: "Cloonan's art grew on me throughout the series. Although there are some definite manga influences, her style draws on enough other sources that together it makes for a unique look. It also helps that Cloonan alters her style from one story to the next depending on the content so that even though the series has a distinctive look, each story is set apart from the rest."
on Channel Zero
: "I could go into great detail about what you need to look for as you read this book, how the information overload is on every page just like it's hitting us in the real world. And how the fake-ness of it all is exposed by the stark artwork and contrasting characters. But I can't really do justice to it. This book is a poem in comic book form. You can't really describe a poem and have your description do it justice. This is the same sort of thing. This is a book that is meant to be experienced. So, turn off your TV and go experience it already."
In Which We See A Page From The Upcoming Black Diamond and Receive Some Wisdom From Artist Jon Proctor
"...storytelling 101... keeping it simple. pulling camera out for dramatic pause. The mood here is nice foreshadowing. I like the way the inks sort of lead the eye. Much more coming soon, including color:
In Which We Kick The Week Off Right
Joey over at Graphic Novel Review
posts an in-depth review of the Demo
collection. Here's just a few choice gems:
"Demo, a collection of twelve short stories in comics form by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan, reminds me of a great album by some popular alt-rock band. Like the best alt-rockers, Wood and Cloonan twist the devices of mainstream pop to unusually thoughtful ends.
"It is true that
[Becky] flaunts her influences without coyness — they range from Hiyao Miyazaki to Frank Miller and Paul Pope (each story is drawn in a completely different style) — but she does so in an accomplished, knowing way, that betrays no hint of apprenticeship or naive imitation. She's not reaching for other styles because she doesn't have her own. It's neither an homage nor a swipe, when she does it, in other words, but something else altogether. It's a part of the story. It's integral to the structure of the book.
****The Comic Queen
teases us for her future Continuity
"Buzz about AiT/PlanetLar's newest book is rampant. Continuity by Jason McNamara and Tony Talbert is being solicited in this month's Previews, but the company has already released an electronic copy of the book. I haven't read it yet, so I won't comment, but it's in my virtual read pile, so expect words soon (pg. 218;$12.95; 104 pgs.).