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A Month of Art Stars – Eric Wight

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He has done some work for DC’s animated series comic book line (the third cover is an unpublished cover)…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!



September 30, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Whoever decided not to publish that third cover made a mistake.

Great way to end an awesome feature, Mr. Cronin! Although Eduardo Risso wasn’t among the featured, I assume it’s because he is one of the “big stars” you decided to avoid, right? RIGHT? Heh

And Eric Wight rocks. Period.

Has there been a second volume of My Dead Girlfriend? I loved the first one, and thought it really stood out as a fun story ( especially in the increasingly saturated genre of Hot Topic style adolescent emo fantasy ).

Due to the on-going issues with TokyoPop (contract changes, belt-tightening, you name it), sadly, there will be no second volume of “My Dead Girlfriend.” That’s straight from Wight.

And, yes, he’s a great pick for this feature!

Thank you for spotlighting my work! I am truly humbled. It probably seems like after My Dead Girlfriend I’ve fallen off the face of the earth, but I’ve been working my tail off and have a TON of new stuff in the pipeline. As Augie mentioned, things are sadly on hold with MDG for now (although I continue to hold out hope to be able to finish the series). But I am launching two new series with Simon & Schuster next year, as well as a myriad of film and TV projects that are both animated and live-action. Expect a new and improved website in the new year with all of the details. Thank you so much again for thinking of me!

No problem, Eric!

Good to know you have a lot of projects in the works!

Keep up the good work!

Although Eduardo Risso wasn’t among the featured, I assume it’s because he is one of the “big stars” you decided to avoid, right? RIGHT? Heh

Yes, actually. :)

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