In the world of comic books Bill Sienkiewicz is what you would call a living legend. He exploded onto the scene in 1980 with Marvel’s Moon Knight series and blew the doors off the industry that at the time had never seen art like this before. In a bold move Marvel put him on The New Mutants with issue #18 in 1984 . This traditional super hero comic written by Chris Claremont was for all intents and purposes just another X-Men book and offered nothing that we really hadn’t seen before. That is until Bill came aboard.
I remember when I was kid and opening up the New Mutants comic I just bought at the neighborhood market – I can honestly say my mind was blown! Bill took a regular comic and turned it into a masterpiece of modern art. It is stunning work and still breathtaking to look at. But the best was yet to come.
In 1988 Bill teamed up with writer Frank Miller to unleash what many hold up to believe is the finest piece of popular art to ever be produced in the comic book medium, Elektra: Assassin. This mini series raised the bar so high that it has rarely been touched by any other artist out there. It is simply magnificent.
Back in the 80’s Bill was a hero to me and an artist that I followed religiously, so for me to now get a chance to engage in this little mini-interview all these years later is pretty much a dream come true. I am honored that he was able to take the time to answer some questions – let’s get to them!
I first discovered the dark and moody artwork of Kelley Jones in the pages of DC Comics legendary series Sandman, but it was really a few years later that I became a devoted Jones fan when I picked up Batman: Dark Joker, The Wild. That elseworlds graphic novel has what I consider to be to this day, the scariest portrayal of The Joker ever rendered. It is the stuff of nightmares and I loved it! You would think that someone who is capable of invoking such horrors would be kind of a creepy dude, but on the contrary – Kelley is incredibly generous, nice and super cool. He took time out of his busy schedule to answer my 5 Questions. So let’s get to it!
In 2002 a new comic hit the stands that immediately wowed the masses and recived rave reviews from EntertainmentWeekly and PublishersWeekly it was also snatached up by New Line Cinema to be turned into a feature film. That comic was Hawaiian Dick, and if you havent read it then stop reading this for second and go get it – I’ll wait.
Okay, you’re back. Great. See what did I tell you? Good stuff right? Since Hawaiian Dick, B. Clay Moore has made a name for hemself in the comic book industry as a top notch writer – and with tiles like SupermanConfidential, OurFighting Forces, Casey Blue: Beyond Tomorrow, and JSA the Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull under his belt there is no doubt the future is bright for Clay and we will be egerly anticapating the next awesome series to spring forth from his typewriter.
Now then, Clay was kind enough to stop typing for a few minutes and answer my 5 questions. Lets see what he has to say.
In the history of Green Lantern there are two distinct periods: Before Ethan Van Sciver and After Ethan Van Sciver. Along with Geoff Johns, Ethan redefined Hal Jordan for a new generation and I for one became a fan of the emerald knight thanks entirely to Ethan’s artwork. His style can be compared to that of Brian Bolland’s – exquisitely detailed line work with a mastery for character fluidity – in short, it’s beautiful art! A comic book with art by Van Sciver is always on my radar and there is a good chance I’ll be picking it up, if only to drool over the fantastic pages that he poured his sweat and blood into – it shows on every panel.
Ethan was nice enough to take some time out of his day to answer my 5 questions so let’s see what he has to say!
J.G Jones is one of the premier comic book artists working in the business today. Known for his photo realistic style, his covers are the stuff of legend and a Jones cover alone can cause a comic to fly off the shelves. No stranger to interiors either, his work in Final Crisis, Wanted, and Before Watchman: The Comedian is highly detailed, expertly composed, and beautiful to behold. I will say though one of the crown jewels in his impressive profolio is the fifty two covers he did for the landmark DC Comics series “52“. Every week for one year his incredible covers graced the comic book shelves and made us all take notice of that ambitious series. Truly a wondrous achivement and has yet to be topped by any comic book artist out there.
Recently I had the chance to get together with J.G and ask him 5 questions. Let’s not waste anymore time and get to it!
If you have been reading DC Comics Action Comics for the last few months you may have noticed a new look for that book. Artist Aaron Kuder has come on board to bring his dynamic, highly stylized drawings to Superman’s world and the results so far have been mind-blowing awesome! I became an instant fan of Kuder’s work from the moment I laid eyes on one of his pages from Superman #20. Here is what I said of Kuder WAY back then in my iFanboy review of that issue, “Yeah, Kuder steals the show here in some pretty fantastic pages of the fight between Orion and Superman (the aircraft carrier page was glorious).”
So when Aaron become the new artist on Action Comics I was thrilled and reached out to him to see if he wouldn’t mind answering a few fan-boy questions. To my delight he said yes (actually his real reply was, “Sure thing chicken wing.”)
This weekend I had the extreme pleasure of presenting writer Ales Kot with a few questions about comics, music, TV and movies, and awesome leather jackets. You here at NBC know I’ve been championing Kot for awhile now, ever since the iFanboy days I was posting up reviews that “this Ales guy is writing the hell out of Suicide Squad and actually making me give a shit about this book“. It’s always a risk approaching creators whose work you respect and love, because what if they turn out to be an asshole? It can put a sour taste in your mouth towards their art. Thankfully Ales was the personification of grace and acceptance and over all just cool as hell. He was a complete joy to work with in this little Question & Answer we concocted together with the help of Facebook and gmail – I am honored that he devoted a window of opportunity to talk to a fan.