Brecht Evens is a Brussels, Belgium based cartoonist and illustrator. He creates expressive comics that take you on a mystical adventure through a wonderland of seemingly normal places. As garden utopias manifest out of the back rooms of nightclubs and bars- a myriad of personal intimacies are revealed from behind the closed doors of apartment flats and town houses. His paintings and comics leave you with a resonating feeling comparable to having a near perfect night out in your favorite city.
I have never heard anyone utter a word of dislike towards Yuichi Yokoyama‘s work, and for good reason. Personally, I have never come across a comic artist this flawless and complete. His style is immediately recognizable, but never tedious, and his works are as spectacular as Hollywood action films, yet they can be about visiting a garden, traveling on a train, or building strange forms of shelter. He reinvigorated my interest in comics, and I hope he can do the same for you (if needed).
Brookyln based Nicholas Gazin, well equipped with the crass of a seasoned comic artist (and hunter- he writes for VICE magazine and has been working on a series of comic book reviews titled NICK GAZIN’S COMIC BOOK WITCH HUNT), “lives in an anbandoned Polish dentistry shed and calls himself The Toilet Cobra on the internet. His influences include The British Invasion, ska t-shirts (but not ska bands!) and Superman IV. He recently became friends with Napalm Death. Skinheads have commented on the size of his dong.” Needless to say, I am impressed.
Philly-based Jesse Moynihan draws comics, plays guitar and violin, is a part of post-Supertramp supergroup Make A Rising. He also like jogging and jump-roping. I’m going to go ahead and imply that maybe he’d like jogging buddy if you’re in the area. I love the heros / villains in his comics.
Aaron K is a comic book artist/musician/taxi driver living in San Francisco who keeps shunga alive. I’ve been longtime LiveJournal buds with him but never really got to see his work fully. Last week though, I received a zine he’d sent (preview of a 60 page book he hopes to complete in the future) and it’s awesome! With the way he writes and weaves the awkwardness of the scenarios in each story into the page and ink, you allllmost don’t get the catch line until you’ve already turned the page and then turn back to make sure it was there. After the jump are some pages from various zines as well as from “I Forgot What I Wanted.”
Original cover by John Byrne; Marvel 1985. Cover by Josh Holinaty.
Covered is a blog that posts reinterpretations of original comic book covers by currently working illustrators and cartoonists. Some are mostly faithful tributes, others are clever subversions that alter the meanings of the originals. Others still are completely bizarre, eschewing traditional comic aesthetics for something totally different. I’d love to see Kyle Thomas do one of these.
The construction of each painting fuses disparate images from a variety of sources such as fashion magazines, animation stills, comics, the Internet as well as my own photos and drawings. I predominantly choose images and try to create forms which I feel register a visual ‘peak shift’, a term given to the phenomena of ‘neurological attraction’ that appears in both humans and animals to an extreme characterisation of an object.
In late 1978, an exhibition of cartoonist Chester Gould‘s (d. 1985) art for his strip, Dick Tracy, was held at the Museum of Cartoon Art (now defunct) in Port Chester, NY. In the catalog published to coincide with the show, there is a massive appendix of 200 characters Gould created for the strip over the years. Now I’ve never read Dick Tracy as it was a bit before my time, but I had absolutely no idea it was so weird. The characters have bizarre appearances and names like Flattop, Nothing, and Vitamin Flintheart. Matt Masterson, the man who put the appendix together, says:
When I asked Chet Gould where he got the names for some of his characters, he told me he used to ride the train from his home in Woodstock, Illinois to his studio in Chicago and sketch various people he observed on the train. He would exaggerate upon certain features or characteristics. The name would follow, with he one exception being Flattop, whose name came from the popular aircraft carrier of World War II.
Some of my favorites are after the jump, but if you want to see the whole collection, click here.