Abel, Jessica - Abel's comics
offer a subtle anthropology of her own generation of socially audacious, mildly bohemian post-feminists. She uses comics like a tool, observing,
documenting, examining the social dynamics of a free floating crowd of young, urban, pleasure seeking bar hoppers. Her writing, in combination with
her crisp, precise, stylishly assured drawings, chronicle the shifting relationships between the young and unfocused; men and women who aren't necessarily
what they would like to be and haven't quite figured out how to become it. She's a reporter of sorts, and emotional veracity is her beat. See La
Perdida and Mirror, Window. Also see Wikipedia article.
Aida, Yu - Gunslinger Girl, based on Yu Aida's manga, is part of the grand anime tradition
of little girls with big weapons: it follows a team of cybernetically enhanced teenage girls who are trained as assassins and counter-intelligence
agents. The 13-episode series ran from 2003 to 2004 while the manga is ongoing.
Baldy Editorial Cartoon:
The Clifford H. Baldowski Collection at the Richard B. Russell Library - Contains 6,740 pen and ink drawings and 2,460 velox. The digital database
opens with approximately 2,500 cartoons from the collection. Clifford H. Baldowski, known by the pen-name "Baldy," depicted the local, national and international news of his day in the editorial pages of the Augusta Chronicle, Miami
Herald, and Atlanta Constitution. His work is a rich source for those studying political reorganization in Georgia and the growth
of Atlanta as well as the the Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, the Vietnam conflict, Middle East tensions, and Watergate.
Balent, Jim - An American comic book illustrator from Pennsylvania. He is
perhaps best known for his long run on Catwoman between 1993 and 1999.
Balent has also drawn Batman and Lobo for DC Comics, as well as some of the issues of Purgatori for the independent comic publisher Chaos! Comics. In 1999, Balent left mainstream comics to form
his own company, BroadSword Comics, which publishes Tarot:
Witch of the Black Rose (Balent writes and draws this series himself) and reprinted Vampfire, which was created, written and drawn by Balent's wife Holly
Golightly (also known as Fauve) who is currently also the colorist on Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose.
Barr, Donna - Common elements in Barr's work are fantastic human/animal hybrids and German culture.
She is best known for her series Stinz (about a society of centaur-like people in a setting reminiscent of pre-industrial Germany) and The
Desert Peach (about Pfirsich Rommel, the fictional homosexual younger brother of Erwin "The Desert Fox" Rommel, set in North Africa during
World War II).
Bertozzi, Nick - The Salon; The Handcuff King; Drop Ceiling; Superior Showcase.
Biggs, Brian - Known for putting ugly, ordinary people in bizarre situations where, more often than
not, someone is dead or dying. Frederick & Eloise; Dear Julia; Chere Juila; Interim; Nineteen Weird Guys.
Bilal, Enki - Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Bilal moved to Paris at the age of 9.
There, at 14, he met Rene Goscinny and with his encouragement
tried turning his talent to comic books. The Nikopol trilogy (La Foire aux Immortels, La Femme Piège and Froid Equateur)
took more than a decade to appear but is probably Bilal at his best. His cinematic career has recently been revived with the expensive Immortel
(Ad Vitam) which is his first attempt to adapt his books to the screen.
Blower, Patrick - A selection of Blower's weekly cartoons for the News of the World and the Sunday Times as well as some past work including cartoons from the London
Evening Standard where Blower was the political cartoonist from 1997 to 2003.
Bolton, John - A British comic book artist and illustrator most known for his dense, painted
style, which often verges on the photorealism. Also see Wikipedia article.
Brennan, Michael - Best known for Electric Girl, teen endowed with electrical
powers who has a mild invisible gremlin on her back. The gremlin sometimes prods Virginia to higher levels of achievement but generally does not.
