Dear friends and artists,
I've decided to create a Facebook Professional account to promote your awesome Tributes to Valentina to promote Fantagraphics Crepax collection.
Don't judge me wrong, I love you all a lot and I sincerely apreciate all your support with some of my ideas, but I need to split in my mind what's Professional and what's personal in order to gain more focus in the work that I do, be it curating exhibitions, book collections, interviews, presentation videos, prefaces to books or book presentations.
I'll organize the tributes by artist in alphabetical order and put each artist in bold to be easier for you to see your tributes and where they were exhibited along your quotes about the character Valentina and your Biography aswell.
Many thanks to all of you for all your work and hope that you continue to support some of my ideas.
Special thanks to Gary Groth, Caterina Crepax and my muse and source of inspiration, my kitty Ilvie that was stolen from my sight recently.
Brian Bolland - "I've been asked to say something about Guido Crepax's Valentina. I realised I knew very little about it and what I did know I'd forgotten. There's some truth in the saying that if you can remember the 60s you weren't in them. So here I am doing the research. Rediscovering Crepax's iconic and erotic artwork. I'm currently two episodes into the Valentina TV show with Demetra Hampton in the title role - which I'm amused to see was produced by Silvio Berlusconi. By no means the worst 60 minutes I've ever spent. Cheaply made, badly dubbed, camp as hell and very sexy. 1980s Italy clearly had no fear of the female form. Love it! I'm a Valentina fan all over again."
Brian Bolland is a British comics artist. Best known in the UK as one of the definitive Judge Dredd artists for British comics anthology 2000 AD, he spearheaded the 'British Invasion' of the American comics industry, and in 1982 produced the artwork on Camelot 3000 (with author Mike W. Barr), which was DC's first 12-issue comicbook maxiseries created for the direct market.
His rare forays into interior art also include Batman: The Killing Joke, with UK-based writer Alan Moore, and a self-penned Batman: Black and White story. Bolland remains in high demand as a cover artist, producing the vast majority of his work for DC Comics.
|Published in the first free booklet by Fantagraphics and exhibited at Finland - Helsinki - comic book festival - 2016|
David Lloyd - "The perfect blend of sex and elegance."
David Lloyd (born 1950 is a British comics artist best known as the illustrator of the story V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore.
Lloyd started working in comics in the late 1970s, drawing for Halls of Horror, TV Comic and a number of Marvel UK titles. With writer Steve Parkhouse, he created the pulp adventure character Night Raven. Lloyd names Ronald Embleton, Steve Ditko, Tony Weare, John Burns, and Jack Kirby as artistic influences.
He was one of the artists on the graphic horror anthology Wasteland for DC Comics with writers John Ostrander and Del Close. Lloyd has also worked on Espers, with writer James D. Hudnall, for Eclipse Comics; Hellblazer, with writers Grant Morrison and Jamie Delano, and War Story, with Garth Ennis, for DC; and Global Frequency, with Warren Ellis, for Wildstorm. With Delano he drew The Territory for Dark Horse Comics,where he also worked on some of their licensed properties such as Aliens and James Bond. In 2006 Lloyd created a graphic novel, Kickback, for French publisher Editions Carabas.
In 2012 Lloyd established Aces Weekly, an online comics anthology featuring creators such as Mark Wheatley, Val Mayerik, John McCrea, Phil Hester, and Lew Stringer
Dave Mckean - "Valentina was my first glimpse of a veiled, erotic place that I would later revisit through Borowczyk and others. An elusive, sensual, disquieting world best described by her dissolving outline - only her gaze and slightly parted lips visible in the glare."
David McKean (born 29 December 1963) is an English illustrator, photographer, comic book artist, graphic designer, filmmaker and musician. His work incorporates drawing, painting, photography, collage, found objects, digital art and sculpture. McKean's projects include directing an original feature titled Luna and a book with the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins.
After a trip to New York City in 1986 during which he failed to find work as a comics artist, McKean met writer Neil Gaiman, and the pair collaborated on a short graphic novel of disturbing childhood memories, Violent Cases, published in 1987. This was followed in 1988 by a Black Orchid miniseries and Hellblazer covers for DC Comics.
In 1989, he illustrated the Batman graphic novel, Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, with writer Grant Morrison. Comics historian Les Daniels observed that "Arkham Asylum was an unprecedented success, selling 182,166 copies in hardcover and another 85,047 in paperback...McKean produced 120 pages of paintings for Arkham Asylum, offering powerful visual reinterpretations of the classic characters."From 1989–1997 McKean produced the covers for Gaiman's celebrated series The Sandman, all its collected editions, and many of its spin-offs.
