Horror artists. I'm not referring to drawing myself as Jason Voorhees-- that gets you suspended from middle school. What I am talking about is the people who merge their talent and love for horror to give the genre visible viability and piety with pieces of art that could even make Rubin stop and look. With all the classic horror films getting Blu-ray releases and the phenomenon of commissioned art such as MONDO posters, we are experiencing a renaissance of sorts amongst up and coming horror artists.
Tony Brock is an artist based out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Brock's subject matter is from a broad spectrum (he describes it as "pop-culture themed images with a retro feel"), but his genre images attract horror fans of all kinds. Bloody Good Horror recently had a chance to chat with Brock about his art, horror comics, the South and the convention circuit...
Noah Dorsey is co-creator and co-writer of Image comics "Non Humans" and creator and writer of "Saint Chaos", a new horror comic from eR Studios. BGH had a chance to pick Dorsey's brain about the origins of "Saint Chaos", torture devices, and scalding hot caramel.
Walt Flanagan wears a lot of hats. He's the manager of a comic book store, a comic book artist (having drawn everything from the epic classic monster mash-up "War of the Undead" to Batman) the star of AMC's "Comic Book Men", and a co-host of the popular, multiple award winning podcast "Tell 'Em Steve Dave". This October, Flanagan (along with writer and co-creator Bryan Johnson) brings us "Cryptozoic Man".
In a recent Entertainment Weekly article (focused on Phase Two of Marvel's intertwined movie series), Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige casually dropped that the rights for two classic Marvel comics horror icons had reverted back to them. Ghost Rider, fresh off a flop of a sequel starring Nicolas Cage, was let go from Sony (who has a vice grip on the Spider-man film rights) due to lack on interest, and Blade was released from New Line Cinema (presumably because it was seen as a franchise that had run its course).
The Wolverton Bible
Writer and Artist: Basil Wolverton
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Basil Wolverton is a legend of classic comics, working for Mad Magazine (along with some of their imitators, such as Cracked), Marvel comics, and various pre-code horror comics (to include "Gateway to Horror" and "They Crawl by Night").
What many readers that grew up with Wolverton's work in the 40's and 50's may not have known is that despite his twisted sense of humor and talent for drawing the macabre, he was also a devout Christian.
White Devil #1
Writers: Matt Evans, Andrew Helinski
Artist: Nate Burns
Publisher: Self published
With the recent movie hit ‘Magic Mike’ and the literary sensation ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ series, newcomers Matt Evans and Andrew Helinski (along with artist Nate Burns) give us a timely play on the bored housewife trope that seems to be sweeping the nation.
Judy is said bored housewife, who lives with her unremarkable nuclear family in a sleepy backwoods Alabama town. Although she is more or less happy, and has little excuse to feel depressed, she is nonetheless empty and unfulfilled.
“Zombie Terrors” #1, May 2012
Writers: Frank Forte ”Beheaded”, Royal McGraw “Feast”, Doug Williams “Hate”
Artists: Frank Forte “Beheaded”, Adauto Silva “Feast”, Doug Williams “Hate”
Publisher: Asylum Press