A very special exhibition, running until September 30th at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.
Walter Simonson was born on September 2nd, 1946, in Knoxville, TN. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1972 and created his first comic book for his senior thesis, the Star Slammers, while attending that institution. In 1972, Simonson was assigned several short stories by DC Comics, launching his professional career. Soon after, his work caught the eye of well-respected writer and editor, Archie Goodwin, who was searching for an artist to draw a new backup feature in Detective Comics. While totaling a mere 70 pages in its entirety, Manhunter went on to win three best story of the year awards for the pair and an outstanding new talent award for Simonson. Additionally, Goodwin won two consecutive best writer awards for the series. Continue reading The Art of Walter Simonson
Usagi Yojimbo(兎用心棒 Usagi Yōjinbō, “rabbit bodyguard”) is a comic book series created by Stan Sakai. Set primarily at the beginning of the Edo period of Japanese history, the series features anthropomorphic animals replacing humans. Miyamoto Usagi, the title character, debuted in “Albedo Anthropomorphic” #2 in November 1984 from Thoughts And Images. Fantagraphics then picked up the character, appearing in “Critters” and eventually landing his own monthly series. Usagi was also published for a time by Mirage Studios, the home of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, for 16 issues until 1996 when Sakai and his series found their current home with Dark Horse Comics. Continue reading The Art of Usagi Yojimbo