The Art of Sean Phillips
Remember the sound that resonated around the world on July 24? The unison gurrrr-klap! noise made by thousands of readers groaning and slapping their foreheads simultaneously, accompanying the release of Constantine #5, and the eponymous warlock usurping the powers of Shazam? Yeah, you’re bound to. That earth-shaking racket was the first thing I thought of when I saw this the other day at Sean Phillips’ blog, drawn for the 1995 UKCAC convention booklet.
Sean Phillips has posted previews of the upcoming Art of Sean Phillips book, which arrives in September from Dynamite Entertainment.
One of the noteworthy things about these images is that Phillips (or more likely, a friend or member of his family) must have kept all the comics he produced as a kid. Most of us probably did this kind of stuff as children, but few would ever bother to preserve it (that said, someone in Brandon Graham’s family clearly has, too). Phillips’ kith and kin must have foreseen his inevitable rise to greatness: Indeed, it’s within a just a few short years that Sean was being published professionally by DC Thomson, while still a teenager. A couple of years later, Phillips would be working for 2000AD, the usual launchpad for international success for U.K. creators.