Thursday, January 04, 2007
Alberto Breccia & Me
For some time now I've wanted to publish something about Alberto Breccia. If he's known at all in the English speaking comics world, it's probably as the father of artist Enrique Breccia; but Alberto was a prodigious talent - I'd go as far as to say, one of the all-time greats of world comics.
I felt it especially important to write something now, as my latest work on the 2000AD series Stickleback owes a great deal to Breccia, particularly the series Perramus, for which he devised a paint-and-collage technique which looked like nothing before or since. With the following article (split across four posts for manageability), I'll try to show a line of development from Breccia's brilliant but relatively conventional work in the early 60's, through to the unique and ground breaking work of the 1970's and 80's.
I believe that if you're an artist, you should talk about your influences, partly give credit where credit's due, and partly to share those things that have inspired you.
I hope you're as inspired by Alberto Breccia's work as I have been.
Breccia Part 1: Mort Cinder
Breccia Part 2: El Eternauta to Lovecraft
Breccia Part 3: Perramus