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A Month of Art Stars – Chris Giarrusso

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 artist you all might have seen work by, but that’s just the tip of his artistic coolness.

Enjoy!

Chris Giarrusso is known to a lot of folks as the fellow who does all those cute Bullpen Bits comics in Marvel Comics, which Marvel has slowly but surely been expanding and expanding to the point where his one-page stories are in a lot of different comics, including an amusing series about multi-colored Hulks that appears in issues of Jeph Loeb’s Hulk series (written by Loeb’s daughter, Audrey).

His Mini-Marvel characters even had two one-shots!

However, Chris is about a lot more than that, as anyone who had read his G-Man series can tell you – G-Man is a fresh, fun superhero comic that features Chris’ striking art style that manages to be extremely simple, yet always complex enough that you can always tell what he’s trying to say with his art.

It’s really an impressive feat, and of course, his art is always quite bombastic (which helps when the gag of the strip is straightforward), but always tells the story well.

Here are a few different samples of his work…

(The preceding was from an alternate universe where Odin takes away Thor’s hammer and gives each of the Avengers a hammer of their own)

Be sure to check out a TON more at his website, chrisgcomics.com.

Marvel recently had to go to a second-printing on a digest collection of his work, which is great news – Chris definitely deserves the success!

12 Comments

*Great* stuff.

*sigh* I’ve got the first one-shot pictured above but didn’t know about the 2nd. Ah, well, that allows me to rationalize picking up the digest collection, which I was on the fence about because i figured I already had most everything compiled therein.

Wish Marvel would give him a full-length ongoing, a la DC’s TINY TITANS (ditto for Colleen Coover), but if I have no idea of whether he wants such a gig or not.

It’s good to see that Scientific Progress still goes Boink :-)

Behind the obvious cute-factor of seeing our beloved icons as kids, Chris Giarusso has an absolutely gifted sense of comic timing that makes Mini Marvels such a fun and worthwhile read. I have entire pages memorized, and yet when I read them again, I still laugh.

If you ever see Giarusso at a con, get a sketch.
Mini Hawkeye & Black Widow
http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Page=2&Order=Date&Piece=354274&GSub=55494&GCat=0&UCat=0

EM

yo Brian what’s the deal with you picking all my favorite artists for this week’s art stars? are you profiling Ig Guara tomorrow??? cause that would just take this this week to a whole new level of coincidence for me. anyway, Chris is a totally awesome cartoonist and i think it’s great to see his stuff up here. i’m going to go Digg this post now!!! (btw, here’s a podcast interview i recorded with Chris about a month ago, if anyone’s interested: http://www.audioshocker.com/2008/09/09/podcast-episode-046 )

Excellent selection!
Chris is one of those artists that makes comics fun and just plain enjoyable. He’s one of the reasons I was reading Marvel comics, just to read his Bullpen Bits.

You forgot to mention his animated shorts. “Have at thee!”

Of his work, I’ve only ever seen Mini Marvels, but I absolutely love it. Just terrific.

Thought I’d share the sketch of Phoenix that Chris did for me:
http://kymaera.net/sketches/giarrusso_jean.jpg

(Here’s my main sketch page: http://kymaera.net/sketches/ )

Definitely love his work. The skrulls ones lately have been great.

wow, Audrey Loeb can actually write a good, entertaining story.

Definately one of my favorite sketch artists, though I think Art Baltazar might be his main competition on the con circuit. Here are the sketches I’ve gotten from him, not counting the Tangent Comics version of Joker, which I got this past Sunday in Baltimore.

Chris is a great artist and if you ever see him at a con, I’d recommend you check out his booth — he’s got some great stuff and he does awesome con sketches!

Those sketches on ComicArtFans are great!! particularly the rarer, non-Marvel ones… Constantine is brilliant!! and Lobster Johnson… and Red Sonja… and the Flash…

I think I’d really like to see him tackle the Franklin Richards comics…

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