2/5/08

Metamorphose


Here is an image I co-created with the lovely and talented Barbara Canepa to help promote the new "Metamorphose" imprint of Bande Dessinée (French "comic" books) for Soleil, a dynamic publisher in France. This image was used as a fold-out poster in a new Soleil catalog released for Angoulême, France's premier Bande Dessinée festival, which just occurred a week or so ago.

For those of you who may not know, Barbara Canepa is a talented artist and writer, and is behind the highly successful Sky Doll series (amongst several other things), which is soon to be published in the United States by Marvel Comics.

For this poster, I drew the basic layout and imagery based on Barbara's direction, and then handed it off to Barbara to finish. She tweaked the colors, re-arranged some of my drawn elements, and added the lettering to bring the whole thing together. The images in the ovals are from each of the three new series the poster is promoting. My part was drawn in pencil and colored in Photoshop.

As many of you must know, France is a world-leader in the production and appreciation of sophisticated, diverse, and beautifully executed sequential illustration. It would do most of the American comics audience a world of good to look beyond their fetishistic fascination with putridly colored men-in-tights to the wonders being drawn in France and around the globe.

Joshua

18 comments:

Scott Forbes said...

Amazing!
You are so flexible with your work. You can go and create an epic illustration, then turn it around with some superhero work, and then you dabble in graphic design (a la Mucha etc).

Great work as usual J!

Scott

Steve99 said...

Uhuhuh I have see this work on blog of dear friend Barbara Canepa, and I have take this flyer on Angouleme some days ago; is amazing! -_^

ciauz
Steve99

Kate said...

Fantastic work ... and I totally agree with you on your last comment. I think comics are one of the most flexible mediums for passing between different cultures and countries, and I wish it happened more often!

Saskia said...

i had no idea that sky doll wasn´t translated for america yet, considering that it is quite some time ago since it was first published.
You really should do comics for french ausdience, it would be so fitting :) Your style is beautiful.

John 'Roc' Upchurch said...

lol! putridly colored men-in-tights?
they do it right in europe tho...stuff like skydoll and blacksad turned me on to them....and of course Claire Wendling. its' all so masterful.

vincentbd/Renton said...

I've seen it in my friend's blog, Barbara, and it's wondeful !!! Wowww !! Thanks for this very nice work !

Chrispy said...

Nice josh.

Yeah man, im in the works with Soleil right now, im pretty excited about whats about to happen to American Comic fans once this year is said and done.

i've always felt that your work was way better suited for the Album format....ahem, cough* "Sky Between Branches cough*............nuff said, PEACE!

MILLUS said...

cool - I like it
maybe the letters/font needs a shiny colour

Althalus said...

@Saskia:
Umm... Sky Doll 1-3 (which is all there is, right now) has already been published in English, in a special issue of Heavy Metal magazine in 2006. But I hope the Marvel/Soleil edition will do better (I mean, just look at that cover... ick...).

Stewart said...

Yay for French comics.

holly said...

I honestly can't remember the last time I saw such a stunning collaboration.

Diantres said...

"As many of you must know, France is a world-leader in the production and appreciation of sophisticated, diverse, and beautifully executed sequential illustration. It would do most of the American comics audience a world of good to look beyond their fetishistic fascination with putridly colored men-in-tights to the wonders being drawn in France and around the globe"

Tex Added to my "quoted for the truth" list =)

great work Mr.Middleton.

Brian said...

I was very excited about the Marvel/Soleil deal and I'm looking forward to getting to read Humberto Ramos's space opera, "K."

COMIKXGUY said...

i agree with kate, john, and of course crispy

ramos - space opera? cool

ya beat me to it this time brian :)

Illustrator's Lounge said...

This is ridiculously good! inspiring stuff.

Geo

Dan szilagyi said...

I'm really glad to hear you say that about comics, i don't have a problem with the standard super-hero in tights comic but i do wish that north america in general would look outside the box and explore different things, and not be only interested in making money.

great work~

Shelly said...

I'm a big fan of both your and Barbara Canepa's work and I was delighted to hear (well, "read") that the two of you are working on a project together :-) Cheers!

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