1. Federico Bertolucci

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    Federico Bertolucci is an Italian comic artist and illustrator. He is best known for his award-winning series of silent wildlife graphic novels, LOVE. Alongside French writer Frédéric Brrémaud, Bertolucci has illustrated four volumes, LOVE: The Tiger, LOVE: The fox and LOVE: The Lion and LOVE: The Dinosaur. Bertolucci was nominated in this year’s Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for Best Painter/Multimedia Artist.

    In 1998, after completing a course in comics at the Disney Academy in Milan and graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, Bertolucci was hired by Disney Italia as an artist for their weekly Topolino magazine.

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  2. Anthony Hope-Smith

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    Anthony Hope-Smith is a London-based writer, illustrator, storyboard artist and comic artist. He has storyboarded for BBC television series, Being Human and web series, Resonance. He illustrated the graphic biography of journalist Hunter S. Thompson, Gonzo, and Image Comics mini-series, The Dream Merchant.

    Hope-Smith studied Animation at Surrey Institute Of Art And Design. Graduating in 2001, he has worked professionally for over a decade. In that time has created visuals for advertising campaigns, book covers, and children’s book. His first love, however, has always been comics and in 2010, his first graphic novel was released. Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson was written by Will Bingley and published by SelfMadeHero. It tells the extraordinary life and public perception of the counterculture icon. Gonzo was praised by critics, readers, and Thompson fans alike.

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  3. Do you need to read comics consistently to be good at creating them?

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    Injection #8; Black Canary #7; Vision #4; Spidey #3; Outcast #17

    Recently comic book artist Sean Gordon Murphy (Chrononauts; Punk Rock Jesus) tweeted a simple, yet thought-provoking question, “Do you need to read comics consistently to be good at creating them?”

    Although the results were close, of the 331 responses, the majority of voters veered to “No.” This surprised me as my gut instinct was to hit the “Yes” button. But I couldn’t. I froze because I struggled to come up with a strong argument in favour of reading comics consistently.

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  4. Thomas Campi

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    Thomas Campi is a comic book artist and illustrator, currently based in Sydney, Australia. Working professionally for over 15 years, with international publishers Flesk/Spectrum 22, Sergio Bonelli Editore, Glénat, LeLombard and Dupuis.

    Campi was born and raised in Italy. In 1995 he completed a Master of Applied Arts (MAA) programs in Visual Arts at Istituto D’Arte Dosso Dossi. After his Masters, he started his career illustrating high school textbooks for the Zanichelli publishing house.

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  5. Raul Trevino

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    Raul Trevino is a comic book writer and illustrator based in north Mexico. Working in comics for more than 15 years, his previous clients include Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Glénat, and Les Humanoïdes Associés.

    Known for his action-packed adventures, in 2003 he was awarded first place in the International Norma Editorial Competition for the Best Short Story. The exposure helped him publish his first creator-owned graphic novel called The Dance of the Conquest. A thrilling adventure trilogy based in a pre-Hispanic Mexico. It was released in 2004 and was nominated for a New Talent Fnac Comic Book Award and Best New Author at the 9th annual Expocomic event in Spain.

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  6. Ken Hultgren (1915 – 1968)

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    Kenneth Vernon Hultgren was a gifted draughtsman and notable Disney animator. In his relatively short career, he left behind a substantial body of work that continues to inspire and educate people.

    Hultgren was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1915. He studied at a local School of Art, before moving to California to pursue a career in animation. In 1936, one year after moving to California, he joined Disney Studios. He was an animator on the short film Farmyard Symphony (1938). He then worked on the feature film Bambi (1942), which he also created model sheets and layouts. Hultgren showed he was very comfortable drawing animals from any angle.

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  7. Guillaume Poux

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    Guillaume Poux aka El Gunto is a French freelance illustrator, currently based in Barcelona, Spain. He has worked on several comics for publishers Bamboo and Soleil, and worked as a Concept Artist and Character Designer for the entertainment industry.

    Poux studied illustration at the famous Ecole Emile Cohl art school between 2000 and 2004. After graduating, he illustrated for children’s books and magazines before releasing his first Comic book Lenny Valentino tome 1 “Poison Town” in 2006. It was written by Fuat Erkol and Christian Simon, and was followed up by Lenny Valentino tome 2 “Dead End” a year later. He also worked with writer Jérôme Félix on one-shots Mort & Entêté, and Le Plan, both published by Bamboo.

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