Monday, March 24, 2008
OKKO: The Cycle of Water
Newly collected from Archaia (112-pgs, $19.95) is Okko by the French animation artist Hub (real name Humbert Chabuel). I haven't read it and thus am not reviewing it, only giving it mention because the art is quite attractive in a slick European/anime way. Booklist compares Hub to Moebius and Eisner.
And it seems like it's been quite awhile since this sort of appealing European-based fantasy art has surfaced on American shores (typically Heavy Metal magazine is the warehouse for much overwrought, often ugly, but often technically proficient in the extreme Euro-art; while NBM does repackage some of the finer stuff like Mattotti and Christophe Blain.
Anyway at a glance OKKO might not look out of place in something like the Flight anthology or Digital Manga Publishing's discontinued Robot anthologies (featuring Japanese artists also on this level of proficiency).
Posted by robert why at 3:14 PM