The basic story line revolves around Virginia's attempts to minimize the impact of the gremlin in her life, while the electrical powers serve as
a subplot. The book parodies the conventions of superhero comics and comic-book culture (in one installment, Virginia and a friend attend a comic-book
convention, where Virginia has her photo taken with Electric Girl) while scratching the surface of some of the difficulties that teens
Brereton, Dan - A painter, known for his lush and vibrant colors as well as his distinctive
character designs. He gained much attention for his work on Batman: Thrillkiller, Superman and Batman: Legends of the World's Finest,
and JLA: Seven Caskets; however, his most famous work is the creator-owned The Nocturnals.
Brunetti, Ivan - Specializes in an idiom which initially appears to be merely
obsessed with scatology and self-deprecation, but actually reveals, in a backhanded and subtle way, the artist's great sensitivity and intellect. Brunetti works
in an eclectic and organic style, switching from Hello Kitty-like graphics to extreme realism. Brunetti is best known for his comic Schizo,
published by Fantagraphics.
Campbell, Eddie - A
Scottish comics artist and cartoonist who now lives in Australia. Probably best known as the illustrator and publisher of From Hell (written by Alan Moore), Campbell is also the creator of the semi-autobiographical Alec stories,
and Bacchus (aka Deadface), a wry adventure series
about the few Greek gods who have survived to the present day. His latest graphic novel The Fate of the Artist, which playfully investigates
Campbell's own sudden disappearance, was published in May 2006 by First Second Books.
Chabon, Michael - Author of novel about comic book creators The Amazing
Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
Chaykin, Howard - An American comic book writer and artist famous for his innovative storytelling and sometimes controversial
material. Chaykin's main influences are the mid-20th century book illustrators Robert Fawcett, Al Parker, and others, along with a love for 1940s
jazz which is often reflected in his work. See American Flagg and Black
Cloonan, Becky - An American comic book creator, known for work published by Tokyopop and Vertigo. In 2012 she became the first female artist to draw the main Batman title for DC Comics. See Wikipedia.
Crumb, Robert - Crumb was a founder of the underground comics movement and is regarded as its most prominent figure. Though
one of the most celebrated of comic book artists, Crumb's entire
career has unfolded outside the mainstream comic book publishing industry. One of his most recognized works is the Keep on Truckin' drawing,
which became a widely distributed fixture of pop-culture in the 1970's. Also see Complete Crumb, The; R.
Crumb Handbook; R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book; Mr. Natural; Crumb Family Comics; R. Crumb Draws the Blues; My Troubles With Women; R. Crumb
Sketchbook; Complete Dirty Laundry. Also see Wikipedia article.
Darrow, Geof -
A comic artist and designer born in Iowa, USA. His distinctive style is meticulously detailed, embodying many elements of Japanese culture (giant
fire-breathing lizards feature heavily), blended with the chrome clad style of 1950's Americana. In 1990, he collaborated with writer and artist Frank
Miller on the comic book Hard Boiled,
a 3 part graphic novel. Loosely based on Philip K. Dick's short story The Electric Ant, the book is a many-layered exploration of the mind and world of its
protagonist Nixon. Also see Wikipedia article.
Dawson, Mike - British-American cartoonist, known for his work on books such as Freddie & Me, Ace-Face and Gabagool!
Delano, Jamie - The character John Constantine, originally created by Alan Moore as a recurring character in the horror series Swamp Thing, was given his own comic book series, titled Hellblazer, in 1988, featuring
writer Jamie Delano and artist John Ridgway, with distinctive painted
and collage covers by Dave McKean. The original title, Hellraiser,
was dropped due to the simultaneous release of Clive Barker's
unrelated film of the same name. Hellblazer is a decidedly dark series. Its main character
is portrayed as a kind of confidence man often seen doing morally questionable things for the greater good while conning his way through a 'realistic'
modern world, albeit one with a lot of magic and supernatural conflict going on behind the scenes. Also see Wikipedia article.
