Fiona Staples is a Canadian comic book artist known for her work on books such as North 40, DV8: Gods and Monsters, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Archie, and Saga. She has been cited as one of the best artists working in the industry today. She has won multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards.
Staples at a signing at Midtown Comics in Manhattan
|Area(s)||Penciller, Inker, Letterer, Colorist|
Books that have had a seminal impact upon Staples include The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald, Dragon of the Lost Sea series by Laurence Yep, the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, and The Chronicles of Narnia books by C. S. Lewis.
Staples's first published work was "Amphibious Nightmare", a 24-hour comic included in the About Comics anthology 24 Hour Comics Day Highlights 2005. Her first series assignment was 2006's Done to Death, working with writer Andrew Foley for Markosia. She was one of the illustrators of WildStorm's Trick 'r Treat graphic novel, an adaptation of the Michael Dougherty film. She was the penciller and inker of The Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor, written by Mike Costa. She also coloured Frazer Irving's art for the 2000 AD story Button Man.
In March 2012 Image Comics published the first issue of Saga, an ongoing series conceived by writer Brian K. Vaughan. Staples was introduced to Vaughan by their mutual friend, writer Steve Niles, with whom Staples worked on Mystery Society. Vaughan, who had not met Staples in person until just before their panel at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, explained his selection of Staples by describing his reaction upon first seeing her work, saying, "Her artwork is incredible. [It] doesn't look like anyone else. She is very unique. When I opened up this file I was like, 'This is going to work!'" Staples is co-owner of Saga, who designed the cast and all the ships and alien races in the story. She also provides painted covers, and hand-letters the narration (using her own handwriting), which is the final work she does after finishing the artwork on a page.
In 2015, Staples and writer Mark Waid became the creative team for the opening three-issue story arc of Archie Comics' relaunched Archie, in celebration of the character's 75th anniversary. Staples, who had previously provided variant covers for the publisher, contributed her distinctive drawing style, rather than Archie's house style, and designed "a new look and an edgier tone" for the Archie comicbook, whose storylines will portray the character in darker, more complicated situations, though not necessarily for a strictly adult audience.
At the beginning of her career, Staples would scan traditional drawings in and edit them in photoshop later. Staples began creating her artwork entirely digitally several years before she began work on Saga, though her process for that series is different from previous ones, for which she characterizes it as "one intense, ongoing experiment." She begins with thumbnails, roughly drawn on printed paper templates. During this stage Staples gives copious thought to the layouts and staging, making it, in her words, the most important part of the process. After scanning the thumbnails, she enlarges them and uses them as rudimentary pencils, and "inks" over them in Manga Studio. She has said that her art distributor is "perpetually disappointed in her," as fans would pay steep prices for inks and pencils.
One of the advantages Staples sees in working digitally is the ability to dispense with tight pencils in favor of making corrections in an ad hoc manner, as she finds that penciling in great detail, and re-drawing such artwork a second time in ink, to be boring. In Saga, Staples inks only the figures in pen-and-ink, using a lot of self-shot photo references to finalize the poses, which she does not use in the thumbnail stage. She then imports the art into Photoshop, which she uses to paint the backgrounds entirely in colour, to achieve a look inspired by video games and Japanese animation. At the 2012 Image Expo, Staples described the process by which she produces the art as harkening back to animation cels, in which emphasis is placed on figures and backgrounds. The process, according to Staples, can be time-consuming, depending on the complexity of the environment.
For outdoor environments, she begins by selecting a colour palette and initially blocking in the shapes roughly. She subsequently colours the figures, using flat colours both to make the process quicker and because she feels that painted figures in comics can often look "stiff" and difficult for the reader to "read" quickly. For pages that feature narration by the character Hazel, Staples writes the text using her own handwriting. Vaughan has stated that Staples's style has influenced the direction of the story. The organic forms of most of the series' technology, for example, such as the main characters' wooden rocket ship, is derived from Staples's dislike of drawing mechanical objects. To design the series' various planetary settings, Staples looks to the real world for inspiration and then exaggerates some elements of them. Some rooms on the planet Cleave, for example, were inspired by Cambodian architecture.
Staples's work on Saga received wide acclaim from numerous reviewers, with Ain't it Cool News characterizing it as "glorious", and P.S. Hayes of Geeks of Doom praising her art as "amazing", saying, "From the gorgeous painted cover all the way through the last page, she delivers in every way that’s artistically possible. It’s got to be tough to be handed a script like this one and try and figure out what to do, but she handles it beautifully. Everything looks like it belongs in the universe. Her backgrounds are elaborate, yet never distracting or too busy and they never take focus off the main characters."
Alex Zalben of MTV Geek predicted readers would "fall head over heels in love" with it, and Greg McElhatton of Comic Book Resources positively compared it to that of Leinil Francis Yu, specifically her use of delicate lines to frame characters with large, bold figures, and her mixture of the familiar and the foreign together in her character designs to create a visually cohesive universe. AICN singled out Staples's handling of grand, sweeping space shots and other genre trappings, as well as her mastery of facial expressions, which AICN felt was perfectly suited to Vaughan's subtle dialogue.
