Cartoonist Kayfabe is a hardcore comic book YouTube channel offering detailed page-by-page analysis of comics from the past. The channel is hosted by cutting edge cartoonists Ed Piskor (Hip-Hop Family Tree, Red Room, X-Men Grand Design) and Jim Rugg (Street Angels, Hulk Grand Design) with frequent appearances by Tom Scioli (GI Joe vs Transformers, Fantastic Four Grand Design). This group is one of the biggest boosters of american comics these days, the real-deal as far as being lifetime learners dedicated to mastering as much technique and gaining as much insight into comic book art as humanly possible. “Cartoonist” is a label they self-apply as opposed to “comic book artist”, which is one thing this writer found interesting upon first encountering the channel. Their analysis focusses very much on the art first even though they are also all also writers of many comics. They get right down into the nitty-gritty of making marks on paper to tell a story.
The channel also features interviews and behind the scenes with many of the other leading artists in the comics business today, and sometimes just shows the gang flipping through comic book boxes in various stores or their own collections.
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Some highlight episodes:
PEACH MOMOKO INTERVIEW
Art and covers sensation Peach Momoko works while also answering questions through her translator.
BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE FLIP THROUGH
A personal favourite is their analysis of Batman: The Killing Joke, which for me is all about the art. Alan Moore is on the record as saying he was told the story was meant to be the last Batman story before DC continuity was reset, and thus he wrote as if the events of the story would be wiped from continuity, having never actually happened. Regardless of story it has some of the most amazing and influential Batman art ever laid down, even after 30+ years, which makes it fascinating to hear Ed and Tom dissect it. The fans want Batman to “strike a cool pose” as they put it.
THE OFFICIAL MARVEL TRY-OUT KIT
For many years anyone hoping to become a Marvel artist could use this kit to guide their submission process. Back in the days of Marvel having a house style to their artwork. Daunting to young kids and maybe a bit restrictive for fully developed artists. Still, if you had the chops, this was a little swing at the big leagues you could have for a reasonable price.