His career was extensive, and his talent was unparalleled. The fact that he worked for every major comic company around today tells you how far reaching his talent was. Sadly, Mr Dillon is no longer with us, but the artwork he left behind will remain firmly in bookshelves of comic book history and in our memories for all time.
Dillon was born in London in 1962 and raised in Luton, Bedfordshire. He was the oldest of three siblings, a sister younger by three years, Julie, and a brother younger by nine years who is cartoonist/costume designer, Glyn Dillon.
Today, folks, I want to take you down to the lowest level of Hell for you to witness the imagery that could only be conceived by the twisted genius of this man's magnitude. He has been lorded across the west as being the, ‘Japanese Clive Barker’ a title he truly has earned, but his work is in no way derivative of his.
I want to take you into the macabre world of Junji Ito.
Junji Ito was born in the Gifu prefecture of Japan in 1963. He was inspired from a young age by both his older sister’s drawings and the work of Kazuo Umezu. Ito first began writing and drawing manga as a hobby while working as a dental technician in the early 90’s.
David Lloyd has long been one of my all-time favourite comic artists. Ever since reading V for Vendetta as a kid I’ve always enjoyed getting sucked into the worlds that were crafted and coloured by this man, so today I want to write up a bit of history about this man and a bit more about his works. Enjoy!
He’s the man who's brought to life Spider Jerusalem, Conan the Barbarian and the X-Men. His ability to co-operate with writers and allow their vision to inspire his artwork, is second to none. His portfolio has entertained and inspired millions. It’s fan boy time, lets talk about Darick Robertson.
The son of a mechanic, Robertson grew up in San Mateo, California and did not attend a single college art class. He was, however, driven by a creative passion that exists in many but is pursued by few. He taught himself how to draw with the child like hope that one day he might be good enough to create comics, not for fame or fortune but just so he could have what all of us want to have, really – a job that he loved.
As an indie comic creator, I'm always looking for ways to make my job easier, more inspiring, and of course more profitable. These are just a few resources that I've discovered over the last couple years that I couldn't have lived without. Each resources targets a specific area of development.
Every Frame a Painting
Every Frame a Painting is an amazing YouTube channel with educational analysis on the art of editing and cinematography. Though its focus is on cinema, the visual storytelling principles contained within should benefit both comic writers and artists when it comes to framing their works. Here's just one video of many on the channel that I've found interesting and helpful:
SKTCHD is/was a comic journalism site run by David Harper with an emphasis on longform content. Though David no longer puts out new articles, his archive remains a valuable resource for indie creators looking to dive a little bit deeper into the whys, hows, and trends of the direct market. David still maintains his podcast Off-Panel, where he interviews professionals from the industry, including less spotlighted (but no less influential) editors and publishers.
You'll find the podcast here.
Harper has kept the SKTCHD website up as an archive.
INTRO TO SCOTT MCCLOUD
Written as annotations for a college class, this blog provides an excellent overview of some of the concepts contained within Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics. Designed as a companion piece, the notes explain the basic framework of Scott’s comic theory, the academic standard taught all around the world.
Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics is an extremely valuable resource for comic creators.
PRINT NINJA RESOURCE CENTER
No other website goes into the nuts and bolts of printing in as well laid out a manner as Print Ninja’s own resource center. The information is written for the printing newbie, and as such takes its time in explaining concepts that are often filled with industry jargon.
Print Ninja has a ton of printing options.
ZUB TALES - The official blog of Jim Zub
Jim is a well known and successful comic creator who has blogged about both his experiences working with Image and their particular model of creator-owned. He’s very transparent about everything, and has a great archive filled with resources for creators of all levels!
These are just a couple that we visit on a weekly basis. Have other resources that you use? Share in the comments below!