Ian: What can you say about a comic book artist when you’ve read exactly ZERO of their comics? Well, as it turns out you can build quite an appreciation in a very short time. A couple of weeks ago Jack-Ass sent me an e-mail insisting that I check out this illustrator, Sean Gordon Murphy, who has been doing quite a bit of work for Marvel and DC over the last little while. Well, even a broken clock is right twice a day, and as it turns out, Nuv was bang-on with this one. Murphy’s style is a pleasant blend of Mahfood and Mignola, often scratchy and street, with a generous helping of black ink.
Nuv: And who better to comment on what’s “street” than The Littlest Hobo himself, Ian “Sparesomechange?” Explosivo? Loser Lad is mostly right though. The controlled chaos of Murphy’s work pops off the page, punches you in the mouth and demands your attention. Lines that heavy and thick should collapse under their own weight (like Mama Explosivo’s legs), not flow with such grace (like Ian in his ballerina days, pre-op). And as someone who has read his stuff, (like Joe The Barbarian, his Vertigo collaboration with Grant Morrison) instead of boring-ass physics comics and zombie-cow porn (seriously), I can attest to his flawless framing, pacing and all-around story-telling genius. Really, he’s the ‘Me’ of comics…
Ian: And you’re the ‘Romita Jr‘ of humans: ugly and over-rated and stupid and I hate you. Back to someone who doesn’t suck s#!% – for a guy who claims he’s “not that into super hero stuff,” Murphy really knocks it out of the park with a surprising consistency. Have a look at the cover he did for Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #41, or check out Han and Chewie tearing it up in the Millenium Falcon from Star Wars Tales #19.
Nuv: Or ignore Ian’s shitty link to three pictures and just look at the two galleries I threw together below while he was at the free clinic inquiring about a quarter-sized black spot near his…heh…”friend’s”… vajayjay.
Ian: Nuv could go on and on about this guy, but really, who wants to hear him speak? It sounds like Gilbert Gottfried fingerbanging a chalkboard. Let’s just let the pictures speak for themselves. Check ‘em out!
Ian: Well there you have it. Nuv was right. I’m sure now he’ll go right back to writing ridiculous things about American football (?) and Michael Jackson’s “greatness” (?!) but for now, we’ll let the dog have his day. Good find man!
Nuv: Isn’t that exactly what the doctor said to you regarding your herp… I mean “your friend’s condition?”
Ian: And just like that, status quo. Go f@¢% yourself, Nuv.
Nuv: I imagine, post-op, that’s something that’s more up your alley, old chum.
Put two in the air…
– The Big Two
NEXT ISSUE: NUV HIGH FIVES HIS BOOKSHELF.
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