The graphic style used by comic book illustrators has long been seen as something of a poor man's art form, but few mediums give us such a timely glimpse into our culture. The ultra-violent, vivid and kinetic imagery is a pretty telling barometer of our life and times. After 9-11, for example, comic books were uber-patriotic: Panels were splashed with red, white and blue, and troops were honored at every turn. Lately, though, the superhero serials have taken a bit of a dark turn with apocalyptic themes in spades and pages more saturated with hues of blood than with any sort of optimism. It's a highly reactive medium, which makes it no less of an art form than any other contemporary graphic rendering.... More >>>