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A Month of Art Stars – Kevin Huizenga

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 one of the greatest young artists working in comics today (so as to not re-invent the wheel, this is mostly a reprinting of a Reasons to Love Comics fill-in I did last year)!

Enjoy!

Huizenga’s early work on his indy comic Supermonster began when he was still in high school, but even then, while his work was clearly not as developed as it is now, his simple style was still quite evocative, and his down-to-earth tales were filled with insightful comments upon the human condition.

Huizenga only got better as he began developing his sorta-kinda autobiographical character, Glenn Ganges, who first showed up in a late issue of Supermonster. Glenn Ganges was the star of Huizenga’s acclaimed Or Else series, which was put out by Drawn and Quarterly.

In 2006, D&Q put out a stunning collection of Huizenga’s work from a number of different sources called Curses.

Glenn Ganges was given his own series by Fantagraphics, and it has seen two great issues so far (the first issue was better than the second, but the second still had one amazing story in it).

Besides his attention to how people feel, another notable aspect of Huizenga’s work is his willingness to take on some extremely difficult subjects that do not normally lend themselves to sequential art, and yet through his ever so gentle storytelling manner, he explains these ideas in a matter of fact manner that makes these difficult concepts seem perfectly simple.

Here’s a perfect example from an old Ganges story by Huizenga…

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Isn’t that just a remarkable achievement?

Great stuff.

Here is Kevin’s website, where you can find links to purchase all of his fine works.

2 Comments

I picked up a copy of Ganges from Huizenga at a convention based on seeing the last story you’ve printed here, and the piece in the Best American Comics of…I think 2007. Now you’ve reminded me that I need to go out and get the rest of them.

Kevin Huizenga is one of my favorite active cartoonists. I’m planning to write about him in my dissertation.

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