Last week I gave you a series of webcomics to check out. This week I have something a bit different to put in front of your eyeballs. If you’re in the mood for some more reading material, check out these 10 artists and their blogs / portfolios. You may have heard of some of them, but they are not your average household names, that’s for sure. With sneak previews, upcoming projects, production images and inside looks at their processes, these blogs will definitely give you a different outlook on the lives of the everyday comic artists like you and me. Take my word for it – they’re great resource material.
Yeah. When I saw the name, I thought to myself ‘WTF.’ But take two minutes (that’s all you’ll need) and check out some of the work done by Britt Wilson and Vicki Nerino from Toronto (Ontario pride, here). I guarantee you’ll fall in love with their eccentric style. Go on. Don’t be afraid.
Monica Gallagher is a designer by day, and a comic artist at night ( I can relate!) – She burst out on the scene with Gods and Undergrads and has enjoyed the freedom of online comics. With a number of titles in her portfolio such as Lipstick and Malice, and Bonnie n Collide, you’ll easily recognize her unique style and be fully engrossed in her stories.
Harvey Award winning writer and artist Matt Kindt is best known for the graphic novels Revolver, 3 Story, Super Spy, 2 Sisters, and Pistolwhip. His work has been published in French, Spanish, Italian, and German. For an interesting inside look, he reveals all of his latest goings on at his blog – complete with teaser images and updates on where he’s going to make appearances.
Zack Soto is the author of Secret Voice, and his work has found its way into a number of anthologies. His wacky illustrations and retro look are perfect complements for some of the stories he’s been commissioned to do. If you like your work outside of the norm, Soto is your man.
If you haven’t heard of Dr. McNinja and all of his awesome exploits (snake punching and taming a velociraptor) you are in dire need of medical assistance – Chris Hastings can help. Since 2005, his comic The Adventures of Dr. McNinja has graced the Internet with its blend of high action and super comedy – not to mention, his artistic skill adds to the overall quality of the comic. Chec out his new site, which features a blog/news thing at the bottom of the comic page. Well worth the trip.
Sam is an indie comic author and illustrator from Minnesota who is primarily known for his comic Tiempos Finales. His work has influenced numerous artists, and he has even received praises from Hellboy creator, Mike Mignola. With a thick, dry brush style, Sam creates wonderful worlds of eerie sci-fi alien beings and robotic death machines. He also drew the comic adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and his latest work entitled Death Day, can be seen over at his blog. Check out what he’s working on now!
Leigh Gallagher is an old pro, having worked on a ton of projects for DC Comics, 2000 AD, and he was also commisioned to do the first Lego Bionicle comic. His gritty style lends itself well to darker projects, and right now he is working as the main illustrator for Pat Mills series, ‘Defoe.’ It’s about a zombie hunter and his travels during the 17th century. He is also doing work on Judge Dredd (also for 2000AD), and he updates his blog quite frequently, with visual goodies for you to check out.
Sean is an talented artist who ha worked with a number of studios. His portfolio features work from Dark Horse, Vertigo and Marvel – and throughout his career he has managed to work on titles such as Hellblazer, Batman, and Teen Titans. He’s done covers for Marvel, and has worked on other projects featuring well known icons like Buffy and GI Joe. In addition to his professional work, he has completed 2 original graphic novels – Off Road and Outer Orbit, and his third graphic novel is set to be released shortly, entitled: Punk Rock Jesus. Sean’s style ranges from clean, slick linework to dark and gritty. You can see samples of his versatility over at his blog.
Raina Telgemeier is a comics illustrator currently residing in New York. Her work has been nominated for a number of awards – Eisner, Cybil, webcomics choice, etc. She recently wrote for a manga shouju version of X-Men entitled Misfits, and illustrated the Babysitter’s Club series for Scholastic under the Graphix imprint. In addition to her professional work, she has released a series of mini-comics and a full length Graphic Novel, entitled ‘Smile.’ Her simple, elegant style is a nice change of pace from the typical grungy, edgy look employed by a number of illustrators. She is also part of a comics collaborative called the Comics Bakery.
Dylan Meconis began the production of her first comic series Bite Me (a comic about Vampires set during the French Revolution) while she was in high school. It developed further into a webcomic and into a full fledged printed book. After graduation, she continued working in Seattle as an illustrator among other things, with clients such as Microsoft. Currently she is working on a new graphic novel project entitled Family Man, is a member of the artists collective Periscope Studio, and does work for the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland, Oregon. Her comics are intelligent, light-hearted and humorous – take the time and go through her work. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at her talent.
There’s the list of 10 comic artists and their blogs/portfolios that you should definitely investigate. This list of indie, semi-pro and professional artists, with their varying degrees of experience can provide a huge amount of inspiration and ideas for your own comics work. Check their blogs regularly and keep up to date on their progress. I know I will!