The Art Of Amanda Conner (book review).

October 3, 2021 | By | Reply More

As you might have noticed from my reviewing the graphic novels of Harley Quinn and Power Girl, I’ve quickly become a fan of Amanda Conner’s artwork. Oddly, there have only been three books about her art and this one is regarded as the best one. The other ones appears to be reprinting her comicbook strips, this one, ‘The Art Of Amanda Conner’ contains her bibliography and samples of her art from most of the companies she’s worked for. As the 2012 shows, this is pre-Harley Quinn but as you’ve bought that by now, this one just fills the gaps.

Conner explains she likes drawing expressive faces sans masks, so she’s drawn to some characters more than others. Considering the number of photos of her gurning, that is making funny faces, I wasn’t surprised at that. Seeing her work unpainted, I can see why she praises her usual colourist, Paul Mounts, for giving her art depth. It doesn’t mean she can’t do detailed work but she works with line economy, blending a cartoony look with its own form of realism. The facial expressions and body language are a key selling point.

There’s a good selection of art including some pin-ups. I love the Tigra one. If there’s anything missing, then its samples of her work for ‘Mad Magazine’. There are still some copies out there, so don’t miss out.

GF Willmetts

October 2021

(pub: IDW Desperado, 2012. 224 page large illustrated hardback. Price: I pulled my copy for about £18.00 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-60010-950-8)

check out websites: www.idwpublishing.com and www.desperadopublishing.com


Category: Books, Illustration, Superheroes

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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