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James Woodcock
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Posted: 09 December 2019 at 6:03am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

What impresses me the most about George Perez (and I really hope I've not mis-remembered this), is that he retaught himself to draw, with his left hand.

And it still looks phenomenal.

If I've had some form of an aneurysm and made this up, move along, move along.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 09 December 2019 at 10:39am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I heard that about Frazetta, but not George. Somebody clue me in, please?
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Steve Coates
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Posted: 09 December 2019 at 12:37pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

It is true about Frank Frazetta. Never heard anything about George and when he was in Calgary in 2012 he was drawing with his right hand.
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 09 December 2019 at 2:56pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Right then, aneurysm it is then
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Sergio Saavedra
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Posted: 09 December 2019 at 5:02pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Anyway, though I love JB's art, I feel he is underrated as a writer. He is one of the best, IMO, and if I had to choose which side I prefer I might choose his writing.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 09 December 2019 at 5:17pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Me too!

(And thanks!)

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Richard Stevens
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Posted: 09 December 2019 at 5:28pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

It's all about the total package. When a strong artist is also a strong writer, that's when we get treated to stuff like when JB adds to the story with body language and subtle expressions. That's the sublime stuff, if you ask me.
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Wallace Sellars
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Posted: 12 December 2019 at 8:23am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

There's something special about a book drawn and written by a person who is equally adept at both. JB, Alan Davis, George Perez, Walt Simonson, etc.
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Craig Earl
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Posted: 14 December 2019 at 12:03pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

JB's stuff is so distinctive that I'm guessing every person on this forum could identify his work from a single panel. Over the years, there have been subtle changes but there is still that classic John Byrne look.

Obviously, whoever was on inking duties over this time is going to have an influence.

I loved Terry Austin, Joe Rubinstein & Dan Green's inks as well as JB's own finishes. I was less keen on Bob Wiacek's.  
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Ben Herman
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Posted: 29 March 2020 at 11:14am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I seem to recall at one point John Byrne hypothesized that when some people were saying "Your old stuff was better" what they *actually* meant was "I miss having Terry Austin inking your pencils."
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John Byrne

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Posted: 29 March 2020 at 12:24pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Exactly right.
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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 29 March 2020 at 3:56pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

The post about George Perez having to relearn to
draw because of some condition he experienced is
true to a degree. I recently was reading an old
"Amazing Heroes" interview where that period was
discussed (it happened in the late 1970s). Even
though I read ot not long ago, I didn't retain the
specifics. I will have to reread it again when my
city's quarantine is ended, as the magazine is
located inside my flea market booth, and the
business is shut down a few more weeks.
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