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Old 02 February 2005   #16
How about Bill Waterson



and Gary Larson

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Old 02 February 2005   #17
Originally Posted by Sheep Factory: 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.
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Old 02 February 2005   #18
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.
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Old 02 February 2005   #19
Watterson and Larson for sure, but how come no one mentioned:

Goscinny & Uderzo:



and

Hergé:



I was reared on these guys! How about the rest of you? Black gold, anyone? Or a menhir?
 
Old 02 February 2005   #20
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.
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Old 02 February 2005   #21
Originally Posted by MadMax: 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.
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Old 02 February 2005   #22
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Tim Bradstreet, phenomenal comic artist and illustrator.
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Old 02 February 2005   #23
Originally Posted by Leigh: 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...entpo/tp03.html
http://members.aol.com/chrisv82/america.htm

I shudder at thought of Youngblood.

-K.
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Old 02 February 2005   #24
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!
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Old 02 February 2005   #25
Liefeld... always hated how he designed his guns... and his characters.

Anyway, most have been mentioned already...
Weapon-X, BWSmith
Franquin linky
Joe Quesada (x-factor)
Adam Warren (dirty pair- dark horse)
Chris Claremont (loved his xmen)
Mark Silvestri (xmen, wolverine)
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Old 02 February 2005   #26
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...
 
Old 02 February 2005   #27
Originally Posted by Leigh: 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.ph...004-07-22&res=l
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Old 02 February 2005   #28
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.
 
Old 02 February 2005   #29
Jhonen Vasquez!
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Old 02 February 2005   #30
Originally Posted by Leigh: 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.
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