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Month of Art Stars: Artist’s Choice – Chris Samnee

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 Tony Moore, who has been working in comics for a number of years, most prominently being the original artist on The Walking Dead and co-creating Exterminators for Vertigo and Fear Agent for Dark Horse. Currently, he’s drawing an arc on Ghost Rider. Here‘s his website.

Tony’s pick is Chris Samnee.

Chris Samnee broke into comics doing work for Oni Press, including Capote in Kansas with Ande Parks and an arc on Queen and Country.

Here’s a story he did for Boom! Studios’ Pulp Stories…

Here’s a more recent series Samnee did for Marvel MAX, about the Devil-Slayer…

Just recently, Samnee was announced as the new ongoing artist for DC Comics’ The Mighty…

As you can see, Samnee’s style is very similar to that of Michael Lark, in that quite a bit of his work is based on shading and implied lines – it’s really quite brilliant.

His work with shadows is never more evident than in his black and white work, like these sketches…

He’s a truly fabulous artist, and it’s great to see him getting consistent work from Marvel and DC.

Check out more great sketches at his website here.

Thanks to Tony for the pick!


Tom Fitzpatrick

June 11, 2009 at 3:11 am

Every now and then, Marvel and DC does something really smart, and hire a really gifted artist.

Lucky us.

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 11, 2009 at 4:44 am

He also reminds me of Peter Snejbjerg’s art.

The art’s great — Sean Phillips was the first comparison to come to my mind — but what I really liked here was that first story. “The helmet can only be removed by the wearer.” Bwah hah hah!

Chris’s stuff is great….he gets better with each book he works on, he’ll have a high profile project soon!

Another artist who reminds me of Steve Yeowell!

In a good way! Steve Yeowell really works well in black and white (in fact some people have argued that his work should never be coloured!) And Mr Samnee also has a really strong black and white look.

The colour pages look fine, but those black & white pieces… WOW!

Duff Mcwhalen

June 11, 2009 at 8:10 am

I thought it was weird that he wasn’t getting any praise or promotion when Dead of Night was coming out. I really like his style, and those B&W pictures are fantastic.

Chris is a wonderful artist, and best of all, he’s standup guy! As one of my favorite artist, I’m thrilled he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves! He’s also got what I think is the best artist/creator blog on the web and he has a loyal following! The newest issue of The Mighty was terrific! Thanks for spotlighting him, Brian!

Awesome work!

I like his stuff, I have a Blue Beetle black and white drawing he made for me. He lives in/near St Louis so and he’s friend with my comic book store so have to agree he’s a real stand up guy.

Samnee has done some really nice work, and, like Capt USA, it’s nice to see another local artist thriving! (Are you talking about Star Clipper, Capt?)

It’s like your plucking these choices straight out of my web history, man!

Samnee’s a master of high contrast, noir lighting. He indicates so much with so little.

He also has a wonderful cartoony style that he uses to draw lunch notes for his wife every day. Check those out. They’re adorable.

One of my favorite artists and I guess its true, good things do happen to good people…and Chris is good people!

Tom from West Chester

June 12, 2009 at 9:25 am

Samnee’s work is great. I also heard him on the Around Comics podcast a few weeks back and he was pretty hilarious too.

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