Comic book art is severely underrated. Show some support by following the pros on Twitter.
The social networking site is perfect to showcase pieces and share tips, as well as converse with your favourite artist (and comic book writers too!). Here are just a few to get you started.
— Jim Lee (@JimLee) July 23, 2014
One of the most popular artists both on Twitter and in the comic book world.
His highly-detailed pencils have notably graced titles from Marvel, Image and WildStorm, but he’s currently focusing on DC. His most recognised piece, though, is probably 1991’s X-Men #01, for which he provided four covers (making one image – the fifth gatefold variant), a comic that sold over 8 million copies.
He’s very active on social media, frequently posting photos and videos that show his instantaneous sketches before all the exhaustive detail is added. If you’re a wannabe artist, this feed is truly inspiring.
Wow. Another week has gone by and you all are still blowing me away with you support on Rocket Raccoon #1. You all are THE BEST! Thank you!
— skottie young (@skottieyoung) July 11, 2014
Young is deservedly loved by the masses. His popularity is set to grow further with the release of his Rocket Raccoon series (on which he also holds writing duties), a book which CBR says, “like most of Young’s work, leaves no stone unturned in its quest for magnificence.”
His variant covers are full of fun – and his feed is too, as well as getting across what a genuinely affable person he seems to be. It’s also used as a sort of hub for his Instagram and Tumblr posts.
There is SO MUCH we want to tell you about GOTHAM ACADEMY and just haven't had the chance yet. Soon, my loves. Soon.
— Becky Cloonan (@beckycloonan) July 14, 2014
Becky has come a long way since self-publishing comics in 1999; she has subsequently worked for Marvel, Vertigo and Dark Horse, then became the first female artist to draw DC’s core Batman series. Her rise in popularity really is to be admired.
She still tries to self-publish comics, obviously less often than before she took on work for the major companies, so her Twitter is packed with nuggets of inspiration. Oh, and smatterings of randomness too.
— humberto ramos (@humberto_ramos) January 9, 2014
Ramos’ work is highly divisive – and as such, is a perfect fit for Dan Slott’s run on Amazing Spider-Man! His feed is currently clogged up with web-headed wonders, but he mainly uses Twitter to interact with his fans.
He obviously loves sketching at comic conventions so expect many-a-retweet!
And he’s certainly not averse to falling back into his native Mexican now and then.
So, let me get this straight…Frog Thor fine, female Thor not? I'm guessing none of these people have read any actual mythology.
— Matthew Dow Smith (@matthewdowsmith) July 15, 2014
He may not be as big a name as Lee or Ramos yet, but Smith’s work has come into the spotlight more due to the Doctor Who series he pencilled for IDW. The show has a big influence on him; in fact, he says that “it’s a key piece of my creative DNA and informs everything I’ve done as an artist and as a writer.”
Though he’s primarily an artist, he doesn’t share much of his art on Twitter. Nonetheless, his feed is littered with fun little tidbits, most frequently the phrase, “actual thing said in my office“, or variations thereof!
My piece for a tribute book to Stan Lee book which will be on sale at the London Film and Comic Con next weekend. pic.twitter.com/MAod8z5lug
— laurence campbell (@getcampbell) July 6, 2014
Since 2000, Campbell has worked for 2000AD, and was soon picked up by Marvel; his gritty, street-level art is a perfect fit for titles like Punisher MAX, Moon Knight and Dark Horses’ B.P.R.D., an extension of Hellboy.
Twitter has taken over from his blog (the last post of which appeared in2009!), meaning we get sneak peeks of upcoming projects, promos for recently-released books, and banter between him and his creative pals, particularly writer, Rob Williams. What’s more, he’s a fan of classic comics so occasionally tweets about rare hauls of Fantastic Four or Commando Comics.
'Dawn of The Planet of the Apes' soundtrack features some wonderfully bad puns. Gibbon Take. Monkey See, Monkey Coup pic.twitter.com/aeUeSsf6Df
— Lee Garbett (@LeeGarbett) July 18, 2014
It’s only a matter of time until Lee gets a stint on Marvel’s “Big Three” (aka. Captain America, Iron Man and Thor – or The Avengers); his current output on Loki: Agent of Asgard is exceptional. A British artist, Garbett has also worked on Batman, 2000AD and the Identity War crossover.
He’s very approachable and has a great sense of humour – his feed reflects these qualities. You’ll occasionally see sketches popping up too, but if you’re after those, you’ll have better luck over on his blog.
Sailing the imagination. Pencil. 10 x 15. 2014. pic.twitter.com/wWboX5SiPI
— Walter Simonson (@WalterSimonson) June 7, 2014
In fact, if you want art and lots of it, check out Walter Simonson’s feed.
Simonson is best-known for his epic run on Thor, a tenure so respected he made a cameo, alongside his wife and writer/editor, Louise, in the 2011 movie starring the Odinson. Most recently, he returned to Norse mythology with IDW’s Ragnarök, a series unrelated to Marvel’s God of Thunder.
He’s massively-respected and massively-loved. Gazing at his Twitter, you can see why.
The astounding, wonderful world – as seen through any airplane window… pic.twitter.com/GTCyVU9BMq
— DAVID LLOYD (@LFORLLOYD) July 17, 2013
If you know anything about the Occupy movement (even if you’ve just coincidentally watched news coverage of demonstrations), you’re familiar with Lloyd’s most famous design. Working with Alan Moore, he created V For Vendetta, and his white-and-black mask based on Guy Fawkes is one of the most striking images from the UK comics.
He’s currently using his feed to promote the award-winning e-comic, Aces Weekly, and his convention appearances. (Here are some ways you can read comics on your iPhone – or you could make your own online comic!)
Part of the assignment was to create new covers for each of the stories reprinted, so I brought them all up to date! pic.twitter.com/5EZUQzas0x
— Jim Steranko (@iamsteranko) April 28, 2014
On the subject of incredible design, Jim Steranko is synonymous with innovative sequential art (that’s comic book art, by the way). The way he played with optical illusions, surrealism and graphic design means Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD remains a greatly-loved classic. Away from comics, Steranko worked with Steven Spielberg on Raiders of the Lost Ark, and partly designed Indiana Jones’ look.
While he very, very rarely tweets images, he uses Twitter to talk to his peers and adoring public.
He’s also a magician. Which is pretty darn cool.
Oh, there’s loads more. The comic book world really is a beautifully-drawn place. The number of artists on the social networking site is reason enough to join Twitter, if you haven’t already.
But here’s the big question: Who else would you add to this list? Share their Twitter URL if you have it.