Comic Review: Grunt: The Art and Unpublished Comics of James Stokoe Hardcover (Dark Horse)

Canadian comic artist James Stokoe is the subject (and verb?) of Grunt: The Art and Unpublished Comics of James Stokoe, from Dark Horse Books. Stokoe, known for his work on […]

Canadian comic artist James Stokoe is the subject (and verb?) of Grunt: The Art and Unpublished Comics of James Stokoe, from Dark Horse Books.

Stokoe, known for his work on Wonton Soup, Orc Stain and Godzilla: The Half-Century War, is part of the collective called ‘Yosh Comics’.

Grunt, the massive hardcover volume, collects dozens of comic stories, pencil drawings, covers, and sketches, all filled with an astounding amount of drawing: the backgrounds of some of the Marvel images are simply crammed with detail. There are people-lizards, lizard-people, lizards, people, tentacled monsters, attractive maidens, Godzillas, strange flying craft, and on and on.

It’s a cornucopia of doodles, brought to us by one of today’s most vividly imaginative artists.

If you are familiar with Stokoe’s work, this is a welcome collection, as it combines published and unpublished work. If you are new to Stokoe like me, this is a treasure trove of wacky, off-the-wall line art, so capably rendered and in such magnitude that it is simply stunning.

For readers who like their imaginary worlds to be rude, grunting, and complicated!

Dark Horse Books, Grunt: The Art and Unpublished Comics of James Stokoe, Hardcover, $39.99 for 184 pages of content, Rated 14 Years

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!