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A Month of Art Stars – Dean Trippe

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 a really nifty artist who has one of the coolest comic book art websites out there!


I first encountered Dean Trippe’s work when I came across this absolutely gorgeous Supergirl drawing he did…

Soon after, I noted that he was caught up in a cool meme of the day, the whole “redesign characters” art meme…

like Batgirl…


and Impulse…

Along the way, Trippe and Chris Arrant – along with Jessica Plummer, Joel Priddy, and Vito Delsante – parlayed these memes into the great comic book superhero re-design site, Project Rooftop. The site plays host to dozens of redesigns, including a Mike Wieringo tribute that the Impulse one came from.

Trippe doesn’t just do re-designs, though.

Check out some of these pin-ups…

the Young Avengers…

Captain America (click to enlarge – WordPress’ re-sizers seem to be working for me now)…

a friend of Dean’s and her dog…

Here is a sequential page by Dean as well as some character designs from an ill-fated My Name Is Early comic book by Oni…

Dean also does a web-comic called Butterfly, about the sidekick to a SIDEKICK. Basically imagine if Robin had his own 8-year-old sidekick.

Here are two of his Butterfly strips…

Cute, eh?

Here is his website, deantrippe.com, where you can find most of the above drawings at (thanks to Ian Astheimer for providing most of these images when he filled in for Bill Reed last year and featured Dean Trippe as a Reason to Love Comics).

In about a half hour, Dean is also debuting a new column here on Comics Should Be Good! Be sure to check it out!


He’s sImply the best! Better than all the rest!

Sorry for the lame reference. It was the first thing that came to mind, embarrassingly enough.

I had read about project rooftop but kind of ignored it. Then I was reading something (I forget what) and saw something of his and was like “holy @#$* who drew that?” Love his stuff.

I own a print of the Young Avengers pin-up. It makes me happy.

Dean Trippe is awesome!

Has there been any word on a release date for The Lion of Rora (which the sepia-toned sequential page is from)? I’ve been keeping an eye out for the solicit, but I may have missed it.

(And, no need to thank me for the images. I just grabbed ‘em from Trippe’s various sites. He did all the real work!)

I’d love to see DC hire Dean Trippe to illustrate Supergirl .. either Johnny DC or mainstream DCU!

I’d love for Dean to do some DCU work, he has a Darwyn Cooke-esque style

Dean is a true mensch. A great talent, a great advocate and — most importantly — a great guy.

Watch him because he is going to be huge.

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