Today’s Two Books are dominated by big thinkers. Few people haven’t heard of Jim Henson. He’s the driving force behind The Muppets in their various iterations. Likewise, it’s hard to call yourself a ‘comic book nerd’ and not know who Alan Moore is. The creator of ‘V for Vendetta’ and ‘Watchmen’ revolutionized the way we think and respond to pictures with accompanying words, dragging comics, kicking and screaming, out of the Bronze Age and into something more real, and more dangerous. Both men were visionaries who saw the medium of television, films and comic books and demanded more. They wanted us to think and to feel, and to come to a greater understanding of who we were and what we were capable of.
I don’t want to talk about Jim Henson and Alan Moore, though. I want to talk about Ramon Perez and Kevin O’Neil. An maybe a little bit about Jerry Juhl for good measure.
Who are Ramon Perez and Kevin O’Neil? They’re the guys who took the time to illustrate ‘Tale of Sand’ and ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’, respectively. They both walk in the shadow of the giants that they prop up, and don’t get enough attention for the work they put in. I’ll be the first to admit it: I don’t have as much a respect for artists as I do for writers. Why? Some of this stems from the comics news people who sit on the opposite side of the fence and talk about which artists are doing what for what book. Honestly, I get a bit steamed when someone buys a comic book because their favorite artist is doing a guest run. Is the story any good? Who cares? Humberto Ramos is doing the artwork!
Good artists make me skeptical. I was an innocent teenager when Image became a comic book powerhouse. A group of underpaid Read more…