In 1998, the cover images from The Sandman were released as one compiled volume titled Dustcovers: The Collected Sandman Covers. Further collaborations with Gaiman produced the graphic novels Signal to Noise in 1992 previously serialised in The Face magazine, about a dying filmmaker and his hypothetical last film; and The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch, which explored similar themes as Violent Cases through the imagery of the Punch and Judy show. In 1995 McKean wrote and illustrated a book for The Rolling Stones called Voodoo Lounge to tie-in with the release of their album of the same name.
Cages (1998) by Dave McKean
Between 1990 and 1996 McKean wrote and drew the ten issues of Cages, an ambitious graphic novel about artists and creativity, illustrated in a stripped-down pen-and-ink style influenced by Alberto Breccia, José Antonio Muñoz and Lorenzo Mattotti. Cages was published as single volume by Kitchen Sink Press in 1998, and in a new edition by NBM Publishing in 2002. In 2010, Cages was released by Dark Horse Comics in paperback.
Glenn Fabry -
Glenn Fabry is an Eisner Award-winning British comics artist known for his detailed, realistic work in both ink and painted colour.
Glenn Fabry's career began in 1985, drawing Slaine for 2000 AD, with writer Pat Mills. He also worked with Mills on the newspaper strip Scatha in 1987. Painted work followed in Crisis, Revolver and Deadline. In 1991 he took over painting the covers of Hellblazer, then written by Garth Ennis.
He has continued his association with Ennis, painting the covers for his Vertigo series Preacher, and drawing Ennis-written stories in The Authority and Thor. In 2003 he drew a story in Neil Gaiman's Sandman anthology Endless Nights, and in 2005 worked on the comics adaptation of Gaiman's TV series/novel Neverwhere with writer Mike Carey.
Recent projects include providing the art for the Vertigo title Greatest Hits, written by David Tischman.
Hunt Emerson - "Elegant, spare pen work that captures the erotic line."
Hunt Emerson has drawn cartoons and comic strips since the early 1970s. He has published around 30 comic books and albums, mainly with Knockabout Comics (London), including Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Casanova's Last Stand, and Dante’s Inferno. His latest books are Calculus Cat, a hilarious collection of stories about The Cat That Hates Television, and Hot Jazz, a collection of jazz-flavoured comics featuring Max Zillion and his saxophone Alto Ego. In 2000 Hunt was chosen for inclusion in the exhibition "Les Maitres de la Bande Dessinee Européenne" by the Bibliotheque Nationale de France and the CNBDI, Angouleme.
You can see and buy his work on his website- largecow.com
James Harvey - "I always used to say that Valentina is what comics would look like if they made comics for ordinary people and not just nerds. But today, nerds are ordinary people and no-one is cool enough to read Valentina."
James Harvey is a comic artist currently based in Stafford, England. In addition to being the editor of the world famous Bartkira project, James helped design Duke Thomas (the first black Robin) for DC Comics. His work was featured in the multi-Eisner Award-winning anthology Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, but he's most proud of his short story Masterplasty which was a finalist in Japan's GAIMAN awards in 2014. In 2015 he art directed a music video for hip-hop violinist Lindsey Sterling.
Rian Hughes - "I recall first coming across Crepax and Valentina in "Totem", a Spanish magazine modeled on Metal Hurlant, while in Barcelona. Not being able to read Spanish, I was still seduced by the expressive brushwork and - most especially - the sense of design, of negative space, areas of black, missing outlines and the small repeated close-up details. A masterclass in layout."
Rian Hughes (devicefonts.co.uk) is a graphic designer, illustrator, comic artist, author, and typographer. From his studio, Device, he has produced hundreds of logo designs for Marvel, DC and many other comic companies for titles such as Batman, X-Men, James Bond and Spiderman; illustrations for numerous advertising campaigns (Eurostar, Virgin Atlantic, The Body Shop) and magazines from Radio Times and Mac User to The Face and GQ; book jackets for E. M. Forster, Oxford University Press, Pan Macmillan and Penguin; he has drawn strips for iconic UK title 2000AD, an iconoclastic revamp of British comic hero Dan Dare with writer Grant Morrison, designed watches for Swatch, Hawaiian shirts, CD covers for Ultravox, and collaborated on a set of six children's books with Geri Halliwell. A retrospective monograph, “Art, Commercial” was published in 2002. He has written on semiotics in “Cult-ure: Ideas can be Dangerous”, and edited and designed “Lifestyle Illustration of the 60s/50s”. His comic strips have been collected in "Yesterdays Tomorrows” and “Tales from Beyond Science”, written by Mark Millar. “Soho Dives, Soho Divas” from Image features his portraits of the UK Burlesque scene, drawn from life, while recent strips include “Batman: Black and White” and “Magenta” for DC Comics, for which he also recently designed the Map of the DC Multiverse, and art for “Doctor Who” and “Mad Max: Fury Road”. His font designs are released through the studio’s own foundry, Device Fonts.
