Welcome to my weekly column showcasing up and coming or undiscovered talent, bringing to your attention creators that I feel will be break-out stars in the near future. Some are already well on their way to super stardom, while some are just on the outskirts breaking in.
Everyone has a favorite comic book creator. One they’ve discovered recently, or maybe followed from the very beginning of their career. Some have so many favorites it’s hard to choose just one.
Every single one of those creators started somewhere, be it by producing photocopied mini comics to sell at their neighborhood comic shop, getting a table in the artist’s alley at their local comic convention, publishing fan fiction, posting images to deviantart.com, or doing commissions through the internet or at conventions.
While I discovered his stuff through the wonders of Greg Rucka’s brilliant Queen & Country just a few years ago, Chris Samnee has been working in the industry for some time.
This Eisner Award and Harvey Award–winning artists unmistakable style has graced the covers and pages of Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDW, Vertigo, and Oni Press. His expressive brush has brought numerous fan-favorite characters screaming to life, including Thor, Captain America, Daredevil, The Rocketeer, and The Spirit.
Samnee’s art is brilliant, whether in stark black & white or color, and is as dynamic as anything by Jack “The King” Kirby, yet he has few comic runs under his belt for some reason. If his somewhat extended run on Daredevil is any indication, that will be changing, and soon!
The man is constantly drawing, whether for comics, fan commissions, the weekly sketch blog Comic Twart, or just for funsies. Samnee bleeds comics, and there can’t be a single character he hasn’t doodled at least once. He has an uncanny way of using negative space and shadow to tell a story with a single image, along with an impressive array of brush techniques rarely used in comics these days.
Samnee’s characters have such a vibrancy to them, simply bursting off of the page, and he has an impressive ability to switch between art styles, going from realistic to caricature effortlessly. And his attention to detail is simply insane! Seriously, his pin-ups have more going on in them than many whole issues.
He’s been working in the industry for a number of years, and has really been getting a bit of the spotlight recently, but I guarantee Chris Samnee will be a household name soon enough, because he is a Future Comic Rock Star.