Readers' Favorite ARTIST of 2009: IVAN REIS
There were an astounding 16,499 votes in this round. A huge twitter campaign launched in favor of Reis, with a large contingent from his native Brazil seeking out more votes. The vote was still close, with a 54% to 46% margin winning the day for the artist, marking the second Blackest Night win out of two. Your comments showed just how close all this was. Here's what a few of you had to say: AJ Ryan:
Ivan Reis work, especially in Blackest Night, is astounding. His pencils would carry the book with no colors or inks. His grasp of anatomy and modeling is really something to behold. Every shot is dynamic and filled with necessary details. His giant, character-filled, spreads put everyone else's to shame. I think Williams has a cool asthetic with alot of interesting design elements, but I really can't see any competition over who is the better pure draftsman. Pencils versus pencils: I would vote for Ivan Reis over pretty much anyone this year.
big_thunder: Both artists have a great sense of anatomy and pacing. JH Williams is just more experimental with his sorytelling. Both are beautiful artists and great storytellers and both deserve to win. I've liked both for a long time and it will be sad to see one of them lose. Janin:
This was a hard choice. I had to go with Ivan Reis because he's been on a roll for the last year on two different titles I love.
J.H. Williams ... his art just kicks ass plain and simple ... but he's still relatively new on Detective ...The full bracket is below: ROUND 1:
BRACKET #1: J.H. Williams III, Stjepan Sejic, Doug Mahnke, Nicola Scott
BRACKET #2: Ivan Reis, Stuart Immonen, Dustin Nguyen, Ethan Van Sciver
BRACKET #3: Frank Quitely, John Romita, Jr., Francis Manapul, Andy Kubert
BRACKET #4: George Perez, Marko Djurdjevic, Darwyn Cooke, Steve EptingROUND 2:
BRACKET #1: J.H. Williams III vs. George Perez
BRACKET #2: Ivan Reis vs. Francis ManapulFINAL ROUND:
J.H. Williams III vs. Ivan ReisThere is still time to vote in the other Final Rounds: Click here to vote for Favorite COVER of 2009, Final Round Click here to vote for Favorite LIMITED SERIES of 2009, Final Round Click here to vote for Favorite ONGOING SERIES of 2009, Final Round