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365 Reasons to Love Comics #275

If 365 Reasons to Love Comics was done as a Marvel comic book in 1993, then this installment would most likely have a foil cover to show you how “special” it was. Luckily, the artist featured today is so amazing, he DESERVES a foil cover to show you how special he is! Heck, a foil EMBOSSED cover, even!!

10/2/07

275. Kevin Huizenga

I don’t think it is much of a stretch to state that Kevin Huizenga is one of the greatest young artist working in comics (what is young, by the way? I think Huizenga is 30 years old – that’s young, right?).

His early work on his indy comic Supermonster began when he was still in high school, but even then, while his work was clearly not as developed as it is now, his simple style was still quite evocative, and his down-to-earth tales were filled with insightful comments upon the human condition.

Huizenga only got better as he began developing his sorta-kinda autobiographical character, Glenn Ganges, who first showed up in a late issue of Supermonster. Glenn Ganges was the star of Huizenga’s acclaimed Or Else series, which is put out by Drawn and Quarterly.

Glenn Ganges was given his own series last year by Fantagraphics, and the first issue was spectacular (the second issue is due out in 2008, I cannot wait!).

Huizenga has this strange ability to ever so gently come up with these mind-blowing thoughts, but explain them in such a matter of fact manner that it just seems so completely natural.

It is hard to explain, so if you will forgive me, I’m going to share with you a short story that Huizenga has up as a sample of Ganges #1 on his website here. I hope this is all right with Kevin, but I figure that if he was willing to have it up on his website for people to sample, he would be okay with me showing it to you for sampling purposes.

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Isn’t that just a remarkable achievement, on both an artistic and simply a storytelling level?

Drawn and Quarterly released a collection of his early works (along with Or Else) titled Curses. You would be doing yourself a great favor if you checked it out.

Here, again, is Kevin Huizenga’s website, and here is a link to his blog.

11 Comments

Nice.

Nice work filling in for Bill too.

(Can I ask if there’ll be “Judging books by their covers” posts coming up? I love those things! And there hasn’t been one since August…)

The Character countdown sorta precluded me having time for Judging Books By Their Covers during the last two weeks, and then picking up 365 Reasons as well didn’t help with time. ;)

That being said, I was planning on getting at least DC’s covers done by tomorrow (a draft is currently up – it just needs to be finished).

I see this has become “365 Reasons to Love Comics That You’ve Never Heard of”. Interesting, but a definite shift in material.

Personally, and I know I sound like a super-hero fanboy, I find myself much less interested in this take.

And I find myself MORE interested in this take.

So there :P

I’m definitely a fan of shining the spotlight on those people and projects flying below the radar, so I’m digging these fill-ins, Brian.

Yeah, the fill-ins have been very satisfying, so far. Another great choice, Brian.

Based on the selection above, I’d agree. That’s just a lovely sequence altogether, right there.

Heck, if I’d had known it had swung this way, I’d have been reading these more.

Nothing makes me happier than seeing Huizenga’s work on shelves at Barnes & Noble. I mean, even though I’ve never heard of him.

I like seeing funny names on book spines.

I see this has become “365 Reasons to Love Comics That You’ve Never Heard of”. Interesting, but a definite shift in material.

As opposed to Eye-Scream and Herbie, the Fat Fury.

Comics Not Rooted in Adolescent Power Fantasies Can Be Good, Too.

I’m in love with Huizenga at the moment. I just read Curses a couple weeks ago on a recommendation and was blown away.

Coincidentally I just finished reading volume 1 of Fantagraphics’ Popeye reprints and it became very obvious to me that E.C. Segar was a big influence on Huizenga (as well as Herge).

There’s a sequence in Curses in which Huizenga shows a flock of Starlings flying in formations in the sky. Every bird is draw either as a V, a cross, of a straight line and its amazing how much implied movement Huizenga gets out of those 3 simple shapes.

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