In 2015, Staples was voted the #1 female comic book artist of all-time by readers of Comic Book Resources.
|2010||Eisner Awards||Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team||North 40||Nominated|||
|2011||Joe Shuster Award||Outstanding Comic Book Cover Artist||Mystery Society #1-5, DV8: Gods and Monsters #1-8, Superman/Batman #79, Acts of Violence: An Anthology of Crime Comics, Magus #1||Won|||
|Outstanding Comic Book Artist||Mystery Society #1-5, Northlanders #29, Fringe: Tales from the Fringe #4||Nominated|
|2013||Hugo Award||Best Graphic Story||Saga, Vol. 1 (with Brian K. Vaughan)||Won|||
|Eisner Awards||Best New Series||Saga (with Brian K. Vaughan)||Won|||
|Best Continuing Series||Saga (with Brian K. Vaughan)||Won|
|Harvey Award||Best Artist||Saga||Won|||
|Best New Series||Saga (with Brian K. Vaughan)||Won|
|Best Continuing/Limited Series||Saga (with Brian K. Vaughan)||Won|
|Best Issue/Story||Saga (with Brian K. Vaughan)||Won|
|Best Cover Artist||Saga||Nominated|||
|British Fantasy Award||Best Comic/Graphic Novel||Saga (with Brian K. Vaughan)||Won|||
|Joe Shuster Award||Cover Artist||Life with Archie #24B, Dark Horse Presents #10, Action Comics #15B, National Comics Madame X #1, Smoke and Mirrors #1B, Saga #1-8||Nominated|||
|2014||Hugo Award||Best Graphic Story||Saga, Vol. 2 (with Brian K. Vaughan)||Nominated|||
|Best Professional Artist||Nominated|
|Eisner Awards||Best Continuing Series||Saga (with Brian K. Vaughan)||Won|||
|Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)||Saga||Won|
|Best Cover Artist||Saga||Nominated|
|Harvey Award||Best Artist||Saga||Won|||
|Best Cover Artist||Saga||Won|
|Best Continuing or Limited Series||Saga (with Brian K. Vaughan)||Won|
|Joe Shuster Award||Artist||Saga||Won|||
|Inkwell Awards||All-in-One Award||Saga, Batman Beyond||Nominated|||
|2015||Eisner Awards||Best Continuing Series||Saga (with Brian K. Vaughan)||Won|||
|Harvey Award||Best Cover Artist||Saga||Won|||
|Best Continuing or Limited Series||Saga (with Brian K. Vaughan)||Won|
|Inkwell Awards||All-in-One Award||Saga||Won|||
|2016||Harvey Awards||Best Cover Artist||Saga||Won|||
|Best Continuing or Limited Series||Saga (with Brian K. Vaughan)||Won|
|Best New Series||Archie (with Mark Waid)||Nominated|||
|Inkwell Awards||All-in-One Award||Nominated|||
|2017||Eisner Award||Best Continuing Series||Saga (with Brian K. Vaughan)||Won|||
|Best Cover Artist||Saga||Won|
|Ringo Award||Best Artist or Penciller||Won|||
|2018||Hugo Awards||Best Graphic Story||Saga, Volume 7 (with Brian K. Vaughan)||Nominated|||
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Archie (also known as Archie Comics) is an ongoing comic book series featuring the Archie Comics character Archie Andrews. The character first appeared in Pep Comics #22 (cover dated December 1941). Archie proved to be popular enough to warrant his own self-titled ongoing comic book series which began publication in the winter of 1942 and ran until June 2015. A second series began publication in July 2015, featuring a reboot of the Archie universe with a new character design aesthetic and a more mature story format and scripting, aimed for older, contemporary teenage and young adult readers. The printed comic book format is different from the previous publications.Archie Comics
Archie Comic Publications, Inc. is an American comic book publisher headquartered in Pelham, New York. The company's many titles feature fictional teenagers Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, Sabrina Spellman, and Josie and the Pussycats.
