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Month of Art Stars: Artist’s Choice – Jason Shawn Alexander

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 Steve Epting, the longtime star artist for Marvel Comics who has been doing excellent work with Ed Brubaker in Captain America for, what, four-five years now? Here‘s his website.

Steve’s pick is Jason Shawn Alexander.

Jason Shawn Alexander had been working in comics since the late 1990s, but it was when he did an arc on Greg Rucka’s awesome Queen and Country series that he really began to get noticed.

Alexander’s realistic, character-driven artwork was perfect for Rucka’s world of extremely real spies…

Alexander followed with an arc on Gotham Central, which Rucka also co-wrote (Ed Brubaker wrote Alexander’s issues)…

Dark Horse realized that Alexander’s gritty style was almost perfect for belieing supernatural events, as he grounds them so much that they seem that much more eerie, so he did a lot of work for Dark Horse, including some Hellboy…

And an Abe Sapien mini-series…

Recently, he did a series for IDW called Dead Irons…

Moody, rich and evocative, Alexander really does get across a lot of the same feelings that Epting does in Captain America and Michael Lark does in Daredevil (and Gotham Central before that).

I believe he’s now back at Dark Horse for a mini-series. He’s really quite good and you know we’ll be seeing art from him for a long time to come.

Here‘s his website.

Thanks to Steve for the pick!

5 Comments

I loved his stuff on Gotham Central and The Escapists…

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 13, 2009 at 6:42 am

Read the Abe Sapien The Dead and Dead Irons Series.

Creepy and Moody.

I believe he’s next in line to draw Marvel Zombies, which makes perfect sense. His style’s ideal for that — and anything horror or crime related.

Good stuff.

That is a talented artist.

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