Beneath the superhero surface of American comics lives a teeming underground of talented artists who make their way without donning cape or cowls. And while they may not immediately come to the attention of Wednesday comic shoppers or casual fans, they’re all there waiting to be found.
One of the most talented artists who doesn’t (yet) have the popularity to match is Max Douglas, AKA Salgood Sam. His current project is the webcomic series Dream Life at Transmission X, and his biggest print work is arguably the first issues of Sea of Red for Image, or the graphic novel Therefore! Repent with writer Jim Monroe for IDW Publishing. He’s drawn stories in numerous anthologies, and even did an issue of Ghostbusters last year. It’s quite different from the early ’90s, when he worked on Clive Barker’s Razorline imprint at Marvel, and even drew an unpublished issue of Ghost Rider 2099 with a young Warren Ellis.
Flashing forward to the current day, and the artist recently began work on Dream Life’s second act; here’s a great segment from last month’s pages to get a taste of what he’s doing:
“The issue is that since webcomics are allowed nominations in only a single category – while print comics are nominated under a multitude of aspects of comic production – webcomics are severely limited in their recognition,” he writes. “The online comics community is large and growing quickly, but as yet, all the major awards exclude them from the majority of categories. While they do honour the Best Webcomic, they do not allow those strips to compete for recognition as Best Artist, Best Cartoonist, etc.”