How Lee & Kirby's "Fantastic Four" Birthed the Marvel Universe, Part 1
Jason McNamara and Greg Hinkle have produced a strange comic book about a man on a mission. One dark night on a lost highway, a man loses everything. Decades later he finds it, and loses himself in the process.
In many ways the story and mood of The Rattler is one of a classic ’70’s horror movie feel, strongly tempered by McNamara’s characteristically bleak sense of humor. In mood I think it’s something like the movie “Cabin in the Woods”, but with more explicit sex and meaner jokes (if you can imagine such a thing).
Jason McNamara offered to answer a few impolite questions for me and so I took the opportunity to try and find out why on earth he’s doing this.
Working with Brad Simpson over the last couple of years has allowed me to see the diversity of his coloring choices, most recently on Sex and Gødland (the finale of which is out today), and he has gradually transformed my own personal preference for black and white comic books. Previously I thought that black and white comic books were always superior, with a more stark and aggressive look than the messily colored art I associated with comic books.
Luckily, designing comic books with Simpson has allowed me to see his tremendous capacity to transform and create a broad range of moods and environments. He uses color as a storytelling tool and it has enhanced my enjoyment of the books he works on, as well as my interest in bolder, more directional color palettes in my own design work. Brad agreed to answer a few questions about his work for us.
Like many creative superheroes, Christian Ward leads a double life. Half the time he teaches children about art, leading them in experimental projects to learn about the tools and capabilities at their disposal. The other half of the time, he is creating unique and beautiful comic books.
Three years ago I met Ward in a comic shop when he was on vacation in San Francisco. We immediately bonded over our shared love of comic books and art, and have been friends ever since. At the time, Christian had just begun work on his first comic book; Olympus, a psychedelic journey of colorful gods which looked like no other comic book. His bold, colorful watercolors and his stylish characters are incredibly distinctive, and when he began work on Infinite Vacation it was great to see his work receiving a wider audience. When I visited London last month, we met up to talk about what projects are next. Continue Reading »
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