Sunday, July 31, 2005

This Artist Is Good - Joel Priddy

Joel Priddy is one of the most inventive artists working in the comic book business today.

One of the things that I have always really enjoyed about comic books is that no matter how many times we may think, "Oh, everything's been done," an artist can show us that we are sorely mistaken.

Priddy is one of those artsts.

His head must be deformed, with all the ideas that must be bursting out of his skull.

Take this page from his Eisner-nominated work, Pulpatoon: Pilgrimage...

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The way that he takes a medium, comics, which is an interrelation of words and pictures, and actually goes so far as to depict an ACTUAL interrelation of words and pictures, in service of the story, is very impressive to me.

Of course, Priddy also can handle more straightforward work, as seen here with this lush, detailed work from The Baker's Son...

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While his creativity is what I admire most about his work, I also am highly impressed with the way he knows how to use art to dictacte speed and motion and how a scene is read, as seen in, well, this scene....

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This very skill is evident in this nice short story, where Priddy essentially controls our reading of the scene with barely any effort at all, as he can do so with practically stick figures, that is how able he is. It serves to set up his punchline beautifully.

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All the art above is courtesy of Joel Priddey's super awesome website, where you can find here.

Any other Priddy fans out there?

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Blogger Eliot Johnson said...

You know I'm a huge Joel Priddy fan, Brian. PULPATOON PILGRIMMAGE is one of my favorite graphic novels...ever.

There are very few creators whose work I look forward to more than his. I got ahold of a couple of (very) mini-comics by him..."Sleep" & "Rain" and they're both wonderful little books. You ever seen them?

7/31/2005 11:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Russell P. said...

He's a super-nice guy, too--I was fortunate enough to meet him while he still taught school here in Richmond, Va. He's got some work out from Oddgod Press, but the site doesn't have any info up about the anthologies he contributed to. (He did write the backup story for Strange Detective Tales # 1, which is up on the site, though not his backup.) There's an e-mail address if you all want to ask about his other stuff, if you haven't seen it...

8/01/2005 12:31:00 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

That's right, Eliot Johnson does deserve (credit? Is credit the right word here?) for being a big Joel Priddy fan.

In fact, it was Eliot's gushing over him that made me check out his work more closely.

I guess you can take credit for THAT, at least...hehe.

8/01/2005 01:12:00 AM  
Blogger hector casanova said...

Anyone see his superhero comic from the Project Superior Sneak Preview? It is possibly the best superhero comic I have read in 15 years.

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