Eisner award-winning Scott R. Kurtz is best known for the exceptional webcomic, Player vs Player (PvP). It currently has a readership of 150,000, and spawned a 12-part animated series, as well as publication deal with Image comics.
Since 2013, Mr. Kurtz started a spin-off series called Table Titans, which features a group of characters previously introduced in PvP. Updated every Thursdays, Mr. Kurtz and team, have already complete Volume 1: First Encounters.
Presenting the very distinctive work of Adrian Tomine. Born in 1974, California, Mr. Tomine started creating and publishing comics whilst he was still in his teens. He distributed his self-published mini-comic, Optic Nerve, to the local comics shops. Nowadays Drawn and Quarterly have taken over Mr. Tomine’s publishing and distribution, leaving him more time to create comics and The New Yorker covers.
Adrian Tomine style combines clear line work with solid colour and little to no texture. There is a beautiful stillness to his illustrations; harmonious pallet, balanced composition, often eye-level. Tomine’s illustrations feel personal, as if they are family snapshots, which I find especially true of his cover work.
Eleanor Davis is an award-winning illustrator and a talented storyteller. She has two graphic novels under her belt, The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook, Stinky, with a third, titled How to Be Happy, set for release this year.
Consistently producing both clients and personal work, Davis’ work is nothing less than exquisite. I am besotted by its sensitivity. Her storytelling devices and illustration style adapt to the story she is telling, but the results are always equally fulfilling. You can see some of her short comics here. Also, take the time to check our Davis’ sketchblog, seeing all her doodle and ideas is a real feast for the senses.
Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame Inductee, John Stanley, is best known for rendition of comic Little Lulu.
Beginning his artistic journey In the 1930s, illustrating for the Fleischer animation studios, Mr. Stanley went on to freelance for the Western Printing Company. During this period he created stories for many much-loved characters including Bugs Bunny, Andy Panda, and Woody Woodpecker.
One day, mid 1940s, Oscar Lebeck approached John Stanley to produce a bi-monthly series of Marjorie Henderson Buell‘s Lulu Moppett character. Mr. Stanley stuck to scripting duties for the most part, but did draw many of the early issues, and would produce a storyboard sketch for artist’s Irving Tripp and Charles Hedinger to work from.
Modestly shrugging off being selected for the Little Lulu comic as chance, other illustrators are not so coy about singing his prises.
Fred Hembeck hailed John Stanley as,
“The most consistently funny cartoonist to work in the comic book medium”.
and C.C. Beck said,
“The only comic books I ever read and enjoyed were Little Lulu and Donald Duck.”
A great place to find out more about John Stanley and his contribution to the comic industry is the blog, Stanley Stories.
Born in San Francisco, James Courtney founder of Naked Comix earned an BFA degree in Illustration at the Academy of Art College. As an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Illustrator 10 he uses a combination of photography and the Adobe Illustrator software to produce dazzling vector based artwork.
“Vector based art allows for the widest range of final options and usage for my work. I can create artwork without worrying that it may be too big or too small for whatever print usage I may want to do with it later. Also the smaller file sizes vector art allows for easier transfer of my work over the Internet to vendors and clients.”
Check out more of James’s work via the official Naked Comix website. Warning his work does contain some nudity.