April Daily Challenge Day 10

Time for an oldy, but a goody. I have been on a bit of an Alex Toth kick lately and buying whatever I can find. He is one of the finest draftsman in the comics world, it’s just too bad most of the stories kinda suck. I grabed Darby O’Gill and the Little People off of the daunting to be read stack. I have no recollection of ever seeing the movie, so I can’t tell you how faithful it is, but I don’t think that really matters. The story is a fun journey into Ireland featuring the story of an old man, and his confrontations with Brian, king of the leprechauns. Toth’s art is always great. His characters are always expressive and seam to have a timeless quality that is lost in most silverage cartoonists. Young and developing cartoonists can learn alot from Toth and his techniques. His pages move flawlessly, keep the readers eye transfixed to the going ons. I suggest going out an finding a cheapo comic by Toth, and just look at what he is going. A couple of bonus readings for people interested in learning more about Toth, would include Darwyn Cooke’s touching little 8 pager and Dylan Williams’ little illustrated essay in Windy Corner 2.

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