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A Month of Art Stars – Christine Norrie

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? Here‘s the archive of the artists mentioned so far!

In honor of not re-inventing the wheel, this is basically a reprinting of a Reason to Love Comics fill-in I did last year.

Enjoy!

Christine Norrie

Christine Norrie had done a lot of small indy work (a pin-up here, a short story there) when she got the opportunity to be the artist on Jen Van Meter’s Hopeless Savages in 2001, and she really shone there.

Here is a sketch by Norrie of the stars of Hopeless Savages, the children of two former punk stars…

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This sketch by itself is enough to demonstrate the awesome expressiveness that Norrie brought to Hopeless Savages, which was especially useful for a project such as Savages, which relied greatly on the reader’s association with the characters for the book to be a success. Norrie’s design work did the job well, I think.

She then inked Bryan O’Malley and Brian Hurtt on Queen & Country, showing her ability to work in a much darker style. It was quite impressive.

Norrie followed that up with her first graphic novel, written and drawn by her, Cheat, from Oni Press.

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More recently, Norrie drew a graphic novel, Breaking Up, for Scholastic. Here are some sample pages…

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Norrie has also done editorial cartoons and cover work..

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She recently did a number of clever take-offs on bridal magazines for a one-shot for DC Comics (written by her Hopeless Savages colleague, Jen Van Meter)…

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Also, at her blog, she features a number of neat-o sketches…

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Here is a link to her official website.

Here is a link to her livejournal.

And here is a link to her MySpace page.

My pal Eric pointed me the way of this neat sketch of Arsenal (from Hopeless Savages) that Norrie did for him at a convention…

Thanks, Eric!

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Great start to a great idea. Judging from these attached images, less conventional artists like Christine Norrie clearly deserve more appreciation, and I’m glad you’re giving it to them.

Hey Brian,

Here’s a con sketch of Arsenal, from Hopeless-Savages, by the talented Ms. Norrie.

http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Page=2&Order=Date&Piece=357212&GSub=55494&GCat=0&UCat=0

EM

Thanks, Eric, I added it in!

By the way, if you Google the name “Christine Norrie,” this blog piece shows up sixth. Wow.

She’s one of my favorite artists to emerge in recent years. Cheat was great.

I read Cheat and loved it. Her art is underrated, but so is her writing!

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