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Month of Art Stars: Artist’s Choice – Matt Camp

Every day this month I’m going to feature the work of a great artist, only instead of me picking the artist to feature, they will be picked by their peers, fellow professional comic book artists who are picking out artists (from the past and present) who they think deserve special attention. Do note that most artists I asked about this gave me multiple answers and I picked out one choice out of a number of suggestions, so these are not definitive answers, like “Artist X likes Artist Y and he thinks all other Artists are terrible!” Here is an archive of the artists featured so far!

Today, we have the pick of Pete Woods, the great artist who is currently drawing Superman: World of New Krypton for DC Comics (I’ve featured Pete before in A Month of Art Stars). Here‘s his website.

Pete’s pick is Matt Camp!

Matt Camp’s first major comic book work came with the 2006-07 mini-series for Dark Horse Comics called Zero Killer (along with writer Arvid Nelson).

As you can tell, Camp’s style is noted for his attention to detail. He’s quite devoted to every little detail in his work, even the backgrounds. He does a lot of research.

Slightly more recently, he did a couple of fill-in issues on DC’s Infinity Inc. (man, for a series that was going nowhere fast, that series sure had a ton of talent on it, didn’t it? Including the guy who gave Camp the nod, Pete Woods).

Here’s three pages from Infinity Inc. #6…

And here’s three from Infinity Inc. #7…

I don’t know what current comic book work Camp is working on, but with his attention to detail and strong character work, he looks like a real up and comer.

You can check out his blog here.

Thanks to Pete for the pick!

14 Comments

The first comic was called Zero Killer, I think, not Hero Killer. He is a good artist though!

Thanks, Tim, I fixed the typo!

Santiago Mollo

June 6, 2009 at 3:33 am

This is the first time that I see Matt Camp’s art, and he’s clearly something, and stands out. I have a preference for artist that take great attention to detail, and I hope to see more work from him, he deserves several good ‘gigs’.

The only thing that doesn’t convince me entirely is the way he draws expressions, they are not bad, but they aren’t greatly defined, or they are too defined and lack subtlety, but it’s not something major. I sure hope to see more from him and I’d love to see him in some of the books that I read regularly.

Rohan Williams

June 6, 2009 at 6:08 am

That’s the first time I’ve seen Camp’s work, and it’s really impressive. Loving this series, Brian.

I loved Camp’s two issues on Infinity, Inc. His style really suited the tone of Milligan’s writing.

Camp’s crisp, clean, clear style reminds me a lot of Pete Woods’ work, and that’s definitely a good thing.

I’m surprised DC didn’t line up more work for Camp, post-Infinity, Inc. He’d fit just about any book on their publishing slate.

Hopefully, we’ll see more from him soon.

Wow. These guys keep blowing me away.

It would be nice if Zero Killer ever, you know, finished. I don’t know if it’s Nelson’s or Camp’s fault, but it’s making me grumpy.

Matt’s incredibly talented and a super nice guy to boot. Somebody needs to swoop in and pick him up. I believe he’s currently working on a Jimmy Olsen special for the upcoming August Super-books crossover.

…I wish I could draw backgrounds like that.

Camp’s an artist alright. A rip-off artist. He’s such a thief. Oh, square panels Matt, how original. Did you come up with that one yourself? What’s next? Left to right composition?

I’d love to go in to more detail, but I’m sure he’d probably just copy my lead by responding. It’s time to grab new coattails, Camp.

I wouldn’t call him a ripoff artist, but his work does remind me a LOT of Tony Harris’. Not that that’s a bad thing; Harris is one of my favorites, so I can always use a backup.

Tony Harris? Who the hell is that?

My gripe with Camp is that he doesn’t even draw his own pages. Did you know he uses a ruler to draw straight lines? That’s right. Exposed, Camp! A cheater. You wouldn’t call someone with training wheels on their bike a great cyclist, but yet Matt, who’s totally dependent on a ruler for straight lines, is an artist. It’s like Hitler is running comics.

Yeah, I hear ya, Catt. How’s this draw-by-ruler hack gettin’ gigs while such a great as Rob Liefield is lowered to Obama promotions. I, like, totally don’t understand this crap. I think it’s time for boycott. Lets kick his cheatin’ ass from comics!!! Jimmy Olsen deserves better!!!

I’ve heard that James Robinson used to be a boxer, so, why the hell he can’t beat that Camp and make him ta puke with his cheatin’ puke. THERE’S NO JUSTICE IN DA WORLD!!!

Perhaps an odd question, but how is a 42″ TV supposed to fit into that box being carried in the Infinity Inc page? Or does the person carrying it have size-changing powers?

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