read the dark knight returns but never got around to reading the watchmen . i guess i'll have to just wait for the movie.:)
http://www.loq12.at/comics/04_knight/img/joker.jpg

SpeccySteve
05-29-2005, 05:13 PM
And only recently Moore/Gibbon's "Watchmen" was recommended to me, which is indeed amazing and works on many levels - a kind of "meta"-comic book...

If you enjoyed "Watchmen" you might want to check out "V for Vendetta".

-Steve

rasmusW
05-29-2005, 06:24 PM
ohh! there is so many... :)

1. Will Eisner -The Spirit
2. Loisel -Peter Pan
3. Mike Mignola -Hellboy
4. Peter Madsen (danish graphic novell artist) -Valhalla

cool thread btw... fun to see what inspires people:thumbsup:

ThePatches
05-29-2005, 06:34 PM
Ultimate X-men
http://www.hillcity-comics.com/poster_misc/ultimate_xmen_50.jpg

Rising Stars-I got to meet Beck at the Pittsburgh Comicon...I almost cried lol He's just soo good!

http://www.diamondcomics.com/news/2000/08_21_00/rising_stars.jpg

The Killing Joke
http://www.chuckscomics.com/pics/tps/bm-killing-joke.jpg

NOOB!
05-29-2005, 06:56 PM
SPAWN!

http://www.zaldivacomics.com/images/comics/jan26_05/spawn_142%20(Large).jpg

CREECH!

http://www.spawn.com/news/images/creech.cover1.jpg

CRIMSON!

http://www.vampyrbibliothek.de/galerie/crimson/crimson-.jpg

rasmusW
05-29-2005, 08:47 PM
ups! i forgot to add Jeff Smith -Bone...:)

Tryn
05-29-2005, 10:12 PM
No one's mentioned Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman'? Dang. Well, I vote for it :)

erilaz
05-30-2005, 01:07 AM
Too many to count, but Frank Miller is a recent inspiration. That guy rules the world of silhouette.

heythatreallyhurts
05-30-2005, 02:01 AM
"Electra: Assassin" by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz is a good one for inspiration. The story is a little disjointed and too-far-out-there for me, but the visuals are great. Sienkiewicz uses a wide array of mixed media in this book. He's got a great color sense and illustrative style; there's a lot to learn by looking at his pictures.

I also like stuff by Eduardo Rizzo, Dave Mazzuchelli, Mike Mignola, Travis Charest, Brian Azzarello, Dave McKean, Kevin Nowlan ... the list goes on, I can't possibly think of them all. I am mostly a fan of the individual artists, no matter what book they're working on. I've always been in it for the visuals, but great storytelling along with great art is definitely a more satisfying combination.

womanonfire
05-30-2005, 09:09 AM
http://www.flyingserpent.net/justwords/losbros.jpg

kisses forever for the Love and Rockets (http://www.fantagraphics.com/artist/lr/lrcomics/lrcomics.html) comix :)

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/093019313X.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

some of the best characters and writing in any graphic novel IMHO.

nebezial
05-30-2005, 10:32 AM
man i used to be inspired by Michael turners work but now , alex ross and japanese manga, shirow and akamatsu

Matt
06-01-2005, 10:45 AM
I have Adventures of Superman #625 autographed by Michael Turner and the inker. (It was the alternate pencil cover that doesn't have the inker's work, so it didn't make much sense, but anyway, I got it just for Turner's stuff.)

Dan Jurgens run at Superman in the 90s was incredible. His art was solid, and it really defined Superman for me.

A few years earlier, Jim Lee astonished everyone with his work on X-Men. Right now, Superman's "For Tomorrow" featuring Jim Lee's work caught my attention and got me back into buying issues.

Michael Turner's run at Superman/Batman wasn't all that bad... Although the wild style folks from Image (J. Scott Campbell, Michael Turner, etc.) never really made me a huge fan back then, I can say that I'm thoroughly impressed with Michael's DC work.

Adam Hughes' Wonder Woman covers were some of the best work I've ever seen in comics. I can't wait to find all of them in gem mint condition (I know it's nerdy, but I won't buy it unless it's gem mint.) Frank Cho's "Shanna the She-Devil" is cool, and you can probably find every issue from #1 to the current in your local comic shop. His style of drawing women is only matched by Adam Hughes. Frank's "Liberty Meadows" and "Shanna" are simply put, bodacious.