The company began in 1939 as MLJ Comics, which primarily published superhero comics. The initial Archie characters were created in 1941 by publisher John L. Goldwater and artist Bob Montana, in collaboration with writer Vic Bloom. They first appeared in Pep Comics #22 (cover-dated Dec. 1941). With the creation of Archie, publisher John Goldwater hoped to appeal to fans of the Andy Hardy movies starring Mickey Rooney.Archie Comics was also the title of the company's longest-running publication, the first issue appearing with a cover date of Winter 1942. Starting with issue #114, the title was shortened to simply Archie. The flagship series was relaunched from issue #1 in July 2015 with a new look and design suited for a new generation of readers. Archie Comics characters and concepts have also appeared in numerous films, television programs, cartoons, and video games.Brian K. Vaughan
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Clip Studio Paint (previously marketed as Manga Studio in North America) is a family of software applications for macOS, Microsoft Windows, and iOS, developed by Celsys, a Japanese graphics software company. It is used for the digital creation of comics (inherited from Celsys's discontinued Comic Studio), illustration (inherited from Celsys's discontinued Illust Studio; see the Japanese article), and limited 2D animation. The current version is sold as "Clip Studio Paint Pro", and "Clip Studio Paint EX" which adds support for multi-page documents and other features.Comics artist
A comics artist (also comic book artist, graphic novel artist, or comic book illustrator) is a person working within the comics medium on comic strips, comic books, or graphic novels. The term may refer to any number of artists who contribute to produce a work in the comics form, from those who oversee all aspects of the work to those who contribute only a part.Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story
The Hugo Awards are given every year by the World Science Fiction Society for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was once officially known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award. It has been described as "a fine showcase for speculative fiction" and "the best known literary award for science fiction writing". The Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story is given each year for science fiction or fantasy stories told in graphic form and published or translated into English during the previous calendar year. The Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story has been awarded annually since 2009. It was started then with the requirement that it would only continue as an official award if approved again by the World Science Fiction Society after that year. It was, and was again awarded in 2010; it was ratified as a permanent category after the 2012 awards.Hugo Award nominees and winners are chosen by supporting or attending members of the annual World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, and the presentation evening constitutes its central event. The selection process is defined in the World Science Fiction Society Constitution as instant-runoff voting with six nominees, except in the case of a tie as happened in 2009. The graphic stories on the ballot are the six most-nominated by members that year, with no limit on the number of stories that can be nominated. Initial nominations are made by members in January through March, while voting on the ballot of six nominations is performed roughly in April through July, subject to change depending on when that year's Worldcon is held. Prior to 2017, the final ballot was five works; it was changed that year to six, with each initial nominator limited to five nominations. Worldcons are generally held near the start of September, and are held in a different city around the world each year. In addition to the regular Hugo awards, beginning in 1996 Retrospective Hugo Awards, or "Retro Hugos", have been available to be awarded for 50, 75, or 100 years prior. Retro Hugos may only be awarded for years in which a World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, was hosted, but no awards were originally given. To date, Retro Hugo awards have only been given for graphic stories for 1941.In the 11 nomination years, 58 works from 38 series have been nominated, including Retro Hugos. Works from 8 different series have won the award. Girl Genius, written by Kaja and Phil Foglio, drawn by Phil Foglio, and colored by Cheyenne Wright, won the first three awards. After their third straight win in 2011, the Girl Genius team announced that, in order to show that the category was a "viable award", they were refusing nomination for the following year (after which the award was up for re-ratification); Girl Genius was nominated for a fourth time in 2014. For the following five years, the award was taken by a different series or work every year; winners include Ursula Vernon's Digger, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples's Saga, Randall Munroe's "Time", G. Willow Wilson's Ms. Marvel, Neil Gaiman and J. H. Williams III's The Sandman: Overture. The 2017 and 2018 awards saw the second series to win twice, Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda's Monstress. The sole Retro Hugo was won by Bill Finger and Bob Kane's Batman #1. Schlock Mercenary, by Howard Tayler, and Saga have the most nominations at five, while Bill Willingham's Fables has been nominated four times. Six other works have two nominations.Image Comics
Image Comics is an American comic book publisher. It was founded in 1992 by several high-profile illustrators as a venue for creator-owned properties, in which comics creators could publish material of their own creation without giving up the copyrights to those properties, as is normally the case in the work for hire-dominated American comics industry, in which the legal author is a publisher, such as Marvel Comics or DC Comics, and the creator is an employee of that publisher. Image Comics was immediately successful, and remains one of the largest comic book publishers in North America. Its output was originally dominated by superhero and fantasy series from the studios of the founding Image partners, but now includes comics in many genres by numerous independent creators. Its best-known series include The Walking Dead, Spawn, Savage Dragon, Witchblade, The Darkness, Invincible, Saga, Chew, and Bone.Legendary Comics
Legendary Comics is an American comic book publisher founded in 2010. The company is owned by Legendary Entertainment, a media company located in Burbank, California. The company publishes both original works and licenses ones based on films produced by Legendary Pictures.List of Eisner Award winners
The following is a list of winners of the Eisner Award, sorted by category.
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The comic was described in solicitations as "Star Wars meets Game of Thrones", and by critics as evocative of both science fiction and fantasy epics such as The Lord of the Rings and classic works like Romeo and Juliet. It is Vaughan's first creator-owned work to be published through Image Comics, and is the first time he employs narration in his comics writing.The first issue of Saga was published on March 14, 2012, to positive reviews and a sold-out first printing. It was published in trade paperback form in October 2012. It has also been a consistent sales success, with its collected editions outselling those of The Walking Dead, another successful Image comic.The series has been met with wide critical acclaim, and is one of the most celebrated comics being published in the United States. It has also garnered numerous awards, including twelve Eisner and seventeen Harvey Awards between 2013 and 2017. The first trade paperback collection won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. It has also been noted for its diverse portrayal of ethnicity, sexuality and gender social roles, and for its treatment of war.