Darling, J.N."Ding" - Experts estimate that J. N."Ding" Darling (1876-1962)
drew 15,000 editorial cartoons chronicling the history, trends, thoughts, and politics of the United States for the half-century from 1912 to 1962. Ding was
famous for these editorial cartoons, which appeared in approximately 150 major daily newspapers throughout the United States and earned him two Pulitzer
Dorkin, Evan and Sarah - American comics artists and writers. Evan Dorkin's most
well-known works are the comic books Milk and Cheese and Dork.
As well as his comics work, Evan has also written for animation including (with his wife Sarah Dye) Space Ghost: Coast to Coast. Evan also wrote and produced an animated television
pilot, Welcome to Eltingville, based on
his own characters. Evan and Sarah also wrote some episodes of the Superman animated series, particularly the episode "Live Wire" which introduced a new character
of the same name.
Doucet, Julie - Canadian undergroundcartoonist, best known for her autobiographical works such as Dirty Plotte and My
New York Diary. My Most Secret Desire, beautifully put together
by Drawn & Quarterly, marks a return to comics for Doucet after a five-year hiatus. In this book Doucet gives us
selections from her past dream comics and some newly drawn material.
Dr. Seuss - Official site: Seussville. Also see Wikipedia: Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist most
widely known for his children's books written under the pen names Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg and, in one case, Rosetta Stone.
He published 46 children's books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of trisyllabic meter. His most
celebrated books include the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches the Egg,
Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.
Druillet, Philippe - Druillet's first book appeared in 1966.
Entitled Le Mystère des abîmes (The Mystery of the Abyss), it introduced his recurring hero Lone Sloane and science-fiction themes partially inspired by his favourite writers, H.P.
Lovecraft and A.E. van Vogt. Later Druillet created book covers for republications of Lovecraft's
work, as well as numerous movie posters. Sloane was also the hero of the graphic novel Delirius (1973), drawn by Druillet and written by Jacques Lob.
Eisner, Will - An acclaimed American
comics writer, artist and entrepreneur. He is considered one of the most important contributors to the development of the medium and is known for
the cartooning studio he founded; for his highly influential series The Spirit; for his use of comics as an instructional medium; for his leading role in establishing
the graphic novel as a form of literature
with his book A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories; and for his educational work about
the medium as exemplified by his book Comics and Sequential Art.
Ellis, Warren - A British author of comic books and graphic novels, well known for his acerbic
personality and sociocultural commentaries, both through his online presence and his writing. Transmetropolitan, a creator-owned series about an acerbic "gonzo" journalist in a
dystopian future America, co-created with artist Darick Robertson and published by DC's Helix imprint. When Helix was discontinued the following
year, Transmetropolitan was shifted to the Vertigo imprint, and remained one of the most successful non-superhero comics DC was
Finger, Bill - An American comic strip and comic book writer best known as the uncredited
co-creator, with Bob Kane, of the DC Comics character Batman, as well as the co-architect of the series' development.
French, Renee - Creator of the controversial comic book mini-series, 'Grit Bath'
(published by Fantagraphics), the graphic novels 'Corny's Fetish' and 'The Ninth Gland', and many short pieces for anthologies such as 'Last
Gasp', 'Zero Zero', 'Dark Horse Presents', and the huge 'Comix 2000' published by L'Association.
Fries, Brian - Creator of Mom's Cancer and Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow, both published by Abrams.
Gaiman, Neil - British author of numerous
science fiction and fantasy works, including many graphic novels. He has written a plethora of comics for several publishers, but his best-known
work is the comics series The Sandman, which chronicles the tale of Morpheus, the anthropomorphic
personification of Dream. Also see Wikipedia article.
Glashan, John - Glashan (1927 - 1999) drew single frame cartoons for many publications,
but is perhaps best remembered for his Genius strip, which ran in The Observer magazine from 1978 to 1983, featuring Anode
Enzyme and his patron Lord Doberman.