In summary, I'll drop some names and arcs.

Dan Jurgens, Jim Lee, Michael Turner, Alex Ross, the Kuberts, Julie Bell, "Batman - Knightfall", "Superman - The Death of Superman", "X-Men - Fatal Attractions", "Marvels", "Batman - Hush", "Superman - For Tomorrow", there are so many more I've failed to name. The ones I have are no doubt the best that comics have offered in the last 30 years.

Ilikesoup
06-01-2005, 06:12 PM
Dan Jurgens, Jim Lee, Michael Turner, Alex Ross, the Kuberts, Julie Bell, "Batman - Knightfall", "Superman - The Death of Superman", "X-Men - Fatal Attractions", "Marvels", "Batman - Hush", "Superman - For Tomorrow", there are so many more I've failed to name. The ones I have are no doubt the best that comics have offered in the last 30 years.

With all due respect, I wonder if you've read any non-superhero titles. I'm not trying to insult your taste, but the world of comics is SO much bigger. Two books I'd suggest you read if you haven't already:

Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes -- trade paperback by Neil Gaiman
One of the best comic titles created in the last 30 years. ;) This collects the first 6 or 7 issues.

Understanding Comics -- another trade paperback by Scott McCloud
A fun text (in comics form) that delves the history of comics, explains the mechanics of visual communication and exposes you to genres of comics you never knew existed.

dmonk
06-01-2005, 10:26 PM
http://www.newsarama.com/Marvel/HouseofM/sketchbook/houseofm_poster_t.jpg


Sorry for the smal pic, but images like this make me wnt to create my own classi characters.

As far as titles, I always follow the X books, but I will pick up anything that just really catches my eye. Any book penciled by Humberto Ramos I automatically pic up.

ReBootedOne
06-01-2005, 10:50 PM
Well, for me it is superhero comics all the way... Particulary Titans/Teen Titans, whatever derivative you wanna name, (except anything associated with... that show... *shudders*), as well as Spider-Girl... I find those two to be really nice..
I'm also a complete sucker for the works of Jhonen Vasquez, particularly the JTHM and Squee! sagas.... Mmm... :)

-eric

Matt
06-02-2005, 04:46 AM
With all due respect, I wonder if you've read any non-superhero titles. I'm not trying to insult your taste, but the world of comics is SO much bigger. Two books I'd suggest you read if you haven't already:

Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes -- trade paperback by Neil Gaiman
One of the best comic titles created in the last 30 years. ;) This collects the first 6 or 7 issues.

Understanding Comics -- another trade paperback by Scott McCloud
A fun text (in comics form) that delves the history of comics, explains the mechanics of visual communication and exposes you to genres of comics you never knew existed.

I didn't mention manga, or college-pop comics like "Hep Cats" either. I've never been a fan of Neil Gaiman's work, although he's the best in his genre. I was going to pick up "1602" because they were all marked down to $0.50 (!) but I said maybe another time. I don't like the unnecessary we're the best attitude that I pick up from a lot of fans of smaller genres. I really don't think Lady Death, Dawn, Preacher, (I know, I'm just mentioning the goth style books) or any independent or Vertigo titles are truly iconic, and that's just the way it is.

The Technopriest, and Ben Templesmith's "Dark Days" are some I've picked up on recently because of the art. I have a vast collection of golden age science fiction comics such as Strange Tales, Tales to Astonish, Journey Into Mystery, Forbidden Worlds, to name a few. Those are some of my all time favorite books.

Just because I didn't mention them doesn't mean I didn't read or like them. DC's run at Star Trek, especially during the 1990s wasn't all that bad, but you had to be a Star Trek fan to enjoy them. The Worst of Both Worlds was a decent complimentary story to "The Best of Both Worlds" from Star Trek: The Next Generation, but after looking at my issues, I can see that they've not aged well with time, visually. They were made during the time in comics when in order to be a bad guy, you needed some chrome eye patch, robot arms, and scars all over your face.

