But, today, let me call your attention to someone who's perhaps not as well known: Harold Edge. Edge is a 33-year-old artist working out of Yonkers, currently drawing Dynagirl for Red Handed Studios. His first professional comic was Sixgun Samurai for Alias in 2005. He went on to draw Fallen Justice for which he was nominated for the Project Fanboy Best Independent Artist award in 2009.
Although Edge has been drawing a lot of superheroes the past few years, his character designs don't follow after many typical conventions of the genre. Not so much with the basic costumes themselves -- they still have capes and chest emblems and all that -- but the way Edge draws them, they're often ill-fitting and dropped on differently proportioned body types. Very few characters look like they the perfectly toned guardians of justice that we've come to expect in comics.
Usually most women [in comics] are thin and slightly muscular. I always wanted to see a thick or husky woman getting the job done. "Meaty" woman win my heart time and time again. Needless to say DynaGirl isn't bony at all, she has a thick physique but isn't fat; there's a big difference.Edge doesn't have an easy way to describe his illustration style. Something between anime and American animation. Which points to his interest in movement. He doesn't just draw characters posing; they have a dynamism about them like they're always doing something even when they're standing still. Though his actual illustration style and design sense seem to have little obvious comparison, it's a technique that comic greats like Jack Kirby and John Romita Sr. always adhered to. They felt (rightly so, in my opinion) that a comic is much more interesting and compelling when the characters are doing something.
Edge may not be as well-known as Herriman or McGruder, but he's a very talented artist and worth keeping an eye on. I've only really studied his work on Dynagirl so far (hopefully, a situation I'll correct soon) but even within that, he's shown a range of abilities, handling major fight scenes and quiet, personal moments with equal skill and aplomb. Keep an eye on this guy!