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Faves List...

 

Ed Benes... great work on Superman v2, who'd have thought he'd do so well after Jim Lee's run was done...

 

Jim Lee... X-Men, Batman... a classic legend...

 

Alex Ross... Simply beautiful comics...

 

Andy Kubert... One of the few artists who can exaggerate and get away with it imo...

 

Terry Dodson... Another Great Spiderman artist in a long time... makes his women sorta exaggerated though...

 

Todd McFarlane... Spidey, GR, Spawn ... the list goes on and on...

 

Least Favourites...

 

Ed McGuiness... Superman on steroids...

 

Chris Bachalo... Draws like a five year old...

 

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good idea...ill play along, and offer opinions on yours too..

 

Jim Lee... X-Men, Batman... a classic legend...

 

yeah, but you said "writers" right? i knew he wrote some image/wildcats stuff, especially for his wildstorm imprint, and his Iron Man (or was it FF?) for Heroes Reborn was good too, but im thinkin you meant his art....

 

Alex Ross... Simply beautiful comics...

 

despite his ego, yes, his shit's beautiful. But since were talkin writers, im gonna assume you mean his works with Kreuger, like Earth X, Justice, etc. I dont know how much hand he has in it, but he's listed as a writer, and the X trilogy was great.

 

Andy Kubert... One of the few artists who can exaggerate and get away with it imo...

 

I dont know anything Dodson wrote, but yeah, he likes big ol' titties too. His short work on Punisher was awful, tho.

 

Todd McFarlane... Spidey, GR, Spawn ... the list goes on and on...

 

...as a writer? I dunno, Spawn shoulda ended a long time back. His shit's only good when he's having Gaiman or Miller write an issue, then he steals their shit later.

 

Least Favourites...

 

Ed McGuiness... Superman on steroids...

 

Chris Bachalo... Draws like a five year old...

 

ok, so now were definitely talkin artists. I dig McGuiness, i know it looks cartoony, but his beefy Supes is fun, for me.

 

Bachalo...i came around to his Age of Apocalypse work, his Captain America was awful. His best work, in my opinion, was his early run on Sandman.

 

Since im assumin you want this to be an artist thread....

 

-Alex Maleev - draws rain like nobody's business.

 

-Darick Robertson - Drew me in with that silent storm hitting Transmetropolitan, and his Wolverine work is amongst my favorite nowadays.

 

-David Mack - abstract, but with a purpose...just beautfiul shit, cant wait to read more Kabuki sometime.

 

-other non-Ross painters, like Glenn Fabry, Esad Ribic, etc - Ross can draw gods, but you need these guys to draw men.

Neither excels at interiors, for me, but their covers make me want to get them as posters.

 

-currently popular marvel ones, like Bryan Hitch (Ultimates is amazing in hardcover, glossy oversized pages), Copiel's fun so far on House of M, etc.

 

-Adam Kubert still draws one of the finest Wolverines out there, but Andy....he stepped his game up. He was good before, but now he can take things on like Origin and 1602. Some guys switch it up like Deodato Jr and come back a bit better, he came back with a whole new perspective.

 

there's others i cant recall at the moment. Those i dont dig currently:

 

-Ben Templesmith: 30 Days of Night was good, but he's gotten every other vamp title thrown at him since, and frankly, scary little girls aside, his action scenes suck...i have no idea what the fuck is going on, and not in a good way.

 

-Romita Jr - I love him on Spidey (especially moping in the rain), and his Black Panther's great, but his anatomy for :muggin: - espeically lunging in midair - fuck man, he's not a cheetah.

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Realize you're on Artists now but I'll still chime in on writers.

 

Rumiko Takahashi: Probably one of the reasons Anime/Manga are so popular today, she can be amazingly funny and very touching at the same time. Maison Ikkoku is the best romantic comedy manga ever made. Still, she does have a tendency to rip herself off.

