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Robert Ball & WJC’s ‘Dangeritis’ set to launch this month

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I saw this crazy page from Robert Ball on his blog and had to share. Great design meets great drawing meets great gag. ROBOT 6 had the exclusive announcement of Dangeritis on New Year’s Day, and there have been regular updates at the book’s workblog ever since. The physical edition will be released soon, launching July 20 at the MCM Manchester (that’s in the United Kingdom, not New Hampshire). Ball and WJC are two of my favorite illustrators around, and Winter’s Knight and Solid State Tank Girl have both absolutely knocked my socks off this year.

I did wonder how the two artists would work together, though: They share clear influences, but then produce very different-looking styles with very different methods. The best examples from the Dangeritis blog show them managing to gel together in interesting ways, from literally splitting duties on double-page spreads …

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… to experimenting with Ball finishing digitally over WJC’s lines, or alternately, WJC drawing lines over Ball’s blocks of color vectors:

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Awesome stuff. I’m racking my brains, but can’t remember two artists managing to fuse their styles together into so many innovative looking pages in a long time. I can’t wait to see the final product.

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I can’t tell what the heck is going on in those pictures.

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