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  1.  (201.1)
    Welcome!If you already know Mr Middleton's work, please say, because I'm becoming more and more perplexed by the number of people who shrug their shoulders in a sort of 'Idunno' manner when I talk about him!

    His work was some of the first to break me into american comics, and he is probably the living avatar of the great pencilling god.
  2.  (201.2)
    Oh yeah, I fucking love that guy. I remember reading Nyx and was just in awe of the facial expressions, the humanity he gave those characters. And the colors -- don't even get me started on those orgasmic colors. Wheew! Unbelievable. He's one of the best.
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      CommentAuthorC.c.
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007 edited
     (201.3)
    I did not know him specifically before that link as I don't read too many of the X-books, for one, but I definitely have some issues with his cover art. Really nice stuff. I'm happy to join the club, even if I'm late to the party. Here's hoping I'll see him around more.
  3.  (201.4)
    "Here's hoping I'll see him around more."
    Hopefully! He's been on a DC exclusive for a good while now, and they've been doing nothing but throwing him covers and giving him slightly obscure heroes to draw. I think he's working on something big that he can't talk about though.
    One day I'm sure he's going to go back to work on his original, Sky Between Branches, and then I'll be a happy man!
  4.  (201.5)
    I really, really, really love his art. I can't tell you how many times I've come up with a concept that I can only imagine him illustrating. It seems a little unfair that he's being used primarily on shit DC work right now, though I'm sure he's enjoying the money and attention it garners (which he deserves). I'm still impatiently awaiting The Sky Between Branches.
  5.  (201.6)
    I was blown away when I picked up the #0 of Sky Between Branches, and ever since then on pretty much everything he does. His 'falling out' or whatever at Marvel, and the fact that he didn't finish up NYX was just a tragedy. In my eyes he captures the feeling of there actually being objects moving through space on the page in a phenomenally graceful, gorgeous way.

    I think it's not really that surprising that people don't know who he is though. He needs a good, complete run on a book before he'll really stick in people's heads. And that cover work is all very gorgeous, but I can't help but feel he's being wasted.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
     (201.7)
    Definitely some love for him here, great lines and even greater colors, always a delight to see a new image come through on the RSS feed.
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      CommentAuthorBen
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
     (201.8)
    Goo! I must see more of this. Anyone have any recommendations as to what I should look for?
  6.  (201.9)
    Ahh, it's so great to hear (see?) other people saying the same sorts of things! ^_^ His work really does just have an indefinable 'presence'.

    "Goo! I must see more of this. Anyone have any recommendations as to what I should look for?"

    Hmm... well, check out NYX (published by marvel), although bear in mind that the last few issues weren't drawn by him, but another artist attempting (and failing) to emulate his art style.
    Hit ebay for a copy of Sky Between Branches #0 (the only issue ever made) too. Other than that he did Superman/Shazam: First Thunder! for DC, which is a laugh and well done, but doesn't really showcase his work properly.
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      CommentAuthorFredrik
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2007
     (201.10)
    He's awesome, I loved the art in Nyx, can't get enough of it.
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      CommentAuthorJacen
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2007
     (201.11)
    He's fantastic. Watching him grow from Meridian at Crossgen into what he is now was inspirational. He is also a hell of a nice guy if you get to chat with him at cons. I think this Serenity piece is my favorite:

    serenity
  7.  (201.12)
    Ah, I forgot about his work on Serenity! Such a shame his designs weren't used in the movie :(
  8.  (201.13)
    i caught some of his stuff what seems ages ago on some indipendent digital publisher, even before NYX....have been a fan ever since. Would love to see this guy dig into some fantasy stuff.
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      CommentAuthorTelecart
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2007
     (201.14)
    Love his stuff. Bought a print off eBay even. Shame he doesn't actually do any interior work today...
  9.  (201.15)
    @Telecart

    Did you check out his Superman & Shazaam miniseries?
    • CommentAuthorrobb
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2007
     (201.16)
    he's the one of the first people to successfully meld eastern facets of anime and manga with western traditions of character illustration. so many others fail and seem too intentional to cop a specific style. his drawings look effortless. the elasticity in a lot of his work reminds me of Istvan Banyai whose books everyone should buy. some of the overtly sexual poses and framing in the xbooks and dc stuff bothers me, but is totally appropriate for "american virgin." i'll shut up about that though, it might have been the editors pushing him? or maybe that's another thread: which came first: artists drawing the gratuitous superheroine crotch shots or the editors requesting them?
  10.  (201.17)
    Love his stuff. Bought a print off eBay even. Shame he doesn't actually do any interior work today...


    Actually, check the blog on his site. He does do the occasional odd interior bit at DC and like someone else said, there's something else that may be lurking. But I suppose he's another one of those "too good to nail down to a monthly schedule" artists. Bah.
  11.  (201.18)
    "he's the one of the first people to successfully meld eastern facets of anime and manga with western traditions of character illustration."

    Certainly one of the first over here. I personally love his work for the extent of which it draws upon the Golden Age of Illustration, which I'm also rather in love with (and interestingly heavily overlaps Japonisme).
  12.  (201.19)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I noticed his name on Nyx, what an awesome book, but i did throughly enjoy the artwork in meridian(That was before i gave a shit about who the artist was).

    I kinda forgot about him when he went to DC, at least until he did the covers for Amercian Virgin. If he did the interiors on a non-DCU book, i'd be compelled to buy it.

    Wheres that serenity pic from, i hadn't seen it?
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      CommentAuthorTelecart
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2007
     (201.20)
    @Harchangel - That was ages ago. And it wasn't very good, IMHO. He shouldn't be working on superhero fluff I think.