 

Tatsuya Egawa, someone I guarentee you haven't heard of. He is the writer of GOLDENBOY (the anime came out here, but never the manga), Tokyo University Story, and others. I have to respect the breadth of the man's work this guy goes from porn, to stories about raising his son, to war histories without missing a beat.

 

Bruce Timm one of the creators of the best batman universe (the animated series) as well as great at comics in their own right, he wrote Mad Love, which was great, as well as the best Two Face story ever. What can I say, I love Batman.

 

Frank Miller, ignoring the Dark Knight Sequel, I loved all of his Batman Stuff, and hell Year One made me love Batman.

 

Ellis: Transmetropolitan, and if I remember correctly currently doing a run on the Ultimates. Great stuff.

 

Bendis: I loved Alias and the whole Ultimate Universe was great as I loved being able to start fresh and not have to worry about 50 years of history.

 

Katsuhiro Otomo: The Writer of Akira can also do middle length and short stories just as well. Not to mention the sickest sense of humor I have ever seen.

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ok, writers it is then, not including Bendis (if even just for Daredevil), Miller, or others you mentioned (Ellis did Ultimate Fantastic Four, and now Iron Man, but no Ulitmates: that's still Mark Millar's show). Also, Otomo's art looks painstakingly detailed.

 

-Kazuo Koike - Lone Wolf & Cub...just amazing.

 

-Garth Ennis - If for no other reason that Preacher. Hitman, Hellblazer, War Story, his recent Punisher works (including Born), Unknown Soldier, so much more.

 

-Takehiko Inoue - Never read Slam Dunk, but goddamn, Vagabond portrays a more interesting Miyamoto Musashi that Toshiro Mifune did; that's saying something.

 

-The guy who writes/draws Berserk. Seriously.

 

-Alan Moore should be a given at this point: if he's not, go read Watchmen, V for Vendetta, or damn near anything with his name attatched, then weep that there's no one like him.

 

I wanna say Grant Morrison, but he's hit or miss, and i havent read Animal Man yet.

 

-Neil Gaiman, if just for Sandman. I know he's got a cult following, but there's a reason: i dont believe the series can really be overrated.

 

so many others i cant think of, many are hit-and-miss as well though (Mark Waid can be great, or awful), or dont have enough varied works (Jeff Smith).

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Loved preacher to death though I thought it did get a little wonkey with the whole Cass/Tulip thing, gotta respect Herr Star. Still, only having read some of the Punisher stuff (and Fury) I just didn't find myself liking it as much.

 

Still have to get around to reading more Moore (ooh pun)

 

Berserk guy (Kentaro Miura) is also very very badass, though I usually tried for author who had more than one work I adored. I don't think he has actually don't anything else, I'll try to see.

 

I know what you mean about hit or miss, it can be hard to keep quality up. Even Miller has had his shit. Still, these are just the ones off the top of my head.

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Still, only having read some of the Punisher stuff (and Fury) I just didn't find myself liking it as much.

 

Yeah, see Punisher volume 1 was largely a comedy; the current series is Marvel MAX so its dark as hell. His finest stuff was the series' intro, "Born", with Robertson on the pencils, and a few of the arcs in this current volume, like "Mother Russia".

 

Berserk guy (Kentaro Miura) is also very very badass, though I usually tried for author who had more than one work I adored. I don't think he has actually don't anything else, I'll try to see.

 

Id be surprised if he did, it looks like he spends all his waking time making sure each issue has a ridiculous spread of some castle's interior, with each brick and light being detailed. He's gotta be using a computer, or else he and Otomo are from another plane of existence.

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Yeah, see Punisher volume 1 was largely a comedy; the current series is Marvel MAX so its dark as hell. His finest stuff was the series' intro, "Born", with Robertson on the pencils, and a few of the arcs in this current volume, like "Mother Russia".

 

Yeah Born was cool, though it reminded me alot of the Vietnam arc in Preacher, kinda like he was ripping himself off, not that that is always bad. I suppose it isn't fair to expect to be blown away like I was with Preacher tho.

