Friday, May 20, 2005

Congrats to George Perez:

Congratulations to George Perez for signing a 5-year exclusive contract with DC Comics. The only downside to this is that he won't be drawing at Marvel or any other company!

Perez is, in my opinion, the greatest comic book artist ever. I love to stare at his work. He also draws in a style that I prefer. No comic book art is completely anatomical-proportional, nor is it supposed to be, but Perez draws in a style that is both highly detailed, almost like an engraving and anatomical-realistic (as opposed to abstract and cartoony).



Perez is 50-years-old and I hope that he will be around for a long time to come. However, what's nice is we have Phil Jimenez whose style is strikingly similar to Perez's (okay, score a point against PJ for originality), but unlike a lot of "knock off" artists, Jimenez is a first rate clone, sort of the way that Stevie Ray Vaughn could nail Hendrix to a "T" (whereas few if any guitar players could do that). And again, like the Hendrix to Vaughn comparison, Jimenez isn't an exact clone; he does have his own nuanced style even though it looks strikingly like Perez's. See if you can tell the difference.

3 comments:

Tim said...

Other than that the composition of the Jiminez panel seems busier and more chaotic -- and that Perez handles women's cleavage with a bit more tact -- I can't tell much difference. However, I'm no comic-book connoisseur. Please enlighten us ....

Jonathan said...

Well, for one, I see not only George Perez's influence in Jimenez's work, but also some Brian Bolland as well.

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