“ Any time you talk to anyone about something that they love, they’re, like, their most beautiful. It’s a cool gift to get to talk to people about what they love. ”
He had the solemn intensity of a Ping-Pong player who keeps his game very close to the table: knees slightly bent, wrist flicking the butter knife back and forth, eyes suggesting a kind of flow state.
It’s easy to snicker, but there’s a lot more to this story.
A confession: I’m not above rolling my eyes at the words “artisanal toast” … but honestly? I’m kind of into it.
I like that we’re capable of celebrating the most mundane things about the world.
I like that we can take literally any practice and elevate it into a craft.
Tradd Moore (artist) and Val Staples (colourist) are doing phenomenal work on All New Ghost Rider.
I don’t usually reread comics, but between Moore’s expressive lines, and Staples’ gorgeous colours, I keep going back for more. The art is…it’s difficult to describe. It’s as if someone took a thin, smoldering match and spun an entire world out of it.
This is one of my favourite panels from All-New Ghost Rider #2. Look at it. Actually look at how much motion and narrative they’ve packed into a sliver of time. It’s like a static animated gif - you can’t help but go back to the beginning, and it rewards you every time with something new.
My only critique of the art is that the Ghost Rider’s fire doesn’t actually seem hot. It’s this solid plume of loud light. I wish the fire looked like if you touched it, it would hurt.
If you aren’t currently reading this book, please consider giving it a try. There’s something wonderful happening here.
Adi Granov cover art for She-Hulk #3, 2004
We really don’t talk enough about the incredible work done by illustrators.