This week we are “Shining the Spotlight” on artists and writers that are stars but we want them to become mega-stars!! Jon and I have picked a comic writer and a comic artist to review who they are and hopefully, expose them and their fantastic work to a larger audience. We hope by listening to this podcast, we are turning you on to new comics that you may have missed and this is a great opportunity to either catch up or jump on board.
I go first with my artist – Ryan Ottley. You may know him from the comic Invincible by Image. Here is a picture of his work:
If you have not read Invincible, it is written by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and now is a great time to start reading since they are doing this “Reboot” story line. Reboot retells the origin of Invincible and helps get new reads caught up on the previous story lines. I also recommend subscribing to his twitter @RyanOttley just to check out his awesome doodles.
Then Jon talks about Bill Sienkiewicz – former artist of New Mutants and Elektra Assassin. Here is a cover of Elektra:
Jon really likes his unconventional art style and it made a really big impression on him in his youth.
Now we move on to the writers, I start with Larry Hama. You may know him from writing G.I. Joe:
If you have dismissed this book as a “dumb kid’s comic” then you are sorely mistaken. This book is one of the most cerebral and intense modern combat comics out there. You may have read some of Larry’s other work in Nth Man and Captain Bucky O’Hare. Go buy G.I. Joe and read some of his other work. It is well thought out prose mixed with a little humor.
Jon ends the podcast talking about writer, Dan Abnett. He is a prolific novelist and comic writer and has done many novels in the Warhammer 40K universe. He is currently writing Marvel’s Herc. Here is some promo art:
Dan, like Larry Hama, writes intelligent dialogue and stories while also inserting humor. He is a good choice because he has written dozens of comic titles like Legion of Superheroes and Guardians of the Galaxy but Jon and I don’t think he is very well know. I was a fan of his creator owned superhero book: Hypernaturals.
Listen to the podcast to get a richer description on why we think you should search out these writers and artists.