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As promised, I'm making an initial post to share some favorite comics artists, and I'd love for you to do the same.

Embed or link in the comments below - or make a separate entry as you please - and it's up to you whether or not you say much of anything about why you like the artist's work.




(Note: it struck me as I was checking over the coding for this post that all three works make extensive use of...the color brown. I swear I like other colors. Really!)

My first pick - and really only the second comics artist I ever took any notice of - is David Aja. A Spanish artist, who came into comics after some time as a professional illustrator and art teacher, Aja was probably best known until recently for his work on Immortal Iron Fist, but at the moment, it's his work on Hawkeye with the writer Matt Fraction that's drawing the most interest:

A page from Hawkeye, issue 3 )

I mentioned that Aja was the second comics artist I took notice of. The first was Dave McKean.

McKean is known for many things, but for me, he's always going to be associated with Neil Gaiman's Sandman, which was the first comic series (or should I be saying "graphic novels?) I gave more than a passing glance to between my childhood and...last year.

The cover of the Sandman volume 'Brief Lives' )

And finally (not that I couldn't include another half dozen favorites) is Paolo Rivera, who I met at New York Comic Con (2012) and...okay, I had absolutely no idea who he was when I met him (I had no idea who anybody was that I met at NYCC), but the prints on his table drew me in. This was the one I really wanted though:

A mock-up of a movie poster for Captain America: the First Avenger )

Okay, so that's that, at least for the time being. Your turn!
bethbethbeth: An excerpt from a Marc Chagall painting (Art Chagall Winter (bbb))
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And now for something completely different, i.e., me fangirling a non-Marvel comic.

Before I get to the story itself, let's take a look at Fiona Staple's cover for the trade paperback:


It's beautiful.

So...there I was, standing in line early one Wednesday morning, new comic books in hand and ready for purchase, when the cover of the just-released first volume of Saga caught my eye. I started leafing through the pages, and when I reached the counter, my usual Wednesday morning comics pusher said, "Isn't Saga great?" I admitted I wasn't familiar with the title, didn't know Fiona Staples' work, and wasn't familiar with Brian K. Vaughan (hey, I'm still in my novice year of comics reading!). He side-eyed me, then said, "Buy it." Didn't even bother to tell me what it was about, just told me to buy the book, and I obeyed him.

SPOILERS - sort of - for Saga 1-6 )

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