Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Robert Hunter



Images via: www.rob-hunter.co.uk

I got a gift certificate for Lucky's Comics for my birthday some time ago and finally had the chance to cash in on it a while ago. Amongst other things I picked up a copy of "The New Ghost" by Robert Hunter. No it's not for kids, of course, but man is it ever amazing.

I was drawn to it right away because of it's elegant and beautiful design and illustration. It really stood out like a little glowing gem on the shelves. I was excited right away about having found it, because I really haven't seen anything similar to Hunter's style and layout combination before. At first I was worried that it might be one of those comics that let the design aspect override the narrative and story as a whole, but turns out it's not. The images are so soft and beautiful but also dark and haunting at the same time. So perfect to complement the short bits of text that Hunter inserts to tell the story perfectly and strangely matter-of-fact. The overall story of a new ghost's first day on the job is all, beautiful and strange and sad.

Also interesting was checking out the artist's amazing website and finding out that "The New Ghost" was printed with only 4 spot colours. Great palette, and great idea. This comic of Hunter's is published by the fantastic Nobrow Press. Check out all their other publications too. So great! I pretty much love everything they publish!

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