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Every day this month I featured 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!
For the last artist in the Month of Art Stars, I’m going to do a bit of a bookend piece – our first artist was Frank Espinosa, who came from the world of animation, so for tonight, I’m doing another fine artist who came from the world of animation!
Eric Wight worked on shows like Superman and Batman Beyond. He was going to be the Art Director of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer cartoon series that fell through.
He gained some measure of prominence from, of all places, the world of television dramas, where he was the ghost artist for fictional characters on the OC….
and Six Feet Under…
As you can tell, like a lot of other artists associated with the Warner Brothers cartoons of the time, Wight has a bit of a Timm-esque style to him, but also like a lot of those artists, he is a wonderful storyteller.
Here are some pages from the Escapist (a series for which Wight won the 2004 Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award) that show off his storytelling skills…
Similarly, here are some storytelling sequences from JSA: All-Stars…
He has done some work for DC’s animated series comic book line (the third cover is an unpublished cover)…
More recently, he did an amazing Captain America one-shot with Ed Brubaker, the “Silver Age” sequences from Brad Meltzer’s Justice League of America and a re-telling of the Mon-El story with Geoff Johns in last year’s Action Comics Annual…
Besides his great storytelling skills, I think he conveys emotions quite well.
He did a graphic novel for Tokyopop that shows off his more fun side, called My Dead Girlfriend – it’s a blast!
Here are some sample pages from the book…
I think Wight is a fine way to end this look at a Month of Art Stars!
Check out Eric’s website here to read more about him – it includes a link to where you can buy most of the pages I posted here!
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