I was torn about this one, after all, Steve Lightle has had some very high profile work over the years, but his current work is less well known. You may be familiar with his work on Legion of Super-Heroes or the covers for Classic X-Men, among many others. What you may not be familiar with is his creator-owned webcomic, Justin Zayne.
Aly Fell's work is astounding. It's what first drew us in on The Shadow Glass. The UK-based artist came from an initial background in animation, but her more recent work in illustration shows the mastery she has over all of the essentials of great art.
I wanted to choose an artist whose style has a generally fun atmosphere, so I settled on someone that deserves your attention, Nathan Wiedemer. I've had the pleasure of knowing Nathan for many, many years and his work deserves every bit of your attention.
This week's spotlight goes on someone that we've talked about before, just not as the Artist Of The Week. His webcomic The Creepy Casefiles Of Margo Maloo is an absolute treat with every page, primarily due to the incredible draftsmanship by Drew Weing.
I got turned onto the art of Alexander Serra through of the various Legion of Super-Heroes groups that I follow on Facebook. In Googling this artist, I found precious little, but noticed that he has had some published work over the years, but his blog is a great repository for some fantastic artwork. He also produced a couple of great little comics for Saturday Morning Webtoons, Lopopo's Lost Sock and The Tried And Failed Gang which are both available to download FOR FREE.
Jennie Breeden has been at this webcomics thing for a little while. She started The Devils Panties in 2001, and pretty much hasn't stopped. As you would expect, the quality has gotten better over time, and today we have a polished, daily webcomic about a young married couple, that just happen to make comics.
Tim Dixon is helping to redefine what we refer to when talk of "Comic Book Art." Normally that phrase indicates that we are talking about drawings that are either part of the comic-making progress or illustrations that are directly inspired by comic books. As any artist will tell you, the definition of "art" is very broad. Today, we're featuring an artist that starts pulling us in the direction of the "Arts & Crafts" part of the definition, but his focus on emphasizing the great cover art of comics is what makes him worthy of inclusion in our list of Artists of the Week.
I came to notice Gene Gonzales' work through a Facebook group centered around the Legion of Super-Heroes. Over the past year, Gene Gonzales has been doing commissions of the Legion, especially in obscure costumes. He brings a joy to drawing when you read his blog, and his work is crisp and clean. He draws characters with honor to their heritage, and does enough drawing to make almost any artist feel like they're slacking off.
Our weekly feature is back, featuring a cartoonist you may not have heard of if all you read are Marvel and DC, Eraklis Petmezas. With what could best be described as an indy style, he is a master at silent storytelling. His work The Last Cigarette shows his capability for traditional storytelling. A more recent
Gisèle Lagacé can draw Archie and the Riverdale gang just as easily as she draws NSFW webcomics. I won't normally showcae artists who do NSFW art, strictly because it is predominantly for more mature audiences. With Gisèle Lagacé, I had to share my love of her work. Gisèle is the regular artist on the webcomic Ménage à 3, which has its moments where it is definitely NSFW. However, she also does the completely safe for work webcomic Eerie Cuties. Her artwork has always had a very Archie-like quality, which completely makes it no surprise that she has begun doing art for Archie, and it was this art that reminded me how awesome an artist she is.
Tula Lotay is someone whose work you've seen, but may have passed by. However, in preparing next week's previews for Dynamite, I saw her name mentioned as a cover artist, and recognized it. I went to see more and was taken aback. How had I not featured her work before?
At Free Comic Book Day, I had the pleasure of meeting Hoyt Silva, a very talented artist that you most likely haven't heard of. His work has mostly been for independent publishers, and mostly on titles that have flown under the radar, despite being extremely interesting. What separates him from most of the other artists I've featured here is that what really grabs me is his sequential work. It really grabs me and not since Brian Stelfreeze have I seen an artist use shadows with such evocative storytelling.