Tripwire’s 101 Greatest Comic Artists Of All Time: No.78: Sean Phillips

No.78: Sean Phillips

Phillips started his professional career drawing for UK girl’s comics like Bunty, Judy and Nikki while he was still at school. He was part of the wave of British comic artists in the 1980s who came to prominence thanks to 2000AD, Crisis, New Statesmen and The Judge Dredd Megazine thanks to his graphic lines and dynamic storytelling. Words: Joel Meadows

 

His work there got him noticed. So he shifted to working for DC’s Vertigo imprint, inking Michael Lark on Scene Of The Crime. This series was written by Ed Brubaker, a creator he would return to consistently collaborate with extensively later in his career. He drew a long run on Wildstorm’s Wild.C.A.T.S series before returning to team up with Brubaker on Sleeper.

Phillips also drew a long run on Vertigo’s Hellblazer series with writer Paul Jenkins.

The artist drew two successful Marvel Zombies series in 2006 before co-creating noir series Criminal with writer Brubaker at Marvel’s now-defunct Icon imprint. Phillips has continued to collaborate with Brubaker, with the team now settled at Image. Three original graphic novels have been published by Image from the team and the pair have won a multiple number of Eisner awards.

The artist has also been able to leap from company-owned properties to creator-owned characters with consummate ease.

Phillips has also created DVD and Blu Ray covers for companies like Arrow and Criterion and his understanding of the language of cinema has helped him carve a niche in this field as well.

It is Phillips’ cinematic sense of composition and his eye for classic comic page layouts that has made him one of the most in-demand modern comic illustrators. He is also able to jump between traditional painting and digital art creation with seamless skill that puts him near the top of today’s modern comic art practitioners.

 

JM

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