I'm a writer and artist, working mainly in comic books, and living in the South East of England (although I'm technically half Scottish and half English).
I'm the managing editor of Orang Utan Comics, group editor of AAM/Markosia, writer of Alpha Gods, Hypergirl and Hero: 9-5, and also do freelance inking and lettering work for the likes of AAM/Markosia, Slave Labour, Top Shelf, Image, Marvel/Panini and I letter the official Doctor Who graphic novels for BBC Books.
Orang Utan Comics - Alpha Gods - Hero: 9 to 5
I realize I talk mostly about writers and story things, and that’s a disservice to comics criticsm because art is at least one-half of the story, probably more. It’s one of my greatest self-diagnosed flaws as bringer of the teal deer, how I regularly fail to discuss panel layouts and framing choices when I talk about what comics mean.
So today I will tell you exactly why Greg Land is horrible.
People buy comics for many reasons. My writer colleague focuses on the story and writing, me being the arty-fartist, I look primarily to the art and colouring.
Reading more and more about Land’s ‘technique’ makes me quite reluctant to buy these books. To my eye, reused panels stick out sharply, and seeing badly-selected traces from photos is like seeing a spelling or a grammatical error that distracts you from the content.
Now, deadlines are always tight and shortcuts are inevitable, but when you wilfully choose to service your personal desires rather than serve the story and the characters, then we have a problem.
I think me feelings about Land’s work have been more than adequately documented on this blog recently. Land drawing a comic isn’t going to stop me buying a book that I’m already reading and loving the writing on. I’m not going to boycott Land drawn issues of Uncanny X-Men, Kieron’s writing is fab and, you know, it’s Uncanny X-Men… But Land’s art will, definitely, put me off picking up something new.