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A Month of Art Stars – Frank Espinosa

I love watching Turner Classic Movies, and I especially enjoy their yearly “Month of Stars,” where each day they feature a great actor/actress. Well, that sure sounds like a good idea for a bit, so every day this month I’m going to feature a current comic book art “star,” someone whose work I absolutely love.

I’m mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of JH Williams, Frank Quitely and Darwyn Cooke?

Otherwise, enjoy!

Frank Espinosa spent most of his career working in animation for both Disney and Warner Brothers, amongst others.

Perhaps his greatest career achievement to date was designing the Looney Tunes stamps for the United States Post Office.

Can you imagine how cool it must be to see your designs on a stamp for such major characters?

Frank has turned to the world of comics, and boy has he made a splash, mostly on his self-owned title, Rocketo.

These images are all courtesy of the gallery on Frank’s website, www.frankespinosa.com. Check it out here for more cool stuff!

Click on this image for a big poster!

It is almost like it is animation while being in comic form!!!

We are all familiar with the concept of “cartoony” artwork, which is artwork that looks like a cartoon. Espinosa goes even FURTHER than that, and makes the artwork almost look like it is moving!!

How he does it is his ability to NOT draw a lot of the characters. I believe there is some scientific reason that explains why the absence of a line causes our eyes to fill it in, and that filling in in our eyes must give it the appearance of almost movement.

At the very least, it gives the art a sense of depth that is uncommon…uncommon and quite excellent.

Espinosa also has the staple on the top of the comic, so Rocketo is read in landscape format, which only shows the dynamic nature of his art even more!!

Espinosa has done some other comic book work, most notably a neat back-up in a Doc Samson mini-series for Marvel (and some other Image work, like Killing Girl).

He’s a great artist, and I am very glad that he has expanded his fields of expertise from only animation to comic book art, as well.

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Frank is absolutely one of my favorite artists in the industry. I’d absolutely love to see him illustrate a Superman story — his style could be a lot of fun with the Man of Steel.

Oh, and more Rocketo!

Brian – great choice. But you didn’t mention Killing Girl at all, and I thought that was his best work. Shame he only did the first two issues. The art in the last three issues wasn’t bad, but wasn’t anywhere near as awesome as Espinosa’s work on the first two.

Superman would be a great fit, Jonah. Really, any dynamic character like that would be a great fit for him- get on it, Marvel and DC!

Brain freeze, Tyson! I’ve corrected it!

Definately need more Rocketo. I love it when guys like Espinosa and Darwyn Cooke jump in from animation and design to comics. There’s a lot of great artists in those industries.

frank is an amazing artist.
rocketo is req’ reading.

That last poster “Venedicto”, the robot reminds me of “Dekko” from Zot.

I actually emailed Frank not too long ago, and there IS more Rocketo on the way!!!

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