civilizedbarbarianFeatured By OwnerMay 7, 2013Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how large and distant you make Cimmeria feel. Your version of Conan was one of the most unique ever done. It was good to see a more lean, wolfish version of him and not that typical Arnold bar-stool sort, not that I don't love that version too. I hope future Conan artists take a tip from you. It has already been said, but your environments are amazing, especially the way you draw trees, like in The Mire.
Wow I've found your deviant art page. Conan the barbarian is currently one of my favorite ongoing comic books, it's been a real blast so far. I knew Conan in my childhood from the movies with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but this is the first Conan comic book I read thoroughly, and the art is a big reason why I dig it so much. I especially love the way you drew BÍlit... she's really easy on the eyes haha.
I was saddened to see you leave the book! But hopefully it's not permanent, I'm looking to see you drawing more adventures of Conan and BÍlit sometime.
This book has been my eye sex. I can't stress how perfect it is, and I generally don't like most Conan comics. I've got my Savage Sword collections and those are good enough. What really keeps me warm at night are my signed illustrated collections. But srsly. This book is everything I could have wanted so far. When I heard you were on this I got so excited I had to tell everyone (and yell at someone). I knew you'd be perfect for coming in and treating Conan with an unfiltered lens. Not to put an emphasis on gender, but most guys have this specific idea about Conan in their heads and what he should and shouldn't be. I felt like you'd be coming at this sort of fresh, or at least have different enough interests in what his character is to imbue him with a rich, human personality that Howard describes but seems lost in all the muscle and monsters. I feel like you and Brian "get it" where many before have not. This and Glory were the first floppy comics I'd bought since I was a kid, and they keep giving me a reason to get excited about going to the comic store every month.
Hey, thanks for taking the time to write all that, and the kind words! I've been a huge fan of Conan for years and years, Buscema and Barry Windsor-Smith are my favorite Conan artists and I know I can never touch them! My art is far from other Conan artists, but I feel like my visual interpretation is just as valid- and I've found the most vocal (and sometimes downright mean) critics are ones who are offended by Conan's apparent lack of masculinity, and keep calling it "emo" (what?!). But it has brought a lot of new readers to the book, which if I can excite new people about a character or a story that I've been excited about since I was a kid, then it's totally worth upsetting a few macho Conan fans!
Glory is awesome too. Are you picking up Prophet? That's another monthly that just knocks it out of the park!
Again thanks, and glad I can help get you back to the comic store every month! Means a lot, seriously!
Yeah, Ross was telling me I should pick up Prophet, but I always forget when I'm at the store. I've been trying to think of five monthlies so I can make a pull list with my local comic shop, but so much on the shelf just doesn't grab my interest. I was eyeballing the new Detective Comics, mostly because I was really surprised by the art.
I've seen some pretty harsh criticisms of your work on the book, and it strikes me that such self proclaimed fans have never read Barry Smith's work where Conan looks like an androgynous David Bowie with a bowl cut. I've noticed some similar Pre-Raphaelite influences in your characters, with the long noses and heavily lidded eyes. If anything your Conan is lean and ravenous. He looks like a hungry wolf eager to devour the world. He's also got some serious perv smile.
There's so many good books coming out, but I'm holding off on buying much (exceptions made for Prince Valiant and Thorgal haha) because I'm moving in June, and I'm paring down my book collection as it is But it's made me think of investing in an ipad or kindle fire so I can buy more comics, and reserve my physical shelf space for hardcovers and art books. I don't have the money for that yet though
I think people who don't respond well to my work are going on a gut reaction- and to tell you the truth I think some of it is sexist, and they've written bad reviews of other ladies on mainstream books. I'm definitely making Conan with more sex appeal, so maybe that rubs them the wrong way too. But why shouldn't he? Ladies love a sexy bad boy!
Funny you should mention Pre-Raphaelites, I was just going through some Waterhouse the other day! They were a huge influence on me, and still are. Good eye!
And really for what is essentially the Conan romance novel why shouldn't he be seen through the female gaze? And your Belit? Way more smoldering with sexuality than any before. I think a male artist would have been far more tame with her because of their established preconceptions. I'm kind of surprised you're allowed to get away with what you have been with her. She's always one coin necklace away from being the topless, albino sex panther of the book, haha.
I kept trying to think of what your art brought to mind, and sometimes it make me think of Amano and other times Windsor-Smith and then I remembered they both owe a lot to Waterhouse and his compatriots.
I had never heard of Thorgal before, however that has now been remedied. And what about Prince Valiant? Old collections or new ones of the Gary Gianni/ Mark Schultz run? I just coughed up for an ipad for professional purposes, but I'm sorely tempted to start seeing what books I can add digitally. I hadn't really thought about digital books until I had something that could read them (I'm an ink and paper guy. Always will be.).
I love Thorgal- one of my favorite comics!! They can be a little hard to find over here, but I love them so much. And the new Fantagraphics Prince Valiant reprints are gorgeous, and it's hardcover so it makes me go into "collection mode" heh
And I'm surprised I've gotten away with as much as I have! Especially in that variant cover, hah! Belit may show a lot of skin, but I try and draw her on the side of "power fantasy" rather than a sexual one. Thanks again for all the kind words, much appreciated!
The creative team is the only reason I picked it up. I wasn't averse to Conan to begin with, just never bothered with any Conan books before really. More than worth it. James Harren is gonna body it too if Hell on Earth is anything to go by.
Awesome!! I think this adaptation is in the spirit of Robert E Howard's original stories, and this one in particular is more of a love/adventure story than anything! And Brian is knocking these scripts out of the park!! Hope you like it