Tonight’s dinner topic: Who are your 3 favorite new artists who have emerged in the past 5 years?
— Jim Lee (@JimLee) June 20, 2013
In a tweet the other night, DC co-publisher Jim Lee asked a question I’ve seen kicked around a few times. You can see the answers in this link. Dan DiDio also chimed in with some excellent choices:
I didn’t have the time to go tally them up but here are some of the people named—if I had to guesstimate I’d say Chris Burnham, Sean Murphy, Chris Samnee, and Fiona Staples got the most mentions:
Renae De Liz
André Lima Araújo
…a bunch of these folks have been around longer than five years, but it’s safe to say this is a fairly representative list of emerging artists of the last decade. (The trio of Becky Cloonan, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba was mentioned but they are definitely more than a decade.)
In contemplating this list, it’s hard to draw any larger conclusions. Styles are way more eclectic now. There’s sorta kinda a Frank Quitely influence on some, a Paul Pope thread here and there, a bit of the Brandon Graham Heavy Metal look. Cliff Chiang. Mignola in the chiaroscuro maybe. (And then some who are really all by themselves like Janet Lee and Emily Carroll.)
One thing they pretty much share, is a far, far more naturalistic style than most superhero comics used to have. It’s not about exaggeration or stylization for the most part, but about a more striking look with characters who are idealized but in a more fashiony and less superheroic way.
Like I said, you can’t make too many generalizations at all.
That said, very very few of these artists got their start or are even best known for drawing superheroes. Aja, Samnee, and Burnham are best known, but they all have done a ton of non superhero work.
When I go to art schools, NO ONE draws in a traditional superhero style.
What d’yall think? Who are your favorite newish artists? And where did they come from?
[Via DC Women Kicking Ass]
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.