Tuesday, December 16, 2008  
Sequential Holiday Wish List: Ronn Sutton

:: Posted by BK @ 12/16/2008 01:46:00 AM

Our next Holiday Wish List comes from cartoonist Ronn Sutton. Readers are encouraged to send Sequential their own responses to our survey. If you keep sendin' 'em, I'll keep runnin' 'em.

1. Name: I'm Ronn Sutton, comicbook penciler. My website is www.ronnsutton.com where you'll find about 100 pieces of my artwork including comic pages, illustrations, animation work and some of my courtroom sketches.

2. What was the best book published in 2008? (comix/manga/strips/history/webcomic/etc)

There were a number of notable publications in 2008. For my time & money, the most interesting were:

Steve Rude - Artist In Motion, the big hardcover artbook from Flesk Publishing. More than just a collection of Steve Rude's paintings, its an instructual guide by Rude on his technique and working methods. A bargain at any price.

Spanish artist Jordi Bernet, best known for his TORPEDO 1936 graphic novels, drew three or four issues of DC's JONAH HEX this year. Well worth checking out.

Running Press released THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST HORROR COMICS TP reprinting horror comics from the 1940s to the present day. At 544 pages all in one volume its a very big thick spooky read.

And Richard Corben returned to Marvel for a three issue HAUNT OF HORROR featuring adaptations of all H. P. Lovecraft stories. Now collected into one single hardcover volume, I believe, to match his previous series of all Edgar Allen Poe strips.

2. a) Best Canadian book?

Ballad of a Thin Man: In Search of Ryan Larkin by Chris Robinson for AWN Press is a slim book, but its an interesting tale. Ryan Larkin was once "the golden boy" animator of the National Film Board. In 1969 his brilliant short film "Walking" was nominated for an Academy Award and he became one of Canada's most influencial animators. Yet, years later he would end up living on the streets of Montreal as an alcoholic panhandler. The book chronicles the attempt of the Ottawa International Animation Festival to both honor him and get him drawing again. However, it was not to be. Book comes with dvd of Larkin's two best short films "Walking" and "Street Musique" as well as Chris Landreth's animated interview/documentary "Ryan" that did win an Academy Award in 2005.

3. What comic would you most like to receive as a gift?

Either ACTION COMICS #1 or DETECTIVE #27 would do nicely.

4. Was 2008 a good year for comics? Was it a good year for you? What effect will this recession thing have?

Over a 9 year period I penciled nearly 50 stories for Claypool's ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK. Since that title ended nearly two years ago I've been bouncing around from one comic assignment to another. The one I'm most proud of was "The Good Guys!" that appeared in FEAR AGENT #22 (Dark Horse - July 2008) that I did with writer/inker Hilary Barta. He and I will be working on a couple other projects that will be published shortly.

The recession has already affected publishers, creators and readers. It will continue to do so for some time to come. When readers have less spending money, they cut back on their purchases which hits publishers who are employing the writers, artists, etc. It hits everyone along the line. During a time of economic restrain, publishers are less willing to take chances on new or experimental titles, so there's likely to be fewer options for readers. The good news is that it won't last forever and eventually new titles and new companies will replace the ones we are currently losing.

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