|Exhibited at Finland - Helsinki - comic book festival and at boémia caffe - 1st exhibition in Porto - Portugal|
Simon Davis - a quote from Louise Brooks: "If I ever bore you, it'll be with a knife."
Simon Davis (born 1968) is a British comics artist best known for his fully painted art work on Sinister Dexter, Black Siddha and Stone Island. However, he is also a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and has produced prize-winning fine art.
Steve Yeowell - "If Federico Fellini was ever asked who his favourite paparazzo was, would he have named anyone other than Valentina?”
Steve Yeowell is a British comics artist, well known for his work on the long-running science fiction and fantasy weekly comic 2000 AD.
Having trained in 3D design (specialising in silversmithing and jewellery), Yeowell began drawing comics purely for pleasure, with no particular intention to become a professional artist. Having shown his portfolio to artist Bryan Talbot, he quickly found himself given work by Swiftsure (on the Lieutenant Fl'ff strip). After this, he worked on a "dummy comic" David Lloyd was creating for Fleetway called Fantastic Adventure. This was his first meeting with writer Grant Morrison, who was writing the California Crew strip ("loosely based on the A-Team") Yeowell was drawing. While Fantastic Adventure wasn't picked up, John Higgins asked Yeowell to help him with a music magazine's comic strip off the back of it and, afterwards, helped him get work at Marvel UK. He started on Spider-Man and Zoids before doing Action Force and later ThunderCats.
On Zoids, he worked with Morrison again and as a result, Morrison picked Yeowell to be the sole artist on new superhero strip Zenith, to run in 2000 AD beginning in 1987.
Zenith was a popular success, running to four full-length series plus several one-offs. Yeowell was headhunted by American comics companies and has worked on Batman, The Fantastic Four, The Invisibles,JSA and Starman. He continued his association with Morrison, collaborating on Sebastian O and The New Adventures of Hitler.
Yeowell's work is noted for delicate penmanship and lifelike facial expressions, with a notable economy of style that means that his work suits both colour and monochrome treatment. He works with a dip pen (Gillot 404 nib) and a Windsor & Newton Series 7 No.3 sable brush, as well as Rotring and marker pens, on 220 g/m² Daler Rowney Heavyweight Cartridge Paper.
The concentration on human features means that Yeowell's work is held to suit superhero, science fiction and historical genres equally. Recent work has included The Red Seas, an eighteenth-century pirate story scripted by Ian Edginton and science fiction Triad tale Red Fang by Steve Moore.
Comics work includes:
Zoids: "The Black Zoid" (with Grant Morrison, in Spider-Man and the Zoids #40–49, 1986–1987)
Zenith (with Grant Morrison)
"Phase One" (in 2000 AD #535–549, 1987)
"Interludes 1 & 2" (in 2000 AD #558–559, 1988)
"Phase Two" (in 2000 AD #89-606, 1988)
"Interlude 3" (in 2000 AD Winter Special No. 1, 1988)
"Phase Three" (in 2000 AD #626–634, 650–662 & 667–670, 1989–1990)
"Phase Four" (in 2000 AD #791–806, 1992)
"zzzzenith.com" (in 2000 AD prog 2001, 2000)
Tharg's Future Shocks:
"What's in a Name?" (with Neil Gaiman, in 2000 AD No. 538, 1987)
"Sleighbells in the Sky" (with Gordon Robson, in 2000 AD No. 710, 1990)
"Family Affair" (with Alan Grant, in 2000 AD No. 659, 1989)
"First Offence" (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD No. 716, 1991)
"Man Who Broke the Law" (with Mark Millar, in 2000 AD #968–969, 1995)
"Heist" (with Ian Edginton, in 2000 AD #1480–1481 2006)
The New Adventures of Hitler (with Grant Morrison):
