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Mike Norris
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Again, I cannot overemphasize the importance of those "gesture" drawings. Artists in the audience, persuade friend or family to help you with this. Strike a pose for ten seconds.
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Very true. In art art school gesture drawings were very important, even though at the time I was thinking "why are we spending so much time doing this?"
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JB: "...I would never capture the photorealism of Neal Adams, or the power of Jack Kirby, or the grace of Joe Kubert, the anatomy of Gil Kane, the quirkiness of Steve Ditko..."

Ah. So you're the Composite Superman... Artist.
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When I was getting into the Biz I realized I would never capture the photorealism of Neal Adams, or the power of Jack Kirby, or the grace of Joe Kubert, the anatomy of Gil Kane, the quirkiness of Steve Ditko, so I decided to pursue something really kind of absurd in this gig: subtlety.

That's what I'm going after with the twist of a wrist or the cocking of an eyebrow.

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You succeed, always. Also -- you are REALLY fearless in your use of perspective. You draw from angles that many artists would never dream of (Neal Adams excepted).

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Human anatomy.

While JB was good from the start he's refined his work over the years and draws bodies that look like real physiques - from the ideal heroic physiques to the wide range of "normal" bodies, fat and thin, male and female, young and old.

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Can I just say "Marvel"? 

I love how JB populates normal surroundings with...stuff.  Garbage, books, furniture, cars (oh, the cars!), architectural features, a drink in a character's hand, framed photos, scuffs on walls...all the things we see and yet don't see everyday in real life.  And all perfect for whatever time period or world we are enjoying at moment. 
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 QUOTE:
I love how JB populates normal surroundings with...stuff. Garbage,
books, furniture, cars (oh, the cars!), architectural features, a drink in a
character's hand, framed photos, scuffs on walls...all the things we see and yet
don't see everyday in real life. And all perfect for whatever time period or
world we are enjoying at moment.


That's one of the reasons I sometimes dig JB's civilian moments more than his
superhero stuff!
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I think I got that from Giles, the British editorial cartoonist. He invariably had things going on in every corner of his drawings.
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Rebecca Jansen
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We had a couple of those Giles books, I used to stare at a single page for quite awhile, so much to see going on! The old Mad called them 'potzrebies'. :^)

Richard Scary cute animals in clothes in elaborate town scenes had a similar appeal only they were the clean and nice variety, I guess another generation had to settle for Where's Waldo. There was a Canadian political cartoonist who was very similar to Giles called just Norris, and we had one of his books. There used to be a lot of English-Canadian stereotypes in his, such as some 'Major' character having fortified tea in the Bengal lounge at the Empress Hotel and grumbling about 'standards have fallen'. And of course the near-Pythonesque Mum with hair in curlers and drippy nosed brats running amok, and they wonder why the birth-rate declines! :^D
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 JB wrote:
I decided to pursue something really kind of absurd in this gig: subtlety.

An interesting side effect of this was that your work on Alpha Flight specifically was a major gateway drug for me to alternative/independent/art comics (or whatever we're calling them this week).  The small scale stakes of the narrative structure and stillness of the art that eschewed over-the-top kozmik craziness and refocused on low-key character dynamics and believable interior lives (with body language to match) really called out to me when I was in my early teens and made me seek out more like it... which I think I'm still doing.
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I love Byrne tech.
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I guess it's not a specific thing, but JB's use of perspective is my favorite aspect of his work. His versatility with the imaginary camera makes his work feel like he was on set, directing as much as drawing. 
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From time to time, people have told me I should be doing storyboards in Hollywood. My response is to point out that comics and storyboards, while similar, are not the same, and that a movie shot with as many camera angles as I use in a single page would make BLAIR WITCH look like it was shot on stedicam.
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ALPHA FLIGHT
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I had an entire thread based upon my views but it was deleted...so...I will NEVER post my views here again...GOOD DAY!
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Good riddance, jackass.
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I really like the Byrne shadows! They are not that many, but when needed, perfect!
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Cities/Kingdoms/Hidden Lands/etc.....

Attilan,
Doomstadt
New Genesis
The Blue Area of the Moon
Metropolis
The Savage Land

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