Before I get to my shameless plugs for upcoming books...
Here's a brief excerpt from Leonard Rifas's interview with Cat Yronwode in COMICS INTERVIEW #23
(circa 1985). I was reading it on the train to Atlantic City the other day and really dug some of Cat's thoughts on comic art. For those who don't know, Cat was the Editor-in-Chief of Eclipse Comics. So smart.
Cat: "...there are a lot of younger readers who feel that in graduating from childhood to adolescence they have to pay lip service to the idea that good art is complex art. That good art is highly rendered art. They won't even pick up ZOT! They would rather have a Perez drawing with all of that tiny-tiny detail. I'm not singling out Perez, I like Perez's work, but it's a different style. Then later when these kids become adults and are secure that it's okay to like comics, the can go back to a simple, open style like Scott(Mcloud's)and say, "this is all perfect," or they can go to a style like Dan Spiegle's-and still like George Perez too."
Leonard: "That thing about kids showing their maturity by going for the heavily rendered stuff. That seemed to be one of the big problems that the underground comix sank into...it seems that the mainstream comics are now sinking into that same hole."
Cat: "Yes, it ends up with rococo or baroque. It's a pseudo-sophistication which in the end becomes mannerism. Now I'm also a sucker for rendering because I can't do it...I like too many styles to become hung up on any one approach to art."
That part at the end seems even more valid today. Flippin' through the current Previews is like walking through the 18th century wing of an art museum. It will give you a headache if you stay too long.
Speaking of the current Previews (August), two books drawn by me are available.
Under the APE ENTERTAINMENT section you'll find a listing for The Black Coat "Or Give Me Death" combo issue #1
. I drew issue #2
. Written and colored by Ben Lichius. Ben really knows how to write pulp action. It was a challenge trying to capture the excitement of his script, but, man was it fun. Preorder it from your local shop as soon as you can.
Under BOOM! Studios you'll see the 4th and final issue of Poe. It's my favorite of the series and definitely worth picking up for horror fans or those who like 19th century period pieces. J. Barton Mitchell wrote a really emotional ending that doesn't leave anything hanging. Check it out.
Wow. Never thought I'd have a single book in Previews, let alone two in one month.
I feel like a lucky bastard.