 

Id be surprised if he did, it looks like he spends all his waking time making sure each issue has a ridiculous spread of some castle's interior, with each brick and light being detailed. He's gotta be using a computer, or else he and Otomo are from another plane of existence.

 

I should show you some of Egawa's stuff, holy shit the spreads that man pulls off are amazing. I know that a lot of these artists have assistants, but they mainly just add the screen tones and such.

 

Otomo is friggen brilliant though, and some of his color work is even better.

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Alex Maleev...forgot about him. What else does he do?

 

I agree with what ya said about McFarlane but I just love his dark spidey style...guess it grew on me as a young collector years ago... then again it could be because I hated Eric Larson...who knows?

 

Yeah Nick, (I agree w/some of your opinions also) I don't care this thread can be for both artists and/or writers (both)....that's a cooler idea actually.

 

Nice posts Bishop...I'm gonna check out some of the Japanese artists you mentioned... nice. :muggin:

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Hmm...Maleev's done a few things, i gotta check out my gallery when i get back home....something about Spawn, few vidoegame ads, etc. I dont think he's been on the scene that long.

 

No dobut Mcfarlane's physics-defying Spidey was classic, though. I may think the man a hypocrite for his battle with Gaiman, kinda sellin out comics, etc but his pencils back then were awesome.

 

Larsen's funny: i enjoyed his run after McFarlane on Spidey, but never cared for Savage Dragon of his other works. I think he's doin good heading Image, and his short stint writing Wolverine was pretty good too, so id say i almost like his writing more than his art.

 

bishop - not sure if he was ripping himself off, but yeah, Ennis does love war, and Vietnam comes up a lot - again, War Story was awesome. But Ennis has been accused of shoddy writting outside of war & religion.

 

What's Egawa do?

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McFarlan was good, but nobody tops Neil Gaiman as far as writing is concerned.

 

There's a reason his graphic novel won for Best Science Fiction book of the year (although they changed the rules the day after he won so a comic book could never win again). Neil Gaiman is a master of masters

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Gaiman's great in his own arena, but 1602 sucked balls hard. I'm still bitter about that shit.

 

Favourite/definitive teams-

 

Azzarello & Risso- 100 Bullets, can't think of the other stuff, his dialogue matches his pencils.

 

Ennis & Dillon- Duh. Preacher, Hellblazer, Punisher, it's still weird seeing one without the other(tho Darick Robertson subs quite nicely).

 

Claremont & Byrne- Back inna day of course.

 

Morrison & Quitely- they work well 'cause i hate his pencils & just don't get his stories. They're the David Lynch of comics & they're headed for Superman. Someone's gonna bleed before this is done...

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heh.

 

Gaiman's great in his own arena, but 1602 sucked balls hard. I'm still bitter about that shit.

 

its funny, i remember enjoyin that book a bit, but cant remember how it ended for some reason. seriously man, his veritgo work overshadows the side-projects, no lie.

 

Azzarello & Risso- 100 Bullets, can't think of the other stuff, his dialogue matches his pencils.

 

Good call. Yeah, ive seen them do Hellblazer (brought it back to bein a great book, then got weird by the end), and Azarello did that dark Banner mini a while ago. I know they done more stuff, but i just cant call him a favorite till i see how 100 Bullets ends, same as with Vaughan, as much as i like him.

 

Claremont & Byrne- Back inna day of course.

 

Yeah, cause....yeah. Respect and all, but you couldnt pay me to read their books these days.

 

Morrison & Quitely- they work well 'cause i hate his pencils & just don't get his stories. They're the David Lynch of comics & they're headed for Superman. Someone's gonna bleed before this is done...

 

Haha...again, i sitll aint read Animal Man, but Morrison's JLA was fun, in its early arcs. I didnt take to Quitely's pencils (tho he was amazing in Sandman: Endless Nights, mighta got an Eisner for it), i thought he drew this wetback :massacre: , but i loved New X-Men so much, prior to that last Magneto arc, that i just amde peace with his art style. Corben made him look good when he filled in, too.

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