Kickstart The Week: The Cartooon Art of Mike Deodato, Jr Vol. 1
Those of you that drop by fairly regularly may remember that I posted – this image – a couple of weeks ago. This week the KTW spot-light falls on a new project being launched by the artist behind that image, Mike Deodato, Jr.
The Cartoon Art of Mike Deodateo, Jr is a project that will collect together, for the first time, some of the more personal – non-superhero related – work of the well known, and prolific, comic-book artist. The cartoons set to be included in this volume were originally drawn as greeting cards for family members and friends over several years. As well as being markedly different from his work for Marvel, DC, Image, – et al – these cartoons reveal a warmth and humor reminiscent of classic newspaper strips like Calvin & Hobbes and Peanuts.
If you’re a fan of the artist, then this book will show you a side of the man, and his craft, you won’t usually get a chance to see. Moreover, whilst the strips are quite personal, those show-cased over at the kickstarter project page illustrate a style and tone much easier for a wider audience to relate to. A characteristic that is, unfortunately, not widely shared by many projects currently out there by fan-favorite comic artists and writers.
If you are a fan of the artist’s previous comic work, or if you just fancy seeing something good natured and fun, take a look at this project. If the couple of strips I’ve included here haven’t quite won you over, a quick look at the home-video promo – shot by, Paula, Mr Deodato’s wife – may well change your mind.
Overall, this is a fun little project and I strongly urge you to take a few minutes to go and have a look for yourself.
All images in this post © Mike Deodato, Jr.