I remember you posting about your book with hints and tips on how to illustrate manga, but your style really reminds me of Maus by Art Spiegelman. Also, keep up the good work. Seeing a more sinister Gaster is an interesting take on the character.
Thank you so much!
While I want to make clear that I’m not *actually* comparing my fanfic about crying skeletons to the Pulitzer-Prize winning holocaust account… I understand what you mean. Both Spiegelman’s work and what I’m doing here use a simplified style with lots of black.
[Maus by Spiegelman]
But Maus’ style is by no means unique. Spot blacks and hatching are signature aspects of the Underground Comix movement (of which Spiegelman was a veteran). I find it so funny when people tag my style as “unique” when it’s really not!
I wouldn’t cite Spiegelman as one of my primary influences, either. In my formative years I was much more influenced by Vasquez’s JTHM
[JTHM by Vasquez]
This is where I really fell in love with the spot blacks and scratchy inks that have never really left my style. Since then, though I’ve been influenced by a ton of people mostly in Indie and Web circles. In the Indie world there are so many people doing phenomenal work in B&W:
[Finder by Carla Speed McNeil]
[Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley]
[Order of Tales by Evan Dahm]
Just to name a few off the top of my head. There’s so much out there though!!!