Good comics feature good character acting. I believe this. It’s one of the reasons why Calvin & Hobbes is so beloved and the lack of it is partly to blame for why Dilbert is often so derided. Can you imagine Watchmen without Dave Gibbons’ expressive and well-defined characters? I can’t. It’s why I love the work of Kevin Maguire and Jim Lee’s sometimes leaves me cold and Rob Liefeld’s is frozen over as far as I’m concerned. A good character artist can communicate volumes with an eyebrow. An eyebrow.
I think there’s a lot I do wrong as an artist, but if there’s one thing I always wanted to be as perfect as possible during my tenure as SuperFogeys artist, it was the way the characters expressed themselves. Since my wheelhouse is small, I usually did this through facial expressions. Since his wheelhouse is quite a bit bigger, Marc often does more with the same characters by using their whole bodies a lot more than I ever did. No doubt in my mind whatsoever he was the right guy for the job.
NEW SUPERFOGEYS (ORIGINS) ART BY ME!
So it was with a bit of rustiness that I returned to drawing the Fogeys for a special project this past week. I haven’t often drawn the Fogeys as their younger selves, so it was even more of a challenge than it otherwise would have been. I’m not saying what these are for yet, but I thought you guys would like to take a look at some (now rare) SF art by me, featuring Young Captain Spectacular, Young Swifty, Young Dr. Rocket, and Young Spy Gal.
See you on Wednesday with SuperFogeys 333!