What an amazing night for indie comics. Only 2 books came from my pre-orders today but they were 2 important books to the indie comics world. Both are books by incredible creators and both are books that
should will, maybe already have had an impact on the comic book industry. Here’s the thing, I haven’t read either of these books yet. So, how do I know that these books are so damn good? It’s because these books were brought to us by two of the most incredible creators that comics have ever seen.
Juanjo Guarnido makes me wish I could draw. Actually, he’s one of those artists that makes me glad that I don’t draw. Because I would be sick to know that my work was going to be in competition with this guy’s. IF you have not seen this book and you love comic book are or you’re looking to be a comic book artist, just stop reading this blog post and go here to buy Blacksad. My buddy Brocasso turned me onto this book and I have not looked back since. I’m a writer and I have learned many things from the art of this book. Guarnido lays out a page like there are going to be no word balloons or thought bubbles and in many cases, his pages do not need them. The Blacksad books are lessons for new and old creators.
I miss Harvey Pekar. I never met the man, the myth, the creator and sadly, I was introduced to him in the same way many others were – through his movie, American Splendor. There were so many years that I did not get a chance to learn from him – years where I was not impacted by his wonderful and very honest stories. Not only did Pekar tell the United States about creator-driven comics but he gave us something to look up to and at an amazingly professional and skilled level. Pekar set a new level in terms of potential. Maybe not probabilities but certainly potential.
So – yeah, I’m a fan of the creators that brought us both of these books – go buy anything from them. Good Night.