Over at The LongandShortboxofit!, I point to some new process from Terry Dodson and David Aja and think about European artists in America:
To put too fine a point on it, I think that Dodson’s style is representative of contemporary American (or Anglo-American) comics creation and, although my knowledge of Eurocomics is sad and minimal, I have a feeling that Aja’s is similarly representative of a Continental style; to a large extent, I expect that we can trace the former to the energetic maximalism of Jack Kirby, while the latter probably springs from Herge and the limited frills of ligne claire. Of course, Aja’s minimalism bears a striking similarity to trends in American art comics, and I think this points to an interesting split in American comics in general. In this context, it’s heartening to see Aja’s work become so successful, just as its nice to see Dodson make some overtures to the overseas market.
Preview art for Hawkeye #01, by Matt Fraction and David Aja
Holy moly, can it be here now?