Three comic legends walk into an art studio

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I don’t know if I’d say comics has a lesser proportion of total shitbags - creators in that medium might just as a whole be less visible than folks in cinema? Comics has vocal misogynists like Dave Sim, Bill Willingham, Scott Adams, and J. Scott Campbell, Objectivists like Steve Ditko, racist hawkish conservatives like Frank Miller, and sex pests like Warren Ellis. Some of the most widely distributed comics ever are the tracts of Jack Chick, theocratic fascist, racist, misogynist, homophobe.

I know the OP notes in a caveat that “[t]here are a few controversial creators in the medium,” but I don’t know if it’s so small a number as to just be brushed off in a caveat.

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Don’t forget Robert Crumb! Also Frank Cho, Milo Manara…

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“He’s gotta be huge.”

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As a fifth grader me and my pals drove across the state to the 1995 San Diego ComiCon. We had a book we had made ourselves for fun then the parents paid for 50 copies from Kinkos. This amazing guy out of Oakland let us use half of his booth and we sold out quick despite charging $25 for each. He wrote ‘Cyber Zone’ which was super rad wish I still had them. He also wrote Malice and Evil for kids, my children love it.

Anyways I got to spend time around comic artists and the speed and skill was breathtaking. This video was reminiscent.

Also SDCC was full of porn back then, my mom almost lost her shit.

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I both love and not hate but dislike Rob Liefeld. His bombastic style I completely ate up in high school. But older me found his lack of fundamentals distracting. Being able to draw realistically and the know where and what to exaggerate makes a great comic artist.

He also was a dummy with business. It is a messy story, but he got kicked out/left Image due to shady practices.Though I haven’t heard anything bad about his business since then. He also managed to lose the rights to his Youngblood characters, though that was partly due to shady dealings from another party, IIRC.

That said, he seems to be a true fan and genuinely excited to talk about and do comics. A 1 in a million long shot where lack of raw talent was made up for with his fan boy exuberance.

Now Todd McFarlane is both a good artist, but an excellent businessman. A fan of his work or not, he found a way to make money at it. Though in the early days of image he was dumb with handshakes and verbal agreements.

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