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365 Reasons to Love Comics #298

Another snazzy artist today– in fact, you’ll probably note remarkable similarities to yesterday’s featured creator! (Archive.)


298. Fábio Moon

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Fabio’s the identical twin of yesterday’s Reason to Love Comics, Gabriel Bá– literally, not artistically. Together, they’re like the Brazilian Wonder Twins of sequential art, transplanting their work to the United States so we naive Americans can be exposed to beautiful comic art. As I was informed yesterday, their work De:Tales was, in fact, translated and printed in America. Dark Horse has a preview of it, and our own MarkAndrew wrote a review of it. Check it out.

The first time I saw Fábio’s art was on the graphic novel Smoke and Guns, an AiT/PlanetLar book written by Kirsten Baldock that’s about cigarette girl gangs. Awesome, right? Verily.

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As you’ve probably noticed by now, Fábio’s got a very fluid, inky style, as opposed to his brother’s more precise and “geometric” linework. As Fábio himself once said, the more ink pots he gets, the more technical pens Bá gets. They’re both fantastic artists cultivating their own unique styles, and they produce great work.

Currently, Fábio is drawing Matt Fraction’s Casanova, tag-teaming the albums with his brother. It’s a book about duplicity drawn by twins. Fábio brings a different sensibility to the title, but it still has the groovy swerve of a psychedelic Euro-pop spy comic, as it should. The electric blue coloring gives it an extra jolt of energy. Here, check out some gorgeous, flowing art from issue eight:

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And trust me, no one draws a cooler or sexier six-armed space cowgirl like Fábio Moon.

Fábio also just finished up a short run on a webcomic with none other than writer Joss Whedon! Called Sugarshock, it’s a manic joycore pop explosion about a rock band. Key words include: robots, aliens, princesses, vikings, intergalactic battle of the bands, and humorous sound effects. Moon pulls off the wacky but infuses it with pure coolness, like the art is an effortless expression of what it means to be weird and hip. I love it.

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Here’s Sugarshock: part one, part two, part three. Enjoy.

Fábio Moon’s become that kind of artist whose work I’ll always check out. His art’s that good– filled with a killer aesthetic that sells everything on the page with a delightful flowing line.

For more on the Bros from Brazil, I’ll steer you again to their site, and also to this cool studio tour from CBR.


By the by, if I had kept going, at least one of these two gentlemen WOULD have been featured. :)

iT MAY BE A STUPID QUESTION, but why aren’t their last names the same? Or are these just truncations of some other ridiculous long name so that it can fit on a comic cover?

Though I like them both, I prefer Moon’s artwork.

I remember Smoke & Guns. Wasn’t it in the flip preview for Black Diamond? I liked the art but wasn’t so keen on the story. I think I need to buy Casanova now…

[…] [Profile] Bill Reed sings the praises of Brazilian twin cartoonists Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon. (Above: sequence from the Moon-drawn eighth issue of the swingin’ spy series Casanova, ©2007 Matt Fraction and Fábio Moon.) […]

Casanova (mini-)week is fantastic. There’s not a more deserving book or creative team on the stand. Except maybe Fell and its.

True or False: The “electric blue” in the current Cas album is actually pure cyan?

iT MAY BE A STUPID QUESTION, but why aren’t their last names the same?

Moon said it was “an art thing” on their blog a while back; no further explanation has been offered, as far as I’m aware.

Speaking of last names, people might prefer Simonson’s signature, but Moon’s (see the De:Tales cover above) gets my vote every time. The crescent is so perfectly simple and iconic. It’s a moon! Brilliant!

Brilliant just like the rest of his and his brother’s work.

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