though I’m embarrassed to admit it, I’d be all about a ‘Jedikiller’ comic series exploring Kylo’s backstory, with his badass sky-cycle and emo-come-daftpunk outfit. Just lift the entire aesthetic from Glyn Dillon‘s incredible concert art…
Here’s another great issue of this great series that I somehow overlooked while it was actually being published by Vertigo back in the nineties.
That cover is by Duncan Fegredo (styled “Frogredo”) and it’s perfectly rich and detailed.
Then there are all the magic panels inside.
The frame around that illustration of sneakers and a frog is the actual color of the paper, now that it’s twenty years old. I wonder if artists ever think about using aged paper on purpose. It seems like such nice warm ivory or beige that maybe other colors would show up better against it?
With Fegredo up front it might be easy to forget that the amazing Glyn Dillon did all of this interior work. I hope to happen upon some more of these sometime.
The Nao of Brown By Glyn Dillon Author in attendance at TCAF 2013!
Published by SelfMadeHero Full Colour, 208 pages, $24.95
Twenty-eight-year-old Nao Brown, who’s hafu (half Japanese, half English), is not well. She’s suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and fighting violent urges to harm other people. But that’s not who she really wants to be. Nao has dreams. She wants to quiet her unruly mind; she wants to get her design and illustration career off the ground; and she wants to find love, perfect love.
Nao’s life continues to seesaw. Her boyfriend dumps her; a toy deal falls through. But she also meets Gregory, an interesting washing-machine repairman, and Ray, an art teacher at the Buddhist Center. She begins to draw and meditate to ease her mind and open her heart—and in doing so comes to a big realization: Life isn’t black-and-white after all … it’s much more like brown.
Praise for The Nao of Brown:
“Lushly rendered, passionately digressive” —The New York Times
“Dillon turns in a narrative tour de force, featuring a script that works in perfect concert with almost cinematic art reminiscent of Milo Manara, but with far more expressive characters. A triumph of comics for grownups, this is a must-read.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The art in The Nao of Brown is absolutely gorgeous … An intense story about a young woman who fights as hard to get out of her own head as some superheroes fight to save the world.” —The Onion’s A.V. Club