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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! 10 Interesting Comic Book Writers You Should Follow On Twitter 10 Interesting Comic Book Writers You Should Follow On Twitter Whether you want news, previews, or tips to improve your own work, show your geeky allegiance with pride by following these 10 brilliant comic book writers. Read More ). Here are just a few to get you started.

Jim Lee

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 Discover Marvel Comics & Marvel Characters On The Web Discover Marvel Comics & Marvel Characters On The Web Marvel Comics was founded in 1939 as Timely Comics before becoming Atlas Comics in the 1950s and eventually the company we know and love in the 1960s. This was the era when Jack Kirby, Steve... Read More , 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.

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Skottie Young

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.

Becky Cloonan

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

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.

Matthew Dow Smith

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!

Laurence Campbell

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.

Lee Garbett

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.

Walter Simonson

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.

David Lloyd

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 How To Read Comics On Your iPhone (+ some apps) How To Read Comics On Your iPhone (+ some apps) Read More – or you could make your own online comic 5 Tools To Create An Online Comic 5 Tools To Create An Online Comic Once the exclusive domain of geeks, comics are now very much a mainstream phenomenon. This means that anyone, and I mean anyone, can create a great comic if they have the will to do so. Read More !)

Jim Steranko

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.

Who Else?

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.

  1. Saikat B
    August 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    No love for Frank Miller (https://twitter.com/FrankMillerInk)?

    • Philip Bates
      August 14, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Oh, plenty of love for Miller, Saikat; his two main Daredevil runs are some of my favourite comic books. But I don't think he's worth following anymore, seen as he hasn't tweeted since 2011! Mind you, I think I do follow him regardless. ;)

  2. Peter F
    August 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    One my all time favourite comic book artists is Ben Templesmith. https://twitter.com/Templesmith
    I was lucky enough to meet him once in the UK. Nice chap. Great artist.

    Another is Charlie Adlard (from the walking dead) Not on Twitter unfortunately, but he is on Facebook and is another very nice bloke. Was lucky enough to him play the drums in his band.

    • Philip Bates
      August 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Great artists! Templesmith only came to my attention when he worked on IDW's Doctor Who one-offs, but his work is very unique and atmospheric; reminds me a bit of early art by Jefte Palo on titles like Moon Knight and Black Panther.

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