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Month of Art Stars: Artist’s Choice – Kelley Jones

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Every day this month I’m going to feature the work of a great artist, only instead of me picking the artist to feature, they will be picked by their peers, fellow professional comic book artists who are picking out artists (from the past and present) who they think deserve special attention. Do note that most artists I asked about this gave me multiple answers and I picked out one choice out of a number of suggestions, so these are not definitive answers, like “Artist X likes Artist Y and he thinks all other Artists are terrible!” Here is an archive of the artists featured so far!

Today, we have the pick of Chris Bachalo, who has been a star artist for a number of companies, whether it be drawing Death for Vertigo or co-creating Generation X for Marvel, Chris’ unique style sets him apart from the rest of the comic book art world. He is currently working on Amazing Spider-Man while doing various other works for Marvel. Here‘s his website.

Chris’ pick is Kelley Jones.

Kelley Jones really is also a unique artist, although his extremely stylized artwork is reminiscent of Bachalo’s work, which makes it reasonable that Chris would recommend Kelley.

Like Bachalo, Kelley Jones first got a lot of notice from doing Vertigo work, including a storyline in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.

Jones received a great deal of notoriety when he drew Doug Moench’s trilogy of Batman as a vamprie stories – Batman and Dracula: Red Rain, Batman: Bloodstorm and Batman: Crimson Mist.

Jones became the cover artist on Batman and ultimately had a significant run with Moench on the title.

Since then, Jones has kept busy with projects for various companies, while writer Steve Niles seems to have really taken a liking to Jones’ dark and moody style.

Jones drew parts of Niles’ ongoing Criminal Macabre series…






And most recently, he and Niles teamed up for a year-long Batman maxi-series, bringing Jones back to the Batman character…





















Jones’ dark, stylized art really works well for Batman.

He also did a Conan mini-series…






And even a creator-owned series for Dark Horse that he wrote and drew!!






Thanks to Chris for the pick!

I can’t seem to find a website for Kelley. Ah well. Bill Reed picked Kelley as one of his 365 Reasons to Love Comics! You can check that out, at least!