"What do you mean, ideologically unsound?" (in Crisis No. 46, 1990)
"Mad dogs and Englishmen" (in Crisis No. 47, 1990)
Red Razors (with Mark Millar):
"Red Razors" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #1.8–1.15, 1991)
"The Secret Origin of Comrade Ed" (in Judge Dredd Mega-Special No. 5, 1992)
"Doctor's Orders" (in Judge Dredd 1993 Yearbook, 1992)
67 Seconds (with James Robinson, graphic novel, Epic Comics, 1992, ISBN 0-87135-864-6)
Sebastian O (with Grant Morrison, 3 issues, DC/Vertigo, 1993)
The Invisibles (with Grant Morrison, DC/Vertigo, vol 1 #1–4, 1994; #22–24, 1996)
Maniac 5 (with Mark Millar):
"Maniac 5" (in 2000 AD #842–849, 1993)
"Maniac 6" (in 2000 AD #956–963, 1995)
Skrull Kill Krew (with Grant Morrison and Mark Millar, Marvel, 5-issue mini-series, 1995, tpb, 2006 ISBN 0-7851-2120-X)
Vector 13: "Case Three: The Dream Factory" (with Kek-W, in 2000 AD #990, 1996)
Black Light: "Pandora's Box" (with Dan Abnett/Steve White, in 2000 AD #1010–1013, 1996)
Ghost No. 14 (pencils, with Eric Luke and inks by Randy Emberlin, Dark Horse Comics, May 1996)
A Life Less Ordinary (adaptation of the Danny Boyle film, with David Bishop, in 2000 AD #1063–1070, 1997)
Sinister Dexter (with Dan Abnett):
"Taking the Mick" (in 2000 AD #1079–1082, 1998)
"Dead Man Whacking" (in 2000 AD #1108–1109, 1998)
"'Twas the Fight Before Christmas" (in 2000 AD #1124, 1998)
"Write from Wrong" (in 2000 AD #1345–1347, 2003)
"Life's A Beach" (in 2000 AD #1433–1435, 2003)
Devlin Waugh (with John Smith):
"Chasing Herod" (in 2000 AD #1149–1167, 1999)
"Reign of Frogs" (in 2000 AD #1168–1173, 1999)
Red Fang (with Steve Moore, in 2000 AD #200-1211, 2000)
Armitage: "Bodies of Evidence" (with Dave Stone, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.64–67, 2000)
Nikolai Dante (with Robbie Morrison):
"The Beguiling" (in 2000 AD #1234–1235, 2001)
"Fiends" (in 2000 AD #1236–1239, 2001)
Pussyfoot 5: "Alien Sex Fiend!" (with John Smith, in 2000 AD #1251–1256, 2001)
DeMarco (by Robbie Morrison):
"Deep Blue Death" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #4.03–4.05, 2001)
"The Fierce and the Furious" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #4.06–4.08, 2002)
DeMarco, P.I. (with Michael Carroll):
"The Whisper" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #343–348, 2013–2014)
"Déjà Vu" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #355–357, 2014)
The Red Seas (with Ian Edginton)
Under the Banner of King Death. The Red Seas Book I (in 2000 AD #1313–1321, 2002 ISBN 1-904265-68-5)
Twilight of the Idols. The Red Seas Book II (in 2000 AD prog 2004 & #1371–1379, 2003–2004 ISBN 1-904265-72-3)
"Meanwhile..." (in 2000 AD #1416–1419, 2004)
"Underworld. The Red Seas Book III" (in 2000 AD #1460–1468, 2005)
"The Hollow Land" (in 2000 AD #1491–1499, 2006)
"With a bound he was free..." (in 2000 AD #1513–1517, 2006)
"War Stories" (in 2000 AD #1562–1566, 2007)
"Old Gods" (in 2000 AD #1600-, 2008)
The Scarlet Apocrypha: "Semblance" (with Dan Abnett, in Judge Dredd Megazine #4.13, 2002)
Tyranny Rex: "The Comeback" (with John Smith, in 2000 AD #1395–1399, 2004)
Detonator X (with Ian Edginton, in 2000 AD #1534–1543, 2007)
1987 Zenith: "Phase One" won the Eagle Award for Favourite Single or Continued Story (British)
^ 2000 AD Thrillcast: The Thrill-Cast Supplemental #3: Steve Yeowell, 09:45 to 12:07
^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "The Invisibles", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 92–97, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015
^ The Black Zoid
2004 interview with 2000ADReview
Month of Art Stars: Artist's Choice – Steve Yeowell, Comics Should Be Good, Comic Book Resources, 5 July 2009