Sunday, October 26, 2008

road trip

I was down in Mass. at my folks house delivering the Strider bike to my niece (more on that when my dad sends me photos). In an obscure corner of the house, while searching for something to read, I found a battered and slightly water-damaged copy of the New Mutants Demon Bear Saga graphic novel. I don't remember buying it, but it must have been me. Bill Sienkiewcz's (how do you pronounce that?!) art is still groundbreaking and amazing, though the 'better' printing of the gn do it no favors. His work, with its use of shadows and slashes of black ink work very well on newsprint; it doesn't work well on glossy paper. The colors are too vibrant and don't allow the black and the colors to work as a cohesive whole. The re-printing of his covers is still amazing and I'd love to have a gicles-printed version of nearly any one of his covers.

One funny thing I noticed. The day before I left for MA, Sweet Enemy and I were talking about something that seems to have cropped up in a few of my recent comic works. I'm not sure if it's a stylistic thing (like Luc Besson's habit of starting off his films with the camera flying over water), a schtick, or a coincidence? What is funny, is the Demon Bear Saga included a quite similar image. Can you spot the similarities and what are your thoughts on the style/schtick/coincidence question?

Listening to while posting: Nothing. I got to sleep now, it's 0032 EST and I'm old.


Don Snabulus said...

David, meet Goliath.

Bet I'm older than you...I hope the Strider was well received.

AndreZero said...

If it the panel works, don't knock it! Reminds me of Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work

ladybug said...

Hmmm, sometimes one's creative thoughts turn on some of the same themes...

Sounds like the road trip was fun...can't wait for the pix!

Swinebread said...

obviously you are being haunted by the demon bear.

The best thing Sienkiewcz drew IMHO if you don't count his covers