Creating the Bat-Man: Bob Kane

Robert Kahn was born in New York City October 24, 1915. After he graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School at age 18 he legally changed his name – which hinted at his Eastern European Jewish descent – to "Bob Kane" and went on to study art at Cooper Union. His first job in 1934 was with th...


Tom Palmer: I ink like a superhero

Whenever a comic book is produced in the US, a number of artists play an important role. Division of work is in order - and this is not surprising: The industry's giant output must be maintained. As a side-effect, it is often the combination of different crafts that shapes a series and pro...


It's destiny: Gene Colan drawing comic books

Like many of the early and really great comic book artist Eugene Jules "Gene" Colan started drawing very early on. Born September 1, 1926 in New York City he created his first work of art at the age of three. Growing up in Bronx/Upper East Side the "Coulton Waugh" adventure comic strip "Di...


Japanese manga cyberpunk by Tsutomu Nihei

Publishers Weekly in its issue in June 2006 called Tsutomu Nihei the "William Gibson of manga cyberpunk". Born in 1971 the artist gained popularity in the US mainly through his work on Marvel's character "Wolverine" (Wolverine: Snikt! Tsutomu Nihei, Joe Quesada and others, 2003). Having st...


Francois Schuiten: Belgian comic book architect

About one week – that's the time Belgian comic book artist Francois Schuiten used for drawing one page of his book "La Théorie du Grain de Sable" (2009). Precious time he took because, as he said, he is sure it flows into the pages and reflects from them later on. You can't help but agree...


Moebius – Flight of a warrior

French artist Jean Giraud – better known as "Moebius" – was born May 8, 1938. He created his first comic books for Far-West in the mid-1950s. His breakthrough was initiated by the comic book wester series "Blueberry" which made him famous while he was still publishing under his real namen....


Marie Severin

Marie Severin was born in Long Island, New York on August 21, 1929. Her ambitions to become a "stained glass artist" somehow changed when her brother John Severin encouraged her to another career. Working as a comics colorist at EC Comics himself, he convinced Marie to join his profession....


Alberto Breccia

I first stumbled upon some of Alberto Breccias's original panels while visiting the international Frankfurt bookfair in 2010. Born April 15, 1919 in Montevideo, Uruguay, this exceptional artist has often been labeled as "one of the most unsettling of comics artists" in the last few years a...


Brian Wood

Brian Wood (born January 29, 1972) is a writer, illustrator and graphic designer from Brooklyn, New York. He was born in Essex Junction, Vermont and moved to New York City in 1991 where he graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1997 with a Bachelor's Degree in illustration. Created as...


Joe Sacco – Godfather of comic book journalism

There is a very short way to define a compelling mixture of excellent storytelling, exceptional comic art and the attractive presentation of historic facts and documentation: Joe Sacco. The Maltese-American, born October 2, 1960, has defined the word comics journalism unlike anyone else –...


Mohammed Shennawy

Mohammed Shennawy (*1978, Kairo), studied art and focussed on advertising early on. As a graphic designer and illustrator this is mainly how he earns his living ever since he graduated. From 2000 to 2009 he worked as a comic book artist for "AlaaEddin", an Egyptian kids magazine. He arouse...


Barrack Rima

How would you characterize a country like Egypt in all its diversity? What is essential to its past and its present and how can you possibly view the future? Barrack Rima, born 1972 in Lebanon, summed up the impressions of his 1995 journey to Egypt in a comic book. "Le Conteur du Caire" (T...


The double life of Magdy El-Shafee

Magdy El-Shafee (*1961 in Lybia) studied pharmaceutics and even today earns his money working in a chemical plant in Cairo. In the 1990s he was working as a marketing expert for the pharmaceutical industry – a job which he himself is very critical about and describes as: "full of hypocrisy...


Lorenzo Matotti – Outstanding artist

Ther are quite a few comic book artist who easily contradict the theory that comics and art have nothing to do with each other. Among them Lorenzo Mattotti is by far on of the most important ones. Born 1954 in Brescia, Italy he studied architecture. He took his first steps in the comic wor...


Enki Bilal

Enki (short for "Enes") Bilal was born October 7, 1951 in Belgrad – six yars after the end of Worls War II. He spent the first ten years of his life in this war shaken city together with his Yugoslavian father and his Czech mother. In 1960 the family emigrated to France under difficult cir...