Gloeckner, Phoebe - American cartoonist, illustrator, painter, and novelist.
Her first prominent work in fiction publishing, a series of illustrations for the RE/Search edition of J. G. Ballard's novel The Atrocity Exhibition, used clinical images of internal anatomy, sex, and physical
trauma in ambiguous and evocative combinations. Her comics work, in the form of short stories published in a variety of underground anthologies including Wimmen's
Comix, Weirdo, Young Lust and Twisted Sisters, was sporadic and rarely seen until the 1998 release of the collection A
Child's Life and Other Stories. This was followed by her 2002 novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which revisited the troubled life
of the young character previously featured in some of her comics, this time in an unusual combination of prose, illustration, and short comics scenes.
Goldberg, Rube - An American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. He is best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways, similar to Heath Robinson devices in the UK, as well as the Storm P devices in Denmark. Goldberg received many honors in his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for his political cartooning in 1948 and the Banshees' Silver Lady Award 1959. Also see Wikipedia.
Gould, Chester - The creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip, which he wrote and drew from 1931 to 1977. Gould was known for his
colorful, often monstrous, villains.
Grant, Steven - American writer of comic books. He has worked for both Marvel and DC, as well as various independent companies, and is most widely known for the 1985/1986 Punisher miniseries
with Mike Zeck. Grant has cited the likes of Badlands (which
dealt with the assassination of John F. Kennedy), Mortal Souls, Whisper (published by First Comics), Damned and The
Last Heroes (with Gil Kane) as examples
of proudist work.
Guinan, Paul - In 1988, noticing the absense of women in comics -- as
lead characters, readers, and industry professionals -- Paul and wife-to-be Anina Bennett began
developing a female action hero. Together they hatched the science-fiction series Heartbreakers, which has since proven its appeal to both male and female readers.
Long before cloning made mainstream headlines, Heartbreakers explored the social fallout of genetic engineering.
An animated cartoon production company that dominated North American television animation during the second half of the 20th century. The company
was originally formed in 1944 by MGM animation directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and live-action
director George Sidney as H-B Enterprises in order to produce sponsored films and later television commercials.
After MGM shut down its animation studio in 1957, H-B Enterprises became Hanna and Barbera's full-time
job, and the company was re-named Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1960. Over the next three decades, Hanna-Barbera produced many successful
cartoon shows, including The Huckleberry Hound Show, The
Flintstones, Top Cat, The Yogi Bear Show, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest, Scooby-Doo, and The Smurfs, many of which would go on to become icons of Western pop culture. Also see KidsWB (official
Hernandez, Gilbert - Along with his brothers Jaime and Mario a co-creator of the black and white independent comic Love
and Rockets. Gilbert's main work is Palomar, a story about a fictional small village somewhere in Central America,
and its inhabitants.
Horrocks, Dylan - Comic book writer and artist born in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2002 he
won the Eisner Award for "Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition".
His debut graphic novel, Hicksville, was published in 1992 by Black
Eye, and has since been republished by Drawn & Quarterly.
His comic Atlas currently published by Drawn & Quarterly was
nominated for the Harvey Award for 'Best Single Issue or Story' in 2002.
Hughes, Rian - A British graphic designer, illustrator and comics artist, noted for his work on 2000AD,
where he illustrated Robo-Hunter, Tales from Beyond Science, Really and Truly and Dan Dare, among others. Also see Wikipedia.
Husband, Tony - Joke and strip cartoonist Tony Husband does work for Private Eye and The
Kirby, Jack - One of the most influential, recognizable, and prolific artists
in American comic books. He was also a comic book writer and editor. His most common nickname is The King. Among the characters that Jack
either created or co-created were Captain America, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, Boy Commandos, Challengers of the Unknown,
The New Gods, Kamandi, Darkseid, Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos, Captain Victory, The Silver Surfer, The Mighty Thor and at least a hundred
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