Frazer (right) pokes
out own eye while eating Chinese food.
Frazer Irving is hardly known in the States, but that's
likely to change. Currently he's best known in the UK for his work for
sci-fi weekly 2000 AD but I've known him a little longer.
Frazer frowns at the lack of lighting
bought a huge small press book he drew called The Man Who
Learnt To Fly at a British convention
years ago. We then started to knock heads at conventions
afterwards, and it was fun to see him move from small press
artist, to drawing small Future Shocks strips for 2000AD
before quickly graduating to the ongoing serials last year,
through Necronauts, A Love Like
Blood and then Storming Heaven. He's won the Best Newcomer
Award at the British National Comics Awards two years in
a row (yes - we're not exactly sure how that happened) and
he now gets decent sized signing lines. He remains, however,
a 'nice' unassuming fellow with a very low alcohol tolerance
indeed. As a result, he's always up for much fun.
Irving is everything you loved about Mike Mignola, squeezed
through Garry Leach's lines, David Lloyd's stylistic sense,
Kelly Jones' sense of the horrific
with a hefty dose of Arthur Ranson, Rick Geary, Steve Bissette
and Rick Veitch. And yet he's none of these things. He's
an international talent waiting to happen.
a gallery of intricate, yet smooth artwork, worries are
that his future will be cut short by a Frank Quitely/Brian Bolland speed regime. Thankfully, he can pencil
and ink a page a day. When he's not in Croatia that is, pursuing
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