ECCC 2011: Guy Davis Departs BPRD

A stunning announcement out of Emerald City Comic Con's landmark Hellboy and B.P.R.D. panel (momentous because all major contributors from the B.P.R.D. creative team are in attendance). CBR broke the news. 

After around seven years of service as the B.P.R.D.'s chief artist, Guy Davis is departing the series, to be replaced by Tyler Crook. I am excited to see what Crook's got cooking, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little heartbroken. Guy Davis didn't create the B.P.R.D., but like John Arcudi, he's a fixture. Sort of like how Bill Murray wasn't technically one of the original SNL players, but…

He owns Abe Sapien. He owns Johann. He's the architect of my nightmares and one of my favorite storytellers working today, visual or otherwise.

But more thoughts on this after the wound isn't so tender. 

Man. 

Man…

Maybe the best spin on this is…Guy Davis is on the loose. And anything can happen. Including more of his amazing Marquis stories. 

Still. 

Man…

Comments

  1. mrgraves mrgraves says:

    Having never heard of him before this moment, I hit up Google and saw Tyler Crook’s gallery on his website.  As disappointed as I am (ok, I gasped, and sputtered, and think I said “What?” a few dozen times in a row) that Guy Davis is leaving, I don’t think I’ve seen anyone’s work that could really fill that BPRD (modern timeline, specifically) look until now.

    It looks like they made an excellent choice, and I’m excited to see what he does with our favorite characters.  If you, like me, didn’t know who Mr Crook was, check out his site (http://www.mrcrook.com/) and look through the gallery.  The Wolverine four-page sold me that this was the right guy to follow Guy Davis.

  2. My jaw just dropped a bit, I never saw this coming but Mignola and Allie are smart enough people i’m sure Tyler Crook will be an excellent replacement

  3. PV PV says:

    I really hope this means more Marquis, though…

  4. scottced scottced says:

    If nothing else, Mignola has shown a good eye to finding artists to work in the Hellboy/BPRD universe.  I can’t wait to see what all of these creators can produce in the future.

  5. AlanRob AlanRob says:

     I audibly gasped when I read this headline earlier today, but as others have said, I think we are in good hands with Tyler Crook. 

    Looking forward to the next arc!

    Good luck to Mr. Davis, more than likely I will be following him to whatever new he does next, and still need to check out The Marquis.

  6. Well that’s not good…I’m sure the series is in good hands but losing Guy Davis in anything is a dealbreaker.

  7. As sad as this initially sounds, this really is a win in my book. I love the Marquis and can’t wait to see more. Regarding Mr. Crook, I liked his comics on his site, but no real telling until the new shoes go on their first walkabout so to speak. The BPRD characters are beyond interesting and it would take some seriously terrible art to make me leave/drop the book.

  8. RahUniQue RahUniQue says:

    :’(

  9. edward says:

    that really, really, really sucks

  10. Spoons Spoons says:

    What I’m getting from this discussion is that I need to find out what the heck the “Marquis” is right now.

  11. edward says:

    @Spoons: i recently just brought it online. take a look a the preview on the amazon site. the book looks fantastic. a bit wordy, though

    http://www.amazon.com/Marquis-Inferno-Guy-Davis/dp/1595823689/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1299405557&sr=1-1#_

  12. Shallam Shallam says:

    Hey folks. Guy davis was outstanding way back in “sandman mystery theatre” and he will be outstanding again on something else.

  13. Paul Montgomery PaulMontgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    My review of Marquis: The Inferno.  

  14. OttoBott OttoBott says:

    If Davis does more Marquis, then I am more then okay with him leaving BPRD.