Wednesday, 9 July 2014

New Kyle Baker: Benevolence

I'm a huge Kyle Baker fan and I'd love for him to do more comics that were solely his- written and drawn by him. Baker's still working in comics and animation, doing covers, collaborating on books: he did a sequence of pages in The Fifth Beatle, for example, and he's been getting fans like myself excited of late by teasing a number of projects he's working on, stating on his Twitter that he's completed work on at least 5 comic books -one of which seems to be a collection of pin-ups and drawings, another that omnibus edition of Why I Hate Saturn and The Cowboy Wally Show, and is looking to get them published and distributed. I'm not sure how close that is to a reality, but there's nothing more I would love to be so. 

What piqued my interest was a number of pages and art Baker's posted on his Tumblr, where he's pretty active, of one of these new books, a black and white comic called Benevolence. And man, it looks fantastic. Every which way. Bit of humour, bit of action and drawn the bejeezus out of. Baker's been talking about using more blacks (under advisement of Frank Miller) and looking to Alberto Breccia for inspiration, and this little run of art and pages just makes me want him to come back to comics full time right now. Preferably yesterday. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I don't understand why when we talk abut the big 'canon' like names in comics, Baker is so rarely discussed- his work is head and shoulders above a lot of that which is regularly in that mix- and still fresh, still contemporary- there's still no-one to match the kind of shit he was doing.