I read this cool article by Josh Flanagan over on Ifanboy asking if there are any superstar artists anymore. Read it here. ifanboy.com/articles/are-there…
I don't know what I'm talking about most of the time. I can easily have my views changed since its all a bit trivial, but this is how I see it currently. Feel free to change my mind! Discuss!
Ive said this before but it seems like there are two main types of comic readers. There are character fans, and comic fans. Nothing is wrong with either! But character fans make up MOST of the comic reading, and they love their characters, so they are mainly a DC fan or Marvel fan, a certain character from their youth fan. Its what sells the most, its what most comic shops make most of their money from. It's all fine and good. But to them, I think mainly the characters (not the creators) are the real superstars for them. They'll buy the comic most of the time no matter WHO draws it. Of course if a known name is attached to the title it'll boost it even more. But it seems the MAIN boost comes from the character for these fans. Proof is when a known creator does a new creator owned title, the numbers on that are MUCH smaller, even if book is loads better than their book they did with a known character. The known nostalgic character wins over new characters for these fans.
Now a comic fan cravings are different. They want comics, not just characters. They want new ideas, new worlds, new stories, new characters. They are open to buying creator-owned/indie books. They will buy big two books if they look good, but not just because a certain character is in it. This group is small compared to the other group. And sure, there is some spill overage, it's not a definite line in the sand. I like to think this group is similar to movie fans (which is most people we know right?). Moviegoers do like to see same creators/actors at times but seem more open to new ideas, sure there are those that are ONLY into horror or something but most people seem to be open to lots of different movies, actors, and directors. It does seem that when you mention comics to non-comics readers they think superheros, mainly big 2 superheroes. And I think that's the norm with the majority of comic readers as well, when they think comics, they think marvel or DC, anywhere else is just not important to them. But comic fans are more similar to the norm of moviegoers I think.
So when people wonder where the superstar artists are these days, I think it's fair to ask, superstar to what group? But a superstar is someone backed with a large audience right? So how can an amazing artist that does not work for big two ever be a superstar artist if they aren't backed by the majority of where most of the comic reading public is? They cant. But at the same time, Its hard to be a superstar artist at the big 2 when people there are mainly buying the book because of the super stardom of the character anyway.
So, there are no more superstar artists. Just personal favorites, that I think still deserve the title superstar even if they aren't backed by the majority of comic readers. So I will use that word when I wish.
My top 5 current list of superstar artists.
Sean Gordon Murphy