I’ve found twitter to be a great way to find out info on the creators I love to read, as ell as occasionally interact with them. This is by no means an exhaustive list, there are tons that I’ve missed out; I’ve not even listed everyone I follow on here. But these are the ones who are my favourites, engage with their audience, talk shop in an interesting manner, or just generally have good chat. Feel free to point out your favs in the comments!
[Being overly thorough, as is my foible, this started to take an awful long time to write, so I am breaking it up into manageable chunks. Here are the comic book artists. I’ve included writer/artists in this list, rather than the writers list, just so’s you know]
Ryan Kelly, who has collaborated with Brian Wood on some of my favourite comics, like Local and the New York 4 & 5, among other things
Most people know Dave McKean collaborated with Neil Gaiman on a number of projects: Violent Cases, Mr. Punch, Black Orchid, Signal to Noise, the covers for Sandman, more recently the film Mirrormask, etc. But he’s also written comics of his own, graphic novels like Cages and shorter-form work, such as those collected in Pictures that Tick. He also created a comic as installation as part of the Hypercomics exhibition at the Pumphouse Gallery in London
Ben Templesmith is an Australian artist and writer, most famous for working on the original 30 Days of Night series. I got to know his work through his collaboration with Warren Ellis on Fell, although he also writes his own work, including the series Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse
While MadMan is probably Mike Allred’s best-known work, I’m really enjoying his current book I, Zombie too.
You may remember the strip at the back of the first course handout was from Tales Designed To Thrizzle by Michael Kupperman. Some of his current work is being serialized on the web by Fantagraphics. You can find a link to that in the Webcomics post.
Essex County put Jeff Lemire on the map, getting him nominated for Eisner and Harvey Awards. He then moved to writing for Vertigo, including the great series Sweet Tooth. More recently, he’s moved onto DC proper, writing titles such as the Animal Man reboot.
Jeremy Bastian has created an amazing Art Noveau inspired tale of pirates and adventure called Cursed Pirate Girl. It takes him around a week to create each densely illustrated page of his comic. His obsessive line work reminds me of Edward Gorey, but the tone is much more Terry Gilliam
Evan Dorkin works on books like Beasts of Burden with Jill Thompson now, but my first encouter with his work was via the ultra-violent Milk & Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad. There’s just something inherently hilarious about an anthropomorphic carton of milk running after a crawling infant with a broken beer bottle. Seriously.
David Petersen writes and draws Mouse Guard, an endearing, epic tale of mice defending their homes from dangers such as hungry owls, plotting ferrets and burrowing snakes. The art is gorgeous, and it’s not published in the usual TPB format, but instead as square issues, making it distinctive, and a pain to file in with my other comics.
Kabuki is David Mack’s best known work. His style is quite unlike other artists, using collage and eschewing digital technology. The result is a gorgeous, multi-layered comic. He also worked with Bill Sienkiewicz on an animated Dexter prequel last year.
I know Chris Mitten’s work from the beginning of the Wasteland series, written by Antony Johnston. He’s worked on a number of other titles from Oni, Dark Horse, Wildstorm and the like.
Skottie Young’s adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for Marvel won him recognition and numerous awards. There’s something fun about his quirky style, somewhere between Johen Vasquez and Tim Burton, being applied to L. Frank Baum’s work.
Julia Wertz is the author of the Eisner award nominated Drinking at the Movies, along with Fart Party and Museum of Mistakes.