Saturday, December 20, 2008

ANGEL: SMILE TIME #1 5-page preview

The first issue of our 3-part take on the classic Angel "Smile Time," courtesy of writer Scott Tipton and artist David Messina:





23 comments:

Brian Lynch said...

That is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Is that supposed to be Fred, on that last page? Because it does not look much like her.

Chris Ryall said...

"Is that supposed to be Fred, on that last page? Because it does not look much like her."

Let's run that image side by side with your own drawing of Fred and let the fans decide.

PatShand said...

Any chance Messina will show up as an artist down the line on the current Angel (AtF, Aftermath, what's next?) series? His work on the earlier Angel books was pretty good, but the dude's at like an elevated status now. His art in Spike's "First Night" tale was amazing, and this preview even shows improvement from that. That fourth page with Fred and Knox is crazy good.

Matt said...

"Let's run that image side by side with your own drawing of Fred and let the fans decide."

Because I'm sure Anonymous is a professional artist. =p

Gaz said...

Regardless of how much comic!fred looks like Fred, can we at least agree that Anonymous has a right to express hers/his opinion, even if she/he isn't a professional artist, without being ridiculed? Let's promote democracy, people, not dictatorship.

Chris Ryall said...

"can we at least agree that Anonymous has a right to express hers/his opinion"

I welcome all opinions from people who don't post completely anonymously, sure.

Anonymous said...

Alright, here's my side by side comparison.

Mike said...

"Any chance Messina will show up as an artist down the line on the current Angel (AtF, Aftermath, what's next?) series?"

I was wondering the same.
Angel - The Curse was amazing.
Now he seems even better.
Really, really awesome colors!

Chris Ryall said...

"Alright, here's my side by side comparison."

Hah, I may not agree with you, but well-played, my anonymous friend.

Faces like Fred--and even to some degree Angel--can be somewhat tough because while attractive, they don't really have any distinctive features to use to easily identify them. Not in the same way Spike has the hair and the cheekbones or Lorne has, you know, the green skin and horns. But I think Messina does an amazing job both here and on the STAR TREK book.

As to the question of whether he'll do more Angel, that's definitely the plan when he finishes the STAR TREK book, yeah.

DAVID MESSINA said...

Thank you all for the compliments!
I'm really flatterde!
...but I want share the compliments wth Elena Casagrande which is at work with me on this book!

D.

Anonymous said...

I love reading Angel's book with David's art coz i think his likness with characters is pretty PERFECT!I cant wait to read more Angel stuff by him!!!!!!!Cheers!

Angie. ^_^

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