That's interesting. I've not read many interviews with Tomine, though i've got that 32 Stories (i think) book that collects his early mini-comics. I love those compendiums; it's sometimes even more fascinating to see their early work than the finished, polished article.fogofideas wrote:tomine's early mini-comics are pretty much indebted to clowes in terms of drawing style and approach, he was upfront about that at the time, that's kind of why I liked him, he was a fan of the comics I was reading and it showed (but in a good way), he totally has the horn for jaime hernandez too, I can see that in his artwork and his stories
Likewise Chester Brown's The Little Man is a great read.
i agree entirely, although given that i've just enquired as to whether anyone else thinks the artwork of 3 indie artists is similar, maybe i've not got a leg to stand on.I find the idea that all indie comic books look the same and all superhero art looks the same as reductive and insulting as saying all heavy metal sounds the same, all hip hip sounds the same, etc
I mean I don't feel insulted personally... it does make me feel rather alone in the world though, like there's me and I can see and appreciate the differances and so on and then there's the world out there that doesn't notice and is just indifferent
There are of course huge differences between their styles and i could easily pick them out in the unlikely event that i was ever tested on the dubject... there's just similar characteristics and i was wondering if anyone else had noticed, that's all.
i find it perculiar that anyone might find... say, Glenn Head, Chris Ware and (oh, why not?) Dan Clowes similar in any way though.
Equally i've loved the distinctive work of some superhero book artists over the years (if less so these days). John Romita Jr's weird square faces and scratchy shading were an absolute joy to me when i first started getting into comics in the early 90s.