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365 Reasons to Love Comics #120

Is Eh-pril ending today? Well… yes and no. In fact, it may just have to continue into M-eh… Mwahahaha!

Today: one of my favorite current comic artists who has drawn a few of my absolutely favorite books from the past few years. Who is it? Click on past the fold to find out!

4/30/07

120. Cameron Stewart

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Cameron has quickly become one of my true artistic favorites in the industry, and yeah, he’s drawn a lot of comics I absolutely loved, namely Seaguy, Manhattan Guardian, the Other Side, and several issues of the good part of Brubaker’s Catwoman run. As he’s also a fellow poster at the Barbelith forums, I feel like I know him just a wee bit better than a lot of seemingly faceless creators you encounter out there.

Cam (if he doesn’t mind me calling him that) is another Toronto-based artist from the Royal Academy of Illustration & Design, just like the awesome Chip Zdarsky (the focus of, as I write this, the most unpopular Reason column yet, judging by replies). They’re all brilliant over there, curse them.

The finished art you see from him these days is, as I’m told, mostly done in ink, with only slight pencilling done to lay out the page. I’m astonished he’s that good with his inking; his art comes out spectacularly.

Catwoman was his big break, I suppose; he continued the set stylistics of Darwyn Cooke and friends, but added his own spin on them.

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Seaguy is surely in my top three or so favorite comics of the new millenium, and maybe in my top ten of all time. Cameron’s smooth, inky style used for the book really enchanced its surreal, dreamlike nature. Here are some sample interiors (click to enlarge to ridiculous size):

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Seek out the trade if you haven’t already. It’s one of the weirdest, warmest, loveliest things Grant Morrison’s ever written.

Then there’s the Manhattan Guardian, which I’ve written about before; the art channels 70′s Marvel and combines it with modern stylistics to set the mood for the book. I love it.

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The Other Side was heavily researched– he travelled to Vietnam for prepare for it!– and the massive work put into the artistic side really shows. This is one of the best things Vertigo’s put out, since, er, Seaguy. I really hope it wins the Eisner. The art reminded me of Michael Golden’s ‘Nam, with a dash of Jim Aparo. But it’s all Cameron Stewart, baby. Also? Here’s one of my favorite covers in years:

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Cameron’s also done some spectacular covers for the Marvel Adventures line, most notably the all-MODOK issue of MA: Avengers. Here are my favorites:

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Coming up next, you’ll be able to find his work in Apocalipstix, coming soon from Oni Press. Here’s a sneak peek. Grant Morrison has also been talking about finally convincing DC to publish the sequel to Seaguy, and I can’t wait for that.

Now for the “If I had to wish for something other than world peace” segment of our program: I would love nothing more than to see Cameron Stewart draw the adventures of the Doom Patrol. And if Matt Fraction wrote it, I think I would die on the spot. They’re huge fans with huge talent. Make it so, DC!

Cameron Stewart can be found on the web at, you betcha, cameron-stewart.com.

16 Comments

Awwww….I was hoping to get the answer as to why Dale Eaglesham’s wife is named “Wolfie.” And what about Ty Templeton?

I’ve a few of Stewart’s books, including Seven Soliders: Guardian (no “Manhattan”…it’s not in the indicia). I got this sketch of Jake Jordan at the Paradise Con back in 2005. Cameron’s on the schedule for the Big Apple Con in June, but that’s on the same date as the MoCCA show, so I’ll have to pass on that.

First of all, you spelled “millennium” incorrectly. Second of all, it’s not that the posts aren’t popular, but I would bet a lot of people never heard of Chip Zdarsky. I know I hadn’t. I do appreciate the column about him, though.

The nice thing about Stewart is he’s getting better. So the next volume of Seaguy (yeah, right!) will look even neater than the first, which was nice-looking in its own right.

I was introduced Cameron recently at a party. Unfortunately, I was introduced as a fan (instead of just a fellow partier) and I could think of nothing intelligent to say. I didn’t even have an esprit d’escalier/jerkstore moment after. Ah well.

Still, seemed like a nice guy, and I keep finding about stuff that he did that I liked before I knew who’d done it–like those Adventures covers.

I really dig his versatility.

“just like the awesome Chip Zdarsky (the focus of, as I write this, the most unpopular Reason column yet, judging by replies). ”

Hey!

Stewart just keeps raising the bar with every project. I enjoyed Seaguy, was extremely impressed with Guardian (particularly the final issue), and was just blown away by his work on Other Side. I never would have thought of him as a great artist for a war story, but geez… Definitely one of the best-drawn books of the year (and with a pretty good story, too).

It’s okay Chip, I think that you’re dreeeeamy.

And Seaguy is one of the top five things DC has ever published, easy.

(flex mentallo is #1)

That anonymous was me, by the way.

Manhattan Guardian was the most fun of the Seven Soldiers books. And comics should be fun, shouldn’t they?

Per Eric Grant (a friend of mine, actually–small web), who met CS at a party, I was introduced to the man at my local comic book shop in downtown Toronto. Quiet, humble and barely three feet tall, as expected. Seeing him shopping at Dragon Lady, though — yes, spending his very own hard-drawn money — also went a long way to explaining the final page in the Wolverine/Doop miniseries.

I don’t dislike Cameron Stewart’s art, but I don’t feel the love quite as much as everyone else seems to. He was good in the animated style on Catwoman. I’m less into the more conventional style from Seaguy and Manhatten Guardian though. There’s nothing wrong with them, but I can’t see anything to make the art stand out either

M-eh. Hhaha, that’s a good one, man. I don’t know why, but I found Eh-pril to M-eh uproariously funny.

Maybe I don’t get out enough.

Why are Canadians so good at comics and so bad at being America?

Why are Canadians so good at comics and so bad at being America?

That’s the nicest thing you’ve ever said, Joe. Thanks!

Enjoy your poutaine, snow mexican! (I know I love it.)

Is that a mummy on the moon?!? Freaky *and* cool!

I didn’t know that Cameron Stewart drew that cover where the Avengers all got turned into MODOKs. It was brilliantly twisted.

I gotta echo Jason’s call… whither Ty (The Guy) Templeton? Damn fine artist.

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