Who is your favourite comic book artist or writer (if you have one)?
My favorite writer is Grant Morrison. The dude is a mad genius and he's incredibly creative. He's unparalleled by any of the writers working in today's industry. My favorite artist would have to be Ryan Ottley. He gives this great three-dimensionality to his work and boy, does he know how to make action and gore look great. His art is like a milkshake for the eyes.
Favorite Writer: Grant Morrison
Great concepts and originality, shows a real love and understanding of the art-form, and also wrote many of my favorite comics (All-Star Supes, JLA). As My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way puts it, "Morrison has more ideas in his pinky than most people do in their lifetime."
Favorite Artist: Bryan Hitch
No other artist (except perhaps Ross) embodies photo-realism as well as this guy. While his recent work has taken a downturn, his pencils from Authority, JLA, and Ultimates are some of the best in superhero comics. He brings a sense of verisimilitude to every panel, and despite the realism of his work, his pencils always have an action-packed dynamism to them. Also, the eight page spread from the Ultimates 2 more or less cements Hitch's place in the comic artist hall of fame.
Writer - Brubaker and Busiek.
I love the noir/crime/espionage stories that Brubaker writes and his run on Captain America/Winter Soldier, is probably my favorite of all time. Really enjoy his creator owned work as well. Busiek is my favorite Superhero writer with his Avengers run. Kang Dynasty, Ultron Unlimited, and Avengers Forever are three of my top five favorite Avengers stories of all time.
Artist - Steve Epting and Brian Hitch
I prefer art that looks as realistic as possible and these two are my favorite.
I started making a list of Writers/Artist I like. (I like more but I just started making this list, so it's not complete)
- Alan Burnett (Superman/Batman)
- Barbara Kesel (Superboy V3)
- Christopher Yost (Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes)
- Chuck Dixon (Nightwing)
- Geoff Johns (Sins of Youth #03, Blackest Night)
- Jeph Loeb (Superman/Batman)
- Joe Casey (Superman/Batman)
- Karl Kesel (Superboy V3)
- Michael Green (Superman/Batman)
- Mike Johnson (Superman/Batman)
- Tom Grummet (Superboy V3)
- Ardian Syaf (Superman/Batman)
- Carlo Barberi (Sins of Youth #03)
- Dustin Nguyen (Superman/Batman, Nightwing)
- Rafael Albuquerque (Superman/Batman)
- Tom Grummet (Superboy V3)
Oh, and it's only pre-52 ;)
Going by long-runs on books (and that I read mostly DC) --- because we could be here all day if we break it down issue by issue -- I'd say my favorite writer is Geoff Johns. With things like JSA (v2 & the beginning of v3), Green Lantern, and Teen Titans, I think he really captures the classical heroic themes. (For shorter runs, Grant Morrison's JLA & Jeph Loeb's Superman/Batman are some of my all-time favorites).
Artist....I'd have to say Jim Lee, but I can't really say I've gone over them all and compared & contrasted. To echo the 4th post, I also have been loving Ryan Ottley's art in Invincible.
@Superguy1591: Waid doesn't get enough credit, IMHO. I think people know he's good, but he's really much better than that. I was disappointed that his line at the Baltimore Comic Con wasn't as long as Scotty Snyder's. (And I love Snyder as well.) I mean, I was kinda glad also, because it made getting his autograph easier. I assume you're reading Daredevil and Indestructible Hulk? Have read Irredeemable and Incorruptible? Empire? His old Flash stories? Everything the guy does (that I've read) is anywhere from "Very Good" to "Phenomenal"