very well written, and also very true.
I remember collecting alot of comics arounf the "Image days", also before hand on X-men, i still love the art from that era. I still try and collect collections of comics/storylines from that era.
Alot of ppl hate the 90's comics because everything was "overdone". Without these artists like Jim, Marc, Todd, Rob etc, comics would not be the way they are today.
Very good point you make. I also cringe when I see comments on forums etc bagging out these artists.
Keep in mind that the ones doing the most criticizing generally lack the experience in what they are talking about or they have, as one mentioned "an ego as big as outdoors". Also art is subjective. I saw a picture once of a statue that my company bought for one of its new buildings and I was shocked at how much they spent on it. It looked like a series of glass balloon flowers. The price was in the millions. I thought "There's nothing special about that" and there probably could have been a dozen more skilled pieces they could have purchased for less but that's what they wanted.
These people who seem to be unable to participate in any sort of meaningful debate let alone mutual respect do not really matter in the long run. In fact, they are small and petty. Take the remarks with a grain of salt and keep in mind that they are not judges of the artistic world. No one is.
I was a fan of the original Image creators back in the day. Back then I just liked flashy pages with energetic poses and fight scenes and sexy women. As I matured and learned more about story telling and technique and other details of comic art that many in the industry were passing over in favor of the big splash page and the gritted teeth and big boobs. Maybe I became a bit of an art snob, but I started to really dislike some artists who I used to admire. Over the years, I may have even developed some animosity towards artist that I felt I could do better than who were getting jobs and I was not. But I also know that had a lot to do with my not really getting myself out there. I was involved in the thread you are referring to. I do think many people on there used the discussion as a means to air their dislike in a way that was not constructive at all and went beyond what the original post was getting at, not that someone's style or skill is necessarily bad, but that there was a very big mistake and flaw in a piece from someone who should at this point know better and who has demonstrated those same mistakes many times. I loved your early work on the Death's Head 2 books, and I figured that many companies actually insisted that artists emulate the style of artists like Rob Liefeld and Jim Lee and Marc Silvestri because that was what was popular. That style, like or hate it, was seen as a needed shot in the arm for comics. A bold, expressive and unique way of telling a story. But in time, the importance was put so much on drawing like someone that whether or not the art was anatomically right or correct in other ways was unimportant.
I myself have lost a lot of artistic drive in recent years over this ire towards stylized "90s" art that seems to rule the majority of comic book enthusiasts.
And it's not just art, entertainment in general seems to be overly scrutinized to the point that I have a hard time enjoying anything. And it seems like that it's not only become socially acceptable to intellectually bully people for liking something, but to also bully people for not liking something.
Being that I am a big fan of Jack Kirby and Richard Corben, I have no problem at all with things not being true to life.
I've seen every style since the EC era to the stuff that came out this week and it's all good.