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!
Here's one of the most electric artist in the industry (not to mention eclectic!).
Unlike a lot of other independent artists, while Jim Mahfood has done superhero work (heck, he has had a couple of projects at Marvel specifically made with him in mind), he has never allowed the mainstream to define him - he has made the mainstream find ways to adapt itself to fit HIS style, and I admire the heck out of him for it.
Mahfood's style is a manic one, filled with bustling lines that give his work a dramatic electric feel.
Here are some sketches by Mahfood...
The mainstream media realizes what Mahfood has to offer, as seen by his work for a variety of major companies, most recently a major ad campaign for Colt 45 - here are some samples...
Just last week, Mahfood released a new comic book project, his first in a couple of years - Kick Drum Comix, at Image Comics.
It is breathtaking (especially in full color - Justin Stewart and Anne Masse do an amazing job on the colors).
Wow, what an awesome looking comic.
Mahfood also is a muralist as well as a musician.
Read more about him (and see more of his work) at his site, 40ozcomics.com, here - the above images came from his site.