Monday, April 28, 2008

116. Stuart Immonen

I love Stuart Immonen.
Well, I love his work.
His artwork is beautiful, and the imaginative page layouts are always stunning, his story pacing is great, he can do intimate character stories or over-the-top action,
and to top it all off, he can completely change his style to fit any project.
Even if he is gaining acclaim in the industry, I still think he's highly underrated!

Check out his site.

Medium: Pen & ink

115. Bryan Lee O’Malley

Bryan Lee O’Malley is a creator that I don't kknow if I would have ever discovered if not for Bill Reed's wonderful 365 list.
Thank you, Bill.

Medium: Pen & ink

114. Darwyn Cooke

I wish I had just a fraction of Darwyn Cooke's talent. ...just a fraction.

Medium: Pencil & ink

113. Captain Canuck

Well, APE-ril has ended. Bring on the Canadians! It's time for ...Eh-pril? Really? Eh-pril?
What better way to usher in the new age than with the Canadian equivalent of Captain America; Captain Canuck!

Medium: Pen & ink

Friday, April 25, 2008

112. Sky Ape

I have only one thing to say about Sky Ape;
"Hello, hydrant!"

Medium: Pencil & ink

111. APE (Alternative Press Expo)

The Alternative Press Expo will be in the fall this year. November 1st and 2nd in San Francisco, to be exact.
Check out more information here.

Medium: Pen & ink w/ digital color

110. Ultra-Humanite

Ultra-Humanite?! Rushed?!
Yeah, I guess you could say that.

Medium: Pen & ink

109. Red Ghost and his Super-Apes

I have always had a great affinity for the Red Ghost and his Super-Apes. I'm not entirely sure why, I just do.

Medium: Pen & ink

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

107. Angel and the Ape

You can look through the different versions of Angel and the Ape and decide which one you like better. They are both worthy, both for different reasons.

Medium: Pencil

Monday, April 21, 2008

106. Ampersand

I would love to tell you all about Ampersand but Bill has already done it. I know when I'm bested.

Medium Pen & ink

Also, I have a plan in place to right the ship.(get back to current.)
I still have 253 days to go, but who's counting?

Friday, April 18, 2008

105. Mandrill

I've got some computer issues that I'm trying to work out, so until Monday, ...I hope you'll enjoy Mandrill.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

104. BrainiApe

I love Erik Larsen villains. They all seem to be wonderfully over-the-top, and BrainiApe is no exception: It's Hitler's brain in a jar attached to a giant dictator ape. I think that says it all.

Medium: Still using those half-deads

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

103. My Monkey’s Name Is Jennifer

It really looks like My Monkey’s Name Is Jennifer is a fantastic book. I'm sorry I missed it when it first came out. I'm definitely going to have to get the trade paperback.
There is no way that I could possibly match the wild intensity of Ken Knudsten's work, but I made an attempt to stay kinda loose on this piece.

Medium: A couple of half-dead Faber-Castell brush pens and a "Sir" Marks-A-Lot Permanent Marker

Monday, April 14, 2008

102. Congorilla


Medium: Pencil

101. Beppo the Super-Monkey

I'm almost ashamed to say this... but... Beppo the Super-Monkey scares me to death. Something about a monkey with super-strength and deadly heat-vision chills me to my very core.

Medium: Pencil

Also, I would like to take a moment to thank Bill Reed. Not only the architect of this fantastic list of comic-lovin' reasons, but also for being a constant voice of support.
Thank you Bill.

100. Monsieur Mallah

Sound the trumpets!
Strike up the band!!
Send in the photographers!!!
Release the exotic & endangered birds!!!!

...Wait, wait just a minute. The column is called 365 Reasons to Love Comics right?
Heck, I'm just barely over 1/4 of the way through. I've got 265 reasons to go. We're just getting warmed up, people!

Now, that being said, I'll follow Bill's lead and use this time to recap:
“You’re looking at a daily, yearlong look at what makes comics great. Some reasons are obvious, some are totally obscure; all of them, however, are reasons to love comics"

#100 on the list is Monsieur Mallah!
Bask in his glory!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

99. Detective Chimp

Bobo, the Detective Chimp tells us “ I don’t teach by the Socratic Method. I lecture and you listen.”
So take heed people.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

98. Rex Mantooth, Kung Fu Gorilla

Matt Fraction is a very popular author these days, and I can see why, He's crazy! (In a socially functioning kind of way.) What I can't understand is why artist, Andy Kuhns isn't immensely more popular than he already is. The work of these two on Rex Mantooth was mind-bendingly sublime!

Medium: Pen & ink with digital "color"

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

97. Monkeyman & O’Brien

Not only are Monkeyman & O’Brien a reason to love comics, they're also one of the many, many reasons to love Art Adams.

Medium: Pencil

Monday, April 07, 2008

96. The Mod Gorilla Boss

Oh Mod Gorilla Boss, where have you gone?

Medium: Pencil

95. Gorilla-Man

I can't find the words to describe how great I think Gorilla-Man is, so I'll just make one up: Awesomekickassational!

Medium: Pencil

94. Gorilla Grodd

Continuing with the theme, here is the king of all Kongs: Gorilla Grodd.
I went with a calm, thinking Grodd because the idea of that is more frightening to me.

Medium: Pencil

93. Gorilla covers

Forget all that you knew of April!
Today we usher in a new age! And it all begins with APE-RIL!
Starting now, we feature all things Primate! (at least for a few weeks.)
We begin in the most basic fashion, with Gorilla covers.
I decided to go with one of my favorites; the Weeping Gorilla.
Some people say: "Stacia, he's just a commercial icon who spouts self-pitying catchphrases! He isn't... h-he... Oh God. Oh God, that poor monkey..."
And come to think of it, I guess I do too.

Medium: Pencil

Friday, April 04, 2008

92. Doctor Manhattan

Okay people, I would love to ramble on about Doctor Manhattan, but I've got to much work to do. So you're spared.
... for now.

Medium: Pen & ink w/digital

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

90. Dr. Bong

I can't talk about Dr. Bong without thinking about his creator, writer Steve Gerber. He had so many crazy-good ideas jammed into his stories that I usually ended up missing some of wilder ones until I re-read them when I was a little older.
Unfortunately, Steve passed away earlier this year.
Thank you, Mr. Gerber for all of your fantastic contributions to the world of fiction.

Medium: Pencil, pen & ink

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

89. Dr. Thirteen

Like the vast majority of characters on this list, I think Dr. Thirteen could be great.
The fine folks in the "Responses" section of Bill's original post have the right idea; In a world where you place your trust indestructible people from another galaxy, men who can run at super-sonic speeds or breathe under water, there have to be people trying to take advantage of that trust. Dr. Thirteen is the guy looking to expose the Scooby-Doo villains of the DC universe.
His motto:
"Bustin' makes me feel good!"

Medium: Pencil, pen & ink