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A Month of Art Stars – Eric Nguyen

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!

I’m continuing with my “artists connected to Rick Remender” theme (this may or may not be my last installment with this theme) with a fellow who is certainly going to be a big star in the comic book field pretty soon.

Enjoy!

Eric Nguyen first gained attention working with Rick Remender on Strange Girl.

His art had a real manic energy to it.

Here are some sample pages from Strange Girl…

From Strange Girl, he was given a Vertigo mini-series, but Nguyen came back and did more Strange Girl.

While I like his work on Strange Girl plenty, he has improved a lot since then.

Check out these pages from a recent fill-in he did on X-Men: First Class…

Impressive, no?

He has kept the manic part, but restrained it a bit.

Here are some sketches from his neat art blog here that shows him working with even TIGHTER lines, to great effect, I think…

Finally, while his work is a bit looser here, this Hulk vs. Thing pin-up is still breathtaking…

He is currently working with Remender again for a mini-series project at Dark Horse called Gigantic.

Here are the covers for the first two issues…

Nguyen is about to explode on the comic scene.

15 Comments

FunkyGreenJerusalem

September 16, 2008 at 1:04 am

Nguyen is about to explode on the comic scene.

This is the first I’ve seen of his work, and he is definitely about to go big.

Great stuff.

So is Thor just warming up the Hulk before the Thing gets there?

That cover for Gigantic #1 is breathtaking.
Are the interiors in the same style?

Doesn’t he have a brother named Dustin? Or is it just a coincidence that him and Dustin have completely unique styles and the same last name?

I don’t know this guy, but his art looks very good.

Ah … neat. I recently read all of Strange Girl is a couple of sittings, & X-Men: First Class is one of my favorite comics these days. Had no idea the same guy had done both.

I prefer his loose stuff a lot more, its far more interesting, though I appreciate an artist who can change his style to suit each project (Immomen too).

“I appreciate an artist who can change his style to suit each project”
Here here.
Those black and white sketches really remind me of Frazer Irving (2000ad/Klarion)

I think the name Nguyen is as common as Smith or Jones in Vietnam or possibly Cambodia.

….must….buy…Strange Girl…

Great pick. I was sorely disappointed when he left Strange Girl, though… Nguyen’s art was the main reason I was getting the book. I didn’t enjoy his Marvel work as much… probably because he had to rein in his expressionist tendencies to fit the superhero aesthetic better. Maybe Marvel can put him on Iron Fist or maybe even the upcoming Cloak & Dagger series where a more atypical approach such as his might be a better fit thematically and stylistically.

Didn’t Nguyen also do Mystic Arcana for Marvel recently? Because that work was simply stunning.

Eric is a great artist.I buyhis stuff for investment!

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