Ashley Wood Needs Your Help

15 Jul

Ashley Wood is the kind of comic book artist I should really hate.  His books don’t just not have a story, they have utterly absurd incoherent plots.  One can hardly fault the writer — everything looks to be based around Wood’s painterly brush strokes, which are just plainly absurd and “artsy” when compared to the maybe more utilitarian purpose of most art in comics.  As a person who writes, I should be angry — here’s an artist that sort of pushes words out of the way so that he can draw cool things.

Thing is, he is really fucking good at what he does.  Reading through Robots vs Zombies, I didn’t care that the story made no sense or that the characters had no time to develop.  Even though some have complained that his style and drab colour palette can lead to it all blurring, every scene is evocative.  But evocative sounds too fancy for what it is — it looks fast, artfully sketchy, and stylish.  Everything he draws looks pretty goddamn cool.

I first picked up on him when I started reading the Metal Gear graphic novels — one of my first forays into comics at an older age.  He pulled off Yoji Shinkawa’s speedpainterly style so well, it took me a second to realize it was Wood’s work.

He’s an artist’s artist, and it’s clear he paints because he’s been able to get away with making a living off it.  I still hope he comes into his own and finds a writer that fits his scene-by-scene style that is extreme even for comics, and he pulls off something that has the added weight and meaning of a good story.

But until then, support the guy!

His next book, FUCKIT NUMBER 2 has been dropped by his publisher, and he’s trying to self publish.  Give him a once over and if you like his style, keep tabs on this next release.


One Response to “Ashley Wood Needs Your Help”

  1. Natasha January 19, 2011 at 5:14 am #

    I love love love Ashley Wood. I would agree that he’s not a writer, his style is so pecular that it’s beautiful. The sketchiness is really drives the action.
    I’m an aspiring graphic novelist myself, although I spend a good deal of my time on the story and character development is very important to me. I’m hoping to create books with compelling characters and epic stories, while utilizing my own brand of “Wood” style sketchiness. We’ll see how that goes.

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