Tannerama
06-02-2005, 08:00 AM
Aw geez where to start. I was a huge Rob Liefeld and Jim Lee nut when I was younger. As I got older what got me back into it was Kevin Smith's and Joe Quesada's "Guardian Devil" arc of Daredevil. And The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. By biggest influences are Chris Bachalo, Humberto Ramos, Joe Madureira, Jim Lee... as for writers Brian Michael Bendis, Jeph Loeb, Scott Lobdell, Kevin Smith. I know that my writers are kind of flavor of the moment stuff. But I really like them.

I love me some comics!

julnyapp
06-02-2005, 09:34 AM
At the moment, thanks to an assignment that i'm working on in uni; I'm into Frank Miller's works, especially his graphic novels. i.e. Batman: A Darkknight Returns, Sincity, 300, etc.

His graphic sense like the use of light and shadows - instill emotions and mood to his characters and environments. His linework is impressive! The story is excellent!! I'm blown away how a monochrome black/white artwork could have such an impact on the story. :thumbsup:

Looking forward to see the movie. :)

http://student.ci.qut.edu.au/~n4316347/KVB511/sincity_art4.jpg

http://student.ci.qut.edu.au/~n4316347/KVB511/sincity_art6.jpg

shivmoo
06-02-2005, 01:49 PM
dilbert, asterix and obelix, calvin and hobbes!!
and i like watching anime... ghost in the shell:stand alone complex is my fave...

Vedic-kings
06-03-2005, 07:43 AM
Spawn.

I love Todd McFarlane's work! Greg Capullo is an amazing pencils. But after issue 100 I slowly stop buying spawn, do to different artists.

Jim Lee was my idol in comic book art back when I was a kid.

MatiasJ
06-03-2005, 11:19 AM
I've lately got into the Goon comics, I love his work, Eric Powell has a great style. Although I haven't read much of his stuff he's illustrated, I have caught a bit of his online stuff and thats Glenn Fabery. Also I have to say that I grew up on greg Capullo's work on Spawn.

Also have to say I'm a Bisley fan-boy too! I love that paintery style, in fact, Jim Murray is another Brit artist that has a great painterly style which I love, he did the Batman/Dredd crossover Die Laughing.

Cheers
matias

jmBoekestein
06-03-2005, 11:39 AM
Well, not that many specifically, but to name a few.



Storm, the older ones before the guy died.
The mercenary, by Vicente Segrelles
The Maxx, and the offspins from it.
Judge Dredd series, as many as I've read but I couldn't get my hands on all of them :(
The darkness, but not all, but some of the episodes were really great to see, simlpy the colouring I guess.
Asterix and Obelix.

I'ver ead loads of other s but I don't remember half probably. :D

kmest
06-03-2005, 12:49 PM
most of my favorites has been mentioned...

batman:war on crime
tin tin
lucky luck
astrix and oblix

i love most of alex ross comics(his style is perrrrrfect)
spawn....
and some of ATOMEKA comics specialy the A1 series..they even had a graphic novel named LAZARUS which was awesome....click here for the link (http://www.atomekapress.com/main.html)




i dont know but can we just add the sin city movie to the comic book lists???cause IMO ot was more a comic than a movie:bounce: :bounce:

slaughters
06-03-2005, 01:21 PM
Bloodstar (black & white version)
Artist: Richard Corben
Author: Robert E Howard (of Conan fame)

http://www.stansight.com/tmp/Bloodstar%20011-1.jpg

And then much later on...

http://www.stansight.com/tmp/Bloodstar%20017-1.jpg

greynite1
06-03-2005, 08:39 PM
I have just recently REALLY got back into comics they have come such a long way since I really was collecting them in the early 90s and late 80s.

Back then i was always an X Book reader couldn't get enough. That and Spawn. Spawn kicked ass and Angela whoooohooo i miss that character.


My favorite reads currently

Walking Dead *one of the best comics I have ever read*
Ultimate Spider Man (got me back into comics)
Ultimate X men
The Ultimates
Astonishing Xmen (The art by John cassady is a huge inspiration to me to really learn how to draw his ability to draw expressions is just incredible)
New Avengers (Incredible art work and one of the best written comics ever)
Captain America
Amazing Spiderman (current run)

Comics are a constant fascination for me. When I used to read them it was all about the stories now that i'm older and drawing and doing artwork myself I can really appreciate them fully. Some great stuff there.

elindie
06-03-2005, 08:44 PM
Hellsing
http://www.hellninjacommando.net/movie/pics/hellsing.jpg

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