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A Month of Art Stars – Marcelo Frusin

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!

Here’s an Argentinian (is it seriously Argentine rather than Argentinian?) artist who I keep waiting for DC or Marvel to give a high profile book to (unless Hellblazer counts, in which case he’s already had a high profile book, but still, he needs one NOW).

Enjoy!

Okay, off the bat, yes, I get it, Marcelo Frusin’s art looks like his fellow artist from Argentina, Eduardo Risso. I get it. Doesn’t mean that Frusin is not an exceptional artist in his own regard because, well, he is.

His artwork conveys mood and drama without ever sacrificing storytelling, and it adds together for a great total package.

His first big book was doing Hellblazer with Brian Azzarello (although his first issue was a fill-in while Warren Ellis was still doing the book – he came on to the book full-time, though, with Azzarello. Still, do note that this first page is from the Ellis-penned issue).

Here are some pages…

Wow!

You are obligated by law to appreciate his use of negative space here!

After Hellblazer, Frusin went with Brian Azzarello to a new title, Loveless, where he kept up the dark style while never sacrificing storytelling in the least. You know, actually, who Frusin reminds me of a bit? Norm Breyfogle. What do you think?

Here’s another Western tale, from a Vertigo one-shot…

What’s amazing about all these pages is that you can actually BUY them here.

Finally, Frusin got a shot at a really high profile title when he did last year’s Wolverine Annual.

It, naturally, looked amazing.

Speaking of amazing, here are some of Frusin’s striking cover work for Loveless. He is one of those rare artists who can draw great sequentials AND also draw striking cover work.

Here’s Frusin’s work blog, where he shares art from whatever he’s working on.

Like, for instance, a page from the Wolverine Annual…

or a cover to a French project he’s doing (he’s painting the art this time!)…

16 Comments

I really didn’t like the minimalist inking style he used on Loveless, more so now that I’ve seen the pencils.
Another great choice, Bryan – are these being posted with an underlying theme or order in mind?

FunkyGreenJerusalem

September 9, 2008 at 11:40 pm

Here’s an Argentinian (is it seriously Argentine rather than Argentinian?) artist who I keep waiting for DC or Marvel to give a high profile book to (unless Hellblazer counts, in which case he’s already had a high profile book, but still, he needs one NOW).

No!
Keep him on good books, not big one’s!

Although I like all of his work, it’s the first arc he did with Azzarello on Hellblazer that I love, ‘Good Intentions’.
It helps that the story is so good as well, but he did a really good job capturing the look and feel of the town, as well as the scenes crossing back to the punk scene in England.
He also did a good job of keeping the conversations as exciting as the action.

Now it’s time for some pedantry!
The first page of Hellblazer isn’t an Azzarello issue!
It was written by Warren Ellis when Frusin did a single issue during Ellis’ really promising, but really short lived run on the title.
(I almost wish that he hadn’t stuck to his principles on that one, just because I was enjoying his run so much).

It was a pretty funny issue, made even more so when I found out that most of the jokes were Ellis just lifting words straight from David Icke!
I’m not sure if he’s still a regular target of Ellis’ but I know he used to talk about him/mock him/feel sorry for him quite reguarly. For the uninitiated his websites here, http://www.davidicke.com/index.php/ but be warned, this is a man who truly believes damn near every conspiracy theory is true, that turquoise is the colour of love, and that the royal family are giant lizards.

No particular order or theme, Layne, except, of course, that I am using a few of the artists that I already did Reasons to Love Comics for (one of my fill-ins for Bill was a short series of “great current artists,” so it just seems silly NOT to re-use those pieces now).

Also, I guess I am trying not to do too many similar artists in a row, so maybe that’s a theme in and of itself, no?

Good call, Ben, I’ll edit it!

Awesome stuff, I like how you’re spotlighting less prominent artists but nonetheless gifted artists.

As for Frusin’s work being reminiscent of Risso’s, well… it is. But I’m willing to chalk it up to them being influenced by the same artists and environment than any deliberate attempt by Frusin to ape the more popular Risso’s work (not that I think you were alluding to it or anything). You can find similar artistic quirks in works by fellow South American pencillers such as the late Carlos Meglia, Dargaud’s T.Léo, and to a lesser extent, Gabriel Bá. I don’t know if there are enough shared tendencies to argue for the existence of an emergent “Latin American” style of comic art, though.

Good call – I like Marcelo Frusin

Definitely a good call!

I really enjoyed his run on Hellblazer, in which Azzarello and Carey put him to good use.

However, I liked his Loveless run, BUT unfortunately, he didn’t do most of the 24-25 issue run.
This I’m sure led to the lower sales that cancelled the book.
If he and the other fill-in artist, Zezelj, did more work, I’m sure Loveless could have lasted another 2 years.

Hope to see a spotlight on Zezelj!!!

Pretty sure it’s “Argentine”, but I heard that from listening to BBC news. Us yanks may very well be using “Argentinian”.

Hooray for South American artists!

Yes, it’s “Argentine”.

Marcelo Frusin. Jason Aaron. Wolverine. Done.

Like Neal Adams redefining Batman for some, to me, Marcelo Frusin drew the definitive John Constantine. With that I-know-something-you-don’t grin.

My wife and I met Frusin at San Diego, back in 2004. If it wasn’t his first SDCC, it was definitely his first sitting at the DC pavilion, and he was looking a tad overwhelmed. But once my wife starting speaking to him in Spanish, he immediately relaxed and did the following sketch for us:

http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Page=2&Order=Date&Piece=354271&GSub=55494&GCat=0&UCat=0

And, yes, his not being able to do every issue of Loveless must have been a major factor in the poor sales.

EM

FunkyGreenJerusalem

September 10, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Marcelo Frusin. Jason Aaron. Wolverine. Done.

Both those creators are so much better than Wolverine, that the very idea just makes me sad.

Wolverine is a fantastic character when done right. And Jason Aaron wants to write it, so I see nothing wrong with it. Frusin would be a great fit with Aaron and he doesn’t have to do it for the rest of his life.

It makes you sad just because Wolverine is popular, or do you just not like the character? The former is illogical, but the latter is understandable. I hate the Sentry, for instance, so Alan Moore and George Perez working on the character would make me sad.

Look, I hate Daredevil. If I got bummed out every time a creator much “better” than the character worked on Daredevil books, I would never stop being sad. I think basically everyone who’s done a DD run could do better (and in most cases, did).

Damn, I actually missed this entry! Thanks Brian, for posting the archive! I actually met this guy once, in a convention in Buenos Aires ^_^ Nice fellow! I love his work, both he and Leonardo Manco are among my favourite young Argentine comic artists (well, I’d include myself too :P) He rocks!

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