Every day this month I'm going to feature a current comic book art "star," someone whose work I absolutely love.
I'm mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of JH Williams, Frank Quitely and Darwyn Cooke? Here's the archive of the artists mentioned so far!
Today, let's take a look at a great young talent.
I knew of Danica Novgorodoff for her work with First Second, so I was quite pleased when she won the 2006 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics.
Ms. Novgorodoff won for her mini-comic, A Late Freeze, about the relationship between a bear and a robot - it is as elegant as it sounds bizarre. Her art is expressive in telling her story (and it better be, as it really IS her art that HAS to tell the story, as dialogue is not a real element of A Late Freeze) while still having a wonderful design quality to it (which makes sense, as Ms. Novgorodoff has done design work as well, not to mention paintings, drawings, photographs - a veritable cornucopia of artistic talents).
First off, here is a page from her earlier mini-comic work, Neck of the Moon.
She mixes media really well, although I'm afraid that panel really doesn't demonstrate that all that well (I'm working with some limited choices of samples here). Just trust me that she mixes media well!
Here are a bunch of samples from A Late Freze...
Here is the cover. Remember what I said about the designer impact? Totally present here on the cover for the comic.
Here is a particularly brutal scene with the Bear at a factory...
It is funny how something as silly as a Bear and a Robot getting together can still be so brutal/heart rendering.
Here is a piece that goes to the elegance I spoke of earlier...
And here is Novgorodoff, showing her storytelling abilities...
Novgorodoff is just now releasing her first full-length graphic novel, Slow Storm.
Here are some sample pages from Slow Storm.
You can read more about Novgorodoff at her website here.