Review – The Art of Amanda Conner
I ordered this hardcover collection of Amanda Conner’s work around this time last year and I will be honest, until Jimmy Palmiotti tweeted about it a couple weeks ago I had forgotten about it. It was well worth the wait though, as the oversized hardcover is a beautiful compendium of Amanda’s work peppered with notes from some of her high profile colleagues and peers. The presentation is wonderful and there is a great amount of insight into the progression of Amanda’s career and the perception of her artwork from the point of view of her fans, editors, peers, and herself. It’s not just a collection of pretty images.
I will be the first to admit that if you are not already a fan of Amanda Conner, this book may not be for you. It won’t change your mind if you don’t already see what makes her an amazing artist. Art is subjective and everyone has different tastes. There are folks who think Rob Liefeld is the pinnacle of comic book art. That’s fine. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and to critique art on their own individual criteria. That having been said, this is a fine collection of amazing artwork and if you are a comic book fan it is something that you should proudly display on your shelf.
I am a huge fan of Amanda’s work and I love this collection. It’s occupying a place of honor next to the cover art collection of Adam Hughes’ work and I like to think that as an artbook is is definitely one of the better examples of the format because of the insight that those who have worked with Amanda can offer into what makes her such a powerhouse of creative energy. Seriously, it is a gorgeous book and I was so happy to see it arrive in the mail.