Tagged: dc
  1. 17

    Mar 2015

    Tonči Zonjić

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    Croatian illustrators Tonči Zonjić (pronouced TAWN-chih ZAWN-yitch) has been called “a master of cinematic comics”, which, I am inclined to agree with.

    Zonjić was born in 1986, originally studied Math at the Natural Sciences High School, with the intentions of going into Computer Programming. Then one fateful day the wonderful word of art took hold of him. Originally Zonjić studied Graphic Design, but found it was not a good fit for him due to a desire to draw more, so after a year he switched gears and joined the Fine Arts Academy to study Animation. Though happier there, the course did not sustain him and Zonjić dropped out after two years to become a freelance illustrator.

    During his time as a freelancer Zonjić worked on storyboards, advertisements, book covers, and had a weekly newspaper slot drawing portraits. He dipped his feet into comic via Darko Macan’s fanzine Q strip.

    Working as a freelancer, and having the chance to grow as a comic artist through shorter strips, Zonjić became very comfortable handling all parts of the comic process from story to pencils, inks, color and letters. So when he entered the American comic world with Marvel’s The Immortal Iron Fist series by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction, he was already exhibiting confident clear storytelling. Since then he has worked on both Marvel and DC titles, Mike Allred’s Madman, Mike Mignola’s Lobster Johnson and Ales Kot’s Zero.

    2011 saw the release of his collaboration with writer Nathan Edmondson, Who Is Jake Ellis? The spy thriller, entirely drawn and coloured by Zonjić, really allows him to explore a more cinematic approach to storytelling. Using colour heavily to help differentiate scenes, reminiscent of 100 Bullets. In the follow-up, Where is Jake Ellis? Zonjić just blows it out of the water. Everything is tightened, from the design and layouts to the pacing, and showing much more confident as a colourist. With the fifth and final issue of Where is Jake Ellis? yet to be released with no annonuced release date, the complete trade paperback however, is set for release in July 2015.

    Other than picking up the Jake Ellis comics, which you really should do, you can also see more of Tonči Zonjić’s work on his website and blog.

  2. 8

    Oct 2014

    Cameron Stewart

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    Today marks the much anticipated release of Batgirl #35. It’s a re-invention of Batgirl from the (Dr Martens) boots up, by the creative team, writer Cameron Stewart, co-writer Brenden Fletcher, artist Babs Tarr, and colorist Jordie Bellaire.

    Succeeding fan favorite Gail Simone would be no easy feat, but as soon as the first image of Batgirl’s new costume was released, the internet went crazy, the likes had never been seen. Within hours there were hundreds of fan art. About a week later there was a blog to showcase the huge amount of artwork and even some cosplay costumes.

    Outside of the bat-mania Cameron Stewart is a very decorated illustrator, with both Eisner Award and Shuster Awards and Eagle Award and Harvey Award nominations. He has worked for all the big comic companies DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse Comics, on titles including B.P.R.D., Catwoman, Batman and Robin, Seaguy, and Seven Soldiers: The Manhattan Guardian.

    In 2007 Mr Stewart released a webcomic called Sin Titulo. The noir mystery-thriller earned him an Eisner Award, and later went on to be published by Dark Horse Comics. Earlier this year it was announced that Cameron Stewart will be illustrating a Fight Club comic. Set to be realsed in 2015, written by the novel’s author Chuck Palahniuk, it will be a direct sequel to the 1999 movie.

    You can find more of Cameron Stewart’s work on his website.

  3. 30

    Apr 2013

    Joshua Middleton

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    Joshua Middleton’s career began in the comic book industry, with his clean-cut style attracting several major comic book publishers including DC, Marvel, Dark Horse and Image. He later went on to work in television animation and feature films for companies such as Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, Universal and Sony Pictures Animation. Joshua is also one hell of a book cover artist…see more on his website.

  4. 27

    Jan 2013

    João Ruas

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    João Ruas’s atmospheric and ever so haunting illustrations are without doubt, sensational. Hailing from São Paulo, Ruas works as a freelance illustrator/artist, creating original artwork, prints, and books. He does make time to produce some commercial work, including covers for the excellent DC’s Fables series. Here is a wonderful quote from his website by Amanda Erlanson that offers great insights into his work:

    “João Ruas paints a haunting world inhabited by enigmatic figures and regal beasts awash in a maelstrom of mysterious energies. His explorations of the darker realms of the spirit evoke states of emotional turmoil, spiritual hunger and troubled passion. Weaving together history, mythology and cryptic symbolism in a misty dreamscape where twilight is ever at hand and the bounds of gravity seem optional, he describes an ethereal mythos that is somehow deeply personal and disquietingly universal at the same time.”

    You can follow his updates on his blog.

  5. 19

    Dec 2012

    Carlos Meglia (1957 – 2008)

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    Presenting the unmistakeable style of Carlos Meglia. Born in the city of Quilmes, Argentina, Meglia began his career in illustration way back in 1974. Early on in his career he joined Hanna-Barbera Studios, where he worked on cartoon series including The Smurfs, The Flinstones, and Scooby Doo. Steadily moving into comics, it was not until he partnered with famous Argentinian writer, Carlos Trillo, to work on titles Irish Coffee and in most notably Cybersix where Meglia really made waves in the industry. Cybersix itself bringing about both a live action television and animated series.

    By the mid-90s Carlos Meglia was working heavily with the US comic publishers. Such as Dark Horse, on their titles Star Wars and Spyboy, DC’s Superman/Tarzan: Sons of the Jungle, Adventures of Superman, as well as Marvel’s Elektra. In 2005, along with Belgian comic artist Didier Crisse, Meglia released the series Canari. Cybersix and Canari are some of his flagship works, however, my favourite English-language comics of Meglia are his Superman titles.

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