Saturday, September 13, 2014

Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido

After reading thousands of comics and graphic novels for many decades, I find it hard to be blown away by a new work or creator.  Fortunately I stumbled upon a pair of creators that many of you no doubt have been enjoying for a while: Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido.



Blacksad ranks among the work of Will Eisner, Jim Steranko, and Frank Miller. Originally published in 3 different albums during the aughts, Dark Horse has assembled them in one big volume. These are three classic noir crime tales: one a whodunit about a former lover who was murdered; the second one about a racist southern town and a missing girl; the third one about the Red scare. It all takes place during the 1950s, but there is one catch: all the "people" are animals! Blacksad is a 6 foot tall black cat in a nice suit, but he acts like Robert Mitchum. The other characters include anthropomorphic dogs, lizards, crocodiles, even polar bears.



The art style is beautiful, not "funny animal" style, but much more like the film version of LA Confidential. Both of the creators worked for Disney in France and were expert in creating storyboards - that discipline shows in each and every page. Muted colors, perfectly framed and composed shots - if you have the right imagination you will see these characters actually move.  Jim Steranko, who does the introduction to this volume, is a big fan - as well as Neal Adams.  Don't balk at getting the hardcover edition or paying $30, it is worth the price.  Nuff Said!


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Alex Toth tribute by John Paul Leon

I saw this on Facebook and had to share it.



A tribute to Alex Toth by John Paul Leon!  Stunning and it features so many characters that Toth created or worked on.  If I didn't know better I would say that Toth had drawn this piece himself.  Space Ghost, Black Canary, Johnny Quest and the Super Friends all in one place.  Nuff Said!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Barry Smith: Bran Mak Morn and Belit

A couple of classic prints from Barry Smith that I stumbled across, featuring his incredible line work.


Bran Mak Morn print/poster from 1975.  One of Robert E Howard's many creations, he was in a classic Savage Sword of Conan two parter.  My recollection was that Smith began the story with a few pencilled pages and Conrad finished it?



Belit from Howard's Queen of the Black Coast story featuring Conan.  When we saw Belit in the color Conan comic she was drawn by John Buscema, wearing what looked like a fur bikini!  I always wondered how Barry Smith would have depicted this character - and you can see how from this print.  She is still not wearing much but does look more like a pirate.

I am mostly on Tumblr these days, but still will come back here occasionally, please follow me there!  Nuff Said.

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Question by Kevin Maguire

Another great commission by Kevin Maguire with an ironic twist.



How funny is it that the artist so good at doing facial expressions can knock out a wonderful drawing about a faceless character?  Nuff Said!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Space Opera by Wally Wood

I love pure pen and ink drawings that make great use of silhouettes and light.  This little masterpiece by Wally Wood takes me back to the early days of science fiction and EC Comics.



Nuff Said!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Batman commission by Lee Weeks

Lee Weeks recently did this cool Batman illustration on a blank Batman cover.



Very cool!  What a lucky fan.  Nuff Said.


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Make it So in 2014

Forget New Year's resolutions!  Jean-Luc Picard has the right idea on New Year's Eve.


Nuff Said!


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