ISSUE #61: Jenny Frison Video Interview – HeroesCon 2019
Hello boys and girls! I am still recovering (both physically and mentally) from HeroesCon this past weekend because it was the single best convention I have ever attended. There were so many creators in one room that, over the three days, I still was not able to meet and chat with everyone I had planned to. It is just that epic. Not only are there hundreds of creators, but also an enormous variety of dealers selling all manner of comics and related merch. There were books in the room I have never seen in my life and may never see again. Additionally, there was a fantastic CBSI showing and it was great to meet up in person with those guys and hang and talk funny books. Overall, this show is THE show for those that appreciate the real art of comic books. If that describes you, then this show is a must for you in the future.
Anyhow, this isn’t a ConRecon article, this is about Jenny Frison. It’s no secret to CBSI that Jenny is one of my favorite humans on the planet and arguably my favorite modern comic artist. Perhaps the single sweetest person in the room (and that is saying something as virtually all of the creators were incredible to talk to), Jenny graciously carved out a few minutes to chat with me and catch up about events since our last interview in Memphis in 2018. For those unfamiliar with that interview, you can check it out by clicking here.
So, click below for the video interview with Jenny and me (HUGE thanks to Brian at Simpleman’s Comics for piecing this together). Once done, scroll down for some “Cover Tunes style” selections from Jenny and the other artists we talk about in the interview. Enjoy, everyone!
PUBLISHED: Image Comics – December, 2013
ARTIST: Jenny Frison
I could talk all day about Jenny’s work and I have featured her a TON on Cover Tunes, in the past, but many of her not-so-well-known titles don’t get the same love as her mainstream ones such as Wonder Woman, Vampirella and Red Sonja do. There are some stand-outs amongst them such as this gorgeously serene Revival cover. Many of her indie covers go for serious money, now, such as her Hack/Slash covers and her Voltron variant. As she gets hotter and hotter, I expect more of these slightly more obscure covers to pop on the market as more and more people discover the beauty of them, especially since many of them have rather tiny print runs.
PUBLISHED: Dynamite Entertainment – July, 2018
ARTIST: Tula Lotay
An artist who has sprung up rather often over the past year, especially with variants, is Tula Lotay. I had the pleasure to meet her at HeroesCon, as well, and she is gracious and sweet as well as being extremely talented. She has an impressively (and surprisingly) large body of cover work over the past three or four years and there are many amazing examples out of the crop. Soon, she will get her own feature article, but for now, I hope this one tides you all over. Lotay has a very impressionistic style often using slashes of color washes and bold linework which really sets her apart from other current cover artists. Her work on female faces is particularly astonishing and there is a subtle suggestion of eroticism in much of her work. However, it is done beautifully and tastefully (even the really dirty stuff like her erotica variant for Faithless #1) rather than being brash and gratuitous.
I particularly love this Red Sonja cover because of the shadows cast over Sonja’s body. The main work is outstanding in-and-of itself, but those shadows and the understanding of the composition transform this cover from great to masterful. I expect more and more collectors to gravitate towards Tula’s work as the next year or two pass. Much like Frison, Del Rey and Dalton, many of her covers are on smaller print run indie titles. Thus, if you see something of hers you like, now is the time to jump.
NOTE TO VARIANT HUNTERS: There is a 1:20 incentivized virgin variant of this cover which is pretty scarce.
VANESA DEL REY
PUBLISHED: Dynamite Entertainment – August, 2017
ARTIST: Vanesa Del Rey
Another artist I had the pleasure to meet at HeroesCon was Vanessa Del Rey. Her art is bold, moody and unique both on covers as well as on interior sequentials. She is perhaps best known for her amazing covers on Redlands for which I’ve featured #5, in the past, or possibly her extremely visceral erotica variant on Faithless #2 that has a lot of people talking. She also had that EXTREMELY creepy clown “B” cover variant for Ice Cream Man #8. Del Rey has some other incredible work worth noting, though. Particularly, I love this Vampirella cover mostly due to the crosshatched line work and amazing perspective. There is a very raw quality to her work and that really shines on this cover.
PUBLISHED: Titan Publishing [Hard Case Crime] – February, 2018
ARTIST: Fay Dalton
If you’re not onto Fay Dalton, yet, you should start to be. This is my pick for up-and-comer in the biz and I know I’m not alone. I expect big things from her in the years to come. This cover is an excellent representation of her stand-out pinup style painted art and I am in love with it. Most recently, she did a cover for Red Sonja and Vampirella meet Betty and Veronica #1 which is starting to generate some buzz around her work. She was not at HeroesCon, but I hope to meet up with her, elsewhere this year.
And there you have it, folks. Next week, I have a similar treat for you all, so stay (cover) tuned. Until then, drop a comment and let me know your thoughts, be well, thanks for reading/watching and happy hunting.