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Five For Friday #26—Comics’ Deep Bench
posted April 22, 2005

Name Five Living Cartoonists You Wish Published More Frequently

1. Al Columbia
2. Richard McGuire
3. Jeremy Eaton
4. Jessica Johnson
5. Richard P. Butler

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Alan David Doane

1. Robert Crumb -- I know he has a literal boatload of work in print, but the recent magazine pieces he has done have given extremely promising hints of what his current style is like. I would kill to see him do a complete, original graphic novel right now.
2. David Mazzucchelli -- Probably one of the greatest cartoonists alive, and yet we hardly ever see anything at all from him. The three issues of Rubber Blanket and the occasional anthology contributionleave me wishing for more, a lot more.
3. Adrian Tomine -- If he could put Optic Nerve out on a bimonthly basis, I could call my wife a regular comics reader and not be lying. The industry needs a New Mainstream that looks more like Tomine's blend of naturalistic humanism.
4. Rob Vollmar and Pablo Callejo -- The Castaways was nominated for an Eisner, and BLUESMAN Book One showed that not only was Castaways not a fluke, but that the creative team was capable of quick and measurable growth. I need Books Two and Three, and I need them now.
5. Gary Spencer Millidge -- I know Strangehaven's meticulous approach is demanding and time-consuming, but this is another yearly-or-so effort that I wish came out much more often.


Craig Fischer

Linzee Arnold
Steve Ditko
Michael Dougan
David Mazzucchelli
Carol Tyler


Benjamin Baylis

William Messner Loebs
Tom Mandrake
Dean Haspiel
David Yurkovich
Mark Buckingham


Evan Dorkin

Ivan Brunetti
Jay Stephens
Jim Woodring
Stephen DeStefano
Jamie Hewlett


Matt E.

Sam Henderson
Stephen R. Bissette
Jim Woodring
John Kerschbaum
Dave Sim


Andrew Mansell

1. Art Speigelman
2. Daniel Clowes
3. Charles Burns
4. Chris Reynolds
5. Seth


Colin Blanchette

1. Joe Matt -- The most underrated cartoonist out there. I think that the last three issues of Peepshow were brilliant. If he doesn't manage to leave behind any more work, it will be heartbreaking, especially since we know from his comics how aware he is of such things.
2. Robert Crumb -- I'll second ADD here. My reason is that since Kurtzman, Kirby, Barks, and now Eisner are dead, Crumb is last iconic cartoonist. I don't think many would argue that he is The Greatest Living Cartoonist. And I think we'd all like more work from him.
3. Brian Ralph -- I like his comics, but they read so fast. Can't somebody pick up where Highwater left off?
4. Dan Clowes -- I'm surprised he hasn't been mentioned yet. Before he was bit by the movie bug, he was on his was to being the best ever. I can't fault someone for wanting to make some real money and to try something different, but does Clowes want to be remembered as a mediocre screenwriter or as one the world's best cartoonists?
5. Alan Moore -- This might seem like a strange choice, but even in the small world of literary fiction Moore would be able to produce the works he wanted to. The economics of comics works against projects like From Hell and Lost Girls. I think he should keep some of the money from all of these shitty movies, and use it to make great comics.


Rob Vollmar

1. Jason Lutes
2. Danijel Zezelj
3. David Choe
4. Renee French
5. Dylan Horrocks


Jeff Newelt

1-Paul Pope
2-Philip Bond
3-Sophie Crumb
4-Robert Crumb
5-John Higgins


Ralf Haring

This question mostly lends itself towards artists, since their contribution takes so much longer to create than the writer's portion.

Walter Simonson - I can't get enough of his art.
Junji Ito - I loved the two series Viz has released and wish there were more.
Jose-Luis Garcia-Lopez - I'd like to see his art on something other than Got Milk ads.
Jose Ladronn - His post-Cable move to painting understandably takes longer to produce, but is so worth it.
Jason Lutes - Jar of Fools made me a believer. Yearly-or-more for new issues of Berlin is rough.

I thought of Alan Moore as well. Even though he's done a ton of stuff and still produces a lot of new work, more Moore is never bad.

[e-mailed later] I thought of one more that no one has mentioned yet, Katsuhiro Otomo. Huge impact, virtually no follow-up.


Milo George

Mat Brinkman
Victor Moscoso
Alex Toth
Yoshiharu Tsuge
Zeke Zekely


Aaron Ragan-Fore

1. Dylan Horrocks
2. Ellen Forney
3. Charles Vess
4. Tony Millionaire
5. Martin Nodell


Brad Curran

1. Mike Mignola
2. Frank Quitely
3. Philip Bond
4. Darwyn Cooke
5. Jim Steranko

All of these guys have had or will have work published in this calendar year (except Steranko), but still, I'd like to see more of it, especially from Cooke, whose work I really fell in love with after reading the New Frontier mini-series. I'm trying to figure out why the likes of Clowes and Ware don't rate for me here. I think it's probably a combination of not reading much of their work and the different expectations I have for indie comics publishing frequency as opposed to stuff from the "mainstream" companies, which is where all of the guys I listed are published.