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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 Cliff Chiang, the awesome artist who was most recently the regular artist for Green Arrow/Black Canary. Recently, besides commission work and convention appearances, he did some work in Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology. You can check his website out here.
Cliff’s pick is Goran Parlov.
Goran Parlov is from Croatia, and he has been drawing comics in Europe since the early 1990s.
Earlier this decade, Parlov began doing American comics, first at Vertigo (where he finished Jamie Delano’s Outlaw Nation series for Goran Sudzuka and did some fill-in work at Y the Last Man) and then at Marvel MAX.
It was at Marvel MAX that Parlov found a book that he worked perfectly on, Garth Ennis’ Punisher, where Parlov’s expressive but almost, in a weird way, FUN artwork really shined.
He’s such an awesome storyteller that he can tell the story on these pages without even really needing the dialogue (more on that later)…
But, of course, dialogue works for him, too…
Recently, he’s returned to Punisher sans Ennis, with the current Punisher storyline written by Victor Gischler.
And Parlov is right back in his element, drawing bizarre scenes of violence while keeping everything just expressive enough that you can really feel for the characters stuck in these sick pieces of violence (which is an Ennis trademark – make you care enough about the characters for the sick stuff to have real impact – Gischler got off to a good start with his take on that style here)…
Again, look at that storytelling!!!
Thanks to Cliff for the pick!
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