Choosing a favourite comic book artist can be super tricky. Some have styles that are perfectly suited to a certain type or genre of comic, some just do fab posters, whilst others write as well as illustrate their comics. There are a lot of comics that I’ve read and fallen in love with the art (some of which I’ve long since forgotten) but here’s a quick list of a few of my favourites!
1.) Jamie McKelvie- known for Young Avengers, The Wicked and the Divine, Phonogram
I talked a little bit about McKelvie’s gorgeous pop art stylings yesterday, as well as his bromance with writer Kieron Gillen, and I can always talk about him more! What I love about McKelvie (especially when he works with Gillen) is that his work is dynamic and full of life. Even in the more quite moments of comic books, there’s always *something* going on. As well as this, McKelvie makes every character stand out, through awesome fashion choices. He’s also responsible for the bangin’ costume that Captain Marvel wears, which is as functional as it is awesome! Add to the fact that he is one of the nicest guys in comics, this makes him one of my favourite artists.
To see some of his best work, check out The Wicked and the Divine, or Phonogram: Singles Club
Also, he’s worked with electro-pop band Chvrches to create this awesome tee which I totally want.
2.) Babs Tarr- known for Batgirl, Gotham Academy covers, logo for Thought Bubble 2015
Babs Tarr is known for her colourful, highly stylised approach to artwork. As you can see in the example above (Bosozoku Sailor Scouts) her work has a real distinct look which has allowed Tarr to make herself known in the industry. She currently draws Batgirl for Cameron Stewart, and as well as tons of nerdy references (I’ve noticed Usagi in a background before!) she’s brought a true-to-life style to Batgirl of Burnside. While a lot of people dislike the new direction of the comic, I think it makes complete sense, and Tarr’s artwork merely serves to support its awesomeness. The women of Tarr’s comics world are hugely varied in size, shape, colour and style, and it’s incredibly refreshing to see. Babs Tarr is one of the coolest, talented and well-dressed women in comics right now, and I’m excited to see where she goes.
To see some of her best work, check out Batgirl or her Tumblr here.
3.) The Hernandez siblings- known for Love & Rockets
The Hernandez brothers were responsible for one of best underground/alternative comic series of the 80s, and encapsulated sci-fi, the punk lifestyle, LGBT+ and relationships. It was part drama, part sci-fi and 100% awesome. Think Archie… But set in LA to a punk soundtrack and where Betty & Veronica were occasionally lovers, and Betty was a mechanic. The Hernandez siblings had a really noticable style; while it was simple, black and white with defined lines, it’s so stunning and crisp and ultimately timeless. It’s not aged like other artists from the 80s (*cough cough Rob Liefeld cough) and you still see many artists that have been inspired by the Hernandezes.
For examples of their work, check out any of the Love and Rockets graphic novels, which you can get from the Fantagraphics site.
4.) Kate Leth- known for writing Adventure Time: Seeing Red, Bravest Warriors and Edward Scissorhands, as well as drawing strips for Comics Alliance and The Nib and producing some awesome merch and tattoo designs
Kate Leth is one of the hardest-working women in the industry, but continues to stay hilarious and angry, two things which come across in her work. She’s a multi-talented lady, drawing comics for Comics Alliance and The Nib, as well as doing her own ongoing autobio comic (Kate or Die!) she writes a bunch of comics for Boom (Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time one shots and Edward Scissorhands, as well as assisting in the design of Lumberjanes) AND helms her own podcast, where she chats to other creatives. I’ve been a fan of Leth for several years, and seen her work blossom and develop into something incredible. Her writing is just as good as her art, and you can tell that every single thing she creates is full of love and attention. Her webcomics are personalised, kooky and cute, and they’re perfect for cheering yourself up, as her comedic timing is nothing short of perfection, as well as her art.
For Leth’s best work, check out Edward Scissorhands for writing, and Flash or Die! for her tattoo art.
Also, check out this badass tee that us geek girls should wear with pride!
Who are your favourite comic artists?
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