Let’s face it – there is a ton of crap out there, and some of the best stuff doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. To help you, my loyal and scarce readers (Hi Mom), we present the first installment of a soon-to-be-regular feature focused on unearthing some of those overlooked treasures.
For our first installment, I present Comic Twart.
On the surface this is a collective sketch blog, but the collection of talent here is impeccable. Mitch Breitweiser, Urban Barbarian, Ramón Pérez, Evan “Doc” Shaner, Dan McDaid, Steve Bryant, Mitch Gerads, Declan Shalvey, Ron Salas, Tom Fowler, Nathan Fairbairn, Andy Kuhn, Chris Samnee, Patrick Stiles, and the apparent ringleader Francesco Francavilla. I confess to not knowing many of the names initially, with the exception of Breitweiser, Fowler, Shaner, and Samnee, but blog has “introduced” me to new (to me) talent that I might not have discovered otherwise. Francavilla and Salas have been revelations.
In addition to the talent, the weekly topics are fried gold. The collective seems to have an affinity for black and white pulp and noir. Each week a member of the group selects a character to be drawn by the other members – this week Andy Kuhn has selected John Carter of Mars. Earlier it was Zorro and the Rocketeer, but also Johnny Recon, Clara de Noche and Torpedo. So not only am I learning about new artists, but also characters and storylines.
Cast your peepers on just a sampling of the Comic Twart offerings . . .
Johnny Recon by Ron Salas
Johnny Recon by Francesco Francavilla
Black Beetle by Mitch Breitweiser
Torpedo by Evan “Doc” Shaner
Rocketeer by Declan Shalvey
Zorro by Chris Samnee